Friday, December 05, 2008

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1. Snow is pretty to look at, as long as I can stay inside and warm.

2. I'm looking forward to the kids coming home for Christmas.

3. The Long and the Short of It is the best review site ever! (My daughter told her entire English class that, so it must be true. And, stay tuned, because in January, we're (hopefully) unveiling a new and improved site! We're so excited!!

4. One of my favorite old tv shows is the OLD Mickey Mouse Club...I loved that show growing up.

5. I'm done with nothing.... still have cooking, decorating, shopping to do. Well, I AM done with bearing children, does that count?.

6. The most enjoyable thing around the holidays is family being home.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to cuddling with my honey, tomorrow my plans include filming a commercial and Sunday, I want to have ham for supper!

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What is your favorite time of day and why? Bedtime, because hubby and I have the time to cuddle, read, and talk without a lot of interruptions.
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If you could find anything under your Christmas tree this year, what would it be? All my children home for Christmas. On a more materialistic side, an ereader would be nice. lol

Would you want to know when you were going to die? Absolutely not!

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If someone gives you a Christmas gift that you weren't expecting to, do you give them one in return even though you didn't plan on it? It depends on who it is. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. And, even if I do, it's more of a token.

Recipe for this Week (instead of your recipe for life - what is it for just this week?) To try to take every day and remember what this season is all about, instead of getting so stressed out over things.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Some Exciting News

First... it's cold here. No, that's not the exciting news...but it's south Georgia and it's not even winter yet. I'm not happy.

Second... my friend, business partner, and critique partner Marianne is having a contest to promote the print release of One Love for Liv. You can actually win an autographed copy of the book before you are able to buy it. It's being released on December 29, but you can win a copy by December 15.
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And, it's easy to enter. Here...straight from the horse's...ahem, author's....mouth:

How can you enter?

It's EASY! Simply tell the world about">"One Love For Liv".

Post about the book on your blog or website (all the necessary info may be found here): the picture, blurb, excerpt, buy link and your choice of a review snippet AND a link to this contest page so other folks can have the same chance as you to win!

Then... email me with the link. Poof... you're DONE!

So...what are you waiting for? Go forth and enter.

Friday, November 28, 2008

After Thanksgiving

This is us before the stuffing commenced..... us, not the turkey!

And, since it's Friday... here are some Friday memes. Keep reading...there's a surprise at the end :-)

1. My stomach is very full.
2. Pie is what I ate the most of on Thursday.
3. The yard is wet.
4. With my husband is where I'd rather be at any given time.
5. The smell of cinnamon reminds me of Christmas.
6. More time (and money) is what I need right now!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to having my house decorated, tomorrow my plans include buying our Christmas tree and Sunday, I want to stay home, but I have to work!

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And now... my annual Christmas countdown begins. I'm starting my Christmas decorating's one of my favorite times of the years. I have some work I still need to do for LASR for next week, but when that's done...I'm putting in my Christmas music and hauling out my decorations. So... enjoy an early taste of Christmas.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday Morning Meme

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November 24th Questions:

1. Thanksgiving is this week! Where are you going? Besides eat, what do you do on Thanksgiving? Do you have any family traditions you’d like to share with us? Don’t forget to take pictures! (You’ll be asked to show them next Monday! This will also prove handy for Coffee Chat!)
For the first time in years, we're staying home. We normally visit my aunt and cousins in South Carolina (last year we broke with that tradition and went to North Carolina to visit my daughter and her husband and to help celebrate their marriage). This year, most of the family is going to be here for Christmas and with me starting back to a "real" job, the thoughts of packing up and driving anywhere just was too daunting. sister and her husband are coming down from the Atlanta area and we'll have our Thanksgiving feast here. The day after (unless there's something on sale I just can't live without), I'll start putting away the autumn decorations and haul out the Christmas ones. chanel handbags

2. What is your favorite gadget? Why is it your favorite? If money was not an object, what gadget would you buy for yourself? My coffee grinder, hands down. I love the taste of freshly ground coffee. And, if money were no object, I'd get a coffee maker with a built-in grinder that I could set up the night before. Marianne has recently bought one (and early Christmas present 'cause her old one bit the dust) and I am soooo jealous.

3. You’ve been chosen to be a contestant on “Survivor” and you leave in 6 weeks. How will you spend the next 6 weeks to prepare for the challenge? After I pick myself up from the floor where I've fallen laughing hysterically, I would decide I'm not going to worry about losing weight (after all, the fat may carry me through starvation), but I would build up my stamina by starting to take long long walks.

4. How many times a week do you visit the ATM machine? Do you normally carry a lot of cash? How often do you use credit cards? Are you pretty good at paying off your balance every month? How do you control your credit card spending? I NEVER visit an ATM machine.... mainly because I have the hardest time remembering the PIN. And, I very rarely have cash on me. The only "credit" card we use is actually just a charge card and must be paid in full each month or they cut you off. I love that, because whipping out plastic is just too easy. I DO use the debit card to buy a lot of things. That I need to be more careful of, because $2 here and $3 there add up.

If you play along, let me know. And, Happy Monday, everyone.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Awesome Exciting News

Just in time for Christmas, my friend Kailani is having an awesome contest. All you need to do is go to her site and talk to her. You'll be entered into a drawing for a $100 Home Depot gift card. How easy can THAT be????

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Memes

1. The last band I saw live was Little Texas in Apalachicola the first weekend in November.
2. What I look forward to most on Thanksgiving is my sister and her husband coming down (if you don't celebrate thanksgiving, insert your favorite holiday)
3. My Christmas/holiday shopping isbarely started...oy vey!
4. Thoughts ofall the housework I have to do (not to mention other things I have to do fill my head.
5. I wish I could wearsize 8 jeans once again
6. Bagpipesare awesome
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward tobeing alone with my hubby, tomorrow my plans includegrinding stumps and Sunday, I want torest, but it ain't-a-gonna happen!

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How do you usually spend Thanksgiving?
For the past several years, we've gone to my cousins' in Charleston, South Carolina, for a combination Thanksgiving-family reunion. Last year, our second daughter got married the day before Thanksgiving, so we were in Raleigh, North Carolina. This year, since I've started working and time is precious...we're staying home. My sister and her husband are driving down from the Atlanta area and we're going to just chill out and relax.

What is the one thing you are most grateful for this year?
That we all have our health and, even with the bad economy, we can be together and be happy. That the kids are probably all going to be home for Christmas (Aaron and his wife are still waiting to see...he's not sure if he can get leave). It's going to be a good year, despite everything. chanel handbags

Do you usually shop on Black Friday or avoid it like the plague?
It depends. If there is a super sale on something I've really been wanting... I'll brave it. Otherwise, nah... I'll stay home.

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What is your favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast?
Leftovers, of course!!! :-)

Recipe for this Week (instead of your recipe for life - what is it for just this week?) Clean the house, cook, get ready for the holiday (because I have to work all day Tuesday and Wednesday.... oy vey!)

Friday, November 14, 2008

An Early Word to the Wise

I know it's still November, but it's not too early to remind ourselves that it's nearly time for Christmas. If you have trouble with certain people on your "to buy for" list, why not consider a book? It's an inexpensive way to bring people hours of enjoyment, romance, buy a book this holiday season for those hard to buy for folks.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Monday Meme Madness

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November 3rd Questions:

1. When do you need soothing? And, what soothes you? Tell us about the last time you needed soothing.
I'm pretty laid back and very little bothers me. But, I'm afraid that the rare times I DO need, comfort food, does a pretty good job. My hubby and his love does the very best job, though, of soothing me.

2. What makes today special for you? And you’re not allowed to say “nothing.” Everyday should be special - life is short! If you can’t think of anything that makes today special, then tell us something you’re thankful for, right now, right this very minute. Today is special because I'm at the coast with my husband and we're still very much in love.

3. What is the most you’d be willing to spend on the perfect pair of blue jeans? What about shoes? Tell us about the last time you purchased jeans. Now tell us the last time you purchased a pair of shoes. I don't spend much on my clothes. Blue jeans, I wear a lot on the job (grinding stumps) and they end up get ruined. I do have some nice jeans that I save... I think I spent about $30 for them. It's been so long since I've bought them, I don't remember. The last time I bought jeans was when I ended up having to work on a job site when I didn't intend to (so wasn't dressed for it). I ran down to the store and picked up a cheap pair of jeans to wear. Shoes? Goodness... I bought a pair of tennis shoes last, wait. I bought some flip-flops a couple of months ago. I don't buy much for myself, can you tell?

4. What is the oddest thing you ever bought for yourself? As I said, I don't spend much money on myself. And... the oddest thing I've ever bought for myself? I don't know... and neither does Bob.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesday Things

For my "Heads or Tails" post... please go to my blog.

It has turned off chilly in the south. I think we're in for an early winter. My tomato, pepper and eggplant plants still have blooms on them! I'm going to cover them tonight and hope for the best. It's supposed to warm up for the rest of the week, so maybe I can get a few more pickings out of them.

Have you checked out the scavenger hunt questions on LASR's Halloween contest yet? Yesterday, Kim W. won Dark Gold by Christine Feehan, Dead Sexy by Amanda Ashley, and Sunshine by Robin McKinley. You could be today's winner ( Morning Beauty, Midnight Beast by Myrna Mackenzie, A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison, and Retrieval by Jeanie London), but not if you don't enter.

I need to work on the interviews and spotlights for next week's LASR, so I'll bid you all a fond adieu.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday Meme and Fun Contest News (not necessarily in that order)

Happy Halloween Week! At LASR, we are having a scavenger trick or treat party. We are giving away books and candy! The party is here and we hope you have fun! Come and join in the fun.

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1. What’s your mood today? Why do you feel this way? Would you consider yourself to be a moody person overall? When has your “moodiness” gotten you into trouble? Tell us about that incident. The past few weeks I've been.. not moody, exactly (I save my moodiness for ...oh, let's just say monthly or so hormonal changes. And then I cry at the drop of a hat)... distracted, for lack of a better term. There are changes going on in our household that in one sense will be beneficial, but in another sense will change the way I do everything. I've been content with our life as it is, so change is unsettling, to say the least.

2. How do you feel about the dentist? On a scale of 1 (terrified) to 10 (he’s like a brother to you). And, if it’s a low number … is there a reason behind your fear / loathing? Tell us a dentist story (we all have them). Can it be a negative number? I don't have a real reason for my dental phobia (and it's a real phobia....I HAD to have some dental work done and my doctor gave Valium and my dentist gave me gas... I wish he was here instead of in North Carolina).
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3. If you could interview anyone, who would you interview, and what would the first question be? I interview wonderful authors all the time... check the interviews out on our interview page.

4. What did you do over the weekend? Cleaned... we've been going through Fall House Cleaning (trying to get things in wonderful shape due to the changes I mentioned in number 1)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

3WW-- a continuation

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Today's words: ache, difference, suffer

For last week's entry, click here

Jared lifted up his head and sniffed again, pinpointing with deadly accuracy the direction he needed to travel. On silent feet, he prowled through the trees, every minute bringing him closer to that which would ease the ache of hunger.

The scent of fire mingled with that of his prey heralded the glow in a clearing ahead. Jared paused and drank in the mixture of aromas. His eyes adjusted and he saw her. Her smell had drawn him earlier in hunger, but there was a difference. chanel handbags

Emotions roiled and warred inside him such as he'd not felt since...becoming. Emotions he thought lost along with his humanity. Desire for more than blood; a longing to know this woman, not merely feed on her; the sure knowledge that with this woman he could know peace, and he would suffer.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Meme: Food For Thought

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If you could jump into any book … what would it be and why? I jump into books when I read them when I'm drawn into the time and setting by the author :-) But, to actually be transported to a time? Probably any of the Regencies I read, because I love that time period. Of course, I'm afraid I'd be disappointed, because I would probably not like the reality of it...but, it would be fine for a while. I wouldn't have to STAY there, right?

Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers etc.) Fair to partly cloudy, with the expectation of things warming up later.

What activities make you lose track of time? Reading a good book, writing, bloghopping (oh, how bloghopping does!), chatting

Midnight Snack
What were you doing one hour ago? Sleeping...and yes, I was a slug-a-bug. I didn't wake up til after eight!! I couldn't believe it. But, I took a couple of Benadryl last night...maybe that's why.

Recipe for this Week (instead of your recipe for life - what is it for just this week?) Do what needs to be done first.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

3 Word Wednesday

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Today's words: Delicate, Jaded, Night

He sniffed the air as the delicate scent of woman filled the night. His mouth watered. It had been a long time since he fed. A long time since the sweetness had flooded his mouth and burned in his veins. His maker had long ago become jaded with the hunt, preferring to feed in easier, more comfortable surroundings; Jared, howeve, was a hunter--who prowled the edges of humanity and who enjoyed the hunt almost as much as the feeding. chanel handbags

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday Morning Meme

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October 13th Questions:

1.If your children are going trick-or-treating this year, what costumes are they wearing? Do you take them door-to-door or do you take them to a sponsored event? Tell us about the last time you dressed up for Halloween. How do you feel about Halloween in general My children are grown, but while they were growing up we didn't celebrate Halloween...their father was very against it. I loved Halloweeen when I was growing up. I think the last time I dressed up for Halloween was at work one year... I was a gypsy. And, I enjoy of my kids (I think to make up for the fact she was never allowed to enjoy it when she was a little one) goes all out for Halloween...and I'm glad to see it.

2.Do your friends and family read your blog? How does this knowledge affect your writing? Do you feel like you can totally be yourself on your blog? Where do you draw the line when it comes to disclosing too much about your life on your blog? I know some of my friends read my blog. And the family does some. And, I tend to be completely myself all the time, chanel handbags whether I'm here or anywhere else. Pretty much, what you see (or read) is what you get. Disclosing too much? I don't talk sex or politics. Ever. Otherwise... pretty much anything goes.

3. Are you an early bird or a night owl? What do you like to do in the early morning hours or late at night? How do your sleeping patterns affect the rest of your family? I USED to be a night owl, but now I go to bed sometime between 10-12. Bob and I always make it a point to go to bed together. Sometimes I get up earlier, and I try to work on my writing or LASR or editing at those times.

4. Do you lie about your age? Why or why not? Nope... I love the reaction when I tell people how old I am and they go, "No way!" I've been blessed with my father's "look younger than you are" genes. While he was in his twenties, and in the Navy, he would go to the movies in civies. When he would ask for a ticket, the cashier would automatically give him a half-price ticket. And, when I was born, he was visiting my mom in the Naval hospital. The nurse came in and said, "Oh, is this your son?" My mom (not happy at all, since she was only three months older) said, "No! This is my husband!!" At which the nurse patted her hand and said, in a soothing tone, "Well, dear, as long as y'all are happy."

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A New Venture

I have started a new blog dedicated solely to books. I would love for you to go check out Book It! I'll be talking about all kinds of books, because even though I love romance (have you heard I'm co-owner of The Long and the Short of It?) I also like many other kinds of books. So...on Book It! I hope to share some of those books with you and find out what you enjoy reading.

And, if you are interested in possibly making a little money from doing things you enjoy, go here.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Tuesday Thoughts

I was able to get in touch with Karen in time, so all's good there. I'm going to let her choose from my Amazon wish list because of two things-- one, I love surprises and two, I hate making decisions. It's a match made in heaven.

We caught some interesting fish the last few days we went out...not a lot of "good" fish. A PILE of slimy catfish (including a large one), Bob caught an eel, a stingray, and a nice sheepshead. We had seafood for supper last nice. There's not much better than eating seafood that was swimming in the ocean just a short time previously.

I have some LASR work and some editing to do today, so I leave you with our fishing gallery. I hope you enjoy them. We certainly enjoyed catching them :-)

Big slimey sailcat, so named because of the large fin on his back. They are the worse to, but they are not good eating fish and they leave a slime all over everything they touch. They are the only things I know of that make my strong husband shudder and go "ewwwwwwwwww"!

A small stingray Bob caught. They are fascinating to me to look at, but that long tail is powerful and can cause damage, so we stayed far away from it when we let him go.

We did not let this beauty go. In fact, he was our featured guest at supper last night. He wasn't a record, but at twenty inches and over four pounds, he was a very respectable member of the sheepshead family (so named because they have teeth that looks like sheeps' teeth. I should have taken pictures of them, but I forgot.)

Monday, October 06, 2008

We Have a Winner...and Monday Morning Meme

Happy Monday, everyone. I was supposed to post the winner for my BAFAB contest yesterday, but instead I was out in the boat all day with Bob, and I was wiped out when I got home. I'm actually not sure I got online to do more than clean out my inbox. But, I know you've all be waiting on tenderhooks ....nope, I just Googled.... you have all been waiting on tenterhooks (and to find out what you've been waiting on you can go to World Wide Words.

Anyway, the winner of this quarter's contest is Berry.... so, give me a shout out at maracujabr (at) hotmail (dot) com to let me know what email to use, and I will get your Amazon gift certificate off in the mail.

And, I found out I won at Karen's blog on her BAFAB contest (if I was able to get in touch with her on time). So that's fun :-)

And, speaking of Karen, today is Monday and time for

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October 6th Questions:

1. Do you have certain times of the day when you have to have things done? Does your day run on a timetable? Or are you more of a laissez-faire kind of person?
I am definitely more laissez-faire, which I'm sure aggravates Marianne to no end. She is very structured (or would like to be...somehow family and animals contrive to steal that away from her). Me, I take things as they go and, as long as they get done, that's the important thing. I have found myself, though, becoming a bit more organized and that's a good thing. I'm hoping our mixture of working styles is beneficial to both of us.

2. What one word describes you on a good day? What about on a bad day? What one word would your best friend use to describe you? What one word would your significant other use to describe you? A good day: focused A bad day: moody Best friend: blonde DH: beautiful (I keep telling him he needs to have his glass prescription checked)

3. Your blog is being made into a television show. What kind of show will it be? Sit-com? Drama? How long is it? Hour? Half-hour? Sunday night movie? And most importantly, who are your show’s sponsors? Definitely not a drama... probably a sit-com. Half-hour tops. And... sponsors? Chocolate manufacturers, Estee Lauder (because I'm nothing if not a girly-girl), and (of course) The Long and the Short of It.

4. What is your favorite perfume or cologne? How often do you wear perfume or cologne? Has anyone ever told you smelled good/bad? If so, how did that make you feel? Flattered? Self-conscious? Uncomfortable? I have two favorite perfumes. My absolute very favorite is Inis, an Irish perfume. I bought the first bottle when I went to Ireland with Lianne and Kathy and fell in love with it. chanel handbags

My second favorite is a new one Bob bought me for my birthday this year, Beatiful by Estee Lauder

And, I wear perfume as often as I wear make up, which means-- every time I leave the house :-) Remember, I'm a girly-girl!

Tomorrow.. pictures from our fishing trip.... you don't want to miss the excitement.

Saturday, October 04, 2008


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Hi, all. I realized yesterday on Karen's blog that, yes indeed, it is time again for that famous quarterly event in the blogosphere.

The short version...the first weeks of January, April, July, and October are dedicated to spread the love of reading by giving a friend a book for no good reason. You can read the long version by clicking on the button. chanel handbags

So, once again in the grand old scheme of things, I will be giving away a book (or Amazon gift card- $15 value) to one lucky reader and all you need to do is leave a comment on this post. This will stay on top until October 4 and sometime on Sunday I will post the winner. So... tell your friends....we're celebrating BAFAB Week at My World of Dreams.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Thursday Thirteen: Books

Since this is BAFAB Week (and, by the way, don't forget to sign up for your chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card or book of your choice ($15 value)), I thought I'd give you Thirteen Books on My Amazon Wishlist (in no particular order)....y'know....just in case. You can see the full list here.














Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday Morning Meme from Karen

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September 29th Questions:

1. How do you define happiness?
Knowing my family is happy and safe is a big part of it. Having a job I enjoy. I'm, fortunately, by nature a pretty happy person and it takes a lot to jolt me from that.

2. What did you have for breakfast? (If not this morning, tell us what you had the last time you had breakfast). Normally I have coffee for breakfast. I'm much more likely to eat breakfast for supper. The last time we did that, we had eggs, grits, sausage, bacon, and pancakes. The last time I had breakfast for breakfast....hmmmmm.... I think it was one morning we worked and I grabbed a sausage biscuit down at Gen. Earl's (gas/convenience/cafe/let's hang out at local store).

3. On a scale of one to ten, how sick are you of the presidential campaign? Do you talk about politics on your blog? What about in real life? Why or why not? I have to admit, I'm ready for it to be over. No, I don't talk about politics on my blog in any shape or form. Not even to the extent of having a "I support" button on my sidebar. In real life, sometimes I will, but not to the extent of trying to sway anyone else. Everyone has to make up their own minds and I don't believe in "arguing" or "persuading" people to believe my way. I figure if they can be argued into it, they can be argued out of it....convictions need to come from inside. That's the only way they mean anything.

4. What about your life today would surprise your teen-aged self? Actually... I don't think too much. I'm pretty much doing what I always hoped I would do. I do think my teen-aged self would have pushed a bit harder on the writing....and I should have listened to her.

On a side note, this is BAFABW again and Karen is participating (my contest will go up tomorrow). So.... if you want to win a book from Karen, click below, and leave her a comment. You'll be glad you did...oh, and if you don't already know Karen, take a few minutes to look around. She's a neat lady and a good friend.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Food For Thought

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Who was your role model growing up? My mom. She was placed in the position of having two young girls to raise. Fortunately, we were able to move in with my grandparents, but it was still a struggle for her. One thing I always remember and tried to practice with my own family: if she ever had a little extra money, she would buy board games or something long lasting. She always say she could take the money and treat us to a movie (which she did very occasionally) and we could enjoy ourselves for a couple of hours, or she could take the money, buy a game, and we could have many more hours of enjoyment.

Who would you turn to first if you were in desperate need of help? Other than my husband and/or kids? For anything other than financial help, probably my mom. Financially, she couldn't help and it would just make her worry. She would do anything at all for me otherwise. Financially, it would be our cousin. chanel handbags

Are you generally organized or messy? I tend to be more on the messy side, but I consider it "organized chaos." Things may LOOK messy, but I generally know where everything is.

Midnight Snack
What do you do when you can't sleep at night? Sometimes read; sometimes bloghop; sometimes play mind-numbing games on the computer.

Recipe for this Week (instead of your recipe for life - what is it for just this week?) For this week, my recipe is finish some of the projects I've started :-)

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Cause Worth Talking About

Through my friend Jill, I have met a new blogger...Cass. Cass has a post I encourage you to read and leave a comment on. As I mentioned last year about this time, my cousin has breast cancer. She's doing well, but it still affects our entire family. Cass had a scare and it encouraged her to write the post I linked to above. She is donating $3 for every comment to breast cancer research. Her husband's business and her mom are doing matching donations. That's $9 a comment, people.

I was just there...right now, there are 325 comments. They capped the donation and things are moving along. She's bought a domain name and is going to be moving forward with plans... you can read about them here. Check it out and support this worthy cause.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Working at Home

Not that I don't work now, but it would be nice to earn a pittance :-) Anybody got any ideas?

I'm working on some articles and will try that. I would love to be actually bringing in an income from my writing. Anyone want to hire a writer and editor?

Today is another day on our job (you remember, where I cut down my first tree) and it will probably be our last. It's been a fun job and the home owner and I have become friends. As a matter of fact, on Friday I spent my morning having coffee with her instead of working! Well, we have another coffee date this morning and I'm making muffins to take over. I don't know how to follow a recipe (I always have to change something) so we'll see how it goes. Instead of oil, I'm using some of the pear butter I put up last year (as a side note...they just came out of the oven and they are wonderful).

She is so funny. She's only been here about six weeks and is from Ohio. She loves it so far (they've always wanted to move south...she's never been fond of the cold), and it's neat to see how excited she gets about everything. There was an armadillo in their yard the other night, rooting around for bugs and such, and she and her husband were completely fascinated. One of their neighbors (another friend and customer of ours) hollered from his yard he'd be glad to come and kill it for them (he hates what they do to HIS yard). Thankfully, they decided against that plan of action.

She had also seen a flying squirrel the night before, but had been alone and was afraid to tell anyone for fear they would think she was hallucinating. She told me, "Judy, it was only five o'clock and I hadn't had a drink or anything." So, while talking about squirrels in general, I mentioned we also had flying squirrels around, she was very relieved...and recounted her experience with them. (Of course, our cousin Roy, who is working on this job with us, said he's going to find the time sometime to "warn" her that sometimes Judy gets this delusion that squirrels can fly and if I were to ever mention it to just humor me... it doesn't normally come with fits.)

Anyway... have some work I want to do for LASR before we have to leave, so I need to dash. If you didn't enter yesterday for the $15 Amazon gift certificate you have another chance today. Go and check out some of the writers we've interviewed.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Anybody Want Milk?

No...well, how about a $15 Amazon Gift Certificate? I'll tell you how you can get one. Just keep reading.

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September 8th Questions:

1. Are you brunette? Blonde? Auburn? And is it natural? If you could pick any type of hair you wanted, the style and color, what would it be? (Can you link us to a picture?)
I am a blonde (yeah, yeah, yeah). It is natural...but enhanced :-) When I was a kid I had platinum blonde hair. Over the years, it started getting darker and darker. In high school it was what used to be called "dirty dishwater blonde" (how appealing, right?) Anyway, I like being a blonde and so, I remain a blonde. I wouldn't change it. I have long hair because, for me, it's easier dealing with. When it's short I have to spend a lot of time styling it for it to look like anything. With it long...I can wear it down, wear it up, curl it or not, wash-and-go if I want. Much more versatile and time saving. And, to see a picture (this is going to tie in with the $15 Amazon Gift Certificate) just go to the Whipped Cream home page, where Marianne and I, as owners of The Long and the Short of It are celebrating National Shameless Promotion Month. NOTE: this is on our erotic romance site, but we don't think there are any explicit book covers on it. We are in the Author Spotlight this week.

2. How did your car get that little scratch/dent? (Because let’s face it, we ALL have car stories, right? If, for some reason you don’t, tell us about how someone else’s car got that scratch/dent). Oh, do I ever! Bob bought me a wonderful pick-up truck. It was beautiful. A 150 Dodge Ram Sport. One day we had to use it in the business (we try not to use my truck, because the tree and stump removal business is not kind to equipment). But, this day, for some reason lost in the mists of time, we had to. I took a load of limbs to the landfill on our long trailer. Well...I backed up to where the guys were supposed to pull the limbs off. Did you know that if you are pulling something, you're supposed to back up completely opposite to the way you back up normally???? Well, I soon found out when the trailer jackknifed and put a dent in my bumper. I cried all the way back to the jobsite and STILL feel like crying about it. My poor little truck.

3. In your opinion, what is the worst-tasting candy? Now, what is the best-tasting candy? How often do you eat candy? Do you keep it around your house? Do you allow your children to eat very much candy? licorice, hands down. Blech. Best tasting? Do you really need to ask? Chocolate, of course. And, yes, I do my best to keep it around the house, 'cause you never know when you're gonna just NEED it. And, no kids around the house now, but when they were little, they ate enough. It was never forbidden, because I felt all that would do would make them want it more.

4. Are you easily agitated? What really makes your temper soar? Do you stay angry for a long time? Or do you get over it pretty fast? Nope... I don't lose my temper hardly at all. But, when I's Katie bar the door.

Don't forget to head over and enter the contest for that $15 Amazon Gift Certificate. You know you want to :-)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday Meme

Click on the picture to go to Jodi's site

Direct from Jodi's mouth...uh, fingers: "Since the Friday's Feast Chef has been out of the kitchen for quite some time (and may be for a while yet), I have decided to start my own version until he/she is able to return. I am calling it

Food 4 Thought Friday

It is generally the same idea, with just a little twist. Feel free to play along for some yummy fun! I will post a new one each Thursday afternoon for those that are on a different time zone. JOIN IN!!!"

If you were to choose a new name for yourself what would it be and why? Were there any other names your parents almost gave you?

As far as I know, my parents never considered any other names from me... my actual name is Judith Ann, but I've been Judy so long I think I'm in trouble when I hear "Judith Ann." I AM thinking about using that for my writing name, though. After reading Anne of Green Gables, I always wanted to change my middle name to Anne... maybe I'll do that for my writing name. What do y'all think? Who should I be when I write?

And, if I were to choose a new name for myself now? Probably still something that starts with J. I like J-names :-)

How do you usually spend your Sunday afternoons?

I always cook for Sunday night dinners. We tried doing the after church dinner, but Mama got out of church at one time, and we got out of church at another. So, it evolved into Sunday night instead. Our church doesn't have evening service and Mama's gotten to where she doesn't like driving at night. Other than that, it's pretty lazy.

What would be your last meal if you were about to walk the green mile?

I agree with Jodi's answer...that would be tough. I like her idea of having a taste of everything I really enjoy, but don't get often. That would include soft bread, right out of the oven, and butter. (Don't need to worry about calories or fat, after all). Then, I think, an Oyster Po'Boy from The Grill in Apalachicola. That's to die for. And maybe so coconut shrimp from Red Lobster. For dessert (if I could hold any more) something chocolate and decadent.

Midnight Snack
Have you ever broken any bones? Nope... knock on wood. I do have a fairly fresh scar on my leg though :-)

Recipe for this Week (instead of your recipe for life - what is it for just this week?)
My recipe for this week is organization. My life is in desperate need of being organized. I'm starting on that by concentrating on one thing at a time (writing one day, editing one day, LASR one day) but I need to filter in my housework and chores too. Not to mention outside work.

Let me know if you decide to play along... now I'm off to visit a few other participants. That is, until I have to get ready to go to work.

You Are 30% Left Brained, 70% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.

Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.

If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.

Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.

Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.

If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.

Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I'm a Lumberjack, and I'm OK

As some of you may or may not know, my husband and I own a tree and stump removal business. Yesterday we had a large trim job to do (and a couple of large pine trees to take down).

If you've never been around tree people or chain saws...they can be really dangerous (the chain saws--not the tree people-- usually). As a matter of fact, look at these chain saws:

No... we didn't use one like that. Actually, one of the ones we used was like this:

Are you wondering yet why I'm telling you all this? It's because :::::drum roll:::::
I cut down my very first tree today!!!! My husband, knowing how very dangerous chain saws are, has never let me use one. But, he relented and I used the small top handle saw pictured above to cut down a tree.

Okay... so it was a very small tree. So small, I brought home the piece that had the largest diameter. And, so small that my husband had his hand around the trunk and lifted it with one hand into the dump truck. It was taller than I am (okay... so at 5'2", I have been called a shrimp) and it WAS a tree. So... it counts!! And... here it is.....

And so.... I can officially join the ranks of the "lumberjack"!!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Monday Morning Meme

1. If you mixed up the letters in the name of your blog, what new name would you come up with? (Anagram fun website - Now take your favorite anagram and tell us what sort of blog it might be based on that title.
Cad Ed Foretells Mommy Or Wow Cad evil man who has a gift (or curse) for predicting the future gives his daily forecast

Decade Meows From Molly Wort My cat, Molly Worts, gives her ten-year address to the nation (as you might guess... she doesn't have much of a readership)

Werewolf DeCad or Lost Mommy... hmmmmm.. that just make an interesting book title.... excuse me while I go add that to my file ::::wandering off::::

2. What three sounds do you love? Okay, now tell us WHY you love these sounds. 1.The sounds of my children laughing... I love it when my kids are happy.
2. The sound of rain.... we've been in a drought condition... plus it means I can stay in and write or read 3. The sound of the ocean.... it just restores my soul

3. What is it about you that makes everyone want to know you? Wait, you’re not done yet. Now tell us WHY that one particular thing? What makes that element of yourself so special? (Come on, don’t be shy. This is your opportunity to write about something positive about yourself). I'm fun... seriously. I tend to come up with some off-the-wall stuff that makes people laugh. You never know what's going to come out of this mouth (or off these fingers, as the case may be). Unfortunately, that doesn't translate into my writing. I need a foil to bounce things off of.

4. What is the oldest thing you own? What is the newest? The oldest thing I own..I have a baby doll crib and cradle that my sister and I got from Santa when I was about six and she was three. I'm keeping it until one of my girls has their first girl and then will pass them on. The newest thing I own? I have Sherrilyn Kenyon's newest book Acheron.

Stay tuned for a new meme coming up.....details are still being working out.

Friday, August 15, 2008

New Meme: Food 4 Thought Friday

Jodi has come up with her own version of Friday's Feast... so if you've missed Friday's Feast, go support her and play along.

What is your first thought when you wake up?

Is it sad that I don't have thoughts until I've had my coffee??? Seriously, my mind is almost a blank. I get up, potty, weigh, brush my teeth, start the coffee and only when the coffee touches my lips do I think. I'm doing good to get through the habitual things I do every morning.

If you could go out to lunch with any three people (real of fictitious/ from any time period, dead or alive) , which three people would you choose and why?

My first choice would be Jesus Christ. My second choice would my dad. He left us when I was a child and he died before I got up the nerve to contact him. I'd like to rectify that mistake. Third is my blogfriends (yes, I'm cheating... I want one huge lunch with all of them... or a weekend retreat... or something)

What is your favorite restaurant and what do you like the most on the menu?

The Apalachicola Seafood Grill. They don't have a web presence but then they don't need one. They have the BEST fried oyster po' boys! Mmmmmmmm.

Midnight Snack
What do you usually think about right before you fall asleep?
God, this bed feels good.

Recipe for this Week (instead of your recipe for life - what is it for just this week?)
Make time for my writing....somehow.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More News in the Blogosphere

I am very excited to let you know that Marianne's latest book Kitchen Matches is available for purchase today! To buy it, click here. Go on... you know you want to!

Here's the blurb:

A feisty auto mechanic and a hunky chef cook up chaos!

Cori Weathers is a wizard with a torque wrench, but the moment she lays eyes on her cooking teacher, Micah DePalma, her lessons turn into a klutzy symphony of flying poultry and burning aprons. It makes no sense. He couldn’t be less her type: tall, skinny, and born with a silver spoon in his mouth. So why is her heart sputtering like a badly tuned engine?

Despite family pressure to date only women of his own social class, something about the cooking-challenged spitfire lights all Micah’s burners. Cori’s a complex dish inside a deceptively simple coating, one he’s willing to risk tackle football and jealous ex-boyfriends to sample.

His every attempt to crack her stubborn heart strikes sparks. Will they ignite the flame of love—or explode into just another kitchen disaster?

Warning: This story contains flying poultry, annoying older brothers, the occasional quote from Shakespeare, and enough sexual tension to overheat ovens—and engines.

Joy Nash’s Immortals: The Crossing--sixth book in Dorchester’s USA Today Bestselling series Immortals--hits the bookshelves on September 30. But 50 lucky readers will win autographed copies on or before that date!

Yes, that’s right – 50 copies of The Crossing will be given away on 50 participating websites and blogs, which means readers have 50 online chances to win this hot new paranormal romance during the 50 days between August 12 and September 30.

You can find all the participating sites where you can enter here. I'm sure going to!!!

Time for Stinky Stuff

Have you ever had a really really rank odor in your car? If so, Jill and Mr. Lady is having a really neat contest, with the help of Febreze. All you have to do it go to Jill's blog or Mr. Lady's blog and leave a comment telling them what stinky thing you found in YOUR car. I don't know that you can beat theirs... but give it a try. So... go check their contest out and enter.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Monday Morning Meme

1. What is the last thing you attempted to quit? How did you do it and were you successful? Does overeating count??? And, no I wasn't successful.. at least not yet. I'm determined to lose this weight by the end of the year, though. So.. if you see me reaching for a cookie... slap my hand, okay??

2. Are you a roller coaster sort of person (impulsive, takes chances, likes to live in the fast lane), or a merry-go-round sort of person (slow, steady, predictable, peaceful)? This is an excellent excuse to do a little self-analysis! I'm more of a merry-go-round person, I think, with brief bouts of insanity. But, I also don't like to be bored so Bob and I do lots of different things and we're pretty spontaneous about things like that. So.... the answer to the above question is.... Yes. :-)

3. Have you ever worn your slippers, or pajamas, in public? If so, when and why? If not, would you ever consider leaving your house looking less than your best? What do you think of people who do so? (Be honest, we all judge on some level). OMG.... the one time it happened is seared into my memory. Sit back, put your coffee down, and hang on. It was winter, 1983. Nearly all the pipes in the entire town froze Christmas Eve. Our house froze and we went to stay with my BFF and her family (we were going to eat over there Christmas Day anyway). The day after... our water was still frozen but my hubby at the time had to go to daughter and I stayed with Sandye (did I mention I was six months pregnant???) Anyway... we were lounging around the house... just taking it easy... when husband called and asked me to bring him something to the store. Okay.. I was a good wife... hopped in the car and ran whatever it was down to him. chanel handbags While I was there... he asked me to go to the grocery store and pick him up something. So... again... being the good wife, I said, "Sure." Hopped in the car... went to the grocery store... and was in the middle of an aisle when I happened to look down and there on my feet were frog slippers my mother had given me for Christmas (I collected frogs).Similar to these only worse:

Yep... that's what I wore out in public. And now... no. I do not go anywhere outside the house without looking my best (including make-up)....a fact which Marianne finds amusing to no end.

What do I think of people who go out looking not their best? If they are clean and decently dressed ...not much. If they are trashy looking .. well.. I think they are trashy looking.

4. If you could go back and tell your 13-year-old self one thing about the future, what would you say? Follow your dream of writing. Don't get sidetracked by what other people say. Go for it.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Warning for Facebook Fans

I just got this email from Marianne and wanted to pass the warning on:

I stumbled across this on ZDNet (so... this isnt' some weird email whoosie going around):

On Wednesday, the FBI and its partner, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), warned against a new email campaign being used by the creators of the Storm worm botnet.
The email uses the phrase 'FBI vs. Facebook' in its subject line and contains a link to view an article about the FBI and Facebook, the popular social-networking website. Clicking on the link downloads malicious software onto the victim's computer.
I've already rec'd this email in my spambox several times and just deleted... but wanted to pass it on. I double checked it with Snopes, being naturally skeptical, and it's real:

Everyone, be careful out there.

Friday Frustration

Good morning, all. I clicked over first thing to do Friday's Feast but it appears as if the chef, Susan is still having problems. And, Jodi who filled in so well for her the last couple of weeks had the audacity to go to camp and leave us in the lurch (but she looks like she'll be having a blast if these pictures from last year are any indication. I guess she's forgiven.

Anyway, in case you've somehow missed the news, LASR is still having the big birthday bash. Up for grabs on the 27th is a $50 Amazon gift certificate.

My husband showed me a website this morning. When I looked at the link, part of the address was "idle women wanted." My first thought was....???? I might not get a lot done, but I am seldom IDLE! We always have something going on. But, it turns out it wasn't what I thought at all. Some of you might find this interesting. I'm going to share it with our LongandShort Yahoo Group. The "Idle Women" were a group of British women during WW2 who worked on the waterways. It's kinda neat.

He has also been sharing some different kinds of foods with me: Black Country Food like "faggots'n'pays","fill belly", and "gray pays n bercon." Amazing what you can find on the Internet and where following links can take you.

What are some things YOU have found interesting on the Internet just by clicking links?

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Thursday Thirteen: I Stole It

I am so swiping this Thursday Thirteen from Marcia at Joy is My Goal. Even if you don't play TT, I challenge you to do this meme and let me know so I can come visit you~~~~

The Name Game

1.Your rock star name (first pet, current car)
Greta Dodge-Ram

2.Your gangsta name (favorite ice cream flavor, favorite type of shoe)
Rocky Road Barefoot

3.Your Native American name (favorite color, favorite animal)
Blue Cat

4.Your soap opera name (middle name, city where you were born)
Ann Portsmouth

5.Your Star Wars name (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 of your first name)

6.Superhero name (2nd favorite color, favorite drink)
Red DietCoke

7.NASCAR name (the first names of your grandfathers)
William Nelson

8.Dancer name (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy)
Inis Chocolate

9.TV weather anchor name (your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) Purser Paris (actually... I would want to reverse that.. Paris Purser)

10.Spy name (your favorite season/holiday, flower) Summer Rose (sounds like a new line for The Wild Rose Press

11.Cartoon name:(favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now) Passionfruit Shorts

12.Hippie name (what you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree)
Coffee Maple

13.Movie star name (first pet, first street where you lived)
Greta Elizabeth
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Give it a try and let me know how you did :-)

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Contests Abound.....

Marianne's latest book, Kitchen Matches is being released from Samhain next Tuesday. And, to celebrate she's having a fun contest with TWO winners. You can check out all the details here, but in short.. you need to email her at authormariannearkins(at)gmail(dot)com and send her your worse cooking story or your worse car mishap story. There are free books and an Amazon gift certificate at stake.

Also, The Long and the Short of It is continuing its nearly month long party. Today's prize is a copy of Donna Marie Rogers' newest book Golden Opportunity, being released tomorrow, AND a $10 TWRP gift certificate.

Don't forget, too, we are giving away a free PDF recipe book containg all the recipes we've featured on our site for the past year. Just email us at lasreviews (at)gmail(dot)com and we'll get it right off to you.

You Are an Excellent Cook

You're a top cook, but you weren't born that way. It's taken a lot of practice, a lot of experimenting, and a lot of learning.

It's likely that you have what it takes to be a top chef, should you have the desire...

Friday, August 01, 2008

I've Been AWOL

But it's been for a good reason. Marianne and I have been working frantically on our First Anniversary Party celebration! You can go check out all the fun at The Long and the Short of It and follow the banners :-)

Not only do we have twenty-six wonderful author's joining together to help us celebrate, but we are giving away a Grand Prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate. And, as a special birthday present for our readers, we have a PDF of The First Anniversary Recipe Book. All you need to do is email us at and tell us you want it.

So.. come on over and party with us. New prizes every day, plus every time you enter one of the daily contests you are also entered into the drawing for the Grand Prize. Plus if you tell your friends and blog buddies about the contest, you can get an additional entry. Just sign the Mr. Linky on the Anniversary Contest Page.

Hopefully now I'll be able to come around and visit everyone. I miss y'all!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Friday Feast, Texas-style

Due to technical difficulties, the regular edition of Friday's Feast will not be shown today. Apparently, the chef has picked up a nasty virus (computer, that is) and will be gone for a bit while she gets things sorted out. Anyway, Texas Tanya, who supplied the above information, has created her own Texas-style Friday's Feast for those of us who were going into withdrawal!
Thanks, Tanya!

Appetizer: When was the last time you had some bar-b-que?
Bob and I stopped in at Bubba's for a bbq sandwich yesterday while we were out giving estimates. Truthfully, though, I think Bob really goes for the dessert!

Soup: How many pairs of cowboy boots do you own?

Salad: Finish this sentence: Mommas, don't let your babies __________.
Mommas, don't let your babies play rough games just after they've eaten 'cause believe me, the consequences are no fun

Main Course: Name a song that makes you think of Texas.

Dessert: Cowboy hats - Black or White?
Black goes with everything :-)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

3WW and Wordless Wednesday

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It's been a long time since I've done this... but I'm ready to start back. My muse has been on vacation... a long LONG vacation. So...I'm hoping to entice her back :-)
This week's words are:

Elizabeth MacGuire muttered to herself as she spread butter in the bottom of the baking pan. Sure, her brothers wanted her to make Sticky Buns, but where were they when it was time to do the work. Sometimes she thought she was Henny Penny and her bags of wheat. Those boys were masters at avoiding what they saw as "woman's work." Well, she'd bide her time. Some time soon...she wasn't sure when... her time would come. chanel handbags

She placed the last of the rolled up pastries in the pan and wiped her brow with the back of her hand. Popping the pan into the oven, she glanced at the clock. Damn! Where had the time gone? She was going to be late to class. She snatched the pan of buns out of the oven and turned the heat off. The boys would just have to wait until she got back. She couldn't miss this class. Not again.



Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tuesday Heads or Tails: sit *or* stand

This week's theme/prompt is:
HEADS *OR* TAILS - Sit *OR* Stand

And... I am so indecisive,I choose BOTH!

I am so tired from standing in the dust and heat grinding stumps the last several days (today's the last day on that particular job and I will be SO glad to see the end of it), that I decided to post a video with what I'd much rather be doing.

I hope you enjoy this:

Monday, July 21, 2008

I can’t believe it. The Long and the Short of It is almost ONE YEAR OLD! Who would have thought that last year, when Marianne said... “I think I want to start a reviews blog... do you want to help out a little?” that we would be where we are today???

To celebrate our birthday, we are having a blowout party and you are all invited. We have a month of fun planned... and some of our very favorite writers are involved to bring YOU the presents.

Every day, August 1-26, you can visit one of our friends to find out how to win her special prize. There will be “something” you need to find or a question you need to answer. Just email us ( the answer and you will be entered into that day’s drawing. Not only that... but you’ll also be entered into the drawing for the $50 Amazon Gift Certificate we’ll be giving away on our actual anniversary date of August 27, 2008.

You can also get an entry for the grand prize just by telling other people about it on your website and/or blog... just enter the link on Mr. Linky on the anniversary page. If you have a daily entry, your Mr. Linky will also count as an extra entry for that contest. AND, you don't have to wait for the anniversary party to do that. You can start RIGHT NOW!

You can see all the authors that are participating on our anniversary page. The question and link to their site will be on our anniversary page on their designated day. Be sure and check every day, because once the link is gone.. it’s gone and you’ve lost your chance at that particular prize (and for your entry that day for the Grand Prize).

So... tell your friends. Tell your relatives. Tell your blog buddies. Tell your loops. Tell the strangers in the street. The Long and the Short of It is a YEAR OLD!!! And giving away twenty-six prizes from twenty-six great authors AND a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate. How cool is that? ;-)

Friday, July 18, 2008


It's Friday. I checked out Friday's Feast and it's still last week's I kinda wondered a bit when I saw a gazillion comments already. It's not THAT late! And then I read the first question and went... "huh... that sounds familiar." THEN I looked at the date (and no, you can NOT ask me why I didn't just check the date out first... DUH.. did you forget I'm a blonde????)

Anyway, I hope the chef is doing okay and that Friday Feast will be back up and running soon, 'cause I make it a point not to THINK on Fridays!!

So.... an unblog post this morning (and you don't have to say, either, that you don't find anything particularly different about that! Boy, y'all sure are a feisty bunch this morning.)

Do be here Monday... 'cause there's a big announcement on its way. And, I don't want you to miss out on one single minute of the fun.

And.. that's all. :-) Have a great weekend, y'all.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thirteen Things I Need to do Today

Good morning, all. This is going to be short and sweet 'cause I'm a lady with a mission. I have a busy busy day planned... and here is what it looks like (in no particular order):

DONE1. I have a load of clothes in the wash I need to go hang up. Yes, I said "hang up." I convinced Bob to put a clothesline up for me. I love the smell of freshly hung clothes and when we caught our daughter washing and drying EIGHT pair of panties AND got the electric bill the same day... well, let's just say that old adage of Ben Franklin's, "a penny saved is a penny earned," became very meaningful. I'll try to remember to let you in on how much we saved when I get the bill next month.

DONE2. I have to figure out something for supper. I know.. it's still early... but because of what I'm doing the rest of the day, I need to get this done. Otherwise we'll be grabbing a sandwich tonight.I've decided we'll have a chef's salad. Easy to put together and the eggs are boiled

3. I have to finish the weekly pages for LASR (contest, interview, article, short story, fun friday)

4. Ditto for Whipped Cream

DONE5. I have to create the Author Spotlight pages for LASR (Waiting on Marianne to get me the templates for that one) Actually, I sent all the stuff to Marianne to sort out. We'll hopefully be back to normal next week.

6. And the Author Spotlight pages for Whipped Cream

7. Have to finish writing a press release for the most awesome birthday celebration The Long and the Short of It has ever had. Stay tuned HERE... Monday.... exciting news.

8. Need to come up with a really neat question for "Friday Favorites from Judy's Twisted Mind" for our Yahoo group. Oh... you don't know about this fun part of my life? Well, just join us at Long and Short Reviews for a fun time. We have some great members and we have a lot of fun. So, if you love romance fiction, this is the place for you.

9. I have some editing I need to do for my "paying" job.

Somewhat done 10. I have to do at least a little cleaning up before the health department decides to come pay me a visit.

Done11. I need to go over to the garden and see what needs picking. I skipped yesterday, so I know there will be a pile of things ready.

12. I have to go to the post office because I have a pile of books that need to be mailed out to various winners in our contests.

done.. well, started on13. Oh,yeah.... and I'm going to be gone from home most of the day because we have a really BIG stump job we're starting on. I need to go get my butt in gear... y'all have a great one!!!!!!

Actually, more got done today than I thought would. I'm ready for bed... night!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday Feast and Fascinatin' Things

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When was the last time you had your hair cut/trimmed?It's been so long I don't remember when. I'm due again. I DID trim my own bangs a few weeks back...that's always a trip. I was just too busy to get in to my hairdresser. And, I expect her to say... "I won't write your interviews with LASR if you won't do MY job." Let's just say... a hairdresser, I'm not.


Name one thing you miss about being a child. Time. It seemed like I had all the time in the world. There was always plenty of time to do what I needed to do AND what I wanted to do.


Pick one: butter, margarine, olive oil. Olive oil.. unless it's toast. Then butter. Or bagel...then it's cream cheese. And, yes, I know that wasn't an option. Tough. I'm a radical rebel.

Main Course

If you could learn another language, which one would you pick, and why? Since I already know a smattering of Portuguese and Spanish... probably Italian. Or maybe French (even though I took two semesters of French in college... I remember very VERY little. I do remember I was always accused of speaking French with a Spanish accent though... that was interesting)


Finish this sentence: In 5 years I expect to be…doing pretty much what I do now, with the addition of working on my next best-seller. Of course, to make that happen, I guess I have to finish my FIRST best-seller, huh?
Fascinatin' Things

Strangest weapon of crime: cheese grater

Monday, July 07, 2008

Monday Mayhem

July 7th Questions:

1. What is your blog about? How long have you been blogging? Why did you begin blogging? Is it the same reason that you continue to blog today? How has your blog changed over the time you’ve had it? In six words, sum up your blog.
My blog started because my (at the time)writing friend and critique partner, Marianne, told me I needed one. That it would help me in my writing. My first blog post was...let me October 18, 2005. Nearly three years. Those first posts...I was still learning. I would remember something I wanted to say...or find something I wanted to share... and just do a new post. I had no idea you could actually... y'know... EDIT something you'd already done. It's been a fun nearly three years. I'll need to put my third year blogaversary on the calendar and do something fun. Any ideas?

2. When you go for a haircut, do you do something drastic? Or are you more of a ‘just a trim’ sort of person? Do you color your hair? If so, how often? Tell us about your best, and worst, hairstyle. What sort of hairsyle do you think looks good on you now? Normally just a trim. And, yes, I color my hair. Not so much to get rid of gray...I just don't have much... but to maintain my blonde-ness. I've been a blonde all my life and the last several years it has gotten steadily I'm losing my color. I have a friend who is a redhead that's experiencing the same phenamenon. What is up with that??? I did a search (I really like Google) and the best answer I can find is "nobody knows." Gee... how helpful. Anyway, I digress. Badly. The best hairstyle on me is the one I have now. Wispy bangs, long. I can just do a lot more with it with a lot less trouble if I wear it long. And, as long as it looks good on me long, I'm going to go for it. My hairstyle disaster. When my oldest was a baby, I had it cut and permed. I looked like a poodle. 'Nuff said.

3. Tell us about your 4th of July celebration. Show us some pictures (if you have them). What did your family do? Did you go and see a big fireworks display? Or did you stay home and have a (semi) quiet family fireworks celebration? On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best), how patriotic would you say you are? Do you routinely talk about our country’s issues within your family unit? Do you and your significant other see eye-to-eye on political issues? International friends: tell us how you celebrate your country’s birthday/new year/significant annual event. This is the first year since we've had our place at the shore we weren't able to go for the holiday. I was bummed. Bob was exhausted (he had had a non-stop week...from flooring the hall bathroom the entire weekend before to a lot of work last week). So... we zoned out. Stayed in. Stayed on the computers. Watched some old movies. In concession to the day, I cooked some ribs, made some potato salad, and had fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, and my mom came over to eat with us. That was it. Politics? Bob and I are very closely aligned politically, but we tend not to talk about politics except with each other (or one or two close friends). We don't like political arguments and there's no sense in stirring up the dust. But, I consider myself very patriotic.

4. If you only had enough time each day to read one section of the newspaper, which section would you read? Why this particular section? Well, I always look at the Obits first.. to make sure I should go on and read the rest. If I find myself there, I want to know so I can go lie down. Actually... I glance at the headlines, but always read the comics first. I have to find out what the kids in Zits is up to this time.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

A Winner, A Plan, and a new Meme... Oh MY

A Winner-- First, congratulations to TheKea for winning this quarter's BAFAB Contest. I've commented her and waiting to find out what book she wants. :-)

A Plan-- The first anniversary of LASR is coming up and we are making some wonderful plans for our anniversary party. So... stay tuned. This is a party you do not want to miss. Heck, I don't want to miss it! And the best thing? YOU can be a part of it too... so.... more information coming.

A New Meme-- Trish has started her own meme..... so, let's get this one going. And, if you decide to do it, let me know. I'd love to come and visit.

Famous People Meme — Which famous person in each of the following categories would you like to meet?

— Jane Austin

Movie Actor — Sean Connery

TV Actor — Christopher Meloni

Musician/Singer — Frank Sinatra

Historical Figure — Jesus

Fictional Book Character — Mr. Darby

Fictional Movie or TV Character — Jack Sparrow

I would love to see your responses... so go ahead and play :-)

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Birthday, America

Don't forget to enter for the $20 Amazon Gift certificate. The drawing is tomorrow


Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Wednesday Wonderings

Happy Wednesday all. Sorry I missed yesterday. We ground 56 stumps.. left early, got home late. I'll try to play catch-up with everyone soon.

First.... do you like to read? Then leave a comment on HERE to be entered into a drawing for a $20 Gift Card from Amazon.

Second....the winners have been announced for The Long and the Short of It's Short Story contest. These wonderful stories will ba appearing on our site for the next few weeks. Don't miss this chance for some good, quick reads.

Third.... hmmm... let's see. The garden is doing well. I've started picking daily now. Anybody have any great recipes for hot peppers? They are doing REALLY well!

Fourth.... we have to work again today.... hopefully, it won't be as long a day, or as tiring a day. Fingers crossed!

Fifth.....what are your plans for the Fourth of July? We were hoping to go to the shore, but it doesn't look like we're going to make it, so I'm wondering what everyone else is going to be doing.