I’m a Big Kid #MFRWauthor #favoriteholiday #Halloween #Christmas

Welcome back to MFRWauthors52weekblog challenge. We are at week 29. This week our topic is Our Favorite Holiday. Mine is a tie. I love both Halloween and Christmas. I adore decorating and doing theme dinners and having parties so these two holidays are my dream holidays. I will start with Halloween. I love fall and the colors. I always put up a new wreath sometimes one each week the last two usually more Halloween geared. I like to make decorations too. I have a table I set up in front of my house on Halloween and usually have one treat I have crafted, such as a ghost sucker or candy wrapped in cardboard tubes or a cute gift-bag.   I have three bowls that are interactive. One is a head that talks when you reach in or sings, the other two are hands that grab at you as you reach in. I usually wear a witch hat and all black. I don’t like to dress scary so I frighten small children.  I like to hang Halloween dishtowels in the house and other other decorations. Each Halloween I plan a dinner for my children and grandchildren. sometimes my sister and  her grandchildren may drop by too.  Some of the meals in the past have  been bloody bones and bloody fingers. (BBQ or Hot wings and french Fries with catsup) hosts and bats with guts and blood. ( tortilla chips cut out and guacamole and salsa I have made Jackolantern burgers and witch fingers.  Snake sandwiches, worms and eyeballs and the list goes on. Pinterest is my friend LOL.

Someone fed the grandkids after midnight they morphed into scary creatures.

 

 

 

On to Christmas. no the gift giving or receiving isn’t my favorite part. I could live without that part since it stresses me to no end buying gifts. Again I love decorating. I bring out my Christmas dishes, my holiday tablecloths and dishtowels. Sometimes i have three Christmas trees. One big one on the balcony  my white one in my office or dining room and another  fake green one in the other space. One i decorate with all my snowmen ornaments.  I love putting up lights on the patio awning some on the front porch. I also make a nice Christmas dinner with the Ham or Turkey or both, stuffing potatoes,etc. On Christmas I let the kids decide on the traditional fare or something different since by Christmas they are turkeyed out.  On Christmas eve I do a finger-food get together.  after Christmas on our first snow I always do a snowman themed dinner. The kids and grand-kids get a kick.

So as you see I love to decorate and do themed dinners. Let’s go see what the other author’s favorite Holidays are

Life Lessons in my books #MFRWauthor #lifelessons #blogchallenge

 

Welcome back to MFRWauthors52weekblogchallenge. It is week 28 and our topic this week is Life Lessons in my Book. This is very hard for me since I don’t have a book out. I never really set out to put life lessons in my stories. In my current WIP my story is about an older women that her sons have left home to have thier own lives and she is now facing life alone. She is a widow and has a small hobby farm. So I guess you could say empty nesting and how to deal with the loss of a husband and  your children and begin a new life. Enter a 23 year old college baseball player with big dreams and a wicked sexy smile and we have her facing her attraction to a much younger man. Could this be a morality issue? I don’t know.

In my M/M stories the life lessons is love is love and dealing with bigotry.

I have a couple paranormal romances as well and not sure at all what kind of life lesson you can find there. One is dealing with the devil and the other is  a new life as a vampire.

SO this is all I have this week.

Let’s go see what the others  life lessons in their books are?

 

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Come walk with me. #MFRWauthor #beautifulplaces #garden #blog

 

 

Wonder why I led with this? Other than it being my Grandmother and mother’s favorite song and it brings beautiful memories.  Our topic this week is the Most Beautiful Place I Have Ever Been.

Since I haven’t been a lot of places I chose the one thing we look for when we vacation and that is a botanical garden. My husband got me hooked on them when we took our first vacation together. It  was to Chicago. I never had been so he thought it would be nice for me. We went to museums which I loved, The Zoo. The aquarium and Pier, but of all the places we went there my favorite was the Botanical garden. We walked for hours, sat and watched the birds and butterflies. It was summer and there were lots of flowers blooming. My favorite was the rose gardens.

Another great vacation was St Louis. We saw the arch, Zoo, museums, but again my favorite was the Botanical gardens. One year it featured statues by an artist, the next was some glass features. We walked in and it took my breath away. I choked up with tears of excitement. my hubby still teases me for crying when we walked in. All of this glass hanging around like spheres or sitting around was gorgeous. We always would splurge and eat at the cafe. I would get a garden fresh sandwich made on fresh baked bread and veggies grown there, like squash,mushrooms and eggplant. It was delicious.  It looks like this year they are having glass and Metal art. I wonder if I can get a stop there on the way home from dads.

So give me a botanical garden and I am one happy girl.

Whats the most beautiful place you have ever been?

This is The MFRW 52 week blog challenge week 27 so don’t forget to go see the other authors most beautiful place they have ever  been.


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Get Those Voices Out of My Head #MFRWauthor #MFRW #whyiwrite

Welcome back to the 52weekMFRW bloghop challenge. This is week 26 and we are about halfway now. I feel an accomplishment already by sticking to it and making a habit to blog every Friday. Thus weeks topic is Why I Write.

7 years ago  my disc ruptured and nearly severed my nerve in my hip. I had to have surgery and have the disc removed and my spine fused where it came out as it was so low they felt this was the better option that rods and stuff.  Now I have chronic backpain and that leg is still not the same. It is weak, sometimes it seems to disappear and it limits my mobility and freedom. I also have  asthma and seizures limiting what I can do and now I pretty much can’t go anywhere or do anything alone. Not even go outside to work in my yard.

I was reading paranormal romances and urban fantasies such as Kim Harrison’s Hallows series and Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake as fast as I could get them. I was depressed and seemed like all I did was lay around. One day on the computer I saw a thing about writing books. Something in me clicked. Voices began whispering in my ear.

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I began writing on a notepad. Sad thing is my handwriting is barely legible to myself.  I began researching more and more and got into some writing groups and met a writing coach that was starting out and she took me on. I began building  a platform on Facebook and in the meantime jotting down this story in my head. It was an urban fantasy and I have notebooks for 4 stories that are sort of drafted and 2 more partially done in that series alone. Every night in the tub I slipped in my Walkman and let the voices talk to me. Got out and jotted down the story.

I began getting up in the mornings and writing , especially once I found Word so much easier. I would write a while, research a while, read books on writing, outlining, etc. I had a new focus. I had a reason to get up out of bed. I may not have a book out yet but I do have a file full of rough drafts. Another full of Ideas. This year I changed my goals to getting at least one published and changed my goals to self-publishing. The reason for that is another story.

The voices just keep coming from all genres. I cant play favorites so I will write what i feel at the time.

I guess you can say writing saved me.

Why do you write? Let’s go see why the other authors write!


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What Would My Last Meal be? #MFRWauthor #lastmeal #friedchicken

Welcome to week 24 of the MFRW authors blog challenge. Whew what a mouthful! This weeks topic is If I Could Eat One Last Meal. I don’t know about you but this one seems a little morbid to me. LOL. I mean what do you think when you think of choose your last meal?  I think of death row or the end of times, or your death bed. Why else would you have to choose your last meal?  But then again this question is on so many interviews or top lists. I didn’t sit and think long. I took the first meal that hit my head which is my favorite. Fried Chicken, Mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers ( only if these two are in season) onions and a slab of chocolate cake. You notice I didn’t choose any veggies.   It’s all carb loaded, full of fat and totally southern LOL!

Sure I could have picked  something like an expensive steak or Lobster which would be nice but to be honest, second choice would be catfish, fries, and hushpuppies. Still a fried  meal. Oh yeah that chocolate cake or peach cobbler!

I am just a simple girl and if you’ve read these posts you will notice I have chosen or mentioned this meal a few times. It is my favorite. Its my comfort. It is home.  So yeah my last meal would simply be the Fried Chicken meal but please let’s make it home made and not a chain restaurant! I like mine quite simple. The way my mom taught me. If you eat it too much it is probably a heart attack waiting to happen but if its your last meal..who cares?

Here is my recipe.

1 whole chicken or 4 leg quarters ( to feed 4 people)

1 cup buttermilk

all ingredients are estimated as I haven’t measured in years I just mix and add more if needed.

Flour 1/2 cup ( maybe more)

2 eggs

salt (1 TBSP)

Pepper ( 1 TBSP)

Garlic powder ( 1 TBSP)

Italian seasoning ( 1 TBSP)

Heavy pan with oil. ( I use Canola)

Wash chicken pat dry. salt pepper both sides. Arrange in single layer in a bag or pan with butter milk. let sit  over night or at least a few hours.  Turn at least once.  Put flour and seasoning in a shallow pan. Break eggs  into another and beat. Heat oil til hot. dip chicken into flour, egg back in flour then place into oil.  fry  one side until brown, turn. fry in batches. Drain on paper towels.  You can skip the buttermilk for a different variation.

What would your last meal be?  Let’s go see what the other bloggers chose?

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