Giving Thanks with Friends~~Friendship Friday Welcomes Kim Lowe

I’ve often written about the sacrifices made by US military service members and their family’s.  Today, I’m delighted to welcome USN veteran and one of those family members. Kim Lowe.  Kim and her children will be spending this Thanksgiving without her active duty husband.  She’s got a terrific perspective on the situation and I’m proud to call Kim friend.  I’m also grateful that while I’m on vacation Kim will be here for the entire week and through the holiday weekend.    Please stop by often, drop a comment and share your Thanksgiving Day plans.  Now here’s Kim.

Giving Thanks with the Aloha Spirit 

We are fast approaching Thanksgiving in the US – six days to the Turkey Dinner. I’m hoping to be invited by a neighbor. If no invitation materializes, I am taking the kids to the Officers’ Club for their buffet dinner. I am thankful that I can celebrate Thanksgiving with Aloha spirit – no matter where the dinner is served.

I’m sure my husband will be doing the same – hoping for an invitation or eating at the O’Club – as he is currently working in Korea for a year. We are making the best of a tough situation – I am thankful that we can be in contact by phone, Skype, and emails. It keeps the Aloha Spirit alive in our family.

My husband returns to Hawaii for the Christmas Holiday. I am thankful that he can be with us, especially my children, who miss him.   I cannot be his substitute at Scouting meetings, bowling practice, or putting on the green.   Our holiday will be touched by the Aloha Spirit.

Next summer, he will move onto his next assignment. We will follow, leaving behind fond memories of Hawaii.  But I will carry the  Aloha Spirit with me, no matter where we move. The Aloha Spirit is best described by Duke Kahanamoku, Olympic medalist and surfing enthusiast:

“In Hawai’i we greet friends, loved ones and strangers with Aloha, which means with love.
Aloha is the key word to the universal spirit of real hospitality, which makes Hawai’i renowned as the world’s center of understanding and fellowship.”

Try meeting or leaving people with Aloha. You’ll be surprised by their reaction. I believe it and it is my creed. Aloha to you.

Whether you eat turkey or lau lau for Thanksgiving Dinner, I wish that your time spent with family and friends is touched by the Aloha Spirit.

Kim Lowe is a military veteran and military spouse.   She currently lives near Pearl Harbor.   Check out her book blog, SOS Aloha, at, and her travel blog, ALOHA ON MY MIND, at

Friendship Friday~~Welcome Patti Shenberger

Patti Shenberger, Author, Novelist, Writer, Romance, erotica, friend, friendship, Friday

My good friend and author Patti Shenberger joins us today for Friendship Friday.  Her answers to the ‘weird questions’ are very interesting so make sure you scroll through all of them.

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself:  I’m married to a wonderful guy for over 30 years, have two great kids (on most days), and a great son-in-law an daughter-in-law.  My four legged kids are Sophie and Ace.  I love to travel, read, spend time with family and friends.  When I’m not writing, I’m reading.  I’m also the current President of the Greater Detroit RWA chapter.Patti Shenberger, Author, Novelist, Writer, Friend,<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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2. Please tell us about your most recent release:  My most recent release will be this coming November 15th from eXtasy Romance.  Flavorful Seductions is book six in The Zodiac Club series. Kate Carlisle needs every ounce of courage she can muster if she has any hope of keeping her catering business Sinful Sweets afloat.  But when business mogul Adam Belfour is in desperate need of her culinary skills, it’s all Kate can do to keep her mind off his sexy physique and on whipping up decadent desserts in order to seal the deal.

3. What cd is in your cd-player right now?  Carrie Underwood Blown Away

4. How much do you use ketchup? (1 – not at all, 5 – on all foods)  That’s a ‘5’.  I love ketchup on pretty much everything.

5. Are you a “dogperson” or a “catperson”?  Definitely a dog person (she says looking at her sleeping little cockapoo-westie mix Sophie Bean.)  But we also have a cat who believe he’s a dog in the house.  Good old Ace.

6. What’s the size of your shoes?   8.5

7. What would you want to be written on your tombstone?  That I loved well and lived well.

8. Is your middle finger longer than your ring finger?  Nope, not even close

9. The person you would never want to meet?   Freddy Kruger!  I hate scary movies.

10. Do you like carrots?  Ha, this is a good one.  I love raw carrots, but loathe cooked ones.  How weird is that?

11. What’s your favorite word?  Poopy-squats.  I have no idea where it came from, but it’s my word of choice instead of saying a swear word when things don’t go right.

12. When you looked in the mirror first thing this morning, what was the first thing you thought?  Crap, I look like my mother (G).

13. The last song you listened to?  On The Pontoon by Little Big Town on Dancing With The Stars

14. What is your guilty pleasure Disney movie?  Eight Below or Snow Dogs.

15. You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go?   I would go to Hawaii. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit.

16. An angel appears out of Heaven and offers you a lifetime supply of the alcoholic beverage of your choice. “Be brand-specific” it says. Man! What are you gonna say about that? Even if you don’t drink booze there’s something you can figure out… so what’s it gonna be?  That’s easy, being a non-drinker, I’m picking Pepsi

17. Your house is on fire! You have just enough time to run in there and grab ONE inanimate object. Don’t worry, your loved ones and pets have already made it out safely. So what’s the one thing you’re going to save from that blazing inferno?  I have an afghan that I made when I first learned how to crochet.  It’s pretty raggy, but I’ve had it for over 30 years, so that’s what I’m grabbing.

18. You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?  My gut instinct is to say my adventure with colon cancer.  But after thinking about it for a minute, there are so many things I learned during that time, that I don’t think I would erase what I went through.