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An Expresso Martini, a Fun and Helpful Book, and a Juicy Halloween Card

Hello Friends!

Special cheers to the T-day gang who meet every week at Elizabeth's Blog, Altered Book Lover. 

This was my first and last Expresso Martini.  It looked better than it tasted.  

We were toasting my daughter Crystal's 31st birthday (she is on the right).  Their drinks were off to the side.  Allie had a chai-tini and Cystal had water.  She said she was saving her calories for a slice of chocolate cake.  We had a lovely time.  

I read a great book this past week.  It was written by Fredrik Backman, and called  Anxious People.

The ending totally surprised me, and I loved the book - every twist and turn and there were a lot of them.  All along the way, there are words of wisdom for anyone who has questioned their decision-making, parenting, life-choices, success, plans, and/or general sanity.  I definitely see why our small library has three copies -  everyone should read this book. I felt better about life after reading it. 

Here is my card for the week - all images are from DRS Designs.
Thanks for dropping by!  




  1. Beautiful girls!
    The book sounds interesting indeed, and oh, Halloween, time so runs.
    A happy T-day and Hugz

  2. A fabulous photograph of your beautiful daughter Nancy, I hope she enjoyed her chocolate cake.
    I'm glad you enjoyed the book, I will have to check that one out and such a wonderful card, I love the gorgeous background and great stamps.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  3. It looks like those gorgeous girls were having a great time! I would be smiling, too, if I was hoping for chocolate cake! Thanks for the book recommendation, I will look for it on Amazon, I need to read on my Kindle these days as I can enlarge the print. And the card is boo-tiful, Halloween is coming nearer! Have a great week, stay safe, happy T day, hugs, Valerie

  4. Your girls are gorgeous Nancy. I'm glad to got to celebrate with them. I find it shocking as my daughter will be 30 next month. She can't possibly be that old, nor can I. Smile. I've read some Fredrick Backman but not this one. He's a good writer, isn't he? It's been awhile so maybe I should check out this one. And fun Halloween card too. It looks like all has been well, and I hope your T day is too. hugs-Erika

  5. I'd be like Crystal and would rather have cake. Very cool Halloween card, too. Happy T Day

  6. I love the way you used color in the Halloween art!

    best… mae at

  7. I bought a bottle of expresso vodka for a cocktail during the summer. Now we need to use it up.

  8. Very beautiful girls. I love your art. Also glad you enjoyed the book. Have a nice week.

  9. Oh that's too bad about the martini cuz it sounds divine! The girls are really lovely.
    Great Halloween card - love the colors. And thanks for sharing about the book. Happy T day!

  10. I'll begin by saying I have never heard of that author or that book, but it sounds like something every person should probably read. I fell in love with your Halloween card. I am surprised how soon this holiday will be here. It's a sad and rather rude reminder of how time is flying, much like the witch in the stamp.

    I saved the best for last. You have two lovely daughters and I'm glad they were both in the same photo together. I don't think I've seen Crystal before, so I am wishing her a belated joyous 31st birthday. That Espresso Martini looks wonderful. Too bad it didn't taste as good as it looks. Thank for sharing your drink, your card, and your book with us for T this Tuesday, dear Nancy.

  11. What a great card! I love the Halloween spirit. I also love Fredrik Backman's books - thanks for telling us about Anxious People. Your daughter is beautiful - happy birthday to her.

  12. Lovely background on your card. I haven't heard of this book but I will have to look it up.
    Happy Tea Day,

  13. Thanks for the book review and for sharing your fun card. Happy t Day.

  14. I must admit an espresso martini sounds a little odd :) Great Halloween card ♥

  15. Happy birthday to Crystal. Great photo of your girls Nancy and I’ll drink an espresso martini..cheers. Thanks for the book recommendation. Awesome card. I love all the layers. Happy Tuesday and week. Hugs from Oz

  16. Congratulations to your daughter! And cheers! The expresso Martini looked interesting so I looked it up. It's not really a Martini as it's made of Vodka, Kahlua and coffee. But it sounds yummy. I love the glass. It makes me think I'm drunk already. Such fun!
    The book sounds interesting. Is it fiction or non-fiction?
    Happy belated T-Day,

    1. Thanks, Lisca. The book is fiction, but they way it is written, it is a positive and motiving book containing advice that you don't really know you are getting. That is why I say everyone should read it. Here is a snip from the first page: "Because there's such an unbelievable amount that we're all supposed to be able to cope with these days. You're supposed to have a job, and somewhere to live, and a family, and you're supposed to pay taxes and have clean underwear and remember the password to your (cuss word omitted) Wi-Fi. So of us never manage to get the chaos under control, so our lives simply carry on, the world spinning through space at two million miles an hour while we bounce about on its surface like so many lost socks."

  17. I love coffee flavoured drinks but I think the martini being in the coffee might spoil it for me lol. Great halloween card too! Happy belated T day Elle/EOTC xx


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