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Andrea Penrose/Andrea Pickens/Cara Elliott
historical romance author
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Restraint isn't my middle name either! But as I said, calories don't count in that magic black hole between American Thanksgiving and New Year's day! (I wish!)
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2019 on The Party's Over! at Word Wenches
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Oh, sorry sorry for the stomach ulcer. And what a cruel time to get it, with all the holiday goodies, both savory and sweet. May the new year bring relief, and all good things. Thanks so much for the best wishes. Much appreciated!
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2019 on The Party's Over! at Word Wenches
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An excellent New Year's resolution!
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2019 on The Party's Over! at Word Wenches
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Five pints! Oh, yum—definitely a party (I'm coming over!) What a fun present! Dangerous, but fun. Happy New Year to you, too!
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2019 on The Party's Over! at Word Wenches
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The dead of winter really does call for extra comfort! And yes, there is something cheerful about the decorations and wonderful edible treats that brightens the darkest point of the year. Ha, ha on Super Bowl Sunday—I fear you're right about the national holiday!
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2019 on The Party's Over! at Word Wenches
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I admit, I keep a small stash of really good chocolate for "emergencies." I actually really love veggies too, so it's not a hardship to eat healthy. I just do like my sweets too, but allow myself to have them every day.
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2019 on The Party's Over! at Word Wenches
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You have more willpower than I do, Shannon! The darkness seems to add an extra incentive to seek out comfort food like sweets. I always do take heart that the days are starting to get longer, even if it's hard to see it quite yet. Love the time based on sugar!
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2019 on The Party's Over! at Word Wenches
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Very enterprising of you, Quantum. (You do know we're now all coming to your house to party!) I'm not a big believer either, but I agree with you that the creativity of the human spirit, as inspired by faith,is a very beautiful thing, and churches/cathedrals can be very uplifting. And books, of course. Reading really does always lift the spirits
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2019 on The Party's Over! at Word Wenches
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Oh cheesecake cookies? Fluttery sigh. it sound like we have an army trying to soldier through the famine.(There is much to be said for elastic waistbands!)
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2019 on The Party's Over! at Word Wenches
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Oh, fie! Now you're making me hungry! Those are wonderful cookies. I'm careful about baking too, as I know I'll scarf down the goodies faster than I want to.
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2019 on The Party's Over! at Word Wenches
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Oh, any homemade sweet is a wonderful gift. And yes, they tend to disappear rather quickly! The Winter Blues usually hit me around February. Though it's the shortest month, it takes SO long to pass, and it usually brings the harshest weather where I am. March can also be bad, but at least there are usually glimmers of spring coming. Reading is always a good cure, though! (As are cookies!)
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2019 on The Party's Over! at Word Wenches
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The party is over. The glittering lights of the Decembers holidays have gone out with a bang on New Year's . . .The tree's ornaments have been carefully stowed away for next December, the confetti has been swept up, the empty champagne bottles have been carted to the recycling bin . . . Andrea here, and I have to confess, it's quite depressing! Oh, yes. There are many good things about the new year, and starting, er, fresh. However the state of my fridge and pantry are not among them. Gone are the myriad cookies, the chocolate, the truffles, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at Word Wenches
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Teresa, I'm so glad you had so many family members with you, especially on the first Christmas without your Mother. That first one is really hard. So it's wonderful that you were surrounded by love and good cheer. Your Mother was there in spirit.
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2018 on Family Ties at Word Wenches
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Beautiful pictures, Susan! Thanks so much for sharing. (LOVE the snowball fight!)
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Sounds just wonderful, Maryellen! So glad you were able to jet north. I love how international traditions become part of family celebrations—it's so lovely.
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2018 on Family Ties at Word Wenches
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Yes, totally agree, Anne. It makes my skin crawl to see a couple in a restaurant looking at their phones rather than talking to each other. But for friend and family far away, technology is lovely for connecting.
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2018 on Family Ties at Word Wenches
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Sue, how lovely that you had a nice gathering with your children. And greetings through modern technology are really nice too. Much as I love the idea of real letterwriting, it's special to be able to connect with friends and family in real time, and over very long distances.
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2018 on Family Ties at Word Wenches
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Yes, she's a very lucky girl! My nephew is a sweetheart. Thoughtful, romantic, fun, adventurous, reliable . . . a swoonworthy hero! (But then I'm biased!)
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2018 on Family Ties at Word Wenches
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So true about baking, Amy! There is something primalabout food and camaraderie. And I love how you point out that we all remember things differently! REALLY true!
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2018 on Family Ties at Word Wenches
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Andrea here, continuing our daily celebration of the Twelve Days of Christmastide with short posts on the spirit of the season. The holidays have been a bit quiet for me as this year, instead of our usual Christmas Day gathering, my family has been scattered around the globe. In celebration of my niece getting her PhD in English two weeks ago, my older brother and his wife took her to Rome (it had to be that timing because both my niece and SIL are teaching at different universities with different breaks) My younger brother and his family just moved houses... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at Word Wenches
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A lovely reminder to us all of what is the most important gift of all! Merry, Merry holidays to all!
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2018 on My Gift To You at Word Wenches
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Totally agree, Wendy! It must have been wonderful as a librarian seeing kids suddenly discover the magic of reading.
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Sue, I don't read a lot of fantasy, but Lackey has been mentioned by some of the other Wenches, so I really must give her a try!
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Wonderful story, Janice! Love your youngest waiting for the Owl! It truly is marvelous storytelling and plotting. Rowling really captures the spirit of what makes books so important to our imagination and sense of wonder.
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It's a wonderful exhibit! Really well done!
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