HAPPY NEW YEAR


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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011
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Wildcard Wednesday: Still Sick


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Still sick. Still on drugs -- the good stuff! Still a good idea not to blog. Once posted, it's out there forever. Maybe Friday. . . ~Kay
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Manic Monday: Quiet, White Christmas


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All of you non-southern people will probably laugh, but this is what we count as a white Christmas. [caption id="attachment_1957" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Christmas 2010"][/caption] Actually it was perfect. It was enough snow to stick, but the roads were pretty clear. Well, I wouldn't know first-hand because I was home-bound with an awful case of bronchitis. [caption id="attachment_1958" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="the back woods"][/caption] Instead of getting out, the kids came to us. Two/thirds of the sons came home as well as our only daughter-in-law. Unfortunately, we missed the family gathering at Hubby's mom's house but they sent food and gifts back. Convinced I was no better and maybe getting worse, Hubby carted me back to the doctor for the third time in seven days this morning.  A chest X-ray showed I…
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Friday Favorites: Happy Holidays


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Merry Christmas From All the characters of MURDER ON MUSIC ROW And of course me. Thank you for reading my blog this year. Eat, drink, and be merry. ~Kay 
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Wildcard Wednesday: Holiday Movies


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Monday I blogged about my love of Christmas books—be it literature or ramblings—‘tis the season, you know. Today my topic is Christmas movies. For simplicity I’ll stick to TV movies because that’s where the theater movies seem to end up . . . eventually. I barely remember the days before VHS. (Hey, all you older folks out there. Remember Beta?) I do remember with clarity the pain of programming the VCR contraptions. When the TiVo concept was introduced I loved how easy it was to record something I might want to watch later. Hubby and I both have become quite adept at zipping through commercials. (Sometimes I even get the remote.) Actually very little television is watched in our house and pretty much the only things we watch “live” are…
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Manic Monday: Holiday Reading


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One my favorite ways to indulge myself during the holidays has always been to read more than usual. As soon as Thanksgiving was over, I'd decorate my house, pull out my basket of Christmas books and start reading, usually snuggled under blankets in front of a toasty fire. In a typical year I'd complete at least a dozen books some years twice that many. My reading list would include couple of classics (O. Henry, Dickens), a few quick anthologies, some favorite authors I'd read before and, of course, brand new authors and books. Last year I got a Kindle for Christmas. Hubby mistakenly thought it was back-lit and wouldn't keep him awake like a lamp did. I did not download any Christmas books because a) I got it on Christmas…
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Friday Favorites: Character Chat—Loralee’s Lyrics


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Guest blogger: Loralee Anderson, character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW Hey ya’ll, Can you believe it’s almost Christmas? Just a little over a week away and I still have almost all my shopping to do. That’s what I get for sleeping in on Black Friday instead of fighting all the lunatics out there. Nan and Kat were in the thick of it from midnight on but me, well I need my beauty sleep. My strategy is to let all the crazies get through with their shopping then I’ll do mine. Maybe I won’t have the same selection as the early birds but when I get through I’ll still have my sanity. Now decorations, that’s another story. I can’t compete with Nan—she keeps some form of lights and holiday crap up…
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Wildcard Wednesday: How hectic are your holidays?


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Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays: the sights; the smells; the music. I don’t even mind that the commercialism of it starts before Halloween because I don’t pay attention until December anyway. Even though I find Christmas magical, like many of you, I also find it stressful. Want a peek at my “to do” list? You know those cards I was working on Monday? I decided to hand address. I’m to the F’s and my best estimate is I have about 180 more to go. The Christmas letter is done and ready to drop off at Staples to be printed. Check. West coast gifts are wrapped and mailed even though Hubby spent way too much on postage. I'd put everything in one big moving box and suggested…
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Manic Monday: Snow, Wind, and Fire


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Today is the perfect day to write, or do anything indoors. It’s thirteen degrees outside and the wind chill is minus three. The high is not predicted to get out of the teens and the low will be in the single digits. We have a blanket of snow (and ice) on the ground and the roar of the wind makes me wonder how sturdy our trees are. The fireplace is blazing—our gas bill will be soaring—and I still need my blankie to stay warm. Come on master weather gods, this is Tennessee, for goodness sakes. A tidbit you non-southerners may not be privy to is people in the south don’t know how to handle snow and ice. Granted today is excessively cold and driving conditions are such that if one…
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Friday Favorites: Character Chat—Nan’s Notes


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Guest blogger: Nan Macomb, a character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW Hi, I’m having to prop my eyes open with toothpicks this morning so I hope this makes sense. The Tennessee Titans played the Colts last night and one of my clients gave me two tickets. I know the Titans haven’t done much this year, but it’s so much fun to go to their games . . . usually. We lost big on Sunday to Jacksonville and then had to turn around and play again on Thursday night so no one expected it to be pretty. Really, I don’t know what I did expect, but I didn’t expect it to be so dog-gone cold.  I don’t know why not. It’s been below freezing almost every night for close to three…
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