• family,  jack,  jack pics,  my view

    Rise and Shine

    Happy Monday from me and the Jackster. Time to rise and shine and face the week. Now that book Book 2 in my Creative Hearts series has been turned in and I’ve had a lovely weekend off, it’s time to lace up my skates and get going on book 3. Whee!

    But first, there are some more glamorous things on my to-do list like: laundry, dusting and the ever fab grocery shopping because after this past week (ok 2 maybe 3) this house is screaming for some TLC (or at least a L or C).  What are you getting up to this week?


    All the best,



    P.S. Nana would like to give a heartfelt thanks for all the beautiful birthday wishes. Thank you all so much. She really enjoyed reading them and we had a fantastic time celebrating her birthday.

  • family,  food,  my view

    Eating down the line aka what I did on my Summer vacation…

    Happy Monday!

    Here I am back at my old laptop after a week away on the road with the family and finding it oh so hard to get back into the swing of work again. The DH, DD, DS and I were off to Savannah to visit with the DH’s kin and I have to say I think I ate my way down I-95 and back up again. Of sweet tea how I love thee! Now get back!

    You can see the evidence of my gluttony which felt at times more on the edge of debauchery here:

    So now I’m feeling like some serious Fall get in line action needs to be taken but then again… the summer’s not over yet. Check back with me on that action after Labor Day. Have a good one.




  • family,  my view,  writing,  writing life

    Fall In!

    Happy Monday! I’m hoping you all had a good weekend. So I woke up yesterday morning and let my family know straight out of the gate that I would be writing all day. All day? Yes, all day.

    Giambologna’s “Woman Reclining and Writing”

    Well, I guess I was nice and firm in my tone because the DH who was up early anyway got the coffee going and made me a lovely breakfast as I got up, cleaned myself up, and got into my summer writing uniform of  old pull on shorts and tee. After eating I fired up the laptop. Around 10:00 I went online to my church’s website to peek in on the service. Nothing like being there in person but I love that we have that watch live capability. After that back to work.

    Around lunchtime with a stretch I ventured out of my bedroom and asked my DH would he please make me some lunch. I got a brief surprised look but gave the “I’m in my writing world face” and a bit later had a nice spicy noodle soup and turkey wrap.

    It was back to writing after that. Time was ticking the clock was going too fast.

    Around 4:30 I noticed no one was moving. The dreaded dinner time. I sighed. Maybe I had pushed it. I knew the DH wanted fish and not his own cook fish mine. So I relented and let him know if he brought it I’d bake it. Easy peasy. I already had 3,800 words. A fantastic day’s total.

    After dinner and on a roll I went back in for a few more words before what I’m now calling a comedy hour: True Blood. The day’s total 4,900 words!

    So what’s the moral of this rambling story? Let your intentions be known from the get go and don’t waver. The rest will fall in line.





    image from here

  • family,  motherhood,  videos

    Animal on Repeat

    So I heard this song three no maybe it was four times today while running around with the dear teen twins to and from practices and in and out of malls. I’m thinking the New York D-Jays musta had it on a loop this weekend. So for that I’m inviting you into my world. Welcome.


  • family,  happy birthday,  my view,  Nana

    Happy Birthday Nana!

    Today is my Nana’s Birthday and I can’t tell you how happy we all are to be able to wish her a happy one and celebrate with her. What a blessing she is to our whole family every day.

    Please join me in wishing Jack’s favorite Lady and just about

    everyone else’s a very

    Happy Birthday!

    We Love You Nana!


  • family,  motherhood,  music,  my view,  teens,  twins,  writing,  writing life

    The Waiting…

    Lately, in my house with college apps having been out for a while for the dear twins and us having gotten some good and not good news from different places we are all going a bit nutty around here. We’re still waiting to hear from some top choices for both kids. Still stressed over how it will all play out come September and I won’t get into the stress the DH and I feel over how it will work out financially. I’m just living on it will.

    To top it off I have a book out on submission that has been out forever but that’s just how it goes in publishing. No news is no news or just a no and you have to move on. But I still can’t help constantly checking my emails. See I’m not one to compartmentalize and put things in the back of my mind. Everything stays right of front talking up too much space.

    All that said I woke up with morning and this song popped into my head. Good for a writer and a high school senior. Enjoy.



  • family,  my view

    Love & Loss

    I’m in the writing cave hopefully deep in the way back. Thinking about family today and Love & Loss.



    Just a quick PSA: Take time to say I love you to all that you do today. 



    image from here

  • family,  happy birthday,  my view,  twins

    Happy 17th Dear Twins!!

    Happy 17th Birthday Dear Twins!! I can’t believe I’m actually writing that number. As I do, of course I’m telling myself not to cry but looking at these pictures from our trip to Disney World when you were just 3 years old it’s hard not to think of that as just yesterday and not tear up.

    But I (well, we, both Dad and I) turn and look at you now and marvel at the young man and young woman you have become and we can only wonder at the truly amazing adults you will one day be. We are very proud of you both and blessed every day to have you in our lives.

    Here is it only a few words down and yes, the tears are flowing freely. Sorry, guys, I can’t stop them. All I have to do is think of the never ending love I have for you both and my heart overflows. If there could be one thing I would change in this life. It would be to go back to just a few of these very precious days and slow them down a bit. So that I could hold you both tighter on that day. And tell you I love you just one more time to add to my tally.

    Happy Birthday K & W! Enjoy the next chapter on the Journey Into Your Imagination.


    Love Forever,

    Mom and Dad

    & That funny dog Jack too!