It’s 2014! Three Rousing Sneezes!

Yes, I’m ringing in the new year with a sore throat and the sniffles. If Facebook is any guide, I’m not alone. I wanna know who at the NSA came to work contagious and spread it around to everybody else.

ANYWAY, it’s not only the first of the year, it’s the first of the month, so there’s a new Hot Flash on the Hot Flashes page.

Please allow me to remind you that each year’s Hot Flashes–between 2002 and 2007, at any rate–has a Cafe Press store. Visit the Shop link on this web site to find out more.

MA’s Monthly Hot Flashes: 2002-2009 are…is…available in electronic formats–for Kindle (text-to-speech enabled) at Amazon and in many other formats, including text and .rtf at Smashwords, as a Nook book and at iTunes. Price = $0.99

Now, since this is also Wednesday, which is food day on this blog, I will give you a recipe for the soup I made yesterday.

Yesterday’s Soup

  • 1 can navy beans, rinsed, drained, and kinda mashed
  • 1 cup frozen vegetable soup mix
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • chopped cabbage
  • leftover veg and pasta from fridge (optional)


It was very good, even through a cold.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: When your main character has a cold, does he/she hunker down or work through it?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “It’s 2014! Three Rousing Sneezes!

  1. Jane

    January 1, 2014 at 9:01am

    Remember that really old episode of Spiderman where he had the flu, but he had to keep going out onto the streets and do the Spidey thing? There was misery. Even superheroes catch cold. Get well soon!

    Happy the New Year!

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      Marian Allen

      January 1, 2014 at 9:07am

      LOL! Typical Spidey! So far, this one seems to be relatively mild. ~crossing all fingers and toes~

      Happy New Year to you, too! See you in a couple of weeks. 🙂

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  2. Cathy Olliffe-Webster

    January 1, 2014 at 10:51am

    Oh I’m sorry to hear you’re sick. There are a couple of sickies in my house, too. Maybe I’ll fix them up with some of your soup to make them feel better.

    Get well soon, Marian, and Happy New Year!

    (Oh, I don’t know about my characters but I, for one, do not power through anything when I’m sick. I loll about on the couch and whine. Loudly. )

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      Marian Allen

      January 1, 2014 at 11:19am

      I’m with you, Cathy! If I can get somebody to fetch me some ice-cold ginger ale and a bowl of soup, that’s even better. ha!

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      Marian Allen

      January 1, 2014 at 9:41pm

      Thanks, Monti, and same to you! The cold is improving, as colds do. 🙂

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