It’s the Little Things that Count

I recently participated in a blog hop called “The Little Things.” We could interpret the topic any way we wanted, so I decided to create a list of little things that make me happy. These are things that give me joy, or make me pump my fist and say “yes!” This is by no means a complete list. Commenters on my blog mentioned things like music, their pets, hot chocolate, or even someone letting them merge into traffic as making them happy. Sometimes I dwell too much on the negative, so it was good exercise to make myself remember that it doesn’t take much to make me happy. Sometimes it’s as simple as a good cup of coffee to begin my day!

  1. Fresh cotton sheets, especially when they’ve been dried outside. In a house my husband and I used to live in, we had an “umbrella line” in the back yard where I used to hang laundry on nice summer days. I’ve always loved the scent of line-dried clothes; no fabric softener can replicate it. Even if the sheets have been dried in a dryer, I love the feel of soft cotton sheets. So comfy!
  1. Not having to wait – in a line up at a store/doctor’s office/traffic light, etc. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting caught up in queue that’s going nowhere, so when all the traffic lights are green, when they open a new till just as you pull up with your shopping cart, and you’re told “The doctor can see you now” as soon as you arrive in her office, it’s cause for celebration.
  1. Getting an unexpected gift. This past Christmas my boss surprised us with Christmas gifts. They were small items – comfy socks, hand cream, lip balm, a candle – but thoughtful and totally unexpected, since we’d given up giving Christmas presents in the office some years ago. It’s always fun to get a gift, and it made us feel appreciated.
Vertical image of valentine giftbox with small pink heart on wooden background

Getting gifts makes me happy, but not as much as giving gifts.

  1. Fresh spring air. There’s nothing better then smelling fresh, clean, warm spring air after a long, cold winter. As I write this, there’s still snow on the ground where I live, but the sun is stronger and it feels like spring. It’s a great time to go for a walk with the dog and breathe it all in.
  1. Garden Vegetables. One thing I’m looking forward to this spring and summer is fresh vegetables from the garden. My husband likes to putt around in the garden and he usually grows tomatoes, peppers and potatoes in our small garden plot. We also like to go to local farmer’s markets and purchase freshly picked vegetables. There’s nothing tastier, and as a bonus, it’s good for me, too!
  1. Flowers. Another thing I’m looking forward to with the warm weather are the flowers blooming in my yard. Flowers just make me happy.

Yellow Hibiscus

This flower doesn’t grow in my garden. I took this picture in Maui. Loved the flowers there!

  1. A phone call from my daughter. My oldest daughter has lived a long distance away from us for about eight years, so getting a phone call from her, just to shoot the breeze, keeps us connected. Our youngest daughter lives in the same city, so any time she pops over to say hi is fun. It’s little things like laughing with my daughters that makes this mom happy.
  1. Reading. Reading is truly one of the joys of my life. I can go on a journey and experience another century all from the comfort of my home. Reading fires my imagination.
  1. Day dreaming. I love day dreaming. I can imagine what life would be like if I won big in the lottery, or dyed my hair purple (never going to happen, btw). Day dreaming is where many of my plots come from. Imagine how dull life would be if we didn’t have imaginations.
  1. Feeling good. This blessing is not so little. Without good health, we have nothing. We can’t work or play or create or participate with our families the way we’d like. So always be thankful for feeling good and never take it for granted.

 

These are a few of my “little things”. What little things make you sigh with happiness, give you joy, or make you shout “All right!”?

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Have You Slept with Santa?

Please welcome guest author Debra Druzy to the Cafe!

Thank You, Samantha Ann King and the gracious authors at the Contemporary Romance Café, for having me on the blog. And Hello to your fabulous followers!

I’m Debra Druzy, author of the contemporary romance story SLEEPING WITH SANTA.

I’m a little late to post about Fire Prevention Week, however any time’s a good time for talking about Firemen. Strong, sexy, smoking-hot firemen. The kind of firemen that make you consider burning down your house so they’ll come rushing to your rescue. The kind willing to dress up as Santa Claus for the fire department’s annual kiddie Christmas party.

In SLEEPING WITH SANTA, the hero Nick Knight is a fireman, newly transferred to the Scenic View fire department and unexpectedly picked to play Santa Claus. During Fire Prevention Week, Lily Lane, the spunky redheaded heroine, must endure Nick’s sexual innuendos as he gives a community CPR training class. No matter how hard these star-crossed lovers try, they can’t fight fate forever and eventually hook up on Thanksgiving. One thing leads to another, and by December, Nick’s renting a spare room at Lily’s place. The lovebirds have fun playing house while being snowed in, but when things heat up can they survive Christmas?

The concept for SLEEPING WITH SANTA came from a conversation with my sister, who eats up all the latest, hottest books. I had a Christmas plot in the works, but I wasn’t sure which direction to take the story, so I asked her via text, “What’s the sexiest thing you can do at Christmastime?”

She replied, “Sleep with Santa,” and in that moment the title was born. She then requested Joe Manganiello be the muse for the hot fireman. Since my sister is a redhead, naturally the heroine is too.

During the time I was writing the story, I had to take a CPR class for Girl Scouts. Although the trainer was tall, he wasn’t sexy like Nick; and as the shortest person in the room, I was chosen for the demonstration like Lily.

The town of Scenic View is modeled after Port Jefferson, New York, and the fictitious name comes from one of the highest points of Long Island once known as the scenic view overlook.

I loved writing SLEEPING WITH SANTA, so much so that I’m working on a spin-off story between Nick and Lily’s friends. And I have a short story coming out for Valentine’s Day 2016, called DARE ME, which also takes place in Scenic View.

Have you slept with Santa yet? If so, I hope you enjoyed it.

If not, get the e-book while it’s on sale for only 99 cents, October 16 – 29.

Thanks again to the Contemporary Romance Café for hosting me today!

I wish you all a Happily-Ever-After,

Deb

Find me online at http://www.debradruzy.com/

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Sleeping with Santa

Sleeping with Santa coverWhen Nick reluctantly accepts the temporary transfer to the Scenic View Fire Department he doesn’t plan on playing Santa Claus for the kiddie Christmas party. Sticking around town for the special assignment will give him a chance to get to know lonely, local sweetheart Lily and find out why she wants nothing to do with him. Lily is a lifelong fixture in Scenic View, sick of living hand-to-mouth in a place where everyone’s nose is in her personal business. Just when she’s ready to move out of town, she meets the gorgeous newcomer, and it’s lust at first sight. The only thing is she doesn’t date firemen, which is too bad, because charming Nick seems like a real keeper. With a little Christmas magic and help from the Santa suit, will Nick find a way into Lily’s heart and change her mind?

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Debra Druzy author photoDebra Druzy is a married, stay-at-home mom, writing romance in between running errands and doing household chores. SLEEPING WITH SANTA is her first published book, but there are plenty of unfinished stories in the closet and under the bed, which is probably bad for feng shui, but a good lesson in persistence pays off.

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