Happy Leon!

Happy Leon!

Leon is the holiday that marks the half-way point until Christmas. That’s right: there are exactly six months left to do your holiday shopping.

Leon, BTW, is Noel spelled backwards.

P.S. Happy birthday to my sister-in-law. I hope it’s a great one!


Happy First Day of Summer!

Summer is my favorite season. I like being warm.

I also like songs about summer.

Here are some of my favorite summer songs, in no particular order:

  • “Summer in the City” (Lovin’ Spoonful)
  • “Boys of Summer” (Don Henley)
  • “Summertime” (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong)
  • “Summertime Blues” (Eddie Cochran)
  • “In the Summertime” (Mungo Jerry)
  • “Under the Boardwalk” (The Drifters)
  • “Popsicle Man” (Jan & Dean)
  • “See You in September” (The Happenings)
  • “School’s Out” (Alice Cooper)
  • “California Gurls” (Katy Perry)

What are some of your favorite summer songs?


A couple members of my local RWA Chapter came up with an idea to prompt members into reading outside their comfort zones. Bingo! Each member was given a card with 25 categories, along with the rules and an explanation of each category. All books read (except for one) must be a new-to-you book. Books and authors can be used only once. The center square is “WRITTEN BY A CNYRW MEMBER.”

I love this so much.

Of course, I read like most people (whom I know) watch television.

So far, I’ve filled in two squares.

As I sit here at my desk, I’m looking at the titles of many favorite books, only one of which I can use for the game.  And I’m fascinated with books that could be used for multiple categories if that were allowed. Which it is not.

Example: Legend by Jude Deveraux

  • Published before 2000
  • Eat, Drink, & be Merry
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Reread a favorite
  • Dress for success
  • Time travel

Stretching it bit:

  • Stranded
  • Historical Romance
  • The Billionaire
  • Love Triangle

No wonder I love this book so much.


I’m In the Wrong Body

I am a short woman. And, like the famous teapot, I am also stout. I’m built like a fireplug. A keg.

I purchase most of my clothes on line or from catalogs, for a variety of reasons (but that’s another blog post). But many plus-size catalogs are meant for Amazon women, not teapots.

My sense of style is more suited to C3PO‘s body type than to that of R2D2, which I more closely resemble.

Every article of clothing I absolutely love and adore is designed for tall people. Capes. Fabulous hats. Clothes that drape.

And few things are proportioned using common sense: The cuffs on the sleeves of the rain coat I purchased are at knee level. Just because I’m big around doesn’t give me gorilla arms.

Most plus-sized clothing designed for short women resembles furniture upholstery. Yes, I love going to Day Job dressed like granny’s favorite overstuffed chair. It’s a wonder no one has sat on me.

But then, what should a tea pot wear except a tea cozy?

Make Life Beautiful

Today is National Make Life Beautiful Day. What a wonderful idea.

A random act of kindness.

Smiling at a stranger.

Laughing with friends.

Come on! You can do it. It’s your little corner of the world. Make it beautiful.