I have a goose decoy sitting on a dusty shelf in my laundry room just waiting for me to bring her out at Christmas. Since my brother found her on the side of the road nearly twenty years ago, the goose has found its way into many gag gifts and special occasions. It is a now a staple of our holiday grab bag exchange. Whoever gets the goose at Christmas holds onto it for the year and regifts it in the holiday exchange the next year. I got the goose last year, which means I get to plot a fun way to turn it into a gift this year. Bwahahaha!
I ran across the goose when I was cleaning in November, and I started mulling over what I could do that would be different and fun. The goose has already been stuffed with Easter Eggs and situated on a nest of shredded paper. She’s also be duct taped, decked out in ribbons galore and stuffed with fruitcake. She’s come gifted with a paper airplane book, a singing fish and a side of Spam.
After a couple days of thought, my writing muse decided to get in on the fun. “We should write a book. Yeah, to show your family at Thanksgiving. About how scared Goose is to leave the shelf in your house and go to a new home. We can illustrate it with real pictures. We’ll take them ourselves with the camera. We’ll have Goose act out all the adventures we have planned for her. We can have her climb a tree, fly off the roof and hang from the basketball hoop. Oh, this is going to be so much fun. Let’s get started!”
So, I still don’t know what I’m going to do for the Christmas grab bag, but I obeyed my muse. With a great big smile on my face and more than a few giggles, I wrote Goose’s story of overcoming her fear of the unknown. It has a mere 500 words and plenty of pictures taken by me and my daughter. It’s ridiculous and silly. I carried Goose to the park to meet real geese, much to my daughter’s embarrassment. (What if the people driving by see you? What will they think?!) I, on the other hand, was having far too much fun to be embarrassed, and I can only hope I gave the neighbors something to talk about!
I spent the rest of the weekend playing with page formatting and fonts. Finally, I uploaded the finished document to Office Depot and had it printed and bound. Everyone who’s read the book so far has smiled and snickered a little. I’ve decided Goose is the perfect answer for the holidays. She’s fun, defuses stress, and makes people smile and revert to childhood antics. Now I just have to find a way to end up with my own grab bag, so I can keep Goose for next year!
He only plans for the future. She might not have a future.
When live-for-the-moment massage therapist Willow Jeffries bursts into Colin Vanderhayden’s office, she makes it her mission to loosen up the future-focused CEO, knowing each moment of the present is too precious to waste. Despite her immediate attraction, the only future she can offer is one full of heartache.
The last thing Colin needs is a flighty woman messing up his carefully-constructed plans, but her heavenly massages and addictive personality prove hard to resist. But he has no idea how sick she is.
No longer able to ignore her life-threatening medical condition, Willow slips away to spare Colin a miserable future with her. Is Colin willing to sacrifice his well-laid future plans to get Willow back?
Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. She battles a serious NASCAR addiction, was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels, and loses her car keys several times a day. Subscribe to Sara’s newsletter: http://eepurl.com/rx_AL Visit her website: http://www.SaraDaniel.com
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- Day 3: Giving Tuesday
- Day 4: Pizza and Poker/Holiday Recipe Exchange
- Day 5: Little Lynnie’s Christmas Crackers
- Day 6: Blue Christmas
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