Wednesday, December 31, 2008
My good friend, Tanya Hanson has posted an adorable Free Read from Wild Rose Press, all about Christmas.
To read His Christmas Angel click on the link below:
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
We love our fake trees. This tinsel tree we forgot that we purchased last year after Christmas. It's pre-lit and we keep no ornaments on it. It's a reminder of the trees our parents had when we were growing up. Don't you love it? We've always wanted a tree in our family/TV room. We spend a lot of time in there.
This one belonged to my mother. When she got too old to put a big tree, she decorated this tiny one with small ornaments. It sits in my living room now on a tabletop.
After 30 years of real trees, we decided to avoid the hassle and cost of getting a live tree - my husband worried about the dry pine needles causing a house fire as one house in our neighborhood burned to the ground that way. What can you do? In California our warm temps during winter causes problems. This tree is our mainstay and houses all of our favorite ornaments.
Oh and if you'd love a really great free online read, our fellow Filly from Petticoats and Pistols is offering up a daily serial of a great western!
Check Pot Potter's story out HERE.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Our friends just sent up this picture from their home in Palmdale, California. Palmdale is considered the high desert, just 6o miles from Los Angeles. Wednesday, my friend was snowed in at her daughter's house. It took a four-wheeler to get her home.
Snow in this area happens rarely, so it's a treat to see their Winter Wonderland. Pretty, but oh so dangerous if you're not prepared.
We have to drive up north to see snow normally.
Do you get snow where you live?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Yes, a two-part blog today.
Can you see anything wrong with this picture above? Look hard. I'll tell you at the end of this blog ... it's really funny!
We had an especially wonderful Thanksgiving this year with our family and friends. After a few scares, we are all thankfully healthy and safe. Below are pictures of the Adult table and our Kids table. Notice the kids are outnumbering the adults now! We had the biggest group ever, 18 for dinner and we went thru 2 turkeys very fast!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York two days before Thanksgiving and says, 'I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.
'Pop, what are you talking about?' the son screams.
'We can't stand the sight of each other any longer,' the father says. 'We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her.'
Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone.
'Like heck they're getting divorced,' she shouts, 'I'll take care of this,'
She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at her father, 'You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?' and hangs up.
The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. 'Okay,' he says, 'they're coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way.'
Monday, November 17, 2008
Are you a fan? I have to admit that unlike my hubby, who loved Sean Connery, my tastes are more for Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. I loved Casino Royale that came out last year with Daniel Craig (0r was that two years ago?) At any rate I couldn't wait for this new installment and we pre-bought tickets and saw the movie on Saturday night.
I was totally entertained. Thought the pacing between action scenes and more sedate storytelling scenes was good, but what this movie lacked, was what normally separates it from any other hero/action film.
Gone are the clever James Bond one-liners that make your face twitch with amusement. That tell you, he knows much more than he's saying. That tell you he's in trouble, but he knows how he'll get out of it. This new James Bond is deadly serious. He's way above ALPHA. There's no real light moments in Quantum of Solace.
I like Daniel Craig as James Bond, so I can't fault him. But I can fault the writers and directors for leaving out the most fun elements in a James Bond flick. Where were the "gadgets" that gave James the edge? You didn't see them in this movie. Why not?
Why take the Bond factor, out of a James Bond movie? Don't they know that's what the viewing public are coming to see? It's what brings us back. If it ain't broken, don't fix it.
Apparently, the movie made 70 million in it's opening weekend which was more than expected. But I don't attribute that so much with such a great movie, but with the LACK of good movies out this year.
Did I enjoy Quantum of Solace. Yes, I did. But I would have enjoyed it more if they had those gadgets and one-liners than are Bond's signature. If James Bond wasn't so banged up through-out the movie with a bloodied face and torn clothes. Do you remember Sean Connery ever looking that way? Don't you wonder what Ian Fleming would have to say about all of this?
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
A rugged Montana man, Jonas will guard Eliza from her vile brother-in-law as fiercely as he guards his own heart. But though he can fight her enemies, he can't fight the attraction between them.
Soon Jonas is sure they have a future together—only Eliza hides secrets that could change everything….
I just fell in love with this cover and I know this story will be an entertaining tale of danger and love with lots of emotion! Check it out on Eharlequin and Amazon and all of Cheryl's other books including her Christmas Anthology!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
And Eharlequin now lists the Top 10 Bestsellers. I want to thank all of my readers who have made Do Not Disturb Until Christmas, a Top 10 Bestseller for one entire week, the past three days it's been at #2!
Here's the list as of today:
2.Do Not Disturb Until Christmas
3.Pregnant on the Upper East Side?
4.The CEO's Christmas Proposition
5.The Prince's Arranged Bride
6.In a Bind
7.The Cowboy's Christmas Miracle
8.The Spanish Billionaire's Christmas Bride
9.Sicilian Husband, Unexpected Baby 10.Spaniard's Seduction
They also have the Top 10 Dark and Dangerous Heros and a Halloween Masquerade Ball!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
By the way, do you know what TMZ stands for? Take a guess.
Here's a bit of trivia about oldies but goodies, that I find fascinating:
Humphrey Bogart's lisp was a result of an injury received during World War II. While his ship was being shelled, a splinter lodged in his upper lip rendering it paralyzed.
Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman were once voted Least Likely to Succeed in their Playhouse Acting School.
Doris Day longed to be a professional dancer, but when she broke her leg at the age of 15, she decided to give singing a try.
Lucille Ball was kicked out of drama school for being too shy!
Shirley Temple was originally slated to play the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, but Judy Garland got the part when Temple's studio (20th Century Fox) asked for too much money from MGM.
1400 actresses were interviewed to play the role of Scarlett O'Hara.
Walt Disney was given one normal Oscar statue and 7 miniature statues for his film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937.
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." - Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962
"The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter." - Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard." - Daphne Du Maurier
"It has been my observation that people are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be." -Abraham Lincoln
"All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife." - Daniel Boone
Random Historical Facts:
Benjamin Franklin was the first head of the United States Post Office.
Attila the Hun died of a nosebleed on his wedding night in A.D. 453.
John Hanson - not George Washington - was the first president of the U.S.
When the Congress met in 1781, the U.S. was governed by the Articles of Confederation, which were adopted in 1777 and ratified by the states in 1781. At that meeting, Congress elected John Hanson its "President of the U.S. in Congress assembled." George Washington became the first president of the U.S. under the U.S. Constitution in 1789.
Katharine Lee Bates wrote the words to the classic American anthem
"America The Beautiful" after her trip to the summit of Pikes Peak in 1893.
St. Nicholas was bishop of the Turkish town of Myra in the early fourth century. It was the Dutch who first made him into a Christmas gift-giver, and Dutch settlers brought him to America where his name eventually became the familiar Santa Claus.
By the end of the U.S. Civil War, 33 percent of all U.S. paper currency in circulation was counterfeit. This was a devastating situation for a nation struggling to recover economically from such a destructive war. On July 5, 1865, the Secret Service was created as a part of the Department of the Treasury to help suppress counterfeit currency
So, do you love trivia? What's the most interesting bit of trivia you've heard?
How many of you know what TMZ stands for?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Nikki and dear Hubby, on the famous walk down the aisle.
These are just snapshots, but I'm happy to share them with you!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Code has been hired to protect Sarah in her Christmas concert series and he is taking his duties seriously. Code wants revenge and he wants Sarah in his bed. He is determined to succeed and show her that the boy she was in love with no longer exists. But Sarah just yearns for one more chance with Code, the first and only man she has ever loved. Can Sarah convince him that their future is more precious than petty revenge? Can she show him that, despite her stardom, she just wants a life filled with love, happiness, and...babies?