Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – November 22nd – 28th 2020 – Friends and Collaborators, Thanksgiving, Food, Book Fair, Alexander Technique, Music and Funnies

Welcome to this week’s round up of posts you may have missed on Smorgasbord.

I hope all of you are well, in some countries there does seem to be a decrease in the daily infection figures but this week saw those daily figures rising to over 500,000 a day.  Here in Southern Ireland the return to a full lockdown for six weeks has seen the numbers drop from 1200 a day to just over 200 which has prompted the government to lift many of the restrictions on small businesses and restaurants, but pubs that don’t serve food will not be allowed to open. Obviously the hospitality trade has been severely hit, but the economic picture is more positive with increased online spending and restaurants converting to takeaway.

I have been using the time in isolation to finally get to grips with my WIPs… fingers crossed there will be another eBook short story collection out before Christmas, and in the spring I will be celebrating the 25 year anniversary of my weight loss and training to be a nutritional therapist.  I have spent most of the year updating my first book Size Matters and writing an additional segment on the obesity epidemic and where in the life cycle we should be focusing our energies.  It will also feature the programme that I designed for myself and also the clients I went on to work with, plus an easy to use nutritional guide at the back of the book.This one will be in print and eBook and I am excited to get this three year project completed in time for a milestone year personally.

In the meantime there are books to promote and if you are a regular visitor you will have noticed I have made a start on the Christmas Book Fairs with the intention of featuring everyone on the shelves of both Cafes before Christmas.

Every year I like to have a party and I think after the year we have had, I am going to dedicate the weekends from mid-December to some fun and frivolity.

This year the Christmas party is going to be held over two weekends (or more posts if enough guests respond) .. 12th/13th and 19th/20th of December. The theme is our pets, past and present, who usually love the activities at Christmas, especially the extra treats going around at the time.

Most of us have photographs of our dogs, cats and other cuddly members of the family.(A Christmas theme would be great but not essential).. but if you don’t have any photographs of your own pets, then you can borrow one for the occasion…there are plenty of funny images of pets at Christmas on the web that are free to use. Or you might find a friend or family member willing to lend you one for the party.

There will be food and drink of course and a video or two and I will make sure to add your details including bio, books or blog and social media. Those who don’t attend the party in person are very welcome to add their links in the comments.

Check out the link to find out more: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Christmas Party 2020 – Invite a pet (yours or one you have borrowed)

As always some amazing contributions this week.. and a special thank you to William Price King as we celebrate his six years of the Music Column with a repeat of the interview that began our friendship in 2014.. We also have some amazing food and recipes in Carol Taylor’s A-Z featuring the letter ‘W’ and some funnies courtesy of resident comedienne author D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies. This week author Daniel Kemp returned for his fortnightly Open Mic night with funnies to get the weekend started in style.

William Price King – American jazz singer, crooner, and composer – Interview April 2014

Carol Taylor – A – Z of Food ‘W’ for Wakame, Wasabi, Walnuts, Watercress, and Wax Beans

Milestones Along the Way – #Ireland #Waterford – How I met Joan

Life’s Rich Tapestry – #Cats For the Love of Lily

Whatever else 2020 has been, it has not been short on Friendship and Community – by Sally Cronin

January 1986 – New Mexico, Mckittrick Canyon and the Living Desert – Part Two

Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Haiti #Thriller – Vanished by Mark Bierman

Past Book Reviews 2019 – Braxton Campus Mysteries – Book 3 – Flower Power Trip by James J. Cudney

Past Book Reviews 2019 -#Prehistoric The Quest for Home Book 2 of the Crossroads Trilogy) by Jacqui Murray

Past Book Reviews 2019 -#Thriller Passport to Death by Yigal Zur

Christmas Book Fair – New Author – I’m Going to My First Comic Convention by Candy Keane

#Bedtimestories Doug Parker, #Wolves Elizabeth Jade, #Flamingos Wanda Luthman

#Release – #Nature Joyce Murphy, #Adventure Jemima Pett, #Stepmother Toni Pike. 

New Author on the Shelves

New Author – #Memoir #Travel Plunge: One Woman’s Pursuit of a Life Less Ordinary by Liesbet Collaert

#Supernatural Jessica Bakkers, #DieselPunk Teagan Riordain Geneviene, #Historical Allan Hudson

#Thrillers Carol Balawyder, Leyla Cardena, John L. DeBoer

#Memoirs – Marian Longenecker Beaman, Brigid P. Gallagher, D.G. Kaye

The Alexander Technique – Part Three – Standing, Sitting and Walking Correctly

November 24th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Birdseed and More Weird Facts

November 26th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin- Thanksgiving Special and More Weird Facts

November 27th 2020 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp


Thank you very much for all your support.. have a good weekend and week to follow.. Sally.

31 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – November 22nd – 28th 2020 – Friends and Collaborators, Thanksgiving, Food, Book Fair, Alexander Technique, Music and Funnies

  1. Thanks for keeping us entertained Sal. I’m glad your numbers are dropping. It seems every time they reopen people go crazy and the numbers raise again. Awaiting that vaccine! Kudos to you on your accomplishments in this dreaded year. ❤ xxx

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  2. Things are getting out of hand in our country, with hospitals busting at the seams. I’m afraid things are going to get much worse in the next couple of months. People haven’t taken this thing seriously enough. I hope 2021 goes well with all of your projects, Sally. Great fun with the pets’ idea.

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  3. A beautiful roundup, Sally. I can’t believe how you find the time to work on your own manuscripts with all you do to promote others. Thanks again for the mention of Plunge and the “new author” feature post this past week.

    As always, it’s nice to see blogging/author friends on your page as well, like Jacqui, Marian, and Debby. Looking forward to your updated version of Size Matters, in time for your “big” year! I’d love to attend your Christmas party, but it will all depend on my location and logistics!

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