I’m working on developing some new habits and trying some new things this summer. Most of it is small – exploring new recipes, turning down side roads I haven’t been on before, reading new books, ordering different cocktails, putting together different tops with pants – that sort of silly, but mindful, thing. And I’m also exploring some bigger ideas for me. Things like
Some of you may remember that I declared last summer #thebestsummerever – and, honestly, it was one of the best! Thanks to planning, combined with positive vibes and expectations, it turned out to be great fun and I’m going for more this year!
I get greedy. Last summer was so much fun it has to be done again. So this summer I’m going with #supersummer (with inspiration from the great super hero Wonder Woman who inspired me greatly in her movie!) and I’m going for it again.
Its two days into official summer and mine has launched into a good one right from the start. If I go back to June 1, when I personally declare that the summer season has begun, it’s a super summer already!
For starters, I had the opportunity to attend a conference for work in Washington D.C. (the other Washington for all of us from the state) and packed my off hours with exploring that great city! What a place to go. It seemed like at every turn there was some piece of history to take in. The city is full of monuments and museums! Not to mention great
Is it the sunshine coming through the window that has made me feel mellow and happy and grateful or maybe this movie I’m watching (The Last Word with Shirley MacLaine – sounded like one a writer should watch but its tugging at my heart strings. ‘Take risks. Fall on your face. Fail spectacularly.” – Shirley MacLaine)
Maybe it’s the three-day weekend ahead. Anyone who follows me at all knows how much I love those!
Lets start right off with my sweet mother! It's Mothers Day weekend here in the USand I've been blessed with a good one who has given me the priceless of gift of unconditional love. Thanks Mom! Love you back! (I got a good dad too!)
I’m just back in from a wonderful week away with my guy road tripping with the incredibly talented Tina who does my South Pole Santa book covers, her fabulous guy, Jeff, and her two charming sons, Will, 15 and James, almost 11. Six of us in a minivan! Watch out California!
I was one of those lucky sorts growing up who had parents who took us on annual road trips. The redwoods and the Monterey Peninsula in California were destination spots so nostalgia drove a lot of my planning for this trip. I especially wanted to be sure the boys had a fun-filled time and had the same kind of memories to think back on.
Oh my dear readers, I have had those bad ole winter time blues and inspiration has been elusive with not a single thing in my mind to come here and talk to you all about. But spring is on the horizon, occasional moments of sunshine have been finding their ways thru the clouds and rain of Washington state weather and I am starting ever so slowly to feel creative and optimistic. I’m starting to feel
I’m on a quest this year to catch up on fun, recreational reading so I popped over to the NPR list of what they posted as the best books of 2016 as a place to get started. I tend to love sci fi, dystopian, fantasy and young adult with a bit of “weightier” reading thrown in here and there. (To my credit, lest you think less of me for my choices, my favorite book of all times is the wonderful classic, Jane Eyre.)
After perusing books from a number of NPR’s assorted genre’s I landed on ordering Dark Matter as my starting place. It was
Hello kindness peeps! It’s time for a January update.
Ahhhh January. It’s my nemesis. There’s a reason I made it Slumber Month for the elves in the books – I usually feel like I personally could just sleep through it. The dark and gray wears on me and I tend to cocoon. Lethargy is always around the corner, naps call to me and it is the only month of the year that I ever consistently get eight hours of sleep – and probably could do more. It’s the dark mornings that whisper for me to stay tucked in till
A new day and a new year = new experiences and new adventures!
I'm ready to welcome this new year. I'm seeing the old one out with a last vicious cold. Grrrrrrr. This whole being sick thing has got to end with the old year. I am soooooo over picking up every cold going around!
But in between bouts of throwing myself a big ole pity party, I have
Oh beautiful wonders, I am being completely astonished that December has arrived. My full family - except just one - plus some extra "framily" members, making 19 of us in total, got to spend Thanksgiving in the tropical paradise of Maui Hawaii. So spectacular and so much fun! We all did so
Happy World Kindness Day! November 13 marks the special day every year. Now more than ever we need to call on each other to choose love and kindness, understanding and unity, over separation and discord. Today is
Hello my friends from the beautiful Danube River! That’s right, yours very truly has gone off for an adventure and it’s a good one.
I simply can’t write about Sandra and the gang going all over the world in their explorations and not get in on the fun! So, to celebrate being done with another story, I’m off floating down the beautiful Danube River from Budapest to Bucharest with my hubs, my sister and my brother-in-law and we are having
Well Hello my pretties! How’s everyone on this absolutely fabulous first day of my favorite month of the year?
Hello October! Love this month!
Every single thing about it (except the days getting dark) is my favorite. It’s full of beauty, pumpkins abound, the days are crisp, fog greets the mornings, hay rides and fall farms are open, Halloween is everywhere, football is on the tellie, hot apple cider,
This week calls for the official last hurrah of summer and we officially move into fall. Bigger than that, September 15th marked just 100 days till Christmas!! We're at 97 days to Christmas Eve tonight as I type! Like it or not y'all, we are closing in on the holiday season.
First, big news! I hit my two favorite words in Enchantments: The End! It took 82,006 words to get there but I arrived at last. It's my biggest book so far. I am so thankful to have the first draft done and plunging in already on the grueling task of editing. All in all, I am really loving how the book is coming together and am hoping you all will love it too!
To celebrate, I thought I'd share a snippet from the book today.
Every month brings its own special delights. For me, August has been a month with mixed reviews over the years. The best way I can describe my feelings is to compare the month to Sunday nights. Growing up, Sunday nights meant early in to get ready for school the next day. I actually loved school – I just hated (still do!) going to bed early!
This month – like all of them anymore – is flying by. We are having the most perfect weather summer this year in the Pacific Northwest. The days are full of sunshine, light breezes and 72 degree days. I am loving it!
Wooooo Hooooo! Best news first! Congratulations to Rita B who was this issue of the Jolly Jingle’s lucky prize winner of a nice pile of some popular summer reading! Thanks super much Rita for being a supporter of Sandra and the gang.