It’s Blogiversary Time! 5 years!

Wow! Can you believe it? I’ve been blogging and connecting with people for 5 years.

number 5

To see some great blogs I’ve connected with, check out my updated Blogs I Follow page.

So let’s have a party. Grab a slice of cake…

pink cake

…and settle in to meet some new friends.

In the comments below, leave a link to your blog or website. Let’s see how many new friends we can meet and support.

Thank you all for your Likes, Comments and Follows over the years. And let’s hear it for 5 more years of blogging!

thank you

 

Here’s a look at last year’s blogiversary post.

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Philadelphia, A City Of 12 Firsts – How Many Did You Know?

I love the City of Brotherly Love, Birthplace of America, The City That Loves You Back — Philadelphia, PA.

Philly, PA

That’s probably why my next book takes place in Philadelphia (more about this later).

     Philadelphia’s Firsts:

  1. Benjamin Franklin started the first library in 1731.

  2. The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, that opened in 1805, is the country’s first art museum and school.
  3. The Philadelphia Packet and Daily Advertiser is the first daily newspaper, begun in 1784.
  4. Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond started the nation’s first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital.
  5. The first university in the nation, The University of Pennsylvania, began the first medical school in 1756 and the first business college, the Wharton School of Business, in 1881.

  6. The Philadelphia Zoo was the first ever American zoo, opening in 1874. Philly Zoo
  7. The first organized protest against slavery was the Germantown Quaker Petition, drafted in 1688.
  8. Mother Bethal A.M.E. Church is the first African American church established in 1794.
  9. First Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in Philly in 1920.
  10. The Philadelphia Naval Yard was the first naval shipyard in the nation, 1801.
  11. Johann Behrent built the first piano in America in 1775.
  12. The Philadelphia Stock Exchange was the first stock exchange, founded in 1790.

Have you ever visited Philadelphia? What do you like the best?

For more fun facts about Philadelphia, check out the following sites:

 

 

Inspiration For Dealing With Mental Illness & Breast Cancer

Aimee’s blog is a necessity for anyone dealing with mental illness and/or cancer but also an inspiration for anyone dealing with life and its struggles.

Please leave your comments on Aimee’s blog page, thank you.

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Life is hard. Things we don’t plan for happen to us. Illness strikes us unexpectedly. When things happen, we can choose to fight or sit down and have a pity party. Some decide to wallow in self-pity and they want everyone else to feel sorry for them. They tell the world about how awful things are for them and how there is no help. This only leads to an endless road of hopelessness. Others decide to fight. They stand up to their illness and face it head on. With mental illness and cancer, if you want to reach recovery, you must decide to stand tall and fight.

Pity-Party

I know a woman who is suffering from mental illness. She tells everyone there is no help for her. She goes to her friends and talks on and on about how awful her life is. She blames her husband for not understanding and…

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Wish Your Man Was More Romantic?

Life is hectic.

Life is busy.

Life is crazy, but does that mean there’s no room for romance? Absolutely not.

However, you know the average man is not naturally romantic. (Remember “Wham, bam, thank you Ma’am?”) They generally consider romance just fluff before you get to the good stuff. So, you’ll have to let him know how important it is to you.

romantic dinner

(I’m not talking about every man. There are some out there that are truly Romance Masters. I applaud them. This post is about the average Joe, clueless about romance.)

Let’s face it. Most of you gals have probably spent years throwing out little hints about how to be more romantic without much success. Well, if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’ll lay it out for everyone.

Hints Do Not Work On Guys

You have to use a 10 lb. sledge-hammer to get their full attention. Of course, that is not a literal suggestion but you do have to stop being subtle about this concept. Get your man away from any distractions (TV, cars, friends, food, etc.) and talk to him about what you what. Be sure to make it a conversation not a confrontation or you won’t get anywhere.

sexy red lips

Give him a few examples of what romance means to you. Then hand him a list of about four or five simple examples because you know he won’t remember the conversation past the next car show on TV or round of golf.

Some examples you could include in your list:

  • Holding hands while walking
  • Evening walks together where kids, finances and work are off-limits to discuss.
  • Foot rubs
  • Breakfast in bed
  • Bubble baths together
  • A soothing cup of tea or glass of wine
  • Chocolates and flowers

The possibilities are endless. Come up with things that appeal to you.

Good luck and be patient with your budding-Romance Master.

Tell me some of the things on your romance list…

6 Romantic Getaways Right Here In The Good Old USA

Summer has arrived! At least in my book 🙂

Are you looking for a romantic getaway?

romantic couple on beach

Here’s 6 suggestions where you won’t need a passport:

  1. Hawaii – I don’t even have to name an island or city, basically anywhere is paradise. Sun, sand, palm trees, ocean and volcanoes. It’s a recipe for love. Romance in Hawaii
  2. Charleston, South Carolina – If strolling through a historic town with plenty of art galleries and Southern cuisine is your idea of romance, then Charleston is where you should head. This southern town always puts me in mind of the Old South where gentlemen and their ladies would stroll down the street arm-in-arm in their best clothes. Romantic Victorian couple
  3. St. Augustine, FL – More history can be found in St. Augustine, Florida. Founded by the Spaniards in 1565, it still has cobblestone streets and historic buildings to please all. Throw in the beautiful beaches and a ghost or two and you have the perfect mix for a romantic getaway. Romantic St. Augustine, FL
  4. Vail, CO – Set in the White National Forest, Vail is home to the Vail Ski Resort. This resort has it all: for winter sports lovers you’ll ski or snowboard by day and snuggle by a fireplace at night or for summer sports lovers you’ll golf, hike and enjoy festivals by day and take moonlight walks at night. All year round this is the place for romance! Romantic Vail, Colorado
  5. Niagara Falls, NY – Niagara Falls is still a very popular honeymoon destination. If you stay on the US side you won’t need a passport and believe me, there is plenty to do on “our side.” There are hikes, gardens, shopping and of course the Falls to explore to fill your day then conclude it by watching the Falls at night lit-up with colors and fireworks. Even in winter, the Falls are something to see and wonder. Romance at Niagara Falls
  6. Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC – This 8,000 acre estate nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina has romance written all over it. Tour the house of George and Edith Vanderbilt with its Banquet Hall with 70′ ceiling, library with 10,000 books (my dream library), an indoor pool and bowling alley. Hike the grounds with numerous gardens, both formal and in-formal, visit the historic winery, travel back in time at the Antler Hill Village & Farm then check out the activities at the Outdoor Adventure Center. You can even bring your horses and explore the 80 miles of trails! Romantic Biltmore Estate

Romance can be found anywhere you look.

This list could be endless…what places would you add?

4 Funny Jokes To Start Your Weekend

It’s Friday!

We have a big, holiday weekend in front of us but don’t panic…I’ve got your back. Here are 4 funny jokes to keep you laughing:

Marriage

Q: What’s the difference between love and marriage?

A: Love is blind and marriage is an eye-opener.

 

Weight Loss

All my life I thought air was free…until I bought a bag of chips.

 

Relationship

After waiting two hours for her date, Sarah concluded she’d been stood up. So, she changed into pajamas, made some popcorn and flopped down in front of the TV. Then the doorbell rang–it was her date. He took one look at Sarah and gasped, “You’re still not ready?”

 

Texting Moms

Mom: Your great-aunt just passed away. LOL.

Son: Why is that funny?

Mom: It’s not funny, David. What do you mean?

Son: Mom, LOL means Laughing Out Loud.

Mom: I thought it meant Lots Of Love. I have to call everyone back.

 

(*Courtesy of Reader’s Digest – Jokes )

 

Share these with your friends and I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

To all our military people and families — Thank you!!

Thank You

 

Love Dance

For poetry with passion and romance, try Hector…

Of Love and Passion

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Love Dance

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In a dance of colors a feathery display

in this a game of attraction,

words seeking a favorable reaction

to a glimpse of possibilities-

And what I seek but a loving woman

to fill my nights with passion,

 if not love then a warm body,

to carelessly fall

 into my heated arms

for a thousand and one nights

of seductive schemes-

I want to get lost in the charms

of a beautiful woman,

for this dance I will play

all my favorite games

with the brightest colors of all,

hoping love would somehow

find its way to my dreams-

H.O


I wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

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