Good Morning, Everyone. If it is August, I am on Beach Week vacation at Davis Park, Fire Island. It’s a quick boat ride or a ferry ride across the Great South Bay, laden with provisions, sand toys, beach chairs and umbrellas. Today, the rain cooled the air. Good thing there is coffee. Pour your cup. Let’s catch up.
If we were having coffee together, I would say that since it had been a crummy year my husband and I decided to rent the cottage for two beach weeks. There is nothing much to do except read, write, eat, dig toes in the sand, and swim in the ocean. We love visiting with our regular beach pals, and hosting friends and family. It had been awhile since my three daughters and grandkids gathered together in one place at the same time. My sisters and I organized a family picnic, Mom’s birthday celebration, and a Christmas re-do at Mom’s big house yesterday. Fifty or so of us played, ate, and talked until we were hoarse. Great day.
If we were having coffee together, I would admit that writing and keeping up with blogs and podcasts had taken a back seat last week. It is raining today, so I hope to get caught up. However, I was able to complete some book launch actions, took care of the website look (again), set up the BOCES Arts in Education workshop descriptions (I am available for live and virtual author visits!), and finished a few clean-ups for The Heart of Bakers and Artists (aka Daily Bread) re-release.
If we were having coffee together, I would invite you to read Why the Ginger post. I explained why my main character, Lily, is depict as a red-head with blue eyes. These features do not fit the Sicilian stereotype, but in reality, Sicily is a melting pot of peoples and it is not unusual to come across fair siblings and cousins. My heritage is a testimony to the diverse mix.
If we were having coffee together, I would add that I contributed my grilled chicken and corn on the cob dish to the foodie share at What On Your Plate Blog Challenge. Donna and Deb at #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge now offers fancy badges for contributing. Check out my sidebar. Also go to the challenge for inspiring dishes and meal ideas.
That’s it, Everyone. Great BIG thanks go out to Natalie the Explorer who keeps the Weekend Coffee Share percolating. Have a good week. Make it funtastic.
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