Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!


If you haven’t finished Christmas shopping for the young ones on your list, may I suggest a book series? I fell in love with the background of this series while taking a class from the author, Paula Mowery, at The Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s Conference this past May. I’m just “Tickled Pink” to share about this series with you today — just in time for Christmas!

In trying to get young children interested in reading and writing, she started a blog about a young girl the same age as the class she was teaching. It was a kindergarten class and so Miss Chloe Ann Parker was also a kindergartener. The kids would read all about the antics and issues Chloe Ann was going through as she acclimated to a new school. Mrs. Mowery said the kids got so into the story, they would even have their parents pull it up at home over the weekend on their smart phones so they could read the next part of the story. They didn’t want to wait until Monday’s class!

Mrs. Mowery would have conversations throughout the week with the children as they would tell her all about what “problems” they were having like someone pushing someone on the playground, somebody cutting in line or another person broke a pencil that didn’t belong to them. And low and behold, Miss Chloe Ann had some of those same problems as well.

It became such a hit that she has continued it on, with Chloe Ann Parker now being a third grader. The children still follow along and also give her more ideas, too!

I was fortunate to read the newest book to review for the author. Knowing the background of the book made it that much sweeter. The blog is still going for the children, too.

If you have young ones in your home — or maybe you have grandchildren, I think this series would be a great one to get and read along. Or if you’re like me (or my friend, Michelle) we enjoy young adult books, too! Christmas break would be a great time to read together under a cozy quilt with a side of hot chocolate!


Here’s the interview I had with Paula Mowery, author:

Where did the story of Chloe Ann come from for you?

Paula: For four and a half years before this school year (2017), I worked in a Title 1 school. I was visiting classrooms, doing writing lessons. I told the kids the best way to improve writing is through reading. Realizing many of our kids didn’t have access to reading material, I decided to create a character and have her story play out weekly on a blog. Thus, Chloe Ann Parker was born.

Do the students in your class ever ask you “which one is me?” in the stories?

Paula: Nope. The first grade teacher and I sent home permission slips for including first names. Now, normally it’s hard to get forms back, but I got every one of those papers back. Each week I would meet with that group and get their input on the story. When I returned the next week, before we jumped into creating the story for that week, I would read the post from the week before. They heard their names. When the first grade book came out, I marked with small post-it notes each name mentioned throughout the book. Each student signed their name on a page with their name mentioned.

The third book in the series came out this summer, is that Chloe’s second grade?

Paula: Actually, Chloe is still in first grade in the third book. She gets a little surprise in that book.

How many grades can we count on for the adventures of Miss Chloe Ann?

Paula: I hope to write her series at least through the elementary grades – fifth grade.

Do I remember correctly that you have color pages for the readers?

Paula: Yes, my illustrator has created a coloring page for each book that is out so far. They are located on the blog under the Chloe’s Stuff tab.

Where can others find your books?

Paula: The books are available in digital and print formats on Amazon. Also check out the blog, to follow her story and be informed when another of her books releases.


Please add anything you would like others to know.

Paula: I wanted to make sure Chloe’s books were what the kids wanted to read and concerned them. That’s the reason I met with the kids and got their input. There’s much discussion on making children’s books appeal to parents because they buy them. But I’m happy to report that adults enjoy Chloe’s adventures too. My mother has passed the whole series up to this point around to her Sunday school class, and those women report they love Chloe too.

I just really want to encourage kids to read and write. It’s my fun!


Paula Mowery has always been an avid reader of Christian fiction, especially
romances of all sub-genres. She holds a Master of Education and taught
English/Language Arts in public school and then came home to educate her
own daughter, first through twelfth grades. She teaches at writing conferences
such as the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.
TAG,Tomorrow’s Author Guild, is a pilot program she is currently creating in which
she teaches and designs writing lessons to encourage young writers as well
as assisting teachers with writing instruction.
Paula is a published author in Christian fiction. One reviewer stated that her writing “thunders with emotion.” Her novella, Be The Blessing, won the 2014 Selah Award. Her story, The Prayer Shawl, from the book, Legacy and Love, was a finalist in The Carolyn Readers’ Choice Awards from North Texas Romance Writers of America. Her devotions have also been included in several devotional anthologies.
Connect with her on her blog —
T. A. G. stands for Tomorrow’s Author Guild. The goal of this program is to encourage the writers of the future. Because lack of purpose can equal lack of motivation, writing lessons are created and taught with the aim of sparking interest in the student and providing a platform in which to practice good writing skills. The writing lessons are created to help alleviate some of the pressure and demands of teachers so that they can accomplish the writing objectives in fresh ways.
The TAG blog is where Chloe Ann Parker was born. The story is set in West Elementary School
and includes people from the school as secondary characters. Chloe’s story has appeared in a
serialized and somewhat condensed fashion as weekly posts at
I hope you enjoyed the interview and getting to hear a little snippet of how Chloe Ann Parker began! Better yet, I hope you will start the series with a special young someone in your life. And maybe even follow along on the blog, too.
Keep reading!

Friendship is Heart Warming Indeed!



I’m so excited to join in the fun on a new Link-up. Beginning today, ASK GOD TODAY MINISTRIES will be doing a link up entitled – WARM HEARTED WEDNESDAY LINK UP. We will be providing a prompt each time to help you with your post. Take the time you need to write what’s on your heart. I so hope I’ll see you over there!

Today’s prompt:  “Share a recent experience that you are thankful for.”

That’s really a tough one! It’s not because there hasn’t been anything to be thankful for recently, it’s that which one do I pick to write about! I think I’ll have to go with the one experience that was the “most” recent!

We were in South Carolina for the Thanksgiving holiday week visiting our daughter (which we were very thankful for). But the end of the week before leaving to go home, I had the privilege to meet up with a few of the ladies from my writing team with Ask God Today Ministries. Most of us had met up in Nashville at the beginning of the month for a 2016 planning retreat (which I can’t wait to share more about that!!). So to then end the month with lunch with several of them was so much fun.

It warms my heart so much to be serving on this team with ALL of these women. These women are so encouraging and inspiring and I just love talking with and being around them all. Their love for God overflows into all their conversations!

So to be able to grab lunch with three of them this past Monday just topped off a great week. Made my thankfulness meter hit the top!


We chatted a mile a minute and laughed almost to the point of snorting!

I’m very thankful for each of the women I serve with this on this team. And I’m thankful that we were able to wiggle out some time this holiday to catch up with each other.

And of course – there’s always time for being silly together…


Now it’s your turn…head on over to WARM HEARTED WEDNESDAY LINK UP and join in the fun! I can’t wait to get this party started!




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Though I wish I were on this plane flying anywhere warm, I have been out in cyber world traveling a bit! I am now a part of the writing team for Ask God Today Ministry! There are 13 writers on the team and I’m thrilled to be one of them. So while you haven’t seen me here, I haven’t put away my pen or keyboard – I’ve been out traveling the world, so to speak!

I’d love to have you join us over there at the ministry site. Just like you can become a subscriber here so you don’t miss a post, you can also do that at Ask God Today Ministries. Each month we change things up a bit and currently we are talking about Heros of the Faith. The posts have been encouraging as we see how God uses the broken people and not the “perfect” people we would thing he would. I hope you’ll join me over there.

If you’re curious about what I’ve been writing about – you can read the post on:  Earthly Example of God’s Love or The Love of a Friend  or Sarah, I’m with Ya Girl! .

Don’t forget to sign up here so you don’t miss a post and leave me a comment below as to what you have been up to this winter!

Find a reason to giggle a bit, today!

Tammy Sig

It’s the Month of Love!

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My Sweet Grandma M. at 98!

Do you have someone who you know, without a doubt, loves you? It doesn’t matter if you did something wrong, said the wrong thing or don’t stay in touch as much as you should, that person will love you to the ends of the earth. Are you fortunate enough to have or have had someone like that in your life?

I was very fortunate to have someone like that in my life. I shared about this specific person over at Ask God Today Ministries. If you would like to read it, click here. Then make sure you come back here and share with me your certain someone.

If by chance you still have that person living today, would you take this Valentine’s Day to make sure they know how much you appreciate their love? You just may make them “Tickled Pink” to hear from you! They need to know. Before you can’t tell them any longer.


Tammy Sig


These Are Better Than I Thought!



Did you ever see the movie, The Jerk, with Steve Martin? One of the most remembered scenes I think for many people is when  Martin ran out of the house yelling and jumping heading down to the mailbox. On his way, he yelled this famous phrase…”the new phonebooks are here, the new phonebooks are here.” He was so excited as he flipped it open to see his name printed in those pages!

Yesterday was my “the new phonebooks are here” kinda day!

My custom order had arrived. The order even came a week earlier than expected, so when the UPS guy yelled into the kitchen window as he left my package on the porch, I couldn’t figure out what was delivered. My hubby went to the door to get the package and laughed as he said your Tickled Pink Converse are here! Oh yeah, I dropped what I was doing and came to look immediately!

As I eagerly opened the box, I was so pleasantly surprised. I thought where I had the shoes custom signed with my name would be stamped on the side of the right shoe. When I pulled the first shoe out of the box and realized it was actually embroidered – well, let’s just say Pharrell’s song, “Happy” came to mind! I was most certainly “HAPPY”!!!!!

I immediately put them on! And if you knew me, I never do anything like that. Seriously. I will buy a new item of clothing, shoes or even a new sewing machine. I won’t wear or use the item for a while. Actually, not until my husband asks why I’m not using the new thing! But this time, I put them on and began snapping pictures! I took the one above —

And then this one…


And then this one…


And then this one…IMG_1484

And lastly, this one…


My hubby just kept smiling watching me be so excited about my new shoes! What can I say – I was just…(here it comes) so “Tickled Pink” with my new Converse.

I usually don’t have such a positive experience when I order things. I for sure have not had something arrive that was better than what I thought it/they would be. It was truly a Tickled Pink kinda day!!!

Talk back to me…have you ever ordered something and it arrived even better than you thought? Share your experience with us below! I’d love to hear your story!

Tammy Sig

Driving a truck like a boss!

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This is the truck I recently drove with half our home’s belongings inside. No, not really. But that’s what it felt like to me!

We have made the decision to move south to join our daughter in the near future. We took our regularly scheduled visit to see her to take a bunch of things down that we aren’t using on a daily basis to get the house “sell ready.” My hubby decided that I was the better driver of the two of us and that I would drive the rented moving truck. I was not, however, excited about the prospect. Not in the least! But I decided to go along with it. Well, actually, I didn’t have much choice!


Ahem…cough, cough! If you call gripping the shaking wheel with white knuckles, hunched over and pulled clear up to the window and sweating like a dripping sponge a boss – then yeah, that was me!

I’m Tickled Pink to say, that God is good and is still in the prayer answering business. I had already asked a few prayer warriors to pray for my drive and my hubby and I had done the same before we left the driveway. In fact, we never leave the driveway on a trip without first praying for our travels. Since I was driving the truck alone as he drove our van behind me, I asked for extra prayers from many! As we left our driveway and wove out of the development my nerves started to ramp up. The truck was a 16 footer and was loaded down. It swayed and rocked and so did my stomach.

We finally made it to the highway and I positioned myself into a spot I was okay with. Or so I thought. I noticed my hands were starting to sweat. I realized I was sweating and the air conditioner was on. I began to not be able to breath calmly. Then I started getting upset with myself that I was out of control. And we were eight — 8 — minutes from home. The ten hour drive was going to be a very long one. I picked up the walkie talkie and called back to my hubby behind me. I informed him that I was getting off at the next exit and going back home. He told me it wasn’t an option, calm down, take a deep breath and that I would be fine.

As God would have it, He gave me a gift about and hour and a half into the trip. We had just come through two main city’s rush hours and I was about to call back to my hubby that I needed a break at the upcoming rest stop. I shouted to myself, “Good grief girl, pull yourself together.” At about that point, I noticed all the red lights in front of me and started to slow that heavy truck down. With the traffic all stopped, it was evident that there must be an accident as we had no construction signs. Eventually, most of us turned off our cars/trucks and waited. At this point, I texted my prayer warriors with an update of the accident and that I really felt like I was on the verge of a panic attack. They all texted back words of encouragement and promises of prayers.

After our twenty minutes of sitting, the cars began to slowly move. I realized my racing heart had slowed down and I was a little more at peace. Thank you, God!

Off we go. Until…

The West Virginia Turnpike!

Oh. My. Word! I’ve never been a fan of those S curves and drop–offs on each side of the highway, but with a loaded truck – this was terrible. My heart began to race again. My palms were dripping wet. And the air conditioner on high was doing me no good – I was so hot and sweaty.

Now, I have memorized a lot of scripture in my old age. And on any given day I can pull up the verse and recite it when needed. Except, of course, today when I needed it the most! I wanted to calm my nerves so the verse I wanted I knew was in Philippians. But I couldn’t think of the the chapter or the verse. I couldn’t even think of all the words! AND I’ve recited this verse a bazillion times! So – all I said was:

“Anxious for nothing, by prayer and supplication.”

I just kept saying it out loud over and over and over all through the entire West Virginia curvy Turnpike. I had most of it, and I knew I needed something to hang onto to rid myself of the fear of this truck. The actual verse is this:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 NIV

And again, God was good and I made it through unscathed! I’m so Tickled Pink for His answers to my prayer of safety over and over!

When I was further down Route 77, I began to laugh at the fact of how a verse I have known and used for the better part of my life was just gone. I had a few words, but for the life of me I could not get the whole verse. Then I was reminded of a talk I heard Kay Arthur (a well-known Bible teacher) say of a time she had a similar situation to my dilemma. She was in a stressful and fearful moment and knew she wanted to pull on the verse Psalm 91:4 – “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (NIV) Her story made me laugh then and it brought me back to a chuckle at that point. She shared that she, too, had memorized a verse and used it over and over. At that moment of stress – she could only remember one word. She said, “Beloved, I could not come up with the verse I knew so well, but I remembered a word and started shouting it at the top of my lungs…FEATHERS, FEATHERS, FEATHERS. And you know what ladies, He knew what I meant.”

I knew He knew what I meant, too, because I was now two states away from that crazy turnpike and was doing fine! I was VERY Tickled Pink!

Though it took us an extra hour and half over our usual drive time, we arrived safely. And I must confess, this is the actual size moving truck I drove:

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It just felt like a semi truck!

What about you? Was there ever a time, when you tried to pull on a scripture that you knew for sure you had memorized and had also used many times before but for some reason it just would not come to you? Were you able to at least remember a word and lean on that? I’m thinking He will still get what you’re thinking!

…and that’s all I have to say about that!

Tammy Sig

Welcome to My New Home!

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Photo from Pinterest – not my house…but I wish it was!!!

Well, whaddya think? I have finally packed up all the boxes, moved the boxes out, swept the floor – then unpacked the boxes and am finally home. Here – to my new cyber home. I love it! Still working on some little features, but I just couldn’t hold back any longer–I’ve been dying to show off what we’ve done. And when I say we – in all actuality I mean the team over at! I have a new address, too! It’s now tammykarasek (dot) com. I hope you will subscribe over on the right side so you can stay in the loop. I’ve been gone a bit this spring as we play and move things around, but I’m back and so excited to be back AND for some new features I’ll be adding to my new cyberhome!

I have to take the time and give a huge shout out to my friends over at for helping me do the change over from Tickled Pink Tammy on Blogger. If you are needing some help in making a move from Blogger to WordPress or need some help getting all the Plug-ins and Widgets to work – they are your team. Nick can help you redecorate your cyperhome, too! Of all the places I checked out, this team was very budget friendly. Check them out:

Glad you’ve stopped in today, you’ve made my day!

Oh…and it’s my birthday!!! So your visit is doubly good!

Tammy Sig




Who Says Friday The Thirteenth Is Bad Luck?

It was a cold wintry night. It was a Friday and the 13th no less. I was at a fraternity party with a specific duty. I had to ask a certain blonde dude to my sorority formal this night!

But I didn’t want to!

It was against everything I was brought up by. Girls DO NOT ask boys out on a date. Yet as a pledge to this sorority, my sisters were adamant that we all had to be at the winter formal to be presented to the alums, so everyone before us had also asked out a guy.  It was a Chi-O tradition and my big sister wasn’t going to have her little sister not be in attendance.  Argh.

I offered to go only if I could ask my cousin. The answer was a definite – NO! So my pledge sister, Julie, took him.  I said I would probably have to work – NO! You will ask off they insisted. Then my pledge sisters threw me under the bus. Yep, they sure did!

“Why don’t you ask that blonde guy you stalk from the Dance Marathon meetings?” Julie asked.

“Yeah, he’s a cutie!” Sue added in.

“NOOOO!” I said. “I don’t know him and I’m not walking up to somebody and saying, ‘Hey, I know you don’t know me, but do you want to wear a suit, buy some flowers, pick me up and go to a formal?’ Uh-uh, ain’t gonna do it!”

A couple days later while sitting in the student center, one of the blonde guys’ frat brothers, Lee, was talking to a bunch of us. Lee was perpetually at our table, so he was in the loop of our upcoming winter formal. One by one he was asking who we were taking. I harassed him that he was looking to be asked and he turned to me and said, “So, then who are you taking?”

I quickly told him I wasn’t going. My sweet pledge sisters then blurted out that they think I should ask the blonde Phi Sig brother of his to go. He laughed and asked which one.  Julie replied, “Lee, the blonde at the dance marathon meeting, you know, he comes in with you.” Lee shook his head as he realized who Julie was speaking of.

Now that Lee was in on the scoop, he began concocting ways for me to ask this guy, which I now knew was named Larry according to Lee. He reminded me that we were having a party with them on Friday and that’s when I should ask him, it would be perfect timing. Yeah, right.

Every stinkin’ day that week, Lee and my sorority sisters consistently badgered me about asking this guy. I finally conceded that I would ask him at the party on Friday night. I told them I knew he would say no, but then I wouldn’t have to go because I tried to no avail. No date – no go!

Did I mention that I had stalked this guy since October? It was now January, and through major snooping, I knew an awful lot about this guy. Yet, he had no idea! In fact I’m sure he was pretty oblivious to my existence. I had made Lee swear to secrecy.

Friday morning finally arrived. I was totally stressed out. I so did not want to do this, but I had made a promise that I would. Ahhhhh – what was I thinking.

I arrived at the Phi Sig house at 9:30, a half hour after the party started. My friends are there and they inform me that the guy isn’t there. I think – great, I got all worked up for this and he’s not even going to show up tonight. Lee approaches with a huge grin on his face. “Well, are you ready to ask him?” he says.

I replied, “Well, I was but he’s not even here.”

“Oh yeah, he’s at a basketball game but he’ll be here later because he knows that three of you are going to ask him to a formal tonight,” he said.

“What? Three of us?” I said. “Well, then I’m done, I’m not going to ask him, the other girls can. Forget it.”

Then my pledge sister, Sue, came over to me beaming, “He’s here!”

Dang it if that darned Lee didn’t slowly walk the blonde guy over to me. Little creep! Lee introduced us then just walked away, leaving both of us just standing there looking at each other. Though Lee didn’t go too far away as he, Julie, Sue, Eleana and Char stood about six feet away smiling like a bunch of goofballs.

If you are reading this and have actually spoken with me in person, you know I can crank up some speed while I talk. Get me nervous or very excited and you will probably not understand much of what I say! Yeah – that’s how I asked him to the formal. It went like this:

“It-was-really-nice-to-finally-meet-you. I’ve-seen-you-at-all-the-dance-marathon-meetings. Um-I-uh-have-to-ask-you-something. I-have-to-go-to-the-Chi-O-winter-formal-and-uh-we-have-to-ask-someone-to-go. You-probably-wouldn’t-want-to-go-but (he says,”when is it?”) we-have-to-ask-but-I’m-sure-you-are-probably-busy (again he says, “I asked, when is it?”) and-it’s-coming-up-soon-so-it’s-okay-that-you-don’t-want-to-go-it’s-just-that-I-had-to-ask…and the blonde guy reaches up and covers my mouth gently and says, “I asked when is it, I will go with you.”

And I stop talking, my mouth falls open and I just stare.

He asks again.

My friends see there is a problem and come over and Lee says, “So, Larry, you going to the Chi-O formal with Tammy?”

Larry replied, “I don’t know, she still hasn’t told me what day it is yet.”

That’s when it all began – a 36 year adventure for the two of us! Happy 36th anniversary of meeting you, Larry! Love ya!

Here we are – Larry had just turned 19 and I was 18 (and a half!). Looking at this, we sure do look young. Oh wait, we were!

…and that’s all I have to say about that!


Happy 3rd Birthday, Tickled Pink!

Yes indeedy, today this Tickled Pink Tammy blog turns three years old! WooHoooo!

I’m going to let you in on a secret…Tickled Pink Tammy is moving to a new “home” soon! I’ve been working on it, but it’s just not quite ready yet. Oh, the address is selected, but I’m still working on the decorating so you’ll just have to wait a bit to see it. Don’t worry, it won’t be much longer, just a few more details to do.

I will be posting soon what the new address is. I am hoping you will come on over and check it out when it’s all freshly painted and decorated, so to speak.

I have appreciated all the support and encouragement you all have given me here at this address. I truly do enjoy your conversations! I also hope that you will come over and subscribe to the new address and take part in some great fun! I will be keeping the Tickled Pink Tammy theme, but I will be adding more to what I’ve been doing here. It’s been on my mind to do it, and rather than adding another blog, I prayed long and hard and decided to blend them together. There will still be some truly hilarious Tickled Pink stories, but I’ll also be sharing my “deep” side…yeah – I really have one!

So stay tuned here in January for the announcement of the new address. I’d give it to you now, but what fun would that be to see it all plain and boring. That’s just not me!

Thanks for following along these past three years – looking forward to spending more with you over at the new address!

…and that’s all I have to say about that!


You’re A Hero If You Don’t Steal It!

You read that correctly!

Last week on our local news, a story was shared that has made it across the country. I’m didn’t even pay attention to where it actually happened as I got so “Tickled Pink” by the newscaster’s response.

It was even on the Today show prior to being on our local news.

Maybe you heard about it. I’ll give a brief synopsis of the event:

A couple of young football players went to a store to buy something. Upon arriving, they pause at the door to apparently see if it has closed, but realize the door was still unlocked. They open the door and look in. Though they see nobody in the store, the door was unlocked and the lights were on so they entered. Then they proceeded to pick out the stuff they came for and approached the counter. In full view of the camera, they show what they picked out and laid the money on the counter. Making sure the camera records that they were being honest and paying for their items. 

As the local reporter here in Northeast Ohio was reporting the event, the other newscaster is totally dumbfounded by the whole chain of events. As the lady finishes the report, you see the camera pan across the whole desk and the male reporter sitting there with his mouth open. The lady looks at him oddly and begins to giggle. When he could hold it no longer, he replied…

“So now, if you go into a store that is left unlocked after closing, help yourself to what you want, leave the money on the counter to pay for what you’re taking – you’re a HERO? “

They proceed on with the rest of the news and sports for the show. At the end of the newscast, they have that last few moments where they sometimes laugh between each other about something that was shared during the show. You guessed it, he went back to it.

“Let me get this straight.  So now, you’re a HERO if you actually PAY for something which is what you’re supposed to do?”

This has made me “Tickled Pink” laughing at the newscaster clear into this week! Seriously though, he does have a point. These four football players were even interviewed to brag about their Hero-ness. I have to agree with the newsman as to why these kids are given Hero status for paying for something they should be paying for. Like now, if you don’t steal it and decide to pay for something that you take from a store, you’re a HERO!!! WooHoo!

Check it out:

So whaddya think? Should we start a new revolution? Should we all remind everyone we meet that we are Hero’s because we pay for our groceries, etc. when we go to the store?

…and that’s all I have to say about that!


Too funny! Comments – you know I love ’em, add them below!