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Three Things

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Happy Monday, everyone! 🙂

I spent Friday on the road coming back from vacation with DH. The ride was uneventful which is a good thing.


Saturday morning was about getting nearly two weeks worth of mail sorted, packages opened, and the cat placated.   Then I headed out to see DD #2 perform in the fall show for her college’s dance ensemble.


Sunday was about writing (Secret Project # 2), copy edits (Secret Project #1), and working on my 2018 planner, too.

pocket planner

Now tell us three things from your weekend…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Things

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It’s Monday again–the start of another new week, and the farewell to another weekend.

As for three things that stood out to me from my weekend…

We saw a Christmas show (very fun)…


We walked around downtown Gatlinburg, popping in and out of stores on occasion. One such store was one of those ones with the tin signs that say all sorts of crazy things. These two popped out at me and made me laugh out loud for different reasons.  The first is because of the “I’m humoring you” face the woman is wearing combined with the words…


And the second is because it made me think of a childhood/high school friend who loves to shop. She’s made me laugh on occasion with the stuff she says about shopping in relation to her hubby, so when I saw this one, I snapped a picture and sent it to her…


And on Sunday, we visited Dollywood. It wasn’t Silver Dollar city in Branson at this time of year, but it was nice! This is a picture from the light parade which I loved!


So how about you? Tell us three things that made you happy this weekend…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Things

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Another weekend has come and gone and thinking of three things to share is requiring a bit more brain power than I seem to have (the icky, cold weather isn’t helping). Still, I’ll give it a whirl…

Saturday was spent in the car as DH and I headed south to spend a little time in the Smokey Mountains. Unfortunately, this will be more of a working-vacation for me than I’d originally imagined, but I’ve got deadlines I can’t ignore.  That said, the drive was uneventful (always a good thing when traveling) and I got some paper-plotting done for my next project.


Sunday morning I got to work on Secret Project # 2.  The first few pages are usually tough for me as it takes a while to figure out where I want to “start” the story. But this time, it came easy. 🙂


Once my words for the day were done, we headed out to do a little poking around. I came thisclose to buying some really cute cowboy boots.  Still may go back and get them, but I’m trying to show restraint and think for a little while. 🙂  Although, with a store named after my one and only shopping vice, it’s questionable how successful I’ll be. 😉

bootbarnNow it’s your turn. Tell us three things from your weekend.

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Fall Weekend Things

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It was a happy weekend for me around here thanks to the 3-day fall weekend that had DD # 2 home from college! 🙂

I picked her up after classes on Thursday, made a dinner she requested via text earlier in the day (chicken teriyaki), and we watched It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on TV.


Friday we headed for the stores to replace some shoes Angus (the Cat) messed up while she was gone. I also got her some extra pajama pants since they wear those around the dorm all the time.

shopping bag

Later that evening, after yet another special dinner (pork loin with all the trimmings), we had a fire out back. Complete with s’mores, of course.


Saturday we got our nails done, played some Sequence, went out to a favorite Italian restaurant, and stopped at B & N for a school book for her and a treat for us.

Sunday, before it was time to take her back, we played more Sequence (I beat her 5 out of 5 games 🙂  ) and got some ice cream!


Then it was time to say goodbye. But, thankfully, the Thanksgiving break isn’t all that far away. 🙂

How was your weekend? Can you share three things?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Lots of Things…

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I am back after a rather long traveling stint.  The first weekend of my 9 day excursion had me in Lockport, NY for a weekend with readers.  The first stop was a panel discussion for the local Sisters in Crime chapter…


The second stop was for a signing at the Book Shoppe in Medina, NY…

The third (and main) stop was the 2017 mystery train event. Last week, before I left on the second part of my trip, I shared a picture with you that had me in a gangster outfit (the theme of the train). But here’s another picture from the event…

lockport2What’s especially fun about this picture is that I’m in it with…*drum roll*…our own Debbie from this blog! 🙂

Here’s another, with a different reader…


Then it was back home for a lunch with my Kensington editor in the city, followed by a trip to this year’s Bouchercon Mystery Conference in Toronto, Canada. This was the view from my hotel room…


I had a great time catching up with fellow writers, readers, and my editor from Berkley Publishing (Penguin). And, since I was traveling with one of my dearest friends, we also checked out some pretty cool restaurants.

So that was my weekend (and longer). How was yours? Do you have three things to share?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)



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Popping in quickly to let you know I’ll be back with regular posts next week.  I’m traveling a lot for book stuff this week.

See you back here on Monday. 🙂

In the meantime, here’s a shot of me in full gangster-mode for this past weekend’s Murder Mystery Train ride!


~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Things

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So I jetted off to spend a few days with DD # 1 in her home-away-from-home for the next eight months. I arrived on Saturday evening, just in time to snag a ticket to an evening of improve while she finished up her shift in the box office. It is amazing to watch actors skilled in improve–the creativity and the ability to just roll with whatever is quite fun to watch!

It’s not a good picture, but here’s the stage (from my seat) during intermission…


Then Sunday was about enjoying the beautiful day!


And interesting sunset…


It’s been really nice to have some time with her these past few days. I’ve missed her tons.  January (my next chance to see her) can’t come soon enough…

Now tell us three things from your weekend!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Things

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The past few days were “Family Weekend” at DD # 2’s college so it was pretty much non-stop activity around here. As a result, I pretty much collapsed in bed when we got back Saturday and took a nap on Sunday when it was all over.

Friday night had us participating in one of those Escape Room things. We had a certain amount of time to try and figure out how to diffuse a “bomb.” The clues were crazy hard to figure out, but if you did, they led to a 4-digit number that would save the room. You got two tries, and our group’s tries were both wrong. Still, it was fun…

cluesSaturday, we took a bus with other families to a local apple orchard where we picked apples, ate some cider donuts, and had some family fun.

apple picking

And Sunday, there was a riverboat ride on the river, followed by a barbecue before it was time to say goodbye.

bbqIt was great to see my little one again…and to have DS home for the event, as well.

Now tell us about your weekend…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Things

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Monday has a way of showing up again and again, doesn’t it? 😉  Fortunately, the weekend does, too, and this weekend there was some time for a little extra fun.

DH and I saw Annie Get Your Gun at a local dinner theater. While I was familiar with some of the music (fun!), I’d never seen the show before. I was pleasantly surprised, especially in the acting/singing ability of the main actress–wow!


Saturday evening had us heading to Long Island to enjoy a BBQ dinner and some Settlers of Catan with friends. It was a nice evening! I didn’t win, but I did pretty well.


Sunday was more a chill day. I did some mental plotting on my next women’s fiction (synopsis work starts today), and watched one of my favorite chick flicks…


How about you? Did you watch anything? Read anything? Go anywhere?  Tackle a project? Spend time with family or friends? Try a new food? Tell us…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Three Things–And Maybe More

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My apologies for missing Bits on Friday. Between traveling and being in worried mom mode with the approach of Irma, I just didn’t get it done. I will go back now and look at the questions from Thursday’s post and answer those, but first I want to give you my three things from the weekend…

I flew out west to spend 3 days/nights with a dear friend who has recently moved to a part of the country I’ve never been. I was curious and excited for a new adventure.


Of course, the trip ended up coinciding with Irma’s approach to Florida and my nerves were on edge. But somehow, despite that stress, the peace of this place just took over for me. I was worried, yes. Extremely, actually. But somehow this amazing sense of peace and calm held fast.



On the same morning Irma was officially striking the U.S., I woke to this glorious sunrise out my bedroom window. And somehow, I knew that in the grand scheme of things, we’d be okay.


In addition to the peace and calm (or because of it), there were some fun adventures–firsts for me.  Like the up close sighting of this big guy…


And exploring all sorts of terrain in one of these while we looked for moose and elk, etc…


Okay, so maybe that was a few more than three things, but I had a blast and want to share it with you.

Your turn!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)