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Five Things For Friday

So I should probably warn you, this week’s list might break your TBR. There you are warned. On the good side there is no violence, bad language, or strobe lights in the paragraphs ahead. Just books, some ideas to make your life easier, an awesome salad and a GIVEAWAY.

Have a great 4th of July weekend. And to those of you outside the US, have a great weekend.

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Have you heard of Newsletter to Kindle?  This is a service you can sign up for that sends the newsletters you subscribe to directly to your Kindle, so they are … Read more »

Five Things for Friday

First off, I would like to say a huge Happy Birthday to my mother. She turns 85 today. And I love her fiercely. She is my rock, my champion, and my strength.

I could go on and on about her, but I’ve got a great list today and we have a lot to cover. So…

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I got one of those emails the other day—an author you’ve read has a new book up for preorder. I sort of glanced at it, but then I saw who.
Susanna Kearsley. I had that button clicked in nothing flat.

You all know … Read more »

Five Things For Friday + A Live Event Today

So, I’ve been absent for a bit. From my heart, I’ve missed all of you.

First it was the holidays, and then it was January. And then I had foot surgery. And now, I am finally walking again–hurrah!!–and ready to get back to sending out newsletters once more.

And thank you to everyone who has written in the meantime to politely ask me to get going again. And a special thanks to those who nagged. You know who you are and you are loved. ;)

Coming back here is also out of a sense that we are all struggling as we … Read more »

Five Things for Friday

It’s Friday. No preamble. Let’s just get one with it.

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Are you writing along with me? As we move into Week 3 of journaling the Season, the word this week is Light. I think this is the word for the entire season. Nothing is more valuable right now than light. It brightens the darkness inside and out. What brings light into your heart and home right now?

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While these Christmas cookies aren’t some old family recipe, these Chocolate Crinkles are ones that I love and were always found on the infamous family cookie tree. I can’t find Grandma’s … Read more »

Five Things for Friday

Welcome to Friday. Hope your week has been a calm spot in all the currents of our world. My mother is in lockdown at her assisted living (again) and Thanksgiving is off the table. Well, it will be on the table, just not the table with all the leaves and the card tables tucked around the living room.

Things will not be easy in the weeks to come, but if we are all careful, all masked, all taking precautions, (not hoarding toilet paper!) we’ll ensure full tables for all next Thanksgiving.

Also, when I recommend books, if they are just … Read more »

Five Things for Friday

Don’t we all need some wonderful things to curl into right now?

Call it distractions, call it self-care, call it soothing, but I am all about finding the things that make me feel contentedly at home.

Books, baking, and a few shows to binge while knitting. Join me where it’s cozy.

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Yes, I am breaking my own rules and wading into Christmas prior to Thanksgiving. (I so envy Canada that they celebrate Thanksgiving in October and then can dive into Christmas!) But I was thinking, who’s up for a Cookie Recipe Exchange? I’m going to look into how we … Read more »

Five Things for Friday

Yikes! I’ve been “gone” for the last two weeks “at” conferences. All at home and on Zoom, as one does these days, but that doesn’t mean I had a minute to spare. Because, as every woman juggling home, family and life right now knows, being home just complicates it all. Sigh.

But my conference season is now over and I have nothing, as in NOTHING on the calendar, except for writing for the next few months.

Which fills me with joy.

And joy, these days, isn’t always easy to find, so I’ll take every bit I can gather up–and then … Read more »

Five Things for Friday

So not the best week, right? Loss seems to be the only word to describe it.

My dear friend, Diane, who I had written about before, took a turn for the worse and passed quickly. The words my friends and I keep sharing –“We thought we had more time.” — are all we seem to say.

We were supposed to have lunch last week, but the smoke was too much for her to be outside and socially distanced, so we had to reschedule…because we thought we had more time.

So please, hug those you love. Call, text, email, send a … Read more »

Five Things for Friday

I have started and restarted this week’s edition three times. I just don’t know where to start this week with so much wrong going on.

So, let me just share what I have, and my hope is that one of these things will make you smile.

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Have you seen the preview for Enola Holmes on Netflix? Well, here it is:

Go ahead, watch it, I’ll wait.

It had me at Henry Cavill. Coming next week on Netflix.

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I know right now that an outside fire is the furthest thing from most of our minds. But just before the … Read more »

Five Things for Friday

As I look out the window at nothing but smoke, my heart goes out to everyone affected by the wildfires on the West Coast. Prayers going out for rain and relief.

That, and four day weeks throw me. What? It’s Friday already? Hence, this is a little late this morning.

So let’s get going with something to lighten our hearts.

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A few weeks ago, I told you I was diving into A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff. Since then, I’ve read all four books in the series. I have been binge reading. Leave me alone reading. Staying up … Read more »

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