My Guilty Pleasure

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IMG_0102I think the title of this blog is funny, because I don’t really feel guilty about the things that I enjoy. I’ve come to believe that “self care” is really important. It helps us to keep a positive clear outlook on life. It helps us to be the kind of people we should be–generous, kind, optimistic. It helps us to see God’s hand gently guiding our lives. Taking care of ourselves is one of the most important things we can do.

Still, I like the title “My Guilty Pleasure.” What immediately pops into my mind is hiding on the front porch, eating a bowl full of Blue Bell ice cream. Ha! It’s those things that might not make sense to anyone else, but they bring a smile to your lips and a tingle of joy to your heart.

So here we go–some of my guilty pleasures.

  1. Reading in the hammock
  2. Playing the piano
  3. Eating sweets
  4. Spending time with family or friends, even when I have work to do
  5. Binge watching a television series

Well those weren’t too terrible. How about you? Do you have any guilty pleasures?

I draw one winner from each post’s comment section. If your name is drawn, I’ll send you a paperback book of my choice from my supply closet. If it’s one you already have, you can donate the unsigned copy to your local library or a friend. Our last winner was Marily R.



Announcements for this week:

  • My book Hidden will be free to download from August 9-13. If you don’t have an e-reader, you can read it on your computer, tablet or phone.
  • My new Rafflecopter giveaway has started and include an Amish made clothesline bag. I’m sure we could all think of ways to use this, even if we don’t hang our clothes on the line!
  • When the Bishop Needs an Alibi earned a 4 star review from Romantic Times.
  • I’m working on 2 new indie books that will release in the fall. Stay tunes for more details about Coyote’s Revenge and Roswell’s Secret in the coming weeks.


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46 thoughts on “My Guilty Pleasure

  1. Kate Kleinert

    Younger folks won’t understand this but 30, 40 years ago hospital stays were very much longer. You could be in for two weeks just for observation. New mothers stayed two weeks before going home with the baby. I remember my mother and grandmother saving a new robe, new nightie or new pair of slippers “in case” they had to be in the hospital. And both of them passed with a new robe, new nightie and new slippers waiting to be used. My guilty pleasure is to use those “good” things in the here and now. Whoever gets to clean out my house when I go will more than likely not want what I considered to be the “good” stuff. Better to use, indulge in, go to, all those things you are saving for later.

    1. Liz Vander Lee

      I totally agree, and what a lovely way of framing that thought! Thanks from someone who remembers life 30-40 years ago pretty well. 😉

  2. cherylbbookblog

    I guess my top guilty pleasure would be reading a book when I should be cleaning. Enjoy a chocolate candy bar when I should have something healthier. Keep up the wonderful writing Vannetta. Blessings, Cheryl Baranski CherylB1987 AT hotmail DOT com

  3. Teresa Collett

    Oh, my! Where do I begin? My guilty pleasures include reading and napping in my cozy corner recliner, indulging in specialty coffees from Starbucks (from gift cards given by my kiddos at school), also binge watching a TV series (lately the Great British Bake-off), and cruising facebook. I also asked my sister and nephew theirs, but that’s “a whole nother story!”

  4. Kristin

    My guilty pleasures:
    Stalking Vannetta on Facebook (dun dun dun)
    Chillaxing on the phone with my bestie (Fizzy Pop)
    Binge watching NCIS or Bones
    Photography and
    playing Sims (usually while I’m on the phone with Fizzy)

  5. Dianna Nance

    My guilty pleasure is reading just “one more chapter” when I have things that I need to be doing. I usually end up reading the whole book!!! Love reading all your books Vannetta!!! Please keep writing!!!

  6. Karen Tackett

    Oh my, watching the Sound of Music for the millionth time, eating Mint Chocolate Chip watching a rerun, or reading a book online. Not too bad either and my hubby will even put the Sound of Music in for that millionth time and watch some of it with me! lol

  7. Marilyn R

    My guilty pleasure would include reading when I should be cleaning or working on another project–I really enjoy sitting outside to read. Today was a perfect fall day for that. Another guilty pleasure is having a pepsi after a stressful day at work, eating peanut butter on vanilla wafers or graham crackers.

  8. Andrea Woodard

    eating ice cream when no one is around
    reading my amish books when I should be sleeping or doing other things.

  9. Brenda Murphree

    I laughed when I read your guilty pleasures. I had a Pinterest board named Guilty Pleasures one time and changed it to Pleasures of Life.
    I made two of my smaller bedrooms into libraries a few years after my daughters married. They are “slap” full (I don’t know if you have ever heard that expression) of books in shelves equipped with a window seat long enough I can stretch out on. That’s my main pleasure. My husband & kids always say “like you need another book” when I go to bookstores or order books so I sorta feel guilty for buying more when I got enough to read for a very long time without reading the same book twice.
    Then my other main thing is eating sweets when I know better. I’m a diabetic. So I do have to be careful on this one.

  10. Tiffany Hall

    My guilty pleasures are:
    -reading when I should be cleaning the house or ironing.
    -eating blue bell cookies and cream ice cream with m&m’s.
    -watching a good movie with the kids.
    -spending time at the lake with my family.

  11. Janie Kessler

    Reading while having popcorn, chocolate and a Coca Cola would be the top of my guilty pleasure list. Sometimes I have an apple too. Also reading while should be doing housework etc. The clothesline bag is awesome–I loved hanging out laundry when I lived where I could. It would look great hanging on a laundry room wall. I remember those longer hospital stays and having “good” items to take. I agree, we should use them now, no one in my family will want them.

  12. Karen

    I love your guilty pleasures, I love binge watching certain tv shows as well (suits was this years, my brother told me how good it was so I got them from the library, the same as “Mad Men” was last years.). Playing games on the computer would have to be my guilty pleasure and believe me my cat makes me feel guilty…lol

  13. Patti Bond

    Vannetta Congrats on receiving the 4 star review from Romantic Times for When the Bishop Needs An Alibi Looking forward to reading and enjoyed reading about your guilty pleasures My guilty pleasures are reading when I should be doing something else and eating chocolate and peanut butter Also looking forward to reading Coyote’s Revenge and Roswell’s Secret

  14. Royce E Hostetler

    As GRAVER on Find A, I relish finding memorials that need additional information or connections. If I can find family members, dates of birth or death, or places of birth or death, I send edits to the memorial maker, hoping they will accept the edit.

    This makes the memorial better

  15. janet estridge

    My guilty pleasure is reading. My husband’s is sports. He doesn’t care if I read and I don’t care about sports.

  16. Kathy Jongekryg

    My guilty pleasures are reading good books and eating lots of fresh fruit. If it is evening I enjoy hot chocolate even in the summer. Listening to the birds and insects and watching the flies at night. I read every night before i go to sleep. It helps me to relax.

  17. Shirley Chapel

    My guilty pleasures
    1. Read when the dishes should be done.
    2. Stay in my Pjs till after noon and suddenly the door bell rings.
    3. Check out Facebook instead of starting my housework.
    4. Go out with my friend for breakfast.
    5. Love to journal. Keep up two different ones.

  18. patty.wright

    My guilty pleasure is reading. I am always thinking when I can find time to read. If nothing is on tv I want to see I will read till midnight or later

  19. Kim Leachman

    My guilty pleasure…hiding in my sewing room for hours and working on projects while binging on Netflix series

  20. Alice Boor

    One of my guilty pleasures is passing a book when I am supposed to be cleaning, and picking up the book and starting to read it…….

  21. Sally Fester

    My guilt pleasure is eating the new caramel M&Ms! They are so addicting!! I say just a couple and then a couple more! Ice cream is another guilty pleasure!! But……., I really don’t feel guilty!!!!

  22. Alisa King

    Here I go love reading in a quiet place with no noise. Love my vanilla ice cream with strawberries and whip cream. I love going to starbucks getting a frappucino. Love walking the mall.

  23. Kay Bennett

    I love hanging with my sweet dog Tyler, reading (any time and all the time, lol), catching up on show on the dvr and hanging out with my family!

  24. Renee Jackson

    I love to soak in the tub and read a book! It’s so much fun especially in the winter. I like lots of bubbles and a glass of sweet wine!

  25. Tammy Howell

    Mmm. Chocolate, the occasional nap, spending time with my one and only child, reading and crocheting. Oh and my favorite reataurant every once in a while.

  26. Jan S.

    My guilty pleasures include baking and eating what I bake (as well as sharing with others), reading, sewing or quilting when I should be working or cleaning, spending time with family when I should be working.

  27. Angela

    The past few years I have learned the importance of me time.
    My newest guilty pleasure is sitting on the front porch in the mornings drinking coffee. (It is what I am doing now)
    Reading when I should be sleeping
    Going to Starbucks without my girls. 🙂

  28. Loreen Evans

    My guilty pleasure is a good book to read in a warm bed eating orange lifesavers with my dogs laying all around me 2 hours before I have to get to sleep.

  29. Nancy Brown

    I agree with you, taking care of oneself is very important. It’s even biblical! So, my guilty pleasures are: beading on a loom or making jewelry when the house needs cleaning, not answering the front door even if I know who is there, eating 2 Reese’s peanut butter cups at ONE TIME, ha ha, and buying something for knitting or jewelry-making even if I don’t have a project in mind.