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My husband discovered my blog last night. Lucky for me I never have anything bad to say about him! Well, I can’t let that bother me. After all, who would have any interest in this blog except people who already know me? And they already know what I’m up to, so it won’t hold their interest long, either. heh. If you’re reading this, Charlie, I LOVE YOU!

I’m at Magdalena’s for lunch AGAIN–planning on chicken pot pie in a bread bowl, which is the Best. Lunch. Ever.

Mom and I ate the donuts we bought at Amazing Glaze the other day. They were pretty good, even for being a couple of days old and cold from the fridge. Mom thought they were well worth nearly a buck a pop, but I’ll have to have a fresh one to agree to that. Oh, darn–have to eat a fresh donut. Rough life.


Writing prompt: Someone discovers your character’s blog and your character wishes he/she hadn’t.

I see I haven’t updated my Hot Flashes on the blog since August. I update them on the web site (which I hope to coordinate with this blog Real Soon Now), and I just forgot to do them on here. But now I’ve done it–tada!!

I’ve also done my second day’s NaNoWriMo work–went over my quota!

Yesterday, Sara (youngest daughter) came and we talked about writing and football and everything else. We (and, of COURSE Mom–it wouldn’t be any fun without my Mom–she’s a hoot, that’s what she is) went to one of the churches for chicken pot pie. Mmmm, I loooooove chicken pot pie. Naturally, it being just before election, there were folks there who are running for office. I’m always glad of it, because I know a lot of them (have I mentioned that this is a small town?) and like most of them.

This pretty tree was part of the church landscaping. Isn’t it beautiful? I told Mom it was an Ornamental Cherry, but I just made that up because it looks like that ought to be its name. She was saying it was mis-formed, but I claim it’s supposed to look like this. I think it’s very beautiful and graceful and certainly colorful.

We also went to the grocery. My 16-year-old grandson is having his family birthday party today, and the “special treat” he asked for was toaster pastries and Fruit Roll-ups. Ick. But, being a good little grandmother, I got them for him.

Time to go to the party. but here is a close-up of the pretty tree, ornamental cherry or whatever.


writing prompt: What would your character choose for a special treat and why?

One of the best foods ever invented is chicken and dumplings.  We had some last night.  Cooked down some chicken bones and gave the scraps to the happy happy dog, then mixed up about a cup of all-purpose flour, an egg and some milk, rolled it out, cut it into squares and put the squares into the boiling broth.  Personally, I prefer fluffy dumplings, but I like the little noodle-like ones, too, like the ones I made last night.  My husband’s family calls them “slicks”.  They’re good with dried sage crumpled up in the dough, too, but I cooked fresh sage, onions and garlic into the broth.  We had some left-overs but, when I got home from visiting my mother, our #3 daughter had stopped by and eaten all the slicks and most of the broth.  Ah, well–I’ll just add some more chicken, some veggies and some thickened boullion and made a chicken pot pie.  Happiness reigns!

No, I haven’t even started my Chronicles for next week….


Here is where I ramble on about whatever happens to fall through my mind. I also have a professional site, where I post about my books, stories, news and appearances. Every month, I post a “Hot Flash” there–a story or prose poem of about 50 words. I hope you enjoy your visit. –Marian Allen

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