Author Archives: Blue Jeans and Chocolate

About Blue Jeans and Chocolate

HI! I’m Smalls (that’s what my kids call me since I’m only Five feet tall.) I am a Fifty- Something, blue jean wearing, young Granny, who strives to live beautifully. I’m a student of God’s word, the Hebrew language, love and life. I live in the Sierra Foothills with my precious husband and our Black Lab, Riley—she’s a handful, but we love her. I love to travel, to daydream, and to write; and I’ve become an aspiring novelist. I’ve lived in other countries and still plan to visit more. I love to venture off the beaten path in the attempt to discover the world not seen in the tourist traps. I love to read as a way of learning. I usually have a book with me everywhere I go—you just never know when you’ll have down time. I have three sons, two step-sons, a couple of daughter’s-in-law, and ten grandchildren (so far.)

Change Of Life

No, not that change. Sweets and I decided to sell our 1,600-sf home on 2-acres and surrounded by natural woods and live in a 27 foot tow-behind RV. It’s both nerve-wracking and freeing. I got rid of as much ‘stuff’ … Continue reading

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My Best Day

My first son was born on a cold, winter day. This was the day I became a mother. My best day. My hardest day. Now, I was responsible for him. I had to figure out how to grow that little, … Continue reading

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Finding Thankfulness During Pandemic

With so much wrong in our world at the moment, is it possible to be thankful? I think it is — at least on some level, even if minute. Being thankful is a mindfulness of what we personally have received, … Continue reading

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Unexpected Obstacles—New Beginnings

Hello Again Dear Friends! I’ve been away for a lengthy time due to some unexpected obstacles. I took a nasty fall down a flight of stairs in 2008 and have suffered tremendously. My injuries resulted in the need for neck … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving was drawing near and I had agreed to make one of the pies my mother usually made for our family gathering. My beloved grandmother had recently moved back to town after living in the Ozarks for several years. This … Continue reading

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Stories Are Everywhere

I lived in Germany during the time the Berlin Wall was dismantled. Out of that experience came an interesting novel Idea I have recently been developing. A few months ago I stumbled across a reward ad in a local small-town … Continue reading

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I once read a cute little poem on a friend’s refrigerator magnet that made grandiose statements in a simplistic verse about the various people who enter and leave our lives. The poem discussed the idea that each person holds a … Continue reading

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Great Date Ideas

Creativity is a continual surprise.   __ Ray Bradbury While Ray Bradbury was most certainly speaking of theatrical creativity his statement holds true in other realms as well—especially in the Romance department. Let’s face it, everyone sends flowers and chocolates for … Continue reading

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Changing an Old Product to Create a New Look

I am undeniably euphoric about shopping yard sales, thrift stores, consignment shops and the like. It’s such a thrill to find other peoples unwanted items and transform the pieces into new treasures. My favorite things to find are old dressers, … Continue reading

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Fall Romance

This year I’ve decided to host a Couples Valentine’s dinner~ the clincher is I will host it in late summer or early fall. Everyone does something special on or near the real Valentine’s Day, but toward the end of the … Continue reading

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