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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.


  1. They will cancel school the night before if there is even a threat of ice! I grew up in several states where snow and ice happened often and we still had to go to school. I still remember walking through snow when it was below freezing.

    1. Yep. Basically. They extended the school days by 15 mins. a couple of years ago because they had 2 years in a row with a few snow storms (up to 6 inches - gasp!) and ran out of snow days. So now that the weather is back to 'normal', they have too many school hours and have to get rid of them. Makes it impossible to work a regular job.

  2. People in the south have lost their minds in recent years. I remember an actual ice storm once that got us out of school for 10 days because it took the ice so long to melt off the backroads. That was fantastic as a 12 year old, of course. My parents have some snow today, but so far we've only gotten a tiny smattering rain. Of course.

  3. On the rare occasion that we get snow, the whole country grinds to a halt - we're just not prepared to deal with it! Everything stops. I guess it's a good thing we don't get it very often (although I do love snow). Have a great weekend!

  4. I've been drinking tea like crazy this winter. It's become how I start my day.

  5. Snow days were so much fun when I was a kid. Of course, we didn't want to many of them because the they'd extend the school year to make up for them.

  6. My son only had two days of school this week due to snow...and missed last week because of freezing temperatures. I guess diesel engines don't start in subzero weather?

    Good luck staying warm. I'll toast my tea to you-- I'm going through a few pots a day!

  7. I grew up in Southern California, and thus never got to experience snow days. >_< I don't think I have anything specific this week to celebrate; it's all been kind of up and down, probably a little rougher than it needed to be. Grr. Arg.

  8. I'm trying to remember who said that wood can warm you twice: once when you split it and once when you burn it. Here's to cold days and warm, cozy nights by that fire.

  9. Yay for Ilana! We've been taking a few too many "snow days" lately--not because there's snow, but because we home school. Usually we take Thanksgiving to early January off, but this year we keep on keeping until December 18, and it was a lot, so I'm having a hard time getting back to it, but we are. Slowly. Here's to having a break every so often, eh?

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  11. Oh boy. I don't envy you the chopping-down-trees chore. That sounds worse than shoveling all day long. We finally got a big snow though and it looks marvelous.

    I remember growing up in SC when school might be cancelled by snow in the morning only to have it warm up by the afternoon as well.


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