"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, October 1, 2016

My Friend Wrote a Book and I’m Hear to Tell You About It!

Is my title direct enough? LOL! I like to let you know what you’re getting into. I’m good like that.

But it is true. One of my young single friends co-wrote a fun book.  And by fun I mean it has mystery, intrigue, action…. Everything you’d want in a good fictional book.

It’s called Dismantled Aponlea and it’s book 1 of a trilogy. The second book is set to come out in November. I can hardly wait!

Dismantled Aponlea

If you click the picture it will take you to the synopsis of the book. They describe it way better than I ever could.

But I will tell you this. I could hardly put it down. You find yourself getting wrapped up in the uniqueness of each character and each chapter brought it’s own mystery. There were surprises and plenty of intrigue, to keep me coming back for more.

I’m very proud of this young woman for perusing her dreams and seeing them come true. 

If you’d like to learn a little more about one of the authors I had a little question and answer time with her.

Here’s my little interview with Maria Mckessey.

1. Me: How did this story come about?

Maria: The character Kelly Johnson formed from my oversized imagination as a child. Her appearance was inspired by both the Pink Power Ranger and Mary Anne from The Baby-sitters Club movie, while her story spawned from my desire to live a life as cool as Nickelodeon’s Alex Mack. The mashup character I’d created could pretty much do anything, fly, turn invisible, walk through walls and practice telekinesis. It was no wonder I preferred watching her world over living in my own reality. Being only six years old I had no concept of what a consistent storyline looked like. I’d say the story started to actually develop around the age of eight or nine when Dane Morris came into the picture. He was this mysterious dark character who produced a forbidden romance. When he entered he bred the primitive details of Dismantled Aponlea. Suddenly, there was conflict, the dark bloodlines, the schernols, the idea of a hidden world that these people descended from.

2. How long did it take you both to write it?

Raeven and I met our freshman year of high school in 2003. We began collaborating on the story around 2006 and distributed a few chapters to our close friends. By then the story was still playing out in my head eleven years later and reached its conclusion on October 25th, 2006. After we graduated in 2008, I gave Raeven the story to do completely what she wanted with it. Her enthusiasm to take it on really reignited my excitement for the story again. She wrote about five or six chapters, I think. But the beginning of Dismantled Aponlea, as you now know it (it was called Achanis: The Kelly Johnson Saga), started in December of 2008. I was lying in bed in a rented room in Orlando, attending a professional makeup school at the time, and had a flood of visions come to me about the story and the direction it needed to go. I called Raeven immediately and shared everything with her and then we decided to write the book officially as co-authors. So, we spent about eight years working on it until we completed a draft we were excited to publish. It seems like such a long time, but now I see that it needed to take this long. We had plenty of time to grow and mature in ourselves and in our writing

3. Who is YOUR favorite author?

Okay, so this will sound strange being an author of a work of fiction myself, but I do not have a favorite fiction author and I’ve never read more than one book from a single fiction writer (Besides children book authors). Instead, my favorite author is Guy Deutscher, a linguist. Years ago, I picked up his book The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind’s Greatest Invention and fell in love. I’ve read other language books, but his are my favorite. His other one Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages is very interesting. He just fascinates me with his understanding of languages. I love languages and history and cultures and that is why the culture of Aponlea is such a focus in the book. Raeven, on the other hand, is a fiction fanatic. She's usually musing about multiples authors, but the latest she's dubbed her favorite is Rainbow Rowell.

4. What can we expect in volume 2?

Now that Kelly knows her calling, she doesn’t hold back in pursuing it. You can see from the first volume that she is a determined individual, but in the second volume she learns to focus that determination towards a result that she feels the people of Aponlea need. There are a few surprises along the way and more information on some of the mysteries brought up the first time around. Some more questions are answered and some deeper ones raised. And even though the story isn’t over yet, I feel like the second volume leaves you more satisfied than the first. There’s more of a resolution and the question “what’s next?”. I think it gets you excited for the final chapter in the series. Oh and any one excited about Kelly and Dane’s relationship.

5. Who inspires you in your writing?

Raeven, my co-author, is definitely one of my inspirations in writing. I admire her style and know that she has influenced my writing since our working together. Usually the people who inspire my writing are the ones I know rather than authors I read or anything. Allison Jara is a friend whose writing I love. Her work is just so frank and I’ve always been someone who has written more metaphorically and like to conceal meanings. I think she’s challenged me to work more towards realism. Aside from those ladies I am a huge poetry fan and love Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson.

So there you have it. I’m sure this book is geared for a younger crowd but I at my age actually enjoyed it very much.
I hope you are able to check it out.




Friday, September 23, 2016

Painting Pottery

Recently a girlfriend and I went to this paint your own pottery place. If you’ve never done this before, it’s tons of fun. They have sooooo many things to choose from. Almost to the point that it can get overwhelming. So it’s a good idea to go in there with maybe an idea of what you might want to paint.

I of course didn’t have a clue what I wanted to paint. My interests are all over the place. I was like “Oh cool a snowman. Oh a butter dish (which I’ll be painting next time), Oh a mug, a dish, a plaque, a cross, a jewelry holder…..” See what I mean? It’s tough. But I did finally decide on something that I had been wanting to replace for awhile but had forgotten about until I saw it and that is a tart warmer. One of my sons had broken mine a while back while playing ball in the house and I’d missed it. Though apparently not too much because it’s been about 3 years now. But whatever. Smile

And because I want everything to match my decor’, I decided to paint it in my favorite colors to match my kitchen area.


I seriously love how it came out. It’s so happy and fun.

Some of you might remember the salt and pepper shakers I made a few years back. I still use them and love them.

salt and pepper

So if you’re looking for a fun thing to do, I recommend giving this a try. The next thing I want to try is the Painting With A Twist that is so popular right now. It looks like tons of fun.

Have you every painted your own pottery? Do tell!
Have a lovely day my friends.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Getting My Fall Groove On!


Happy first day of Autumn everyone. If you’re like me you get excited about this time of year. I start thinking about the holidays and all the fun, excitement and anticipation that comes along with it.

So on this first day of Fall I went ahead and celebrated by making myself a Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie and lighting a fall scented candle. I’ve also been busy making these cute little crocheted pumpkins.  I’ve been handing them out to friends and neighbors. They are so easy to whip up. I’ve made about 6 already. Smile Here’s the pattern that I’ve been using in case you want to give it a shot.

Crocheted Pumpkins

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Tomorrow my hubby will get down my Fall decor box and I’ll start decorating the house.

In other news…….the bathroom is finally done. It looks amazing. My hubbalicious did such a wonderful job. I’ll be putting together a post for that in the future.

Meanwhile here’s the recipe to that pumpkin cheesecake smoothie I made. Cause believe me, you’ll want to try this.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie

1/2 cup 2% cottage cheese

2 oz. cream cheese (I used 1/3 reduced fat)

2-3 TBS. pumpkin puree’ (Depends on how pumpkiny you want it) Smile

1/4 tsp. pumpkin spice seasoning

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 cup cashew or almond milk or regular is fine too.

Sweetener of choice. I use the Trim Healthy Mama Sweet Blend so it will be a different amount if you’re using real sugar. So sweeten to taste. If you’re using regular sugar I’d start out with a TBS and then go from there. I use about a tsp and a half of the Sweet Blend.

8- 10 ice cubes.


Put all the ingredients except the ice cubes in the blender and start blending. Once all is incorporated start adding your ice cubes one at a time until thickened.


Well that’s it for now. I hope to be posting a little more. Of course I’ve said that before and then life happens and yada yada yada. LOL!

Love you all.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Time I had a Bath Tub in my Bedroom!

Yes people, the strange just keeps getting stranger. If you remember my last posts about the Mixer in the Bedroom and the Toilet in the Bedroom then this probably won’t seem any stranger than that.


There she is. Isn’t she a beaut? Notice the stack of clothes on the dresser. I can’t get into the dresser. Then please look slightly to your right and admire all the other random things in our bedroom/construction site. But it’s worth it.  Smile

To backtrack a little, my wonderful hubbalicious is taking on this whole bathroom remodel all by his lonesome. It’s taking him quite awhile, since, you know, he has a job and all. But it’s coming along nicely.

But if I had to be COMPLETELY honest, it’s wearing on me a bit. I believe he started this project in June and although he works on it pretty much every waking moment he can, it’s been a long time. A long time having EVERYTHING covered in cement, mortar, grout and drywall dust. Yes, I’ve cleaned but it’s taking over the whole house. It’s everywhere. I will have to do a serious deep cleaning when he’s completely done.

On a positive note though, it’s looking incredible. I can’t wait to reveal the whole thing to you. My favorite piece is an old credenza I found on Craigslist that he turned into our vanity. Love love love it!! No more bending in half to wash my face. It’s so nice and tall. Yay for tall things!

On a completely random note, it’s been a crazy 3 months. I’ll have to do a recap post very soon.

Until then.




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