Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Friday, December 31, 2004


Hard to believe that, in less than 4 hours (on the West Coast) it will be 2005. How the time flies. It seems like only yesterday that we were all wondering what would happen to our computers and the world whenthe year 2000 rolled around. Here we are, 5 years later. The computers are still working. The world is still turning, although not happily in many parts of the world.

Before you go to bed tonight, don't forget to say a prayer for the families of servicemen and women who have lost loves ones in the ongoing war in Iraq and other places. And don't forget to pray for the survivors in Sri Lanka and the other parts of the world that were devastated by the tsunami only a few days ago. So much grief and heartache. It's so hard to believe that so many lives could be lost so quickly. My heart goes out to those lost and those left behind.

My prayer for the new year is that the leaders of nations will put aside their differences, real or imagined, and find a path to peace.

God bless you and yours whether you believe in Him or not.


Sunday, December 26, 2004

Phantom of the Opera


Mandy, eager to see it again!!


Hard to believe Christmas has come and gone already. All the shopping, the planning, the cooking. It's takes months to get it all together and it's over in one day~! I hope your Christmas was wonderful and that Santa was good to you and yours. We spent the day with our kids, which is always fun. We had a snowball fight with wrapping paper. Ah, Christmas! Ate too much, spent too much, can't wait to do it all again next year :)

Our tree always looks so naked when all the presents are gone. We bought an artificial tree this year. I was against it at first, but now I love it. For one thing, it still looks great. For another, there aren't any pine needles in the carpet. In years past, I've always taken the tree down the day after Christmas because, let's face it, there's nothing pretty about a dead tree, but I think I'll leave this new one up until the 1st.

May the good Lord bless you and your loved ones in the coming year.


Wednesday, December 15, 2004

and they lived happily ever after.....

I should be writing, but I’m not in the mood, so I’m sitting here compiling another list ~ this one is my favorite movie endings….among my favs, in no particular order, are:

Sweet Home Alabama
Pirates of the Caribbean
Rob Roy
Sayonara **
A Knight’s Tale
The Money Pit
City Slickers
Legally Blonde
Romancing the Stone
Last of the Dog Soldiers
Fools Rush In
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing **
Doc Hollywood

**this refers to the movie versions, not the books, which had totally different endings which, while more realistic, were less romantic.

Mandy, counting the days until Phantom of the Opera

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Just Another Thursday

I can't think of anything new and exciting to chat about today, so here are a couple of cute places to visit:


Perpetual Bubble Wrap

Grandma Got Addicted to the Computer

Making a Snowman

and my favorite :)
Where Icicles Come From (rated PG-13)

Wishing you love and laughter and happy ever after,


Monday, December 06, 2004

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh, Christmas Tree....

Well, we finally did it, we bought an artificial Christmas tree...I must admit, it looks great. Of course, it doesn't smell like a Christmas tree. On the other hand, I won't be vacuuming up pine needles from now until next Christmas. We had the kids come over to decorate it. A fun tradition at our house. #1 son made brownies for dessert, a perfect ending to a perfect evening.

I'm still Christmas shopping, but I expect to be doing that right up until the very last minute. Did I mention I love shopping?

I love this time of the year ~ the cool weather, the rain, the music, the food, and, most of all, the Reason for the Season - the birth of the Christ Child so many years ago. May His love fill your heart at this wonderful time of the year.