Plotting Along…

Hi y’all. As you know, I’ve attempted to be mostly off of social media for a bit. I’m still at that point but I may post to the blog a little more often than I have. I’ve had a few friends ask me about my blog and tell me they were missing it so I’ll schedule in time to post at least once every other week if not once a week. I must admit, I have missed speaking to you guys on a regular basis. I miss our engagement, our connection. Alas, the life of a writer is much a solitary one, and I admit to appreciating that also. Working from home is right up my alley, as I no longer have to deal with fake gossipy drama-mamas in the corporate setting. Thank You, Lord! Plus, it doesn’t hurt to love your job, working from home and the people you do work for.

Lately, I’ve been going through so many mood changes, and I’m presently experiencing a shift – hard to explain but I’ll try. The mood changes are mostly just a roller coaster of emotion, due to my daughter being a senior in high school, her being accepted to her college of choice, choosing her dorm roommate, planning her grad party and trip, her just turning 18. It’s exciting. It’s an adventure. It’s emotionally draining and bittersweet. As most of you know, Hallie and I have always been extremely close. Our nicknames for each other are Lorelai and Rory (you’ll understand if you’ve ever watched Gilmore Girls). And it sickens me to think of her moving to college next year and not living in this house – only to visit on weekends, holidays and summer break. I don’t even want to imagine what it’ll be like because I want to cry, and then, honestly, to throw up. I know I have to let go. I’m just not ready. It hurts my heart too much. I’m used to her going on trips for a week or two. I miss her, of course, but I take comfort in knowing she’ll be home, as I count down the days. Don’t misunderstand. I do have things on my ‘To Do’ list that I take pride in accomplishing while she’s gone and I do appreciate my alone time. That doesn’t mean I don’t miss my little love monkey. Maybe I can’t use the word “little” anymore, but she will always be my little one, my wee one, my baby, even after she’s 40. Thankfully, she doesn’t mind my nicknames for her. She has nicknames for me, too.  ūüėČ

The shift I’m undergoing is multi-faceted. I’ve been on a journey of exploration – not just for the self but being more mindful of others and taking in all of the possibilities for connection with others – looking out for like-minded people to associate myself with but also “trying” to be mindful of others in the sense that no matter their mood, I have to take into account they may be going through something I know nothing about. Such as the clerk at the grocery store or the clothing store we normally frequent. Many times, we think these people are there to serve us and be kind and high spirited while they do it. However, we must put ourselves in their shoes, if only for a moment. If we do this, we may consider that perhaps their grandpa that they were raised by just died, or they lost their best friend in a car accident, or it’s that horrid time of the month and they are in great pain. 

You never know what someone is going through. These people are not there to only serve us. We are here to serve them, as well. We can offer a smile, a kind word, something funny to say to maybe lift their spirits. If nothing else, we can offer our gentle understanding. They are just like us. They have to work to pay the bills. They have to work when they are sick because they have a child to feed and have to make the rent. I admit to sometimes being a harsh judge of people when they are hateful or rude and I have been rude as a retaliation. What sense does that make?! That’s easy. Why is it so easy to fight back with hardness and more difficult to reply with love and compassion? This is something I’ve been mindful of lately and I feel it’s changing me. Mind you, I do still have much work to do in this department, as I am still trying to rid myself of anger I strongly hold on to. I have no idea why I hang onto it.

Not only with others but within myself. I’ve always been my toughest critic, being more hard on myself and sabotaging myself rather than romancing myself, appreciating myself and my accomplishments. I tend to beat myself down over everything – every little thing. But lately, I’ve been watchful of my words, noticing how negative I tend to be on myself, trying to change the language I use. If it’s negative, I’m trying not to say it or change the wording I’d normally use. I’m trying to believe in myself, have faith in me and my abilities. I’m writing down all I’ve ever been good at, then and now, and everything I’ve accomplished. Turns out, I truly have been more of a success than a failure. Many of the things I’ve wanted to do and truly made an effort with have come to pass and I’m practicing daily gratitude for each of these things and in everything I have in my life that makes me thankful and happy.

Normally, I have resting-bitch-face – not because I’m feeling bitchy or depressed or irritable, but because I don’t think about how my face is resting. LOL! Often, I’m contemplating something and that’s how my face is – in contemplation mode, or I’m extremely tired because I walked the dog like 10 times during the night, got up at 4am to go to the gym, worked all day, worked on my book after that, had to go to a meeting or event after that and I’m feeling very DONE with the day.

Lately, I’m practicing mindfulness on the muscles in my face. I actually think I may have inherited my grandmother’s facial expressions. She even frowned in her sleep! I don’t want her facial expressions. So I’m focusing on a slight constant smile, just barely there, enough to lighten my forehead muscles. I’m focusing on every blessing I’ve been granted each day and I’m being actively thankful – meaning thanking the Lord daily, telling these special people how much I love them and how amazing they are, hugging and smooching and laughing at my silly dog, appreciating our home and land more, loving working from home and the jobs I do and the income to pay our bills and save for important things, appreciating going to a great gym and getting healthier, and just every special thing and person, even what may sound small to some – sometimes it’s the smallest blessings that make the biggest impact/difference, and I’m thankful for each one.

Another thing I’m trying to learn is to Let Go and Let God. Being a control freak, this is a hard one, but I’m learning little by little. I am letting go of things and people that no longer serve my life in a positive way. I actually just joined a group that I thought would strengthen my character and spirituality as well as offer friendship and connection but learned that group was not the answer so, after 2 meetings, I let that go. I no longer have space or time in my life for what does not assist me or help me grow in some way on my journey. Joining and leaving that group only helped to further teach me that lesson.

Another mood swing is the novel I’ve been working on since 2013. I cannot count the varied emotions I’ve been going through. I birthed this story with great enthusiasm and excitement, only to set it on a shelf because I had too many clients at different times, too many things going on and I did not have any further time to devote to it. I did have to pay the bills and that was more important. As time went on, I got better clients, bigger contracts, but didn’t want to face the book, because I let fear distract me – fear and lack of faith in myself.

So now, I’m happy to say that I am 95% finished with the book. I thought I was actually finished but am reworking chapter 6. I’m thinking I may even interweave it with chapter 5 or 7 or just leave it the smallest chapter in the book. I kept giving myself a deadline, which in many ways is helpful, while at the time was putting an obstacle in my path. The deadline was more stifling my writability and creativity than bolstering my motivation and ambition to get in touch with my muse. My muse heard DEADLINE and ran for cover! So I will work on my book daily, finish when I finish, revise, revise, revise, then query agents and publish. And then become a #1 New York Times bestselling author.

I am learning to have faith in myself. I am learning to trust myself, love myself, believe in my pursuits – my dreams – my goals. I’m learning to lift myself up to new heights and tell myself only good things and reaching, stretching for a higher plane of existence. There is nothing wrong in bettering myself. I have everything I have ever prayed for, except the one. And the one? It’s only a matter of divine timing, inspired action, and persistence.

What have you been up to lately? Share all your joys, your pursuits, your progress, your fears, your expectations, your news. I have missed you greatly and I only wish for you good things, always.

Love you!


(P.S. Oh, and that picture? I’m just dreaming of cool Fall weather, wishing for long-sock-wearing, gushy-sweater-wearing weather. Please, chilly Fall breezes – come to Mississippi?). And sorry for the very wordy post…

Jumping With Joy


Sorry, I believe I missed last week, but today is Thankful Thursday for this week, so without further ado…

I am soooo stinkin’ thankful!¬† Thankful for everything!¬† For my family.¬† My wonderful daughter on this #NationalDaughtersDay and every day.¬† My beautiful mother.¬† Friends that I love and love me back.¬† Sweet true friends that my daughter has that believe in her and lift her up.¬† For my generous, loving Jesus.¬† For my forgiving, faithful God.¬† For working from home with work and clients I adore.¬† For this new adventure I’m starting.¬† For words.¬† For film.¬† For good health.¬† For laughter.¬† For music.¬† Cooler weather.¬† Changing seasons and the color of leaves in the Fall.¬† For our home and land.¬† Our furballs that make life fun and funny.¬† Wonderful food.¬† Coffee.¬† Lots and lots of coffee.¬† Wine and cheese.¬† Chocolate.¬† Lots and lots of chocolate.¬† Road trips to our favorite places and adventures to new ones.¬† Mountains.¬† Hiking.¬† Baking.¬† Cooking.¬† Photography.¬† Writing.¬† The sunrise.¬† Sunsets.¬† Babies.

Ah, life is sooo good!

I’m not jumping for joy, as if joy is something I can grab out of the air, somehow out of reach, up there above me.¬† I’m jumping with joy.¬† I’m filled with joy, with happiness.¬† I’m so filled with joy, I can’t help but jump with gladness.

I know there’s so many more blessings I can count but I’m livin’ by a schedule – ain’t got all day!¬† ūüėČ

Y’all have a beautiful, wonderful, amazing, prosperous, fun, humorous,¬†thankful and fabulous Friday Eve!¬† May God bless you and your families!

Love ya!  *smooch*  xoxo

What are you thankful for on this Thankful Thursday?



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Counting Blessings – I Triple Dog Dare You!


Okay, instead of having a pity party on all that I don’t have or don’t have time for, I will instead count my blessings and be glad in each one every single day:

1.  Jesus loves me.  This I know.  For the Bible tells me so.

2.  God loves me.  Because He gave me Jesus.  Because He gave me Hallie.  Because He gave me Mama.  And soooo  much more!

3. ¬†I have the world’s best, most loving, most compassionate, hilarious, intelligent, beautiful daughter, who’s my best friend.

4. ¬†I have the world’s best, most loving, most kind, understanding, silly, fun, gorgeous mother, who’s my best friend.

5. ¬†Thankful for my closest friends that I’d be lost without.

6. ¬†Thankful for the friends I’ve made through the blogosphere. ¬†I’m better for knowing you.


7.  Thankful for humor, for without it, I would have already lost my mind.

8. ¬†Thankful for time to write when I actually have time to write. ¬†I know I’ll receive some free time soon. ¬†Hopefully soon. ¬†I love to write!

9. ¬†Thankful for work, for without it, I’d be po. ¬†Well, I guess I am sort of poor but I can afford to send Hallie to a good school (with help from her dad) and I can pay our bills and we can eat and buy a gift or two at Christmas, so I guess we’re not too po.

10.  Thankful for being able to work from home so I can spend much more quality time with my babe and be there for Mama when she needs me to help her with something (most of the time).

11.  Thankful we are healthy.

12. ¬†We have a home that’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer and we can enjoy life chatting and sitting in our front porch swing.

13.  We have a little land so we can run and frolic with the dogs and/or walk down to the pond to meditate/contemplate.

14.  We can always find something to laugh about.

15. ¬†I have a car that runs and gets us where we need to go even though the air doesn’t work. ¬†At least the heat and defrost does!

16.  I have an ex-husband that makes time for Hallie and wants to spend time with her.  Her dad loves her.

17.  No matter how I may mess up in my life from time to time, I know my Father will never leave nor forsake me.

18. ¬†I’m saved! ¬†Thank You, Jesus. ¬†Thank You, God.

And so many more blessings to be thankful for – too many to count.


Do you have more positives than negatives?  I know I do!  I triple dog dare you to come up with at least 10 positive things about your life or good things/people/places that are in your life.  What are you thankful for today?

Love you!!!  *big squishy hug*



54-66 of the 5,000 Question Survey

Day 5 of 365 days¬†of the 5,000 Question Survey ‚Äď the next 13 questions (if you‚Äôd like to join, please see the link in my post from Sept 18th or just the link:

54. ¬†How many TV‚Äôs are in your house? ¬†We have two tvs. ¬†There’s one in the livingroom and one in my bedroom. ¬†We mostly watch the one in the livingroom. ¬†The one in my bedroom only comes on if one of us is sick and in my bed. ¬†It was on a lot after Hallie’s knee surgery and she had to keep it propped up constantly and get pain meds every 2 hours around the clock.

55. ¬†What is your favorite thing to do outside? ¬†That’s a hard one. ¬†I love to walk/run with the dogs as well as with my daughter. ¬†I love to roast hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire pit when it’s chilly out. ¬†I love to mow. ¬†I love to work in the yard when it’s not stifling. ¬†I love to play frisbee and badmitton and other games with my kiddo and her friends and have picnics when it’s not too hot out. ¬†I love to take my laptop and sit in the porch swing to work or write or just sit and sip on coffee or hot tea. All of those are my favorites. ¬†I guess I’d pick the ones where I’m spending time with my family as they are my favorite people in the world.

56. ¬†How do you feel when you see a rainbow? ¬†Loved and forgiven and remembered. ¬†God doesn’t forget his promises. ¬†Even when sometimes I doubt him or shout at him, he has not forgotten.

57. ¬†Have you ever dreamt a dream that came true? ¬†Dreaming while asleep, I don’t believe so. ¬†I’ve had many dreams and visions while awake that have come true.

58. ¬†Have you ever been to a psychic/tarot reader? ¬†No but I think it would be entertaining. ¬†I believe some psychics have the true talent/gift but others are fakes. ¬†I did go with a friend to a tea leaf reading once and it was quite hilarious. ¬†She was a flake. ¬†I also went to a group psychic thingy and that was filled with a bunch of nut jobs. ¬†Like I said, I believe some of them are real but I’d say most are out of their minds crazy and some of the peeps that go to those things are insane as well.

59. ¬†What is your idea of paradise? ¬†Ultimately? ¬†Being back at Home in heaven with God and Jesus and everyone that I’ve ever truly loved and continue to love. ¬†This includes all the furbabes I’ve loved. ¬†I believe there will be lush trees and soft green grass and beautiful rolling hills filled with lavender and beauty everywhere you look. ¬†It will envelope you. ¬†On Earth, paradise for me is being with my daughter and mother, especially on a road trip traveling around the U.S., although I’d like to see other countries (besides Mexico as I’ve been twice). ¬†For living, I’d like to be closer to the mountains, less humidity, in an old 2 story house with a porch swing (I do love my old houses and porch swings), and a wrap around porch filled with hanging plants, rocking chairs, small tables to sit our cups of tea or cherry limeade or what have you, a nice spacious yard with lots of privacy and flowers and trees and just space to walk and breathe. ¬†Oh, and central air and heat, more than 1 full bath and at least 2 nice size closets that we can fully access (I live in a house built in 1939. ¬†When they built some of these houses, people only wore a couple of outfits and didn’t need the full closet so part of mine is most difficult to access).

60.  Do you believe in god and if so what is he/she/it like?  I most definitely do.  Too many miracles have happened in my life to not believe in God.  He is my Father.  He is loving, is jealous for my love and devotion, is forgiving, can get angry, can be disappointed like any father, but always believes in giving endless chances.  He believes in me and has faith in me.

61. ¬†Do you believe in Hell? ¬†I most certainly do. ¬†I believe I’ve walked through some of it here on Earth. ¬†But the real deal is far worse than anything I can imagine. ¬†I do not fear it, because I know I won’t be going there. ¬†I follow Jesus. ¬†I’m not perfect or even good. ¬†I love Jesus and follow him and this is why I’m going to heaven.

62. ¬†What one thing have you done that most people haven’t? ¬†I don’t know that I’ve done anything that most people haven’t. ¬†Some people find it unusual that I was in the Air Force and that I used to climb mountains and rock (without cables and ropes). ¬†I’ve earned medals in martial arts tournaments. ¬†I had my daughter through natural childbirth without drugs (she was 9 lbs 13.5 oz). ¬†But honestly, I don’t find any of that to be particularly different or special or doing things that most people haven’t. ¬†Many people have done those things.

63. ¬†What is the kindest thing you have ever done? ¬†I don’t know that I should say as I feel it would sound like bragging. ¬†I believe the nicest things you could ever do for others should be a secret between you and God. ¬† I do nice things for others not to hear, “Oh, you’re so nice or giving or generous or whatever…” ¬†I do those things because they are the right things to do and because I feel God calls me to do those things. ¬†I do not need recognition. ¬†I only need my Father to smile at me from time to time.

64. ¬†Are you a patient person? ¬†Om, no. ¬†I would say I’m probably one of the least patient people on the planet. ¬†I’m less patient with myself than I am others. ¬†But I’m not very patient with others either. ¬†I’ve become more patient after having a child but I could still use a ton more patience.

65. ¬†What holiday should exist but doesn’t? ¬†I don’t know that we need any more holidays. ¬†I think we probably have enough.

66. ¬†What holiday shouldn’t exist but does? ¬†Oh, I’m sure several exist that we do not need but it’s not for me to say.

14-26 of the 5,000 Question Survey

Day 2 (a day late) of 365 days¬†of the 5,000 Question Survey ‚Äď the next 13 questions (if you‚Äôd like to join, please see the link in my post from Sept 18th or just the link:

14.  How do you handle a rainy day?

With an umbrella. ¬†Duhr. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I love rain. ¬†I love to crack the windows just so I can hear the drizzle or storm better. ¬†It gives me a clean soulful feeling as if God is wrapping me up in his love and presence. ¬†That’s the only way I can describe the feeling. ¬†Rain and storms and the oncoming of the storm clouds make me feel closer to God somehow. ¬†I love how the dark stormy blue backdrops the vibrancy of the trees and grass in the foreground. ¬†It’s so brilliant how the angry sky lights up all that green! ¬†I just prefer to not drive in the rain when it’s dark.

15. ¬†Which is worse…losing your luggage or having to sort out tangled holiday lights?

For sure losing my luggage! ¬†I’ve never lost my luggage but I would imagine that would be 100 times worse than sorting out tangled holiday lights. ¬†I mean, seriously?

16.  How is your relationship with your parents?

With my bio-father, I don’t know that I’d consider him a parent. ¬†I mean, it takes a certain skill set to be a parent, don’t you think? ¬†And he has none. ¬†Haven’t seen him since ’92 and I’m thankful for it. ¬†My step-dad was my dad and he was a joy! ¬†What a loving man he was! ¬†He respected my mother and loved her with everything he had. He treated me like his flesh and blood and we miss him every day. ¬†He journeyed to heaven Valentine’s Day 2002. ¬†I’m thankful my daughter was able to know him for her first 2 years. ¬†She still remembers him (thank You, God) and I know he watches over us and pays us visits. ¬†My mom lives just next door and she is one of my very best friends. ¬†I’d be lost without her. ¬†She’s my rock. ¬†She keeps me grounded.

Will you miss them when they are gone?

Indeed, I miss my dad every day.  I do not want to ever imagine my mom not here.  When she goes, much of me will go with her.  I love my leeetle cutie patootie.

17.  Do you tend to be aware of what is going on around you?

At times, yes. ¬†I try very hard to live in the moment, be present and mindful each minute. ¬†Other times, I believe myself to be oblivious. ¬†I’m working on this.

18.  What is the truest thing that you know?

That God and Jesus love us with an unending and unlimited  and unfailing love and they want us to follow them so we can, one day, all be together at Home again.

19.  What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a wee one, I remember wanting to be a super hero, a hairdresser and an actress. ¬†When I was about 6 or 7, I wanted to be a writer/book author and a secretary and I was already a storyteller. ¬†I would sing and tell stories that I made up to my dolls and stuffed animals. ¬†Now that I’m grown, my daughter has called me her hero a few times, so I guess I can claim that. ¬†I’ve cut her hair and mine, so I guess I can claim that. ¬†I got over the actress thing real quick. ¬†I am still a writer and forever will be. And I was a secretary for many years.

20.  Have you ever been given a second chance?

Yes, and a third and a fourth and…and…and…

21.  Are you more of a giver or a taker?

Not sure about this one.  Maybe equally a giver and taker?

22.  Do you make your decisions with an open heart/mind?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. ¬†I’m protective of myself and my family and I’m pretty guarded, so sometimes I make decisions out of fear, which I know is not the best way to make decisions. ¬†At times, I can be open. ¬†Maybe not as often as I could/should be.

23.  What is the most physically painful thing that has ever happened to you?

Physically? ¬†When my daughter or mother has been hurt or are hurting, it hurts me physically. ¬†I suppose the most painful thing I can recall (much of my childhood has been blocked from my mind) is when I had mononucleosis. ¬†I was in the hospital and couldn’t eat or drink. ¬†It felt like someone was constantly stabbing me in the throat with blunt knives. ¬†I remember crying and begging my mother to kill me, to please smother me with my pillow. ¬†I just didn’t want to take that pain anymore. ¬†Compared to natural childbirth, labor and delivery is a breeze. ¬†And yes, I had Hallie naturally and wouldn’t change a thing.

24.  What is the most emotionally painful thing that has ever happened to you?

Losing my daddy.

25.  Who have you hugged today?

My mother (she paid me a visit this morning) and my daughter.  Oh, and my dogs.  One of our dogs hugs back.  He is the sweeeeeetest thing!!!!

26.  Who has done something today to show they care about you?

My mom, daughter and dogs.  My mom and daughter hug me, kiss me and tell me they love me.  They smile at me.  They wave at me, even if we are just crossing the yard. My dogs kiss me and one of them hugs me.  The dogs also lay there watching me.  They always have love in their eyes (Mama, Hallie and our dogs).

Camp Nano Washed Out

Well, technically, Camp didn’t wash out.¬† I did.¬† It’s not for a lack of trying, mind you.¬† I’ve had much on my plate with work, with running after Hallie and helping her (post-surgery), running after the animals, mowing and working in the yard, cooking, cleaning, washing, going to and fro physical therapy and the list goes on.

I did manage to scribble roughly 5,000 words, not quite reaching the goal I’d set for myself of 10,000.¬† BUT!¬† I am still squeezing in time to write, even if it’s for a measly 15-30 minutes a day.¬† Hey, something is better than nothing, right?¬† Right.

I sort of messed myself up a bit to be honest.¬† I started back on my work of non-fiction that I started in October of last year and it’s like I had to force myself and found it to be more of a chore than fun.¬† I cannot write like that.¬† It has to be fun.¬† Don’t misunderstand.¬† Sometimes you have to glue your butt to the chair or couch or bed or porch swing or wherever it is you want to write and actually put in the time to write.¬† Something.¬† Anything.¬† Just to get yourself started.

Write the voices that are talking (screaming) in your head

But to sit there in angst with 100 other thoughts running through your head of what you need or want to be doing rather than having the want to sit there and write.¬† Well…¬† I cannot write like that.¬† It has to be fun.¬† After you sit there and force yourself to write, if the imagination and words are not flowing by the end of the first 30 minutes, it’s not worth it.¬† So I pulled away and thought to myself, “Self, while I realize finishing this book is important, you have all these voices in your head screaming at you to work on their story.¬† How can you focus on something completely opposite when you have your fantastical characters screaming at you to write their story?¬† Writing is writing.¬† As long as you are writing, you’re getting the job done.¬† But you need to listen to those voices in your head.¬† Listen to them.¬† Write their story.”

Then, I had a dream, woke up at 0:dark:30 after the dream, couldn’t go back to sleep, got up out of bed and wrote.¬† It was an epiphany.¬† I have started books 1 and 2 in a series and this dream was the story before book 1.¬† A new twist!¬† Sort of like The Hobbit movie coming out after all the Lord of the Rings movies.¬† It’s the back story before the story.¬† So, I have to say, I was a bit psyched to get up oh so early to write out everything I could remember from the dream.¬† And it’s funny.¬† The more time I spent writing it, the more details sprang up and I started remembering more of the dream, the colors, the sounds in the background, the smells, the rooms and changing environments, the action, the drama, what the characters where saying and how they were saying them.¬† Writing is such a wonderful trip!!¬† Hearing, seeing, feeling and smelling the story in your mind and writing it out is like biting into a juicy sweet peach, breathing in that heavenly fresh summery fragrance, and having the nectar drip and run down your chin and arm while savoring every last delicious bite.

If you write at all, then be proud

If you did not reach your goal for Camp Nano, don’t beat yourself up about it.¬† If it got you started writing and you continue every day to write, then be proud.¬† The real goal here is to write, to create, to spill your soul or imagination or dreams onto paper or laptop or whatever the tool is of your choosing.¬† But to write.¬† That is the goal.¬† So do that.¬† And be pleased with yourself.¬† Someone said once, ‘it’s not the destination, it’s the journey.’¬† And that is a very true statement.¬† The journey is the fun part, the adventure and, sometimes, the distraction from real every day life.¬† It’s my means of escape, though I don’t escape for long, as I love my life and the people in it.¬† Still, a little mini-mental-vacation is always welcome.¬† To imagine worlds and stories in your mind — those are some of the best vacation adventures.

So, maybe I didn’t wash out.¬† I started.¬† I wrote.¬† I’m writing daily.¬† And I will finish it eventually.¬† And so will you.

And if you did reach your goal for Camp, I applaud you!!¬† And if you didn’t reach your goal, and, still, you wrote, I applaud you, as well!¬† Wooooo-hooooo!!!¬† *clap*clap*clap*clap*wolf whistle*¬† Whoop!¬† Whoop!!

Let’s Play 20 Questions

Okay, I’ve had several thoughts about this blog lately and wanted to get your opinion.¬† I don’t want to overwhelm my readers, so I wanted your input.

I have many interests and I wouldn’t mind blogging about them.¬† Which of the following would you be interested in reading?

1) Bible study/God/Jesus/Prayer/Miracles (I will be doing this one anyway.  I made a deal with God.);

2) Creative writing & Nanowrimo/Camp Nano (this would include challenges as well); By the way, Camp Nanoers, I’m interested in engaging in some word sprints.¬† Who’s game?;

3) Quotes;

4) Cooking/recipes/experimenting in the kitchen;

5) Working from home/companies to work for and who not to work for/every day life;

6) Being a divorced/single mom with a teenager;

7) Health/fitness/diet/losing weight/daily working out/super foods and what helps what and what foods hurt you/improving energy, eyesight, and well, health overall;

8) Depression, anxiety, anger issues, frustration, suicidal thoughts, grief (dealing with it & how to take action to improve);

9) Cleaning/organizing (tips, techniques, checklists) re home, schedules, life in general

10) Life in general as I sometimes talk about (with my teen, my mom next door, my crazy furballs, my insane work-from-home schedule, life in the country, Mississippi, road trips, etc.)

Okay, so it’s only 10 questions, which, in my opinion, trumps 20 (unless you just love answering long lists of questions).¬† So, give me a shout out.¬† Let me know which items you are interested in.¬† What are you interested in reading that’s not covered here?¬† I am great at biting off more than I can chew but I am determined to get back to daily blogging and creative living (writing, cooking, finishing my books) and I’m just curious what your thoughts are.¬† Comment me below.

And I’ll eventually incorporate photography again, but that will be added back to the blog perhaps in a couple months.

Lata babes!

– Carol

Just a Quickie

A quickie post/update. ¬†What were you thinking? ¬†ūüėČ

I just wanted to drop in and say a few words. ¬†Some of you may know what’s been going on. ¬†Some may not, so just a quickie update as to why I haven’t been blogging lately.

Hallie had knee surgery Dec 26 so we have been very very busy.  She has been busy sleeping, eating, watching movies and trying to hobble around on her crutches.  I have been feeding her medicine every 4 hours and changing the ice for her knee, helping her in every way that I can.  She started physical therapy yesterday and we have to do those exercises at home twice a day, also.

Plus, I’ve had tons of work pouring in, so getting up in the wee hours of the morning and staying up late to get as much done as I can. ¬†The dogs have needed to go out about every 15 minutes it seems. ¬†I do not hardly have time to clean my house, no time for working on either book, no reading even though I took out 4 books on inter-library loan for research purposes. ¬†I think I got to page 3 of one book.

I don’t know why I even thought I’d have time to read anything, much less write, much less clean.

Hallie is being a great patient, though, very thankful for all the help she’s receiving and keeping her sense of humor and staying her upbeat, happy self, considering she’s experiencing this pain, a level of pain I can’t possibly understand as I have never had any kind of surgery.

Anywho, just wanted y’all to know I think of y’all often but haven’t gotten a chance to get blogging. ¬†Before Christmas was pretty insane, as well. ¬†When things calm down a bit, I’ll get back to it, but that will probably not be for a few more weeks. ¬†Trying to work from home full time plus be full-time mom is keeping me pretty busy, and it’s all good. ¬†Just trying to stretch my schedule. ¬†When I learn how to do that, I’ll let y’all know.

I hope you guys had an amazing Christmas and celebrated the birthday of Jesus (since without Him, there’d be no such thing as Christmas). ¬†I hope you all were able to spend it with people you hold close to your heart. ¬†For this new year of 2014, my wish and prayer is for all of us to be blessed with good health, loved ones to share our days with, good hearty belly laughter, silliness, happiness, prosperity and faith.

Love ya!  *smooch*


Fuzzy Christmas Socks


Well, she is fuzzy, it was Christmas morning, and her name is Socks. ¬†ūüėČ

Christmas at Mama’s. ¬†Socks got a new squeaky toy for Christmas. She loves, loves, loves her squeaky toys! ¬†Although, the squeaker doesn’t last for very long. ¬†Just like my dogs, they all surgically perform squeakerotomies. ¬†We do so enjoy listening to them play with their squeaky toys. ¬†Sweet babes! ¬†All the furbabes got fun little Christmas treasures, as always. ¬†And they were happy, playful children.

And yes, she knows just how adorable she is. Spoiled rotten, that child.

Portrait of a Girl and Her Dog

One of her dogs, Buddy. We rescued him when he was 8 weeks old. And he rescued us right back. ūüėČ