Am I the only one who wishes there were no such thing as political ads? They’re everywhere; I can’t escape them, but I dearly wish I could!
I think this 1873 Currier and Ives print sums up my feelings pretty well:
I’ve decided that until election day, my only form of entertainment will be reading.
No TV (unless I’ve recorded the program and can fast-forward through the commercials), no more radio. Just books.
Having made that decision, I now know why I have a To-Be-Read pile that’s taller than I am (times three); it’s for emergencies such as this.
So, a few minutes ago, I covered my eyes with one hand and poked the fingers of my other hand into my TBR shelf; here’s the book I randomly selected:
Doesn’t this look like a fun book? It’s my first time reading this author and I’m looking forward to losing myself in her cowgirl world. And when I’ve finished this book, I’m going to select another; then another.
So good-bye horrible, screeching, misleading political ads. I’ll see you again in 2020.
But this year we (my techie friend Susan and I) made a few changes to the website we’re pretty proud of:
We made Isabella’s website ad-free. No more distracting ads for heaven-knows-what kinds of products!
We arranged to publish Isabella’s Free Reads through BookFunnel. This is a big development for us. Every month we publish one of Isabella’s novels or short stories for free on the site; but in the past, we published those Free Reads only in Adobe PDF format. We now publish them in PDF, mobi, and e-pub formats, and distribute them through BookFunnel. It took a lot of work hours to get to this point, but we think it was worth it!
We’re expecting snow in Denver tonight. You may think that’s not a remarkable occurrence in Denver at this time of year, and normally I’d agree with you.
But this winter has been unusually dry for us. We’ve had precious little rain or snowfall, here in Denver and up in the high country where ski resorts rely on fresh snowfall.
It’s such an unusual weather pattern for us; in fact, I’ve been doing my daily walks in 60 to 70 degree weather . . . in March! It’s a little crazy!
Tonight we’re expecting snow, and tomorrow I intend to enjoy all the things that naturally go with a wintry day. I’ve already promised myself that if I’m good and get all my chores done (that includes writing at least 500 words on my current work-in-progress), I get to do what I love to do most on a snow day:
Curl up on the couch with a good book.
Sounds good, right? I’ve already got my afternoon planned, and I know what I’ll need:
A soft blanket to cover my legs
A freshly brewed cup of cinnamon apple spice tea
A dog or two to cuddle with
A great read
And I’ve already selected the book I’m going to read: Promise of Peppermint by Valerie Comer.
Valerie is one of my favorite authors; I never miss her books. If you haven’t read any of Valerie’s novels, you’re in luck, because right now you can read Promise of Peppermint for free!
It’s a great way to read one of Valerie’s books for free and decide if she’s an author you’d like to read in the future. And if you decide her style of writing isn’t for you, just unsubscribe from the newsletter.
I hope your Monday is a great one. Stay warm . . . and enjoy the book!
(P. S. I’m a fan of Valerie’s Christian romances, but I don’t know Valerie and I don’t get any compensation for recommending her books. I just like sharing my favorite authors and books with you.)
In my spare time (IS there such a thing???) this week I’ve been cleaning up the clutter in my garage.
I’ve done it before (actually, I’ve done it several times before) but the clutter keeps coming back. It starts out small. Usually, when I’m in a hurry, I will set something down on the workbench “just until I have time to put it away.”
Of course, I never get around to putting the item where it belongs. And since it looks so lonely out of place by itself, I end up putting other things with it, until I have a jumbled pile of items begging for a home. Even worse, I’ve lost track of what’s in the pile.
Is it any wonder I can’t find what I’m looking for?
I’ve read enough about this syndrome to know I’m not alone. Clutter is rampant in American garages just like mine.
And it’s rampant on American desks, too. Desks like mine.
This is another area where I can show my true colors as a Pile Person. I have piles for everything on my desk, and each pile is important. At least, I think they’re all important. But since I haven’t looked through any of the piles in months, I can’t be sure, because I don’t remember what’s in those piles.
Here’s an example. One pile consists of ten 3.25″ disks. They’re all clearly labeled, so I know they contain information I’m going to need someday. Although neither my PC nor laptop read 3.25″ disks, I still hang on to them, even though the documents they contain are lost forever because I can’t access them because I can’t read the disks. It’s a vicious cycle.
I don’t know why I tend to collect things in piles. I will probably have to invest in a minimum of seven to ten therapy sessions to figure it out.
But I can say that when I get the urge to go through my clutter—as I did this week in the garage—and sort and organize and discard, I feel great!
In fact, I felt so great I immediately rewarded myself with a bowl of ice cream and the words, “You deserve it.” Maybe ice cream and the chance to strut around the house like a winner is sufficient encouragement to make me tackle all that clutter on my desk.
The snow is still falling in Denver but at least the winds have calmed down. My little pup bravely tried to get through 12-plus inches of snow this afternoon so I dug a path for him to his favorite tree. Good thing he loves the snow!
Every day I thank God that I live in Denver, Colorado. I love everything about the city, from its great year-round weather to its beautiful scenery. I even featured part of the downtown skyline on the cover of my novel, Ask Me Again (that’s the “cash register” building in the background on the left, as seen from Washington Park).
Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks Denver is downright awesome. Today U.S. News and World Report released their annual list of the best places to live, and Denver drew the Number 1 spot! You can read the article here.
I’ve always been a little partial to the place myself, and I love taking advantage of all the city has to offer. Just last weekend I was in my usual center seat at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts when they presented A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the 2014 Tony winner for Best Musical. Here’s a performance of one of my favorite scenes from the play:
I had such a good time and laughed a lot! I hope you get a chance to see a production of this clever, music-filled romp about love, murder, and the British aristocracy.
And please come visit Denver and see for yourself how great a place it is to live. There’s always room for more!