Show & Tell Time OR How I Got a New Crockpot - Recipe for Disaster

February 2, 2016
     After eight months of renovating the fixer-upper Joe and I bought last May, we’ve nearly completed the mission of having “Our Dream Home.” 
    Too bad we almost blew up the new kitchen the other night, but I’ll be getting to that.
    The air conditioning quit our second day in the new place, and cost an unplanned $4800 to replace. Leave it to spring to herald in the hottest May on record, while we literally baked in the glory of renesting.
     Demolishing the dated kitchen was one of the first items on our agenda. Of course we replaced the toilets immediately, and Joe painted my powder room and installed a new medicine chest and shelves for my knick-knacks. Bulk pick up day arrived and we got rid of the former owner’s ripped, filthy window coverings and the other junk he left behind.


    Joe and I went to a gazillion places for estimates to choose what we needed, and most times it was fun. Once in while we had arguments, but the majority of our journeys to Renovation Land were happy ones.

    Home Despot and Lowe’s became our new best friends. Joe put up new blinds, and I was in heaven. Privacy is important, you know. 

    My son-in-law installed the new cabinets and the granite guys came to install the counters and the sink. The stainless steel appliances arrived, and Joe had begun the arduous task of getting rid of the glue that remained on the walls so he could paint.

   We replaced fifteen windows, the bedroom carpeting, and then in October, Joe had laid laminated word flooring through out the rest of the house. The old kitchen floor was replaced with brand new linoleum just in time for Thanksgiving, and I was finally feeling like I really lived here, instead of being on the weirdest vacation ever.

   Speaking of vacations, we managed to sneak away to Florida in November. We visited Disney, Universal, and headed to Miami for The Reader’s Favorite awards, where I collected my bronze medal for Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems. 

    Which brings you up to date. 


    We were making stew in my mother’s twenty-five year old crock pot. The gravy wasn’t thickening nicely so I suggested Joe warm it up on the new stove. 

     Biggest mistake EVER…OR?... #EpicFail! 

    It took us many hours to repair the damages. Joe took apart the entire stove, and we cleaned, and cleaned some more. Reassembling the unit was no picnic. 

     Lesson learned: Never doing that again! If my photos look sideways, well, that's just the kind of year we had! 

     Have an awesome February, everyone! 


Please Welcome My Special Guest, Lizabeth Scott

January 8, 2016

Hello, Wonderful People! Please join me while I host my friend and author extraordinaire Lizabeth Scott as she celebrates her new release: 
  Sweet Temptations

SR: Howdy and welcome, Lizabeth. We’re eager to know more about you. So, just who is Lizabeth Scott? 

LS: A voracious reader, full-time writer wanna be, wife, mother, and PA to two terrier terrors. Liz is the author of The Royal Vow and Hearts of Gold Series and a Carolina girl who loves sand between her toes as frequently...

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What a Wonderful Year This Has Been

December 7, 2015
This has been a year filled with many triumphs and changes. As I reflect on these memories, I’d love to share some with you.

First, we welcomed my youngest daughter’s baby son into the world on April 25. Although he was a month early, he suffered no ill effects, and he’s a healthy robust, almost-eight-month-old! His personality radiates the best of both families, and we all love him to pieces! 

Career wise, I’ve recently had the honor of participating in an author’s dream-come-true.

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Proud to Present: Captivated by the Winter King

October 31, 2015

BOO! A SpookTacular Halloween Greeting to you all, and welcome to my blog. Today I have the honor of hosting the talented author Mistral Dawn, as she gets ready to release her new story on November 30, 2015, Captivated By The Winter King. This is one of those super cool, cover reveals you've heard tell about.

So without further ado, please welcome my great friend, Mistral Dawn!

Hey Everyone!! :-)


Guess what!!! We're only one month away from the release of Captivated By The ...

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Kindness Matters!

June 30, 2015

Hey Everyone!!

As our month of positivity is coming to an end, it seems like a good time to reflect on the things we've learned and the goals we've created for ourselves.

As I, Barbara Chioffi, reflect on this month, sharing with my fellow bloggers has meant so much. We all need a support system that is uplifting and filled with positivity, and that is what has made this month so special. Each of us has our own methods to deal with those days when nothing seems to go right,...

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Just Be A Little Kinder

June 26, 2015

“If you judge people you have no time to love them.” Mother Teresa


I saw this quote circulating twitter during the week and it really struck a chord with me. Then, having recently attended my Granddaughter’s 8th grade graduation, I was pleased to see the motivation of the graduating class was to be a little kinder – exactly what I’d like to bring into the fold today.


I’ve paid close attention to my fellow Positivity blog tour authors’...

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Thankful Thursday's Positive Vibes Via Those Challenges!

June 25, 2015
Thankful Thursday brings us a new Positivity Post from Savannah Morgan with challenges and gains! Please read on to see how we can learn to meet our daily challenges with a more positive attiude!  

Peace and Love!

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Positivity Rocks on With a Super Cool Stress Buster!

June 25, 2015
Yesterday's delightful post was shared via Jen Winter's blog, where she explains how she sweep stress out the proverbial front door! Please clsick the link below and see the awesome way she stays positive!

Peace and Love!

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Embrace Your Positivity With Barbara Chioffi

June 23, 2015
The 23rd day of our Positivity Blog Tour finds today's featured author Barbara Chioffi sharing a beautiful post about a 'soul pool.' I hope you will find Barbara's contemplations as touching as I did! Enjoy!

Peace and Love


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Positivity Blog Tour "Say Something Nice"

June 21, 2015
On this, the 21st day of our Positivity Blog Tour, we're sharing our hostess with the mostest's thoughts on how people can increase their positivity in small ways, which makes perfect sense when you think about it.

Here's Mistral Dawn's Musings link, so click on and enjoy!


Peace and Love! 

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