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Sledding!

Hello, Fellow Reader. I probably should have been writing this Christmas break. I have a really ambitious publishing plan this upcoming year. However, there was SNOW! So I went sledding most of the day Monday. It’s my favorite! And it never happens.   When I was a kid, I lived in southern Idaho. Snow happened pretty muchfrom […]

“Falling for TJ Maxx”aka “Most Embarrassing Moments: Recent Edition”

This is the “most embarrassing moments: recent” edition of my blog. If you’re not in the mood to cringe, move along. Nothin’ to see here. So, on Friday last week I went to the city (we live two hours out of any “real” town) for an appointment. Of course I also saw it as a […]

The BEST CAKE EVER (besides chocolate)

For my youngest daughter’s 11th birthday, she requested a citrus cake. It’s absolutely the BEST. But you have to make the filling that goes between the layers. It’s so, so good. Best Cake Ever (Besides Chocolate) CITRUS CAKE 3/4 CUP BUTTER (at room temp)3 EGGS2 2/3 CUPS FLOUR2 TEASPOONS BAKING POWDER1/2 TEASPOON SALT 1/4 TEASPOON […]

No Hippo, Please

Hello, Reading Friends. It’s been a week of local Christmas music concerts. First was the middle school, then the elementary school. Sunday night was the community’s presentation of “The Messiah”—which we go to every year and which, I think, had the best solos this time—and next week will be the high school. Love them!  Well, mostly. […]

New Billionaire Novel

New Billionaire Novel

Hey, I’m so excited to be writing in the Getaway Bay series! My first novel is a Christmas offering that I’m calling The Billionaire’s Blue Christmas. He needs this job to honor his late wife. She needs to complete her late fiancé’s bucket list to be free. Former action-movie star Chet has counted the days since he lost […]

Big ’80s Hair, Please

I went to visit my parents at my childhood home this weekend, and my mom has been cleaning things out. She handed me a shopping bag full of old curling irons to take home for my daughters to use. They were ecstatic. Last night my 13yo curled my 11yo’s hair with one that had a barrel […]

A True True-Love Story

I have a true love story for you today. It’s about my sweetheart, Gary. Of course. Four or five years ago, I bought a silk blouse at a consignment shop. It’s so pretty, dark purple, long sleeves, tailored lines, soft as, well, silk. When I wear it, I feel … thin, smart, together. Everyone needs […]

Have I Bored You to Death Yet About my Birthday?

Did I tell you about my birthday? More appropriately I should ask, have I bored you to DEATH yet about my birthday? I actually can’t believe how much I have talked about it this year. It’s weird, like I’m possessed by a birthday-carer or something. Anyway, doesn’t matter. I have to tell you about my husband’s gift! […]

How I Fell Victim Like Sleeping Beauty

True confession. I am a read-a-holic. However, I always buy my books … until now. Today, I accidentally-on-purpose signed up for Kindle Unlimited, the Amazon reading subscription program like Netflix. Almost all my books are offered in it, so I love it. It’s weird I never signed up before, considering. See, there was this email from Amazon, and I clicked […]

The Lure of Spicy Corn

My assignment for the Big Griffith Thanksgiving Party is jalapeno corn. There’s an irony there. I’m from Idaho, a place where the spiciest foods I grew up eating were salty mashed potatoes.  So, as a newlywed I showed up in the Arizona southwest, home of the green chile and the jalapeno. Me, from the Land […]