Cyber Monday Is Here

Yes, it's Cyber Monday! Whee! Bargains galore are now available at Amazon.

Cyber Monday deals are available from now through Monday, November 28, at 11:59pm PST.

I'm going to list just a few of the deals that interest me. To see more bargains and special deals that may interest YOU, visit the Cyber Monday Deals Page and be amazed.

The first item up is a little kitchen appliance that my kids used to love because they could "cook" themselves something hot for a snack, or for a meal when they were in college! I didn't know it had been brought back.

Reduced from $46.99, this little appliance has 22,477 reviews averaging 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Great for a quick hot breakfast, lunch, or snack. Easy enough to use it that kids love it. Great gift idea. 

Hamilton Beach Electric Stand Mixer $71.49

Want a stand mixer that does everything the Kitchen Aid stand mixers do? But at a much lower price point? 

Try this Hamilton Beach version that has 1,966 reviews averaging 4.4 out of 5 stars. It's a 4 quart stand mixer with dough hook, a flat beater attachment, a splash guard, 7 speeds, and whisk. 

This model is black. You can get some pretty color models, but they cost more. Even costing more, they're still less than the Kitchen Aid stand mixer that does the same processes.

If you're interested in picking up Smart Plugs, Smart Thermostats, Smart Lamps for Kids, or Air Quality Monitors—for your home or for gift giving, check out the Smart Home Devices that are reduced for today.

I've been checking these devices at my local Costco. Doorbell, security cameras, floodlights, pan and tilt camera—all of these security devices are on sale for Cyber Monday, and the price reductions are steep. Do yourself a favor and check them up.  


Those are the Cyber Monday deals that most interest me, but there are tons more of bargains to be had today. You can find them categorized on the Cyber Monday Page. Happy shopping!

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What to Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers?

Is there any of that turkey left from yesterday?

What about the stuffing, gravy, side dishes, and all the other food?

Any pumpkin pie?

If you have all of that and more, what do you do with all that leftover food?

Here are a few websites with great suggestions on what to do with Thanksgiving Dinner leftovers.

61 Best Thanksgiving Leftover Idea from the Food Network

40 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes from Delish

25 New Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers from A Taste of Home


Hope that helps. Enoy your Black Friday shopping!

Happy Thanksgiving, U.S.A.

Yes, Thanksgiving dinner is being cooked in many households throughout America.

Hopefully any newbies who have never cooked a turkey before will know to remove the packet of innards tucked inside the turkey's cavity.

I didn't know that with the first  turkey I cooked many years ago. That was the year we had sandwiches, assorted side dishes, and a lot of desserts for our Thanksgiving feast.

No turkey because that twenty-pounder ended up in the garbage can.

Whatever you cook and wherever you eat, give thanks for the many blessings you have. We never really think about how fortunate we are until we see someone less fortunate.

I'm grateful for those who read SlingWords and for those who buy my books, read them, love them, and review them.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.


Happy Thanksgiving. Tell those you love how much you appreciate and love them. Enjoy your celebration.


Thanksgiving Thoughts

This is the season of gratitude and giving thanks, of showing and sharing love, and of resolving to do those things every day of the year not just at Thanksgiving.

Thank you being readers of SlingWords. Here are some words to inspire you and some to make you smile.

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." —William Arthur Ward

"There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American." —O. Henry

"Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence." —Erma Bombeck

"Thanksgiving is a time when the world gets to see just how blessed and how workable the Christian system is. The emphasis is not on giving or buying, but on being thankful and expressing that appreciation to God and to one another." —John Clayton

"An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day." —Irv Kupcinet

"What I love about Thanksgiving is that it's purely about getting together with friends or family and enjoying food. It's really for everybody, and it doesn't matter where you're from." —Daniel Humm


"Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are." —Joyce Giraud

Black Friday Deals Available Now

I love Black Friday sales. I do a lot of Christmas shopping on that day after Thanksgiving.

Since I won't be home until late on that day, I'm organizing my shopping list now. Fortunately, many of the things I plan to buy are already available for purchase.

I thought I'd share my list with you because you might want some of these bargains too.

(At the time I wrote this, these products were available at the prices shown and are supposed to be available at the prices shown on Black Friday, but check to make sure before purchasing.)

First up is a gift for my Darling Hubby. No secret. He knows I'll be buying this because he's been asking me for the longest time to

Well, you need a deep fryer to create something like apple fritters. You guessed it. I'm buying a deep fryer.

Hamilton Beach Electric Deep Fryer $48.99

This countertop appliance has Cool Touch Sides, Easy to Clean Nonstick Basket, and has an 8 Cup capacity. It has 8,157 reviews averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Regular price is $62.99. It's available now, and it's Prime so free shipping if you're a subscriber.

REDMOND Waffle Maker $44.99

Actually, I don't know if this classic waffle iron is a Black Friday sale or just a promotion. I found it as I as cruising through Kitchen specials. It has 646 reviews averaging 4.4 out of 5.

This is not a Belgian waffle maker. The regular price is $59.99. On the day I viewed this there was also an 8% Coupon offered. Be sure you click that box if you purchase this.

Classic waffles are thinner than the Belgian type, and the indentations are smaller so you end up with a crisper waffle which is what we like. This appliance is Nonstick and makes a 4 Slice Square Waffle. The compact design means you can store it on its side.

Cuisinart DCC-3400P1 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker $129.95 

This is our current coffee maker. I love it because of the Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe that keeps the coffee warm for hours instead of "cooking" the coffee on a heat plate.

This is NOT a Black Friday special, but I'm buying one just to have as a spare should the one we now have dies. It's 3 years old and makes the best cup of coffee I've ever had. No wonder It has 53,677 ratings averaging 4.6 out of 5.

Hamilton Beach Bread Maker Machine $84.95

We make bread every week using organic bread flour. The bread is delicious and much healthier than anything you buy in the store. We've been doing this for about 15 years I guess.

This bread machine is not part of Black Friday, at least it doesn't have that banner on the webpage yet, but it is reduced from $121.99. Our old machine was a workhorse so I think Hamilton Beach makes a great appliance. We're using our new HB machine now.

This new machine has 2,996 reviews averaging 4.5 out of 5.

Sure, you can pay hundreds of dollars for a bread machine, but why would you do that when this one has all 14 settings to make artisan bread including Gluten-Free.

Over the Door Organizer: Cookie Sheet, Cutting Board, Muffin Tin $16.80

This is sheer genius and something I really need. I'm ordering 2!

I am so excited to discover this Black Friday Deal.

This item that has 2,105 reviews averaging 4.5 out of 5 and is normally priced at $21.74.

This next item is the last on my list. It's a little different and is based on everything I've read about getting a good night's sleep.

Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock $39.98

If you've read anything about the causes of poor sleep, you know about the benefits of waking to sunrise and not looking at screens after a certain time at night.

If you're the kind of person who hates alarm clocks and the sounds they make, this is perfect for you. Instead of a raucous noise, it has a light slowly brightens to simulate sunrise. It has 22,258 reviews averaging 4.5 out of 5.

Recommended for Kids, Heavy Sleepers, and those who hate traditional alarms, it features an FM Radio, Snooze, Nightlight, Daylight, USB port, and produces 7 Colors and 7 Natural Sounds. Regular price is $59.99. There's a 5% off coupon so be sure and click that.


I have a lot of my Christmas shopping done with these items. I hope maybe you'll find that some of these are perfect for your gift giving too. Happy shopping.

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Dogs Are Awesome Quotations

Good morning! When Freddie visits, he loves to sit on the bench on the patio so he can keep an eye on any the back yard.

We have a lot of trees around our home, and many trees mean many squirrels.

Freddie thinks it's his job to bark at the squirrels. I guess he's saying, "This is my yard. Stay away."

Freddie is a good ambassador for the canine world. He's loving, intelligent, and funny. In fact, he's total goofball sometimes and makes me laugh. He reminds me of how awesome dogs are.

No offense to you who are cat people. I know how much you love your felines. Cats have never been an option for us because we have a couple of kids who are very allergic to cats.

I've included dogs in a few books. One that comes to mind is Last Christmas, on sale now for only 99¢. (It's also on Kindle Unlimited.) In this book, you'll meet Friday, a mixed breed dog who has already had a rough life. He'd been hit by a car and was found laying by the road on a Friday.

Taken to the local animal shelter, he was rescued by the new police chief, and it was a match made in heaven. 

Yes, Last Christmas is a love story—2 love stories. The first is Annabelle and Rick's romance. The second is Friday and Rick's story.

In the end, the whole town comes to love Friday who proves he's a hero dog. Last Christmas is on sale through December 9.


If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went. —Will Rogers

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. —Andy Rooney

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. —Mark Twain

Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul—chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth! —Anne Tyler

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down. —Robert Benchley

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. —Robert A. Heinlein

You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, "Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!" —Dave Barry

I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts. —John Steinbeck

If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them. —Phil Pastoret


People should take a tip from dogs and love unconditionallly.

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Sunday Thoughts: 7 Ways to Keep Hope Alive

Let's talk about Hope.

I have someone in my life who has lost hope in recovering from a series of medical crises.

I've realized that an atitude of optimism is crucial to maintaining Hope.

I also realize that one cannot make another keep Hope alive. That's a hard truth to accept when you're praying every day and night for that person to feel a surge of optimism—to feel a flutter of hope and begin to believe in a better tomorrow.

I think there are many in today's world who have lost Hope of health, security, financial stability, and so many other valuable aspects of life.

It's hard to hang onto Hope when life keeps flinging problems, disappointments, and tragedies at you.

So how do you hang on to Hope and let it grow inside you from a tiny flame to a raging bonfire? Here are a few ways that I thing work.

1. Stay healthy by eating a healthy diet and getting exercise and sunshine. That's a start. If you feel tired, sleepy, and semi-sick all the time, it's going to be hard to be hopeful.

2. Adopt a series of beliefs to help you create a state of mind in which you believe that life can get better. Build the belief that you can have a brighter tomorrow even if today looks gloomy.

3. Build belief by implanting positive thoughts in your subconscious. Examples of positive thoughts:
"I believe in a better tomorrow."
"I believe I'm emotionally strong and can weather tough situations."
"I believe my Life has purpose and meaning."

If you are religious, by all means pray and instill the positive thought: "I believe in a merciful God who guides my way."

Repeat the positive thought many times when you're falling asleep and when you awake in the morning. Say it silently to yourself. Write it down with pen and paper. Internalize it.

4. Avoid the bad news buffet that is known as "the news" because there's never anything good on it. I always say too much "reality" is a bad thing. There's nothing like all this political crap and financial news to send you spiraling into negativity and depression. Be hopeful.

5. Take time to meditate and be consciously aware of all the good things in your life.

6. Hang out with optimistic people. They'll make you feel better and reinforce the positive beliefs to which you're clinging.

7. Avoid negative people. They're like the black holes of the universe and will such every bit of life out of you.


Life is full of peaks and valleys. It's heartbreaking to see someone you love stuck in a deep valley. You can only change yourself so learn what not to do as well as what to do. Keep faith and hope in your heart and pray for those who have lost it.