Celebrate the small things

Friday is here again. That means we can cheer about anything we want. Be sure to stop by LexaCain.blogspot.com to see what she and her blogging partners have to celebrate. Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • We lost electricity twice today, but now, it’s back! We missed it, especially with the cold weather we’re not enjoying now.
  • A little party for “Fat Tuesday. We had extra stuff to eat and dessert.
  • My author friend, Janice Spina has a new book coming out soon.
  • My son found time to do some updates on my website. He did a great job.
What are you celebrating this week?
Thanks for stopping by.
copyright: 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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Insecure Writer’s Support Group

Welcome to this month’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

Purpose: To encourage writers who are struggling with various aspects of writing.

What am I insecure about this month? Trying to revise one of my books. You know how it is when you try different things. You think, okay this is coming along well. I think all the weak areas are fixed. Then the next day you wonder what made you think that? You keep finding more issues you didn’ t notice before, yikes.

This month’s question: Have you ever taken out a really old story and tried revising it? Did it work out?

I haven’t done that yet. Too busy working on the not-so-old ones. 🙂

Hope you have a great month, with only small worries.

Be sure to check out AlexJCavanaugh.blogspot.com

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Celebrate the small things

It’s Friday again so we can celebrate whatever happened during the week. Hop on over to LexaCain.blogspot.com to check out what everyone is cheering about.
Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • Bounce back day last week was pretty successful. No relapses. We’ve got a plan moving forward and for that we are grateful.
  • I received some very nice reviews recently so shout outs to Gigi Sedlmayer, Theodore. J. Cohen, Virginia Wright, and Yossi Lapid for the wonderful reviews. Also, special thanks to everyone who featured Charlene the Star on their blogs; Julie Flanders, Janice Spina, and Colleen Chesebro. You all did a fantastic job.
  • I recovered from one disappointing experience this week. Last week’s practice bounce back day helped.
  • Warm sunny weather for the last couple of days.
What are you celebrating? Have a great week.
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Celebrate the small things

Celebrate the small things

Friday is here again so we look for things to celebrate. Be sure to stop by LexaCain.blogspot.com to see what everyone has to say.
Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • This week has been another frazzling one, but this is bounce back day so all is well.
  • NO  snow is forecast next week.
  • Charlene the Star is finally out in the revised format. We were having fits trying to get everything just right.
  • I saw some fantastic horse races recently and some good movies..
  • Sent surprises to my husband and sons for Valentine’s Day. I love doing that.
What are you celebrating?
Have a great week.
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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Celebrate the small things

Well, it’s  Friday and that means it’s time to celebrate. Also time to hop over to LexaCain.blogspot.com t see what’s happening there.
Hope you’ve had a great week.
Here’s what we’re celebrating:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.
copyright 2017 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Celebrate the small things

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Celebrate the Small things.

Hi everyone,
Another Friday is almost here so it’s time to celebrate whatever we want. Be sure to hop over to LexaCain.blogspot.com to see what everyone is cheering about. Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • We’ve had horrible colds this week, but they’re finally packing up and leaving.
  • Groundhog Day: once we reach this part of the winter, I pretend spring is almost here. If the groundhog says an early spring, he’s my hero. If not, I pretend he doesn’t know anything. 🙂 This year, 2 of the little fellows are having a dispute. One says early spring and the other says 6 more weeks of winter. They may have to go to arbitration. But, I just found out the CT groundhog, Chuckles, predicts an early spring. Way to go, Chuckles!
  • My sister and brother-in-law’s new company is now open. It’s called GoSparen. If any of you need rides to LGA, EWR, or JFK airports, check out http://www.GoSparen.com. Their limos will pick you up at home and take you to the airport or vice-versa. It’s much less expensive because they pool with other riders so you have no hassle and less traffic, too. You’ll save about 40% off regular fares.
What are you celebrating this week?
Copyright 2017 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Interview with the amazing author/illustrator, Virginia Wright

Thank you so much for inviting me on your blog, Deanie. I feel honored to be your guest author.  Big Bear Hugs, –Virginia

 How long have you been an author? In 1981, when I sold my first writing to a regional publication Washington County Magazine, is when I consider myself first published. After that, while raising my children, I would write and then tuck away my writings, thinking that one day I might get back to writing. Then it wasn’t until after my mother died in 2007 when I was going through her cedar chest, and I found a yellowed envelope with coffee stains on it that I opened up and inside were old manuscripts that I had given my mother to hold onto. I started writing again as a method of healing the loss of my mum.

It must’ve been exciting to find that envelope. I’m glad you did and so are your many fans.

 Is it something you always dreamed about? Yes, being a writer is always something I wanted to do, ever since being a young girl I put words to paper. I can remember sitting on the veranda of the house I grew up in with pen and pad in hand—back then, I wrote mostly poetry and haikus. My excitement for writing was realized in 1981, and it continued to grow!

  It’s important for everyone to follow their dreams, like you did, Virginia. You’re a gifted author and illustrator.

How did you get the idea for the story? I got the idea for Buzzzzzzzz What Honeybees Do from being a beekeeper.  But I would like to add to that statement because the book is dedicated to my granddaughter Abigail for a good reason. She came for a visit, and her grandfather took her to the apiary so she could get an idea of what beekeeping was all about and when they got back home, Abigail was full of questions that needed answering. Buzzzzzzzz What Honeybees Do answers her questions.

It’s an informative story that children will love and value.

What age range do you think would enjoy it most? While Buzzzzzzzz is meant for older aged children, I consider it appropriate for all ages. Many adults have told me that they learned things about honeybees, they didn’t know before reading Buzzzzzzzz.

I learned new things from it as well, Virginia.
Have you gotten comments from some of your readers? Yes, Buzzzzzzzz has many five star reviews on Amazon.com.
   I ‘m not surprised you’ve gotten many impressive reviews for it, congratulations.

The honeybee story has lots of photos. Did you take them? Yes, I took all the photos in Buzzzzzzzz What Honeybees Do. I also took the photo on the cover of the book.  My second love after writing is nature photography.  J
  If readers would like to see some of your photography from your honeybee book, please visit your Instagram account: http://www.virginiawright.com/blog
  What would you most like your readers to remember about Buzzzzzzzz—What Honeybees Do? I would like readers to bear in mind that the honeybee is our greatest pollinator.  And it is important to be good caretakers of these little buzzers.

I certainly hope everyone remembers to take good care of them.

 Is there anything else you’d like to add? Yes, I would like to add that as a caretaker of this amazing insect, it is important to leave garden space to plant flowers that honeybees enjoy.  If we cut all our grass and don’t plant bee specific plants, where will the honeybees find food to continue surviving?

Yes, we all need to remember the little honeybees are very important to us.

Thank you so much for spending time with me today and discussing your fun, educational, story Buzzzzz What Honeybees Do.

“You’re most welcome, Deanie, We had a great time together.

 Amazon Buy Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Buzzzzzzzz-What-Honeybees-Virginia-Wright/dp/1451552688

    Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/virginiawright

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/virginiabrownwright

  Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/wright.virginia

     Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/virginia_wright
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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What is good conformation?


Peach and Me

Photo by Bob Moseder from Tails of Sweetbrier.



If you’re a horse owner or rider, you should know some basic facts about the horse’s conformation and examples of what “good confirmation” includes.

The word “conformation” refers to the body structure of the horse and other important characteristics.

My dad was a professional horseman for many decades. Our family owned a farm called “Sweetbrier.” Dad did a great deal of studying about horses. One of the first thing he studied when he was considering buying a horse was it’s eyes. Why is that? Well, you may have heard the expression “A person’s eyes are the window to the soul.” You can draw a similar conclusion with horses. My dad shied away from a horse with small, sunken eyes, often called “pig eyes.” What do pig eyes signify? A horse with a nasty disposition. Even with training, you can’t change a horse’s temperament. Look for a horse with big eyes and a kind expression. Dad could tell a great deal by the expression of a horse’s eye.

What about the head of the horse? Look for a wide space between the eyes and a little curved or “dish” in his head, not a rounded nose. Horses with round noses are called “roman-nosed” and are more apt to be stubborn.

What about balance? In order to be properly balanced, a horse needs good proportions. He shouldn’t have more weight in front, than behind.  Another important factor is the length of his back. A short back is always preferred. Why? He’ll be much better balanced with a short back and he’ll cost less to feed. When you look at the horse, is his topline shorter than the bottom line? If so, he should be well-built.

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Celebrate the small things

Celebrate the small things

I hope you had a lovely Christmas/Hannukkah everyone. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures.
Please stop by LexaCain.blogspot.com to see what everyone is celebrating. Have a great week and Happy New Year.
Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • Christmas was fantastic! Our sons treated us royally, as always. They’re amazing.
  • Dinner turned out perfectly too. Brendan made some cookies, which was quite an adventure because he forgot to do something with the flour and it was super stiff at first, but he sorted things out and they were yummy.
  • Everyone loved their gifts. Even our dog, Elliott got one. 🙂
Thanks for visiting.
copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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  1. Good to hear you had a nice Christmas.


  2. So nice to hear from you MRR. I’ve missed your messages. Happy New Year!


  3. Have a Healthy & Happy New Year!

    Marilyn @ onbecomingawriter.com


  4. You too, Marilyn. I hope it’s the best yet for you.


  5. It’s great to hear about your fabulous Christmas with your family! Yay for delicious cookies and gifts for everyone, even Elliott! I wish you and your family a happy, peaceful, and prosperous New Year!


  6. Thank you, Lexa. We really had fun together. Wishing you many blessings in the new year.


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    Copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Celebrate the small things


Hi everyone,
First of all, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and a New Year filled with blessings.
Be sure to stop by LexaCain.blogspot.com to see what she and her blogging partners have to say.

Mostly, we’ll celebrate the Christmas this week, but I do have one other thing to cheer about.

  • I’m looking for freelance writing jobs I can do from home and I applied for one, so that’s what we’re cheering about this week. I don’t know what will happen yet, but at least it’s the first step.
  • My friend and fellow author, Rhonda Patton’s house burned down last week. It’s very sad but we’re grateful she and her family were not home at the time. Now they’re working on finding a new place to live. If any of you would like to help, she has a gofundme.com page here:
  • https://www.gofundme.com/carpayment1000She hasn’t been able to update her page because she doesn’t have a new computer yet.
  • I won a gift certificate so I bought myself something special with it. Thank you, Virginia Wright.
Let me know what you’re celebrating this week.
copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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