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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Up The Road

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Hello there, Sunshines!  I’ve shared this from Mikey before, but since I love words so much, I thought I would share it again!

A two-letter word has a hundred completely different meanings.  So what is this stuff about English being easy?  There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meaning than any other two-letter word, and that is "UP."

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we waken in the morning, why do we wake UP?  At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?  Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election?  Why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends.  We use it to brighten UP a room and polish UP the silver.  We warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.  We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP old cars.

At other times, the little word has real special meaning.  People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.  To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

This UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.  We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable of the proper uses of UP, look UP the word in the dictionary.  In a desk-sized dictionary, the word UP takes UP almost one-fourth of the page and definitions add UP to about thirty.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.  It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.  When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP.  When it rains, it wets UP the earth.  When it doesn't rain for a while, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so I'll shut UP!

I always soak UP the fun of reading things like this, so I hope it cheered UP your day as well!

Speaking of UP, I am heading UP the road on Saturday, November 5th to Angels & Outlaws in Gonzales, Texas for my first book signing!  I’m pumped UP about it!  If you haven’t heard about this incredibly awesome place, here is the write-UP from their website:

Angels & Outlaws, Inc. is a funky little boutique in the heart of downtown Gonzales, Texas.  We specialize in Texas Fashion; the look-good, feel-good, “show some grit and look good doing it” kind of fashion.

We are two best friends that have been through it all together - elementary school, high school, and graduation from Texas A&M together (Whoop!).  Our children are the same ages and they get into the same trouble that we did along the way, so they keep us on our toes.  The kind of loyalty, commitment, and give-and-take a life-long friendship like ours requires is hard to find these days.  It's the same kind of loyalty and commitment we give our business, our customers, and our dream.

Our families have owned land in Gonzales County, the birthplace of our Texas Freedom, for over one hundred and twenty five years and have owned businesses in Gonzales County for more than sixty years.  These have been passed down from generation to generation.  The pride of Texas runs in our blood and shines through every aspect of our dream, Angels & Outlaws.  We started our business with a few empty liquor bottles (for display), some glitter, and a lot of hard work and encouragement from our families.  We are so excited Gonzales has helped us grow exponentially, and hope a little bit of that excitement shines through to everyone that visits our website.

Our little shop is a fashion boutique that helps strong women look fabulous whether it’s a ‘Harper Valley PTA’ kinda day or you’re gonna ‘Thelma and Louise’ it with your bestie.  Whether you’re spending the evening under the ‘Friday Night Lights’ or the ‘Neon Lights’, we can help you put together an outfit that will look amazing for any occasion. Angels & Outlaws is where southern casual meets big Texas bling - where you can dress like an Angel by day or add some edge and become an Outlaw by night.  We look forward to serving each of our customers whether they get the chance to stop by our cozy little shop we are so proud of, or just order from us on our website.  We will try to give them a taste of the Angels & Outlaws vibe that we think matches the feel and the style of Gonzales, Texas. The home of the historic "Come and Take It", the home of "Apache Pride", Where the Oilfield is Booming, and Rodeo is Strong, Where 'Gun Town Girls' wear their hair teased high and they are blinged to the nines!

Doesn’t that sound like fun?!  It will certainly be worth the short drive UP the road to check out Angels & Outlaws and line UP to grab your copy of Gabriel’s Golden Key for the perfect children’s Christmas gift!  I’ll sign your book with my golden pen AND you’ll get a special golden key for the little one!  I must take this opportunity to thank the man UPstairs too, because without God, my book wouldn’t even be here!

Are you UP for it?  It’s totally UP to you, but if you are, then I’ll see you UP the road very soon!

Have a wonderful week, Sunshines!  Bye for now!

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