Cyber Monday Awaits You

Are you ready?

Hope your internet connection is better and more dependable than my AT&T has been lately.

Yep, it's time to do you Christmas shopping so get your shopping carts ready because there are all  kinds of bargains.

Here are a few I'm interested in to get you started. Better shop fast because they're going to go fast. 

Check out Amazon Cyber Monday Deals like:

Official Carpool Karaoke comes with mic and, of course, bluetooth enabled.

Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker keeps the party going even if it rains.

Eureka Groove Robot Vacuum Cleaner that's Wi-Fi Connected, Alexa App & Remote Controls, Self-Charging. Just what every busy person needs to keep the floors clean.

To find all bargains, look at the main Amazon Cyber Monday Deals page and scroll through the categories at the bottom.

Takeaway Truth

Happy shopping.

The Thanksgiving Compromise is over. No visitors, Same for Black Friday. Cyber Monday is tomorrow. After that comes 

Dealing with Holidays of Compromise

The Thanksgiving of Compromise is over.

Many felt lonely this week. I can only say, "Fight it."

Get out and do something kind for others, and you'll feel better.

That bit of advice is especially important since Christmas is coming up. I think this will be the first Christmas where you'll have your pick of parking spaces at the mall if you venture out.

Yes, we may be having the Christmas of Compromise too. No family and friends dropping by for holiday visits. No parties, large and small. 

Write Letters

I'm always urging people to rediscover the art of writing letters. Susan Lendroth said, "To write is human, to receive a letter: Devine!”

That's how I always feel if I receive an actual letter. 

Invest some time in writing letters—the old-fashioned kind with pen and paper—to those you love and won't see for whatever reason. Put your emotions, your love, your personality into a letter. You will be surprised by how grateful the recipient will be.

In this era of emails which are seldom printed and kept, letters have a special cachet. They'll be kept in a special box, perhaps bound up in ribbon too. In fact, send a beautiful box to those you love and suggest you'll write letters that can be kept in the box.

In years to come, those letters will be cherished. I believe what Emily Dickinson said is true: "A letter always seemed to me like immortality..."

Takeaway Truth

Express your love and friendship in words on real paper. The results may surprise you.

Definition of Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

Definition: Noun. A beautiful concoction of a flaky pie crust with a lemon filling that's more tart than sweet, and topped by swirls and peaks of caramelized meringue.

Alternate: Noun. A lemon pie devoured when served. A pie never left over.

Takeaway Truth

I made a lemon meringue pie today. With guests, the pie disappeared in a serving of 8 wedges. My post-Thanksgiving cooking is completed.

No Turkey on Black Friday

Two things I'm NOT doing today: eating turkey in any form and shopping for bargains on Black Friday.

Instead, I'm getting my writing plans organized for the rest of the year. I'm staying busy because I believe in meeting adversity with action, and COVID19 has made 2020 the Year of Adversity.

It's like Lee Iacocca once said: "In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive." 

Coming Attractions

(1) a free book promotion on Dec. 4 and 5 so if you're not a subscriber, sign up for my NL now. I'lll have another free book promotion later in December.

(2) between now and New Year's, several of my books will be available in print.

(3) a new ebook will be released by New Year's Eve.

That's right—free, free, free, and new, new, new.

Takeaway Truth

"Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams and dare to live them. Have tremendous expectations and believe in them." – Norman Vincent Peale

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Thanksgiving Thoughts to Chew On

There's a lot of controversy about Thanksgiving, a holiday about which most of us have fond memories of the now-maligned holiday.

When I think about Thanksgiving, I don't think about the controversy. I think about moms and grandmoms—and a few dads and granddads— who start cooking days before the family descends en masse.

I think about dads, sons, daughters, moms, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who play a game of touch football or Scrabble or card games. I think about the whole family watching a college or pro-football game, screaming for their team.

I think about the best of humanity and the ideals for which people should strive. Thanksgiving may have been founded on myth, but the ideal on which it was based and that we all gerw up believing in is something good.

Takeaway Truth

This is not colonial America. This is today. Isn't it time we all learned how to accept each other? How to get along? How to grow together in respect and friendship?

Holiday Movies on Netflix

Netflix, Amazon Prime, and all the other streaming services are giving Hallmark a run for the Christmas movie audience.

I've got movies from Netflix and Prime added to my Watchlist already. I love to watch these movies—even the ones I've seen countless times before.

Usually my daughter and I watch these movies together. Of course, Darling Hubby rolls his but tolerates them if I really want to see one.

Here are some of the new ones on my Netlix list. Maybe they will appeal to you too.

Netflix Offerings

The Princess Switch Switched Again starring Vanessa Hudgins, Nick Sagar, and Sam Palladio.

When Margaret's Christmas coronation complicates her love life, her double Stacy steps in to save the day. Will a 3rd lookalike ruin their plans?

Holidate starring Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, and Kristen Chenoweth. 

Fed-up with being singles on holidays, two strangers pledge to be each other's platonic plus-one for an entire year. Of course, real feelings develop.

Midnight at Magnolia starring Natalie Hall, Evan Williams, and Michael Gordin Shore. Friends and radio hosts Maggie and Jake fake it as a couple for their families and listeners in hopes of getting their show syndicated.

The App That Stole Christmas starring Jackie Long, Diane Marie Howard, and Jaylin Hall.

A tech entrepreneur's Christmas shopping app is hugely successful, but he begins to think it may ruin Christmas spirit.

A Cinderella Story Christmas Wish starring Laura Marano, Gregg Sulkin, and Isabella Gomez.

Despite her mean stepmother and stepsisters, an aspiring singer works as an elf at a Christmas tree lot and finds a holiday miracle.

Christmas on the Square starring Dolly Parton, Christine Baranski, and Treat Williams.

There's no holiday cheer when a cold-hearted woman tries to sell her hometown's land. Can music, magic, and memories change her mind?

Holiday Home Makeover with Benjamin Bradley. Okay, this is not a movie, but it's a Christmas decorating program so that's like catnip to a kitty for me. I love decorating shows and one for the holidays is even better!

Takeaway Truth

I know what I'll be doing the day after Thanksgiving, and it won't be shopping for Black Friday bargains. Watching holiday movies. Join me?

IMHO: Worst Thanksgiving Foods

Come on, be honest. What Thanksgiving food makes you shudder when you see the overloaded table?

Is it Granny Ruth's Candied Yams?

Maybe it's your dad's jellied cranberry gunk in a can.

Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, deliciousness is in the taste buds of the eater. Your favorite dish may be another's culinary nightmare.

Worst Thanksgiving Foods Ever

This is my list, but most of these are listed on various websites so don't hate me. *LOL*

1. Candied Sweet Potatoes or Yams. You know those golden delicious goodies that can be baked, mashed, or made into fries? Why would you dump extra sugar on them when they're already sweet? Why cover with marshmallows? Save those for S'Mores.

2. Canned Jellied Cranberry Sauce. Open the can and slide it onto a relish dish, and it retains the impression of the can.

I make fresh cranberry-orange relish, but I always have to buy a can of Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, the jelly type, for my Darling Hubby. For him, it's not Thanksgiving dinner without it. 

3. Green Bean Casserole. OMG. I remember the first time I ever saw this dish. Limp green beans swimming in cream of mushroom soup and topped with canned fried onion rings? To me, it looked like something to be thrown down the disposal. 

4. Stuffing from a box. With so many wonderful recipes online, why prepare a box of this stuff? Drop by the Food Network online or any place that offers great recipes. Make your own stuffing or dressing if you call it that.

5. Mashed Cauliflower disguised as Potatoes. Okay, let's be honest. No matter how you disguise it, there's no way cauliflower will ever be mistaken for potatoes. If you have guests, make your mashed cauliflower but also make some mashed potatoes for those who expect that. Btw, some people may have difficulty digesting cruciferous vegetables.

Takeaway Truth

Now I know millions of you love the foods on my list so be tolerant of my dislike, and I'll be tolerant of your love for these foods.