Three Times Unlucky!

2017 began, for me, with three strikes of horrible events; my father-in-law passed, I lost my cell phone, and I was sick, not once, but two times. So, I figure my run of bad luck is done because that’s three times—right?

Now, I’m not a superstitious woman ordinarily, but the three times phenomenon is so ingrained in my neurons, I decided to research how it originated. The most common theory is as follows:

On a battlefield (and this traces as far back as the Crimean War) three soldiers each light a cigarette from one match. The enemy sights the flame when the first soldier lights his ciggy. The second soldier ignites his cigarette from the same match. The enemy takes aim at him. When the third soldier inflames his fag from the same match, the enemy, already locked onto the target, kills him. From this the three phrases, three on a match, third on a match, or unlucky third light, arise.

As of Friday, I felt pretty good that I’d be okay for the rest of the year (fingers and toes crossed—now, I have to look up that one, too *sigh*). Then on Saturday I wrenched my right shoulder. Does this mean I’m starting another round of three?

Aaargh! *burying my head in the sand* More aaargh, ’cause now I have to look that one up as well.

Do you believe in the unlucky three?

I’ve decided that the only way to combat these inherent superstitions is to everyday give thanks for three things. Therefore, today, I give thanks for my Viking, my three sons, and their wives and girlfriends.




The Best Laid Plans…

party10First of all—-Happy New Year Everyone!

I know, I know, it’s very belated, but sit back, have a lot of wine, and listen to my story.

Okay, so I had everything from Christmas through the end of January planned down to the last detail. Since the whole family would be together for both Christmas Eve and Christmas, I decided to take a full week off, and simply enjoy my loved ones. This, I did, and never—not once even peeked at social media, the day job work, and writing. Such a delightful peaceful week even though it was filled with activity, a surprise party for the ‘wayward’ one (who vowed the day before he could not be surprised), an unexpected Billy Joel concert on New Year’s Eve (I had to post pics of that since we had second row seats), and a decadent brunch on January 1, 2017.billyjoel-2016

Of course, this meant that I was totally overwhelmed on all fronts from 01/02/2017 onward. The thing that happens when you work 24 x 7 to try and catch up is that your immune system takes a nosedive, and you end up sick as the proverbial dog in bed for 10 days. Being a stubborn gal and having decisive workaholic tendencies, I went back to the grind way too soon, and guess what? I relapsed.

Then, during my mind-fogged and drugged-up flu, I decided to post the blogs I’d planned for the first couple of weeks of January, and somehow managed to take down my own website.

Sigh, 2017 is not off to a fabulous start.

Today, I managed to restore a backup, and the site is once again functioning.

So, as of today, I’m back to square one, but worse. Why, you ask? Because now I have to catch up to that one wonderful vacation week of still outstanding work, and add another kazillion To Dos to the list. 

Have pity on me on this thankless Thursday



Merry Christmas!

xmas-tree-2016It’s two days before Christmas and all is quiet in my house. Literally. I’m the only one at home—it’s definitely the calm before the hurricane. My ‘wayward’ one and his darling wife arrive tomorrow—I can’t wait. Sooooo excited.

For the first time in many years, my three sons, my wonderful daughter-in-law, the youngun’s girlfriend, not one, but two doggies (Kush and Zooey),and my Viking and I will all be under one roof for Christmas Eve. Heck, I’m tearing up just thinking about having everyone here.

All the presents are wrapped, the stockings stuffed(including the doggies’), my menus for Christmas breakfast and dinner prepared, and I’m enjoying my tiny slice of solitude. So, I’m going to bingewatch all the new Viking episodes and drool over hunky Travis Fimmel.

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and joyous holiday—be it Hanukkah or Christmas. To all my readers, thank you for your wonderful support. Without you I wouldn’t be starting a new Viking story—Wùlfe—and continuing to write the first book in my new Sanctuary series, Sheathe.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!


Christmas is Coming Way Too Soon!!!

Usually I do my Christmas shopping in August, but this year the wedding of my middle son and his beautiful wife was the focal point of my agenda, and I lost track of time. So, all of a sudden Christmas is upon me, and I’m woefully unprepared. Add to that, a constant line of house guests from October onward, the fact that November to April is the busiest period as far as work’s concerned, and the end result is — Christmas is coming way too fricking soon.

I suggested to the family that we push the day forward by a week — total thumbs down reaction.

At least, now I’ve got the tree up, and my dancing Snoopy’s taken the grinch out of my mood!



Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s that magical time of year again. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

This year I’m doing a different take on the turkey – I had the butcher butterfly the bird and I’m following Cook’s Illustrated recipe for a brined maple cayenne turkey. Wish me Luck. Here’s what it should look like done:


Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your families and friends.