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Catching Up

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It’s my Monday!  Good morning.

I hope that you all had a wonderful day with family and friends to be grateful for. I sure did.

For reasons unbeknownst to me, Sandy decided to decorate this weekend for Christmas. It’s funny how we hold on to our traditions and how we notice how different our Holidays were when we were growing up.

For instance: Sandy’s family decorated Thanksgiving weekend – and in my family, we decorated two weeks before Christmas. Though I’m not sure if that was because my mother worked long hours for little pay and that’s when she had the time.

I’m pretty sure their tree was big and beautiful while my mom always bought the Charlie Brown tree. A little quirk I also had when my kids were growing up. “Aw, this poor little tree won’t get to celebrate this year, and no body else wants it.”  I…

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Been There Done That

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Halloween Eve? The date completely took me by surprise and that shows you how reclusive I have been the last couple of months.  Apart from and in addition to being unplugged – I haven’t even been in the stores to see which holiday was approaching by whatever hype happens to be on display.

The last five years we’ve rented here – the first three I had to chase kids down to give them candy as two blocks in either direction had no porch lights on.

Last year, there were no kids around TO chase down and this  year my porch light is broken – or I have to replace the bulb – one of the two! And really, I’m okay with that.

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Blessed Be on this Samhain Holiday.

Before I forget – and that’s a daily sometimes hourly event: HAPPY NANOWRIMO!

Here is my link to the beginning madness that…

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Five Little Words

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Hello Monday!

It’s been a crazy for me over the last few months. I’ve been working on a new book and it just keeps getting longer and longer. I’ve decided to keep writing at the kitchen table and NOT sit at the computer for one reason.  I don’t want to get hung up on the word count – I want to tell the story the way the characters want.

But that’s not what I’m writing about today – it’s simply an update if you’ve noticed I haven’t been present on social media lately 🙂

Well that and I’ve been in my cave – looking in instead of out.

But as usual – I digress.

I wanted to share with you how 5 little words have etched themselves into my memory and my soul.

Sandy and I were at Walmart – the place where evil things dwell. No, really – our…

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Texas in Need – How YOU can Help

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It’s the fourth Monday of the August – it’s my turn up at bat. I don’t have a  funny Vonnieland perspective to share with you – but I do have a way to combat that helplessness we were crippled by.

Sandy and I have been glued to the internet and television, checking on family and friends during the devastation that Hurricane Harvey slammed into coastal Texas.

The flooding is catastrophic – and thousands of people are in need. We haven’t been able to see anything yet in the area where the hurricane actually hit. It’s ongoing and devastating to the entire southern coast of Texas.

I realized this morning I could use my “turn” and get the best links of places to donate – from some good friends and fellow authors who are IN Houston.

M.J. Williamz and Laydin Michaelshave graciously answered my call and provided their list of how…

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Hoarding in Vonnie Land

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Good Monday Morning!

It’s me again because we have 5 Monday’s in this month – and this time, I didn’t forget.

Yay me!

It may be later in the day than I usually post, but I’m here now.

The last two weekends have been brutal. Let me rephrase that – Sandy’s last two weekends  have been brutal – mine was just this one.

In 2009, Sandy and I moved down south – after culling everything we owned down to 2000 pounds, from Washington State. That’s harder than you think but necessary for the price point available to us at that time. It was a moving company that “shares” the truck space by putting in dividers.

I thought that was hard!

In 2012, we moved from Alabama to Texas – another long story that isn’t for this blog. Anyway, that time we used a medium U haul and Sandy drove. (She’s…

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Same Old – Same Old

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Good Monday morning!

Caught with my pants down again…  I knew I had a blog to write, I knew I had a blog to write – I knew… well, you get the picture.

Then when it was time to write it – forgot I had a blog to write.

I’ve been sitting here wracking my brain for something to entertain ya’ll today.

But my mind is on the manuscript I’ve been putting together.  In other words, for this time of year, same old – same old.

Now, I could write another one bemoaning the fact I missed my deadline, I’m swamped, and in a frenzy to race over the finish line…

But in the last few years – I’ve written plenty on that. So, in that spirit and because I didn’t sit down yesterday to agonize over an subject that I think would entertain you….

I’ve put several links to…

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Bee Leave

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Get it?

Believe?

Ok, I had to get that out of the way… LOL

During this last month – we had quite the adventure.  Not that it was a FUN adventure – but an adventure nonetheless.

It all started when Sandy when setting up the pool for the summer. While they were out leveling the yard, she noticed a large amount of bees that were ver-y interested in the eave of our garage – where it connects to the house.

We all went out to watch – and decided that yes, we had a problem.

Nobody had noticed the hive growing because who goes out into the back yard, stands by the fence, and looks toward the house? It wouldn’t have been noticed when Sandy was mowing, because obviously she was looking down!

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I called the landlord whom instantly agreed she would call a professional and get back me. She’s…

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Are there Chicken Enchiladas in Heaven?

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Good Monday morning!

Here we are again. Yesterday was my late daughter’s birthday.  We got through another  year and this month (well – every calendar year) There are five Mondays in the month. Usually – I forget because of Dezi’s birthday.

But I didn’t this year. That has to count for something, right?

Ya’ll have hung in there with me through this blog for 4 years now.  Can you believe  it? It’s hard for me to fathom that I’ve been a part of this wonderful group of women for that long.

We’ve also established I have a memory problem! So I don’t remember half – (ok, more…) of what I’ve written.

So as my thoughts were with Dezi –  and who could blame me? I was writing another eulogy in my head yesterday.

But I’ve realized I’ve already done that. I found the one I wrote the first year I was…

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Capture A Muse Journal Giveaway

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Good Monday morning!

Can you believe how fast this year is going? It seems I’ve blinked and half the year is gone. Wasn’t March just last week?

It feels like it.

Sigh.

May is a rough month for me, so I’ve decided to brighten it up a little and do a giveaway!

I’d like to tell you about my latest project with editor, Rogena Mitchell-Jones who generously released this journal for Deserae (Dezi) – on the 11th anniversary of her passing.

We had a chance to get our heads together and decided to create a journal together. Writing is something I love to do but sometimes (okay a lot) I run out of stuff to write about or experience the author’s dreaded white (screen) brick wall known as writer’s block.

What if we could combine the two –  a journal with writing prompts to help break through the wall?

Well we…

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Blogs and Bleu Kittens

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Good Monday morning!

The Bleu in the title is not a typo – I did it on purpose. We’ll get to why shortly 🙂

I want to go into blogs for a minute.  Some people are just born to write them – they are witty, informative, fun to read, and impressive from where I’m sitting. Take our blog for instance: Women and Words is full of these amazing writers.

I don’t consider myself one.

Talented authors have the ability to make it look easy and effortless.

I’m letting you in on a secret – I agonize over my turn – I may even drip blood on the keyboard while banging my head against the desk. I don’t have a problem with giveaways or praising another author. There is already a subject there for me to draw on.

I may have, once or twice, wrote an amazing one on a fascinating subject…

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