Darlene Foster Hosts Flat Ruthie New Year’s Eve

Thanks to Darlene,Flat Ruthie is scarfing up appetizers and bringing in the new year in Canada.

Blogpost from http://darlenefoster.wordpress.com

Happy New Year! Looking back and planning ahead

Posted by: Darlene on: January 2, 2013

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Happy New Year to all my readers.  Thank you so much for your readership, likes, comments  and most of all, your friendship. You have been so encouraging over the past year, I could not have done it without you.

We celebrated the New Year by attending a dinner party at a friend’s house. Flat Ruthie came with us and had a great time. She was the life of the party.  She enjoyed the appetizers a lot!

As it is the end of another year, it is time to see how I did with the goals I set last year at this time. I posted them for all to see on my bloghttp://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/a-new-year-a-new-list/

1.Finish writing Amanda in England-The Missing Novel for publication this summer by writing a chapter a week for the next three months.

Check. I finished the book and it was published in August!

2.Find ways to make more money with my writing by setting up readings, writing magazine articles and entering contests.
Check. I did do some readings and wrote magazine articles as well as entered contests. I would like to do more of this though.

3.Blog at least once a week and double my subscribers

Check. I wrote 72 posts this year and went from 30 to 130 subscribers!!  I had 10,000 views from 107 different countries. I am very happy with this result.

4.Learn to manage my social networking by improving technical skills

Check. I have learned some new things about social networking but would like to learn more.

5.Reduce the clutter in my house, computer and mind
Fail. I have not only failed to reduce clutter I have added more.

6.Spend as much time with Mom as possible in person and on the phone

Check. I call Mom at least twice a week and went to visit her in Alberta three times in one year.

7.Find a reasonable cleaning service

Check. I had to break my ankle to get a cleaning service but I now have one.

8.Meet other authors to share knowledge and support

Check. I have become active in a couple of local writer’s groups and met some amazing authors, three of whom have become mentors. I have also met many wonderful authors through my blog and other social networking sites.  It is all good!
9.Take a trip to Europe

Check. Had took trip of the lifetime which included in Spain, Germany, Austria and Hungary as well as scenes along the Danube River.

10.Take time to breathe

Check. I was forced to take time to breath as I recovered from my broken ankle.

All in all, I am very pleased with how I met my goals from last year. OK, now for 2013 goals:

1. Reduce the clutter. I will take a page from Lorna at Tea Room Delights where she has decided to get rid of one thing a day for the entire year, for a total of 365 things.  This may help me get this done! Today I got rid of the old calendars.

2. Complete Amanda in Alberta-The Writing on the Stone and have it published before the end of the year.

3. Take a trip to Alberta to do research for Amanda in Alberta with my eleven year old grandson.

4.Ensure my foot returns to normal.

5.Continue to look for more outlets for my writing.

6. Write more travel articles.

7.Contact schools to do readings.

8. Consider working part-time in order to spend more time on my writing.

9. Take a nice holiday with Paul (without injuring myself)

10. Practice kindness with everyone I meet, no matter how my day is going.

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” 
– Edith Lovejoy Pierce

I wish all of you a wonderful New Year with many accomplishments no matter how small. Just getting up in the morning or smiling at a stranger is considered an accomplishment in my book.

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Flat Ruthie Visits the Sock Monkeys on Laura’s Tree

Flat Ruthie started her adventures on Laura and James first Christmas tree in Clintonville,  Ohio last December.

Seemed fitting she should return to their second tree on the last day of the year.  It has been a wild year for Flat Ruthie.  She’ll sum up her 2012 in pictures for the weekly photo challenge on the first day of the New Year.

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Flat Ruthie in Nanaimo City with Hostess Darlene and her Daughter on Boxing Day

Boxing Day Visit to Nanaimo Posted by: Darlene on: December 28, 2012 We had a quiet restful Christmas Day at our house, which was itself a welcome gift. On Boxing Day I travelled by ferry to Vancouver Island to meet my daughter in Nanaimo.  We had …

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Flat Ruthie on Canada’s West Coast for Christmas Holidays

Darlene Foster’s Blog Hosts Flat Ruthie   (Darlene is author of three published books, Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask, Amanda in Spain-The Girl in the Painting, and Amanda in England_the Missing Novel)  Here is her blog post with Flat Ruthie- …

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Flat Ruthie’s Hand in the Cooky Jar

Grandmama Marlene arrived in Ohio with tins of Christmas cookies.

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Flat Ruthie Checks out Cheese Curds in Plain, Wisconsin

Thirty seven states and counting.  Thanks Shuey. Flat Ruthie went on a trip to Wisconsin earlier this year to explore many of the architectural works of Frank Lloyd Wright with some side trips to see and learn about what makes …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silent Reflection in Leakey, Texas

Shuey sent this photograph and note today.  It can be categorized as the Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection    Two kinds.   Thanks to Shuey for this beautiful post    An ethereal moment near Leakey, Texas . . . worth a …

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Flat Ruthie and the 1937 BMW Motorcycle and Sidecar in Lockhart Texas

Shuey writes- Good food and a history lesson . . . perrrrfect! Flat Ruthie and I traveled to Lockhart, Texas, to attend LDDave’s annual BBQ lunch with other long distance riders.  It’s held the first Saturday in December and this …

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Flat Ruthie Dines at THE SHED- a BBQ and Blues Joint

Taking a little trip to Texas with Flat Ruthie for some BBQ and . . . couldn’t help stopping at “The Shed” in Ocean Springs MS for a quick lunch bite on the way.   Like the food and like …

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Flat Ruthie was Flat Out Exhausted

In the hotel room in Dayton a couple of weeks ago….

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