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A Boost of Happy

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I’m dragging this week, folks.  Some of it is probably the time change and the fact that despite what the sun says, the days seem longer. The other factor is probably the multiple projects I have on my plate for the foreseeable future. And then, let’s not forget the upcoming holiday season and all the busyness that comes with that.

I’ve been working out hard this week–always hoping it’ll give me the energy boost others talk about, but really, it just makes me tired.  But alas, I keep doing it because I know it’s supposed to be good for me.

All of that said, I could use a happiness boost.  I always get more mileage out of that than any elliptical can ever give me. Soooo… share something happy in the comments if you will.  A holiday joke… The favorite line from a movie… A surprise you’re working on for a loved one…

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


On The Tube

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old-style-tv-setSo we’ve been watching Walking Dead lately (we just finished Season 3). Definitely not a show I ever imagined I’d watch. I don’t like violence at all. But DH was curious so I watched a show or two and while I still hate the violence (I turn away for those parts), the show itself is interesting.

Beyond that, I love This is Us. Love it. Great writing. Great acting.

What are you all watching these days?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

P.S. Yes, I realize I’m dating myself with the title of this post. 🙂


Right Here in the USA

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I had the opportunity to get outside and do a little hiking yesterday. And, as you can see by these pictures, I had some truly spectacular views (and yes, Kay, I found some snow! 🙂 )





And, finally, me…near the top of the highest elevation in Gatlinburg. 🙂


I’d rank the Smoky Mountains in TN, Tie Siding, WY, and Monterey, CA, as some of the most gorgeous places I’ve been to in the US.

What do you think is some of our country’s most beautiful spots?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Forced Movement

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blackandwhite1I try to go to the gym five or six days a week. Sometimes, I hit that goal. Sometimes (like yesterday), I don’t. A lot of days I don’t want to go, but I’m always glad when I did.

My cardio of choice?

1) The elliptical (which I used to despise but now see as built-in reading time)

2) Stationary bike

3) A run on the treadmill

When I go, I always do # 1. What I do afterward is usually up for grabs–sometimes the bike, sometimes a run.

I shoot for two of the three each time I go because it’s important to me to keep my legs strong in the event the MS takes a turn.

Being a writer (who sits for an enormous chunk of the day), it’s good to start my day off with a gym work out, but I often wonder what good it does when I proceed to sit afterward for upwards of 8 hours. So now I’m goaling to work in a walk outside in the late afternoon as well. I figure the fresh air is needed since I’m rarely  outside, and getting the legs moving again can’t hurt.

So what exercise do you gravitate toward when you have the time/energy?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Take Your Pick

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old-style-tv-setI thought we’d try a little something different (and, hopefully, laugh-worthy) around here today.

I’m going to throw out a few well-known TV shows (older ones), and I want you to tell us (per show) which one character (not actor) you wouldn’t mind hanging out with and why. You can answer as current you or past you, it’s your choice.   Your selection/reason can be funny, serious, whatever. If you aren’t familiar with the show, feel free to take a pass on that one.

Here we go…

  1. Brady Bunch
  2. Friends
  3. Seinfeld
  4. Bugs Bunny

I’m looking forward to your answers…


~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Busyness and a Book

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Got back last night from visiting with DD # 1. We had a great time together and I miss her already.

The rest of this week is about writing, copyedits, and getting ready for a very busy next week–a week that includes signings, talks, a mystery train, lunch with an editor, a conference, a panel, travel, etc.

While I was away, I stumbled across this fun little fact:  Portrait of A Sister (my first-ever women’s fiction  novel releasing next summer) is starting to pop up for pre-order!  The cover isn’t up yet (that will be revealed soon 🙂  ), but the back copy is up.  Rather than make you hunt it down (as I did to my Facebook friends 😉 ), I thought I’d put it up, in its entirety, here:

Katie Beiler was always the follower to her twin sister Hannah’s lead. That is until Hannah left their Amish upbringing for an English life—leaving Katie to find her own footing in a world that no longer looks as it once did . . .

Katie has always imagined her life being just like Mamm’s. It’s why she chose baptism and why she’ll soon marry Abram Zook. But ever since Hannah left, the only thing that truly makes Katie smile is the sketchpad in which she indulges her talent for drawing faces—a sin that, if discovered, could get her shunned by her family, her friends, and even Abram. Yet Katie sees her secret pastime as the only way to quiet a growing restlessness she’d just as soon ignore. That is until their Mamm’s untimely death brings Hannah back home to Pennsylvania, with a new outlook on life, a man she adores, and, soon, an invitation for Katie to visit her in New York City.

Suddenly, Katie is experiencing a freedom she’s never had, in a world she never imagined. She’s also spending time in the company of a fellow dreamer, someone who sees her as strong and brave and makes her laugh. But it’s when Hannah shows Katie’s drawings to a gallery owner that she truly finds herself at a crossroads between the only life she’s ever known and the powerful lure of an unfamiliar future.


Needless to say, I’m super excited for this book to be out! It was a true labor of love and a real want-to project!

It’s official release date is June 26, 2018 and when it comes out, I’ll be doing some events. If you’d like to pre-order now (which is great for a publisher to see with a new book), you can do so at the usual places like here and here (with the latter having a really good deal on the paperback price as of the writing of this post).

Have a great day, everyone!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


That Special Day

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balloonMy youngest has a birthday today and I’m heading to her neck of the woods to take her out to dinner (haven’t missed one of her birthdays yet and not about to start now).

I’ve got:

Her presents…

Cupcake mix so I can make something for her to mark the day with (after I’ve left) her roommate and other assorted friends…

Card and wrapping paper…

Cards that have arrived in the mail here in advance of her birthday…

And all the excitement that comes with getting to see her. 🙂

So what are birthdays like in your house? Do you bake or buy your cakes? Sing? Do you make a special in-home meal or go to a favorite restaurant?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


Comfort Food

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chocchipThe other day, I was missing the kids, and had a strange craving for chocolate chip cookies (homemade–hot from the oven). Since I didn’t have what I needed to make them, I settled for some store bought ones that were in the cabinet.

But it got me thinking about comfort food. To me, a warm chocolate chip cookie is comfort food. Sometimes hot chocolate with whipped cream is, as well. At least for me, anyway.

What’s your go-to comfort food?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


On the Work Front

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Time for a what’s going on around here report…

*I just ordered a fun promo item that should be showing up on my doorstep one day next week!  🙂

*I have a phone call with my agent today to catch up on some happenings.

*I have lunch with my women’s fiction editor and publicist in the city tomorrow. Very excited for this!

*I’m almost ready to write the synopsis for my 2nd women’s fiction book. I just have one more part to figure out about the plot and then I’ll be good to go…

*Once the proposal is done and sent off to my editor, I move into writing Amish Mystery # 6.  I have a general idea of the mystery portion of the plot but need to finalize that in my brain, as well.  I know all the little side stories, etc.

*My cat is purring up a storm next to me as I’m typing this. And I’m trying to fight off the urge to eat a little chocolate (I think I’m losing).


Comments? Questions?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)


The Mommy Fun Jar

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Back when the kids were school-aged, I used to do something called the “Summer Fun Jar” every year.  It was, essentially, a Skippy Peanut Butter jar with a piece of construction paper around it that said “Summer Fun Jar” (creative, I know 😉 ).  At the start of every summer, I’d put slips of paper in with fun activities written on them.

Stuff like:

A Barbie pool party.

A toy wash (when you liken it to a car wash, they thought it sounded like fun rather than work).

A trip to the zoo.

An ice cream treat.


They were fun things we could do that didn’t cost an arm and a leg but gave them something fun to look forward to.  We’d pull one out on a Sunday and we’d do whatever the slip said sometime that coming week.

The kids loved it

Fast forward to this past Mother’s Day.  My girls made me a Fun Jar and filled it with little things for me to do for myself. Each slip comes with a small little gift card to do the  activity.  The present, while awesome in and of itself, made me tear up because they thought of something I’d done for them and turned it around for me. They also took the time to fill it with things they know I like to do. And now that they’re both off doing their own thing right now, it’s especially nice to be able to take this jar out and do something that makes me think of them (not that I’m not already doing that).

Case in point, my trip to the city this past Friday. Inside my jar was a little gift card to get a hot cocoa at my favorite breakfast haunt in the city…




Honestly, next to all the homemade gifts I’ve gotten over the years, this is my favorite present ever.

What’s something you’ve gotten over the years that really struck a note for you?

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)