Saturday, May 23, 2015

My 10 Favorite Authors of All Time

I like to hear about authors and books other bloggers enjoy, and I decided to write my own list of my ten favorite authors of all time.

P.G. Wodehouse
Anthony Trollope
Patrick O'Brian
Jan Karon
C.S. Lewis
Jane Austen
Anne Lamott
Alexander McCall Smith
J.R.R. Tolkien
Madeleine L'Engle

Books as Food blogger listed her 10 favorites on April 23 and inspired me to write a list. Of course my list may change over time.
Do you like any of my favorites?
Do you have a list of your favorites?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hats, hats, who loves hats?

I like hats and usually wear one when I am outside, whether in the garden, on the patio or walking. See the three sparkly ones in the front? And the two pretty blue ones behind?
They keep the sun off my head and my face so they are protecting me, plus I like the look of them.
One of my friends has three of these hats too, in red, black and white. The sparkles make everyone smile.
I have more hats I may show you; three of the hats not pictured here have wide brims and tie beneath my chin so I can walk on windy beaches, cliff tops, and the local wharf without the hats flying away.
I also have other baseball caps including several of the Green Bay Packers and three with pastel flowers on the fabric.
Yesterday I saw a pretty lavender color hat with a wide brim on sale and bought it.
One extra plus of hats is they are protection from the sun. Apparently some sun screen lotions are not very healthy to use, so read the ingredients list. Some ingredients may cause cancer! Hats and long sleeves work well to protect from the sun, with sunscreen on my hands.
Do you wear hats too? For beauty and for sun protection I think they are fun.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

My mom, the best mom in the whole world

Celebrating the best mom in the whole world. Yes, my mom. She died so young, at age 54, and was very supportive of me in everything I wanted to do.

I may have posted these photos before but they sure show the happiness we shared, hugging in our yard.
And can I tell you I am close to having a pity party here right now, cuz I called our sons and cancelled the Sunday Mothers Day get together at our house. I am sick, for a week now. I thought it was allergies, now I am wondering if it is a cold. So boo hoo for me!
How many days can I take Claritin? It had no insert in the package. One friend says she takes one a day, all year!
During this sick down time I wrote 2,000 words in the children's book I am writing, so that makes me happy. Even in my pity party.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Door of Mystery

I have been noticing this mysterious door near our home opening onto open air above a cliff.
Do you see the door in the tan wooden wall, above the stone wall?
What happened? What is behind the door? Could people open the door and fall?
Is there a princess behind the door, a captive and waiting for her love to rescue her? Possibly Rapunzel of the fairy tale with her long golden tresses. Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.
Or an imprisoned ghost.
Calling Daphne du Maurier, here is a plot starter.
Some novelist could write a book based on this strange door to nowhere. Nowhere but air.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

My birthday celebrations

My wonderful husband and sons are treating me like royalty this week, in honor of my birthday. It is one of those big birthdays ending with a zero.
Also, friends treated me to a birthday lunch and gifts from the heart and my sister sent me a special gift from Wisconsin.

And more fun to come in the next few days. Soon I will show you what my sister sent me.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Lion, red boat and owl

Does this lion photo make you yawn? I did add it to the post at night and felt kind of sleepy at the time.
A pretty red boat and another sleepy time image of a favorite bird, the owl. I found these photos on Pixabay and it says they are free to use, so here they are. I hope you enjoy them.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Herbs for tea, writing articles and Cherries Jubilee

Here is a photo I took of herbs I grew to make tea with, and a tea set on our patio.
I think it is peppermint on the left, chocolate mint in the center and lemon verbena on the right. I didn't have any ideas of what to post so looked through my photos and found this one.
I've been busy with writing these past few days and sent three article queries to parenting magazines. Now I wait to see if they want the articles.
I hope your Easter celebrations were enjoyed. At Easter at our house we even had Cherries Jubilee for dessert, where the fun touch is you add a tiny bit of brandy or rum, and light it with a match so pretty blue flames appear. I had never had that before and I loved the flames. Quite dramatic.