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This Week’s Five!!!

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It’s time for another round of This Week’s Five!!! Here are five things that have made me happy in the past week.

  1. Getting a lot of yard work done.
  2. Cooking and eating really good food.
  3. My garden.
  4. My family.
  5. Since it’s July 4, I should say that I am very happy to live in a place where I have the rights and privileges that I do.

So, what about this week made you smile?

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This Week’s Five!!!

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Hard to believe it’s been another week. So what’s been good?

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  1. I found petunias growing in the (mostly untended) bed at the side of the house. Quite the surprise! And they are a deep purple color (which is my favorite) so that’s like bonus points for them.
  2. I’ve really been enjoying the evening hours outside. Taking time to water and weed and enjoy the cool-ish hours when the sun has begun its descent really makes me content.
  3. My nails are a beautiful coral color.
  4. Milkshakes!
  5. My garden seems to be doing pretty well.

So, what’s something that brought a smile to your face this week?

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#NTTBF16 Recap

Wow, I know this is a little late, but better late than never, right?

I was lucky enough to be an attendee at the North Texas Teen Book Festival again this year. I also had the fortune to attend the luncheon and panels on the educator day with my mother-in-law.

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Mother-In-Law meeting Jonathan Maberry

I enjoy so much getting to listen to the authors speak about doing what they love, but also being reminded that they are human and have struggles, just like the rest of us.

One of the things that is interesting to hear is how these authors, all of them successful, all have different processes. (If you want to know how I feel about that, check out these posts.)

Here are some of the other tidbits I gleamed from NTTBF this year.

STORY 1 -Fiercely Fantastic Panel – ON STORIFY

STORY 2 – Paranormal Tendencies Panel – ON STORIFY

And of course, listening to these authors make me want to read their books. Some of those I’ve added to my list are Cindy Pon, Jonathan Maberry, Sarah Rees Brennan (she was added last year, I still haven’t got to her books), and Natalie Lloyd (my understanding is that her books are more MG, but I don’t mind 😉 )

Since I’m writing this at such a late date, it may be fun to add that while I was at Dallas Fan Expo, I wore by NTTBF shirt and promoted it to the local teens that stopped by the booth.

I love this event. I look forward to one day being able to volunteer to help (I hope).

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This Week’s Five!!!

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Hello there! Welcome to This Week’s Five, a somewhat-weekly reminder of the good things from the past week or so.

It’s summer, do I really need to say anything more? Hah.

Here are five things that have brought a smile to my face this past week:

  1. We’ve been getting some summer rain these past couple of days, and it is so nice! My garden is enjoying it, too. The rain has brought slightly cooler temps to us, which is extra nice considering our air conditioner is acting up again.
  2. IMG_20160612_105606Flowers in my garden! Also, I’ve posted a #GardenWithJulia video on YouTube, keep an eye out for the companion post sometime soon!
  3. Bookmail! This week I’ve received books from a couple of giveaways. Check out tweets 1 and 2 for pics.
  4. Having evening coffee with hubby’s parents.
  5. I’m just so happy it’s summer, and our family gets to spend so much time together.

What about you? What’s something that’s made you happy this week?

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Whew! What a week! Here are five things that made it great!

  1. The lovely S. Usher Evans stayed with me this weekend. She was at the Dallas Fan Expo giving her award-winning schpiel to anyone she could grab long enough to listen. I helped her out on Saturday and Sunday, and it was just awesome to see her work! I hope everyone that grabbed her books enjoys them as much as I do.
  2. Also awesome was sharing the table with Christina McMullen, J. Leigh Bralick, and S.K. Valenzuela. I had not yet met Christina and S.K. in person, but I’m so glad that I have now! All these authors are lovely human beings that I’m happy to call friends.
  3. Since there was rain all last week, I didn’t do too much with my garden. I did pick a couple of the biggest poblano peppers and use them in a recipe. The bell pepper also has gotten much bigger. Video and post to come soon!
  4. IT’S SUMMER BREAK!!! This means all three of us get to be home together until mid-August.
  5. I really enjoyed listening to Uprooted by Naomi Novik on audiobook. Review to come soon.

Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear something that made you smile this week!

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Gardening With Julia – Update 10

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Hey there! Welcome to my tenth garden update! From the last update to this, the only major change is this pinot noir bell pepper that has sprouted up! Oh, and I harvested my green onions.

Continue reading “Gardening With Julia – Update 10”

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Five things that made me happy this week:

  1. There was a really nice round of thunderstorms that made for some awesome sleeping weather this week.
  2. I’m listening to an audiobook and enjoying it immensely! (Review to come, of course.)
  3. Working in my garden always brings a smile to my face. Yesterday I also took several pinks from my mother-in-law’s yard and planted them in my own. Soon we’ll be the house overrun with pinks, but that’s ok with me, better than weeds.
  4. I haven’t really explored it yet, but during #k8chat a couple of weeks ago someone mentioned using this site for maps. It looks like it could be interesting.
  5. There are a lot of various changes going on right now. Despite the stress of those, I’m optimistic.

Bonus! Things I’m looking forward to:

  1. A visit from a friend
  2. Helping S. Usher Evans, J. Leigh Bralick, Christina McMullen, and S.K. Valenzuela at Dallas Fan Expo
  3. SUMMER BREAK!!!

How about you? What made you happy this week? What are you looking forward to?

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This Week’s Five!!!

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Hey guys! Here are five things that made me happy this week!

  1. Plants!

     

  2. img_20160521_110311.jpgI had a visitor in my garden! (Toad on the lettuce)
  3. We went to a friend’s beautiful wedding!
  4. My family is just amazing.
  5. The weather was pretty pleasant this week.

What’s made you smile this week?

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Here are five things that have made me smile over the past couple of weeks.

  1. My tomato seedlings seem to have turned a corner, and are starting to look strong and ready for transplanting.
  2. I received the most perfect Mother’s Day card from my son.
  3. I’ve read several great books in my position at BookFish Books.
  4. Attending NTTBF for the second year was great fun! (Post to come soon)
  5. I’ve been making homemade tortillas. I haven’t exactly figured out how to make them round (or even semi-round), but boy do they taste good!

How about you? What’s made you smile recently?

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This Week’s Five!!!

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Hello there! I hope you are doing well. Here’s this week’s five things that made me smile:

  1. Communicating with the author of my first BookFish Books project.
  2. Playing Minecraft.
  3. Watching movies with my family.
  4. The peppers on my poblano pepper plant!
  5. S. Usher Evans released THE ISLAND and the cover for THE CHASM. Check out my posts from this week for more info on those. I love Sush. She’s amazing. I’m so happy to be able to call her a friend, and proud of all she does.

So, what good is going on in your world? I’d love to know!