Guest Blogger: Julie C Gardner, Author

Today! Julie C. Gardner is my guest blogger. Today! Julie C. Gardner’s new book, “Lily by Any Other Name” debuts. Today! Is a good day indeed.

Up first, a taste of Julie’s wit and wisdom in her post below, “What Happens in Clovis Stays in Clovis.” After the post, I’ve included all the links and info you will need to get your (vitual) hands on Julie’s brand new book!  Let’s do this…

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So I have these friends who shall remain nameless because they aren’t bloggers, writers, or seekers of Internet fame and I want them to still love me tomorrow.

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I met this group years ago at a karate studio where our kids were training to be black belts. The six of us moms just clicked. In fact, we clicked so loudly, everyone must’ve been relieved when we began gathering off-site for happy hours. For family barbeques. Road trips to Vegas.

As the group grew closer, our kids grew up. Our friendships had to evolve to survive. But I’m happy to report, after all these years, we’re as tight as ever. Maybe we don’t see each other as often, but we make the effort.

We make it work.

Since I promised not to name names, I’ll describe us by the roles we play:

THE ORGANIZER: The one whose ideas brought you together in the first place. She starts the ball rolling, then she keeps lists for you in the notes on her phone. You’ll find her researching Groupon get-togethers on lunch breaks, emailing options, texting details. Her enthusiasm is infectious. She’ll create a kick-ass slideshow of the fun within 24 hours.

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY: The one with the loudest laugh, the raunchiest mouth, the biggest smile. She’s up for anything and up the longest. When the rest of you start eyeing your beds, she’s ready to start Round Two. She embraces a life is short motto. If you need a partner in crime, she’s your girl. And she’ll post bail.

THE MOM: The one who brings the stocked first-aid kit, the antibacterial wipes, and the Tupperware to store any leftovers. She is the first at your doorstep with flowers, the last to leave if your dishes aren’t done. Her heart is enormous, but then she drops a line to remind you moms aren’t just lovable. They are hilarious.  

THE QUEEN OF BLUNT: The one who tells it like it is, who fearlessly says what others are thinking (good, bad, or ugly). If you’re making a mistake, she’ll let you know. When you’re getting ready to go out at night, she blurts, “LOOK HOW AWESOME WE ARE!” She’s so confident, you believe her. With her, you do feel awesome.

THE MESS: The one who plays the fool to entertain you (or maybe she’s just a fool). She’ll buy leggings from the clearance rack at Target and wear them in Vegas for days, only to realize afterward they are xhilaration pajama bottoms. Sometimes she worries she doesn’t deserve such loyal friends. Sometimes she laughs so much, she pees.

THE ANGEL: The one who fought cancer so damn hard, you still can’t believe she’s gone. Whenever you take pictures of the five of you now—this group that should be six—there’s a gap you see later. A glow between you. That streak of light above your heads. “Look!” you say. “There’s her space. There she is!”

Always and always.

I’m so lucky these are my people. Thanks to them my world is brighter, tough times are easier, and joys are more…ummm….

Joyful?

Maybe we just got back from a road trip and I’m too happy to care about adjectives.

Maybe we went to Clovis instead of Vegas because The Organizer moved there and we wanted to celebrate. Maybe we talked too much and ate too much and drank the right amount of wine. Maybe we pledged again not to take these lives for granted. Maybe we cried a little when we said how much we love each other.

Maybe you have friends like this, too.

Maybe you know which one I am.

Maybe when you’re shopping the clearance racks at Target, you should double-check that someone didn’t accidentally slip a pair of xhilaration pajama bottoms in with the leggings.

Anyway, that’s what my friend says.

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Want more of Julie?  You should  visit her blog at juliecgardner.com. You should read her books! Her talents extend to her books, blog and so much more, but everything she does includes heart. She is a published author and her newest novel is out today!

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Just click on the book image above to be magically transported to Julie’s new book on Amazon.  “Lily by Any Other Name” can be found at any one of the following links, as well:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075YDVGMK

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/lily-by-any-other-name

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1310056461

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1127406324?ean=2940158915123

“Yes, my Young Adult book baby (that older-ish adults can read, too) officially releases today. And I might be thrilled to share the news!

LILY BY ANY OTHER NAME is a story of love and friendship, of heartbreak and hope.

It’s about making wishes that come true in ways nobody sees coming.

And it’s available NOW for just $3.99 (LESSTHANFOURDOLLARS) at all the above sites.” ~ Julie C. Gardner

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Julie C. Gardner

 

Thank you, Julie, for taking the time out of your busy writing day to visit my humble blog and brighten my day, as well as delighting all my readers. Godspeed on your writing endeavors. I have my Kindle copy of “Lily by Any Other Name” and cannot wait to read it!

 

 

 

Embrace your Lazy

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Do you ever wake up and not want to make your bed? Or brush your teeth?

Or remain upright? Yea, me too.

I am lazy.

There are different types of laziness. Some people are just lazy in their dreams, meaning they think about not doing stuff, but they eventually muster up enough chutzpah to get stuff done anyway. Those people are Lazy Wannabees. They work hard for an hour or two all their lives while dreaming of retirement, a beach chair, a good book, and a pina colada containing lots of rum and one of those tiny umbrellas. Whatever gets you through the day, I suppose. My dream would include a mug of hot Bailey’s and Coffee, hold the umbrella, and park my ass in a rocking chair on the porch of a cabin in the mountains.

However, I’m probably lazier than that, so let’s press on.

Other folks might be Selectively Lazy. This type of person has no problem leaving her bed unmade, but will painstakingly brew the perfect cup of coffee, if it takes her all morning. She might leave a sink full of dirty dishes, but vacuum twice a day because it feels good to have control over a naughty, ferocious, roaring beast loud piece of heavy equipment. Actually, she might have some other issues, but we won’t go there in this post. A selectively lazy person might sit in an easy chair for hours, and not get up for food, beverage, or to use the facilities. She has either found the perfect book, is binging the latest Netflix original, or lost in thought, contemplating world domination peace. Selective laziness. It’s a thing.

I’m pretty close to being that lazy.

The next level of laziness moves beyond selective and lands right smack in the “you should be ashamed of yourself” category. This person is lazy beyond reasonable comprehension, yet still manages to somewhat contribute to society. I call this type of lazy Downhill Slide Lazy. If you fall in this category, you never make your bed. Hell, sometimes, you can’t even find your bed for all the clothes, beer bottles and pizza boxes lying around. You manage to show up for work, but you don’t smell very fresh. You wonder about that look everyone is giving you, but soon your thoughts move on to a lunch menu and how many bath room breaks you can get away with before being fired. Your love life is lacking, as well, unless you are so attractive your partner(s) can forgive the smell or your inability to provide them any stimulation other than an occasional grunt of approval.

I’m pretty sure I’m not that lazy. I have a sensitive nose. I think I’d know.

My kind of lazy can’t really be pigeonholed. Some days, I don’t make the bed. Some days, I don’t do dishes or vacuum. That vacuum cleaner holds no power over me or my dominatrix tendencies.

What?

Most of the time, I use the fact that I am retired to excuse my lack of productivity, whether it be housework or reaching my projected writing word-count goal for the day. Also, my mind wanders. I don’t like multitasking, but my brain is still recovering from a life-time of meetings, deadlines, annoying coworkers, and office potlucks. Anyone who has not yet retired will find out about this soon enough. It’s like a train going full-speed for forty years and then trying to come to a complete stop immediately. Your scrambled brain spawns laziness at this point to protect you from possible impact resulting in internal combustion and/or the zombie apocalypse, whichever concept appeals to you. This might be Preventive Laziness. No judgement. No apologies. No regrets. It’s okay.

You do you. I’ll do me.

**DISCLOSURE:  The above is only conjecture. My personal coping mechanism, if you will. Kind of like a child sucking her thumb or grasping her blankie. I need to rationalize my behavior, and then soothe my tendency to over-compensate by eating my feelings. It’s not my fault if I don’t possess the rational facts to back it all up. Not to worry, though. No animals, doctors, or therapists were consulted, contacted, or contracted  harmed by this post.

But, let me make one thing perfectly clear. I am still not making my bed today.

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Pat Winchester Booth

Today, I am tickled pink. Why? Because I am hosting my very first guest blogger on What’s in Terri’s Head?!!

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Pat Winchester Booth has been an online friend of mine for years, and I have been a fan of her unique blog, Mining towns in Canada, Reminiscing about growing up for just as many years. Pat is brilliant, outspoken, articulate, and witty. She has led an amazing life, with all its ups and downs, and relentlessly pursues and cultivates happiness and knowledge on a daily basis. I am quite in awe of this lovely, talented woman, and am very proud she has graced me with her virtual presence and words.

 

Without further ado, I present Pat Winchester Booth!

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My name is Pat.
I started blogging in 2007.
My site is Mining towns in Canada. Reminiscing about growing up. I wrote about all the towns I lived in. They were company towns, many in isolation and it’s a time gone by. I wanted to leave a record of that unique life style.
It was a voyage of discovery. I understood myself better and what makes me tick. It was cathartic and a nostalgic visit to my family and childhood.
I’ve had over 45,000 readers and have reunited many childhood friends who were able to contact each other through the blog. Central Patricia gold mines and snow lake were popular.
In between, I posted other thoughts and irrelevant musings.

What I am, what I think, what I write is all the “product” of  living in mining towns in Canada.

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When I was much younger I saw a movie called “Auntie Mame”(1955), A character named “Gooch” got pregnant and did all the “pregnant lady” moves: The walk, the duck feet position, hand on hip & bend, moan and groan etc. I promised myself that I would NEVER do that, and when I was pregnant, both times, it came to mind and I was careful of my comportment, shall we say?

Fast forward to old age…I watched elderly people walk across parking lots and in stores and promised myself that I would never walk that way: waddle, duck feet pointing outward, stiff, agonizing movement.

PAT! GET OVER YOURSELF! I know there are many reasons for people of our age to struggle to walk. I always sympathized with all of them, I just didn’t want to BE one of them.

I don’t mind being old. There are lots of perks and the most important one is that I am still alive and well.

I do have my moments of Gooch-likeness”, especially when sitting for more than 15 minutes, then trying to make it across the room elegantly. (Doesn’t work).

This week, we tackled some physical work (up & down 13 steps with lots of bending) The Aleve didn’t relieve it much, and I had a couple of days of waddling, swaying etc. and I thought “this is it now, old age has set in”.

I’m happy to report that I’m back to normal today, and I concede that my normal could be pretty ancient looking to a 19 year old. I really don’t care, and this is one of the perks I referred to above: thinking about such nonsense, and the audacity to say it!

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(From  About “Mining Towns in Canada” Site)

An Experienced Pet Lover

My husband says “If it weren’t for…

  • The chewing
  • The piddling
  • The walking
  • The scooping
  • The barking
  • The snarling
  • The training
  • The feeding
  • The Vet bills
  • The grooming
  • The brushing
  • The shedding
  • The drooling
  • The dog sitting
  • The chasing
  • The fleas
  • …he would get another dog”.

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Thank you, Pat! I appreciate you so very much!

Everyone, please visit Pat’s blog when you have some reading time. You won’t be disappointed! Also, please leave your thoughts and comments below, as I’m sure Pat will enjoy hearing from you!