Six-Sentence Sunday #6

Happy Sunday! It’s pretty darn cold here, I think we’ll top up at a high of 10 degrees today. Ooh, I just a chill writing that. But tomorrow the temps swing back up. Way back up to upper 40s. Regardless of the temps, my focus on this long weekend is reading through the proof copy of my manuscript. I’ve passed the halfway mark. Yay! Lets get on with today’s excerpt. In hopes of warmer days to come, today’s six sentences take place during a garden tour when an unexpected guest shows up. Enjoy!




“Ouch.” Hope glared at her sister, the assailant.

“Sssh,” Maretta hissed.

Hope rubbed her side. “You have bony elbows,” she said to Claire.

Claire nodded for her sister to turn around. Hope did and couldn’t believe her eyes. Janine McCoy. What the heck was she doing at the tour? Shocked, Hope could only stare.

Friday Faves #2

Happy Friday! We had some more wintry weather here this week and by wintry I mean snow. And the forecast for this weekend is beyond frigid temperatures. We’re talking zero degrees. That’s right, a big, fat zero. I’m going to be looking for some serious warmth. My big plan for the weekend is to continue to read through my manuscript for more typos. 🙂 And in between chapters I’m sure I’ll spend some time checking out a few blogs. Since I’ll be desperately trying to keep warm, I’m guessing that you’re probably somewhere in the country that is all taking the polar plunge. But if you’re like my critique partner who lives in sunny and warm California…well, I shouldn’t continue that thought. 🙂 However, if you are living in a part of the country that is enjoying warm weather you’ll probably still enjoy visiting the blogs below too. They are giving me a warm and fuzzy feeling that makes me just want to sink into a deep cushioned chair and spend hours just daydreaming. Ah, the feeling of home.



Lately I’ve been obsessed with re-doing our entry space (we live in a Cape Cod so we don’t have an entry hall) and I’m loving the entry area Erin from Meadow Lake Road created.

For a few moments of total escape from the arctic cold check out the 13 Unique DIY Raised Garden Beds post over at Home Stories A to Z. Erin has curated a great post with fun and creative ideas for vegetable, herb and flower gardening. I’m loving the wine box raised garden project.

Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick has created a guest room that is simply beautiful. But I think she may have a tough time getting her guests to leave. Go on over and take a look for yourself.

What are your plans for the weekend? Venturing out or staying in?

Stay warm!

Six-Sentence Sunday #5

Happy Sunday! My revisions are done. WooHoo!!!! Now my manuscript is being read by a beta reader and I’m combing through the manuscript for typos. Yikes! So many. This is not going to be a fast project. Ready for another snippet? It’s a few sentences longer than six today, but I love this little exchange between Hope and her sister, Claire.



“Nicely done, sis. She never saw it coming,” Claire said as she took one final look in the mirror. “You know you have a serious problem.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Hope lifted the tray of pastries off of the granite countertop.

“She just asked you to help, didn’t she? Fess up, what did you do with the high school students she hired?”

Hope shook her head. “Don’t be ridiculous. I’m just lending a hand.”

“Is that all you’re doing? My guess is right now you’re thinking about re-arranging the pastries, aren’t you?” Claire asked, pointing to the silver tray.

Friday Faves #1

Happy Friday! Today it’ a wintry, snowy day perfect for curling up with a hot beverage, a good book and maybe, some web browsing. I {heart} blogs and I thought I’d share some blog love today.


Over at Nest For Less, Erin shared a Girl Cottage Bedroom Makeover. I admit it, I’m jealous of the little girl who sleeps in that room. It’s beautiful. I wish my childhood bedroom looked like that. Go on over and take a look.

Over at Pastels & Macarons, Maria shared a DIY project that definitely has a spring feel to it. Check out her post, Moss Covered Number, to learn how to a unique decoration that could have so many uses.

Chocolate and peanut butter. Two ingredients that are simply dreamy when combined together. So, how about a recipe for a smoothie with chocolate and peanut butter? Yeah, I know, it sounds sinfully delicious. To get the recipe for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie you’ll wat to visit Southern Krazed. Enjoy!

My plans for today is to do some reading and of course, some writing while it snows (we’re getting pretty close to the 6 inches that was predicted and it does look like a greeting card outside right now). What are you up to today?

Kitchen Snapshots

There was a blizzard this weekend but luckily in my neck of the woods we got only five to six inches. And as with every snow storm I spent some time in the kitchen. Here’s a few photos of how I spent my weekend.

I made some molasses braised onions for steaks. Yum!

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And I baked some blueberry muffins.

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And we had a visitor throughout the whole storm. I love this turkey.

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Got the pups out once we cleared the snow.