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It only grows

It used to be that every other year, we did Thanksgiving with my parents, and the opposite with my in-laws. With my MIL’s passing last year, it hasn’t really had time to shift, but more it became if my sister and her brood would be present or not as they were still on the alternating year plan. Interestingly, this year my parents are taking the holiday to my sister since they cannot get away with school things. As my girls are older, we don’t have that hiccup…only multiple work schedules to navigate.

Which means…it’s just my household doing the holiday together…which is nice on many levels. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I love being with family and laughing…but there’s a perk to keeping the gathering small too. I have no idea how many years are left before there will be plus one’s at the table and it won’t just be us anymore. I can totally enjoy turkey day in my jammies this time instead of having to dress for the travel & company factor this round. We can have our favorites at the table and all the leftovers we can handle. There is a win-win to this scenario.

The challenge is everyone keeps adding to the menu and I think I’m going to need a bigger table soon if we hope to sit at one to eat. I am also wondering if I should make the bird. Our family is not opposed to turkey…I’m happy to make it…but good gracious the sides are getting to be so abundant, that I’m not sure anyone is going to eat turkey anyway. And, just when I think I have the list complete, and most of the ingredients, except the fresh ones, bought and set aside, someone adds another dish to the list. I’m going to be waddling for a week or more…and that’s before seasonal baking.

At this rate also, I’m not sure what NANO WRIMO holds for me. I had thought to use my holiday week to crack out the backlog, but at this rate, I’ll be in the kitchen…likely wearing ingredients and laughing like a maniac. 🙂 see…there was a writer’s reason to mention the holiday odd going on…food & family vs. words? Family wins.

My writing itinerary is getting complicated for 2018. Then again, I’m not sure I’d recognize it any other way. 🙂 manic is me.

What’s your favorite holiday dish? What’s the one you could live without? Enquiring minds want to know…and, s’long as I’m already cooking enough for a battalion, what else can I add to the fun?


Defying explanation

Let’s face it…there are some things that just cannot be defined easily or accurately. Authors After Dark for example…there is not a suitable anything for the epic that it has been the last week. So, I thought I’d show you.

The event for me, after arrival, started with cleaning cages & feeding babies at JARM…cuz that’s what needed doing. When I left, this sweet pea still needed a forever home.


Then, after cleaning off the ‘ya know’ it was time to kick it…and get the stalkers ready to roll.



Prepping for the welcome party carnival fun. the view from my balcony.


Thursday morning breakfast in jammies.








pirate lunch…


and the Pony Party….but that was just ONE DAY.


Friday…more panels, more readings, another lunch, the river walk


and the Debut Dinner with some awesome ladies!!


Saturday signing, and the Fantasy Ball.




and that’s just the stuff I got to do while rocking my Lula Roes…



There was a cruise, trivia, games, and so much fun there isn’t enough memory space to include everything.

BUT…now I’m home, and if I can’t be with the best book fanatics around, this is where I want to be. They know me and my crazy here but love me anyway. Hugs and kisses are optional but abundant. Head butts from the felines are whenever, even if I’m sleeping, and my coffee is always exactly right. There’s a slight shift in the mattress that fits me perfectly, and it is the only place where I can always find where the older cat had an ‘oops’ as soon as I put on fresh socks.

I love it at Cons & events, but I love it here too. Like I said, some things cannot be explained; they must be lived, embraced, and experienced with everything you’ve got to give…it is the pinnacle of living and being blessed with abundance.

Read something great this week!!