The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Kind of Sugar That's Calorie-Free

Lynn Obermoeller got this award, and then passed on the award to some of her blogging friends, which ended up being all of my blogging friends, so I'm going to have to find some strangers on the street to give this award to.  (Thank you, Lynn.)
The Rules:
  • Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer five Super Sweet questions.
  • Include the Super Sweet Blogging award image in your blog post.
  • Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees on their blog.

The 5 Super Sweet Questions:
  1. Cookies or Cake? – Cake, with lots of frosting. 
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? – You mean there's another flavor besides chocolate? Are you sure?
  3. Favorite Sweet Treat? – I have many favorites. Fudge. Chocolate nut heaps (a family recipe cookie). Ted Drewes' hot fudge macadamia sundae. I could go on and on and on... 
  4. When do you crave sweet things the most? – I am an equal opportunity addict. I eat to celebrate, I eat to wallow. I eat when I'm bored, I eat when I'm stressed. It's always dessert time somewhere in the world...
  5. Sweet Nick Name? – Suzy-Q, which coincidentally is the name of a chocolate, cream-filled snack cake...
    Okay, I can count, but I couldn't stand on the street corner any longer in order to get 13 names of bloggers. The police kept circling around, thinking I was hooking for dry-erase markers, so I am a little shy of a "baker's dozen," but here goes:

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Canine Channel

         We don't usually get satellite/cable channels, but now, we do...courtesy of our dog Foley.

         We now have our own furry, four-legged satellite dish. Point him in one direction, and you get HBO. You want Showtime? Shift him into another direction. Oh, you're in the mood for a little wife-murdering-her-no-good-husband? Turn Foley this way for the Lifetime Movie Network...

         Foley has two hot spots--places he's licked raw--so he now has to wear the  Cone of Shame until those spots heal.

     And in case you're thinking that the cone of shame has sucked up some of his precious brain cells (and you've jumped to the conclusion he's not the smartest dog, which would make you correct), if you're concerned that he's depressed because of this new accessory he's sporting, forgeddabowdit. This is Foley's normal facial expression...

     As Foley travels from spot to spot in our house, trying to find a place where he can lessen his embarrassment, some local St. Louis writers will be spotted as they sign the Not Your Mother's Book...On Travel. When? Sunday, June 2 from 1-3. Where? Main Street Books in St. Charles, Missouri. Who? Terri Elders (the co-creator), Linda O'Connell, Sheree Nielsen, Greg Lamping, me and of course...You.

    Wouldn't you like to support an independent book store and get the chance to rub shoulders with some local writers? (Linda O'Connell is nearing the "20" mark when it comes Chicken Soup stories, she's just finished her "Listen to Your Mother" international whirlwind tour, and she's waist-deep in her work as co-creator of one of Publishing Syndicate's anthologies. If you need to increase your luck in getting publishing, buying one of the books and getting it signed on Sunday will guarantee you greater writing success.)

     So stop by on Sunday. And if your cable is acting up, come over to my house. Foley will be glad to help you tune into the channel of your choice... 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Travel to St. Charles

        Several local Not Your Mother's Book writers--Linda O'Connell, Sheree Nielsen, Gregory Lamping and me--along with the co-creator Terri Elders--will be at Main Street Books on June 2 from 1-3.

photo by gserafini

Please stop by. Terri is coming from Washington (the state, not as in D.C. nor the township around Union, Missouri) for this book signing, and it would be great if we could show her a warm Midwest welcome.

The book being signed? None other than Not Your Mother's Book...On Travel. Only brave souls should consider buying this book. My story, entitled "Half Right" is about moi going topless on the beaches in France...along with a Speedo that almost caused permanent scarring to my son's psyche.

So, stop by. Buy a book (or two) to support an independent, local bookstore and local writers. This anthology would make a wonderful gift...