It’s July and we’re still in a pandemic…

I hope you are, like me, only going out when you need to and staying safe. You know the deal – wash your hands, wear a face covering and wait at least 6′ away from others. Remember, these guidelines may be irritating and sometimes problematic but it’s what is going to save your life!

So, now that’s out of the way…what are you doing to keep your sanity during this pandemic?

I am:

  • Reading of course. I’ve collected a small bookcase of books picked up at random book sales and thrift stores over the past couple of years. So, I’ve been working my way through them not wanting to deal with library books handled by others. After things get back to normal, well as normal as we can, I won’t feel guilty in filling up that bookcase again with new books.
  • Writing of course. I’m trying my hand at a mystery with romance.
  • Hobbies are good. I play games on my phone and laptop. I build miniature dollhouses (see post: How to Have Fun With Miniatures ). I’ve dug out my old stamp collection and have enjoyed looking over them again. A great way to relax and pass the time is to color in an adult coloring book. I’m also addicted to jigsaw puzzles.
  • Landscaping our yard. My husband and I have planted trees, spread bark in the flower beds and have planned/scheduled a garage to be built just behind the house.

What are some things you are doing? Maybe it will give others ideas if they are running on low and tempted to go out in public.

True Love ~ A Mother’s Day Poem – #MothersDay2019

To all mothers of children and and fur babies alike – Happy Mothers Day!
Enjoy Dorinda’s poem.

Night Owl Poetry - Dorinda Duclos

I wrote this in 2014 and have shared it the past couple of years. It has now become my traditional Mother’s Day Poem.  For all the beautiful women who bring joy and love to child’s heart, have a blessed and beautiful day!!  ❤

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A mother’s love is true

For it beautifully blossoms

Like a rose, softly unfolding,

Enveloping,

Opening the heart,

Nurturing the soul

©2014 Dorinda Duclos All Rights Reserved
Photo: Pixabay

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Why Should Earth Day Be Just One Day?

I agree with oh, so many people, that Earth Day must become everyday. We have a gorgeous planet but we won’t if we keep abusing it.
One way to honor our Earth is to enjoy nature in all its wonder. Here are just a few photos taken during my family’s numerous camping trips. Enjoy!
Allegheny National Forest

Allegheny National Forest – Thunder Rocks

Allegheny National Forest – Thunder Rocks & my son

Cooper’s Rock State Park (WV) & my son

Cooper’s Rock Overlook

Wind farm (NY)

Letchworth State Park (NY)

Letchworth State Park (NY)

Ohiopyle State Park (PA) – Cucumber Falls & my other son

Ohiopyle State Park (PA) natural waterslide

I hope these photos encourage you to get out and enjoy nature for yourself. It’s good for us to go “off the grid” once and awhile to recharge our inner batteries.

Share some of the places or activities you’ve enjoyed…

 

Books, Words & Lists – What’s Not To Love?

Have you discovered Top Ten Tuesday (TTT)? It’s a weekly blog post project at That Artsy Reader Girl that provides topics to make your own Top Ten list.

Top Ten

 

So if you love books, words and lists (like me) you will enjoy this Top Ten Tuesday series!

Be sure to check out previous posts:

TTT – I Need Mooooore

TTT Books I Can’t Believe I Read

Okay, I’m going to go back to creating my own list now. I have lists all over my house – on scraps of paper, colorful post-it notes and whole sheets of paper.

What do you make lists about?

It’s Chinese New Year!

It’s Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year

I love dragons –

golden dragon

My Tribute To Dragons

I enjoy Feng Shui –

Feng Shui For a New Home

Feng Shui For Children

I love bamboo and lotus flowers –

I love to eat with chopsticks –

I love fireworks!

fireworks

If You Just Can’t Wait For Fireworks…

I also love fortune cookies

(even though I know they were invented in San Francisco)

What do you love that’s Chinese?

I wish everyone a Prosperous & Healthy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year

 

 

2019 – A Fresh New Year

Do you have disappointments, regrets and missed opportunities from 2018 bringing you down? We all fail at our resolutions, fall short of a goal or regret a missed opportunity, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Brush it off and stand up straight because you have a whole new year in front of you and a fresh start with 2019.

2019 New Year's

Give yourself a few minutes to recall positive moments and goals from 2018…

  • I finished writing my second romance novel and began querying for representation and publication.
  • I created my plot/timeline for book #3. plot line storyboard
  • I began creating my new office/library/craft room.
  • I discovered some new, healthy recipes.
  • I completed my 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 48 books.
  • Both of my sons are now living down in NC with us. North Carolina State Line Sign

Good for you!

Now, set some goals and inspirations for 2019…

  • I want to complete a second draft of my third book.
  • I want to gain a contract for book #2.
  • I will begin querying for a reprint of my 1st book (Hong Kong Treasure – publisher closed within a year of its publication). Hong Kong Treasure
  • I will complete my 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 50 books.
  • I will limit my consumption of sugar, dairy and wheat.

Great! Now don’t let any doubt and negativity creep in. Fight it. Start each day with positive thoughts and energy. Remember, you are a great you. Don’t let anyone tell you different. You can shine in 2019!

2019 New Year's

Tell me your positive items from 2018 and a goal for 2019. Let’s share some much-needed support 🙂

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In Case You Missed It … 2018

2018 is almost done and 2019 is approaching fast.

So, while we are still here in 2018 let’s recap. “In case you missed” any of these…

2018 with fireworks

Feng Shui

Want a Lucky 2018?

 

Romance

What’s More Romantic Than a Wedding?

8 Romance Sub-genres To Find Your Next Love

6 Romantic Getaways Right Here In The Good Old USA

6 Nontraditional Places To Have A Romantic Wedding

 

Inspiration

What Can Spring Teach Us About Life?

Heroes of Hurricane Florence

 

Cats

Photo Challenge: What Makes Me Smile

 

Friday Fun

4 Funny Jokes To Start Your Weekend

 

Blogiversary

It’s Blogiversary Time! 5 Years!

 

I thank all my followers and visitors for your support and friendship through 2018.

I hope meet and connect with even more of you in 2019!

Merry Christmas To All!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Christmas tree with gifts

My 5 Favorite Christmas TV Shows:

  1. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  2. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  4. Sound of Music
  5. It’s A Wonderful Life

Christmas stocking

My 5 Favorite Christmas Carols:

  1. O Holy Night
  2. Silent Night
  3. I’ll Have A Blue Christmas Without You (Elvis)
  4. Anything by Trans-Siberian Orchestra! 
  5. Sleigh Ride

Child at Christmas

My 5 Favorite Christmas Presents:

  1. Books!
  2. Lottery Tickets
  3. Jigsaw Puzzles
  4. Jewelry
  5. Chocolate

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How about you? What are your favorites?

I wish you all peace and goodwill during this holiday season and don’t forget to share that goodwill with others who have less.

Keep the Christmas spirit going throughout the year because people’s needs do not occur only at this time of year.

Past Christmas posts:

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things…

10 Of My Favorite Christmas Movies

Lighting up the Christmas Spirit

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Originally posted on Mrs. Twinkle:
Here is my “little” (well it started out as a little idea) DIY Christmas project. To beginn with I thought that I would use 1 or two pallets (and ended up enjoying the sawing so much that I did four). I was very pleased with the result and decided to…

#tuesdayuseitinasentence ~ Raving

He could go on for hours raving about the idiot drivers who travel the roads with him, making me stark raving crazy.

#tuesdayuseitinasentence
Give it a try, it’s fun. See full post for instructions.

Word Adventures

The raving lunatic before her was once considered a genius; it was a fine line from there to madness and she couldn’t doubt the perpetual raving about his work, his talent eventually made him cross the line.

©scolpron2018

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Here are the prompt rules:
Make a sentence with the word of the week. Leave it as just a sentence or write a post to go with it.

Try to do it on Tuesday.

Include the hashtag #tuesdayuseitinasentence.

Post it on Twitter and/or Facebook (if you have a public site) and/or Pinterest and/or WordPress and/or any other social media site you belong to.

Participate as many times as you’d like. You can write a different sentence for each platform, but please keep it to one sentence per post.

I will be trolling Twitter for the hashtag, so watch my Twitter feed in the sidebar for retweets. Make sure to connect on…

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