Thursday, December 23, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
So this rainy, dismal day means one thing at my house. Soon the main floor will permeate of wet canine. I'm not complaining. Far from it. The only thing missing is the smell of wet boots drying out from their trip to the barn, the aroma of horse blankets, saddles, and sweaty horses. ((sigh))
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Although this novel fits snugly into the Christian Fiction genre you will be sorely disappointed if you expect an "I-love-Jesus-so-ain't-life-grand-and-sunny" message. The plot is humanistic, coarse, and relevant. You won't be satisfied until you turn the last page and you, probably like me will come to the realization that the we need more Christian authors like this. I predict Ms. Fotopolus will be the "Jodi Piccoult" of this genre, the only difference being that underlying (but not too preachy) message about faith.
Deborah, The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire is the
youngest of the much-celebrated and often times scandalous Mitford sisters of Britain.
This book is basically a compilation of her earlier speeches as well as scribblings from her diary. Most often very funny (I adore British humor) and sometimes heartbreaking as she opens up her journal to her feelings in the days leading up to the funeral of John F. Kennedy. (The duchess' brother-in-law was married to Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy and was closed to the Kennedy brood when Joseph, Sr. was an ambassador in England).
Please share what YOU are reading.
(Books make great stocking-stuffers.)
Until next time,
Monday, November 29, 2010
It was a busy, busy weekend. Two of our children (son-in-law and daughter) own an Italian Restaurant in Washington D.C.'s DuPont Circle, "Floriana".
Pause a moment while I brag...."Floriana" was recently named one of the top five Italian restaurants in D.C. and the metro area. The restaurant is located at 17th and Q - call ahead for reservations and feel free to name drop (Kathie Truitt) and I am sure you'll get one of the best tables just (snap fingers!) like that.
It was also my 29th wedding anniversary. Sorry, no wedding photos - I'm fodder for enough jokes as it is.
I have so much I want to share with you, so much going on but I am limited on time today.
Tomorrow. I promise.
Right now, though, I want to hear about YOU! Yes, you. I am so sorry that I don't get a chance to come over and comment on your blogs - especially those of you that always leave comments (especially you, Miss Dollie D.) but I promise every day I visit everyone on my blog roll and visit all of those who've left comments. I really am interested in you and what's going on.
So, please leave me a line or two and let me know what's going on in your life. It can be good/bad/indifferent. Even if I don't 'talk back' for a while I can always send up a prayer of rejoicing, thanksgiving and encouragement on your behalf.
Until next time,
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
3 and 1/2 - number of days I went without a shower because she wouldn't let me out of her sight.
2 - number of times she screamed if I tried to put her down.
0 - number of times I walked around a three-story house without her sitting on my left hip.
12 - number of times I went to the bathroom with her sitting in my lap for the same reasons listed above.
5 - number of times she played 'chef' with the dog food.
6 - number of times I caught her eating the dog food.
3 - number of times I successfully pried the dog food from her mouth.
1 - the number of times she screamed because she didn't want to sleep in her crib.
3 - the number of nights she slept clinging to Grandma.
24 - the number of joints and muscle-aches Grandma has from sleeping in one position for 3 nights with a 19 pound toddler curled up on her chest.
13 - the total number of open mouth kisses that Sally the lab/husky mix got from Sophia for the whole weekend.
4 - pieces of dog food Grandma found stuffed in the silverware compartment of the dishwasher.
2 - number of hours Grandma cried after taking Sophia back home.
8 - hours of sleep Grandma expects to get tonight as she prepares for bed.
50 - number of years Grandma hopes to spend with Sophia
3 - number of the pieces of dog food Grandma just found under her pillow....
Monday, November 1, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Her name is Barbara Daseke and she's the President of Barbara Elliott Interior Designs in Dallas.
I love everything about her. I love that she goes against the mainstream and seems to have a ball with fashion.
I love that she wears lots of color.
Texas women aren't afraid to show their glamorous side. They were lots of makeup, lots of color - and are bold when it comes to fashion. I'll betcha 10 bucks Mrs. Daseki doesn't stand between hubby and the television and whine, "Don, would you be embarrassed if I wore....".
I'm betting that the glamorous Mrs. D owns whatever she decides to put on and whoever doesn't like it can kiss her Texas grits.
(fashion shoot photo shamelessly stolen from Mrs. Daseke's facebook page)
Barbara and her handsome husband, Don
(Both are well-known in Dallas social and philanthropy circles)
After perusing the 'net for about an hour, I got the nerve to message her and then 'friend' her on facebook. And much to my delight, she accepted.
So Barbara - if you're reading this I want you to know that I've worn the pictures out on your Facebook page.....Ummm...can you please post new and post often?
And um....is it too early into our friendship to ask for your cell phone number? When I shop I can take a picture, text it to you and ask if this is a "SBWW" - something Barbara would wear. Okay, maybe that's a little too forward....
To my readers - WHO is YOUR style icon?
Until next time,
It has been wonderful meeting so many of you on my book tours! I love it! This weekend I'm doing a private book signing in Kent Island, Maryland and next week I'm doing a signing in Borders at Baltimore Airport! If you're passing through or know someone who might be flying in and out please send them my way.
P.S. Scroll down to see October "Hillbilly Debutante of the Month" if you haven't already.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Private Book Club in Fredericksburg, Virginia (these are my favorite!)
Mrs. Missouri 2002, Mrs. Missouri 1996 and Mrs. Missouri 1999
(Natalene Johnson, Yours Truly and Sonya Wise)
at Barnes and Noble in Springfield, Missouri
Blanche Robison and her son Kevon in Borders at Springfield, Virginia
(Blanche is actually Blanche Burns in the book)
One of my favorite people in the world - Jose, at Barnes and Noble in Columbia, Missouri. He lived with us for a while and I consider him a member of our family as much as if he was my own brother! (Gals, he's single!)
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
We tend to keep to ourselves.
I'm a thrifter and a coupon girl. I think it's safe to say that most everything in my life is second-hand - my house, furniture, accessories, and most of my wardrobe.
Even my pantry is filled with freebies.
I am a coupon nerd. I have a binder.
One of my favorite things is to get up early on Saturdays and hit the road looking for yard sales.
I love the thrill of the hunt and the wind on my hair and country tunes blaring on the radio.
One woman's story of her little farm and old general store...decorating, yard sales, vintage, trash to treasure, the garden, family, friends, the beagles, the cats and one wonderful, amazing husband - otherwise known as the fella.
Della is my Grandma's name.
The fella and I set out one Autumn Saturday to just browse (drive-by) a few houses. Well, we pulled into the driveway of the little farm and never left.
We have a garden and its in front of the barn.
While we have no chickens in the chicken coops and no cows in the barn, we do have all the old fence posts, a daily reminder that Bella Della was a working farm in her former life.
I know what tobacco sticks are and whippoorwills.
And I love the smell of tractor fuel.
We definitely live in the country.