Monday, December 31, 2012

Last Day of the Year

Water, sunset, evening, summer, sun rays
Sunset from Turkey Point, North East Maryland
Today is December 31 - the last day of 2012. It's amazing how many things happened in one year. My husband reminded me last night that this was the year of me switching my career from a commercial writer to a short story writer. So much stress and worry have been replaced by a chance to be creative and think afresh. This blog was started and has slowly started to build an audience.

I am so looking forward to a fresh new year. It's like waking up in the morning and realizing yesterday is over and I have a new chance to accomplish my desires. I have thought about penning a few resolutions (but have not actually taken the time to do so yet!) like writing better, maybe taking some writing classes at my local college, reading more and so on. Who knows what 2013 will bring? It is exciting in a calm sort of way.

My life has been a journey and one in which I have really been able to enjoy myself for the majority of the time. Does that mean I haven't had rough times? really rough times? No. I choose to make it a habit of looking on the good side of things and actually almost forget the bad stuff. For those folks around me, I try to help them do the same. If you are reading this (and obviously you are), I hope you have enjoyed many things this year and can find a way to look forward to 2013 as well.

Join me as I sharpen my focus away from the chaos of our politics, the troubles of our society, the insufficient funds in my bank and towards the great friendships of life in my children, my family, and the people I have been so lucky to rub shoulders with.

Happy New Year!!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Week Before Christmas

My family has great parties at Christmas.
This is it, the countdown of the seven days before Christmas. There are only so many things that we can do within that time period. I have made my Christmas Eve menu and our Christmas Day menu but I still need to shop for some of the groceries. I want to get as much of the baking done ahead of time so that everything is not so hectic on Christmas Eve. Since I don't really enjoy sweets too much, my choice of cookies this year is almond meringues and peanut butter cookies and I would really like to have a decadent chocolate torte as well as maybe a cheesecake. With a big bowl of whipped cream to top off the sweets, no one will be hungry! And no, I did not forget to make the eggnog so it has time to ripen by Christmas.

For savory dishes on Christmas Eve, I want a spread of things like spicy Chesapeake shrimp, clams casino, artichoke dip, fresh bread, mushrooms stuffed with crab and cheese, green been salad, deviled eggs, marinated cheeses and plenty of green vegetables so that everything is basically finger food. The showoff dish will be a pile of sausages served with a variety of mustards.

If that doesn't make you hungry, you must be already full! You want to know what we are serving for Christmas? I should probably just serve pea soup! How much can you eat within a 24 hour period, anyhow? Christmas dinner for our family is also the birthday of our oldest son so we eat a more traditional menu of roast beef with a pepper sauce, roasted potatoes, Brussel sprouts, pickled beets and a Caesar salad. Wash it all down with a good red Cabernet and we won't need dessert for hours.

I have my list of chores that I would like to get done, some painting, some cleaning, a couple more gifts to get, and then I will be done... Except for the post party cleanup! So that's my summary of my week ahead. Of course, nothing will go as planned, but that's okay.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Busy Holiday Season

An old photo I found of my Dad and his sister at Christmas in Maine.
You may have noticed that I have been absent from blogging and writing over the last couple of weeks. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, my schedule seems to fill up with projects and there is little time left for writing. I think about writing. I would love to write, it's just that other things seem to take precedence. But I am not guilty about it - life is not about keeping routines but adapting. Besides, I am having fun with my other projects, Christmas shopping, cleaning, remodeling in our house and getting our yard ready for winter. If you think about it, I am living! To be a well-rounded person, you need to experience a myriad of situations and be constantly learning from each of them.

So, enough of my philosophizing. This Sunday is the second Sunday of the month and that means that several of my stories are free on Amazon. If there are some that you haven't read yet, this is your chance to download them. Look here.

Enjoy the pre-Christmas season!