WordPress Costume Contest

Happy Halloween

How many of you still dress up for Halloween? I would love to host a  friendly little competition here on WordPress, and be able to share in your festivities. What will your Halloween consist of this year? Are you going Trick or Treating? Do you have a spooky party planned? I would love to hear the details! Do you have some Halloween pranks in the works? Spread the good ideas.

Make sure to post a picture of yourself all dolled up in your costume ( in the comments below) to have a shot at getting voted #1 in the costume contest.

Tell All Tuesday Series: Catalogs

Q-Who here remembers the infamous Wish Book?

Sears Wish Book 1986

A-Showing my age a little here, but THOSE were the days! My sister and I would fight over who had first dibs each and every year. (I normally won-I was a bit of a bully) We would spend hours compiling our lists for Santa, and then hope and pray that out most desired items would magically find their way under the tree. To be totally honest, I don’t recall ANY of our Wish Book items ever arriving, but Christmas remained special nonetheless, and we always had amazing gifts!

Every year I asked for a Rock Tumbler and a Painting Set, but they never found their way to my house. I ended up getting both of these items for my kiddos, but they ended up just collecting dust. They were excited when they got the rock tumbler, but it didn’t perform as described (Go Figure). Super disappointing for them, as they had an impressive gemstone collection, which they were hoping to add to. The painting set…not sure that one was ever even opened?!

What are YOUR Wish Book Memories?

Tell All Tuesday Series: Bumper Stickers

Q-What is your favorite bumper sticker?

The Perfect Body

A-Years ago, I was walking through the parking lot on campus, when I saw the BEST bumper sticker! It read, “I have the perfect body, but it’s in the trunk and starting to smell.” I have a strange sense of humor, so this sticker was right up my alley.

How about YOU? What is YOUR favorite bumper sticker?

3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge: Day Three

Mia (A.K.A. The Wheat and Tares), over at The Grizzle Grist Mill has nominated me to participate in the 3 Quotes for 3 Days Challenge.  It has taken me a few days to accept this challenge, as my appointments have had me running the roads NON-STOP this past week.

Mia has a fabulous blog FULL of spiritual inspiration, in addition to her Tuesday’s Treats and her Friday’s Angles, I SO enjoy those!   I look forward to seeing each new post, and suggest that you venture over to her world and see what’s going on.  You won’t be disappointed!  Thank you Mia for nominating me to participate in this fun challenge; I truly appreciate it!

The Rules for the Challenge:

  1. Three quotes for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

My 3 Quotes for Day Three:

Quote 1:

Aim and Take Flight

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”

Quote 2:

A Beautiful Future

“When the devil keeps on asking you to look at your past, there must be something good in the future he doesn’t want you to see.”

Quote 3:

Cut from a Different Cloth

“I’m cut from a different cloth, and they don’t make that fabric anymore.”

My 3 Nominees:

Roxie over at Unite Together in Peace

Margaret over at Being Margaret

Christie over at My Middle Name is Sarcasm

Thank you again Mia!  Keep inspiring others!  I hope that each of you have enjoyed the quotes…

3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge: Day Two

Mia (A.K.A. The Wheat and Tares), over at The Grizzle Grist Mill has nominated me to participate in the 3 Quotes for 3 Days Challenge.  It has taken me a few days to accept this challenge, as my appointments have had me running the roads NON-STOP this past week.

Mia has a fabulous blog FULL of spiritual inspiration, in addition to her Tuesday’s Treats and her Friday’s Angles, I SO enjoy those!   I look forward to seeing each new post, and suggest that you venture over to her world and see what’s going on.  You won’t be disappointed!  Thank you Mia for nominating me to participate in this fun challenge; I truly appreciate it!

The Rules for the Challenge:

  1. Three quotes for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

My 3 Quotes for Day Two:

Quote 1:

Pigeons Flock Together

“Don’t be afraid of being outnumbered. Eagles fly alone. Pigeons flock together.”

Quote 2:

Try Me!

“When life puts you in tough situations, don’t say “Why me?” Say “Try me!””

Quote 3:

Your Wings are Ready

“Your time as a caterpillar has expired. Your wings are ready.”

My 3 Nominees:

Thank you again Mia!  Keep inspiring others!

3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge: Day One

Mia (A.K.A. The Wheat and Tares), over at The Grizzle Grist Mill has nominated me to participate in the 3 Quotes for 3 Days Challenge.  It has taken me a few days to accept this challenge, as my appointments have had me running the roads NON-STOP this past week.

Mia has a fabulous blog FULL of spiritual inspiration, in addition to her Tuesday’s Treats and her Friday’s Angles, I SO enjoy those!   I look forward to seeing each new post, and suggest that you venture over to her world and see what’s going on.  You won’t be disappointed!  Thank you Mia for nominating me to participate in this fun challenge; I truly appreciate it!

The Rules for the Challenge:

  1. Three quotes for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

My 3 Quotes for Day One:

Ethics of Life

Quote 1:

     “Six ethics of life:

  • Before you Pray-Believe

  • Before you Speak-Listen

  • Before you Spend-Earn

  • Before you Write-Think

  • Before you Quit-Try

  • Before you Die-Live”

Quote 2:

Facing Difficulties

“Sometimes you face difficulties, not because you’re doing something wrong, but because you’re doing something right.”

Quote 3:

Burning Bridges

“Sometimes you just have to turn around, give a little smile, throw the match and burn that bridge.”

My 3 Nominees:

Tingting over at Empower Love

Worlds Beauty Web

Whispers of a Wallflower

Thank you again Mia!  Keep inspiring others!

 

What ONE famous person would you love to meet?

I would love to meet Stephen King. Years ago, when hubby and I first began dating (and his insecurities were in full force) he asked me if I was talking to anyone else. Me, being the smart ass and bookworm that I am, told him, “Well, of course!” I was having an affair with Stephen King’s mind. I never tire of reading this man’s work, exploring the worlds that he creates and resides in, and I can only assume that it would be the meeting of a lifetime; an intriguing encounter.

Author Stephen King

Image Courtesy of a Google Search

Who would YOU want to meet?

The 10 Best Things About Fall

Is it just me, or does everything about Fall just seem to scream comfort?  As much as I dislike the cold weather, the following is a list of 10 things that I look forward to each Fall season.

Loving Fall

Image Courtesy of Pixabay

1. Changing Leaves

There is something so serene about the leaves when they begin to change colors. I adore being outdoors, and this time of year provides a beautiful landscape to truly appreciate. The simple things in life make me the happiest!

2. Over Sized Sweaters and Hoodies

When it starts getting cool, I begin dressing in layers. The best part about this is being able to slip on a soft, comfy, over sized sweater or hoodie. It provides an abundance of warmth, and allows you to go about town without feeling self conscious about your waist line.

3. Thanksgiving Dinner

The ONLY day of the year in which I actually have a variety of dishes to choose from that I enjoy. There’s nothing better than a delicious meal accompanied by your favorite people in the world!

4. Extra Hour of Sleep

If you’re anything like me then you NEVER get enough sleep! I always look forward to this fantastic time of year.

5. Comfort Food/Beverages

When I think of comfort food, Pot Roast, Beef Stew, Chili, and Vegetable Soup pop into my mind. These dishes warm your belly, are extremely nutritious, and just make you feel good. Hot beverages provide the same desired feelings.

6. Thankful Heart

There is just something about the fall season that brings about a grateful heart. You are more apt to acknowledge and appreciate all of the blessings that you have in your life.

7. Curling Up with Hubby

I don’t care how we end up spending that time, be it watching a movie, or sharing our day, these moments are the best, and will always remain treasured memories.

8. Fuzzy Socks

When the weather starts changing, my pigs feel like little ice cubes. I look forward to slipping on my fuzzy socks each and every day! Not only do they keep me warm, but they are so soft and cozy.

9. Hot Bubble Baths

I’m that friend that STAYS cold! When I get frozen to the bone, the only relief that I have found is a nice hot bubble bath. Not only do I get clean and smell good, but the relaxing alone time does wonders for my creativity and mental well being.

10. Camping

Although it’s been years since I’ve had the opportunity to go camping, I have very fond memories of it growing up. Hikes, bike rides, sun sets, exploring nature, campfires, burnt marshmallows… Great times!

Do you agree with my list of 10, or do you have an alternative list in mind? What are YOUR favorite things about Fall?

Exciting News!

Happy Reunions

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I wrote a post a week ago entitled, Long Lost Friends. I would like to report that after 12 LONG years, I have finally found my girlfriend Diana! Not only did I find her and her husband, but they were “Friends” with our other set of neighbors, DeAnne and Eric. I am SO excited, and hope that we can ALL get together and catch up. They were all such great friends to me during my time overseas! Things are looking up!

Have a fantastic weekend!

The Missing Link

We watched the grand baby last Saturday morning, and prior to his arrival, hubby and I made sure to straighten up the blankets on the bed so he would have a nice flat surface to play on. While slinging the blankets around, hubby’s NEW tablet went flying through the air and landed face down on our hardwood floor. NO!!! Fortunately, we had purchased the replacement coverage, so it was just a matter of going up and talking to our trusty Geek Squad.

Tablet Catastrophe

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After dropping the grand baby off and picking up a new replacement tablet, we decided to grab  some lunch. We stopped in at the Olive Garden (my favorite!) and low and behold, our waitress was one of my old kids from work. Years ago, before I started teaching preschool, I spent my days and evenings with the school-agers. I had the oldest group (4th and 5th grade) and there were about 6 girls that surrounded me at all times. They loved me, respected me, admired me, and loved our brainstorming sessions. At that time I was still in the “research” phase of my business ventures, so we would come up with different ideas for craft projects, books, games, and so forth. One of my girls loved to draw, so I told her that one day we should collaborate together (as adults) on a book. Who would’ve thought that it would actually come to pass?!

If you’ve been with me for a while, then you know that I’ve had an “Heirloom” picture book (you know, those sentimental books they sell at Hallmark) waiting in the wings for several years now. I even wrote a post about it-Future Best Seller-Check it our HERE.

The 2 factors preventing it’s publication have been:

  •  A Publisher/Funding for Self-Publishing
  •  An Illustrator

Back in July (at my daughter’s birthday party) my step-father expressed an interest in financially backing a self publishing venture, so I tried my hand at putting together some illustrations. Unfortunately, my hand drawn and digital portrayal of the story just doesn’t do it justice! I had sat down again this past Friday evening with a new angle to try my hand at, only to get disgusted and set it aside. I suppose the Universe was trying to tell me something.

Illustrations

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So, throughout the course of our meal, Hope and I caught up, and she shared with us some of her recent drawings (she just so happens to be attending Art School). OMG!!! She’s absolutely AMAZING!!! Her “style” syncs up PERFECTLY with mine; you couldn’t plan out a better match, let me tell you! My missing link, that piece that completes my puzzle, has been placed before me on a silver platter. Needless to say, we are hooking up this weekend to get our collaboration going. I am NOT going to pass up this opportunity! We can rise to the top together…what fun! It’ll be nice to finally have a creative partner. It gets SO lonely sometimes!

I’m hoping to get this bad boy printed up and available in shops in time for Christmas…

The Law of Attraction is finally opening the right doors for me. Do you have any experiences with the Law of Attraction? I would LOVE to hear YOUR story!