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Trivia Night on the Bellingwood Facebook page was fun! We had more participants than ever before and y’all kept me on my toes. I’m a terrible multi-tasker – always trying to do several things at once. As I get older, those several things turn into one or two things. I fully expected to have a […]
This has been a weird week. Do you ever have those? It’s that caught-in-the-middle, between projects, starting projects, ending projects time. I get all disgruntled. How do I fix it? Well, there’s always kitty snuggling. I create – you know – that crafty life I love. Music. Do you ever feel overwhelmed at the incredible […]
Doh! Best intentions and all that, you know. Yesterday I was busy doing all the things and dropped into bed last night feeling like I’d conquered my mountain for the day. This morning I woke up and said ‘Doh! You forgot to write your blog post.’ Sometimes I laugh at myself. I often laugh at […]
Good Sunday evening! I am one relaxed kitty-cat this evening. My hell-week is over, the sun shone brightly today, temperatures are going to be in the forties (at the very least) tomorrow and Tuesday … what more could a girl ask for? Since I sent the newsletter out this morning, I almost didn’t write a […]
This is about to be a huge week for me, so I’m taking a deep breath and sucking down extra caffeine (coffee, Diet Dew, Dew Kickstart … whatever it takes) and maybe a few extra M&Ms (plain, otherwise, it’s way more than a few). Book 21. I have two chapters left to write. Polly ended […]
You Are My Sunshine Lydia looked up from the desk where she was working when she heard the doorbell ring. “Who is bothering me this morning?” she muttered, sliding her feet back into her slippers. She ran up the steps from the basement and groaned at the top. “Slow down, old lady. No need for […]
Once I turned thirty-five, I began telling people … out loud … about the crazy things I did so that as I grew older, my friends and family wouldn’t simply assume I was senile. I hoped that at least they might pause before making that assumption. Losing words when I’m in the middle of a […]
They are promising 3-5″ of snow tomorrow in central Iowa. Don’t bail on me now, you crazy weather patterns. Bring it! Yeah, yeah, yeah … I know that you’re tired of winter and all that. Don’t hate me. I haven’t had a good blow-out blizzard in several years and it’s time. (I’m including a series […]
I’ve spent time this weekend packing books. There’s nothing like a pile of brown kraft paper, boxes, tote bags, books and other things to get three cats all excited. I keep saying that these three can add multiple levels of complexity to every simple task. It gets a little intense. Tomorrow I will make my […]
In the years I’ve been on social media (GEnie, Compuserve, AOL, MySpace, Facebook), I’ve met incredible new friends while rediscovering old friends and family relationships. I can look back over these years and honestly say that those connections have been amazing. Some of the most surprising things have come from people I knew years ago […]
Capture Your Memories: A Journal
Capture Your Memories in this little journal. It offers a great deal of flexibility, as you can write when you wish and simply date the entry. Prompts to encourage your memory are scattered throughout the journal along with pages for you to be creative, whether you draw, doodle, write or use them to paste in memories or photographs.
Books are Life: A Reading Journal
Books are Life! Those of us who consume them find that reading is nearly as important as breathing. In this journal you will find room to record your favorite authors, series and even quotes from your favorite books. Pages to record important information about the books you read also offer prompts that will encourage you to dig in and think.
I come from a family of story tellers. As long as I can remember, we’ve been laughing and crying at stories that we tell each other. These have been the way that we remember our history and the way we deal with our present. The future? It’s simply a story waiting to happen.
My father was a pastor and his sermons were filled with illustrations and stories. My grandparents and my parents were always using tales of their lives to keep others entertained and my siblings and I continue to do the same thing.
Max Muir Photography
The cover images for the Bellingwood series have all been shot by my husband, Maxim M. Muir. I am very fortunate to be able to have exquisite photography available to me. I get the best photographs any person could ask for.