These are my favorite things…

Happy-Holidays-snowmanHi Readers,

The Holidays.  Just saying that, how does it make you feel?  Stressed?  Joyful?  Maybe a little of both or in between?  For me, I am sad the Holidays are almost over.  It is frightful to know we are on the last day of November when Halloween seemed to occur just yesterday!  However, I am determined to make the best of the rest of the year and I hope you are too.  These are a few of my favorite things at this time of year.

  1.  No more excuses.  Time to spend with the family and days off too.  Don’t you love it?  Not only do you get days off to spend time with family and friends but you get paid for the days too.  Now if you work in retail or other types of businesses where you have to work the holidays, I apologize because this can be a bummer.  I have a co-worker who worked in retail last year and was scheduled to work on Thanksgiving (for black Friday sales).  She will never forget how sad she felt having to work when her family was enjoying time together around the dinner table with relatives she hadn’t seen in quite a long while.
  2. Lot of sales!  I looove shopping throughout the year but items can add up and get expensive real quick.  However, at this time of year just about everything you can think of is on sale at some point.  You just have to watch the ads or check out the stores to catch them.
  3. Bright, twinkly lights.  Who doesn’t love beautiful lights?  Especially when you don’t have to pay for the electricity.  I love driving around with my hubby viewing beautiful displays of animated snowmen, merry Santa Clauses and cute reindeer.  It’s fun and it’s free.  What’s not to love?
  4. A different feeling in the air.  People are generally happier.  They open doors for you and are a bit kinder than they might’ve been the rest of the year.  Sometimes you might even receive a surprise like your favorite beverage paid for before your car hits the drive through window.
  5. An excuse to eat sweets with less guilt.  Yes, I have a sweet tooth.  In fact, I think I might have two or three instead of one.  Hahaha.  This time of year, you can feel a bit less guilty indulging in your favorite dishes though that’s not an excuse to gorge and overdo it!  But your doctor’s Rx is more lenient at this time and he says “treat yourself because you are special.”  You deserve it.  (wink)

These are just a few of the lovely things I enjoy this time of year.  What are yours?

I sincerely wish you Happy Holidays!  May they be merry and bright and filled with much love and laughter.  Till our next chat, take care and be safe throughout this holiday season!


Indie Book Fest starts today!

Hi Readers,

Come meet me this weekend at Indie Book Fest in Lake Mary, Florida.  I will be at FanFare tomorrow, at the book signing on Saturday plus attending several panels and workshops throughout the days.

Check out the giveaway at my signing table and my books for sale.  I will even have swag for you to take with you.  I’d love to chat with you.  If I attack you it’s only because I like you and I want to give you a hug (wide smile).


R U Okay?

This morning, Michael asked me, “Are you okay?”

Well, no.  Not really.

I’m worried about Hurricane Irma, the category 5 hurricane that is predicted to hit Florida via Miami at a Category 4.  I feel bad for Miami, though my experience at South Beach with the dangerous, hostile drivers and even on the highway leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth and a distaste for the city.  I would never want to live there but that doesn’t mean I want to see the residents undergo devastation.

I am worried for my roof, not having the luxury of nearby residents to have had a new roof installed on my house.  My roof is old and I don’t know how much more battering it can take.  The thought of going through insurance doesn’t alleviate my fears or worries as that will be a nightmare, in itself, if we undergo damage.  I survived Hurricane Charlie and gave up waiting for a roofer, instead, going my own path and taking on a loan with a well known business to fix the roof on my own accord.  If I had waited- a name on the long line of rosters of people waiting for insurance to fix their roofs- I might still be waiting.

At least I have enough water though I’m sure I won’t have electricity.  Our home is old, built in the 1970’s, and due to this, if anyone so much as sneezes, we lose our electricity.  Hurricane force winds are sure to devastate and I’m not looking forward to sweating like a pig in 90 degree Florida weather.

I am hoping once it hits Central Florida, the hurricane will have the decency to lower it’s category to a 2 or even, God help us, a 1.  We don’t need another Charlie!  And I’d like to keep my roof intact as is… please.

So, I am filling all the pitchers I own with water and even my Keurig, just in case and I’m wishing the storm will turn East and fizzle out into the ocean from where it formed.  And I’m busy transferring our food to my dad’s empty refrigerator in his garage.  Since his apartment’s electricity is tied in to the local fire station, he hardly ever loses power and this is our saving grace.  I’m doling through our food, taking to the re fridge/freezer items which cost the most money:  fish and meat first, vegetables last, in the hopes of saving as much as possible from loss of electric/power.

My husband is cleaning out the gutters, bringing in our lovely statue/decorations, outside furniture and to save precious time, buying bags of potting soil to use as sandbags since it’s rumored people are waiting hours in line to get precious sandbags.  With Irma expected to hit Central Florida Sunday- Monday, we are running out of time and we must work with haste.

This has been an ordeal, finding empty shelves in local grocery stores like the picture below where there was no bread to be bought and collecting water bottles when stores were out.  We ended up being lucky three times over and have three cases of water as a result.

I hope everyone in the path of Hurricane Irma remains safe and I wish for you minimal damage to your beloved homes.

#hurricaneirma  #Irma

Only 5 More Days till we celebrate!!

Nine amazing Authors in one spot celebrating Paranormal Romance Author TK Lawyer’s Debut Release of her first short story book: Angels and Diamonds.


{Angels and Diamonds: Seven fascinating tales of love, romance and desire}


Multi- Genre event. Games, prizes and giveaways!!


*** Everyone is invited. ***


Come join the fun~

TK Angels and Diamonds Ebook official cover

Preparing for Matthew- a Hurricane is coming!

Hi Readers,


It is raining here this Thursday morning as residents from Central Florida to the East coast of Florida prepare for  the inevitable- Hurricane Matthew!  It has been awhile since I’ve had to prepare for a Hurricane and so much has happened in the past two days.  I really hope that this one is much kinder than Charlie was to us but whatever happens, it’s coming and we have to ride it out.  So here’s what’s happened since I learned that Matthew changed its course to come visit me.

October 5th-

I was at Wal-Mart in the early morning hours, purchasing normal every day items, unaware a hurricane was targeting my area when I asked a cashier if it was general practice for cashiers without their lights on to take customers.  He informed me that due to the ‘Hurricane rush’ they were just taking people but it was not a normal event.  This is when I realized that Matthew was approaching and I needed to take it seriously.  I then called my husband from the car to discuss the serious nature of this approaching storm and to ask if he thought we needed anything.  He said water and maybe some canned foods and chips, so I headed back into the store with my shopping cart, grabbing a box of Halloween cookies to soothe my additional stress and as a reward for being pro-active when I ventured down crowded aisles to find absolutely no canned pasta, only a few cans of canned chicken in various, strange flavors (one of them was damaged) and no water bottles anywhere.  What a surprise!

So, after doing all I could:  purchasing 8 bottles of flavored water, 2 cases of flavored canned water, one can of chicken and tons of bags of chips and crackers, and grabbing 4 bottles of actual plain water (I couldn’t believe I found) in the small refrigerator in the check out lane, I drove home.

I then reviewed my inventory of canned items I already have at home.  We have a good, not stellar, supply already and I hope it’s enough for the three people in my life I have to worry about (hubby, me and my ailing dad who lives in his own apartment).

However, I started worrying about our supply of water but I found a good tip online advising to fill freezer bags with water and freeze them.  So I set about doing just that and realized that next time I will need to buy brand name freezer bags to be safe for the locking mechanism on off-brands is precarious.  ** For a fun experience try filling freezer bags with water while holding the bags with both hands as they grow heavier and heavier and shifting the tap off with your mouth.

~ It’s funny the things you do when you can’t find water in the store.  I started brain-storming and came up with the idea to fill my Keurig and my alternate coffee pot, to capacity, with water in case I needed to siphon some out to boil, etc. for later.  And I happily found three pitchers in my cabinets and filled them all, setting them aside on the counter in front of my make-shift “water storage”.

After my hubby returned home, we took in all the decorations, wind chimes, benches and chairs from outside (it’s amazing what you have outside of your house- you never really know how much until you have to collect them) and set them in the garage and then called it a night.

October 6th-

I woke up considering what to do with all the food in the freezer and refrigerator due to power outages.  Since we live in an older neighborhood, our power lines are above ground and just the slightest wind will cause an outage.  With the pending hurricane there is no question we will have no power and since we no longer live near a water treatment plant or fire station, it could be days to weeks before power is restored.  So, I proceeded to pack everything up in bags and transport them to my dad’s apartment.  He has my spare refrigerator in his garage and since his electricity is tied in with the fire station next door his power very rarely goes out and when it does, it’s less than an hour or two before it comes back up.  Thank goodness for small miracles!  Now almost all my food and condiments are packed into the spare refrigerator.

But then I forgot- I also have my Hurricane Supply box in my dad’s garage as we’ve never had a chance to move it to my house.



And when I lifted the lid, I couldn’t believe my eyes!!!



4 Jugs of water!  Eureka!!!!  And a bunch of battery powered fans, too.  It’s really the little things that excite you when a monster of a storm is approaching.

So here I am sitting at my computer, after turning down the a/c to cool the house with all the ceiling fans running too (to make the temperature as frosty as possible before the lights go out) with only routine things left to do- check the mail and make lunch while I still have an oven that works.

And so, to all you readers in the impact zone, please be safe!  I will chat with you soon.


My thoughts regarding the Orlando Pulse Shooting

I was at the gym on June 12th when I heard about the shooting that occurred just two hours earlier.  It’s unnerving to know that there is still hatred, even in the United States- a land where everyone has the possibility to become what they aspire to.  And to know that this man- this terrorist- could’ve been or done anything with his life but he chose to become a serial killer, instead.

There has been a lot of debate since the tragedy occurred.  People have voiced their opinions quite openly about the gay community and lifestyle.  One of my friends posted on Facebook that some were even happy about the shootings, stating that being gay is evil.  Wow.  Really?  Did they miss the point that this is not about whether you are gay or not, this is not about frequenting nightclubs, this is not about your religion- essentially, it boils down to this- people died.

Human beings, like you and me, people who had family, friends, and Lives- perished.  Even if you don’t accept their lifestyle and their beliefs, you can at least value them for who they essentially are- a Human Being, just like you and me.  They did not deserve to be brutally attacked.  They deserved to live their lives accordingly.

I am really surprised by how people think being gay is evil and I know where some of this influence stems from but I’m not going to go into religion here.  Being gay, in my opinion, isn’t evil or sinful, it’s a preference.  It’s a different lifestyle that maybe you and I don’t understand but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to judge anyone for being who they are.  I have no right to nor would I want to impede on someone’s freedom and happiness.  I believe everyone has the right to pursue what they want in life and if it doesn’t harm anyone and is not unethical or immoral, I am not going to keep anyone from being happy.

Be who you are no matter what anyone else thinks.  My heart goes out to the families of the victims and to the survivors of this irrational act.