Mary's Holiday News and Notes

 Welcome to Mary's Garden blog where imagination blooms. Here is today's quote:

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. 
~~Hamilton Wright Mabie 

Welcome to the holiday season. 
I usually wait to put out any holiday decorations until after Thanksgiving. This year? I've needed some extra cheer. My house is decorated and a lot of my packages are already wrapped.

However we are still going to have a family dinner. We haven't figured out the logistics of having our large family get together safely, but we'll figure it out. 

We had a porch pick up for Halloween. Our kids brought the grandkids to pick up their goody bag and pumpkin and the adults picked up a container of chili. Not what we had planned. However, we still had fun. 

I hope all is well with you during this crazy Covid-19 stuff going around. I, as most of us, thought it would be gone by now. I'm very disappointed to be wrong. Please take care!

This month is NaNoWriMo month. For those who do not know, this is a month writers around the world set goals and write every day. I'm very glad for my habit of writing every morning before work. I have a goal of 500 words a weekday and 1000 words Saturday and Sunday. So far I have been either right at my goal or over. Now if I can keep doing this through out the year, I'll be ahead of the game. Maybe they need a month for editing also! 

Since I'm working from home I put up a tiny tree in my office, I like it. Keeps me cheery. 

As I mentioned last month I'm changing my newsletter. I try to send a newsletter on a regular basis but it never seems to happen when I plan. I have a blog also that I try to keep up. So I have decided to combine them. Meaning...

I invite you to subscribe to this blog. You can do that in the top right corner. Thank you, I appreciate your continued support on my blog. 

Now on to NEWS!!!!

This is the third month of the adventure I embarked on with Judy Baker. We have a YouTube channel and have monthly interviews, guests, chats. And a lot of goodies are given away each month.

If you have any questions please email us at:
We will answer your questions on next months chat!
Each month a first lucky person will win this fun bag! (US Only) 
We haven't forgotten our international followers. One International person will win 2 Ebooks and a $10 Amazon GC.

To enter go to RaffleCopter: If you answer one or more questions you will be eligible. 

You probably think that is all I have going, right? WRONG I still have my Fall Contest going. 8 more days, so hurry to enter. 

One lucky US winner will win a full signed set of The Beckett Series. And a lucky International winner of the full eBook set of The Beckett Series. Please go here to enter:

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As you know, my cookbook is out. You can check out The After Work Cook here: 

If you like recipes please visit my After Work Cook Blog And remember to go to Mary's Garden Blog and subscribe so you will not miss out on any news. 

And last but NOT least. I have a Holiday Cookbook Gift Basket to give away. This fun basket would be a perfect gift. To yourself! Enter as many times as you want. The contest runs through 12/21/2020. 

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This year of 2020 has been difficult and I have learned a lot about myself. One thing that has not changed and never will is the love I have for my family and friends. I am so grateful for all the wonderful people in my life. And I am grateful to have all of you interested enough to follow me. 

Have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends. Take care!

As always, thank you for your continuing support! 
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