Wrapping my head around a new year…already?!

So, 2023 is right around the corner. Some people are getting ready to party and celebrate. Some are busy setting goals and making plans for the new year. Others are still wondering what the heck happened to 2022. I’m in that still-wondering-what-happened-to-2022 category. A sign of my age, I suppose. The years go by faster…

Snow is a four-letter word

Snow. Snow is a four-letter word. To me, it’s a terrible word and a terrible thing! To me, it means cold and gray days. It means the hassle of wearing hats and gloves and coats and scarves. It means difficult driving conditions, car accidents and shoveling injuries that can wreak havoc in lives. Okay, I…

Me and my camera just for fun!

I like to take pictures. Sometimes to document an occasion or place, or to remind myself of the name of a wine label or restaurant I’ll never remember later. But mostly, I just enjoy capturing a good image, whether it’s people, landscapes, or a snippet of nature. My first couple of jobs at small newspapers…

Ahhh, summer…relax and recharge!

I’ve been spending a lot of time in Colorado this summer. We have a small, longtime family cabin just west of Colorado Springs. First, the hubs and I went out to get things opened up. Then both kids (one with a husband and the other with a fiancé) joined us. Then I made another trip…

Still rolling after all these years!

This month I’m celebrating the 16th birthday of my car. That’s right, my car! Now, I generally try not to get too attached to inanimate objects and “stuff.” But this car has been just about the best purchase ever. It turns 16 this month, and it also just rolled over 220,000 miles. I don’t want…

Finding facts for my fiction

Every time I write a book, I learn something—or lots of somethings. I write romance and women’s fiction novels. And I’ve been doing a lot of research lately. Some readers may think only non-fiction books or historical and crime fiction needs research, but I’ve found that any book I write requires a fair amount of…

Adding interest to exercising

Exercise. We all need it. Some of us enjoy it, even crave it. Some of us do just enough to get by. And for many, there’s a happy-enough middle ground. Darlene here. I’m not a huge fan. I enjoy nature walks and getting out in the fresh air and sunshine on a nice day. But…

Celebrate Your Besties!

In 2010, I wasn’t an avid “Parks and Rec” viewer, so it took a couple of years for me to catch up and learn about “Galentine’s Day.” It’s a day to celebrate the women in your life – especially the friends who laugh, cry and travel this journey called life with you. Technically, I guess…

Re-reading is like visiting an old friend

Hello reader friends! And Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating this week! Can you believe it’s already the first weekend of December? I hope in all the busy-ness you find time to relax and curl up with a favorite beverage and book. Here’s an interesting topic (at least for a bookworm) that goes around on social…

Watching happy-ever-after unfold

From the day they are born, we spend a lot of time watching our kids. And delighting in that activity. Who didn’t watch their kids sleep when they looked so peaceful and angelic? Like most parents, when our daughter was young, we hovered constantly, watching her roll over, crawl, take that first step, etc. During…