Sunday, May 10, 2020

Happy Mother's Day


Character: Maybelle Johnson

Title:  Three Treats Too Many (Book 3); One Taste Too Many (Book 1); and Two Bites Too Many (Book 2)
Series: Sarah Blair series (Kensington)
Author:  Debra H. Goldstein
Website:  https://www.Debra H. Goldstein.com


Happy Mother’s Day!

Wow! I excited that author Debra H Goldstein picked me, Maybelle Johnson, to be the featured character during Killer Characters’ Cozy Spring Fling – especially because today is Mother’s Day. You see, I’m the title character, Sarah Blair’s mother.

 Then again, who else could Debra have picked from the Sarah Blair series? My daughters:  Sarah or Emily? Sarah’s pets: RahRah and Fluffy? That sweet lawyer Sarah works for – Harlan Endicott? One of those hunks who keeps flitting across the pages? (well, maybe I should check into those).

Let me tell you about myself. I like to think I’m someone to be reckoned with. I live in Birmingham, Alabama, but when my husband was alive, we did a lot of business and had a lot of friends in Wheaton – that’s where my daughters live. Because of my grapevine, the girls often accuse me of knowing things before they do. They’re right.

When my dearly beloved husband died, I was desolate. I also started worrying whether I’d have enough money to survive. After all, I’m just turning sixty and plan to live a good long life. It was only after my daughters sat me down and showed me the true state of my finances that I realized I won’t outlive my money. That’s when I decided to live like there is no tomorrow. I’ve been traveling quite a bit since then.

You didn’t meet me in One Taste Too Many because I was at a spa in Mexico. It’s a good thing I didn’t have access to my phone or the news or I might have discovered the heap of trouble my daughters were in. Luckily, Sarah got Emily out of a very sticky situation. Sarah may find being in the kitchen scarier than murder, but she does come through when murder is in the air. If it wasn’t for her, I might, based upon what Chief Gerard believed in Two Bites Too Many, be writing this blog from behind prison bars. Family and friends are important to Sarah – as you’ll see in Three Treats Too Many (which you can pre-order now at https://www.amazon.com/Three-Treats-Sarah-Blair-Mystery/dp/1496719492 ).

Speaking of treats, as part of the Spring Fling, my daughters and I want to give away something special – a $10 Amazon gift certificate. For a chance to win it, leave a comment telling me about your best Mother’s Day as a mother or a daughter. Happy Mother’s Day!

64 comments:

  1. My best are when the young ones make something for me. I cherish them always.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Debby, I know what you mean. When I married my husband, he came with two children and then we had the holy terrors... I have two big bins of things the children made over the years. Thanks for leaving your thoughts...happy Mother's Day.

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  2. Best mother's day ever was when us kids got a hold of Mom's sisters on the sly and encouraged an altogether Mother's Day. Us kids were not always friendly with one another. But. This time? We came together. Each wove a different story for getting together with their parent. All 6 showed up at our place. Unknowing that the others were coming. Only time us kids actually got together on anything. We were all in our mid to late teens and getting ready to go our separate ways. Sonny had graduated the year before and had enlisted in the Air Force. We have not seen. Nor heard from him since. That was 1968. deepotter at centurylink dot net

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    1. So difficult when family goes its own way...that must have been a very special day for all of you.

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  3. The best Mother's Days are when we can actually get together in person and spend time together. Missing that this year. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  4. Each Mother’s Day that my mom is still here is the best. She’s 92.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. I agree. My mother passed away about 5 years ago at 85. Here's a link to the blog I wrote for The Stiletto Gang this year talking about my real mother --- https://thestilettogang.blogspot.com/2020/05/what-my-mothers-day-will-be-like.html ... I hadn't realized until now that I wrote about the two main mothers in my life .. Erica and Maybelle (who has a lot of Erica's spunk)

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  5. Best Mothers days are when i can feel my kids hugs! jcook22@yahoo.com

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    1. That's something that for me will be difficult this year... it isn't the same on zoom. I hope yours are able to hug you today.

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  6. All of my Mothers' Days have been terrific. Always got to be with my mom and my children. My first Mothers' Day was in 1972 and my son was born 2 days before and we were still in the hospital. Mom died at 79 in 1996 but, until this year, I've always been with my children and grandchildren.

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    1. What a wonderful way to celebrate your first Mother's Day...cuddling a little being. It's tough, I know, not to be with children or grandchildren this year. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. My best Mother’s Day was when I was younger and would make my mom her cards.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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  8. The best Mother's Day was the year we all went to the zoo together. We had so much fun! ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Zoo visits are great times with moms and children

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  9. When Mother's Day is here I am grateful especially with the grandchildren who make it very special. They make it memorable and fun. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Exactly, although this year it was Facetime all the way around.

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  10. Mother's Day when I was young and my mother was with us. Now she is gone it is a sad day. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I agree. You might be interested in my thoughts about Mother's Day now that my mom is gone, too. I wrote it for another blog (after all, this one is Maybelle's writings) ... https://thestilettogang.blogspot.com/2020/05/what-my-mothers-day-will-be-like.html

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  11. When my children were young they made me Mother's Day cards. I love them and still have them put away. They are so much more special than a store bought card.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I agree. I've kept all that my children (and now grandchildren) have made me.

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  12. The most fun (& delicious) time my mom & I had on Mother's Day was going to a chocolate festival.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  13. This year is a favorite. My daughter went to a blueberry farm and bought me a flat of fresh blueberries and a farm-baked blueberry pie. lkleback(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Wow! How special. I bet as fresh as they were, they are delicious.

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  14. The best Mother's Day were when we would take my Mom out for dinner to her favorite restaurant and come home for dessert and have her open her gifts.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I bet your mother was thrilled with everything - but especially the time she spent with you. Very special.

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  15. I’ve had many nice Mother’s Days. One I remember in detail was when my kids were young. I don’t remember what my older son had going on, but I was just spending time w my younger son, about 7-8 yr old then. (I was divorced and their dad usually had them get me a gift, which was nice.) We were living in Edmond, OK, and my son had heard about calamari and wanted to try it, so I found a restaurant that had it. The restaurant was downtown in a newish development called Bricktown, which incorporated old buildings and new, all near the Oklahoma River Walk. They have water taxis for a little cruise and it’s a great way to see all of downtown. The captain narrates and is pretty humorous, partly poking fun at the humbleness of it all. I loved the architectural cruise in downtown Chicago and this was similar except very tongue in cheek. It’s a nice memory with that little boy who is now 27. Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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    1. What a special memory. I've never been on that OK cruise, but I've taken the Chicago architectural cruise twice and been equally impressed both times.

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  16. I like Maybelle. That's my goal - be an old lady who won't outlive her money lol! When I think back I remember each Mother's Day as a favorite in some way. Breakfast in bed made by little ones, the year I was in Colorado working and visiting family and it snowed but I was with the daughter I didn't see often enough, today when we are all isolating except for the granddaughter who lives with us, but everyone is checking in to tell me they love me. Happy Mother's Day to all!
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm glad you like Maybelle. She's a pistol! Glad they all are checking in on you...but as you said, sometimes a snowstorm gives us extra time with loved ones. Until this past few weeks, I used to kid that the only time I enjoyed cooking was during a snowstorm (because everything else is on hold) -- of course, in Alabama we only get so many snowstorms so you can imagine we ate out quite a bit.

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  17. My favorite Mother’s Day memory is the last Mother’s Day I had with my mom. She wasn’t always there but she at times would remember me. This is the one memory I cherish. I love you Mummy!
    maceoindo at yahoo dot com

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    1. It's hard when a loved one fades in and out of lucidity of the moment, but those times she remembered you were precious. More important, the time you were there is to be applauded.

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  18. I live with my mother and take care of her. We have been in quarantine for some time now. My sister and brother came over today and visited, they brought flowers and her favorite German chocolate cake. We did the whole social distance thing while they were here but it was so good to all be together again! Happy Mother's Day everyone, stay safe! tWarner419@aol.com

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    1. German Chocolate cake (the cake or the ice cream) is a favorite. I'm glad your family, despite social distancing, could be together. Family on zoom just isn't the same.

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  19. Taking Mom out to her favorite restaurant.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  20. Just hanging out together. A lot of years me or my mom or both of us are working so we don't do a huge thing. We just spend time together later.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Spending time together is precious. I've thought about it a lot and actually wrote about it on the Stiletto Gang blog when talking about my mother (https://thestilettogang.blogspot.com/2020/05/what-my-mothers-day-will-be-like.html ). My mother had a lot of the same spunk as Maybelle, but I think Maybelle is one of a kind (then again, so was my mother).

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  21. Sharon GuagliardoMay 10, 2020 at 7:10 PM

    My best Mother's Day was when my son surprised me by coming home for a visit. It was perfect. catwoman-1 at comcast dot net

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    1. I bet it was perfect. We spend so many years with them constantly being with us....and then when they go on their own, we are thrilled, but there is a void. A surprise visit fills it because you know how much he cared to make the visit.

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  22. Every Mother's Day since I've become a mom has been special!! Even though my 4 children are adults, they are still my babies. This year my older daughter is a mom for the first time. Her 8 month old daughter & I created a fingerprint flower pot for her. I wanted to make sure she had a present in case her hubby forgot. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. Eileen, I'm jealous. My daughter has an 11 month old daughter, but because of COVID, we haven't been able to see her except on Facetime or Zoom for months. During that time, she's perfected crawling, is pulling up to walk, and has developed a hilarious personality. I'm glad you had the joy of creaing the fingerprint flower pot with her.

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  23. My brother was born on Mother's Day, many years ago now. A great gift for my mother, although hard earned.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  24. My best Mother's Day was my first one after my daughter was born. We had a son who was stillborn four years before she was born, so to be able to celebrate my first Mother's Day with a baby here on earth with me was such a miracle. Thanks for the chance!! bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Jamie, I know what you mean. The holy terrors were not my first pregnancy, so their arrival and well-being was truly a miracle.

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  25. I am lucky to have shared many wonderful Mother’s Days with the strong women in my family. A couple that stand out are taking my aunt for tea on Mother’s Day when her daughter wasn’t able to travel. We had a lovely day trying different teas and desserts as well as browsing the local art shop that’s adjacent to the tea shoppe. This Mother’s Day was special because we were able to reach out via Zoom. Since Covid , we haven’t been able to see one another and it was nice to see each other and chat. I think everyone left happier because of the social contact. ❤️

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    1. Strong women are special.... and all pick up the slack when needed. even when social contact is missing in person

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  26. One of my best Mother's Days was when our daughter was 7. While we were at work and she was with the babysitter, she managed to get the money out of her piggy bank and slip away to the florist that was in the next house to us. She bought an arrangement of a few yellow roses in a little glass vase and was tickled pink that she had done it all on her own. Well, after I got over the fear, anger and shear terror of thinking what she had done asking where was the babysitter, thankful that the florist was just next door and not across the main highway we lived on, or how did she think this all out by herself - it warmed my heart to think she would do that for me. Funny thing about it was after my blood pressure came back down and we talked about it, I asked her a few questions. That's she she popped up and said she had a lot bigger one picked out that she wanted to buy for me but they wouldn't let her charge it. They did though knowing her age and that she was all alone, took every penny she had to make a sell. Oh by the way, I still have that little flower arrangement. I still feel the love when I see it. It means the world to me because you see our daughter went to her heavenly home when she was 17. Mother's Day has extremely fond memories and some sad ones too for me.

    Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate! Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.

    Have a great week - stay safe, keep healthy and have a little adventure along the way!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Kay, what a special story and memory. For personal reasons, Mother's Day also has fond and sad memories for me, too.

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  27. my best Mother’s Day? All of them...with my mom, grandma, and now as a mom, grandma and great grandma (shh...don’t tell them but I always knew I was a GREAT grandma). It’s having my heart full knowing they are doing well. I really like being a great grandma because now I’m retired.we bake and do crafts...and no time crunches. They are 8.5 and 10.... growing up way to fast. Today our oldest son made us a deli our roast beef dinner with the help of his 16 year old daughter. I worry...who doesn’t? We’ve had one ...our youngest of six killed by drunk drivers in 2003. He was only 21. We just have the best memories...and when the keys go missing...we figure he moved them..cause we’ll gee...we couldn’t be forgetful could we? Lol. We are blessed. Whether you’re a mom to humans or animals ( and people, I know they can be both at the same time).... it’s just something I say thanks for everyday. The job has been hard but well worth every tear and every smile. I have found out even when I was away living and working in another country that every time you hear a siren...that one always has just a second of panic if their babies aren’t in their sight...even when they are 40! Lol

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  28. My best were when I would get homemade gifts! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. One of my best Mother's Days happened many years ago when our daughters were small. My parents never liked to go out to eat but we invited them and an Aunt who lived with my parents to a nice restaurant about 30 miles from us, on Mother's Day. Each lady, who entered the restaurant received a flower and we had a lovely meal together. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  30. I think my best Mother's Day was the first trip to Disney World when my girls were little. We went for a fancy breakfast and they were dressed up in cute little matching dresses. We had so much fun. Good memories. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. All of my Mother's Days have been special
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  32. I think my favorite was when my boys were in elementary school and they made me cards and bookmarks. They brought me breakfast in bed consisting of burnt toast with about 10 tablespoons of jelly, coffee made by mixing coffee grounds in water,and some violets and dandelions they picked. Yes I ate the breakfast. 😁 clugston.kathy@yahoo.com

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  33. Wonderful memories. I bet they were adorable.

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  34. Because this was Mother's Day during our Spring Fling and your answers were all so good, I decided to give out not one, but two prizes. Randomly selected, the winners of $10 Amazon gift certificates are Pam Hopkins and Jamie Gillespie. See you next month!

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  35. My best was this year. With everything going on,I got to spend some time with my grandkids. We are all fine. Thank God.

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