Friday, December 31, 2010

Reflect first; Plan second

So, here it is, December 31. I'm supposed to be thinking about the new year, making some resolutions, figuring out a plan to keep at them, and looking to the future. I should also be considering that New Year's Day meal that I usually cook--you know, the pork and kraut and blackeyed peas, all of which are supposed to bring us luck and money and other good things.

I've heard that you should cook a penny in the kraut, and that whomever gets the penny in their serving is the one the money will come to the next year. But since it's likely I'll be the only one eating the kraut, and the fact that I'm not too keen on a dirty penny being cooked along with it, I think I'll pass on that one.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas - A White Christmas

This is the view from here earlier this morning. Wishing each and every one of you a happy, safe, and very Merry Christmas! 

Just enough of the white stuff.
Bunny tracks? Or... reindeer???
I love to see the little tufts of snow on the pines.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

A Side Trip to Monument Valley

What an incredible afternoon!

I was fortunate enough to take a little side trip late this afternoon after finishing my work at school near Kayenta, Arizona. This being the first time I've visited the area, I really wanted to drive the twenty-plus miles north to the Monument Valley area. What a beautiful and peaceful drive through this monumental (pardon the pun) valley. At times I was awestruck by its simplistic beauty and the sounds of silence.

Here are a few pictures.

I took many, many more pictures than this and tried to pick some of my favorites. I'm looking forward to coming back to work in the school again in the spring, so I can perhaps have another peek. We ended our day by eating dinner at the restaurant in the hotel perched on the rim of the valley. For more information about the hotel and restaurant (just in case you are in the area) visit the web site for The View.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

A New Release from Maddie James and some other stuff...

It's snowing, it's snowing!

And the nicest thing about it snowing is that I didn't have to go anywhere in it (except to my mailbox). I enjoy snow the most when I can view it from inside-out.

I have a new-old release this week, Rawhide and Roses. It's new-old because this is a re-release of one of my older Kensington Precious Gems books, originally titled, The Wild West. This was my first published book and of course, near and dear to my heart. I've spent some time renovating and updating the manuscript--and ended up lengthening it a bit. It's western. It has cowboys. A hero to die for. And a spunky heroine who has no clue what she's in for--in more ways than one. If you decide to take a peek at this one, I hope you enjoy. It's one of my faves.

Rawhide and Roses is available in digital formats at Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook, as well as other romance book venders, such as CoffeeTime Romance and More, and All Romance eBooks. At the present time, it's not yet in print, and I'm not sure it will be. But if you are real good between now and Christmas, maybe your significant other will gift you with a Kindle or Nook reader. Hint, hint!

Other news? The grands are coming this afternoon for a visit, and likely they will take over every laptop and desktop in the house! I can't believe how computer savvy those little ones are. Thanksgiving went off without a hitch, and I'm making plans for 2011 in so many ways.

Nothing like New Year's Day to motivate, eh? I have a number of books coming out next year so I'll be sure to update you on those in the very near future.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Take care, and if you have snow, enjoy it!