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Sunday, December 30, 2007

And the award goes to........................

Okay, so I don't know who the award will go to! But I do know my March Desire, THIRTY DAY AFFAIR received a nomination from Romantic Times Magazine as the best Desire of the Year.

Very nice! Of course, my book is nominated with a few other wonderful Desires written by some very talented who knows if I'll win?

But I learned a long time ago, to celebrate every good thing. So I'm going to enjoy the nomination and say a big thank you to Romantic Times for the honor!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

To all of you who post...To all of you who lurk...
To all of you who buy and read my books...
I just want to say thank you.
And a very Merry Christmas to all of you......
To those who're celebrating a different holiday right now, I wish you joy, I wish you love and I wish all of us Peace.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Oh, Christmas Tree.................

We got our Christmas tree's been so warm and dry here we didn't want to get it so early that it would be brown for Christmas! I go about stringing lights while the dh scampers from the room, I always have this mental image of how the tree will look when I'm finished. Sort of like that beauty on the left. Yes, I'm sure the White House is very happy with their tree.

Unfortunately, my decorating skills are not on the same tack as my writing skills--and I usually end up with something more resembling a certain tree that a short bald kid made famous!!

Charlie Brown, anyone??

So while the dh and I were tree shopping, me looking for something smaller this year and he wondering why all of a sudden I'm changing things on him...I actually SAW a Charlie Brown Christmas tree in the lot.
Was I tempted? Oh yeah. After all, for years, when my kids were little, we had misshapen pumpkins on Halloween because the kids felt sorry for the poor things. All I could think was, this poor little tree won't fulfill its Christmas Destiny!

The dh though, draws a line at pity Christmas trees and I was talked out of it--so we bought another Douglas fir, that looked smaller than last year's until we had to wrangle it into a tree stand, then schlep it into the house!! Now, the lights are on and the otherwise bare branches are calling to me to decorate with all the ornaments that have been collecting for years!

Unlike the White House, our tree isn't color's got toothpick ornaments, felt Santas and bread dough teddy bears. Its got pictures of kids who are now grown, glued onto cardboard stars.

And its got love. Lots and lots of love. So maybe Charlie Brown had the right idea after all, huh? It's not so much what the tree looks like when you buy it....but what it becomes once it's in your house. How about you guys?? Fresh or Fake? Designer trees or conglomeration of memories?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas in California........

Yep, here in Southern California we do things a little differently. Santa's been known to skateboard to houses and instead of a chimney, he's likely to leave presents alongside the outdoor fire pit.

But you know what? The season's the same wherever we are. And Santa's just as busy here on the beach as he is every where else.

And so am, I'm guessing you guys are all so busy you don't have time to stop and think, let alone read. But on the off chance you've dropped by to say howdy.......tell me what you're doing for Christmas this year. Are you the host of a big family party? Are you going to one? Or do you get to curl up alone with a glass of wine and Christmas tree lights?

Whatever you're up to, I hope you're all enjoying the season.....................

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Taking a Holiday............

So today I went Christmas shopping. Now normally, I'm the Gift Card Queen!! Especially the last few years. I thought it was easier for me and better for the ones I shopped for. Until this year my daughter told me I was leaning toward Scrooge-dom.

Well, can't have that. And just while I was considering that little statement, I found out an old friend died. Now this friend LOVED Christmas. The Edison company sent him thank you notes during the season for all of the lights he kept blazing!

I spent yesterday at a funeral, mourning my friend and this morning, I hit the mall. Odd? Maybe. But for me, it was reminding myself that I'm still here. I'm alive. And the sky is blue and the mall is crowded and Christmas music is blasting and the wind is cold and my family is healthy and happy and I'm HERE to enjoy it all.

So Death didn't take a holiday this year, but I'm going to. I'm going to remember that every moment here is a gift. I'm going to try not to waste any of them. I'm going to love my family and friends and make sure they know it. And I think, in honor of my friend, I'll hang an extra strand of lights this year........