When Life Hands You Lemons…

When life hands you lemons... well, we really like lemons, so we're good with it. That said, we got the call early this month: Hubby's mom can no longer live alone. The situation digressed quickly, and what started out as a 2-3 month transition became, almost overnight, a 2-3 week transition. We have been in a whirlwind around here "grandma-proofing" our home - picking up all my floppy bohemian throw rugs, rearranging furniture to accommodate a walker and cane, converting the big bedroom into a space Mom can call her own...and cleaning. Cleaning. And more cleaning. Because cleaning is NOT...

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When You Miss Someone You’ve Never Met…

I was thinking about Alan Rickman this week. Why? I don't know. Maybe I'm just feeling a bit nostalgic having said goodbye to my sister. I guess that's what happens when you miss someone - you get a little watery around the edges, you know? What a bittersweet, tender time we shared this summer - my sister and me, not Alan Rickman and me... But Mr. Rickman plays a significant role in so many of the cinematic milestones in my life. A cold-hearted villain, Hans Gruber, in Die Hard (of the Nakatomi Plaza fame as referenced by Tish in All the...

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1 Sister, 2 Weeks, & a $3 (or less) Sale!

My sister is visiting for just a few more days - she's come with her wee troupe from Europe for 2 weeks. After not seeing each other in more than 4 years(!!!!), we've been absorbing as much as we can of each other, knowing it may be a couple years before we see each other again. I don't know if it's because I miss her fiercely when she's gone (I thank God for FaceTime/Facebook Video/Skype!), but my books almost always seem to have sisters, or sister-ish friendships in them - have you noticed? There's just something about sisters, about the relationships...

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Summer Sun… Some Are Just Plum Crazy!

Some are plum crazy - Becky Doughty

Plum crazy...that's us! It's stone fruit season in our neck of the woods, and we are just plum crazy about our home grown plums...sun-warmed right off the branch, or chilled from the fridge. What we can't eat fresh, we turn into plum syrup, plum jam, and plum preserves. We also have nectarines, apricots, and peaches this time of year, and we're anxiously awaiting fall when we get to pick pomegranates and apples, followed by oranges, tangerines, lemons and lime come winter. Funny story... Our Captain Jones likes plums, too. I mean, he really likes them and will suck them down in...

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Gia & the Blast from the Past AT LAST!

Yep! In case you hadn't noticed, Gia & the Blast from the Past is LIVE on Amazon and Goodreads! Technically, it's live as a pre-order until early morning, Saturday, June 3rd, but you can purchase your copy now and it will automatically show up in your Kindle just in time for your weekend reading enjoyment! Note: If you read on Apple iBooks, Kobo, or Barnes & Nobles Nook, the book is scheduled to release on those retailers the week of June 5th.   Gia and the Blast from the Past Book 4 of The Gustafson Girls Series When Gia comes face to face...

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