“Best Thanksgiving Ever”…..Said The 14 y/o….#MFRW #Authors #29

When it comes to favorite holiday memories, I have several.  Disney World or amusement parks over the 4th of July.  Trips to Grandma’s house at Christmas.  But the one which always sticks out in my mind was the Thanksgiving Day in 1979.

My mom was exhausted, so she and Dad decided to do something completely different that year.  We drove to a town thirty miles away and checked into the Holiday Inn.  My sister and I had our room; my parents had theirs.  After the ‘official’ family meal in the dining room, my sister and I were turned loose.  We could swim, play video games, ping-pong, watch TV……and if we were hungry, we could go to the dining room and charge our meal to the room.

What a great time we had!  We didn’t have to clean up any dirty dishes; we didn’t have to deal with relatives…..we had the day to ourselves.

The next day, Mom drove us to Indianapolis for the annual Christmas Shopping Day, and ate in the LS Ayers Tea Room.  I think we even stopped at Grandma’s afterward.

What about you?  What’s your favorite holiday memory?

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Update On Mom:

She’s scheduled for an MRI next week, and the doctor is fairly certain she’ll need back surgery.  I had a great time at a local event last Friday, selling 9 books and doing some networking:)  

Thinking about possibly going to Peoria on Sat for Writers On The River and seeing some friends.


All Things Creative #MFRW #Authors #28

What Do I Do When I’m Not Writing Or What Other Creative Outlets Do I Enjoy?

This topic and #31 are sort of the same.  So to answer this week’s topic, What creative outlets do I enjoy, the answer’s very simple.

Karaoke  This allows me to free my ‘inner rock star’ and hang out with friends.

Needlepoint:  I discovered the family will leave me alone if I’m working on a needlepoint or cross-stitch project!  If I’m at the computer, the family feels free to interrupt me, since they don’t see what I’m doing as ‘working’.  But sitting at the table, listening to music and happily stitching away?  The kids go to Dad for whatever they need.  So if I need some peace and quiet, all I have to do is pull out my sewing bag!

-Cooking:  I don’t often get the urge to make a gourmet meal, but when I do, I enjoy trying out new recipes.  If it’s a total failure, I can usually count on a trip to our Chinese Buffet, especially if it’s deemed inedible by my husband!  Admittedly, this has only occurred once or twice.  One time, I made a meal according to the directions and it didn’t fill up my hungry family.  A pizza was ordered two hours later.

-Reading:  I love to lose myself in a good book.


So what about you?  Want to know what others think?  Click here.

Mom Update:

I’ve taken over the cooking, getting Mom in and out of bed, and running errands.  No word yet as to when the Japanese lady is leaving for an extended trip back to Japan for her granddaughter’s wedding, but in the meantime, I’ve gotten into two Lafayette events, the Mosey On Main St (14th) and the Gallery Walk (20th),  Mom and I have ‘found’ her desk; I’ve bagged things for a trip to Goodwill, and some items to send to my sister. I had a GREAT time at the InConJunction Convention, selling 8 books, plus signing two of the anthologies that my colleague brought.  Looking forward to attending again next year!

Girls Night Out! #MFRW #Authors #27

One of my favorite things to do is a Girls Night Out.  This can take several forms:

A)  Three or four of us dressing in ‘casual dressy’ clothes and going out to eat, then hitting a nightclub to dance, have a few drinks, and people-watch.  Observing which of my friends will get hit on, or who will be bought free drinks.  Only two of us are married, so it’s amusing to see men tripping over themselves to talk to my BFF, who’s very married, lol!  Admittedly, the last time this happened was eighteen years ago.  I think we’re due for another one.

B)  Getting together with friends for lunch, then window shopping, either at the Mall, or downtown.

C)  Setting up my booth at a craft fair/convention/book fair, then networking with fellow authors/vendors, meeting new people and sharing a meal or a drink afterward.

D)  Somewhat tame, but hanging out with the family at an amusement park, tourist attraction, or even a local event where I don’t have to cook.  Or just simply going out to dinner.

I’m easy to please….when I don’t have to cook or even clean up the kitchen!

What about you?  To see others’ idea of fun while dressed, go here.


I spent a week with my parents and learned that a) my mom basically can no longer walk; b) my father is experiencing knee pain in the same place as his surgery in March; and C) my father is sleep-deprived, since he normally goes to bed around 9 and gets up at 6.  My mom goes to bed around 12:30 or later, so he sleeps in shifts.  I’m able to get Mom up and put her to bed, so Dad’s gotten more sleep this week.  I might have to stay the rest of the month, until the lady my father drives around three days a week goes to Japan for a month or two.  

Also, this weekend, I’ll be at the InConJunction Convention in Indianapolis.  This will be my 1st official ‘Con’, so hoping it’s a positive learning experience.  Several other author friends will be there, so looking forward to selling lots of books and meeting new friends and readers!