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Happy Tuesday and welcome to our hop. Thanks for coming. This week’s challenge comes from the incredible Brenda Margriet:

My oldest daughter is getting married this summer, and my second daughter next year, which has me thinking about how people meet and fall in love. Share your favourite story. It could be you and your spouse, your parents, friends or family.

I guess I don’t really have a particular favorite story. But I do have thoughts about falling in love. I like to believe in destiny, kismet, fate. Because people come together in the strangest ways and I don’t think it’s random. Then again, maybe it’s just some chemical attraction that brings two people together. Or, perhaps, being in the right place at the right time? I don’t know the answer.

It could be our friends know who the right person is for us sometimes—hence the successful blind date. (We won’t talk about the epic fails).

All I know is when I met my husband, it felt—right. Fireworks didn’t light up the skies, planets didn’t collide. But for the first time in a very long time, I was home.

There is a lot to be said for the passionate explosion when you first meet someone (we write about that all the time), but I think more often than not, it’s a progression. A quiet easing into the heart that warms and feels safe. True love grows.

Oh, let’s not completely ignore the attraction part. When I first saw my husband, (on a set-up dinner date) he was staring at my legs. Hard not to guess his thoughts. But, he maintained as a gentleman and spent the remainder of the night looking into my eyes.

Marriage, as they say, is work and that’s true. It’s the small things that are important; the thoughtful gestures like bringing home flowers for no particular occasion, like keeping himself occupied when I’m working, like taking over all the chores when I’m tired.

Love is not a flighty bird that hovers and entices. It’s a rock that stands firm no matter what comes. It’s so much more than the act of falling. It’s the building of supports together to keep each other strong.

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to our hop! This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Dani Jace:

This is 4th of July week for those in the US, but most countries have an Independence Day of similar celebration. What was your tradition growing up? Fireworks? Trip to the beach? Cookout? As an adult, what’s your favorite Independence Day activity or what would you love to do?

When I was a kid, there were always fireworks and barbeques. I remember one year we were even allowed to sit on the flat part of our roof to get a better view of the light show.

Years later, as an adult, in California, I had a horse and a group of us would ride to the highest point in Griffith Park and watch the fireworks. I was always amazed that the horses seemed to enjoy the lights, too. I would have thought they might be frightened, but they just watched with eyes wide. Just like the humans.

These days, I still look forward to the fireworks most of all. The night of the 4th, the sky around here lights up with an exploding, glorious, multicolored display. And it fills me with pleasure.

I love the 4th of July. It is such a wonderful celebration and even if it’s raining, it’s still summer and that makes it perfect.

And, it makes me take time and appreciate we have our freedom and that is so worth a party.

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to our hop. So glad you came! This week’s challenge comes from the wonderful Jenna Da Sie:

Breakfast/lunch/dinner, what is your favorite? Share a recipe.

I love a leisurely lunch with friends. It’s a luxury when it can actually happen these days. Especially if I don’t have to go back to work afterwards.

My choice is a salad (or two) accompanied by crackers and a cold glass of crisp white wine. Here are two old stand-bys with a little extra.

Here are two of my favorite salads and their ingredients:

  1. Egg Salad:

4 hard-boiled eggs, chilled, then chopped

5 stalks of celery, chopped

15 (or so) green olives with pimento, sliced

Tsp. of Dijon mustard

About 1-1/2 Tbs. Mayonnaise

Pepper to taste

Combine the eggs, celery and olives. Add the mustard and mayo and mix well. Salad should be moist. If you need to, add more mayo.  Sprinkle with pepper to taste. Serve on a bed of romaine lettuce.

  1. Tuna Salad:

2 cans water-packed Albacore tuna, water drained

1 Tbs. lemon juice

5 stalks of celery, chopped

Tsp. of spicy brown mustard

About 1-1/2 Tbs. Mayonnaise

Package of salad walnut and dried cranberries (in the produce section)

Put tuna in a medium sized bowl. Add the lemon juice and let stand for a minute or two. Then add the celery. Mix in the mustard and mayo. Adjust the mayo if necessary. Sprinkle with the walnuts/cranberries. Serve on a bed of lettuce. Enjoy.

Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for a day.

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to our hop. This week, the challenge comes from the wonderful Brenda Margriet:

It may seem obvious, but writers love words. And most of us have our favourites. Give examples of your favourite words (the more unusual the better). Have you ever made up a word because there just isn’t one that describes exactly what you want to say?

Most of us have some of our own language. We give people nicknames or pet names and we all use fill words, like ‘thingy’ or ‘whatsit’ when we can’t think of the right description.

The problem with favorite words, as a writer, is that they tend to be repeated in a story and that can get very boring. So, I have to come up with different ways to describe the same thing or action. For example, in my first book, I fell in love with the word ‘began’. It was used so many times, my editor stopped commenting on it and just marked it out. And a writer friend used the phrase ‘smokin’ hot’ so often, it’s now a joke between us.

I have made up words when I can’t find the right one. An example is in “Texas Summer”. I described the heroine as macha (the feminine of macho) but the editor made me take it out. Too jarring, she said. I still love that word.

As writers, words are our tools, our building blocks, our means to express, so of course we love them. And we love sharing them. And we hope you forgive our forays into word invention. Or maybe even appreciate them.

 

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Hello and happy Tuesday! Welcome to our hop. This week’s challenge comes from the remarkable Dani Jace:

Write Flash Fiction 500 words or less using dog, fire & rain.

The rain was easing. It had been welcome, cooling the fire of relentless heat. Time to take the dog for a walk. She hated wet, whether it was from the sky or in a bathtub, so we were stuck inside until now. But she would welcome some exercise, as would I.

Blue peeked through the clouds and the air smelled of freshly washed trees and flowers. The park beckoned.

Wet grass oozed through the toes of my sandals and my little pup trotted carefully, making certain to avoid any dastardly puddles that might melt her toes.

I was so intent on watching her. I didn’t notice the roadblock of a man directly in my path until I made contact. Hard.

“I am so sorry,” I blurted, as I jumped back. “I didn’t see you.”

I had to look up to see his face. Nice. His hazel eyes widened and a smile curved his chiseled lips. “But I was right here,” he said, and his grin widened.

“Of course you were.”

“I’m Jack.”

“Carol.” My heart was pounding against my ribs. No ring on his left hand. I dropped my gaze before he noticed I was checking.

“And who’s this?” The tilt of his head indicated my companion.

“Ruby.”

He knelt down to pet her and she preened. Ruby hated water, but she loved attention.

Then he put his fingers in his mouth and let out a shrill whistle. A lovely Golden Retriever came sprinting from the trees. “That’s George,” he managed before the huge yellow dog jumped up and nearly knocked him over. “I made the mistake of carrying him around as a puppy and he still thinks he’s little. “Down, boy,” he commanded and the dog immediately sat, his tail swishing back and forth in the dirt.

“So well behaved. Ruby doesn’t do tricks. She’s a terrier.”

“I could teach her.”

“Really. I doubt it.”

He shrugged. “Okay. It’s a bet. If I can make her sit on command, you have to have dinner with me.”

Win. Win.

“Sit,” he said. Then he quickly scooped her under her bottom and plopped her butt on the ground.

“That’s cheating.”

“You know what they say…all’s fair….”

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Hello and welcome to this week’s hop. The challenge this time comes from the incredible Jenna Da Sie:

What is your favorite thing to do in summer?

Be outside! Especially in the early morning and at dusk. The birds are chirping and the smell of newly mowed grass just makes me feel good. I have planted gardenias, so in the morning, I can pick the blossoms and surround myself with their glorious scent.

I love to eat al fresco – I don’t even mind the flies (most of the time). And I really enjoy sitting on my porch at the end of the day to watch the frenzy of the day settle into peace. Or just find a shady spot and read a good book.

Sunshine lifts my spirits and warm breezes make everything right with the world.

That’s why we decided to move to Florida next year. So many more summer days to enjoy!

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to our hop. This week’s challenge comes from me:

How about your favorite dessert recipe when you have a picnic or a barbeque.

Here is one of my favorite cake recipes. The best part—it is so easy to make.

Lemon Coconut Cake

Box of yellow or white cake mix + eggs and water

2 jars of Lemon Curd

Grated Coconut

Coconut rum

Use a 13″ x 9″ baking pan (sheet cake) and follow directions on the cake mix box with two changes. Instead of just water, add ½ water and ½ Coconut rum. And add an extra egg. It will make the cake lighter and fluffier.

Bake according to package directions.

Let cake cool completely.

Spread lemon curd evenly on the top and then cover with the coconut.

Enjoy!

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