Thursday, February 26, 2009

THANKFUL THURSDAY 2/26/09

Over at Rhondi’s blog , it is THANKFUL THURSDAY. Check out her post and the others linked there.



FORGIVENESS.......



Martin Luther King, jr.:

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.




Confucius:

The more you know yourself, the more you forgive yourself.



William Blake:

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.




Mohandas K. Gandhi:

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

If there were Oscars for books......



I don't watch many movies. I almost never see a movie in the theater, so the Oscars don't hold my attention. This year, I think the only movie I've seen that's up for a major award is WALL E.

But I do read. I read a lot. And I was thinking, if they gave Oscars for books, who would I have nominated for books I've read in the past year? Not necessarily ones that were PUBLISHED in the past year, because I don't always get books as soon as they come out.

Who would your choice be this year for....

Best Actor (hero)

Best Actress (heroine)

Best supporting actor

Best Supporting actress

Best movie (book)

Best special effects (sf/f or thriller)

Best costumes (who SHOWS YOU how the characters look?)

& any other categories you would care to suggest?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thankful Thursday 2/19/09



If you have been following the blog this week, you won't be surprised that my Thankful Thursday post is regarding my friend's son Henry.

Short recap:
Henry was injured on a church skiing trip last weekend. He was airlifted to a hospital, and was in an ICU, in a coma. Things looked grim , and his parents were given low expectations for his future.

Then, he woke up. He demanded his cell phone. He began eating and drinking. Monday he will be transferred to a local rehabilitation center. It is amazing how a near-tragedy has become cause for celebration.


I am going to continue this blog, but may not post again until next week. I want to try to concentrate on completing a short story and submitting it. I have had several distractions in my personal life that I want to think through and a week off the internet should give me a little time to think and plan what I'm going to do in this next stage of my life.


I hope to report back with some new short-term goals next week.

Comment moderation will be turned off, but I will try to check in from time to time to see your comments.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

10 %


I have shared some of the emotional roller coaster ride regarding our friend's son, Henry. He sustained a very serious head injury while skiing this past weekend.

He woke up today, and like any self-respecting teenager, he demanded his phone (he even held out a hand for it) and complained he was hungry. There was much rejoicing.

Now to put it in perspective---

A few hours earlier, Henry's parents were confronted by three specialists who had reviewed his brain scan, and agreed that Henry had a 90% chance of never waking up. They counseled his family to prepare for the worst--a lifetime in a care facility and very little hope for improvement.

Then Henry wanted his cell phone.

We have been celebrating all afternoon over Henry's progress, but as I write this, my heart goes out to the families of the other 90%. If only more outcomes were as promising as Henry's.

I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

SNOOPY DANCE




It's time to SNOOPY DANCE.

My friend's son, Henry, is breathing on his own and starting to show other signs of waking up. Thank you all for your prayers and kind words. He's not out of the woods yet, but things sure look better than they did this time yesterday. I feel like I've been holding my breath for days, and can finally breath.

There is something so helpful in sharing news, good and bad.

Thanks for listening.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Caring Bridge

Here on the internet, between LOLcats and rambling blogs, is a special place that provides a service which can only be accomplished online. It is the Caring Bridge.

I found out about it in the worst of ways--a friend's son was seriously injured last weekend, on a church ski trip. He has a head injury and is in a coma. I can barely see the screen through the tears.

Beautiful, athletic, funny, intelligent--and now paralyzed on one side. In a coma. Not breathing on his own. This is the kind of tragedy you hear about and think, "How sad." When it becomes a part of your world, life as you know it will NEVER be the same.

I can't do anything right now to help this family heal, but I can spread the word about a wonderful, and free, service that is helping my friends stay connected, and helping them share updates.

Visit www.CaringBridge.org

What the internet does best---spread the word.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

WATERMELON ART


Watermelon art. REALLY.

PLANTS AND PETS

I replanted my indoor herb garden.




Mr Whiskers thinks the herbs are his personal salad bar.



Skitter Kitten in a nonskitter moment.



Scooby waiting for DH to come home. She is HIS dog. He's going to Dallas this week, and she will be a mess until he gets home.



Baby is so brave now, that he doesn't need to hide under the table. We've had him almost 10 months, and he's finally feeling at home.





The laundry room.




The office. It looks about the same as the last update. Most of the work in the past two weeks has been plumbing, electrical and duct-work. We have our electrical walk-through this week, and things will start moving along after that.



Have a great President's Day tomorrow. I hope you have the day off.

LOVE

Yesterday was Valentine's Day. I hope yours was wonderful. I shared mine with the three terrific guys in my life--DH and the boys!

This made my day. I hope DH and I will be this happy in another 30 years. We were engaged 20 years ago yesterday. *sigh*

Happy day after Valentine's Day. Share some love.

Friday, February 13, 2009

TGIF

A few updates.......

What a week. Both kids sick with strep, and I'm trying to catch up from being gone last weekend. I have done no real bogging (sorry, I miss my online friends), or writing, since last week. Cabin fever abounds. I did see THE DUCHESS to keep myself from going nuts, but I hated the movie. I don't usually blog about movies or books I dislike. This one just didn't work for me.

The conference was great. I still need to devote a real blog entry to it. Hopefully, that will happen this weekend. I need to tell everyone about the great authors I met, and some new ideas I have.

Construction update: No pictures (will post some this weekend), but things are happening. Walls are going up, the geothermal unit will be hooked up in a couple of weeks. We are still using the temporary electric radiators. I dread our Feb electric bill. They have dug a trench from the 6 wells to the house, and broke through the wall yesterday. The one window that needed to be moved has been moved. Our new couch is in, and they're going to hold it for us. Completion date is 5/5. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

I loved participating in OWOH and plan on doing it again next year.

Yesterday was my dig-in-dirt day. I get to start thinking about the outdoor garden in two months. Too long to wait, so I needed a plant fix. I went to my favorite garden center and replaced all of my (indoor) herbs that died while we were gone over Christmas, and a couple other plants that bit the dust (again, pictures this weekend). I'm planning which plants will go where when the remodeling is done. That's as much fun as planning the furniture.

I saved the best for last---I'm out of my walking cast. Yea me. It still hurts some if I'm on my foot all day. No high heels for several more weeks, but no clunky cast, either. I ditched it for the conference last weekend, but needed it for a few days after I got home. Now it's in the closet.

So, what's new with you? Any good movies you would like to suggest? Are you doing any indoor or outdoor gardening?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday 2/12/09



I am so thankful that I was able to participate in the 2009 One World One Heart event. I now have many new blogs to visit and have "met" interesting people from all over the world.

I'm already thinking about what I may enter next year. Perhaps I will write a short story about the winner(s) including some information they give me.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm.......creative juices are flowing.

Congratulations




the four winners are.......

Terri Spier of magicbeanstalk http://magicalbeadstalk.blogspot.com/

Jeanie of the marmelade gypsy http://themarmeladegypsy.blogspot.com/

prpldy of the purple lady’s art and life http://prpldy15.blogspot.com/

Kathe V http://artfulmuse.blogspot.com/


I was thrilled to participate in this event. So many new blogs to visit and creative people to meet.

I will get in touch with each of the winners and get a snail mail address from them.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

AND THE WINNER IS........

Karin. Please email me at fionakcrawford (@) gmail (dot) com.

I hope everyone enjoys reading Karen Rose's books.

I am going to be out of town tomorrow through Sunday evening. I'm going to "LOVE IS MURDER" in Chicago. I'll be sure to let everyone know about the conference, and about all of the new books I bring home.

Happy reading.....

Fiona

Monday, February 2, 2009

Another great book....




...AND a give away.

Today is the release day of Kill For Me by Karen Rose. It is the third in her FOR ME series which are wonderfully written Romantic Suspense novels.

It's difficult for me to decide what I enjoy most about this author's writing: her finely crafted plots; her deftly rendered characters; her attention to details which make the setting come alive. You'll have to read her books for yourself and see which element of her writing is your favorite.

The good news is, you can read the third book on it's own, but I know you are going to want to read all three.

Check out her blog today.

Here's how you can win a signed copy of KILL FOR ME:

Post a comment on this blog, then head over to The Goddess Blogs and leave a comment there (on Karen's post), too.

One lucky winner ( over 18 and in the U.S.) will win an autographed copy of KILL FOR ME.

You have 48 hours from the time stamp on this blog to enter.

I will announce the winner Wednesday, after 3 pm (cst).

Good luck!

PS:
Check out Betsy's blog and Phyllis's blog about winning DIE FOR ME and SCREAM FOR ME, the first two in Karen Roses' FOR ME series.