#GrannySays #Wisdom #Inspiration #Humor

After talking to a couple of my blogging friends, I decided “Granny Says” should be a new series here on TWS. I have a large collection of sayings and quotes, ranging from the wise and inspirational to the clever and humorous, and I’ve decided to share them now and then, just for fun.  (And it helps that they’re ready to go, quick and easy while I’m still dealing with my slow, slow recuperation process.)

Since I started this Mon-Fri week on a humorous note, I figured I’d end it on one, too, hence this line from one of my favorite comedians of all time. Enjoy!

NOTE: Feel free to save the images if you like, and share them anywhere you wish. I’ll attribute the author of the  quote when possible, though many of them will be from that famously wise and/or funny soul called “Unknown.” 

 

#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Lynda Lambert

Good Morning, Everybody! It’s time for another special guest here on The Write Stuff, for our newest feature. Please help me welcome Lynda Lambert today, with her Ten Things List. I think you’ll really enjoy this one, especially if you haven’t met Lynda before. And on that note, Lynda–take it away!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Lynda Lambert

  1. Lynda is not my birth name. I changed my first name, from Linda to Lynda, when I was a teenager. Editing and tweaking language has always been fascinating to me.
  2. This year, I received *Special Mention for a Body of Work” by Proverse (Hong Kong). 
  3. The editors chose six of my most recent poems for for this award in the new Mingled Voices5 Anthology published April 26, 2021. Proverse Jurors selected my poetry for four of the five anthologies published annually. I read one of my poems for the spring opening reception to launch the new anthology in Hong Kong. I chose to read “Preparations for a Virtual Spring Salad.”  https://www.amazon.com/Mingled-Voices-International-Proverse-Anthology/dp/988849225X
  4. When I was sixty years old, I got my Pennsylvania motorcycle driver’s license.
  5. However, at age sixty-four, I lost most of my sight and had to give up riding my motorcycle, The Blue Dragon. The license plate on my bike was “Blau” – which is “blue” in German.
  6. We have six cats that are all rescued as feral cats. And we have two dogs, also rescued after they were abandoned by thoughtless owners.
  7. Recently I found a letter that confirmed my first published story. The date on that letter is June 8, 1981, from the American Cage-Bird Society, Chicago, IL. The letter states, “Enclosed is a small token of thanks for your intriguing article in the April 1981 issue of ACBS.” I wrote a story about how I tamed my rare and wild red-bellied macaw, Beaver. A photo features Beaver and me. I used to have fifty birds in my home. 
  8. I create mixed-media fiber art – talismans and wall works. My art is in exhibitions and in collections internationally. Below this list are  two First Place Winners at In Sights art exhibitions in Louisville, KY.
  9.  My husband and I celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary in April 2021.
  10. We have 5 children – 3 daughters are biological; 1 son is adopted from Vietnam; 1 daughter is adopted from Korea.

Saying Farewell to Blau

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Author Lynda Lambert

Pennsylvania author/artist, Lynda McKinney Lambert (b.1943) writes award-winning books, thoughtful personal essays, and spare poems.

Lambert lives and works in rural western Pennsylvania in The Village of Wurtemburg. Lynda authored 5 books and her work appears in a number of prestigious anthologies in the US, UK, and Hong Kong.

Lynda  creates art and writings from the inspirations of her life-experiences of teaching, travels, and her home life in a century-old home located in the historic Germanic village where her ancestors lived for generations. Her home is situated on a ridge overlooking the 50-mile long, Connoquenessing Creek where she lives with her husband, Bob, and their rescued dogs and cats. They tend their traditional Zen Meditation Garden year-round. They walk their dogs in the woods and observe the life-cycle and passing seasons of natural elements in their world.

Lynda is a retired Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA. With her extensive background in Fine Arts, English Literature, and Humanities, she creates mixed-media fiber art for exhibitions and her writings that are published internationally. Lynda has been called “A Renaissance Woman” by a number of editors.

Lynda’s First Place Winners at In Sights exhibitions in Louisville, Kentucky:

You Can Buy Linda’s Books HERE 

And HERE

And you can read a Smashwords Interview with Lynda HERE

Visit Lynda on Facebook HERE

#MondayMeme – #MondayBlog – #amwriting

Slowly creeping my way back into the blogging world, though I can’t promise anything regular yet, except for the Ten Things series, which was scheduled clear into December before I got sick. But I figured I could muster up the energy to share a few writing and reading related memes with you today. Hope you find one or two you enjoy. 🤗

And there you have it for this Monday.
Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

#GrannySays

For myself, I’m VERY grateful that my health is still improving a little bit every day, and that my family is ALL well and happy. Now it’s your turn: you are officially invited to share what YOU are grateful for today, and in doing so, perhaps inspire others to think about the good things in their lives. 

Happy Freya’s Day, Everyone!

#GrannySays and #CovidUpdate

I’m very happy to let you good folks know that after 4 weeks (ack!) tomorrow, I may be turning a corner. Saturday was a pretty bad day. Symptoms were still qualifying as mild, but they were noticeably worse than they’d been in the preceding weeks. In fact, Mark and I both had clean clothes lying in wait at the foot of the bed in case we had to make a trip to the ER in the middle of the night. (Nothing like being pepared for something to assure that it doesn’t happen, you know.) 😁

Happily, when I woke up Sunday morning, I felt quite a bit better. And Monday, better still. In fact, it was the best day I’d had since this whole thing began last month. For the FIRST time, I made it through the day without multiple naps, too, so even the fatigue issue was improving. Yesterday continued with things still remaining pretty level, and again, no naps necessary! WOOHOO! 🎈✨🎈

I’m not back 100% by any means, but it’s a huge step forward, and I’m looking forward to at least being able to catch up with a few of my favorite blogs. It might be a while longer before I’m able to do all the things I was doing before this wretched virus came along, but I believe someone once said “slow and steady wins the race.” (Thank you, Aesop.) So that’s my plan. Still gonna listen to my body, get plenty of rest, and stay home a bit longer until I’m ready to be tested and cleared for take-off! 😊

Finally, I’d like to thank you all for your support, encouraging emails, and friendship. It has meant the world to me, and I love each and every one of you! 

#ThorsDaySmile #amlaughing

Thought I’d share a quick smile or two while I’m still vertical, and before I hit the Comfy Chair for a couple of hours.  Hoping to be back “full tilt boogie” soon, but until then, gonna keep on looking for laughs wherever I can find them. Enjoy! 😀

And last, one I think we can ALL identify with! 

And that’s it for today, folks.  Hope they brightened your day a wee bit.

#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Sharon Marchisello

Happy Wodin’s Day, folks! It’s time again for another Ten Things post, and I know you’ll enjoy today’s guest, Sharon Marchisello. Please help me welcome Sharon to her first visit on The Write Stuff.  Sharon, it’s your turn now: take it away!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Sharon Marchisello

  1. I was born a Yankee, but I grew up in Texas–and no one ever let me forget that I was a Yankee!
  2. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming the first woman president. I’m not into politics, but I’ve been president of my Toastmasters club and my Sisters in Crime chapter.
  3. I earned my Master Gardener certification in Fayette County, Georgia, but please don’t look at my yard as an example of my work.
  4. Thanks to a Rotary scholarship, I lived and studied in Tours, France, for a year when I was in my twenties. I keep in touch with many friends I made over there and still speak passable French.
  5. Despite a fear of public speaking, I earned my Distinguished Toastmaster award from Toastmasters International. (I’m still not crazy about public speaking, but I can do it.)
  6. I love animals. If I’m honest, I probably like them better than most people.
  7. I love to travel. My husband and I have taken over 60 cruises and visited over 100 countries. Can’t wait for this pandemic to be over so I can visit more places on my bucket list.
  8. Although I love to read, I’m very slow. I learned to read aloud, and I still stumble over words I can’t pronounce. But reading slowly helps me be a good editor/proofreader.
  9. Even before I could put pencil to paper, I told stories. I wrote my first novel when I was still in high school. It wasn’t very good.
  10. Math was my least favorite subject in school, but I enjoy playing the stock market, belonged to an investment club for five years, and I manage all our household finances.

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Author Sharon Marchisello

Sharon Marchisello is the author of two mysteries published by Sunbury Press. Going Home (2014) was inspired by her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Secrets of the Galapagos (2019) deals with mayhem on a Galapagos cruise.

Besides novels, Sharon has written short stories, travel articles, corporate training manuals, screenplays, and book reviews. Her blog, Countdown to Financial Fitness, and nonfiction book, Live Well, Grow Wealth, deal with personal finance. She earned a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California and is an active member of Sisters in Crime.

Sharon grew up in Tyler, Texas, and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston in French and English. Retired from a 27-year career with Delta Air Lines, she now lives in Peachtree City, Georgia, and does volunteer work for the Fayette Humane Society.

Buy Sharon’s Books HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Links:
https://amazon.com/Sharon-Marchisello/e/B00NH6N4WK/
https://www.sunburypress.com/collections/sharon-marchisello
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22Sharon%20Marchisello%22

Find Sharon on Social Media HERE:
Website: sharonmarchisello.com
https://smarchisello.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/SLMarchisello/
https://twitter.com/SLMarchisello
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4297807.Sharon_Marchisello
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonmarchisello/
https://www.bookbub.com/profile/sharon-marchisello
http://sharonmarchisello.blogspot.com/  (Personal Finance blog, Countdown to Financial Fitness)

Contact Info:

https://smarchisello.wordpress.com/contact-me/

Email: smarchisello@hotmail.com

 

 

#GrannySays

And with that thought in mind, I’m going to keep on smiling and reminding myself that I could be hospitalized with severe COVID symptoms, instead of the daily mild flu-type stuff going on. Yeah, I’m too tired to do very much, and feel a bit crummy overall. (I mean, even mild COVID is unpleasant and exhausting.) But, I’m still here. And I will get past this! So yep. I’m going to CHOOSE to be happy! It’s that simple.

STAY WELL, FOLKS!

One Down and One To Go – Let’s Celebrate! #Sale

In celebration of my husband’s remarkable complete recovery from COVID-19, I have made an executive decision! (Alert the Media!) The best way I can think of to share our good fortune with others is to have a BIG SALE, so for at least a week (possibly a bit longer), my entire Wake-Robin Ridge series will be on sale for $.99 per book! Yep. You read correctly. That’s a savings of $2 on Book 1, and $4 on each of Books 2, 3, and 4. (Blame it on Covid Fog, as I’m not over it yet, but even so, I have enough brain power to know how lucky we’ve been so far.)

If you’ve been at all curious about this mildly paranormal series set in the breathtaking splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains, now is the time to grab some books. Maybe you’ve even wondered who this little boy named Rabbit is and why a ten-year-old mountain boy raised in the wilderness would  garner the lion’s share of attention from my readers. If so, you now have a chance to learn more about him (and his extraordinary abilities) for a ridiculously low price.

If you (like me) are stuck at home quarantining, or just trying to avoid being in many public places right now, reading is a great way to escape for a while. (Reading and writing are recommended by the Alzheimer’s Association as the best ways to stave off loss of brain function, too. TV isn’t even in the top ten! Just sayin’ … )

Hope you’ll consider joining my official Kick COVID in the BACKSIDE celebration by taking advantage of the first ever Complete Series Sale on these books. 


(Mark Kicking the Crap Outta This Stinkin’ Virus)

In the meantime, PLEASE feel free to join the singing, dancing, and general HOOPLA of the celebration going on at the Meara household. (One of us is Hoopla-ing a bit more energetically than the other, but I’m giving it the best I’ve got right now.)

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(Please Feel Free to Share the News, Thanks!)
Buy Any  or All of These Books for $.99 each!

Download Wake-Robin Ridge #1 HERE

Download A Boy Named Rabbit HERE

Download Harbinger HERE

Download The Light HERE

HAPPY READING AND

PLEASE STAY SAFE!

And Yet Another #COVID Update

I hate to say it, but it would seem I spoke a bit too soon in my last update. While Mark seems to be completely over this wretched virus, it appears I am not. My original symptoms disappeared, as reported, and I was left with some pretty severe fatigue for a few days, but it looks like the whole thing has circled back around. I’m now experiencing the same symptoms I developed six days after Mark’s positive test, only a wee bit more so. 

Don’t get me wrong. So far, it is NOTHING worse than mild flu-like symptoms, and I have no reason to think that that’s going to change, thanks to the vaccine.

But I’m definitely not quite done with this yet. Yesterday it was sniffles and headaches along with the persistent fatigue. Today, it’s a sore throat. (I’ve had worse cases of both of these things with bad colds.) I suspect the reason Mark kicked his sooner than I’ve managed is two-fold. One is because he’s six-years younger than I and has no other health issues going on, and two is because he got the antibody infusion. In addition to helping keep symptoms mild, that treatment can significantly shorten the duration. 

Bottom line is, while I don’t expect to get any symptoms more dire than what I’m experiencing right now, it’s obviously going to take me a bit longer to fully recover. But FULL RECOVERY is what I’m expecting, and I will settle for nothing less! “So there!” to this CRUMMY COVID CRAP!! (Tacky language apology.)

With that full recovery in mind, I’m still going to listen to my body and REST, REST, REST, as needed. I will not likely be very active on the blog (or anywhere else) for a couple more weeks, though I do have a few things (like the #TenThings posts every other Wednesday) already scheduled for you. I will “Like” comments so you know I’m still alive and kicking here, but will probably limit my own comments, unless I’m feeling a lot perkier.

But be prepared! When I do return, it will be with a lot of hoopla and a celebratory book sale. Or two. 😃 And jokes, and smiley faces, and every happy meme I can find!

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STAY SAFE, EVERYONE!