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Suzanne StenglAuthor Suzanne Stengl writes whimsical, heartwarming romance and cozy mysteries. When she needs a break from her keyboard, she swims lengths at the Y, skis at Sunshine Village and hikes in the Rockies. She’s also a pretty good line dancer . . . and a very poor euchre player.

Laughter

laughter “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” — Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

We all know that laughter is good for us. Now there are scientific studies that say the same thing. Dr. Mel Borins of the University of Toronto tells us: Laughing seems to help strengthen your immune system to fight off colds and sickness, and lowers activity in the “stress” areas of the brain. Read the full article:  A belly laugh will do you a world of good

And for a good laugh you might like this—especially if you’re like most people and fall somewhere on the ADD continuum.  For the ADD version of The Night Before Christmas, go here.

In all the hustle and bustle of pre-Xmas, stop and laugh whenever possible. And remember what Robert Frost said:

“If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.”

Image from istockphoto.com # 000017232698

Christmas in Connecticut

Christmas in ConnecticutRolf found this movie at the library. He’d heard it was coming out in the Blu Ray version so he wanted to see if it was worth adding to his Christmas collection.

The movie was made in 1945, a time of rotary phones and lots of smoking. Patients even smoked in the hospital, but only the men. Funny how those things stand out now. And I wonder, does everyone even know what a rotary phone is? But let me tell you about the premise.

Elizabeth Lane is a writer with a housekeeping column for a prestigious magazine. In her column, she not only writes about her excellent recipes but she also tells about her idyllic life on the farm in Connecticut with her husband and baby.

Of course, it’s all fiction. She is supporting herself with the lies she writes about. As any fiction writer does. And she is doing well, well enough to afford a mink coat.

This Cinderella has a fairy godfather in the person of Uncle Felix – a chef from Budapest who now runs Felix’s Restaurant in America. Elizabeth gets her recipes from him, and he is very protective of her. He is also full of witticisms like “Nobody needs a mink coat but a mink.” He may have been an early proponent of the anti-fur movement.

As long as the public goes on thinking the Connecticut farm myth is true, all is well.Continue Reading

Ghostly Treasure – Free for Five Days!

bow

A Christmas gift for you.

 A BUCKET LIST. A CHALLENGE. A GHOST. The missing piece? TREASURE!

Ghostly TreasureEven though Lost Lake is renowned for claiming the lives of divers searching for the legendary gold buried in its depths, Christie McFee is determined to explore the Lake’s underwater ghost town. And when a ghost from the past convinces her to join the treasure hunt, she throws her usual caution overboard.

Sure that the talk of ghosts is strictly for tourists, Gaven St. Michel, local Divemaster, is confident he can keep Christie’s lovely body from being added to the Lake’s count—until another ghost appears amid the watery graves in Bandit Creek.

Will Gaven be able to protect Christie as she drifts deeper into the murkiness of this unsolved mystery from long ago?

(A novella – Cozy Romantic Mystery, Light Paranormal)

Download it here.

If you’ve already downloaded this one and have not yet read it, get the updates first because we have added illustrations.

Bandit Creek Library

Bandit Creek Library

 To update a Kindle book, you do this:

  • Sign in to your account on Amazon
  • Click the dropdown for your account
  • Choose Digital Content > Manage Your Content and Devices
  • Choose Settings > Automatic Book Update
  • Set to “ON”

Interested in the Bandit Creek Maps?

Go here for the Present Day map, and here for the Historical Bandit Creek map.

Enjoy!

 pretty bow from photos.com #144873128

O Christmas Tree!

Christmas lights

Last Saturday, after a pizza lunch, we decorated the big spruce tree in front of the house. We bought 800 lights at Costco, and then our son Ryan brought over his crane.

Zoom Boom

Our other son Kyle went up in the basket along with one of their friends. Way up.

way up!

Ryan positioned the basket . . .

crane

. . . and Makita supervised on the ground.

Makita

Liz helped with untangling the lights and attaching the next strands.

up in the basket

We had sunny weather for this, with the temperature hovering between 5 and 0 Celsius. A good thing, since the operation took several hours.

in the basket

And finally, we ended up with this:

O Christmas Tree!

When we finished, we celebrated by going out for Chinese Smorgasbord. Snow is predicted for tomorrow. I think our tree will look pretty.

NaNo Inspirations

I continue to struggle through National Novel Writing Month, with not very much success. Oh well. At least there are words on the page. Not a lot of them, but more than I started with.

A few motivational lines that sometimes get me started.

Inspiration exists but it has to find you working. —Picasso

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. —Gustave Flaubert

It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward. —Old Chinese Proverb

A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God. —Sidney Sheldon

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. —Mark Twain

Another secret is having sufficient prompts. Like these:

And always remember: he who hesitates is not only lost but miles from the next exit.

cupcakes from photos.com #114302447
Earl Grey from istockphotos.com #09447849
brownie from photos.com #92264610
mint tea from photos.com #153469650
fruit from Rolf, latte from Suzanne