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Top Five Reasons Not to Make My Beds November 29, 2010

We are generally a neat and tidy family. Wait. No, that’s me. The other two humans living here aren’t uber neat and tidy, but they are in training. One has been in training for YEARS. The two felines in our house are relatively neat and tidy unless Madam Mischief is stalking socks and dropping them in the hallway, stairwell or in front of Darling Husband’s office door. Dowager Feline Clancy is infinitely neat and tidy being that she is a Duchess of Extraordinary Good Sense.

Yes, I am that person who gets up, makes the bed, unloads the dishwasher and reloads it, wipes the counters, sweeps the floors and straightens up clutter. I am notorious for straightening up other people’s clutter which they think is perfectly fine right where it is till I “lose” it for them. Ha.

But there are days that even I don’t want to make the bed.

Top 5 Reasons I Don’t Make the Bed

#5 Another human is sleeping in it and in my way.
#4 Darling Daughter interrupts my routine with a carpool request.
#3 It’s Sunday and that’s a day of rest.
#2 Sheer rebellion which forces other human to make it for me.
And the #1 Reason?
Cats Curled Up in the Coverlet Nest!
Madam Mischief guards Dowager Feline Clancy.

DFC is an equal opportunity nester in my Darling Teen’s bed.

Could you disturb her? Not me!
 

A Technophobe Learns a New Blog Site November 28, 2010

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As a romance writer, I already have a blogspot and it has worked quite nicely for me. However, I was recently asked to join a new blog group that uses WordPress. Petits Fours and Hot Tamales is a fabulous group of writers with the Georgia Romance Writers of America and when they called to ask me to join their blog group, I was honored.

I said yes, but I also knew I’d have to learn a different blog style. One that kind of scared me. I had already tried to learn how to use WordPress under a different email, and failed. I gave up and went back to what I knew was working for me.

Now I am venturing out into unknown territory for my “art.” I started reading a book called WE ARE NOT ALONE: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media by Kristen Lamb. This book has opened my eyes to a lot of different tools.

And WordPress is one of the social media tools recommended by the author. That fact, and my invitation to join PFHT has impelled me to plunge into WordPress. While I am maintaining my blog on the other site, this blog will be my experiment into new techno territory.

And my family will be with the first to tell you that I am not techno savvy.

This will be an interesting journey indeed. Any advice or help offered will be greatly appreciated. Once I have mastered this blog (which I plan to work on once a week till I am comfortable), I just might move my entire kit and kaboodle over to it from my other site.

All this and I got a domain name this week, too!

 

Hello world!

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Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

 

Black Friday Bail Out–Today’s Motivational Post is Blacked Out by Shopping Frenzy November 26, 2010

There’s a little tradition in the United States called BLACK FRIDAY. Every year, the day after Thanksgiving, millions of Americans get up super early and go shopping for amazing deals at their favorite retailers. Why do they get up early, brave the cold, bump against the burgeoning crowds to shop for deals when they could be sleeping? Well, the deals are pretty danged amazing.

Confession: When Darling Teen was a lot younger, I’d take advantage of the sales for Christmas shopping. Later I used the deals to buy my required black tie event dress at a super discounted price. Trust me, there is nothing quite like trying on a formal gown when you look like death in a skillet and you’re one cup of coffee away from a caffeine from a compulsory trip to the ladies room located at the opposite side of the department store.

I gave up BLACK FRIDAY five years ago. I started shopping online. I no longer needed the sales. Often times, most of the stuff is just that. Stuff. And it’s stuff we don’t need or want. But my Darling Husband and Darling Teen have taken up my BLACK FRIDAY mantle. Every year they get up and make a strategic plan and, armed with my meager list of two or three things, they go shopping for my Christmas presents. It’s quite cute. And they have a great time. But honestly, I usually don’t have much to put on the list. It’s not about the list, it’s about the companionship they have and the relationship they build while they are shopping that counts.

Confession: They don’t get up early. They leave when they are ready. And they have learned that if there is an ALABAMA or AUBURN game on Black Friday, they will have zip to battle in the crowding department.

And what do I do while they are gone? I start getting ready for decorating for Christmas. Down come all the autumn colors and back into the attic the various items go. Then I clean–dust the surfaces that haven’t been dusted in a while hehe– then I start putting up the easier decorations. We save the tree for the family to decorate together.

Confession: Every year we have an annual argument about the placement of my Darling Husband’s beloved “chair” which is strategically placed to watch the flat screen television. This place is right where the tree must go. It’s never pretty. There is also the musical dance of the furniture which must be endured. No. We are not a Norman Rockwell painting when it comes to the positioning of the tree.

Usually we eat leftovers that night. But this year we may not have many, so we might just have pizza or a store bought Stouffer’s Lasagna. This is our calm before the tree positioning argument. We have a laugh or three, drink a bit of wine (or a lot), watch a few movies, and hang out.

The best part about bailing out of BLACK FRIDAY? Sleeping in!

Do you shop on BLACK FRIDAY? What’s the best deal you ever got? And if you bail out of shopping, what do you do instead?

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Adam Sandler Thanksgiving Song :-) November 25, 2010

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http://www.youtube.com/v/3PFERpWahZE?fs=1&hl=en_US

 

Grateful Hearts Lead to Happy Hearts November 24, 2010

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Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, of sharing a meal with friends and family, and of remembrance. I love everything about Thanksgiving from the warm autumn colors, the parades, the football games (well I could probably go without the football), the comradeship, and the food. Can’t forget the food.

This year we’re sharing Thanksgiving with our new friends. We’re having a huge feast which will include our spatchcock turkey, all the trimmings, smoked turkey breast, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, two pies…. ah…. food baby is on the way! I can’t wait to break bread and share this day with them.

Imagine if we carried that spirit forward into all of our days? What if we opened our hearts to living a life of gratitude and giving all year round? Charities require more help during the holiday season, but wouldn’t it be great if people gave to food pantries all year long? To homeless shelters? To (fill in the blank cause)?

I try to live a life of giving and service as well as one of gratitude. I admit, sometimes I have to dig deep for the spirit of gratitude when the clouds of loneliness, winter weather, and darker days descend. But I make the effort because if I can find something to be grateful for, then I can find a smidgeon of happiness in my day. A ray of light. And then I can carry that light into the world. And then maybe someone else’s day might be a bit brighter.

One trick I learned was to write down 5 things a day that I’m grateful for. For instance, right now I am grateful for my health (which is a huge one), my darling daughter’s spirit, my husband’s job security, my new friends, and my writing community. I could list of a lot more things to be grateful about, but you get the picture. Having positive things to be grateful for helps me smooth away the rough edges of the things I am sad about, or the things I miss right now.

Confession: No, I am not Polly Anna and always filled with sunshine. I do bask in the sun a lot (I am like a cat that way), but I have days where growling is preferred to purring.

We all struggle with our own inner demons and disappointments. It is in how we handle them and work through them, that we show the measure of our willingness to be lights in the world. When I practice gratitude, I realize how blessed I am and I can’t be grumpy anymore. Or maybe I just won’t growl as much.

Happy Thanksgiving & Enjoy Your Day!!
 

Spatchcock Turkey for Thanksgiving–Strike a Pose! November 22, 2010

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I don’t cook the big Thanksgiving bird in the oven. I grill it. Here are some fun pictures from 2009, and videos of our Thanksgiving feast in preparation as well as a link to how to properly spatchcock any hen/bird for the grill. I’ll be too busy grilling the bird to post on Thanksgiving Day, but I had to share these hilarious photos. And if you plan on spatchcocking the big bird, do so with assistance. It is hard to cut out that back bone. And it’s even harder to break the breast bone. But oh, the end result is so worth it!!

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Putting yummy spices between the skin and flesh.

I believe she’s a dead bird.

Instructing the future cook so I can retire.