Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Small Talk Six - The first 6 things you do after you open your eyes in the morning


I've joined a weekly discussion called Small Talk Six. 
Every Saturday, there is a new topic. 

Find them HERE if you want to join in.
 I'm still working on the button 

Today’s topic is 
The first 6 things you do after you
 open your eyes in the morning”.
 You can answer this with a list of 6 words, 
6 phrases, 6 sentences, 6 paragraphs, 
6 photos, 6 videos, etc . . .

These are my six on a school day:

1) Turn off the alarm clock

2) Go into the bathroom. Take shower, etc.

3) Wake up kids for school.

4) Make Breakfast for kids.

5) Get kids ready for school.  

6) Eat my own breakfast

Sounds kind of boring, but it is what it is. :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Small Talk Six: Tearjerker Films


I've joined a weekly discussion called Small Talk Six. Every Saturday, there is a new topic. 

Find them HERE if you want to join in. I'm still working on the button 

"Today’s topic is “6 movies that make you cry.” You can answer this with a list of 6 words, 6 phrases, 6 sentences, 6 paragraphs, 6 photos, 6 videos, etc . . ."

These are my six tearjerkers:

1) An Affair to Remember (Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr). 

I always fall apart when he sees the painting. The music doesn't help either. Builds up until you are in a puddle of tears.

2) Dumbo (Disney). 

I usually fall to pieces when Dumbo visits his chained mother, and he swings on her trunk. The song, "Baby Mine" plays in the background and everyone cries (including the know who you are).

3) The Sound of Music (Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer). 

Weeping usually starts when "Climb Every Mountain" is sung by the Reverent Mother. There are a couple of scenes after that as well, including the ending...more like a happy cry.

4) Ghost (Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore)

The crying happens at the end when she sees him.

5) It's a Wonderful Life (Jimmy Stewart).

Crying usually commences when he comes home, kisses the family and everyone sings "Auld lang Syne"

6) Steel Magnolias (Sally Field, etc.)

The funeral scene gets me every time.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


See that ear?  Looks like a little scratch right now, but on Thursday, it was a disaster.  Still trying to figure out how it happened.  He said that he cut his ear on the corner of a bedroom dresser.  Didn't see it happen, just saw the results.  He came out screaming, and the earlobe was split in half.  His sister was screaming and crying.  Mom had to be calm, but wanted to scream herself.

So off to the ER we went.  Four in a half hours later, we were home, after a plastic surgeon did an outstanding job patching it together.  I'm telling you that I never thought it would look the same.  It's truly amazing.  Once we got home, it was ice cream for everyone (aka dinner).

Now, he's singing along to Beatles Rock Band as if nothing happened.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


In New Beginnings, there is a character named Maureen Burke, also known as Grandma Mo. Grandma Mo is the well-loved matriarch of the Burke family, and she feels that it is her mission to be the family matchmaker. She also has this habit of saying things that embarrass members of her family.  Although it is always well intentioned, not everyone appreciates it.

Grandma Mo's best work is in Chapter Seventeen - The Christening. In it, her instinct tells her that two people should be together. The result is embarrassment for everyone involved. I have posted an excerpt of this chapter on my New Beginnings website under sneak peeks. It is listed as Sneak Peek #3.

Do you have a relative like Grandma Mo? Is there someone is your family or a friend who has tried to set you up or has said something about you that was mortifying, although it was well intentioned?

Share your experience on my New Beginnings blog:

Sunday, April 11, 2010


I have put a non-smoker button on my blog, in support of a fellow blogger who has committed herself to quitting. I'm always willing to encourage people to quit. I lost my Dad to lung cancer in May of 1998. He smoked nearly all of his life.

He was 58. The closer I get to that age, the more I realize how young he was (my husband is 50 now). My Dad had 4 grandchildren that he never met (two of them are my kids), and one who was just an infant when he died. It is such a waste. But he was addicted.

I'm not here to judge. Smoking is such a tough addiction. I used to smoke when I was younger, just to be cool. Luckily, I quit. This is what made me quit: I saw my friend smoking in the parking lot and she blew out some smoke (mind you, she had done it thousands of times before that). It suddenly hit me that she looked like a smokestack from a train. It looked so stupid. From then on, I looked at myself and wondered why I wanted to look stupid too. From then on, I quit. Funny, isn't it? I didn't want to look like choo choo train.

So, for all you smokers out there. Take a pledge. Kick the habit. Just say to yourself, "I don't want to look like a choo choo train"

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Sneak peeks into updated version of "New Beginnings"

Hey Everyone,

I've included three seperate sneak peeks into my book "New Beginnings" (updated version).  They can be found at the New Beginnings website.

Sneak peek #1:    Chapter Three - A New Face
Sneak peek #2:   Chapter Twenty Two - The Plan
Sneak peek #3:   Chapter Seventeen - The Christening

The website can be found here: 

Saturday, April 03, 2010

TRIBUTE: My Grandfather would have been 90 today

Hey all,

I'm dedicating my playlist to my grandfather, Julius Kellar.  It's at the bottom of the blog and it has a few of his favorite songs that I know of.  He used to like Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Jo Stafford and Dean Martin (to name a few).  He was a World War 2 veteran, and was in the D-Day invasion. He would have been 90 today.

This is the way I remember him.  Listening to music.

Happy Birthday!

Brian Stella and the Company Town Band


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