Snowy Sunday

It looks beautiful outside. It’s snowing, and who knows for how much? I thought we were on the edge of the snow line, but maybe we weren’t. We have the Cookie Exchange this afternoon, along with the soup supper, so I hope we all make it there and back.

Gavin was such fun last night. We watched a couple of Christmas movies and ate pizza. He is so easy to please. This morning, we re-watched the Grinch. When he got his clothes out of his bag to get dressed, he said, “And I didn’t even take my electronics out of my bag.” No, he did not. Between the dogs, Grandpa, and the movies, he was entertained enough.

Goldie is really loving the snow. She runs and plays and rolls over when she takes a corner too fast. It’s pretty sweet. Lexie prefers to go out, do her business, then hurry back in. Kind of like me. I could stay home a lot of times when the Babe wants to go somewhere. I’d rather snuggle by the fire, watch a good movie or read a book. Time goes by pretty quickly then.

This could be a busy week again, between doctor appointments, meeting up with friends, and working on a last minute special project, so I plan on just reading a book in between posting the blog for today and leaving for the Cookie Exchange. It’s fun to watch how the kids decorate their sugar cookies and carefully select which special one to enter the contest with. A good time is always had by all.

I really am looking forward to digging into my book again and assessing how to improve it along with the suggestions from my editor. This is the real stuff author’s do, and wow, do I ever appreciate their work, it’s hard to go from thinking you wrote something ready to publish and realize you really can’t publish it very soon. Humility is good for the soul. And the writers ego.

The good thing about doing re-work, is you really do get a chance to tell the story in the best way possible. Adding some points of view from other characters, for instance, will help you tell a more complete story. It also helps to define and refine the characters. Something I hadn’t considered by simply telling from a narrator’s point of view. A reader probably would lose interest in that. If you’re the praying kind, say a few for me over the next few months. It may take that long.

It has come to my attention this is about the 106th post I’ve written. That’s getting up there! I’m glad to share a little every day with all of you, and really happy you stop to read when you get the time.

Whatever you may be doing today, stay warm and safe. If you’re where it’s sunny and hot, then have a cold one for me. Thank you for reading today. I’ll be here again tomorrow, and I hope you are, too.

Nativity and Angels with a few Santas. It’s all good

Christmas Cookies, Part Two

Second day of cookie baking, and we now have Mint Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies and Almond Joy Bar Cookies. They are both new recipes, and I think they’ll be pretty good. I had to make the Mint Chocolate Chip’s while thinking of my daughter, Becky. She has always loved mint chocolate chip ice cream. I hope she likes these cookies. I’ll know by this time next week, I think.

I heard from my editor friend. We are going to re-work some things in my book, but I won’t begin until after Christmas probably. I am enthused to have a professional with whom I can work and complete my novel. It will be a lot of work, and I’ll learn a lot.

Tomorrow, Gavin will spend the night with us, and he’ll be happy to spend time with the puppies. He loves dogs and has fun with Lexie and Goldie. It’ll be another fun night with him. It won’t be much longer and he will not want to come hang out with Grandpa and Grandma anymore. It’s kind of tough to keep them entertained when they are old enough to go be with their friends. My mom used to say, “It’s one thing when your kids outgrow you, but it’s really bad when your grandkids outgrow you.” That will be true.

It sounds as if there are a lot of people getting the flu. If you haven’t had a flu shot, please get one. It will take at least a couple weeks for the immunity to build. You don’t want to feel crummy and you don’t want to pass these sicknesses on to other people. Small children and older adults are very vulnerable. Take care of each other, and we’ll all get through the winter.

Sometimes these dogs do things I cannot believe. For some reason, the lower corner cabinet with the lazy susan shelf was opened. Lexie opened it. And as I walked into the kitchen, I see her with her head stuck inside a box of cereal, eating it up. Naughty puppy! It’s funny how they can imitate us by watching how we do things. That’s how Goldie learned to pick up the newspaper and carry it in the house. Who knows what they will learn next??

Thank you for taking time to read today, I appreciate it so much. I’ll be here again tomorrow, and I hope you are, too.

Christmas Cookies, Part One

Luckily, the curious puppies took a long nap while I was mixing, baking, and cooling a double batch of old fashioned Toll House Cookies. You know, Nestle doesn’t print the recipe on the packages of chocolate chips anymore. I had to look it up online to find one. I seem to remember 1/2 cup less of flour than what they called for. I also use butter. My mom, who baked these delicious morsels every week. We were popular with the neighbor kids when we could share a homemade cookie. They were heavenly. I made them for my kids too. I haven’t made any in a very long time, and these are for the cookie exchange Sunday. These turned out so well, I think they are the best ones I’ve ever made. Yay!



Love my perfect kitchen. The roomiest one I’ve ever had. Enough counter space to hold ingredients and the mixer and the cookie sheets and the cooling racks. Bonus!!
They smelled so good

I am finding a lot to be grateful for this Christmas season. I’m so happy we are on the road to The Babe feeling better, I’m just praying it continues. He still gets pretty tired, but you have to consider age and other things. His pup keeps him busy when he’s not at the Post, and she keeps growing a bunch every week She has done well with the Christmas tree, but she hasn’t grabbed anything off of it. Just thinks the glittery bulbs are balls, and she wants to play. It’s all part of the learning process for all of us.

I’m starting to plan the publishing and releasing the books I’m working on now. I believe my children’s books and the family story of loss will be ready next summer, if not before. And I do really want to take a painting class some time next year. I also want to continue finishing quilts that I have started and not finished. And read more books. And write more, too.

In the next couple days, we’re going to get the cookies finished, get the cards and little gifts mailed to the two grandkids out of state, get house back in order, sew as time permits, (I have a special project to help someone out), and work on some more writing projects. They are whirling around in my head, and need to be captured before they are forgotten. The notes may spur more memories and ideas. The process is continual, and the creative ideas flow when you practice capturing them daily. I’m grateful to God for leading me to this, especially since I’ve always wanted to do it. Next year will be the best yet.

Thank you for reading today. I appreciate it a lot. I’ll be here tomorrow, too. See you then!