2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I would like to extend my most heartfelt thanks to all of my family, friends, readers, and followers for your support this year. My blog happens because of you.

Liebster Award!

Liebster AwardI am a bit late posting this award.  This year got off to a busy start and it doesn’t look like it is going to slow down any time soon.  This is an award I’ve always coveted, so I have to give a HUGE thank you to Stephanie over at S.J. Thomas’s Book Blurbs for nominating me for the Liebster Award. Stephanie is a wonderful blogger and a true and loyal friend. Please stop by her blog and say “Hi.”

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.

2. You must answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominee before you.

3. You must nominate 10 of your favorite blogs with fewer than 200 followers and notify them of their nomination.

4. You must come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

Q&A time… 10 questions to answer, so here we go:

1. What was your first job?

Hmmm, my first job….  I love to babysit so I babysat all of the time, but my first regular job was at a discount department store making and selling popcorn.  Because I LOVE popcorn, I never minded this job, and I never got tired of eating it. To this day, it is still my favorite snack. I worked kept this job through high school and up until I started college.

2.  Why did you start blogging?

I love reading and I wanted to thank the authors for their wonderful books I read. I decided the best way was to write a nice little blurb about the books. Also, since my friends were always asking me to recommend a book, blogging helped me fulfill that as well.

3.  What kind of family did you grow up in?

I grew up in a large family. I have three brothers and two sisters. When I was in 7th grade my grandparents moved in with us, so my grandmother would have help taking care of my failing grandfather. We had a very warm and loving home and I often think about those times with all the fun, laughter, and hustle-and-bustle of a household with so many.

4.  What is the most expensive thing you have ever purchased?

I’d have to say it was our home.

5.  Is this where you thought you be at this age?

Not really. I never imagined that I’d have a blog.  It has been a wonderful experience, and I’ve met so many fantastic blogging friends.

6.  What is your favorite place that you’ve ever visited?

I don’t think I have one favorite place. There are so many wonderful places I’ve visited, each in their own unique way.  Charleston, SC has always been one of my favorite places to visit with its history, great food, gorgeous climate, and endless things to do. Boston, MA is another favorite and not just because my oldest son and his family live there, but for more for the same reasons I love Charleston – rich history, great food, endless things to do and see. Washington DC is another favorite for all the obvious reasons. It is a city I’ve gotten to know very well over the years when our Boston family and our youngest son and his family have both lived there for several years each. Maui was an amazing trip with so many different points of interest that I had never experienced before.

7.  If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I’ve always wanted to visit Germany and visit some of the cities of my ancestors, as well as other countries my family came from.  My heritage includes France, Germany, England, Ireland, Wales, Italy, and so on.  I am still in the process of tracing my beginnings, but one thing I know for certain is … I am a mutt.

8.  What is your favorite movie? 

I don’t watch too many movies because I’m usually reading, but my favorites would include RUDY, REMEMBER THE TITANS, THE BLIND SIDE, and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.

9.  Cat or dog person?

Though I love both, I would have to say dog because I’m allergic to cats.  My favorite dog is my son’s black lab Riley.  Unfortunately, I haven’t convinced Hubby to get a dog.

10. Your favorite book?

I really dislike this question since there are so many great books it is impossible to pick just one or even a dozen.  Well here goes, but not in any specific order.  A BED OF RED FLOWERS by Nelofer Pazira, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd, LIFE AND DEATH IN SHANGHAI by Nien Cheng, SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN by Lisa See, THE DAY THE FALLS STOOD STILL by Cathy Marie Buchanan, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M.L. Stedman, THE APPLE ORCHARD by Susan Wiggs, THE CLOVER HOUSE by Henriette Lazardis Power, and THE KITCHEN DAUGHTER by Jael McHenry.  Since I love children’s books, I could list many of those as well, but I’ll stop here.

My 10 Questions for Nominees to Answer:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. Who is your favorite author and why?
  3. What is your favorite book and why?
  4. What genre of books do you prefer?
  5. Have you ever thought about writing a book? Why or why not?
  6. What was your favorite childhood book (before 6th grade)?
  7. Do you have a favorite reading spot? Describe it and tell why you like to read in that location.
  8. If you could be any character from any book, who would you choose and why?
  9. Describe in three words or less, a world without books.
  10. Who is your favorite author?


If you don’t do awards or have already received these, please just take it as a token of my appreciation for how wonderful your blogs are. You deserve it!

  1. Julie Valerie’s Book Blog
  2. True Stories
  3. H.M. Brooks Writes
  4. craftyStaci
  5. Colline’s Blog
  6. Such A Novel Idea
  7. bibliobeth
  8. The Day Dreaming, Candy Eating, Red Headed Bookworm
  9. Amber Skye Forbes
  10. Turn the Page Reviews

Congratulations everyone!

The Field of Flowers Award


My dear friend Stephanie at S.J. Thomas’s Book Blurbs has nominated me for a beautiful award… the Field of Flowers!  Thank you so very much Stephanie for honoring me and for your continual support and encouragement.  Your friendship means so much to me.


This is a fairly new award meant to show appreciation or say thank you or just to brighten someone’s day.  You can read about it here or share the love and pass on your own field of flowers.

About Stephanie

Stephanie writes thrillers (aka – spooky stories).  Besides her writing, she loves gardening and cats, of which she has many. She is fearless – she jumped out of a perfectly operating plane, for gosh sakes! But most important of all, Stephanie is a loyal friend who always makes me smile with her kind and thoughtful words.

Rules :

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Place the award on your blog
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers and write a little something about why you would give these bloggers “A Field Of Flowers
  • Let your nominees know that you nominated them

I would like to give a FIELD OF FLOWERS TO MY FRIENDS, Because…

I would like to give this award to all of my blogging friends because you are all so wonderful and have been so supportive of my blogging efforts. However, I am supposed to choose just seven (this is the really tough part) to nominate for this award.

1). Maxima.  Maxima writes the most beautiful poetry. He is a true romantic. I get lost in his words and can feel the love he pours into them. In the spirit of the love he shares, Maxima pairs his poetry with pictures, most often of roses, the ultimate symbol of love.

2). Lisa Alber’s Words at Play. Lisa’s debut novel KILMOON is due out this month. Congratulations Lisa! What does she like to read? Crime mysteries!  Lisa blogs about books and writing.  I love reading Lisa’s blog and have learned so much from all of the wonderful writing tips she shares.

3). Julie Valerie’s Book Blog.  You just have to love Julie! She is a true and loyal friend in every sense of the word. One of the things I love most about Julie is her sense of humor. When you check out her blog go to the page link Contemporary Women’s Fiction & Modern Lit Authors. This amazing lady has a list you can link to your phone for use at the library or bookstore to help you more easily find women’s lit and modern lit authors.

4). True Stories.  I never know what the topic is going to be when I stop by this blog, but I know I am going to enjoy reading it and learn something in the process. All of the stories are true (oops, I guess the name of the blog is a dead giveaway). Jessica is a great friend and has been a true supporter of mine from my earliest blogging days. She has always wanted to write a book and her dream is nearing fruition.  Her first book THE ROOMS ARE FILLED will be published in April 2014.  Congratulations Jessica!

5). Colline’s Blog. Colline is a kindergarten teacher and is a shining light for her young students. Her blog is so uplifting and always interesting.  Her topics cover a wide range. As Colline states on her biographical page, “My blog is an expression of who I am; a potpourri of my experiences, thoughts, and feelings”. Stop by Colline’s Blog and say hello to this warm and amazing person.

6). 4writersandreaders.  This is the blog of author Bette A. Stevens. This is a must stop by location. Bette blogs books and is an avid supporter of childhood literacy and the protection of monarch butterflies and their habitat. She is also an advocate for kids & families. Besides blogging books, you will also find posts about these things and all things nature as well.

7). Book Journey.  Sheila describes herself as a “Bookaholic, Audio Book Fan, Bike Rider, Rollerblader, Adventure Seeker, Want To Be Runner, Coffee Lover, Fitness Fan, Movie Junkie.”  I can’t attest to most of that, but I do know she is an awesome book blogger and she always has a photo of her drinking her coffee. I love her straightforward reviews and have followed her advice and picked up some of the books she recommends.

Congratulations to all of my nominees.

To my readers, please stop by these amazing blogs.


Working to Change the World

working-to-change-the-worldMadhusmita over at dreamzandclouds has very kindly nominated me for the new blogging award: The Working to Change the World Award. I so appreciate Madhusmita for nominating me for this award and for bringing her sunshine into my life each and every day.

This award was created by The Idealistic Rebel to recognize those bloggers at WordPress who are working to make a difference in the world. Recipients of this Award work hard and sincerely to make the world a better place, using their compassion, love and understanding, promoting open minds, free communication of ideas and above all, peace.

I am very honored by this nomination for The Working to Change the World Award. As with every other award, there are a set of rules & here they are:
1. Post the award on your blog
2. Link back to the person you nominated you
3. List one thing — however small — that you think would make the world better if everyone did it.
4. Nominate bloggers whom you feel help to Change the World — there’s no minimum or maximum, just a list of those you feel deserve.

Rule 1: Done

Rule 2: Done

Rule 3: The one thing which I feel can make the world a better place to live in is something I have always put into practice every chance I have. SMILE! When you smile at someone it brightens their day even if only for a short time. They reciprocate and the warmth spreads. People tell me that I’m always smiling, and I respond with a smile. So, share your sunshine and SMILE.

Rule 4: My nominations for this award are:

  1. S.J. Thomas’s Book Blurbs
  2. Julie Valerie’s Book Blog
  3. Daily (w)rite
  4. BetweenTheLines
  5. Such A Novel Idea
  6. Should Be Reading
  7. The Skeptical Reader
  8. Books for a Delicate Eternity
  9. Colline’s Blog
  10. The Kim Challenge
  11. Book Journey
  12. The Day Dreaming, Candy Eating, Red Headed Bookworm

To all the nominees –If you don’t do awards or have already received this one, kindly accept it as my appreciation for your wonderful blog. But then, if you want to, you can acknowledge the award & share that one thing which you feel can make the world better.

Congratulations to everyone, and keep smiling!

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