Halloween Apples – the older version of Trick or Treat!

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I remember when I was a child in Winnipeg, Halloween was the day us kids would hurry home from school in a panic to get our costumes organized. In those ancient times…..giggle, my mom used to get a bunch of old clothes out from the closet in readiness. My sister and I would fight and scramble to get the pieces that would best fit our vision of whatever witch or old man our mom had dictated as our choices for that year.

The money was never there to buy costumes. Folks today think of it as a necessity but, my goodness, we never had the wherewithal for such foolishness. Not when there were pieces of cardboard, old clothes and paint to make up something that would ensure us our ultimate goal – that of getting as much candy as possible.

As daylight waned, we’d watch out the window, prancing from foot to foot, praying that the streetlights would come on soon. It was our sign that the time had come. Mom would give us each a pillow-slip and some gloves (Winnipeg right??) and off we’d go to join hordes of other goblins all racing to and fro to get their anticipated cache.

Up and down the streets, childish voice yelled Halloween Apples! It would be a few years before the bellow of trick or treat would be used. Little ones in the care of older brothers and sisters were dragged along, forced to keep up because there were only so many houses in the neighborhood that would give away candy apples as reimbursement for singing a song. And everyone on our street had practiced their song knowing that the reward far outstripped the effort.

Soon, we’d have to drop the first load off at the house because the pillowcases, half full of apples, would be heavier than we could manage. And, mom would have warned us that she would be running out and would need reinforcements from our precious supply before the night was over. At first, we always begrudged this necessity, but after stuffing our faces with as much junk as we could force down, it didn’t seem to be so painful to let her pass some of it back out again.

Finally by the end of the evening—we’d stick it out as long as there were lights on in front doors and our frozen fingers and toes could stand the cold—we’d head home to peruse our stash and gloat about the goodies we’d stuffed into our pockets, hoping that sharp motherly eyes wouldn’t see the bulges.

Because we so seldom had candy, parents in those days knew that the best way to handle this bounty was to pass out daily treats in order to make it last. Funny thing is, by the end of the week, we’d run out. Always wondered how that could happen. Of course, today I know exactly where those precious sweets went.

Darn sneaky parents!!

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Soon to be released – Mimi’s newest novella – Please Keep Me!

 This is Book #1 in her Holiday Heartwarmers Trilogy.

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A single mom of a very intelligent four-year-old daughter, Belinda Page is at her wits end trying to keep up with the munchkin. When the child throws herself into a lake to rescue a puppy, Belinda is frantic. Turning to the man who saves both babies, she seeks support – until she finds out he’s one of those hated Carltons. After all, it was at their home where she’d gone to a party, been drugged, raped and left to deal with the consequences of that distressingly blank time.

Dr. Reed Carlton, an introvert who feels uncomfortable around most people, can’t believe his luck. He’s finally found Lindy; a girl from his past, a fond memory that has haunted him for over four years. Except that this Lindy hates him on sight. What was that all about? At least her daughter and the puppy were on his side. But would that be enough for him to be a part of her life.

 

Ribbon Pine Cone Ornaments – easy instructions!

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Years ago, when I didn’t have a lot of extra funds for gifts, I came across this pattern to make Christmas ornaments and boy did this ever save my sanity. I made scads for all the people on my list. Not only did they love them, but I saved a whole bunch of money and had a ball coming up with different designs using various colored ribbons, even adding fancy beads and sequins,

It’s a fun task and we got the whole family involved. Maybe you ‘d like to give it a try!!! There’s plenty of time before the big day…

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Materials:

3 meters #5 ribbon, cut into 2” long pieces

1 meter 3/8” to ½” ribbon for bow

10” of 1/8” ribbon for hanger

115 flat head pins

1 bead head pin

1 – 3” to 3 ½” Styrofoam egg

Craft Glue

Instructions:

  • Fold 5” ribbon into triangles 
  • At narrow end of egg, pin two triangles, seam side down, opposite each other so that the tips meet ¼” beyond the end of the egg. Use a pin in each corner.
  • Pin two more triangles opposite each other in the spaces between the first two, with points extending about ½” above the first two. These should form a point.
  • Pin two more triangles opposite each other in the spaces between the second two. (Down about ¼”)
  • Again, pin two more triangles opposite each other in the spaces between the third two.
  • Drop down about ¼” and place the next row with tips of triangles resting on the seams of the previous row. Continue in a circle around the egg.
  • Next row, drop down another ¼” again resting points of triangles on seams. Continue to alternate rows in this manner until the egg is completely covered.
  • Make a fluffy florist bow with 1 meter of the 3/3” ribbon.
  • Put bead head pin through the florist bow and both of the raw edges of the 1/8” hanger ribbon and attach to egg using a little glue.

*** My Heroine, Leilani in Loveable Christmas Angel would have been the heroine who might have enjoyed this pastime. She was a downhome kind of girl who had and Aunt in Hawaii desperate for her help.

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Christmas in Hawaii! How lucky can a girl get? Except Leilani is bringing her mother’s ashes home to Waikiki and has an urgent plea of help from an aunt she’s never even met. After winning two free nights in prestigious Hotel Jordan, things take a turn she never expected. First, she is stuck in an elevator with the prickly, but luscious Mr. Jordan. Secondly, her aunt is a sick woman and only held on for one reason. She wants to pass on her most precious possession… her five-year-old grandchild. The same prickly little fellow that takes one look at Leilani, slaps his fist on his hips and yells, “Go away!”

Kale is the owner of the Jordan Hotel Chain and he can’t believe his rotten luck. He broke up with a spoilt brat of a girlfriend and now he’s stuck in an elevator with a big-eyed, effusive tourist. How in the world can a guy who’s so worldly be hooked on a lively beauty with more dilemmas than anyone he’s ever met?

 

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Do you have a specific goal? #makeithappen

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There are 12 steps to setting up a goal for yourself and having any real possibility of success. Take these seriously – they really work.  And be realistic. Some ambitions are just not possible. You know it so don’t set yourself up to fail.

  1. A personal desire – you are the writer of the goal – this is your dream.
  2. Conviction of your desire – choose a realistic goal – no flying to the moon.
  3. Write it down. If it’s not written, it’s not a goal. It has no substance. You have neurological pathways that will react to this prompting so seriously, WRITE – IT – DOWN!
  4. Understand where you are now – start point.
  5. List the benefits – how they’ll pay off when your goal is reached.
  6. Set a realistic, time specific, doable deadline – make sure it’s not stressful. If you can’t meet it, re-set the timeline but never give up the goal.
  7. Set up 50% increments on accomplishing this goal – say each month until it becomes a habit and you’re not overwhelmed.
  8. Identify obstacles that stop you from achieving the goal – be aware of these obstructions.
  9. Identify the knowledge and skills it will take to accomplish your goal.
  10. Identify people who can help you and spend time with them. ( eg-teachers)
  11. List activities in two formats using steps 7-9. (a) most important, (b) Chronologically
  12. Visualize success. Picture it in your mind or in the world.

Personally, I know this goal-setting works. If you’re serious and perform these steps religiously, you WILL reach your goal. Two years ago, I wrote down that I wanted to hit the USA Today list and soon I became involved with a box collection called Ten Christmas Brides. We did it. Last year I wrote down on the same paper that I wanted to be on the New York Times list and it happened. Now, I truly believe in this concept.

So try it, why not. What can you lose?

 

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Mimi Barbour, New York Times Best-selling author has recently released the third book in her popular Undercover FBI Series called Special Agent Maximilian. The reviews are outstanding!!

“Special Agent Maximilian is a must read, a Five star plus read!” ~ reviewed by Chrissybear77

In this electrifying romantic suspense set in the steamy streets of New Orleans, Lieutenant Commander Nik Baudin, accidently meets up with an identical twin he never knew existed. When his brother Max goes missing, Nik assumes his identity as Special Agent Maximilian. This gives him access to FBI files making it easier to arrest the gangsters who attacked his brother and to stop their trafficking of underage girls. Being that Nik has specialized commando training, he’s the perfect man for the job – that’s if his PTSD doesn’t kick in and leave him cowering in a corner.

Special Agent Maya Barnes can’t believe it when she spots her partner, Max Foster, wandering along the French market without a care in the world. Since he’d been beaten and had gone missing weeks earlier, they all believed him dead. There’s only one problem… though this man might look exactly like the missing agent, she knows differently. In all the years they’ve worked together, she’s never wanted to have mind-blowing sex with her partner before.

 

 

 

Two identical men – which one is really SPECIAL AGENT MAXIMILIAN *5* #NYTimes

 

Special Agent Maximilian

by Mimi Barbour

Series: Undercover FBI, #3

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: August 25, 2015

 

 

 

Identical twins but different men – she loves both!

In this electrifying romantic suspense set in the steamy streets of New Orleans, Lieutenant Commander Nik Baudin, accidently meets up with an identical twin he never knew existed. When his brother Max goes missing, Nik assumes his identity as Special Agent Maximilian. This gives him access to FBI files making it easier to arrest the gangsters who attacked his brother and to stop their trafficking of underage girls. Being that Nik has specialized commando training, he’s the perfect man for the job – that’s if his PTSD doesn’t kick in and leave him cowering in a corner.

Special Agent Maya Barnes can’t believe it when she spots her partner, Max Foster, wandering along the French market without a care in the world. Since he’d been beaten and had gone missing weeks earlier, they all believed him dead. There’s only one problem… though this man might look exactly like the missing agent, she knows differently. In all the years they’ve worked together, she’s never wanted to have mind-blowing sex with her partner before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mimi Barbour is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who’s sold over 500,000 copies of her books world-wide. Her five romance series: The Vicarage Bench/ time travel at it’s best, Angels with Attitudes / angels love romance, Vegas / fast-paced plotting, Elvis / make a song a book and her newest, Undercover FBI / with sizzling conflicts and lots of humor.

Mimi’s been heard to say: “I’m an author who loves to read uplifting stories about romance. Add in some time travel, or maybe an angel, or even a little romantic suspense and it makes the story more fascinating because of the incredible possibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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