Thank You For A Wonderful Year–thisisyourbestyear!

We were read in 126 countries this year!! Our yearly review is below.


Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

We are looking forward to 2015.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Read in 102 Countries and Counting

Thank you for making 2013 truly a wonderful year. Take a look at the annual report for “thisisyourbestyear”. We were read in over 102 countries!!!!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks for coming with us on this journey, and remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

See you in 2014!!!

2012 in review for “thisisyourbestyear”

Thank you for a successful year–“thisisyourbestyear” was read in 75 countries!  I know 2013 will be even better.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  This year don’t make ANY RESOLUTIONS!!! Seriously, just live your life the best you can–“THISISYOURBESTYEAR”!!!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Celebrating All the Time–It’s my Birthday

I can’t believe it, but it is here again, my birthday.  For all of you who dread birthdays, get over it.  Oh, at one time I did.  It is amazing how much birthdays’ can change our demeanor.  Remember the excitement of turning “13”–you were officially a teenager; you were no longer a little child.  Then when 16 happened, you thought the world had opened up for you.  In my case it was dating–even though no one asked me out, it was the thought that counted.

At the age of 18 we were graduating high school, joining the military, getting married, going to college and so much more.  We were grown and still happy with birthdays.  The age of 21 gave us the right to drink legally back then, and of course we were really happy–cheap wine was to be had.  Even the ages of 24, 25 and even up to 29 were happy times.  Then for women the dreaded age of 30 appeared.  Women were now about to become their mothers.  We were never the same.  With each decade, we let society tell us what to do.  Well all I can say is STOP IT!!  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

My good friend Avis always says when you can wake up, it’s a good day.  My former pastor, Rev. Jerome B. Price always said if you can look in the mirror and know who is looking back at you it’s a good day.

This year I have come to a conclusion, and I have made a plan.  I will celebrate the entire year, and next year on October 2, I will start the process again.  My plan includes learning something new every month.  I know I learn something each month, but now it will be intentional.  I will  sign up for a class, go to a seminar, read a book, go to an exhibit–I will learn something.

I will use everything that is in my house.  I hate paper plates.  When we look in the cabinet and the everyday dishes are not there, we will reach up and grab the “good” china.  Save it for what–“thisisyourbeswtyear”, and it is my birthday–so it is special.

I will wear everything that is not too little in my closet or get rid of it.  It may be to big now, but that’s what they make pins for.

I am going for an unexpected getaway.  I’m going to see a special in the paper and just pack and go.

I am going to pamper myself with any and everything a spa can offer.

To celebrate more I’m going to cook Saturday brunch for my family so that we can all be together and so they can go home after about 3 hours (love them though).

I’m going to play more, and laugh way more than before–why, because it’s my birthday.

This year the little girl born in the piney woods of Longview is truly a woman of a certain age.  Happy Birthday to me.

If I could tell the little girl at the top of the page one thing it would be: “thisisyourbestyear” no matter what age–enjoy the ride, it goes fast.

The Characters are How Old and Doing What?

Well, I know you thought this post would be about Mother’s Day.  Hey, you know it’s coming up, and you know what to do–make Mama feel like the queen she is.

I have always loved to read.  Almost nothing is better than curling up with a good book, cup of coffee/glass of wine (depending on the time of day), pair of socks and enjoying a good book. This week we’re going to talk about the books we love to read. We’re going to share the titles and tell a little bit about the book.

As a young child, the Bobbsey Twins ignited my love of reading.  I lived in their house and named my cat Snoop in honor of them. 

Over the years, my reading taste changed, but one thing that I noticed, very few of the characters changed; they never really matured, and if they did, they were relegated to sub-sub plots, you know, cooking, babysitting and sitting on the porch.

While in search of something to hold my attention, I found Ms. Evelyn Palfrey, and she bought joy to my heart.  Her books let me laugh, cry, become a detective, talk with the characters as I read and so much more.

I first got acquainted with her work while attending an event in Dallas, Texas where she told us of her love for romance novels (she almost lost me there), but I kept listening because she was so entertaining.  Then she said something that caught my attention–all the romance novels had beautiful, twenty something, fit characters in them.  As she had matured, the characters she had grown to love had stayed the same age.  She decided that she wanted to read about people who were more like her–maturing, working on second careers, some with children, grandchildren, some dealing with divorce, death, everything that happens as we go through this life.

I feel I know her because she writes about real women, but she does so entertainingly–they are not dull characters.  She writes about the one who goes on a diet, and doesn’t lose any weight.  She writes about the one who is insecure, the one who is confident, the one who dreams about the man who got away, until she sees him again, and then thank’s God he got away. Evelyn writes beautifully about women who sometime look back over their lives with regret, but also who look toward the future with hope.  One of my favorites by Ms. Palfrey is “Three Perfect Men”. There is romance and mystery which I love.

For pure pleasure, take a look at “Butterfly” by Kathryn Harvey. This one was something I picked up years ago.  It was recommended by the store clerk, and he was on the money.  It is a weekend read that is  just for fun. 

The last book that I read just for fun was “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”,  by Stieg Larsson.  It was wonderful, action packed, sexy and so much more.

Ladies who do you like to read?  Give us a name and a title of something that you enjoyed–tell us a little something about the book.  Let’s share.

Ms. Palfrey’s website is:

You can purchase her books and also the book “Butterfly” on Amazon.

If you don’t have time for an entire novel, take a look at this blog written by Pam Wyatt Aaron.  It is called the “Sage Book Whisperer”.  She writes about so many wonderful things–life, travel, tea, crafts, foods and so much more.   This blog will keep you entertained and informed.  Her blog site is: 

If any men are reading this, and I hope there are–buy Mama a tablet to read her books on–remember Mother’s Day is here.

Happy Mother’s Day and remember, “Thisisyourbestyear”.  Don’t forget to share your favorite books and authors with us.  See you next week