Sunday, March 26, 2017

Thank Goodness It's Sunday 356

~ Time with friends

~ Blessed cooler weather, for however long or short

~ Fresh herbs

~ Inspiring authors

~ Beautiful flowers

Saturday, March 25, 2017

My Heroes...

I've been thinking about this lately, with a more expansive perspective including anyone who protects those who cannot protect themselves:
This was posted in one of my inspirational widgets.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Yesterday was National Puppy Day...

...which was included in All or Nothing, the most recent novella (#10) in the Holiday, USA series.

Welcome back to Holiday, USA, small town America, where nothing happens, except holidays... and a little romance, if the hero and heroine trust God.

Secrets? Angela Goodrich owns a few. Moving to Holiday is her dream come true. As Holiday Sweets' new manager, she wants a fresh start even as she wants to share the truth of who she is. Will she still be welcomed?

Anger issues? Caleb Bronson denies it despite the fact he'd like to throttle his EMT partner's new fiancé for wronging his sister. What does it matter if his anger is dominating his life and spills over on the attractive and newest resident of Holiday?

The truth will set you free, if you're willing to endure the discomfort of letting go of the lies. God knows the pain hidden in the soul anyway...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Week 400 of REAL

REAL - Reduce stress Exercise Adequate sleep Lower caloric intake

What Navy SEALs are required to do to make it into BUD/S:
Right up front: Never in a million years could I do what is required. However, I needed to start somewhere. Considering how fit the SEALs are, I figured it was a good place to start. So my SEAL puppy reps (SEALp) consist of girls' pushups, crunches, and flutter kicks, a SEAL training basic. I started with doing one of each.  Since my accident I haven't done these, but I'm working to add them back into my routine.

PT ~ Physical therapy
UB ~ Upper body exercises

SEALFit shared some good hints I want to learn and remember:

17: Short walks. PT. UB. Used 1-lb weights x1. Stretch.

18: 2-mile walk. PT. UB. Used 1-lb weights x2. Stretch.

19: Rest.

20: 2-mile walk. PT. UB. Used 1-lb weights x2. Stretch.

21: Short walks. PT. UB. 
Used 1-lb weights x1. Stretch.

22: 2-mile walk. PT. UB. Used 1-lb weights x2. Stretch.

23: Short walks. PT. UB. 
Used 1-lb weights x1. Stretch.

Jimmy Thomas is a business man, running a popular romance book cover site, a cover model, personal fitness trainer, and health advisor. Pictures: February 2012 and June 2012. Inspiration, at least to me:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Food Experiment

It's been a long time since I've posted one of these. I found basil and rosemary at the market, in pots, intended to be kept in water. I'm giving them a try.
Now, to actually keep them alive.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Follow Up 21 March

How'd I do?

Added to Giving Thanks novella #11

Added to Christmas Lost novella #12


Eat healthy ~ Not great but better than the day before

Read ~ Yes

Not beat myself up ~ Well done

Give the battle to God

Praise God in the storm

Please, Lord, help me to do better today than yesterday.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Carpe Diem... Phoenix

NASCAR ~ Michael came in #24. Martin Truex, my second choice, was #11. Go Michael McDowell! (I miss Carl Edwards)

What needs to be done, today?

Giving Thanks


Eat healthy


Not beat myself up

Give the battle to God

Praise God in the storm

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Thank Goodness It's Sunday 355

~ Friendly gatherings

~ Delicious food

~ Favorite authors

~ Inspiring books

~ Open hearts

Saturday, March 18, 2017

My Heroes... St. Patrick

I grew up with the usual traditions regarding St. Patrick's Day, the wearing of green to avoid being pinched. As an adult, friends celebrated the drinking side of the holiday. Nope, not a drinker.

When I wrote "Tough Luck" I did my homework on the holiday first. I discovered St. Patrick wasn't about green or drinking. He was a remarkable man.

St. Patrick was a British teen who was captured and forced into slavery in Ireland, around 400 A.D. He escaped back to Britain and became a priest. He returned to Ireland to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He epitomized loving his enemy and doing good to those who spitefully use you.

As a side note, it's believed the snakes he drove out of Ireland weren't the reptile kind but the kind who lead people astray with their seductive lies.

I find it sad that the legacy of such a courageous man has been lost in green and alcohol. Then again, that's how the adversary works: Trivialize the truth and focus on lies that appeal to everyone.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a good read?

Have you read the first year, 2014, of the Holiday, USA series? The first four novellas are available in paperback for the same cost as buying each in format separately, in the Holiday, USA Anthology 2014.

Tough Luck

The fourth novella in the series is finally here...

Welcome back to Holiday, USA, small town America, where nothing happens, except holidays... and maybe a little romance, if the hero and heroine trust God.

Holiday's playboy, Brent Kelly, returns home a changed man, if only everyone would believe him. The First Annual Tough Luck Run offers him the opportunity to prove he turned over a new leaf.

Cindy Garvey has worked hard her whole life, and now she is preparing to move from employee to business owner with her best friend. The last thing she needs is one more surprise in her life.

God provides the way to Happily Ever After, no matter how far astray His children wander...