Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merriest of Christmases!


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Hi Dear Friends. I hope you're all doing well in your preparations for Christmas, just a few short days away. Can you believe how quickly the time has flown by? 

Nadezda of Nadezda's Northern Garden fame presented me and several fellow bloggers with the esteemed Beautiful Blog Award! (Thank you, Nadezda.) Typically I have good intentions when these types of things roll around but let the time slip away before acting on them. This time I'm taking the bull by the horns. Here are 5 things about me that you might not know or maybe don't care to know...

1.  I've been married to the same man since 1980. I met him in 1978, when I was 17. We defied the odds and we're still happily married! 
2.  I was blessed to be a stay-at-home mom while raising our 4 amazing kids. The youngest is now 20 and in college. 
3.  I returned to full-time work a year ago in September. I love my job and consider myself the luckiest gal in the world. 
4.  I've written a memoir to be published in 2013. I couldn't be more elated. More details to follow.
5.  I'm writing a garden book which will also be published in 2013. I bet you didn't know this, did you? I'll share more details soon. 
6. Here's something I hope you do know. I CHERISH each and every one of you, my  beloved garden-blogging/Internet friends. Being able to touch base with you, however infrequent it might be, is always the highlight of my days. You're all class-acts and my life is richer with each of you in it. Even though I don't get to your blogs as often as I should, please know that I'm thinking of you. 

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My wish for the New Year is that scientists will hurry up and invent a (legal) way to function during the day without needing to sleep. I really believe I could stay current with all of you if I didn't need to get that dang 8 hours of shut-eye. Anything's possible, right? 
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Have a blessed holiday, my sweet friends. May you be warm and filled, surrounded by the laughter of loved ones and filled with hope for the new year. Love, Grace 

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23 comments:

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Oh my another book...I am so excited...I need to pick your brain about getting an agent. Wishing you the very best Grace. merry Christmas and Happy New year!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Grace ~ Congrats on another book to be published in 2013. That is wonderful news.

Love and hugs to you and have a lovely Christmas ~ FlowerLady Lorraine

Barry said...

And now I have even more reasons [two more at least!] to look forward to 2013! Wishing you and yours the very happiest, merriest of holiday seasons!

ricki said...

Enjoy your sweet sleep. We all feel loved and nurtured by you however infrequent your visits.

~~~jennifer~~~ said...

Merry Christmas to you! And hopes that all your dreams of 2013 are successful & fulfilling!

outlawgardener said...

After raising 4 children and writing several books, you deserve to sleep! I didn't know these things about you, just thought you were a nice person & blogger. Looking forward to reading your books!

Alison said...

Merry Christmas Grace! Congrats on the gardening book, that is awesome news!

Nadezda said...

Congrats on your Award!
I wish your books to be published and I can see them.
Merry Christmas!

greggo said...

Merry Christmas and good luck with your new book. Greggo.

Diana said...

I am so proud of you and can't wait to see your work as I know it will be wonderful. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Grace, and may 2013 be filled with much joy and well being for us all.

Northern Shade said...

Congratulations on your gardening book.

Have a very Merry Christams and a terrific 2013.

Lona said...

Why you sneaky girl! LOL! A gardening book. Wow cannot wait to read that one too. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Casa Mariposa said...

You also wrote a gardening book?? WOW! I'll have to add that to my Must Buy list! Merry Christmas!

MulchMaid said...

Oh, Grace, I'm so happy to hear your news! I want to read both books in whichever order they come out. Thank you for your virtual friendship, and for the inspiration I gain from your blog and your visits to mine!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hey Gracie girl I so owe you an e-mail .. I swear I will make myself sit down and get it off before 2013 happens !!
I am so proud to have a friend that is a published author .. I want to brag about you girl !!
I want to buy that garden book when it comes out but I want you to sign a copy of it for me .. so we have to figure out my paying for it to YOU so I can have that fantastic SIGNED copy !! LOL
Hope your holidays are going well and you won't be too rushed off your feet with the new responsibilities at the job .. I know you love it there but they have to be careful and not overload you girl !!
Chat soon by e-mail !!
Joy : )

Denise said...

Exciting plans, can't wait to hear more! I'm mad too that I still need six hours' sleep, at least...

Ms. S said...

Happy holidays to you Grace. Very exciting to hear you have a book coming! I wish you a very good New Year and look forward to hearing more. :)

Ferris Jay said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Grace. Delighted to hear about your upcoming gardening book and memoir next year - you are busy these days. I'm pleased that you are enjoying the new job.

Have a wonderful new year - sounds like 2013 will be a great year for you - and may it be wonderful for us all.

It's fun to drop by, having been blogging much myself or reading others for a few months - makes it all the more fun when I do. Now, time to see how your garden has been growing! Much love, Ferris

Paul Jung said...

Hi Grace,

I drop by your blog occasionally and enjoy your posts about gardening in the PNW. You have a great writing "voice" and let readers know about you personally, which I appreciate. Have a wonderful 2013, creating and publishing a book must be very exciting!

Shyrlene said...

Happy Holidays, Grace - much success on your exciting book venture in 2013! Thanks for sharing insight with us, for truly you have a 'Beautiful Blog'.

Sallyanne said...

Wow! I didn't know all this about you. You should toot your horn more! Happy New Year! may you be abundantly blessed--and your garden, too!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

When scientists crack the code on the shut-eye thing, please let me know! It has certainly been a busy year. And, that's without finding the time to write 2 books! Wow! Congratulations. And Happy New Year!

linniew said...

Hey Gracie! I hope you had a jolly Christmas and are celebrating the new year properly: writing and taking small breaks to look at garden catalogs.