Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas Around the World


CountryNative Greeting(s)
Andorra (AD)Merry ChristmasBon Nadal
United Arab Emirates (AE)Merry ChristmasI’d miilad said oua sana saida
Afghanistan (AF)Merry ChristmasDe Christmas akhtar de bakhtawar au newai kal de mubarak sha
Antigua and Barbuda (AG)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Anguilla (AI)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Albania (AL)Merry ChristmasGézuar Krishlindjet
Armenia (AM)Merry ChristmasShnorhavor Sourp Dzunount
Netherlands Antilles (AN)Merry ChristmasBon Pasco, Bon Anja
Angola (AO)Merry ChristmasBoas Festas
Antarctica (AQ)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas, Felices Pasquas, Hristos Razdajetsja
Argentina (AR)Merry Christmas¡Feliz Navidad!
American Samoa (AS)Merry ChristmasIa Manuia Le Kilisimasi
American Samoa (AS)Happy New YearIa Manuia Le Tausaga Fou
Austria (AT)Merry ChristmasFrohe Weihnachten
Australia (AU)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
Aruba (AW)Merry ChristmasBon Pasco, Bon Anja
Azerbaijan (AZ)Merry ChristmasTezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Bosnia and Herzegowina (BA)Merry ChristmasSretan Bozic
Barbados (BB)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Bangladesh (BD)Merry ChristmasShuvo Baro Din
Belgium (BE)Merry ChristmasZalig Kerstfeest
Burkina Faso (BF)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Bulgaria (BG)Merry ChristmasVessela Koleda
Bahrain (BH)Merry ChristmasMboni Chrismen
Burundi (BI)Merry ChristmasNoeli Nziza, Joyeux Noel,
Benin (BJ)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Bermuda (BM)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Brunei Darussalam (BN)Merry ChristmasSelamat Hari Natal
Bolivia (BO)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Brazil (BR)Merry ChristmasFeliz Natal
Bahamas (BS)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
Bhutan (BT)Merry Christmaskrist Yesu Ko Shuva Janma Utsav Ko Upalaxhma Hardik Shuva
Bouvet Island (BV)Merry Christmasremove
Botswana (BW)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Belarus (BY)Merry ChristmasWinshuyu sa Svyatkami
Belize (BZ)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Canada (CA)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas, Joyeux Noel
Cocos (Keeling) Islands (CC)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas, Selamat Hari Natal
The Democratic Republic of The Congo (CD)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Central African Republic (CF)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Congo (CG)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Switzerland (CH)Merry ChristmasFröhlichi Wiehnacht, Joyeux Noel
Cote D’ivoire (CI)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Cook Islands (CK)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas, Kia orana e kia manuia rava i teia Kiritime
Chile (CL)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Cameroon (CM)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas, Joyeux Noel
China (CN)Merry ChristmasSheng Tan Kuai Loh
Colombia (CO)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad para todos
Costa Rica (CR)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Cuba (CU)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Cape Verde (CV)Merry ChristmasBoas Festas
Christmas Island (CX)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Cyprus (CY)Merry ChristmasEftihismena Christougenna, Noeliniz kutlu olsun ve yeni yili
Czech Republic (CZ)Merry ChristmasVesele Vanoce
Germany (DE)Merry ChristmasFrohliche Weihnachten
Djibouti (DJ)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel, Mboni Chrismen
Denmark (DK)Merry ChristmasGlaedelig Jul
Dominica (DM)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Dominican Republic (DO)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Algeria (DZ)Merry ChristmasMboni Chrismen
Ecuador (EC)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Estonia (EE)Merry ChristmasHaid Joule, Rôômsaid Jôule
Egypt (EG)Merry ChristmasMboni Chrismen
Western Sahara (EH)Merry Christmas(Muslim nation)
Eritrea (ER)Merry ChristmasMelkam Yelidet Beaal, Poket Kristmet
Spain (ES)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Ethiopia (ET)Merry ChristmasMelkam Yelidet Beaal, Poket Kristmet, Merry Christmas
Finland (FI)Merry ChristmasHauskaa Joulua
Fiji (FJ)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (FK)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Federated States of Mirconesia (FM)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Faroe Islands (FO)Merry ChristmasGledhilig jol
France (FR)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Gabon (GA)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
United Kingdom (GB)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas, Nadolig Llawen (Wales)
Grenada (GD)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Georgia (GE)Merry ChristmasGilotsavt Krist’es Shobas
French Guiana (GF)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Ghana (GH)Merry ChristmasAfishapa
Gibraltar (GI)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas, Feliz Navidad
Greenland (GL)Merry ChristmasGlædelig Jul, Juullimi Ukiortaassamilu Pilluarit
Gambia (GM)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Guinea (GN)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Guadeloupe (GP)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Equatorial Guinea (GQ)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad
Greece (GR)Merry ChristmasEftihismena Christougenna
South Georgia and The South Sandwich Islands (GS)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
Guatemala (GT)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Guam (GU)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas, Felis Pasgua
Guinea-bissau (GW)Merry ChristmasBoas Festas
Guyana (GY)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Hong Kong (HK)Merry ChristmasSing dan fiy loc, Merry Christmas
Heard and Mcdonald islands (HM)Merry Christmasremove
Honduras (HN)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Croatia (Local Name: Hrvatska) (HR)Merry ChristmasSretan Bozic
Haiti (HT)Merry ChristmasJwaye Nwel
Hungary (HU)Merry ChristmasBoldog Karácsonyt
Indonesia (ID)Merry ChristmasSalamet Hari Natal
Indonesia (ID)Happy New YearSelamat Tahun Baru
Ireland (IE)Merry ChristmasNollaig Shona dhuit
Israel (IL)Merry ChristmasMo’adim Lesimkha
India (IN)Merry ChristmasShub Christu Jayanti
British Indian Ocean Territory (IO)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
Iraq (IQ)Merry ChristmasIdah Saidan Wasanah Jadidah
Islamic Republic of Iran (IR)Merry ChristmasChristmas Mobarrak
Iceland (IS)Merry ChristmasGleðileg Jól
Italy (IT)Merry ChristmasBuon Natale
Jamaica (JM)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Jordan (JO)Merry ChristmasMboni Chrismen, Merry Christmas
Japan (JP)Merry ChristmasMerii Kurisumasu
Kenya (KE)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Kyrgyzstan (KG)Merry ChristmasHristos Razdajetsja
Cambodia (KH)Merry Christmas-
Kiribati (KI)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Comoros (KM)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel, Mboni Chrismen
Saint Kitts and Nevis (KN)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (KP)Merry ChristmasSung Tan Chuk Ha
Republic of Korea (KR)Merry ChristmasSungtan Chukha
Kuwait (KW)Merry ChristmasMboni Chrismen, Merry Christmas
Cayman Islands (KY)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Kazakhstan (KZ)Merry ChristmasHristos Razdajetsja, Rozdjestvom Hristovim
Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LA)Merry Christmas-
Lebanon (LB)Merry ChristmasMilad Majeed
Saint Lucia (LC)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
Liechtenstein (LI)Merry ChristmasFrohliche Weihnachten
Sri Lanka (LK)Merry ChristmasSubha nath thalak Vewa, Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Liberia (LR)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
Lesotho (LS)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
Lithuania (LT)Merry ChristmasLaimingu Kaledu
Lithuania (LT)Happy New YearLaimingu Nauju Metu
Luxembourg (LU)Merry ChristmasSchéi Krëschtdeeg
Latvia (LV)Merry ChristmasPriecigus ziemassvetkus!
Latvia (LV)Happy New YearLaimigu Jauno gadu!
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (LY)Merry ChristmasMboni Chrismen, Buon Natale, Happy Christmas
Morocco (MA)Merry ChristmasMboni Chrismen
Monaco (MC)Merry ChristmasFestusu Natale
Republic of Moldova (MD)Merry ChristmasCraciun fericit si un An Nou fericit!
Madagascar (MG)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel, Arahaba tratry ny Krismasy
Marshall islands (MH)Merry ChristmasMonono ilo raaneoan Nejin
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MK)Merry ChristmasStreken Bozhik
Mali (ML)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Myanmar (MM)Merry Christmas-
Mongolia (MN)Merry Christmas(Tibetan Buddhist and Muslim)
Macau (MO)Merry ChristmasBoas Festas, Sing dan fiy loc
Northern Mariana Islands (MP)Merry ChristmasFilis Pasgua, Merry Christmas
Martinique (MQ)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel, –
Mauritania (MR)Merry Christmas(Muslim 100%)
Montserrat (MS)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Malta (MT)Merry ChristmasIl-Milied it-Tajjeb
Malta (MT)Happy New YearIs-Sena t-Tajba
Malta (MT)Season’s GreetingsIl-Festi t-Tajba
Mauritius (MU)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Maldives (MV)Merry Christmas-
Malawi (MW)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas, Moni Wa Chikondwelero Cha X’mas
Mexico (MX)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Malaysia (MY)Merry ChristmasSelamat Hari Krimas
Mozambique (MZ)Merry ChristmasBoas Festas
Namibia (NA)Merry ChristmasGeseende Kersfees
New Caledonia (NC)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Niger (NE)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Norfolk Island (NF)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Nigeria (NG)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Nicaragua (NI)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Netherlands (NL)Happy New YearGelukkig Nieuwjaar
Netherlands (NL)Merry ChristmasPrettige Kerstdagen
Netherlands (NL)Season’s GreetingsPrettige Feestdagen
Norway (NO)Merry ChristmasGledelig Jul
Nepal (NP)Merry Christmaskrist Yesu Ko Shuva Janma Utsav Ko Upalaxhma Hardik Shuva
Nauru (NR)Merry Christmas-
Niue (NU)Merry Christmas-
New zealand (NZ)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
Oman (OM)Merry ChristmasMboni Chrismen
Panama (PA)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Peru (PE)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
French Polynesia (PF)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel, La ora i te Noera
Papua New Guinea (PG)Merry ChristmasBikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas
Philippines (PH)Merry ChristmasMaligayang Pasko
Pakistan (PK)Merry ChristmasBara Din Mubarrak Ho
Poland (PL)Merry ChristmasWesolych Swiat
St. Pierre and Miquelon (PM)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Pitcairn (PN)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Puerto Rico (PR)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad, Felices Pascuas, Felicidades
Portugal (PT)Merry ChristmasBoas Festas
Palau (PW)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Paraguay (PY)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Qatar (QA)Merry ChristmasMboni Chrismen
Reunion (RE)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Romania (RO)Merry ChristmasSarbatori vesele
Russian Federation (RU)Merry ChristmasHristos Razdajetsja, Rozdjestvom Hristovim
Rwanda (RW)Merry ChristmasNoheli Nziza
Saudi Arabia (SA)Merry ChristmasMboni Chrismen
Solomon Islands (SB)Merry Christmas-
Seychelles (SC)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas, Joyeux Noel
Sudan (SD)Merry ChristmasWilujeng Natal
Sweden (SE)Merry ChristmasGod Jul
Singapore (SG)Merry ChristmasSheng Tan Kuai Loh, Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal, Happy Ch
St. Helena (SH)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
Slovenia (SI)Merry ChristmasSrecen Bozic
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (SJ)Merry ChristmasHristos Razdajetsja, Gledelig Jul
Slovakia (Slovak Republic) (SK)Merry ChristmasVesele Vianoce
Sierra Leone (SL)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
San Marino (SM)Merry ChristmasBuon Natale
Senegal (SN)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Somalia (SO)Merry Christmas-
Suriname (SR)Merry ChristmasZalig Kersfeest, Wang swietie Kresnetie
Sao Tome and Principe (ST)Merry ChristmasBoas Festas
El Salvador (SV)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Syrian Arab Republic (SY)Merry ChristmasMboni Chrismen
Swaziland (SZ)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
Turks and Caicos Islands (TC)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
Chad (TD)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel, Mboni Chrismen
French Southern Territories (TF)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Togo (TG)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Thailand (TH)Merry ChristmasEwadee Pe-e Mai
Tajikistan (TJ)Merry Christmas-
Tokelau (TK)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Turkmenistan (TM)Merry Christmas-
Tunisia (TN)Merry ChristmasMboni Chrismen
Tonga (TO)Merry ChristmasKilisimasi Fiefia
East Timor (TP)Merry Christmasremove
Turkey (TR)Happy New YearYeni yiliniz kutlu olsun
Turkey (TR)Merry ChristmasMutlu Noeller
Trinidad and Tobago (TT)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
Tuvalu (TV)Merry Christmas-
Taiwan (TW)Merry ChristmasKung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
United Republic of Tanzania (TZ)Merry ChristmasKrismas Njema Na Heri Za Mwaka Mpya, Happy Christmas
Ukraine (UA)Merry ChristmasVeseloho Vam Rizdva
Uganda (UG)Merry ChristmasWebale Krismasi
United States Minor Outlying Islands (UM)Merry Christmasremove
United States (US)Happy HolidaysHappy Holidays
United States (US)Happy New YearHappy New Year
United States (US)Season’s GreetingsSeason’s Greetings
United States (US)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Uruguay (UY)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Uzbekistan (UZ)Merry Christmas-
Holy See (Vatican City State) (VA)Merry ChristmasBuon Natale
Saint Vincent and The Grenadines (VC)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
Venezuela (VE)Merry ChristmasFeliz Navidad
Virgin islands (British) (VG)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Virgin islands (U.S.) (VI)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas
Viet Nam (VN)Merry ChristmasChuc mung Giang Sinh
Vanuatu (VU)Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas, Joyeux Noel
Wallis and Futuna Islands (WF)Merry ChristmasJoyeux Noel
Samoa (WS)Merry ChristmasIa Manuia Le Kilisimasi
Samoa (WS)Happy New YearIa Manuia Le Tausaga Fou
Yemen (YE)Merry ChristmasMboni Chrismen
Mayotte (YT)Merry ChristmasKrismas Njema Na Heri Za Mwaka Mpya, Joyeux Noel
Yugoslavia (YU)Merry ChristmasCestitamo Bozic
South Africa (ZA)Merry ChristmasGeseënde Kersfees, Happy Christmas
Zambia (ZM)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas
Zimbabwe (ZW)Merry ChristmasHappy Christmas

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

It's been so long since I blogged, and for that I am sorry. Since we returned to the states for almost three months, life has been a whirlwind. The biggest news is deciding to move back to the states at the end of this year!

So, since our return to Ecuador, our days have been filled with sorting, packing and selling. No, not filled—CONSUMED! The good news is 90% of our stuff has been sold (only two large items remain) and 95% of our packing is done.

What does this mean to my readers? Well, for one thing, I hope I will be able to get back to my writing. As much as I have enjoyed our two years here, I haven't been able to concentrate on writing at all. It's time to get back to it, write book three in my Klondike Mystery series and hopefully start on my new Lia Rules series.

I will miss the writing group I started here but it looks like it will continue on and hopefully grow. I know I will be keeping in touch with all the wonderful friends I've made here.

2016 will be the year of CRUISING. We have booked nine cruises between Jan 2016 and Feb 2017. Can you believe it? I am hoping the little Asus Chromebook I bought will be perfect for getting writing done while cruising. I'm not a big participator in the various activities and have already been to most of the Caribbean ports (where hubby will scuba dive). We did a 14 day cruise just prior to our return to Ecuador and I read a dozen or so books. That felt so good but also got me more motivated to write.

Starting the first of the year, I am going to blog once a week. No telling what the topics will be, let me know what you would like to read and I will see what I can do.

Hoping for a wonderful holiday season, no matter what you celebrate!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sometimes it's the little things - VELCRO®, Ziploc® Bags & Post-it® Notes

For some reason, this topic popped into my head - how did we get along without these everyday products? Well, we did, and I remember a time before they existed. Do you?

I was the data processing manager (does that title even exist now?) for a small company just outside Orlando, FL when Post-it® Notes came out. They were so useful that I bought my own to use in my department. What did we do before then? You used paper clips and hoped the note didn't slip off, or you stapled it to the original (if allowed). Now sticky notes come in all sizes, colors, shapes and are used in many different ways than the original. I used to have a collection of funny notes, funny shapes and different colors - I loved (and still do love) them.

VELCRO®? I have love-hate relationship with VELCRO®. Sometimes it doesn't work well enough, other times it works too well. But it is handy...well, except for that burr side. You know, the one that sticks to everything except what you want it to stick to, just like the sand burrs in Florida! And shoes? Kidlets and the elderly, right? Okay, maybe not, but that's what I think of (I won't mention the great sandals I have that use it...)

Hello, my name is Donna and I am a Ziploc® Bag addict. I love them - all sizes, all weights, all fastener types. Before Stu and I got together, I had them all. Freezer and storage weight, traditional squeeze zipper as well as the slide zipper, gallon/quart/mini capacities. Now we only have freezer weight but I still get both fastener styles, to Stu's constant aggravation (hey, the slide zipper isn't as airtight or liquid containing as the traditional). I use them for everything! We even have the XL size for traveling by motorcycle (and now storage). Great products, no matter the use.

So what are you favorite small inventions that you would hate to live without (and remember when you had to)?

Have you tried the new Kindle Fire? Here is a hard to resist price!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

#IWSG for September: Missing

Once again, it's time for my monthly IWSG post. August has been a month of change and a very busy month as well.

The theme for this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group is MISSING.

I've been missing online this month, partly due to my schedule, partly due to getting ready for our time in the states (remember, I'm living in Ecuador for part of the year) and mostly because my writing career is in flux.

This blog doesn't get read a lot, my newsletter gets read by less. I am working on the WIBBOW principle. During my time in the states, I plan to get a LOT of writing done and that means I will still be missing.

I am hoping that December will bring me back to more of an online presence but until then, I will remain mostly MISSING.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Outrageous?


Are you outrageous? Have you ever wanted to be? My daughter bought me this sign years ago and I love the meaning behind it. But can I truly be outrageous? Can I go through the rest of my life never caring what others think of me?

Outrageous hair? Outrageous clothes? Outrageous behavior?

The older I get, the less I think worry about what others think, BUT I still have trouble really letting go. I have friends that can do it. Wear what they want, do what they want, say what they want.

Hmmm, can I ever truly be that outrageous old woman who never gets called an old lady? Can you (or are you)?

Monday, August 24, 2015

My FIVE. Tag, you're it!

Number 5 clip artFIVE Random/Weird facts about me:
  • I didn't get my first tattoo until age 54 - I now have six.
  • Besides 30 years as a computer professional I have also been a:
    A & W car hop
    Grapefruit packer
    Fiber optic construction inspector
    Long distance telephone operator (back when we used switchboards with wires)
  • My favorite ice cream is black raspberry -- followed closely by Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey!
  • I hate to have my head underwater when swimming.
  • My favorite flowers are daisies and black-eyed susans (I also love wildflowers).
Top FIVE Seen/See Again list:
  1. Yellowstone - rode through from three directions on the motorcycle, now want to camp there.
  2. Australia - maybe someday....
  3. Europe - in particular, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and Greece, oh and Spain
  4. Yosemite - never been there but hear that it's better than Yellowstone.
  5. Glacier - another visited on bike but want to camp there, and I want to revisit the Blackfeet friends I made in nearby Browning while volunteering on the reservation.
What are YOUR fives?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

#IWSG for August: Hope

Once again, it's time for my monthly IWSG post. I've been really busy with our move to a new apartment and starting Spanish classes again.

The theme for this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group is HOPE.

I've got a lot of hope.

  • Hope that I can get two novels written before the end of the year. Published would be nice but I will go for written.
  • Hope that our trip home this fall will go smoothly.
  • Hope that I won't gain weight while visiting the states.
  • Hope that all my extended family and friends will overcome their current personal and health issues.
  • Hope that my husband and I find no health issues during our annual doctor visits while in the states.
  • Hope that we can both continue to lose weight!
  • Hope that I can get my current Klondike Mystery novels proofread and re-edited before the end of the year.
  • Hope that I can continue to eke out time to write!

What are your hopes?

Saturday, July 25, 2015

WIBBOW?


Would I Be Better Off Writing?


I'm taking a little time off from my blog to assess the effectiveness of my time spent blogging as well as my newsletter. I am also going to revamp my website and while that isn't time spent writing, it is overdue.

I hope you will bear with me and check back from time to time to see how I am doing in this process. Thank you for understanding!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Vagaries of Cars

Originally written in 2007....

I was sitting in my little corner of the local McD's enjoying my morning coffee and yogurt when I noticed a young couple pull in with an older car. It had "stuff" loaded on the top and covered with a blue tarp. While the lady came inside, the gentleman opened the hood and peered intently at the engine. Wiping his hands as she came out and handed him a drink, they talked for a minute.

I didn't see the resolution but when I looked back they had left. It got me to thinking about some of the cars I have had in the past. At one time I referred to as the lady with the disposable cars since it seemed as though most didn't last more than a year in our household.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Motivation Monday: Family


Family....

Many of us remember those early years, finding work, making enough money to keep an old car going, the stress of a new baby added to the mix.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A little motorcycle history....




Not everyone knows the history of my riding so I thought I would post a little about it. First, I come from a riding family....both my paternal grandfather AND grandmother rode their own Harley-Davidson in the late 1920's, early 1930's (cheaper than a car back then). The story goes that my grandfather arrived home with two bikes, one with a sidecar and one without. My grandmother asked which one was hers...he pointed to the one with the sidecar (for my dad and uncle to ride in). She shook her head and pointed to the one without. Guess which one she rode.....LOL!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Motivation Monday: Love


Interesting thought - what do you think? Does love change people?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Simple Pleasures

Written back in 2006 but still applies...

Flower 33 clip artThe sound of thunder woke me around 2 am....after 15 minutes or so of listening to it, I stumbled out of bed and unplugged the computer. [Note to self - backup files ASAP] Hit the bathroom and then tumbled back into bed, sure I would fall right back to sleep.

NOT! After laying there for an hour, wide awake, I got up. Thus you now find me at the keyboard...

I love the sound of thunder but especially when mixed with the sound of rain. When Mike and I owned our cabin in PA, we enjoyed hearing the rain on the tin roof over our pavilion. It soothed us both. Rainy days never depressed me, they always seemed to be call for curling up in a comfy chair with a good book and a soothing drink.

There are many simple pleasures that bring me joy....hearing a baby laugh, watching children play with puppies, seeing a pretty sunrise or sunset (although I have to admit to seeing many more sunsets than sunrises), hearing a passing motorcycle, feeling the sun warm me on a chilly day, sharing time with family and friends, seeing a bluebird or cardinal or hummingbird or even listening to doves cooing in the back yard. I love the smell of strawberries, cinnamon and vanilla....they all make me smile. Baking bread is a feel good smell. Watching a "feel good" movie always helps my spirits - love to see the underdog come out on top.

Guess I'm a simple person with simple tastes that allow me to enjoy simple pleasures. What are your simple pleasures?

Monday, July 6, 2015

Motivation Monday: Who We Are


Do you agree with this? Are we shaped by all the events in our lives or are our lives preordained? Interesting thought....for me, I know many unexpected and sometimes unintended events have helped make me the person I am today. What about you?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things: July 3, 2015

Well, it's Friday and time to write my post for Lexa Cain's Celebrate the Small Things.

As in the past, I may post something about writing, something personal, something random or even all the above.

Or if I have a REALLY off week, I might just post a photo or two. ;)

Sorry, this is a photo week since I am scheduling it ahead. No idea when I will have internet in our new apartment. Enjoy a few photos I've taken of children here in Ecuador!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

#IWSG for July: Perserverance

Once again, it's time for my monthly IWSG post. I swear each month goes by faster and faster as I get older. Wonder why that is?

The theme for this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group is PERSEVERANCE.


I've now been in Ecuador for 18 months - where does the time go? I love living here, so much to see and do. But that hasn't been good for my writing time. I've started and NOT finished, two novels ("Almost a Touch" in the Klondike Mystery series and "Rules of Engagement" in the Lia Rules series) and one short story ("Tuesday Terrible Tales" in the 7 of Seven middle school series).

I have to persevere or none of these will get finished. We just completed our third move since moving here. I will be tackling all three of the above this month and next. I truly hope to at least get the short story and Lia Rules book done and published in September (or earlier). Keep your fingers crossed for me!