Celebrate October


Celebrate October

Instead of doing a daily checklists of something to celebrate every day on the month… For 2022, I am going to highlight CELEBRATION WEEKS.

Make your plans accordingly…

If you to include more celebrations in your month CLICK HERE.


Week #1- National Novel Writing Month

I have been doing something for National Novel Writing Month for over 15 years. Each year I plan a different project for the month. Some years, I was not in the ‘writing groove’ so I picked a special author to read for the month.

Week #2- National Carry a Tune Week

Check your shelves for some of those old cds (cassettes or 8-tracks) that you have not listened to in forever. Enjoy yourself!

Week #3- A Great Week to Be in the Kitchen

International Chef Day is October 20th. Find yourself a new recipe to try this week, or grab one of your oldies-but-goodies that you haven’t had in a while and stir-up-a-storm.

Week #4- Have a Few Pasta Meals

World Pasta Day is October 25th. National Breadstick Day is the 28th. Combine them and enjoy a great meal!


Written for 2022 Celebrations. 

Share Your World 12th September


Di here standing in for Melanie who is recuperating. Get well soon Melanie! Here’s Di’s blog.


THIS WEEK’S FOUR QUESTIONS:

If you were to go to a desert island and could only take five things with you, what would they be?

What popular song (any era) best describes you?

If you could only use three basic ingredients to make a meal, what would they be?

Do you allow your pet on the furniture?


MY BRILLIANT ANSWERS:

If you were to go to a desert island and could only take five things with you, what would they be?

Travel Triangle

My favorite 5-star resort, a chef, a grand piano, the largest computer I could find, and the internet.


What popular song (any era) best describes you?


If you could only use three basic ingredients to make a meal, what would they be?

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Taco seasoning, hamburger, and another HOT spice. (I am really into the recipes that seem to be called Tex-Mex. The hotter the better…)


Do you allow your pet on the furniture?

Shih Tzu World

My Shih Tzu is now 17 years old. He uses me to get up and down from his favorite places. (He can jump down by himself, but up is not going to happen!) When I am away, he finds his favorite place in the sun. But when I’m home, he goes to his ‘home’ and patiently prances and (not so patiently) snorts until I assist him to his spot.


Written for Share Your World September12, 2022.

Share Your World 5th September


Di here standing in for Melanie who is recuperating. Get well soon Melanie! (Thanks, Di!)


THIS WEEK’S FOUR QUESTIONS:

Do you prefer tea, coffee or juice first thing in the morning?

When it comes to food, what is your favorite smell?

Do you prefer a take-out or to dine in a restaurant?

If you are hosting a party, do you prepare the food yourself, get caterers in or ask    everyone to bring something for the table?


MY BRILLIANT ANSWERS:

Do you prefer tea, coffee or juice first thing in the morning?

No judging!


When it comes to food, what is your favorite smell?


Do you prefer a take-out or to dine in a restaurant?


If you are hosting a party, do you prepare the food yourself, get caterers in or ask everyone to bring something for the table?

I do everything myself. That’s half the fun of it! (Truthfully, sometimes, it’s call-out for pizza.)


Written for Share Your World September 5, 2022.

Share Your World 29th August.


Di here standing in for Melanie who is recuperating. Get well soon Melanie!

Thanks, Di, for assisting with SHARE YOUR WORLD. Here’s Di’s Blog.


THIS WEEK’S FOUR QUESTIONS:

Which of the following could you do without? TV, Computer, Mobile Phone.

Do you have a lot of old photographs in a box, or did you put them in albums?

What was the first thing you bought for yourself when you started work?

What is the biggest thing you have bought that did not require finance?


MY BRILLIANT ANSWERS:

Which of the following could you do without? TV, Computer, Mobile Phone.


Do you have a lot of old photographs in a box, or did you put them in albums?


What was the first thing you bought for yourself when you started work?


What is the biggest thing you have bought that did not require finance?

Just bought me a birthday car!


Written for Share Your World August 29, 2022.

Share Your World August 22 2022.


Hi, Di here and I’m your temporary host for Share Your World until Melanie is back on her feet.

Thanks for helping out. Here’s Di’s Blog.


THIS WEEK’S FOUR QUESTIONS:

Do you have family photographs on display in your main living room?

What was the best vehicle you owned? This could be a pushbike as a kid, your first car, a motor cycle, or something else.

Did you pass your driving test first time?

Does loud music from a neighbor or passing cars annoy you?


MY BRILLIANT ANSWERS:

Do you have family photographs on display in your main living room?

Nope. I have some family pictures in my study.


What was the best vehicle you owned? This could be a pushbike as a kid, your first car, a motor cycle, or something else.


Did you pass your driving test first time?


Does loud music from a neighbor or passing cars annoy you?

Did you know that in some states LOUD MUSIC from cars is a noise violation?


Written for Share Your World August 22 2022.

Share Your World August 15, 2022


Hi, Di here and I’m your temporary host for Share Your World until Melanie is back on her feet.

Thanks, Di, for helping out with SHARE YOUR WORLD. Check out Di’s Blog here!


THIS WEEK’S FOUR QUESTIONS:

Do you prefer to live in a single story property like a bungalow, a high rise apartment, or a house?

If you won a large amount of money on the lottery, would you want publicity or keep things quiet and low key?

How do you like your eggs? (No, this is not a trick question)

If cars were no longer available, what would be your choice of transport?


MY BRILLIANT ANSWERS:

Do you prefer to live in a single story property like a bungalow, a high rise apartment, or a house?


If you won a large amount of money on the lottery, would you want publicity or keep things quiet and low key?


How do you like your eggs? (No, this is not a trick question)


If cars were no longer available, what would be your choice of transport?


Written for Share Your World August 15, 2022.

Share Your World 8th August………. ish


Hi, Di here and I’m your temporary host for Share Your World until Melanie is back on her feet. )Thanks for assisting, Di. If SHARE YOUR WORLD wasn’t, I would greatly miss it.


THIS WEEK’S FOUR QUESTIONS:

When you’re on holiday, do you prefer self-catering or a hotel/B&B?

Do you have a favorite meal you cook for yourself or order when out?

In the current fuel crisis, have you made a conscious effort not to use the car unless absolutely necessary?

If you were to compare yourself to a plant, what would you be?


MY BRILLIANT ANSWERS:

When you’re on holiday, do you prefer self-catering or a hotel/B&B?

I’m retired. Each day, life is a holiday!


Do you have a favorite meal you cook for yourself or order when out?

My favorite meal (today) is turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, with buttered green beans. This is my bi-weekly Thursday/ Friday meal!


In the current fuel crisis, have you made a conscious effort not to use the car unless absolutely necessary?

I love my car. I coose to drive now, in 50 years I’ll likely need a chauffeur.


If you were to compare yourself to a plant, what would you be?

Wikipedia

If I were a plant, I would be a saguaro cactus.

nps.gov

During the 150 years of my life I can grow to 40 feet tall and provide shelter to many desert wildlife. I am well-known for my classic handsomeness, but while not being vain, I can be a bit prickly at times.


Written for SHARE YOUR WORLD: AUGUST 8, 2022.

SHARE YOUR WORLD AUGUST 1, 2022 – HERE COME THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER!

Each week, Sparks from a Combustible Mind (hosted by Melanie) offers its followers FOUR intriguing questions for insightful responses.


THIS WEEK’S FOUR QUESTIONS:

Do you ever feel more excited about getting the package in the mail, rather than the item that’s in it?

What is the difference between your ideal self and your real self?  (i.e. what attribute or physical feature would allow you feel the ideal ‘you’?)

If you found $2,000 on the ground and there were no witnesses, what would you do with it?

Are you ever morally obliged to take action? Under what circumstances?


MY BRILLIANT ANSWERS:

Do you ever feel more excited about getting the package in the mail, rather than the item that’s in it?

CHRIS HALLBECK

I love getting packages in the mail. A couple of weeks ago I received a package that was completely unexpected. One of my boys send me a FitBIt watch (the very low-tech kind) and I was shocked!

I get amused at myself every time Amazon asks if I want my shipment sent in the fewest number of boxes… I want to say… SHIP SOMETHING DIFFERENT EVERY DAY.


What is the difference between your ideal self and your real self?  (i.e. what attribute or physical feature would allow you feel the ideal ‘you’?)

Mobile Syrup

My ideal self keeps telling my real self that my waist is still 32 inches and not the **** it happens to be.


If you found $2,000 on the ground and there were no witnesses, what would you do with it?

Shhhh…..


Are you ever morally obliged to take action? Under what circumstances?

That’s a deep one! “MORALS” … my morals…. someone elses morals that they think I shoud follow? Think I’ll take a pass on answering that one.


Written for SHARE YOU WORLD: AUGUST 1, 2022.

Celebrate September


Celebrate September

Instead of doing a daily checklists of something to celebrate every day on the month… For 2022, I am going to highlight CELEBRATION WEEKS.

Make your plans accordingly…

If you to include more celebrations in your month CLICK HERE.


Week #1- Old Fashioned Remembering Week

(Yes, I made this one up!) There are soooo many to chose from this week! Have a night out bowling with a friend or two for U.S. Bowling League Day (Sept. 3rd). You will enjoy the Country Music that the bowling alley will be playing for International Country Music Day (Sept. 2nd). Bring your friends back home and dig intot he freezer for that store-bought Coconut Cake you have just been waiting for an excuse to sclice for World Coconut Day (Sept. 2nd). After your friends leave, drop a note (YES, A SNAIL MAIL NOTE) to a frind that wan’t able to come along and brag about your great bowling score for World Letter Writing Day (Sept. 1st).

Week #2- National Biscuit and Gravy Week

I will be looking forward to this special week the WHOLE year!

Week #3- National Indoor Plant Week  

It’s time to start thinking about bringing nature indoors. Visit a few garden centers and discover some easy-to-care-for INDOOR plants you might want to invest in for this fall. After a morning of garden center tours, stop off and celebrate National Ice Cream Cone Day (Sept. 22nd).

Week #4- National Fall Foliage Week

Check out your local tourism center and find a short hiking trail or two, Enjoy the fall foliage. (Keep a new habit going- TAKE YOUR CAMERA!)


Written for 2022 Celebrations.

Escape

A Billy Harney Novel #3

James Patterson

Billy Harney is at it again.

Harney and his partner are called upon to investigate the kidnappings of young girls.

This seems to be a sex-trade crime.

During the investigation, the most powerful Gang leader of Chicago becoming entangled in the intricate web, as well as a millionaire Ponzi scheme villain.

Somehow, not only are witnesses disappearing right an left, but officers and inmates in a local prison vanish without a trace.

Another great Patterson read!


Written for The New York Times Best Sellers.