Found This Amazing Tool…

On Tuesdays I plan to talk about books, or travel. But today, I’m going to talk about the new tool that I bought: a simple 5 x 9 weekly planner.Planner

I know, I might as well buy a Rolodex, right? Paper planners are a wee bit out dated. I haven’t bought one in years. I have an iPhone and all sorts of apps, but decided yesterday on a lark that I really needed to see my blogging and writing schedule on paper.

You may have noticed I haven’t blogged much lately. I’ve been spending time writing more, and all of the other demands of being a wife, mother, and full-time worker-bee at my day job had me feeling overwhelmed. But here’s the other reason. When I would think of something I wanted to include in a blog, I wouldn’t have time to do it right then, so I would tell myself to remember it later.

Did I remember it later? Um… nope. I did not. Unless I had something scheduled with another author, I just let it slide.

My new calendar is helpful for keeping track of book promotions I’m running, blog posts I want to do, and little niggly tasks I need to take care of.

One perfect example is that our bank was bought out, and all of our account numbers have to change. As a result, my family is in the process of changing banks. I was getting overwhelmed trying to keep track of all of the different bills and automatic withdrawals that I had to change to the new bank accounts. I made a list in my new planner, and I feel much more on top of it.

This little planner is small enough to fit in my purse, so I can take it with me.

So… 1995, I’m back!!!!

What do you think? Has our modern world moved past the days of a paper calendar? Or do you still use one?

World Teacher Day!

Happy World Teacher Day! Without teachers, there would be no authors. I’m giving a great big shout out to Sheila Taylor, my ninth grade English teacher back in 1982 – no, you don’t need to do the math.

She always encouraged me, and after thirty-odd years and the tribe that is Facebook, we are in contact again. So thank you, Sheila Taylor!! I hope you are enjoying your retirement.

I’m back in contact with the teaching world again, since I have two middle-schoolers in my house. All I can say, is bless their hearts. I know that the bureaucracy that is teaching now can be overwhelming. Hang in there. You are reaching kids.


World Teacher Day

Thank you to Grammarly for the infographic (

Recipe Time — Apple Crisp

New feature: Monday Munchies!  (Recipes, meal ideas, munchies, and all around good food!) Whoo hoo!!!

It’s that time of year again, when apples are plentiful. I am absolutely in love with an apple called the Mutso, or the crispin. You can find out more about the Mutsu here.

We haven’t seen these apples in the grocery stores, but every fall we drive to an orchard about an hour from our house in Hendersonville, North Carolina and we buy a half-bushel of Mutsu apples.

I would describe the Mutsu as sweet, tart, and crisp. It’s not as sour as a granny smith apple, but not as mushy like a red delicious.

This year, we weren’t sure when we would go. One weekend we planned to make the drive, but the orchard’s Facebook page said they did not have any Mutsu in stock but they expected more that week. the second weekend we were planning to go, we thought about passing because it was raining, but we checked their Facebook page again. With the orchard urging  that they had very few Mutsu and they wouldn’t last through October, we decided to go ahead.

The trip was worth it. I still love the Mutsu.  Last night I made an apple crisp. It was quick and easy. Here’s the recipe:Apple crisp

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup quick-cooking oats

1 cup flour

1/2 cup butter, melted

3 cups apples (2 large or 3 small), peeled, cored, and chopped

1/2 cup white sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray non-stick spray on an 8 x 8 pan.Combine everything except apples and place half of the mixture in pan. Spread apples on top. Top with the remainder of the topping.

Bake 40 – 45 minutes until golden brown.

Now, as you will notice, my topping looks a little bit dry. I used margarine and mixed it in without melting it, so I didn’t think it spread as well. Don’t make my mistake. Whether you use butter or margarine, melt it.

Having said that, the apple crisp was a big hit for three out of four at my house, and the fourth doesn’t much care for fruit. I consider that a win.