Tickled Pink

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, www.getkidswriting.blogspot.com 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 — www.paulamowery.blogspot.com.
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. www.getkidswriting.blogspot.com
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 www.getkidswriting.blogspot.com.
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!


It is hard to believe that it is already the end of 2013, where did it go?

In this busy season, I wanted to pop in to send you holiday wishes while I begin a break with my family. I hope you all will be able to do the same…slow down, relish in the true message of Christmas and surround yourself with all the people you love. I will be doing that very thing…minus a couple who live far away (insert sad frown-face here!)

The upcoming year will see some changes for Tickled Pink Tammy! Exciting changes, too! No, I won’t be giving up being “tickled pink” – not hardly. That, my friends will never go away – I love to laugh way too much! I will have a new home with new decorating! I will be adding in another side to me that maybe not all of you know about. (But don’t be scared!!) I hope you’ll move over to the new home with me when we get it all built!

Until then, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support this past year. You have been such an encouragement back to me with your funny stories, comment and very kind words. I wish I could hug each of you personally, but since that is not possible, please accept a cyber hug from me now! Go ahead, give yourself a hug…I’ll wait.

On a more serious note (yes, I have a serious side)…

My prayer for each and every one of you for 2014 is that though the day may seem to be full of not so happy circumstances, you find a reason to smile. And beyond smiling for yourself, you share a smile with someone else. We never know what may be happening in each others’ lives at any one moment, but we can know for sure, everyone can ALWAYS use a smile and a kind word.

Thank you for your encouragement.

Be blessed my “Tickled Pink” friends!

You’re the bestest!!


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


Truly Tickled Pink Day!

I have to tell you, I had the most “Tickled Pink” kind of day today! Not only did I get an opportunity to hang out and/or meet some of my fellow Ohio Blogger friends, but we got the royal treatment from BJ’s Wholesale Club. 
By invitation, we were treated to a holiday tour of the items they are already getting in for the holidays from food, to gifts and everywhere in between. Many of you probably have been there before, but it’s been a while since I have been there. One thing for sure, I was stoked to see how many more veggies they have added since I was there last. And organics, too!!  Woot! Woot!
They sure had a lot of great holiday ideas for your entertaining needs. They were very gracious to us with providing what they called a tasting. This, my friends, was not your ordinary tasting…they gave us lunch! I took a couple pictures before all of the treats came out, but you can see that the table was already filling up.
Then we each received a Swag Bag that was amazing! The picture of this bag does not give it justice…you could place a small child in it!

Inside of the bag were some of the items which are in stock at BJ’s now. Of course this first item being chocolate, my hubby (a dedicated chocoholic) has already had one of the little bears! He said it was good! I’ll take his word for it.

These tags are really cool. They are 3-D and handmade. There are 60 tags in the package and they are like gifts in and of themselves!

Oh, and there is more…
We also got this neat Cheese Board Serving Set which they had on display with our “tasting” with Brie and Jarlsberg Cheese on it. This would be a great hostess gift. You can write on the slate and the little slate signs for the cheese, too. It also comes with the four tools.

AND – we received a large gift card, a free 90 day membership and our place card with our names on them. They sell those in a set which you could use for your dinner table as name cards or set them by cheese or dips to identify the treats. They are porcelain and easy to clean off for the next gathering!

While on the tour through the store, I got some great ideas for the holidays. Whether you need to feed a few or a large crowd there is plenty to choose from. I love cooking for people, so being able to find so many choices for vegetables and fruits for my dishes was well worth my time for the tour that’s for sure.
I liked to send a big shout out to BJ’s Wholesale Club (in North Canton) for the wonderful Blogger Tour today. It was an amazing time.
One more thing…they made sure to tell us that their Black Friday deals will begin on Sunday of Thanksgiving week. They WILL NOT be open at all on Thanksgiving as they want their employees to spend as much quality time with their families as possible. They will open on Black Friday at 7am, but no need to stand in line at 3am or fight the crowds as they will be sharing their deals the whole week. 
Hooray for thinking of the employees and their families!
…and that’s all I have to say about that!

October Challenges!

I’m pretty “Tickled Pink” to be sharing the post below with you! It is written by me and it’s posted today over at my other Blog page.

I’ve set two challenges for myself for the month of October and I’m giving a quick update before the end of the month…a teaser so to speak!

Here’s the photo:

That’s all I’m giving away…c’mon over and check out what goes with this photo!
See you there!
…and that’s all I have to say about that!

The Weather Is Fickle!

Is it just me, or is anybody else having the most difficult time choosing what to wear each day during this fall season? I mean really. This is NOT making this girl very Tickled Pink at all! Honest to goodness, it seems that no matter what I decide to wear, it’s the wrong thing. Think about it, most of us have warm, consistent temperature homes. We have garages attached to our homes. So when you dress in the morning, go out the door and walk about ten steps to your car – how in the world are you supposed to know that it’s colder than it looks out the window! If you listen to the weather guy, 65 degrees sounded pretty warm during the 11 o’clock news last night. Yet somehow stores and restaurants never watch the news and set the thermostat as if it’s 25 degrees and snowing outside.

For instance, a couple weeks ago, we were having sort of an Indian Summer with temps in the 80’s. I loved it, a little extra summer and it was wonderful. Yet, when I went into any place of business,  it’s as if once September hits, the thermostats are automatically set for heat never to be changed again until May.

So you start to push up sleeves and you stand in line and fan yourself. You even start shaking the back of your shirt to make any kind of breeze that you can. C’mon man…when you are my age, your thermostat is already on heat most of the day and on occasion decides to crank up all on it’s own to the temperature of inferno. A girl can only take off so much in public! I mean seriously!

Apparently not all creatures are created alike as in male and female as they say! Take the other night when my hubby said, “When are we going to change to the flannel sheets? These sheets are chilly!”

I smiled and thought to myself, “Ha! Says who? You should lay on my side and feel how hot THOSE sheet are!”

It becomes a game during the night. Covers on. Twenty minutes later, covers off. An hour later, covers on. A little while later, covers off. Every. Stinking. Night!

So what on earth are you going to do? Well, I guess what I’m going to have to start doing is bringing several outfits in the car. Once I arrive at my destination, go in and check it out. Then if I need to make a wardrobe adjustment – I’m good to go! Can you just imagine? Sigh….

I guess I’ll just warn you now. If you’re out and about in the stores this Fall season and you see a woman in shorts, tank top and flip flops although it’s only 46 degrees outside – have no fear. It will just be me in my proper outfit for the store’s temperature!

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


That’s A Long Time!

Thinking of what this date means to me, makes me so very “Tickled Pink” today! It was a beautiful warm and sunny day 32 years ago on this day–September 12, 1981. The excitement was high and the year and a half of preparations were beginning to unfold for the day. Though the actual story began on a snowy, winter night back on Friday, January 13, 1978 – that initial meet up was now becoming a wedding day. Our wedding day.

Today we celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary, that man of mine and I. It has been 32 years of wedded bliss! Bliss? Hmmm, really?! Oh it has not been perfect, but we have stood the ground and honored our vows through this part of the ceremony which we both recited:

I Tammy,  take you Larry,  for my lawful husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.

We are here 32 years later and have had some bumps in the road along the way–major bumps, but still feel strongly about those vows said at the altar before God and our family and friends. There are times we would probably not wish to have gone through, but I am sure glad that I had Larry to go through them with. Would I do it all over again? YOU BET! Would I change some things that happened through the years, uh, maybe. But by marrying my best friend, it is hard to walk away from someone you love that much.

For fun and make you “Tickled Pink” with laughter, I thought I’d include some flashback to the 80’s photos!

August 1981 — so young….and small!
September 12, 1981 — We’re married!!
Look closer at my face–always “Tickled Pink”!!!
Always giggling!
OH MY! Role reversal!!
Recently (32 years later) with our wonderful daughter!
Well folks, I’m off to spend the day with my groom! Thanks for popping in today and hope you enjoyed the retro 80’s  photos!  We’re off to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary! 
Man…32 years is a very long time!
…and that’s all I have to say about that.

Life’s Embarrassing Moments!

MmmmHmmm, doesn’t life have a way of delivering some most embarrassing moments to each of us!

As I’m prone to do, I was remembering an event that sent me into laughter.  The memory just made me so “Tickled Pink” with giggles, I could hardly contain myself. I thought I would share it with you and give you the opportunity to be come “Tickled Pink” as well! I mean, really, why should I keep it to myself. And the funny part – I’m not tattling on my hubby this time! This one is a hilarious (but embarrassing) moment of my own!
Back in 1989, I was a Longaberger Basket Consultant. Our group had headed off to Columbus, Ohio for our annual, national convention. Since we all made our own reservations, we were split into two of the hotels. My good friend and I were across the street from the convention center. My friend’s mom came along for all the basket shopping and fun. Now, you have to know a little back story on this friend’s mom. She was in her late 60’s, a little portly and probably only 5’1″.  (we were in our late 20’s, early 30’s). She was our young married’s Sunday School teacher and was like everybody’s mom. Everyone loved and respected Betty. You didn’t miss church without getting a what-for the next Sunday! But we all adored her. 
On one of our days there, we had gathered with our group of fifteen for lunch at one of the Hyatt’s restaurants. I chose a salad with a lot of ingredients I had never had because I love me a great salad, especially something different. I did notice that it had a lot of dressing and something was also in my salad I had never had yet–pine nuts. 
We had finished eating and were chatting about what we had bought in the vendor mall. And it hit me. Bad. I knew I had to get to a restroom and fast. Some of the girls in our group had already gone out to freshen up and get ready for the afternoon sessions. I stood up and said, I gotta go, I’ll meet you in the usual place and gathered up my stuff. Betty said she had to go really bad to and would come with me. 
Not to be mean – but I HAD to go. My legs were longer and I was trying to be kind and walk slower, but I needed to get there. As we approached the bathroom, of course there was a line. I mean c’mon, over 1,000 women and just after lunch! What in the world was I thinking. I turned to Betty and said, “Oh. My. Gosh. I cannot wait, I’m gonna be sick.” At that moment, a couple of the girls from our group were exiting the bathroom and saw us. One of them said I looked like I was going to be sick, was I okay. I said, “NO!” After a short conversation and I said I was heading across the street to my room, she handed me her key and said – no way, just go upstairs to our room, you might not make it. I start to go and Betty said she’s coming too. WHAT???
We head up the elevator. I’m doing what we lovingly call The Potty Dance. I’m almost into a mild whine when we hit our floor. Of course, the elevator is loaded with women and we are in the back. But we made it out before it shuts. I look at the key and head to the room. At this point, I don’t care if it’s Ms. Betty – I’m outta here. I got to the door with the number that matches the key. I tried the door. Betty now joined me. 
It doesn’t work. 
WHAT?!? Are you kidding me?
I turn both ways and notice about five doors down is the housekeeper. A sweet, young, NEW housekeeper. I spew out my story (anybody every hear me talk when I’m excited? Yeah–that fast!). She feels compassion though she didn’t understand most of what I was rapidly firing at her and came to let us in our “friends” room. As I ran into the room, she said something about hoping I feel better as I notice that Betty had zipped past me and is now in the bathroom. Huh?
So, I pace the room. I cry a little. I notice that our friends have really done some shopping in the vendor mall for their basket accessories. I’m trying to think of ANYTHING but the issue at hand. I pace. I whine. I pace. I finally ask pitifully–“Uh, Betty, do you think you’ll be done soon? If not, I have to leave or I’ll for sure be going to our room to change.” Flush. YES!
She came out, I ran in. I don’t care what it smells like as she starts apologizing. I’ve been holding it so long now, that it has made me sicker and I grab for the wastebasket thinking it might be a dual problem. 
Then I hear the door open and giggling women come in. But that quickly changes. And I can’t hear everything that is going on. But I can’t join them yet. 
“Who are YOU?” I hear a lady say.
I hear Betty’s voice, but can’t make out all the words. Sick, friends, borrow key…
“Let me see the key. This is our room. We don’t know you. Is there somebody else here in the bathroom?” another asks. 
There is no way I can get up just yet, but I can tell it’s not pretty in the bathroom or out there either!
Now all of the ladies have moved into the room and I can’t really make out much, but I do hear Betty saying we didn’t touch your things. 
I’m finally able to come out and there is two of them standing right outside the door staring at me. Betty looked like a kid that got caught stealing the cookie from the jar. I came up with a profound statement, “Uh, I was really sick.”
They have no compassion. They want to know how we got in. My mind is racing about our little housekeeper friend. I don’t want to get her in trouble, but I can’t figure out how I’m going to avoid it. Betty is tongue tied. I want to make up some cockamamie story, but she’s my Sunday School teacher for crying out loud!
I try to smile and explain that our key didn’t work and one of the housekeepers, maybe from another floor, let us in and I show her the key. See, it says this number. One of the more crabby women has announced she’s going to the front desk and leaves. Uh oh. The other lady grabs the key from me and announces that the keys in the Hyatt don’t match so if you lose a key people can’t get into your room. 
Then Betty did it. 
She announced, “well the housekeeper a couple doors down let us in, so she must not know about that. It’s not our fault.”
I just kept apologizing and reached for Betty’s arm as I made my way to the door. These women were not happy and I wanted out of there! I practically ran to the elevator dragging Betty. Thankfully when the door opened the other lady wasn’t in it. 
We met up with all the other girls in our usual spot and they had saved us a space. Betty’s daughter looked at us and said we looked like we were up to something. We both stood there. Then looked at each other and broke out into hysterical laughter. 
As we told the story, laughing our way through it, one of the other ladies in our group got to laughing so hard she jumped up and ran to the bathroom. When she finally returned, the next session had started so the convention hall was really quiet. 
She was sitting beside me and leaned over and quietly whispered in my ear, “You may have almost poo’d your pants, but I just wet mine and had to through them away. Sure hope I don’t fall and give another show from our group today!”
And we proceeded to snicker one by one until our entire row was pretty much in tears keeping quiet while laughing until we were red in the face. 
I guess you could say our row became…”Tickled Pink”!
…and that’s all I have to say about that!

Summertime Fun – Already!

Okay, so summer doesn’t officially start until this Friday – but once Memorial Day comes and goes, I think it’s summer. Or close enough! In Ohio, we can’t count on summertime weather starting that early, but we do start having some nice days.

And what could be better to do on one of those nice summery type days than to be hanging with a special homey! Now that makes me get “Tickled Pink”!

Me and Marie!
We were trying to remember how far back our friendship goes. We were laughing as we tried to figure it all out. As fellow quilters, we were basing it on different Quilting Getaways, Shop Hop Trips, Quilting Speakers our guild sponsored and even better – which quilt we were working on when we met! It was quite fun trying to narrow it down. We’re pretty sure it’s been more than eleven years! 
As we celebrated another milestone in our children’s life together, her middle child’s graduation, we relished the fact that though time and busyness sometimes makes weeks go by without a call or a visit, the friendship grows ever more rich as the time goes by. 
Just the thought of my dear friend Marie and her family, that I’ve grown to love as my own, makes my heart swell. It’s definitely a “Tickled Pink” thought! 
What about you? Do you have a friend who you have known for years, that even though you don’t speak every week – when you do, it’s as if the last conversation was yesterday? Well…let’s hear about her here in the comments below! It’s time to thank God for the gift of friendship today, folks!
…and that’s all I have to say about that!

I Had A Winner!

I had a drawing the other day here at “Tickled Pink Tammy.” The winner was to be drawn on Saturday morning! Guess what…I forgot to post the winner. I did the drawing, then walked away from the computer. I got so involved in starting to cut through the massive amount of “stuff” stored in the basement to be donated,  that I forgot to go back and finish what I started!

Anybody else relate to that scenario?

Without further time wasting – the winner of Saturday’s drawing is….Janice!!!

I will deliver your goodies this week, Janice! No really, I will! Plus, I can sneak a peak at those lovelies coming off the Gammill in your studio! Tee Hee Hee!!

And while we are all talking about Janice, the winner, I would like to take this moment and say a word or two about this fine lady. I can do that, because it’s my blog!

This lady is a fine lady. She is a professional quilter whose work wins ribbons upon ribbons upon ribbons for quilters in our area. Her own personal quilts are beautiful as well with some ribbons on their own. Many ladies will show their quilts at show and tell at local quilt guild meetings and will others will immediately ask, “who did your quilting, Janice? Yep, it looks like her work.” Not only is she a wonderful quilter, but she is a very kind hearted woman to all who cross her path. There are so many things I’d love to share about her, but I’m thinking she just may smack me for gushing over her when I deliver her winnings!

But what I would love for you to do, is check out her new blog she started this year (as well as her business sites). I now see she has another talent with this new blog! I am so excited to count this lady as my friend. Love you, Janice!

Check out her blog Janice Loves to Quilt or check out her Facebook page for her business: Ewetree or check our her webpage Ewetree should you need her beautiful services. Just click on the links within the last sentence to get to know one of my quilting friends a little bit more! It will be well worth the visit!!

And with that my dear “Tickled Pink” friends, I will close out this post. As I sit here in the beautiful and warm sunshine beating in the window at my local Panera’s, my prayer for you this week is to find something that makes you laugh. It’s not that hard if you try!

Whaddya say – anything make you just “Tickled Pink” this week? Don’t keep it to yourself, share it will all of us!

Now…share below what has brought laughter or at least a smile into your life this week, but only  AFTER you go visit my friend Janice’s sites to see all the beautiful quilts she has done! Hey, consider it a free quilt show, no admission cost!

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


Dream Big!

            Have you ever felt God whispering something to you, and you’re just so sure it’s only in your head, and it most assuredly couldn’t be God telling you to do it. The thought just doesn’t seem logical and surely you are missing the message? Shouldn’t it be someone else? God could really find someone better suited for the task.
            You go about your life ignoring the gentle whisper. Then it comes back again. Nah, it couldn’t be, now you’re just thinking you want to do this, so you are convincing yourself that it’s God “saying” it. But you choose to go on about your daily life ignoring this thought.
            Rats, then it returns again. And you begin the mental arguments that go on and on, sometimes for months. Then the proverbial 2 x 4 to the head slaps you so hard you just cannot fight it any longer.
            Yeah – that just happened to me last week!
            So what on earth do you do with it? Well, you can continue on the path of ignoring it and live in the inner turmoil of knowing you’re not walking in obedience to God OR, you can chose the better path and give up the fighting!
            I’m Tickled Pink to say that I have finally given up the fighting!
            I began moving forward on a dream I’ve had that God has been pushing me more lately to just “go for it!” Paths have changed, doors have opened and it seems the time has come.

I received this in the Fall as a gift, but hadn’t set it out.
It now sits to the left of my computer, so I can see it every day I write!

            What about you? Have you ever had a dream that you weren’t sure it was something you should pursue? Have you felt led by God to do something, but second-guessed if it was truly from God? I would really love to hear your thoughts on this. Okay, mostly for my own encouragement…but possibly someone else needs the encouragement of those of you who have followed God’s leading and stepped in faith with your dream. Share in the comments, I’m hoping I’m not the only obstinate child here!
            Oh – you know what we need here…another giveaway! Giveaways make me Tickled Pink – ’cause I love giving gifts! What do you say? Ready for one? Up for grabs this time is the following:
This package includes a mini-mani set, a 3 pack of notes and a pen!
            So, enter your comments below by midnight, April 26, 2013– and I’ll randomly choose a winner in the morning on Saturday, April 27, 2013!
            Whatcha waitin’ for? Click on the comment section, let’s get talking!
…and that’s all I have to say about that!