Friday, January 19, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things


This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain  and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge

What exactly does this celebrate?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.



Due to lack of time, I've decided to no long co-host with L.G.. I will still be here and hopping around, but I found it harder and harder to really visit everyone during the weekends and post constantly. IF anyone is interested in taking my place, I'm sure L.G. would love the help, so please let her know if you're interested!

This week was cold and has left me celebrating. . .

1) Snow! We actually got snow. An entire 1 1/2 inches *gasp*! I grew up in the Denver area, so this is more of a light dusting, in my opinion. But here, in the Ozarks, it was enough to cancel school for 4 days. They have a huge fear of ice here. . .as in overly gigantic fear. . .but the kids loved the free time.

2) Smoked ribs! We gave my husband a smoker for Christmas, and he finally gave it a try. We made 6 pounds of spare ribs and oh, they were good!

3) Hugs! Especially those from my kids. The cold weather has made them cuddlier than usual. And I've been enjoying every second.


What put a smile on your face this last week? Did you go sledding? Buy your first pair of shorts for the far-approaching summer? Find a warm pair of gloves in the bottom of your drawer?

What are you celebrating?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things


This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain,  and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.


Okie dokie...so, what am I celebrating this week???


1) Snow days! Honestly, they weren't 'snow' days but more 'light ice on the street mornings'. I have to smirk when school cancels here due to a little ice on the streets (I grew up in Denver where we had real snow and ice at times, and school still wasn't cancelled). Especially since the day temperatures here then reached 60 degrees. Seriously, who cancels school when it's 60 degrees outside? Anyway, the kids loved it and wished they had the entire week off. But hey, this coming Monday is a holiday too!

2) Help with wood cutting! It has been cold here (before the sudden couple days of 60), and as of today, it's cold again. I've been going through firewood like it was chocolate, which meant it was time to cut down some more trees. I'm NOT a good tree-cutter-downer. I can split, carry, stack, haul or whatever, but I have tons of fear. . .uh, respect. . .for those trees when they come crashing down. Plus, I don't think I could hold the chainsaw that long (I'm not the Hulk). So I'm again screaming THANK YOU to my brother for helping out on that end.

3) Hot tea! I love a steamy cup of tea, and I've been hovering over these like crazy lately. 



That pretty much sums of this week. What about you? What put a smile on your face? Go sledding? Get a ton of writing done? Or start planning your summer vacation?

What are you celebrating this week?



I'm also celebrating a writing buddy's new release this week. . .Congrats, Ilana Waters!

It happens to be on sale this week for 99 cents.

She's also got an awesome giveaway going for a couple of more days which includes $25 Amazon GC, jewelry, candles, other things and FUZZY SOCKS! I mean, who doesn't need those right now? Head on over to her website here to join in and witness all of the goodness.


Friday, January 5, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things


This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain,  and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .

1) A new family member... or pack expansion? We have the misfortune of living near a dirt road, which people from town have deemed as a good place to dump unwanted dogs. It's a big hassle. Usually. Today, however, a several month old puppy showed up at our doorstep and melted my son's heart. It's super sweet and was immediately accepted by our older dog. So, I guess we have a new member in our household until my son moves to his own apartment this coming summer.

2) New story underway! Now, that the holidays are past, things have quieted down. A little, at least. I've had time to finally sit down and plot out a manuscript I've been wanting to work on for over a year. And it's flowing better than I thought it might. Hopefully, it stays that way.

3) Chocolate! I've been munching on my Christmas gifts this week and enjoying every single bite. 


What about you? What put a smile on your face this past week? Get some great after-Christmas deals? Head out with a sled and slide down some hills? Dive into a great book? 

What are you celebrating?






Wednesday, January 3, 2018

IWSG


Welcome to the 1st IWSG this year! For those of you who might not know what this is, it is an amazing group of writers (and the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh), who support each other, offer encouragement and simply meet to share thoughts and experiences. We post the first Wednesday of each month. If you'd like to learn more or join in, head on over here.

Special thanks goes to this month's co-hosts: Tyrean Martinson, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Jennifer Lane, and Rachna Chhabria!


This month's question slides right down that New Year thought process. So I'll launch into that this month. (Plus, my brain is still recovering from all of that eggnog).


What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?


None! I'm not at the point where I need to schedule writing things unless I really want to. Which I don't. I'm still a free-floater and loving it. Of course, there are those writing goals filing into a snug list in my head, and I expect there will be writing deadlines as the months start sliding by, but I'll take those in stride.

I love taking life in stride.

What about you? Already scheduling away or are you going with the flow?