With Much Fanfare


Before reading this blog, please take the one-minute required to enjoy my opening fanfare.

Now visualize me walking down the extended aisle between two columns of thousands and thousands of prominent personages (all of which are appropriately socially distanced, of course) to a standing ovation as I lovingly clutch the First Edition of Roger’s Kitchen: My Personal Favorites.

On stage, directly to the left, are the carefully stacked First Edition Roger’s Kitchen: My Personal Favorites cooking books awaiting my own unique signature.  

After the brief awards ceremony (being knighted by Queen Elizabeth, receiving the Nobel Prize for Culinary Acuity, and the Pulitzer Prize for World Hunger Improvement) I politely sit to await the onslaught of fans for the small autograph session that is scheduled for this intimate event.

My security attendants readjust the golden ropes that had be aligned from the stage to the overflow areas and I compose myself by plucking up into my delicate fingers the Presidential Pens awarded to me from each of the last five living Presidents, each having being personally engraved, and await the deluge of by fawning admirers. (I had been previously honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. I humbly wear it gently draped around my neck – no matter where I go- because people are always wanting to see it.)  

I am suddenly stunned and embarrassed when the first culinary paramour jumps across the security ropes, evades all five of my clandestinely armed body guards, and clutches me in her arms and enthusiastically licks my left cheek.   

Awakening, I find my 15-year-old, coal-black Shih Tzu (Maximillian) trying to get my attention to take him for his early morning necessaries.

Sitting up and putting on my slippers for our outing, I reach for my keyring and smile. Attached to the keyring is a much smaller version of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. My editor had it made so that I would not appear too egotistical (as some had hinted) when I wore both the Freedom Award and the Carnegie. After all, I am a very modest person and I do not want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

FYI: I am thankful NANO Write Month Is over. I think I might have become too passionate about my endeavors?


Written for Celebrations.

Celebrate: The Week of November 26


During the month of November I will be purposefully trying to celebrate MORE OFTEN. I am a middle school teacher (or a former middle school teacher) and I would like to find something to celebrate (great-or-small) every single week. I still do.

This month I WILL NOT BE blogging daily about the celebration days. I want to spend more time on a writing project in November, but I still am (personally) planning to celebrate a new day as a daily habit.

I will send the weekly list in advance … so you can PLAN to ENJOY THE CELEBRATIONS with me!


This Weeks Celebrations:

November 26: National Cake Day

November 27: National Game & Puzzle Week

November 28: National French Toast Day

November 29: Electronic Greetings Day

November 30: National Personal Space Day

December 1:National Pie Day

December 2: National Write A Business Plan Week

HAPPY CELEBRATIONS!


Written for November Celebrations.

Celebrate: The Week of November 19


During the month of November I will be purposefully trying to celebrate MORE OFTEN. I am a middle school teacher (or a former middle school teacher) and I would like to find something to celebrate (great-or-small) every single week. I still do.

This month I WILL NOT BE blogging daily about the celebration days. I want to spend more time on a writing project in November, but I still am (personally) planning to celebrate a new day as a daily habit.

I will send the weekly list in advance … so you can PLAN to ENJOY THE CELEBRATIONS with me!


This Weeks Celebrations:

November 19: National Play Monopoly Day

November 20: National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

November 21: National Gingerbread Cookie Day

November 22: Aviation History Month

November 23: National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

November 24: National Bible Week

November 25: Thanksgiving

HAPPY CELEBRATIONS!


Written for November Celebrations.

NANO Recipes Project Update


I am coming OK with my personal recipe book ideas.I am converting large recipes into 2 serving meals (or meals that can be frozen).

Day 1: I tried to find BREAKFAST recipes.I also found many SMOOTHIE recipes.

Day 2: I researched SNACK ideas and recipes.

Day 3: I located different CHICKEN LEG and CHICKEN THIGH recipes.

Day 4: I found PEA recipes.

Day 5: I hope to find POTATO and SWEET POTATO recipes.

I still want to find GREEN BEAN recipes… CORN recipes … BLACK/ BROWN BEANS recipes… STEAK/ BURGER recipes and DESSERT recipes. If any of my online chefs have some more catagories for me to look at … PLEASE let me know.

I love SLOWCOOKER recipes, CASSEROLE recipes and a thing called DUMP recipes.


Written for Cooking and Entertainment.

Celebrate: The Week of November 12


During the month of November I will be purposefully trying to celebrate MORE OFTEN. I am a middle school teacher (or a former middle school teacher) and I would like to find something to celebrate (great-or-small) every single week. I still do.

This month I WILL NOT BE blogging daily about the celebration days. I want to spend more time on a writing project in November, but I still am (personally) planning to celebrate a new day as a daily habit.

I will send the weekly list in advance … so you can PLAN to ENJOY THE CELEBRATIONS with me!


This Weeks Celebrations:

November 12: National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day

November 13: World Kindness Day

November 14: National Pickle Day

November 15: National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

November 16: National Fast Food Day

November 17: National Homemade Bread Day

November 18: Mickey Mouse’s and Minnie Mouse’s Birthday

HAPPY CELEBRATIONS!


Written for November Celebrations.

SHARE YOUR WORLD 11-8-2021


Share Your World is a great Monday activity to use for your blog. Check out sparksfromacombustiblemind and join the fun.


How many pillows do you sleep with? 

What would be the worst thing you could put in a piñata?

What noise annoys you the most?

If cartoon physics suddenly replaced real physics, what are some things you would want to try?


How many pillows do you sleep with? 

Six…. And I don’t want to talk about it.


What would be the worst thing you could put in a piñata?

Cupcakes. They never look as tasty once they are hit with a baseball bat. (Not that I would personally know?)


What noise annoys you the most?

Whiny voices


If cartoon physics suddenly replaced real physics, what are some things you would want to try?

I have always wanted to be in a Roadrunner and Wile Coyote Cartoon!


Written for SHARE YOUR WORLD 20021.

NANO Project #3


How many of you are trying the NANO (National Novel Writing Month) this year?

I decided to break mine apart into different writing projects.

My first project was to complete my personal CELEBRATION blogs for the year. That project has been completed and has been checked off the list.

Project number two was to bring back on-line my weekly flash fiction writing challenge: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PRACTICAL PRACTITIONER. I finished that project this weekend. (This project will go live the last week of Decemeber.)

My third writing project is to collect and print my own personal COOKBOOK. I hope to compile 100 recipes that I know and have tried often and I love for this project. I suspect it will take more than the month of November. I hope to have it ready for my own personal Christmas present by December 25th!

We will see?


Written for Retirement. Hobbies. Entertainment. Cooking.

Metamorphosis


Today’s the day I change.

OK. To be truthful, I think the change started four or five years ago

But I put my transformation on hold.

It scared me.

I wasn’t sure if I had the skills to accomplish this dream.

What if I didn’t measure up?

Am I too old to begin something so new?

What if no one wants to read anything I write?

How will I ever find the time?

What if I am actually good at it? I prefer a life behind a keyboard creating my own little worlds. I’m not sure I want to share my worlds with other people.

What if I fail?

But tomorrow begins NANO WRITING MONTH.

I need accountability.

I found THREE different NANO Writing groups that I have joined to sit with (in ZOOM) to write. One is a NANO 30-Day Challenge video group that I can join any time during the day. One is a group of writer from London that meet Mondays-Thursdays. And one is a Two-Hour Drop-In group based in California.

If I participate fully with each of these groups, I will have written for 80 hours during the month of November.

If I write around 650 words each writing session, I will have competed my NANO Writing goal of 50,000 words for the month of November.

WoW! That would fit the definition of being a writer!

FYI: This was written the last day of October….


Written for Deborah Bluestein’s Sunday’s in My Livingroom.

Louis L’Amour – Filmography


As I had informed you yesterday, this month I am reading short stories and novels by Louis L’amour.

L’amour has had many, many short story collections and novels produced into TV series and motion pictures.

You can find many of them on-line. You can find several at your local library.

I think you will enjoy them- even the ones that are ancient!


The Diamond of Jeru

Crossfire Trail

Shaughnessy

Conagher

The Quick and the Dead

Down the Long Hills

Five Mile Creek

The Cherokee Trail

The Shadow Riders

The Sacketts

Cancel My Reservation

The Man Called Noon

Catlow

Shalako

Hondo and the Apaches

Hondo

Kid Rodelo

Taggart

Heller in Pink Tights

Tales of Wells Fargo

Alkali Basin

The Bride and the Bandit

Canyon Trail

The Kinfolk

The Wade Place

The Montello Affair

Captain Scoville

The Has-Been

Stage from Yuma

Guns of the Timberland

The Texan

Desilu

No Place to Stop

The Marshall of Yellow Jacket

Apache Territory

The Tall Stranger

Maverick

Stage West

That Packsaddle Affair

Sugarfoot

The Strange Land

The Dead Hills

The Burning Hills (9/1956)

Blackjack Ketchum, Desperado

Chevron Hall of Stars  (TV anthology series)

Based on the short story: The Defense of Sentinel

Heart of Honolulu

Flowers for Jenny

A Mule for Santa Fe

Showdown at Painted Rock

The Gentle Stranger

The Mojave Kid from Climax!

Treasure of the Ruby Hills

Stranger on Horseback

Four Guns to the Border

East of Sumatra

Hondo

Cowboy G-Men

Red Creek Showdown

Bounty Jumpers

General Delivery

Ghost Bushwacker

Koniackers

Rebound

Wells Fargo Gunmaster


Written for Entertainment.