Joyous Season Greetings

Good morning, Everyone. I am anticipating a flood of company. My kids, grandkids, and sisters are traveling home. There is still a good deal of shopping, cooking, baking, and staging for the big events. I will probably be covered in lists and mumbling my reminders for the next week or so. I have Matt in charged of stuffing greeting card envelopes and sticking address labels on them. He is almost done. I do love the crazy chaos.

In the meantime, I am sending this E-card to my virtual peeps.

It’s The 2021 Martin Mini ReCap

Merry Christmas, Happy Belated Hanukkah and Dwali, and

Joyous Season Greetings

to My Everyone

Another COVID year, but Matt and I were vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible. Thankfully, we were not as isolated as the year before. We did a lot of driving. Most of the winter was spent on Hilton Head Island nearby the grandkids and the beach (and Hallie and Lance,too). We road-tripped to Mom in Florida overlooking the beautiful intercostal, enjoyed a very fun week with my sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and John, discovering the Lower Chesapeake Bay in their BIG boat, and had a blast with family and friends during our annual Beach Week. I visited my Robyn in Oregon, hiked National Parks and met her boyfriend (mom approved).
*Just as Matt’s replaced knee recovered, he got a new hip. He is the Tin Man. His mobility steadily improves, and he is feeling more like his sunshine self.
*During the year, I had two middle grade historical fiction novels published-The Heart of Bakers and Artists and The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers. It’s been a whirlwind. Check them out on Amazon and B&N. I continue to be the most boring metastatic breast cancer patient at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Science, compassion, and “good attitude” have kept this disease slow and lazy.
*Our families welcomed new babies to the clan. We still feel the loss of our beloved patriarchs, confirming the mantra “every day’s a gift.”
*Matt and I wish our Everyone a very merry holiday and a safe, blessed, fun-filled 2022.

*Merry Merry, Everyone.

Click on the snowman to enjoy the E-greeting.

I’ll be back next year.

Stay safe!

Thank yous go out to Natalie the Explorer who keeps the Weekend Coffee Share percolating each week.

Enjoy ❤️.   Like 👍.  Share 😊. 



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Hope you are hungry. Becoming America’s Food Stories recalls the tales that have been told around my family’s dinner table. The histories explain the motivations over bowls of macaroni, antics play out while slurping soup, and laughter echoes throughout the dining room. Pull up a seat. There’s always room.
The Heart of Bakers and Artists is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists left off.Lily has big dreams to sing out with her powerful voice, but must do EVERYTHING, since Mama fell into a deep depression, the baby is sick, and the “Black Hand” terrorizes the neighborhood, threatening her chance to sing at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

14 thoughts

  1. Hi Antoinette – it has been a good year. Family here is progressing, Retirement is approaching, My writing is succeeding and someday I may yet have to buck up and face the publishing question head on.
    My new historical fiction got a good reception but not as much feedback as I hoped for but am calling 2021 a success.
    Thanks for being part of my year.
    Huge wishes for a wonderful season for you and yours.

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