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Valentines Day

So the BIG long weekend is nearing completion. Time to go back to work. Well, for most of you. I’ve been working all weekend and it’s been great! Full house for Valentine’s eve with delicious breakfast treats on Valentine’s morning.

red velvet wafflesThe red velvet waffles were a hit even though they were sort of a brown-gray-pink color. I used a lot of food coloring too, but they still weren’t all that red after cooking. The batter was a killer hot pink color though. They looked like they were going to be red. Oh well, I just slathered on a little extra cream cheese icing and it was all good. Add some Baer House eggs (a house speciality) and some bacon and a fruit parfait and you’ve got yourself a sweet feast.

Anyway, we had two couples celebrating their anniversary; one just completed their first year of wedded bliss (aw), the other 13 years. That was fun. Another guest surprised me with a small box of chocolates and chocolate covered strawberries. That was unexpected and very sweet!

And my own sweetie stopped to get be a bouquet of candy hearts on his way home from the store that morning. All in all, a good weekend.

candy hearts

How about you readers? Anything worth sharing? We romance writers like to know these things. Fodder for our books you know.

Have a great week!

Word of the Day: Zymotic

Fun fact about me: I’d rather have flowers than chocolates for Valentine’s Day.

Original post by Jansen Schmidt, February 2016. Photos courtesy Google Images.

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Sherlock. Original photo by P. Rickrode

Sherlock and Thor. Original photo by P. Rickrode

Almost exactly 10 years ago, I got my husband of one year, a puppy for his birthday. You see, my husband had to leave behind 2 wonderful dogs when he got divorced from his first wife. When he met me, I had a super spoiled beagle mix dog named Tango, who was a one-parent kind of dog. Tango and my husband did not always see eye-to-eye, especially when it came sharing a bed with me. Things got ugly. Husband eventually won that battle.

Anyway, in an attempt to even the playing field so to speak, I brought home this totally adorable purebred yellow lab puppy for my sweetie’s birthday. Neither my husband nor Tango were as excited about this new acquisition as I was.

For the sake of keeping this blog moving along, let’s all time travel and move forward to today. I lost my Tango quite a few years ago, but we still have our adorable and super sweet Sherlock. He’s managed to accidentally learn a few things over the past 10 years, but he remains pretty much dumb as a rock. And, while he is getting a little belligerent in his old age (who isn’t really), I still get glimpses of that adorable puppy he used to be.

Happy birthday to my sweetheart and happy anniversary to Sherlock, who came into our lives 10 years ago this month. We are so blessed for his undying love and devotion, need for treats, and a hankering to rise and roam about a hour before the alarm is set to go off.

Here’s a very short video of why we all love labs. I hope it will brighten your day.

Are you a dog lover? What kind of dog is your favorite? Got any great dog stories to share?

Word of the Day: Acephalous

Fun fact about me: I have never lived anywhere where a street light shone in my window.

Original post by Jansen Schmidt, August 2014. Original photo by P. Rickrode. Video courtesy YouTube.

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It’s time for the next installment of What Haven’t I. I can sense your excitement all the way over here.

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As some of you know, I recently celebrated my birthday and my ten-year wedding anniversary. My husband was generous to a fault with gifts this year, and we were able to arrange our work schedules so that we could spend three entire days together doing nothing but fun stuff.

Day one found us in San Francisco doing everything touristy and cheesy. Yes, we ate crab cocktails on the wharf, we stopped and watched the sea lions lounge in the sun, we explored the wax museum and ate an awesome dinner at Scoma’s on Fisherman’s Wharf.

zamboniFor day two we went the opposite direction and spent a idyllic afternoon at the south shore of Lake Tahoe. We relaxed on the paddlewheeler around Emerald Bay and drank Tahoe sweet teas. We played a little Let It Ride poker and craps and then enjoyed a lovely buffet dinner at the top of Harrah’s while we watched it rain.

On day three we enjoyed a delicious breakfast, went to a matinee and had an awesome dinner complete with chocolate martini and creme brulee for dessert.

So in honor of three days of relaxaing fun, I’m devoting this episode of What Haven’t I to random experiences I have enjoyed, or not enjoyed, thus far in life. It’s up to you to decide, which thing I haven’t done. You all know the rules by now, just post your guesses in the comments section below and check back on the 23rd to see how many you got right. The luckiest guesser and the fastest responded will both receive a fantastic prize (if they check back and post another comment)!

So, here are the random things:

1.  What have I never experienced: a) Flying first class; b) Don Perignon; c) Box seats at a sporting event; or d) Riding in a limo?boxing gloves

2.  What haven’t I ridden on: a) A double-decker bus; b) A zamboni; c) A stagecoach; or d) A golf cart?

3.  What haven’t I seen in person: a) Niagra Falls; b) the Grand Canyon; c) Mt. Rushmore; or d) Old Faithful?

4.  What haven’t I eaten: a) Grasshopper; b) Alligator; c) Turtle; or d) Snake?

5. What haven’t I ever tried on: a) Hoop skirt; b) Boxing gloves; c) Bulletproof vest; or d) Football helmet?

I’m anxious to read your guesses. And I ask you, what silly random thing have you experenced that would surprise your kids, your parents, your high school teachers, your neighbors? Let me know. I won’t tell anybody – I promise.

Word of the day: Vulpine

Fun fact about me: My brother and I used to dare each other to jump off the roof of our house. Yes, we each did it. More than once.

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