Another Great April Day!

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Yep – 35 years ago today I hitched up with Darwin and it’s been smooth sailing ever since. Okay that’s kind of an exaggeration (you know if you read about my romantic honeymoon earlier) but we’re still together and even still like each other.  And that’s a major achievement in this day and age.  rings

He’s a big reason I do write about women strong enough for love.  I certainly never saw myself as a strong woman. I mean, I handled whatever was thrown at me but I didn’t see that as strength, just coping. Then he tells me that one of the things that attracted him to me was my strength. I had to ask what the heck he was talking about. But once he pointed it out and nurtured it a little (okay a lot!) turns out he was right. Now I’m no doubt perceived as positively asserted in some areas. Okay Roomies, Sis, when you get your breath back, bite me!   wedding crutches

Back to the contest, the second bag of books winner is Tiffany K! Get in touch! And remember, one more bag to go on the 25th!

 

Final Day at Disney

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So sad – I love vacations, especially with Hubby, but we were in Disney World, so off we went.  There’s a new area in the Magic Kingdom that took over Mickey’s Village. I liked the village with the funky cartoon houses you could go in but I guess I was in the minority. There’s been an expansion of Fantasy Land with the Storybook Circus. I’m not a big circus fan, so it didn’t take long to see that part.  But they had added the Enchanted Forest with is Beauty and Beast so that was very good. We got to see  Belles library (as an author my favorite)  Belle's library 2    belle's cupboard

We rode It’s a Small World, for nostalgia and everyone needs an earwig. Then we headed back over to Epcot to see The Land – now that was research for the third book in The Melting trilogy (cover reveal for book one coming soon!) and another WIP – Alien Encounters.  greenhouse

Finally we headed over to Norway in the World Showcase to see if we could find Anna and Elsa, the newest princesses from Frozen (and the strongest!) We missed them but enjoyed nachos and margaritas for dinner outside the Mexican pavilion. It was a wonderful vacation if not especially long. We’ll have to do it again sometime soon. April really is a wonderful month!  Thanks for celebrating it with me (and it’s not over yet!)

Frozen cookie   Darhon relaxing selfie  I’ll learn this selfie trick eventually.  Don’t forget one more bag o’books to be given away on 4/25.  Stop by and say hi!  Rafflecopter

More Disney

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Since it was just us, Hubby and I decided to take the Keys to the Kingdom tour – one of the behind the scenes tours. We headed over first thing the second morning and discover this is a five-hour walking tour. Between the EB and the un-replaced knee, no way. So we rented a wheelchair. Hubby got his exercise but thank goodness he’s the best there is.

The tour does not allow pictures because of course that would be like the magician showing his trick, but it was fascinating. A lot of the tour was history. Walt, of course, was the artist behind the dream, but a lousy businessman. Enter Roy, his brother and a great businessman who wanted to make his brother’s dream come true. Thank goodness we had both of them.  guide for backstage

Disney Land came on-line in 1959 (and the story of their opening day was incredible). Disney World followed in 1971. They learned their lesson about being land bound in California, so they kept very quiet and bought land through M. T. Lott (say that to yourself three times fast) and bought what they needed. For example, after they discovered who was buying these orange groves in the swamps the cost went from $150 an acre to $80,000 an acre. But Disney had already bought what he needed before the news broke. Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, 2 water parks, Downtown Disney and all the hotels (Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian) take up 1/3 of the available land. Another 1/3 will remain natural and they still have another 1/3 to build on.

After the tour we headed to the new area – Under the Sea, with Ariel (hey, she’s a redhead so one of my favorite princesses)   (one of the littler princesses we saw) little Ariel

  arielCoral Reef

Then to keep up with the nautical theme, we had our special anniversary dinner over at the Coral Reef in Epcot that evening.  Beautiful setting, excellent food –   Our complimentary dessert – chocolate!!  anniversary dessert

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M-I–C–K–E–Y

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Yep – guess where we went for our anniversary (without children this time!) We had great weather and a marvelous time. Disney has this vacation thing down pat.  We went the Disney Vacation plan this time, they sent us cool bracelets to wear that open your hotel room, pays for your meals and gifts (well, puts it on your credit card), gets you in the park, etc. You don’t have to carry anything.  bracelets

We arrived around 2:30 and just walked out of the airport, because Disney handled the bags. We jumped on the monorail and headed over to Epcot. Had to go to Soarin’ – one of our favorite rides. Then over to the Finding Nemo ride (so we could find Coral Reef – more about that later). Found Mickey himself and got a picture, then to Spaceship Earth (the giant golf ball). That has been updated and was very goodMickey.

Then we finally headed back to the hotel. Bags there, all cool.  The room was very nice and of course you can see the mouse everywhere you look.  hotel mickey

disney hoteldisney pool

Okay so first half a day – more tomorrow!

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Thanks!

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Yes, I’m having a wonderful birthday. Hubby made me an incredible lemon blueberry cake I found on-line. He does a much better job than I do on the Italian cream cake I make him on his birthday. The kids called and had a little celebration at work too, so I’ve been well celebrated.   happy birthday

So now I celebrate with you.  The winner of the first bag of books is Denise S – be sure and contact me so I can get a mailing address. bagobooks You still have time to enter, ‘cause I have two more bags to give away. Leave a comment here, or at the It’s April! post and enter of the Rafflecopter. I’ll be enjoying myself all month (and Hubby is delighted that I’m cleaning out the office a little, so you’re making him happy too.)

And a Happy Birthday to my twinsy – Lilly Gayle

And here’s Hubby’s cake for me!

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It’s April!!

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Yes – it’s my birthday again. They come around a lot more often now, but that gives me more celebratin’ time. Since I have the first book of my Melting series coming out in June, thought I’d start some buzz.  This is my first series and very close to my heart. Since it’s also gift time, I’m going to give away a bag o’ books from some incredible authors I met at RWA in Atlanta, and end up the celebration with a cover reveal of The Melting – Book One, The Infection. A birthday present to myself!   birthday present

You with me? I try to make these things simple – to win, click on the rafflecopter below –
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Denise S won the first bag – the ones for 4/15 and 4/25 still up for grabs!
Tiffany K won the second bag – still have 4/25 to go!

And no, I’m not telling which birthday this is – it’s not germane to the discussion but come on over and celebrate with me anyway.  The actual birthday is the 5th, but the celebration will be most of April – cause it’s also my anniversary month! Who knows, I might give away a couple of bag o’ books.  I’ll list winners on the 5th, and 15th  and maybe the 25th as well – I’ll have some reason to celebrate then too.

Birthday Candles       A woman hand carrying a bunch of colorful shopping bags

Wonderful Writing Day

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Yes, I got to spend yesterday with Margie Lawson. Okay, there were a couple of other people there – actually I attended her workshop with Carolina Romance Writers in Charlotte. 

I love these one-day conferences – 1) I can afford them and 2) the energy/inspiration just crackles through the room with all of these creative people in the same place. We write all kinds of different genres, but the energy and the excitement are the same. And it’s contagious.

I got to meet new authors and interact with them. Didn’t get to spend enough time with them, but it was a jam-packed day. Good thing I learned shorthand eons ago. My notes litter the handouts with thoughts on where to add this, change that, and revamp the other.

And I got a totally new idea for a book that had to be scribbled down in my spare moments. I do take some on-line courses and have learned much from them every time, but when you get the chance to sit in the same room, I highly recommend it. Absorbing that energy and listening to the give and take ramp it up another notch or five.

Thanks to the Carolina Romance Writers for putting this together and to my mentor and friend Mary Margret Daughtridge for saying, “let’s go!”  Anytime I can spend a few hours in the car with her makes it a good writing day.