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Reon Laudat
March 20, 2021 @ 10:04 AM

While on a walk in my neighborhood, I snapped these awesome flowers. No green thumbs in this house, so I have to admire other people's flora. We have low-maintenance Knockout rose bushes, but the blooms haven't reappeared yet. Praying they will survive "the pruning" Hubs did a few months ago. Not sure he used the right tool. (???) After inspecting his handiwork, I asked if he'd used a hacksaw. Taking umbrage, he insisted the job was done with clippers. Um, if you say so.... : D

We're all looking forward to things getting closer to “normal” now that vaccine distribution is ramping up. I have a list of places I plan to visit as soon as my town is safer. My favorite little indie yarn shop, Michaels, ............

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February 13, 2021 @ 7:23 AM

It's the perfect time to post one of my favorite new-ish T-shirts by Blk & Bkish merch https://blknbkish-2.myteespring.co/
Received my roses from Hubs a few days early. (Thanks, sweetie!)
What I’m watching, or rather, watched: I checked out Netflix’s much-buzzed-about Bridgerton.  The series is based on the popular books by bestselling romance author Julia Quinn. For years I’ve heard of her in Romance Writers of America circles. I even remember when her sister was *the* hot romance author website designer. But I’ve never read Julia or any Regency authors. The only historical romances I’ve been drawn to are by Beverly Jenkins. (See my Beverly ...............

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December 16, 2020 @ 7:08 AM

I know everyone is looking forward to putting 2020 in the rearview mirror.

2021 will be better. Naming and claiming. 


What I'm reading: Enjoying A Promised Land by Barack Obama. It's a loooong one at 700 pages. It's the first of two books. 



What I'm watching: A few Hallmark and It's a Wonderful Lifetime movies. Has anyone else noticed in some scenes the super cute mugs look empty? No hot chocolate. No coffee. No tea.  What's up with that? The fake sipping reminds me of my childhood "tea" parties.

So far, this year's favorite new Hallmark movie is A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado, starring Rochelle Aytes and Mark Taylor.

Must-see annual............

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November 3, 2020 @ 7:11 AM

Did you vote today?
I did weeks ago. I received my absentee ballot Sept. 11, 2020, filled out that sucker, and took it right back to the post office, all in an hour! I ain’t playing, okay? 
What I’m reading: Rereading the classic The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I’m also listening to the audio version while driving. Just a refresher. I needed it. I’ve been a planner for a while. A Franklin had been my go-to since my reporter days, but Erin Condren and “pretty planning” was my jam for about five years.  In 2020, I returned to my roots and did more "functional planning" with Franklin and very ............

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October 20, 2020 @ 7:34 AM

Around this time last year, I participated in Preptober, the October planning stage before November’s National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo.
Every year, NaNoWriMo-ers all over the world challenge themselves to crank out a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.
Writing is such a solitary activity, but with NaNoWriMo you feel a little less alone.
Participants track their word counts, cheer for each other, and share tips/advice in person and on the net. With COVID-19 , I’m sure there will be fewer in person.
Book Two of my Mistywood Lane series, He Could Be the One, was my 2016 NaNoWriMo  project. At the end, I had a bare bones draft of 50,000 words, but I "won" 2016 ............

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September 28, 2020 @ 4:42 AM

So excited to see Beverly Jenkins on the cover of the latest Writer's Digest  (Sept./Oct. 2020).  She’s a superstar in the genre and one of the nicest authors.
 I chuckle when I think back to my plot to meet her. I'd discovered we were relocating to a suburb of Detroit. Knowing she lived in the area was a plus.  I got on my husband’s nerves.
Me: ”You know, Beverly Jenkins lives close by.”
“Somebody told me Beverly Jenkins comes here.” (random locations)
“I saw her (hindsight, possibly just her doppelganger) leaving Panera.”
“Beverly Jenkins this.”
“Beverly Jenkins that.” 
Does ............

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September 26, 2020 @ 10:14 AM

 During this dumpster fire that’s 2020, it's wonderful to have stress relievers you can always count on. For me, it's exercise and crafting.
 The yarn crafting community is a breath of fresh air! 
When I’m in a bad headspace, I whip out my hook or needles. About a half hour later, I’m good--all zen- again. Seriously magic! :)
 Thought I’d share how I got into it and convince someone to give it a try. Be sure to read the articles linked below.
I started crocheting in third grade. A childhood friend taught me. We used to make purses. Little crocheted squares, folded with a flap and stitched together on the sides.............

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