Family, Friends, Food, and Fun

Hello everyone! It's been a few days since my last post, so I figured I was due for one. I took a much-needed break this weekend. Even when I'm not working at my regular job, I still devote some time, nearly every day, to doing social media promotion and working on my book. I also work on any side projects that need to be taken care of as well. This weekend though, I took a break from all of it. I had friends from out-of-town stay overnight two different evenings. 

The first set came as a surprise for my best friend's birthday. I had people over where we enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres. It was a pleasant, relaxing evening filled with great conversation and laughs.

The next day I took my kids on a gorgeous hike at one of our favorite spots. The weather was in the high 60s and we enjoyed the bugless, nearly fall look that the landscape is acquiring. We are looking forward to fall!

My bank had member days on Sunday and I took the kids for free entertainment, free t-shirts, free activities, and free food. It was a good time!

The last set of visiting friends stopped by before their big move out to the West coast. They were treated to a large, fabulous vegan meal of spicy lentil chili garnished with cheeze sauce; cripsy, baked pita triangles; and a simple green salad dressed with a peanut-style viniagrette & homemade croutons. It was a big hit and everyone went in for seconds, and even thirds!

I also realized that I hadn't spent a single evening outside this year either. I have a back patio and usually, many times over each summer, I sit out there with tiki torches and a big bonfire. It's a great, peaceful way to relax and reflect over a drink. We decided to make one in the front yard instead and we enjoyed our wine with a comfortable fire. The weather was perfect for it, not too hot nor too cold and the fire felt just right.

Luckily, I had enough of this year's batch of my homemade mulberry schnapps leftover to pour myself one final drink on the rocks and enjoy. It was a satisfying conclusion to a great weekend. 

Today, after my friends helped clean up and go on their way, I got back to business doing my author groove, and here shortly I'm on to my work week. 

I hope you have a fabulous day and a terrific week!

Much love,



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