Wednesday, February 21

Holding On and Memories ~ @AuthorKristina Knight

Photo Courtesy: Photo by Jessica Ruscello on Unsplash
Spring might still be a month or so away, calendar wise, but don't tell RadioMan. For the past week we've been cleaning out our attic and garage. With bebe about to hit her double digit (I can't believe she's going to be 10 in a couple months...I really, really can't), we decided it's finally time to get rid of the old baby stuff - cribs, high chairs, walkers, swings...you get the drift. We've hauled and cleaned and stacked and priced and stacked some more and had more people calling to see what all we're selling than...well, than Moses, I suppose. Tonight, after she finally went down, DH and I collapsed on the couch and zoned out in front of the television. And I realized something.

Of the hundreds of little items we're planning to get rid of  sell this spring, we've still got a gajillion that I'm just never going to be able to part with. There is her first Christmas dress and those first baby shoes, the little doll that is so raggedy it doesn't look like more than a dust cloth, but she dragged it around so long that I can't bear to let it go. Her first Bengals jersey, her first day of pre-school (and Kindergarten) outfits...and even more, the framed pictures. I have the worlds largest picture frame collection, I think, because my camera is never far from my fingertips and I have a major addiction slight problem when it comes to cute or funny or silly or beautiful or antique or ultra-mod photo frames. I just can't leave them on store shelves. We have pictures from vacations and family events, from backyard BBQs and snowplowing days, of bebe reading or playing, of DH doing something silly or me falling over my own clutzy feet. Pictures surround us, and although I may put a few of those pictures 'to rest' (meaning into an actual scrapbook) one of these days, they'll never actually leave us.

Isn't that the way it's supposed to be?

How about you? Are you a photo-freak like me? Or do you collect something else to mark those memorable occasions and moments?

Monday, February 19

Every day an adventure... @Liz Flaherty

Shhh...I know this isn't my day anymore, but I wanted to share this anyway. I know every day isn't really an adventure, unless you're planning on eating my cooking, but it's so much fun when something new comes along.

I've written "Window Over the Sink" off and on for 30 years for different newspapers. Nowadays, I print the old ones (mostly) on my blog. Some Word Wranglers posts make it there, too, if I'm being particularly thoughty or...ahem...annoying.

So the Window's open in a new place these days. You can find it every Saturday at Peru Indiana Todaythe online venue for local news. I am excited and happy to be "out there" again. It is indeed an adventure.

Have a great week!

Saturday, February 17

Wednesday, February 14

Happy Valentine's Day!





Well, kids, it’s Valentine’s Day. I have to confess, for a long time, I wasn’t a believer. I used to think it was a stupid day invented by card and candy companies to sell a bunch of products. We didn’t need a holiday to celebrate the fact that we were in love. We didn’t need to buy one another mushy cards or candy or flowers. It was just not necessary to line the pockets of big companies. Husband and I love one another every day and we pretty much say so every day. We exchange lots of kisses and hugs throughout the day—more since he’s been retired and is around a lot more. 

So why is it important for us, after 45 years of marriage to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Because Valentine’s Day is about love and what’s more important than that? So we're going to the symphony to hear a special Valentine's Day concert of love songs. Pretty perfect. 

But we don’t just do something for us on February 14, we make sure to let the people in our lives know how special they are to us. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. So today, there's a sweet little card for Grandboy—this year it had an otter on it. And calls or texts to Son and DIL with a “Happy Valentine’s Day—we love you” message and a frilly card for Husband’s mom who’s celebrating her 92nd Valentine’s Day this year. I'll do a quick check-in with Sister PJ just to say, “I’m glad you’re my sister and I love you.” And I'll remember to say, “Happy Valentine’s Day, bestie” when Liz and I gChat this morning. 

It’s all about showing some love, so here’s a list of a dozen or so random people that I’m wishing a Happy Valentine’s Day to...with love:

My lake buddies—wow, do I miss you guys and I can’t wait for spring!
Husband’s brother and his wife, my brother, and all my nieces, nephews and cuzzies
My pals CL and Di and Mary--friendships I count on even when we don't see each other every week
My pastor, who always shows me so much love and concern
All the people I know who are struggling with cancer
The high school classmate who just lost her husband—my heart aches for her.
My church family
My hairdresser—she gets good hair love because I love my hair
My editors at Tule Publishing
My freelancer colleagues—it’s a great community
My writerly crew—can’t imagine my life without you
My swimming instructor—you show up and you make me work. Thank you.
All the docs and NPs in my life who help keep me strong and healthy
 I could easily add a bunch more to this list, but instead, I'm inviting you to join me--in the comments, tell me five random people you'd like to send a little extra love to today. Come on...let's show some Valentine love. Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!
~Nan~

Sunday, February 11

CHILL OUT #onsale @JanaRichards_


Just in time for Valentine's Day, get my Valentine-themed novella CHILL OUT for 40% off the regular price! All the Candy Hearts Romances are on sale at The Wild Rose Press. Here's the blurb for CHILL OUT:
Renata Cabral needs to hide for the weekend. Her cousin’s Valentine’s Day wedding means she’ll face embarrassing questions from her large, extended family. Questions like “Why aren’t you married yet?”  Since the breakup of her last relationship, she’s not ready to answer that question. She invents a work-related excuse and escapes to a friend’s lakeside cottage.
Noah Brownlee has been hiding for two years. But now he’s ready to come home and mend his broken relationship with his brother. When a friend offers the use of his lakeside cottage, Noah arrives in the middle of a blizzard with his English Mastiff, only to find the place is already occupied. With her big brown eyes and quirky sense of humor, Renata stirs feelings he thought long dead. 
As the blizzard rages, the candy hearts predict love. Can Valentine’s Day work its magic between them?
Purchase at The Wild Rose Press at 40% off! 

More Good News! 

CHILL OUT and six other Candy Heart Romance novellas are together in a boxed set called "Be My Hero". Till February 15, 2018, "Be My Hero" is also on sale for 40% off.  For the low price of $3.59,
you get 7 fabulous Valentine stories!
Happy Valentine's Day!