Happy New Year

Here’s to 2021! May we all be blessed with health and friends and family to see us through.

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Goodbye 2020

Thanks to my sister, Beth, who forwarded this along after stealing it from a facebook post.

Here are 12 things to consider as we get closer to closing the door on one of the most horrible years of our lifetime:   
1.     The dumbest thing I ever bought was a 2020 planner. 
2.     I was so bored I called Jake from State Farm just to talk to someone.  He asked me what I was wearing. 
3.     2019:  Stay away from negative people.  2020:  Stay away from positive people. 
4.     The world has turned upside down.  Old folks are sneaking out of the house & their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors! 
5.     This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her dog.  It was obvious she thought her dog understood her.  I came into my house & told my cat.  We laughed a lot. 
6.     Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit.  Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom. 
7.     Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands? 
8.     This virus has done what no woman has been able to do.  Cancel sports, shut down all bars & keep men at home! 
9.     I never thought the comment, “I wouldn’t touch him/her with a 6-foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are! 
10.    I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator. 
11.    I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to the Backyard.  I’m getting tired of the Living Room. 
12.    Never in a million years could I have imagined I would go up to a bank teller wearing a mask & ask for money. 
Here’s hoping for a Happier New Year! 
Feel free to copy and paste, we did.

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Smashwords End of Year Sale

I am happy to participate in the end of the year sale at Smashwords.

This time, I have the first book for free in my Hadean apocalyptic series and in my Blue series. You can find them here: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/lindaandrews

Be sure to check out the other offerings while you are there.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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Merry Christmas

I’ll be taking the next few days off to celebrate the Christmas with family and friends.

I wish you all the very best of holidays in all that you celebrate.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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In this season of Christmas Carols, I am always surprised at how my standard is the first version I heard.

All others are either the same tempo, faster, or slower.

For those of you who came into the world after the record player moved out of fashion, the above numbers are the speed to play the record.

78s were the first record speed, but had moved out of style by the time I began listening to music. A single played at 45 whereas an album played at 33.

Either way, any record played out of its original speed, sounded off and wrong. The legacy of the record player lives on.

Until next time, stay healthy.

And happy winter!

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Friday Fun Fact

No one expects it until it happens then all the hindsight prophets emerge.

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Reading for December

Sadly, I am still reading Crucial Conversations. I do hope to finish this month, but I had the same hope last month, too.

But I did start a new book which I really like, Ghostland.

What’s on your reading list?

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Trying something new

The holidays bring with them a different kind of activity that leaves me wanting to binge-watch Netflix Christmas movies.

This year, I wanted to try something new, yet not completely alien.

So, I picked the Destination North Pole beading class by Jesse James Beads. For a low fee they give you the majority of the materials you need to create earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. They have great presenters/designers who walk you through all the techniques in the creative process.

And then other participants post their creations in a positive feedback loop of creativity and inspiration.

It is a wonderful community to be part of and I get to keep or gift my jewelry at the end. Frankly, as I am still a novice and impatient, my creations are usually worthy of the Island of Misfit Bling than gifts, but I am getting better.

And apparently I am part dragon cuz I like the shiny things.

More importantly, I like to collect the shiny things and ogle them.

This is the first time I’ve done such a class but I think I shall definitely be doing so again.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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When Karma Visits

When I was much younger, I would laugh at my mom when she asked me to thread a needle for her.

I am not laughing now.

Even with magnifying glasses, I had to ask my youngest daughter to thread the beading needle. Made me chuckle as she made fun of me.

And I am sure my mother is laughing out loud.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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After Thanksgiving, I put away the remains of my Halloween decorations and began to display my Christmas decorations.

I love my Christmas village and often add a few pieces to it each year. Given there was a sale, I splurged and purchased a trio of caroling snowmen plus some mini Christmas gnomes.

I did not reckon on our new kitten, Zim. He scaled the entertainment unit to reach the top two shelves, tasted a few of the buildings before pushing items onto the hardwood floors far, far below.

Oh the carnage!

Now, the hubbinator is working on devising a plexiglass barrier to stop Zim-zilla from his reign of destruction.

Until next time, stay healthy.

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