Rest and Recharge

A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked.  ~Author Unknown

I thought this was especially appropriate today. I’m leaving tomorrow for a much needed R&R. Leaving hubby home with the cats and heading for a visit with a friend. This friend, who is more like a sister. I tell everyone she is my big sis. Is one of those people that know I’m half cracked but loves me anyway.

For several reasons, the husband couldn’t join me,  but he  knew I desperately needed some R&R-rest and recharge time.  Before I could even say a word he told me to “Go, you need it.”  This is why I love this man and why we’ve been married for over 25 years.  Now if the cats will forgive me for taking off…Will have to wait and see.




Bitchin’ Kitchen

This has become one of my favorite cooking shows. I love it as much as I love Two Fat Ladies.

The Website is and of course on the cooking channel website.

The star of this is Nadia G. She started out doing this on three-minute web casts and she was picked up by Food Network Canada. Here in the US she is seen on the Cooking Channel on Wednesday nights. I usually watch when they rerun it on Saturday.

She takes situations everyone may encounter, meeting the future in-laws, the proposal meal, the break up meal. Not all of it is low-fat but there are some recipes and shows that are healthy. She takes these situations and puts a hilarious spin on them while cooking fabulous dishes.

I first saw Nadia on the Today show just before her show came on the air. Anyone who can cook while wearing Christian Louboutin stilettos deserves some respect. 🙂 I can’t even stand in those things never mind walk in them. Check it out.

Happy Thanksgiving


On quotation Wednesday I could have given you a quote full of wisdom and meaning. Something deep to ponder as you recovered from your tryptophan hangover. Instead, I decided to go with the really important stuff. Enjoy!

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
~Author Unknown

Guest Post – Chris Redding – Staying Motivated

I’d like to welcome my first guest blogger, Chris Redding. Chris and I have known each other for a long time and she is one of the most motivated authors I know. I’ve asked her to talk about that very subject. First a little information about Chris

Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids, one dog and three rabbits. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. When she isn’t writing, she works part time at her local hospital.

Staying Motivated

I wrote my first book in high school. Instead of paying attention in class I was writing. My grades that quarter reflected it. Thankfully my great American tome was thrown away years ago.

It sucked.

Now I have 6 books published. You’d think it would all be easy.

It isn’t. The hardest part sometimes is staying motivated. How do I do it?

Deadlines are a good way. Some external, some internal. If you submit a partial to an agent and that agent will get back to you in a month, that gives you a good reason to finish editing that full manuscript just in case.

A think of a conference as a deadline. Probably shouldn’t because it is hard to snag an agent at a conference. Still, if I have something to pitch at a conference, that makes me happy. So I work hard to have something ready.

Internal deadlines are tougher. You have to have the fortitude to stick with it. Sometimes I don’t.

A critique group or partner can help you with motivation. More than once I’ve had a critique group talk me off the ledge of quitting. Having others around you who understand what you are going through is priceless.

Going to a conference also helps keep me motivated. I always learn something new or some new way to look at a problem. It’s energizing. I always wish I could write for the whole day after the conference.

How do you stay motivated, no matter what the task is?

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Other books by Chris Redding:

Corpse Whisperer

The Drinking Game

Confessions: Volume One


A View to a Kilt

Where you can find me:

Thanks for having me today.


Happy Thanksgiving

Everyone has their favorite Thanksgiving tradition and their favorite memories. This will be the first holiday without my dad. While it has been years since we celebrated together we still talked often. before and after the holiday. That came out to be our new tradition. After the holidays I would call and he would fill me in on the latest gossip from my older brother and his family. He and his wife went there for the holiday. We repeated this at Christmas.

Lots of traditions surround food. My dad always did the holiday meals. We’d wake up to the smell of turkey throughout the house. Dad was an early advocate of low and slow. He’d put the turkey in the oven before he went to bed the night before. Leave the oven on 250 and then turn it up when he woke. The turkey was always delicious. But my favorite part was before he carved the turkey he would peel off a piece of skin for me to eat. My doctor may be screaming if she reads this but it was my favorite part.

Stuffing? Sausage, cornbread or chestnut? Pies? Apple, mince, pumpkin were the favorites growing up.

Then I tasted my mother in-laws black bottom pie, All it is chocolate pudding pie with a chocolate graham cracker crust but she makes at least two every year. It is the one pie there is never any leftovers.

Mine has never come out as good as hers but that’s all right. I’ll wait until we visit them to have her make it.

No matter what your traditions, or your memories. Raise a glass of your favorite libation, alcohol or otherwise and wish a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I wish it to you, my readers who have read my ramblings here. Thank you.

Tomorrow I have a treat in store for you. I will start having guest bloggers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first is my friend Chris Redding. She is a wonderful writer of Romantic Suspense and someone I have known for years. She always has something interesting to say so check it out.



Friday-Avon Calling

Lets take a look at more of Avon’s Fabulous Christmas Decorations. Today it’s ornaments and I picked two pages of some of the cutest ornaments.  For the Baker on your list there are cupcakes a set of three to be exact, for the knitter on your list there is a set of four Christmas sweaters and finally for the ballerina on your list there is a set of two tutu’s. There is also an ornament celebrating Avon’s 125 anniversary. The perfect thing for your favorite Avon Lady, or Man. Yes, there are Avon Men and they are very successful. Avon also has other ornaments to give for presents and they are all displayed on-line in my E-store. Check it out at

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Happy Shopping.