Hello February


I can’t believe it’s February, already!

Where did the time go? The last several months have just flown by. I wanted to blog, so many times, but life seemed to get in the way. It all started when I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) it was a last minute decision, so I only had about a week or so to prep. I really wanted to blog about it, but I just didn’t have the time. I was so focused on getting prepped and then getting my word count in everyday.


I have to say, that it was exhausting! But I’m glad I did it, not sure if I want to do it again though? My birthday is in November and I never get to just relax and enjoy it. If I’m not doing NaNoWriMo, then I’m packing orders for my Etsy Shop for Christmas, and making pottery. There’s always so much to do in November. In 2014, I actually did both…packed orders and participated in NaNoWriMo…what a nut! But I did it…I won!


 Thankfully, my Etsy Shop was on vacation this time. All I had to do was write, but it was a lot of work. I won again…Yay! After it was over, I needed a well deserved rest from writing. I took about a week off, then I had to start my Christmas shopping, I hadn’t even bought one thing. I was too busy writing. And of course we had to put up the tree.


Isn’t it pretty?

I blinked and before I knew it, December was over.


Happy New Year 2017

On January 2, 2017, right when I was about to edit the chapters I wrote during NaNoWriMo, my computer decided not to work anymore. Oh, Yay…Happy New Year! We called some computer repair people, but I wasn’t about to spend $200.00 just for them to come to my house. Are you kidding! So, we tried to fix it ourselves, did tech support online, it didn’t work. Then my husband called HP and after talking to four different people they said, “Sorry, we can’t help you. We don’t make that one anymore.” After making a few more calls, someone told me it might be the graphics card. So, we bought one. I was really hoping it was going to work, but it didn’t. At this point, I was starting to get a little worried, because I hadn’t saved some stuff to my backup drive. I did save all my writing, thankfully! But I hadn’t saved any photos for like 16 months, and I wasn’t sure what else I hadn’t saved. Since it wasn’t going well, I started shopping for a tower online, then I went to Best Buy and found one I liked. While I was at Best Buy they told me, “If you buy a computer, we can retrieve the data from your old computer for $85.00.” Oh, Yay! I was more excited about that, then buying a new computer…how weird is that. 


While I was purchasing my new tower, I found out I had to buy a new printer, even though my printer was perfectly fine. It wasn’t compatible with the new tower. This is what I purchased, it’s also a scanner, and a copier…and it’s wireless. I really like that! My computer is too, but if I use it wireless…they said it would be slower. I definitely don’t want that! So, my new tower stayed at the store while they set it up and when it was ready, We had to bring in my old computer so they could transfer the data. I have to say, it felt like I was leaving my child behind. It really did! That tower has never left my site, not even when we moved. It came with me in the truck along with my backup drive.

When my husband picked up both computers, Best Buy told him, “It was the mother board. It wasn’t worth fixing.” I was still hoping to fix it, even though I had already bought a new one. I wanted to give it to my husband, so he could have a desk top. He has two laptops, one is his work laptop (only used for work) the other is eight years old already. Since I had to get a new printer, I was giving him my old printer which is not very old. My old printer is only 5 years old, so is my old computer. I would think that it would have lasted longer than that. My other PC lasted for more than 11 years.

Thankfully, my monitor was still compatible with the new tower.

Although, a 23″ monitor would have been really nice.

Once we had everything all hooked up, I had to figure out how to use it. They don’t come with instructions anymore. It annoys me to have to look for the instructions online, I’d rather have the manual right in front of me. Best Buy did show me a few things, but I forgot most of it by the time I got to the car. Good thing I took notes. I have to say I’m not a fan of windows 10, windows 8 was much better, in my opinion. It took me 5 minutes to figure out how to shut off my PC…well, maybe not 5 minutes, but it seemed like it did. They made it so complicated. I’m getting use to it now…sort of. At least I’m not complaining about it, like I was the first week I had it.

I’m so behind now…in everything! Going without a PC for 8 days was not fun, and it certainly wasn’t fun figuring out how this new computer worked and windows 10. I can’t even tell you how many emails I have now, and I was doing so well, on one of my email accounts. I get so many of them and that’s just one account. I haven’t even gone to my other email account yet.

When I delete them, they just come back and bring lots of friends!

I couldn’t work on the book I had worked on during NaNoWriMo, which I called Abigail (don’t think that will be the title though) while I was without a PC, because I forgot to print the last 4 chapters I wrote. Good thing I saved them to my backup drive. I didn’t edit any of the chapters from Raven Hill, because frankly, I didn’t feel like it. But I did get to start on some stuff I’ve been wanting to do while I was without a PC. I started a plotting journal for Raven Hill. I really need to nail down the ending. The plotting journal is so much fun, I think I found a way to make me like plotting. Which is amazing! I’ve been trying to force myself to plot for more years then I’d like to count.


 This is my plotting journal.

I love this mix media sketch book, it’s perfect.

Before I knew it, January flew by.


Please be good to me…February!

Thanks for stopping by.



Taking a Look Back at 2014

We had a new addition to our family!

Our granddaughter Grace was born on February 5, 2014

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I can’t believe my beautiful blue-eyed grand baby is almost a year old already!

We had a lot of first’s this year!


I took the very first photos of Grace. I love this one!

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The first photo of Grace and Mommy, my beautiful daughter Jayme!

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Grace and Daddy, my son-in-law Max!

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My beautiful blonde, blue-green eyed granddaughter Paige started school for the first time this year. I can’t believe she’s in school already! 

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What a cutie pie!

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Awww…so beautiful!

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Paige’s first symphony…love her dress!

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My beautiful brown-eyed granddaughter Faith started middle school this year.

OMG…I can’t believe it! Where did the time go?

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Faith got her first cell phone. I love this photo, they’re so excited and I love how Paige has her arm around Faith…that is so cute!

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Faith’s first selfie. It came out great!

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On September 4th, I became dairy free for the first time in my life. I’ve been gluten-free for almost 4 years now, which really hasn’t bothered me. I must admit, I really don’t have a choice…I have Celiac Disease. I’ve also been 90% grain free for almost a year now. Dairy was harder for me to give up. I love ice cream, especially rocky road, or any other chocolate ice cream with nuts.

And I love cheese!


I have to say that cheese is the thing I miss the most, and that really surprises me! I thought it would have been ice cream or sugar, but no…it’s cheese! I’m not sure if I have to be dairy free forever? Maybe when we move to a drier climate, I might be able to eat it again? Right now…living in Florida (swampville), I can’t eat it because of my sinuses.


I also cute down on sugar this year. I’m about 90% sugar-free on a good day!


Except for when I need a little more chocolate!


Like when I participated in National Novel Writing Month. This year was my first time participating, and I definitely wasn’t prepared for it. It was very intense and I needed lots of chocolate to get me through it!

#NaNoWriMo was the hardest thing I did this year! But it was worth it. I feel like I’ve grown as a writer. I’ve learned that I have to make time for writing…everyday, not just when I have time and next year…I will definitely be more prepared! 


My greatest accomplishment this year was…being a #NaNoWriMo winner!


This year, Faith became a big sister for the first time!


They’re first photo shoot! How cute is this!


Baby in a basket! This is too cute!

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I love this one!


OMG…look at the way they’re looking at each other!


Awww…so cute!




Awww…my beautiful girls!


I love this one!

These photos came out great!

I’m so glad I have three granddaughters! After having four boys and just one girl, it’s so nice to have more girls around. Jayme and I have been out number for years! I think we need a few more though!

What I loved most about 2014, other than having a new grand baby…was all the hugs I got from my husband. He gives the best hugs ever! It’s my favorite place to be…in his arms!

So…even though 2014 was a roller coaster ride, full of ups and downs and twists and turns, it was a good year. I can never say my life is boring!

I‘m looking forward to 2015…being an even better year!!!

NaNoWriMo Winner 2014

I haven’t blogged in a while, because I’ve been a very busy girl. I participated in National Novel Writing Month…50,000 words in 30 days.

And I did it…Yay!


And I actually finished four days early.

Just before midnight on November 26, I validated my word count at National Novel Writing Month – http://www.nanowrimo.org with 52, 617 words. When I started, I really didn’t think I’d finish…at all!!!

I was just hoping it would motivate me to write, because I was being a huge procrastinator. Always putting everything before my writing, always telling myself, when I finish this…I’ll write, or when I finish that…I’ll do some writing, but it would never happen. By the end of the night, I’d be exhausted and then tell myself…I’ll do it tomorrow.

I’ve learned a lot, during this experience. Not only about writing, but about myself too. I started out doing really well, but then I hit a slump in the middle of the month. I lost steam…energy, lost focus, and then I got lost! I had no idea where I was going.


Usually, when I’m lost…it makes me stop writing. I don’t like not knowing where I’m going, which is kind of weird considering I’m a pantser…who’s trying to be a plotter. But this time I didn’t stop. I kept going with the help of my husband, my family, my friends, my FB friends and my FB writing group 10 Minute Novelists, who cheered me on and encouraged me to keep going.

Somewhere along this journey…I realized that I could actually do it. Something inside me kicked in, and gave me the power and the strength to finish this race.

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It wasn’t easy!

I dragged myself through the mud, and crawled to the finish line.

I wasn’t going to give up, no matter what!

so tired

By the end of National Novel Writing Month, I was totally exhausted! My brain needed a vacation. I was hoping for a little rest, but orders were coming in from my Etsy Shop.


So, I had to start processing and shipping orders. No rest for me yet!