This is sort of a mish mash post of what I’ve been up to. Also, I bit under the weather and I’m pretty sure my cold meds are clouding my judgment.
I’m so excited that December is finally here! Even though revisions for book #23 have landed in my inbox, I’m still excited that it’s December.
Even though I really don’t like winter all that much, I do love Christmas. I love spending time with my kids and turkey. I like snow, for a slight and short brief window of time. I like the lights. I also know this time of year will be hard. First Christmas without my Mom.
Part of what I’m doing to work through all this though is focusing on gratitude. Harlequin Dare author Stefanie London introduced me to The Five Minute Journal. Every day and every night I reflect on gratitude and positivity.
It’s completely shifting my mindset!
What’s also helping is Bootcamp classes. When I walked into that first Bootcamp class end of September I said to myself “You’ve got to be kidding me?”
I started with 2-3 times per week. Now I go 4-5 times per week.
There is something really gratifying about lifting a loader tire and flipping it over.
Also part of this shift in mindset and gratitude is making more time for my kids. They’re growing so fast. My daughter is 15, my autistic son is almost 13 (January 2019!!!) and my youngest is 9.
So I take time out of my day to connect with each of them. Even if it means building Lego.
My first set to conquer was Harry Potter’s Great Hall.
This was the first time I ever attempted Lego ANYTHING. It took me about four days, but I found it quite enjoyable and my 12 year old said he was proud of me for attempting it and that it was a cool set.
We’ve decided to add Christmas lights to it and display it over the Holidays.
That and we have some more Harry Potter Characters to include with it that wasn’t including in the set. Mainly You Know Who.
Even though I’m bogged down with revisions, I’m completely relaxed for the first time in months! It’s amazing what a bit of gratitude and a shift in mindset can do.
Also, another fun announcement. My Dad is getting a new dog! His beloved 12 year old beagle Snoopy passed in September from liver cancer. It was devastating after our summer, but a couple of weeks ago he told me and my brother that he was lonely. He needed a dog.
My brother’s wife found an organization in Texas known as the Texas Chihuahua Rescue. Apparently Chihuahuas are the #2 most euthanized dog in the state, so TXCR is a non profit that saves them from kill shelters, vets them and then transports them up to FURever homes in the northern States and Canada. In particular, Ontario.
The first dog my family had when I was a kid was a Chihuahua. We’re no stranger to them. Dad was immediately approved after they checked his references, which included me and our Veterinarian. In about a week Gordon (isn’t that fate that they named him Gordon which is a totally Canadian name) will be joining us here in Ontario. We got him a coat and a bed. I’m crocheting him a blanket out of pet yarn and we’re all excited that he’s coming!
So yeah, there’s gratitude and happiness everywhere.
I hope that you all have a marvellous Holiday Season. xo
Escaping the big city…
For love under Icelandic skies
When surgeon Betty Jacinth’s heart is broken once again, she takes a job in Iceland for a change of scenery. She expects cold weather—but not the frosty welcome she receives from gorgeous but brooding Dr. Axel Sturlusson! Now father to his orphaned niece, Axel gradually thaws, and a flame ignites—but when Betty’s ex begs her to return, can she make the right choice for love?