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.



Great Trivia Quizz!

lbulb-greenA quiz for people who know everything!  There are only nine questions.

This is a quiz for people who know everything!   
I found out in a hurry that I didn’t.   
These are not trick questions.   
They are straight questions with straight answers.

1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.

2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several  growing seasons.  All other vegetables must be replanted every year.  What are the only two perennial vegetables?

4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

5.In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle..  The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn’t been cut in any way.  How did the pear get inside the bottle?

6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ‘ dw’ and they are all common words.  Name two of them.

7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar.  Can you name at least half of them?

8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh. 

9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter ‘S.’

Have fun with this one! Answers on Monday.