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“Peace by Piece: 10 Lessons from a Jigsaw Puzzle!”

Fun lessons about life in an age of pandemic

The 2,000-piece “monster” I talk about in the book! So many memorable lessons!
Mark Lumb hosts this interview with Nadine and me about our new book! FUN!

Show Notes with Links:

  • Mark Lumb, creator of the Jigsaw Chill Zone Facebook page and YouTube channel, interviewed Nadine and me about our entertaining new book Peace by Piece: 10 Lessons from a Jigsaw Puzzle! Please follow Mark and share his links with anyone you know who enjoys puzzling. Mark’s YouTube channel showcases time-lapse photography of puzzle completions set to original music…very peaceful!
  • You may pre-order the Kindle version now, and the paperback version on September 7th! Our book is entertaining and informative with lessons about: patience and persistence, time, walking away, the sum of our parts, the little things, asking for help, focusing, seeking a different perspective, looking below the surface, and celebrating!
  • You’ll discover far more than 10 lessons in this relatable book!
  • You do NOT have to be a puzzler to enjoy our book!
  • Here’s the puzzle you see above: Coastal Escape
  • Please share with friends who enjoy self-help books and those who might benefit from some humor in this time of uncertainty!
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Peace by Piece:

10 Lessons from a Jigsaw Puzzle!

Nadine Collier, book co-author, and her daughter, Sarah Collier, our cover designer!

My Michigan best friend and her daughter, Sarah, spent the past week with me finalizing our new book: Peace by Piece: 10 Lessons from a Jigsaw Puzzle!

We hope you will enjoy this “lite” life lessons book! It’s based on my experience completing my very first monster jigsaw puzzle, and every chapter ends with reflections from Nadine based on her years of experience as a licensed professional counselor! There’s something for everyone in this book, and you don’t need to be a puzzler to enjoy it!

Pre-order the e-version today! Both e-version and paperback will be available by Labor Day, so stay tuned for updates!

This is the puzzle that started the discussion about writing a book! It’s a CEACO brand 2,000-piece monster called “Coastal Escape,” and it proved to be a worthy challenge!
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In Flight!

Wish I had wings!

My ducks have discovered their wings!
Listen to my latest COVID and Khaki Campbell Duck update!
The girls are still working on sticking their landings!
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And Now, for Something Completely Different…

5 little Khaki Campbell Ducklings!
70 little videos of 5 little ducklings…and counting!

Some may say I’ve lost my marbles, but in the process, I’ve gained five tiny Khaki Campbell peepers! I recently decided that since I won’t be traveling for the far-foreseeable future, I might as well embrace the idea of creating a homestead on our new property.

I ordered five female Khaki Campbells from Murray McMurray Hatchery for eggs and entertainment, and I’ve learned soooo much already about how to raise happy, healthy ducks. Now I’d like to share what I’ve learned and continue to learn with you!

Please SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube playlist How to Raise Happy, Healthy Ducks! COVID Duck Chronicles to get a daily dose of ducklings, and ask me questions (or leave comments) as we go!

Thanks for visiting, and remember to wash your hands (both because of coronavirus and after handling birds!) Oh, and I’ll still be creating new episodes on my podcast Alligator Preserves, so stay in touch and subscribe!

Stay safe!

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My Bizarre and Beautiful Visit

With friends breaking quarantine!

Khaki Campbell duckling image from: https://images.app.goo.gl/wy5yanh2Hv1A87hV8
Five of these little gals will arrive in the mail next week!
Listen here for more mental health wellness tips and an unusual quarantine-breaking visit!

Show Notes

  • More mental health wellness tips during quarantine from Dr. Donlon
  • Mental and physical preparation I did before my friends arrived from Leadville
  • Discussion and laughter about living under social distancing restraints and with face masks
  • Things we take for granted
  • Choices we can make!
  • Link to my latest newsletter: How Are You All Doing Out There?
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Buzzfeed

You know you like it!

Yup! I did it! I submitted my first Buzzfeed post and it was really fun! Check it out here and tell me what you think!

Popcorn–It’s What’s for Dinner (or Lunch, or Breakfast)!

Dinner for two!
Mmmmmm! Smell the aroma of fresh, hot popcorn!
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Q Diaries 35: Cinco de Mayo and Fractured Ankles

Sounds like a party, am I right?

Happy (?) Cinco de Mayo!
It’s just a lateral avulsion fracture of the malleolus!

Show Notes

  • I discuss why I’m clearly not yet a pro at walking, although I’ve been practicing this specific ‘sport’ for 60 years!
  • Props and sincere thanks to the entire ER staff at HRRMC! Thank you!
  • I talk about Cinco de Mayo parties with hopes that with life in the grip of a global pandemic, people will stop finding things to be offended about.
  • More mental heath wellness tips and confession about my own OCD tics.
  • Not sure where those Cinco de Mayo photos are…perhaps in the attic of our Leadville house!
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Q Diaries 34: My Scary Adventure into COVID-land

(with an eye toward the humorous nature of it all!)

I moved 20 cinder blocks a distance yesterday, for our outdoor duck coop. Felt good after being ‘cooped up’ in protective gear for my Safeway adventure!

Show Notes

  • I finally do it. I make the trek to Safeway for the first time since mask-wearing during social distancing became a requirement.
  • I do not forget the cheese.
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Q Diaries 33: My New Life

Dumplings and Ducklings

The duck coop, almost finished! Still have to dig it in (for critter control)!
More mental health wellness tips during quarantine and a changed perspective. Oh, and pumpkin dumplings!
Setting up the coop from McMurray Hatchery

Show Notes

  • More mental health wellness tips during quarantine from Dr. Donlon.
  • How COVID-19 has changed my perspective on where I live.
  • New recipe ideas (pumpkin dumplings) and excitement about becoming a duck wrangler.
  • CCWE writing prompt about home and belonging
  • DO NOT DRINK, GARGLE WITH, INGEST, or INJECT household cleaning supplies! (still can’t believe the man in charge of the United States–the “person who has a good you-know-what”–thought this might be a good idea to test). (Well, yes, I can).
  • Be safe. Be hopeful. Be kind to yourself and to others.
Pumpkin dumplings with shredded Pecorino Romano cheese!
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Q Diaries 32

More Mental Health Tips and Writing Inspiration

Read my story “Tanked” in my Dark Ebb: Grim Tales collection!
Listen here, y’all! And please click “LIKE” if you enjoyed it!

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