blogging, life

Happy Horrible Holidays

Good Day everyone. I hope this finds you in a bright, lovely start to the new year.

I had looked forward to publishing the many blog drafts I’ve had in my queue, but of course, God laughed at me for making plans.

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holidays, life

Holiday Spirits Beyond

Do you ever have moments of melancholy during the holiday season? I’m not talking about despair over a recent loss. I mean at any time during a regular season that’s going well and as planned. Do you ever get just a split second of sadness? This is probably more common for women, but maybe men sometimes get this, too?

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holidays, life

Where Did Christmas Go?

I haven’t spent much time online or in social media over the holidays and haven’t been in the blogging world. I’m sure you understand that the holiday season is a busy one. Considering that I was sick for three weeks of December and had a broken refrigerator since the Monday before Thanksgiving, mine had a little extra work this year.
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holidays, life

The Saga Continues

Many of you know about my broken refrigerator saga (starting on November 19th!) and my subsequent nasty cold. I thought I was finished writing about that true story, but it turns out that I’m not.

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life, thoughts

Sears, GE and Karma

I’m starting this post with a light-hearted photo to break up the tension you’re about to read. Instead of elf on a shelf, I’ve got a snowman on a shelf. Doesn’t rhyme, but it’s adorable. 😊

I got bit by Karma after my post where I complained about complainers. I’ve now become a complainer myself.

Why Lori, after all that complaining you did about complainers, how in the world did you turn into one of them?

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holidays, life

Griping or Grateful?

Every year as January 1st draws near, I hear some people say, “I can’t wait to start the new year. Thank God this one is almost over.”

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books, life

A Thanksgiving Giveaway

My husband and I didn’t always have people to spend time with on the holidays. Those years were melancholy for us. This year, we are blessed to have family nearby.

Having family to spend holidays with isn’t always easy either. We might idealize the holiday gatherings and imagine the perfect scene, but sometimes relationship issues and dysfunction get in the way.

This is the case for Ava and Meg who are married to the Whitaker brothers in my novel, Whit’s End. The relationship struggles they have with their in-laws takes a toll on each of their marriages. Their difficult issues cause them to make decisions with dyer consequences. You can read further about their stories on the blurb at the above link (or click the book cover).

As a Thanksgiving and holiday special, I’m giving away two paperback copies of my novel, Whit’s End. Keep reading for instructions on how to enter the contest to win the book. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY READ THE BOOK, perhaps the paperback might make a nice Christmas gift for someone.

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entertainment, life

Sing-Along at the Theater

I’m a big fan of certain Christmas movies. I make it a point to watch them every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some of my favorites are Miracle on 34th Street, Polar Express and Scrooged. I know it seems unoriginal, but my number one favorite is It’s a Wonderful Life. Since my husband and I don’t have much of a family for the holiday, we make a date to watch it every year on Christmas Eve. This year, however, we did something different. We decided to go see it at a historical theater on the weekend before Christmas.

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humor, life

Florida Flurries

I thought you northerners might find it funny to see how Florida tries to bring winter to Christmas. For people who claim to love not having snow and cold, they sure go to great lengths during the holiday season to bring it here. See the snow at about 35 seconds in. How do they do it? Scroll below the video and I’ll tell you.

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holidays, life

Ghosts of Christmas’ Past

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It’s been said that many people get depressed during the holidays. I, too, have been known to feel a bit of melancholy during this time of year. So, being the analytical person that I am, naturally I look deeper.

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