Monday, February 23, 2015

This post has no deeper message...

Okay, most blog posts I publish have a deeper meaning. This one doesn't. Well, maybe a small one, if you'll bear with me. 
This past weekend, a couple of ladies and I embarked on a cross-country skiing adventure. It was grueling, but fun. Our agenda: we cross-country ski for 10 kilometres until we reach a primitive hut where we live there for 2 days.

 It has 2 wood stoves and an outhouse. Always be sure to brush the snow from the seat and paper as it can cause frostbite.
We immediately warmed up the place and ate a hearty meal, then hit the sack because the next day is all about snowshoeing. 
We hiked to the sand dunes and Atlantic Ocean. Okay, it's not a warm sunny beach where some of my friends are right now, but it's not without its beauty.

And we had it all to ourselves. 
 Even the entrance to the beach.
That evening, we played dominoes. For an uninsulated hut that is leaking thanks to a wild winter,
 it's cozy enough to enjoy the good things in life. 
On day 3, we returned, via cross-country skiing. A nice treat along the way was a storm-delayed Flag Day celebration, 

complete with hot chocolate and cake and a fascinating talk with a biologist who informed us that the beastly animal we'd spotted in our hut was, yes, indeed, a pygmy shrew. (well, it was the size of a large beetle, you know!)
And the hike back into civilization was lovely, quiet and ahem, invigorating.

Oh, yes, back to my deeper message. If you know me at all, I'm a warm summer gal. So if a warm summer gal can find beauty and enjoyment in a winter that finds us over our heads in snow and bitingly cold winds, then you can slog on through this month, too. That's my deeper message. Stay strong. We're all in this together.

Friday, February 20, 2015

What I've been reading!

        
     

     

         

   


    Barbara's bookshelf: read
   


     

         

            Gift of Prophecy
         

         

            5 of 5 stars
         

         

            Gift of Prophecy
         

         

            by Lina Gardiner
         

     

     

         

            Covering Her Assets
         

         

            5 of 5 stars
         

         

            Covering Her Assets
         

         

            by N.L. Wilson
         

         

            I stayed up late last night to finish this book. It was laugh out loud funny, and I loved Mrs. P, esp. her pilling the cat remark. This is the latest in Dix Dodd adventures and she's in fine, well-developed form! Dix is hired on to save ...
         

     

     

         

            Night Watch
         

         

            5 of 5 stars
         

         

            Night Watch
         

         

            by Linda Hall
         

         

            Loved it! It was really tense, as Linda Hall has returned to straight mystery. But romance readers, don't pass this one by. The main character, Em Ridge, is dealing with some pretty emotional issues. Having just lost her husband, Em is t...
         

     

     

         

            Dangerous Exposure
         

         

            5 of 5 stars
         

         

            Dangerous Exposure
         

         

            by Lina Gardiner
         

         

            Angela Grace is looking for the next big scoop, and finds it in a hunky and very naked man. Little does she know he's about to morph into a werewolf, and he's coming after her. Not to kill her but to save her!
Gardiner does an excellent ...
         

     

     

         

            A Moment on the Lips
         

         

            5 of 5 stars
         

         

            A Moment on the Lips
         

         

            by N.L. Wilson
         

         

            I love Dix Dodd. And this is no exception. I only wish the books were longer! This time out, Dix is trying to find her BFF's sister as the girl appears to have been kidnapped. But all is not as it appears and Dix finds herself in a stick...
         

     

     

         

            Like a Virgin
         

         

            5 of 5 stars
         

         

            Like a Virgin
         

         

            by Carol Schede
         

         

            I first read Schede quite a few years ago and really enjoyed the story. I laughed through The Runaway Princess, and laughed through this one, too. Like a Virgin is a fun read about Sarah, a woman who learns her middle-aged father is abou...
         

     

 

 

    goodreads.com
 

 
 


     

     

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My Lady Valentine: A free story!

Pop over to my sister blog the Craftie Ladies of Romance for a bit of fun in an historical serial for Valentine's Day. I was privileged to start it off.

http://craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.ca/2015/02/my-lady-valentine-part-i.html