Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Hey everyone! I wanted to dash in here a moment to say have an amazing, amazing holiday. I’ll be back in the New Year if not next week.




Slowing Down The Holidays

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

December snuck up on me like nobody’s business. I try to be somewhat proactive and get my Christmas cards done early. I get into the spirit of the holidays early in the month. Not this month. I’m lagging. It could be because of NANO. Hey, I’m ready to blame that for a lot of things.I mean writing 50,000 words in a month is a significant word count for me. I think it took quite a bit out of me.

Every year I hear people expressing how stressed they are during the holidays. Sometimes I think it means we all need to take a step back and recognize when we’re overdoing it. We need to acknowledge that the world spins super fast. Yet just because our wild world of 24-hour news, reality television and social media says we should go at 300 mph and live our lives in constant anxiety, we don’t have to.  We just don’t. When we decide not to hook in to more than we can handle, to allow all the panic/anxiety to rule us, we win.We become calmer. We don’t let others tell us that we should be afraid of everything all the time.

So recognizing that my mojo isn’t quite up to speed this month, I’m feeling little guilt that I’ve written only a paragraph in a week and haven’t finished my Christmas cards. So with that in mind, I’ll be a tad incognito from today until Wednesday. I’ll be writing or reading or both. My social networking might be sporadic. I’ll be back to full bloom by Thursday next week.

With that in mind, here’s to a lovely week for everyone, and I’ll talk to you soon.

A Very Happy Holiday!

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Hey all, I wanted to wish you, my friends, family and readers a most wonderful holiday, no matter what that holiday might be. 🙂 I hope that Santa brings you everything you wish for and that you’re surrounded by happiness, love and peace. I’ll be back later this week. Don’t forget the great blog hop that starts on December 28. Remember, you could win books or you could win the grand prize of a Kindle Fire HD. 🙂

To all a good night.

All I Want For Christmas

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Hey everyone,

I wanted to make sure you all knew that one of my older novels, All I Want For Christmas, is out there if you’re looking for a love story full of Christmas and also full of the challenges of romance and family. You can find All I Want For Christmas at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

Hope you enjoy it!

Guest Author Selena Robins: A Message From The Other Side? Or My Imagination?

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Everyone welcome my good buddy and awesome author, Selena Robins, as she gives us a great story that I think works right into Halloween…even if she doesn’t like Halloween. 🙂 Take it away Selena!

“Life is like a snow globe; often it’s prettiest after it’s been turned upside-down.”

I love snow globes. I have an embarrassing collection of them, from Christmas themed ones to Christopher Robin and Winnie the Poo to the Phantom of the Opera, and ones that I collect during my travels, portraying a landmark of that particular city.

There is something soothing about looking at a snow globe, after turning it upside down. There is also something magical about one particular snow globe that my brother-in-law gifted me many years ago.

First let me tell you that I am a skeptic when it comes to ghosts and basically most paranormal activity and discussions, but I do keep an open mind and have enjoyed the many stories shared here on Denise’s blog.

When Denise asked me to share something to go along with her Halloween spooky/ghost story theme blog posts this month, I wasn’t sure if what happened in our household with this little snow globe would fit into these theme. Reason being; I don’t particularly care for Halloween. I’m not a pumpkin Grinch or anything (well, not anymore) and I do give out candy, and love to see small children in costumes, but I don’t decorate like mad, nor do I dress up, nor do I put on spooky music or watch horror flicks.

I’m going to share something that happened to us with regard to one of my snow globes, that to this day, I’m still unsure what was really going on.

My brother-in-law (husband’s younger brother) bought me this Santa Claus snow globe because he knew how much I love Christmas and decorating for this beautiful holiday. This snow globe has a music box inside it, but only plays a tune if you turn it upside down and crank it.

I put it out at Christmas time as part of my decorations and instead of putting it away, I decided to keep it in my curio cabinet even after Christmas, as it would remind me of my brother-in-law, who was struggling with cancer at the time and knew that he wouldn’t be with us for much longer.

Four months later, my brother-in-law passed away. On the day of his funeral, I was in the sitting room alone, waiting for my husband to finish getting ready and I heard a tune coming from the curio cabinet. I dismissed it, thinking it was my imagination and never mentioned it.

After his funeral, each time I would enter the room, the snow globe’s music box would kick in. I really thought I was imagining it, but decided to tell my husband. He checked to see if the crank at the bottom of it was stuck, but it wasn’t.

Since the curio cabinet is placed near a window, we both decided that it must be the sunshine giving it energy and making it the music box go off, however, that didn’t make sense since it needed to be cranked. As you can see, we’re both a bit skeptical when it comes to paranormal activity.

The music went off one night. No sunshine. So there went our theory about light giving it energy.

My husband at this point was convinced that it was his brother’s way of saying hello to us. Because we are all grieving deeply, I went along with it. Still not convinced.

We told his parents about it, and it brought them so much joy when my husband told him his theory, that I decided, yes, I will go along with that as well. And then thought; if my brother-in-law is around here saying hi, I hope he is turning his back when I take a shower. He had a great sense of humor, he totally got mine and besides his loving nature, that is one of the things I miss the most.

He did tell me before he died that he would come back and haunt me if I didn’t bake him his favorite cookies and muffins while he was in the hospital. I would joke back and say, don’t you dare look at me when I’m getting undressed or getting jiggy with your brother. Of course that made him want to hurl, because siblings making out is as bad as picturing your parents making out. We laughed a lot during his last days, and you know what, that’s how I would want my last days also. Teasing, laughing and joking and probably playing a prank or two if I could manage it.

His parents were convinced it was his mischievous side reaching out from Heaven.

Since I knew this brought my mother and father-in-law so much happiness, I wrapped it up and gave it to them as a gift, with a note that said: “Crank me up, when you miss me.”

They were appreciative and took great care of the snow globe, and it would go off on its own at their house as well, and they felt their son was really close by.

I slowly came to realize, that perhaps he was beaming down some of his energy into that snow globe and it was his way of saying hello to us all and also pulling a prank on me, knowing that I would be trying to figure out what was really going on.

My in-laws both passed away a few years later and the snow globe came back home with us. It sits in our cabinet once again, but it has never played another tune. I cranked it, shook it, and still no music.

The three of them are all together now, so perhaps the music stopped to let us know, they’re doing fine.

I miss you and love you all, and please if you’re around, just don’t peek when I’m taking a shower. Even though I really don’t believe you can see us, or maybe you can. Wherever you are, I know you’re happy and I will give out your favorite chocolates this Halloween in your honor.

Happy Holidays and Christmas Eve

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Hello everyone! I know people probably have better things to do than read blogs during the holidays, so I wanted to breeze through and say Happy Holidays. For the wonderful holidays out there between now and New Year’s Eve, may you receive all the blessings you desire. I’ll be really up to my eyeballs in things for the next few days until at least next week. Everyone have a safe holiday!