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In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2013 17:48:05 GMT
I Readalot says:
Maria, more a case of Romo and the Cowboys losing it than the Packers winning then! We just couldn't believe what they did in the second half, it was a totally different team. And with the Lions losing on Monday the season definitely isn't over!

Posted on 18 Dec 2013 16:27:37 GMT
Eurythymia says:
Hi guys. Firstly a happy and peaceful Christmas to you all. I hate it all being so commercial.
As you may have gathered by now I know NOTHING about sport and do not have much interest. However....I run quiz nights every so often, so I am wondering if you can help me out with some facts I can use for the sports round? I am entirely dependent on people doing this for me as my own knowledge of sport is zilch! I will be eternally grateful and remember you in my prayers!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2013 16:12:34 GMT
Yeah, husband was complaining we couldn't switch to another game--he NEVER says that about the Packers. I'm not sure he really would have...

The interesting thing about the coverage is that it's all about Romo and his interceptions. As though the Packers didn't totally step up and ROCK the second half. But that is the media for you. They love to pick on Romo and he does kind of ask for it what with changing a running play to a throw at a bad time ... and he does love to throw critical interceptions.

I don't care HOW they got there so long as they GOT there!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2013 09:24:05 GMT
I Readalot says:
I have been meaning to post about that game. When it got to half time we were seriously considering switching off as it was getting so embarrassing. My son disappeared upstairs to check something on his PC and was still there when the 2nd half started with Lacey's run. From that moment we were glued to the screen and then that interception, love the fact that Williams simply refused to hand over the ball. Bet there has been/will be a lot in the media about it round you way. It is an amazing stadium though! Am really looking forward to the next game now.

Posted on 16 Dec 2013 23:52:13 GMT
FINALLY enjoyed a Packers game. :>) Yes, they won. But it was the WAY they won! WOOT. Nice to see Flynn shine too.

I've neglected mentioning a few things happening at the blog--there's been some free Christmas shorts for download using the Send to Kindle button. There's one from Karen Cantwell that went up today...Misha Crews has contributed one, Nancy Fulda as well. For any you might have missed, check the blog store. There's a list there at the bottom.

I've also recently published Soul of the Desert, my latest, but very different from any of my past books. This is probably a one-off for me and if you like my other stuff, you'll either love this one or hate it. I don't know. I've gotten mixed reactions thus far!

Anyway, since I don't post as often lately--Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope you have a good one with precious time with loved ones. Husband and I are going to try curing our very own ham this Christmas as the store hams are so very expensive and also usually quite large. We thought we might try our hand at smoking our own!


In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2013 18:17:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Nov 2013 18:17:59 GMT
I Readalot says:
2 trolleys stacked with food means that one trolley load will end up being thrown away! I once read a great cynics view of Christmas 'the time to buy gifts no-one wants with money you haven't got.' For many people that is all too true.

Posted on 29 Nov 2013 18:02:52 GMT
G. D. Buxton says:
It is an hard one, the commercialism of Christmas, a lot of people would be out of work without it,then again, a lot of people would be in a lot less debt.

Posted on 29 Nov 2013 11:16:53 GMT
Eurythymia says:
I hate the way it is all so commercialised now. I see people with 2 trolleys stacked high for what is just a few days. I cannot understand why people spend such a ridiculous amount and put themselves through so much grief trying to pay it all off afterwards. If I want to sound really sour ( & I probably do) most people who celebrate Christmas don't even believe in it; it's just an excuse for a massive binge!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2013 08:05:58 GMT
G. D. Buxton says:
Same here Eurythymia, if I bought for everyone I would be in a lot of debt. My income is half now what it was plus two kids, that's why I start in September.

Posted on 28 Nov 2013 07:28:14 GMT
Eurythymia says:
I make chutneys , jams and other goodies and then pack them into bags to give out. Jars are decorated and look very nice . Everyone seems to like them and I now have requests for people's favourites.

Saves a small fortune on what I spend and friends & family like the home made aspect of it with all the work that goes into the cooking/packaging. I only buy for immediate family nowadays but they get a goodie bag as well.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2013 13:39:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Nov 2013 13:45:33 GMT
I'm done too. As I said on my blog, I buy pretty much what I need at See's Candies (chocolate place) and bookstores! Well, I also make soap and that usually goes over big.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2013 13:23:43 GMT
G. D. Buxton says:
Me too, I start buying bits in September, Start at about 5 a week then take it up by 5 every month.

Nearly have everything, trying to wrap everything is another matter altogether.

I do my food shopping online and I have everything ready to go in my basket, trouble is I have to wait while a week today to checkout. Last year I got up at 12.30 am to get a slot and believe it or not most of the slots had gone already.This year 12am on the button.

Posted on 27 Nov 2013 13:03:31 GMT
Eurythymia says:'s the Xmas shopping going folks?

I have just completed mine...hope I don't sound too smug but bet I do. It is just so nice to get it done.

Just for once I really like the internet!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2013 22:04:29 GMT
I Readalot says:
Fingers crossed. Unfortunately my magical presence didn't seem to extend to Switzerland, never mind!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2013 20:24:11 GMT
I hope he is back!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2013 20:10:11 GMT
G. D. Buxton says:
Sorry I readalot but I'm an owl. go Basle....sorry

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2013 19:51:58 GMT
I Readalot says:
Chelsea are playing Basle tonight, I want to get on with some reading but if the score line looks bad I might watch for a bit! Heard that Rodgers could be back for Thursday!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2013 21:52:42 GMT
If any of you are interested in short stories--there's another free "Send to Kindle" story on the blog today this time by author Misha Crews. I think I've missed posting about a few of the freebies--there's a link to the "store" where I list all the freebies at the bottom. Feel free to explore and grab what you want. Most of them will be there until Christmas; mine are there all the time.

I am pretty sure y'all told me the send to kindle button worked in the UK and other places. If not, you can read the stories in their entirety online, but it is easier on the kindle!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2013 21:48:44 GMT
Ha! If only I had such influence!

Posted on 25 Nov 2013 21:15:42 GMT
I Readalot says:
I could hardly watch it towards the end - damn Peterson and Patterson! At least Bears and Lions lost. On Saturday I actually watched some soccer, my son has supported Chelsea for years, they scored an early goal and when it was getting near to half-time I told them to score another one before I had a bath - they did! Game was still on when I had finished and score still 2-0, thanks to my magical presence they scored a 3rd! He has decided I will have to watch more often now.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2013 20:41:32 GMT
Yes, better than a lose, that is for sure. The Denver game was a huge disappointment for me this week. I'm hoping the Packers win the whole thing or Denver does.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2013 19:44:21 GMT
I Readalot says:
I could hardly watch last nights game especially when it got to OT, Matt Flynn did so well, as did Lacey. It is strange because earlier in the day I was talking to my son about tied games and the fact that I hadn't seen one and what happened? Better than a loss though especially against the Vikings! I will be watching on Thursday, ever hopeful!

Posted on 24 Nov 2013 18:53:42 GMT
Yes, it is a shame! You can always find me over at my blog. We do get some good chats going now and then and feel free to just drop in and post a hello on ANY post whether it seems to be related to your topic. Y'all are all welcome to stop on over. I'm on Goodreads, but not on any one thread or topic very reliably. There's so many different ones it's impossible to keep up. I am on a writing group (well, there's half of us writers and the other half are just buddies). It's a private group, meaning the posts aren't all out there for the world to see--you have to register and be approved. If any of you want to join that group, it's a friendly group. We talk about everything and nothing (lot of nothing. But nothing is soothing and important). Just let me know if there is any interest in joining it and I'll set it up and send links and whatnot. It's a lot like this group, I think.

As for the holidays--I know y'all don't do Thanksgiving. Darn shame because the eating is good! I'll wish you a happy one anyway. AND to everyone, Merry Christmas. I hope it's a good one and I hope the next year is wonderful for us all.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2013 18:46:20 GMT
G. D. Buxton says:
Hi Maria, I do not know what it is about these discussions these days but like we talked about a week or so ago they get so nasty. I was basically called a liar about having kids believe it or not. It is a shame this thread as basically come to an end, everyone was really friendly here.Maybe that is the problem people are wanting that conflict and argumentative discussion and this one as no place in that.
It is a real shame as looking after kids on my own at the weekend it was nice to check in. I also learn alot when I asked about writing as well.
Anyway Maria come Mid December I will not have any internet for a while and my work phone (free one) does not connect to the internet so I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and I will miss this discussion and chatting to you. All the best for the future.God bless.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 18:55:58 GMT
that is the change that knocked it off our channel! But I'm glad for you. We have it on the internets!
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