Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SNL, Lasagna and the Hodgepodge

Hey, y'all! Yesterday, when I got up, it was ONLY 71 degrees outside! AND there was an amazing ocean breeze blowing. I nearly had to get out a sweater! LOL

The weather dudes tell us we're going to only have highs in the 80s for the next week or two. I'm not holding my breath, but I sure hope they're right. This time.

Meanwhile, there's the Hodgepodge to keep us all entertained!


1. "Summer is like childhood. It's full of warm memories and gone too soon."~Kellie Elmore  Agree or disagree? Share something you loved about the summers of your childhood. Haha I just wrote several blog posts on the subject over the last few weeks. Y'all can read them here, here, here, here, here and here. Oh, and, here and here. I might have had a few things to say about this very subject. LOL

2. Are you a fan of auto racing-NASCAR, Indy, Stock, Grand Prix, etc? Ever been to a race in person? Any desire to do this?  Do you know a lot about cars? Do you notice particular makes and models when you're out and about? No. No. No. Sort of. No.

3. What's something you think is too serious to be joked about? Or do you think anything and everything is fair game? This is an interesting question. When I was a teenager and young adult I ADORED SNL (Saturday Night Live). That was back in the day of the really funny folks- Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, etc. It was hilarious! I stopped watching it years ago--somewhere around the mid to late 80s (post Eddie Murphy) because, in my opinion, world events as well as national events were getting way to scary and serious to be funny in any way/shape/form. I am also not a fan of racial jokes or jokes about people with learning disabilities or of religion. I'm sure there are more but these are my top ones. When I hear those, I just walk away or turn off the television or whatever. Although, there might have been a time or two that I might have had something to say to someone about poor taste. Let's just leave it at that.  

4. July 29th is National Lasagna Day. Are you a fan? Do you have a great recipe, and if so where did it come from? If given a choice would you choose a plate of lasagna or a plate of spaghetti? YES! YES! It came from the old Betty Crocker red plaid cookbook--my mother's-- it's fabulous! I'll take the lasagna! 

5. What's a simple pleasure you'd miss if it were not a regular part of your life? The ocean breeze that blows most mornings. I love sitting on the deck with my eyes closed and feeling the breeze blow across me. It smells good too. 

6. If you could be the CEO of any company, which would you choose? I would be the CEO of Monsanto. So I could shut them down!

7. August is just around the bend...bid farewell to July in exactly seven words. You were way too hot to handle!

8. Insert your own random thought here. The new blog is up and running. Empty Nest will still be here because it's my first blog baby and it's probably not for all tastes. But, Grinding My Grits had its debut yesterday! Give me a visit/follow if you'd like!



Have a great week, y'all! Let's go eat some lasagna! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Guess What?

I'm launching a brand new blog this morning!

It's going to be full of opinions, advice (ha!), craziness and laughter! It's also going to be a place to vent from time to time. It's not a negative thing. More like a place to share thoughts or to vent or to learn something or just to have a laugh.

I would so very much appreciate y'all coming over and giving me a follow over there! Just click the header below!



 Empty Nest will still be here. I don't want to lose touch with any of you who don't find Grinding My Grits your cup of tea!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Rocks, Paper, Flowers

Most of you know that my sweet friend, Katie, had her first EVER book published. DoodleBug and I were lucky enough to get ourselves on the invitation list for the book launch party! (AND, stick with me to the end because the publisher is letting me give a copy away to a lucky reader!)


It was so nice and Katie read for us towards the end.


Lots of fellow school staff and faculty were there to cheer her on:







We're quite a talkative bunch. But, when Katie was reading from her book, she had our undivided attention:


The book is great. And not just because she's a friend. It is a good read.



Somewhere around Chapter 10, I realized that I had to slow it way down. Because I didn't want to get to the end of the book. I was caught up and I didn't want it to end.

I'm just going to put my review right here for y'all:

Wow. I would say, "What a great book," and leave it at that but I would be leaving out so many wonderful things about this wonderful book by Katie Sullivan. ROCKS, PAPER, FLOWERS is more than a book. It's a cathartic experience. It's personal. It's relatable. On every level. It's a book about sisters- one of the best relationships a girl can have. And it's about mothers and daughters and love and loss. It's about not only having people in your life to lean on but also about having the courage to actually lean on them. It's about waking up and moving on and taking memories with you as encouragement instead of baggage. It's about personal growth and the fact that it's never too late to learn and do that growing. This book is a must read for anyone who has experienced loss and has difficulty with the grieving process. But, at the same time, it is also for those who have not experienced close loss as serves as a beautiful, gentle reminder to pay attention and appreciate those who are dear to us while they are here with us. A most beautifully written book that will run you through the gamut of emotions from sorrow to joy to sadness to laughter and back again and again. You'll laugh, you'll cry and then you'll call those you love and send them a copy of the book. 

I promise my review is an honest one. And, should y'all decided to give it a read and can't wait to see the results of the giveaway, just go over to Holladay House Publishing and grab one! I've linked you right to Katie's book page (it's available in hardback and paperback).

If you want to wait and try to win a copy, just leave me a comment that you want to enter the giveaway! That's all there is to it!

Well, except that, IF you share this post on Facebook, other social media or your own blog, let me know and I'll gladly give you extra entries for each share!

Katie and DoodleBug




Friday, July 25, 2014

Heads Up, Y'all

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I will be posting THE book review AND a giveaway on Monday of my friend's new book!

That's right!

This friend:




Wrote this book:


And I get to review it and offer a giveaway of one copy to one of my wonderful readers! IF you just can't wait, click the picture of the book and the link will take you straight to the order page! :)

See y'all Monday!

Meanwhile, have a most wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Happy Twenty Three!

It's DoodleBug's 23rd birthday today! WooHoo!


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Happy Birthday sweet girl!