Someone Thinks I’m “Irresistibly Sweet!”

Yes, you read that title right. Someone does think so and has sent me a blog award to prove it! Here it is, in all its glory:

I have my dear friend and fellow novelist, the divine Char Chaffin, to thank for this honor. I have known Char for many years, and she is one of the most delightful people I’ve ever met. Be sure to check out her new book, Promises to Keep, available now!

Now, according to the award rules, I must do the following:

1. Thank and link to the person who nominated you.   Done. Thank you, dear Char! Big kiss!

2.  Share seven random facts about yourself.

Hmmm…OK. Let’s see if I can come up with some things you may not know about me.

A.  I have slept in the same bed with the aforementioned Char, and we barely knew each other. That probably sounds sordid, so maybe I should explain. 🙂 Char and I communicated in an online writing community, and we became good friends. That community organized a get-together in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and I was lucky enough to get to go. Char and I, along with two other girls, shared a hotel room one night. There were only 2 double beds, so we slept in one together. I think we got along famously.

B.  Right now, I have a huge load of laundry staring me in the face. Because I am a massage therapist and wash my own sheets, I often have laundry that either needs to be washed, dried, or folded. Having three men in the house doesn’t help, either.

C.  Today I have subsisted on peanut M & M’s and Coke Zero. Geez, sometimes it’s like I’m back in college again! I’m sure I will regret this later.

D.  I am making the prediction that Adele will clean up this year at the Grammy Awards. Yes, I’m a professional psychic, but I don’t think I need to tune in to get that one right.

E.  Ever since I was a child, my favorite number has been 11. Interesting that I learned much later in life that it’s connected to the Archangel Metatron, about whom I wrote a book.

F.  One of my biggest pet peeves is grocery cashiers who cannot pack bags correctly. How hard is it to put all the boxes together and all the cold stuff in one place, not to mention keeping the bread and the chips from getting smashed? Grrrrr.

G.  I have the best husband in the whole wide world. Argue all you want, but hey, I’m biased and won’t budge on this one.

OK. That’s 7 random facts. Have you really stuck around to read this?

3.  Pass the award on to 10 deserving blog buddies. 

Well, I am happy to pass the award on. Here are 10 blogs I love. I don’t know if they will be interested in continuing this passing-out-of-awards, but here they are just the same:

Material Girl

What I Wore 2 Day

Librarians Do It Between the Covers

Dynamic Dreamer by artist Lisa Hunt

At Brigid’s Forge by Lunaea Weatherstone

just eat your cupcake by Maria

Owl’s Wings–Beth Owl’s Daughter

Barbara Moore’s Llewellyn Tarot Blog

Author Casey Wyatt

And the Soul Mate Authors Blog, where I post every 4th Saturday of the month.

Whew! That’s a lot of award-giving! But all of these folks deserve it–their blogs are interesting, well-written, eclectic, and truly a lot of fun.

4. Contact those buddies and let them know. I’ll be sure to get on this right away, but please do stop by their blogs and tell ’em Rose sent you! 🙂

So there you go. I’m sweet. But you all knew that already, didn’t you?



Goodbye, Uncle George

My husband’s uncle George passed away this week. He was a good man who had a lovely family: a beautiful wife, Ruth; five sons; several grandchildren. He lived to the age of 93, an achievement all its own. The family resided in a small house in an older suburb of Cincinnati, and every year, George and Ruth had a Christmas party for everyone in the Van clan. The party was held in the unfinished basement of their home, with folding tables set up practically underneath the wooden stairs and the beer keg next to the washer and dryer. Once everyone arrived, it was pretty cramped, but you couldn’t have asked for a better time. The adults drank and ate and visited in the basement while the little ones played upstairs. Aunt Ruth brought down trays of dog food (a sausage mixture served on tiny bread slices and heated in the oven) to add to the feast while everyone admired cousin Dave’s leather pants. I daresay everyone looked forward to this party, a chance to visit with the family and catch up on each other’s lives.

I remember my first Christmas party at Uncle George’s clearly, even though I was only 17 or 18 at the time. As we drove there that night, Keith warned me that whenever someone brought a new boyfriend or girlfriend to the party, he or she had to know all the names of all the relatives by the end of the night. “There will be a test,” he said. I chuckled, thinking he was joking. How could there be a test? Did Uncle George and Aunt Ruth keep a Scantron somewhere?

When we arrived, Keith began introducing me to his family, and believe me, there were a lot of folks to remember. The cousin’s wife who liked photography. The cousin who was so tall and lanky, he reminded me of a cowboy. The uncle with the bad leg, and the cousin who used to dress Keith up in girls’ clothes when he was little. Their names, and all the others, spun around me like a flurry of snowflakes. I recited them in my head, hoping that the beer Uncle George had given me wouldn’t make my mind fuzzy. Keith quizzed me while we stood around the food table, but there wasn’t much time for practice. Too many people interrupted us, more names to add to the list.

Toward the end of the evening, Uncle George strolled over to me and took my hand. He led me to a metal kitchen chair set up in the center of the room and sat me in it. “Now,” he said, his eyes twinkling behind his glasses, “let’s see how many names you remember.”

I glanced around the circle of expectant faces surrounding me. I don’t get nervous in front of people very often, and that was true even in my younger days. But I was nervous then, and even though these folks smiled and teased in a good-natured way, I wanted to impress them. I knew I loved Keith, and I knew someday, this would be my family, too. I searched for Keith, drew some reassurance from his nod, wiped my sweaty palms on my pants, and started naming relatives.

I don’t remember how long it took, or how many I missed. Very few, if I recall correctly. I remember lots of laughing, and I remember Keith smiling proudly when I was finished. And then Uncle George came over to where I sat with a big grin on his face. He took my hand again, pulled me to my feet, and said, “Pretty good. You’re a keeper.”

Those words may not seem like much, but they meant the world to me. In that moment, I felt accepted and loved by the Van clan. And in that moment, Uncle George completely won my heart.

You’re a keeper, too, George. I know Bob and Helen will be so happy to welcome you to the Other Side, along with so many others who have gone before you. We’ll miss you. Thank you for so many happy Christmases and cherished memories.

And the winner is…

I am so pleased to see such a great response to my last post, where I offered a chance to win a free 6-month forecast reading. And I am equally pleased to announce that the winner of the reading, chosen at random, is Linny! Linny, I have sent you an email, so please look for that so I can get the information I need to complete your reading.

Thanks to everyone who responded. Please keep visiting the blog–I hope to have more contests, and more interesting information, throughout the year.

Happy 2012!

Happy New Year! Get a FREE Reading!

Happy New Year 2012! I am enjoying the beginning of the New Year so much, I want to do something special for everyone here.

On my website I am offering a 6-month forecast e-mail reading that combines numerology, Tarot, and clairvoyance to give clients insights into the months of January through June, 2012 for only $50. This offer is good through January 31, 2012. But here on the blog, I will give one of these readings away for FREE on January 4. All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post for your chance to win. Please feel free to pass this on to others, too, so that they know about the drawing–and maybe you, or they, will be the winner!

I want to thank all of my regular readers for another wonderful year of blogging. And if you’re new here, welcome! I hope you’ll come back and visit often!

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