A collection of moments

In the spirit of this pretty little picture and quote I want to talk about my recent trip up to Hanging Rock.  The plan was to go camping for a couple of days and unplug, but that didn’t pan out, so we just went hiking instead.  My husband and I invited my parents (who we were staying with) to come along and they said yes.

We decided to do the water fall trails because they were a little easier and my step father is still recovering from knee surgery.

The trail was nice and I enjoyed being out in the woods.  We reached one of the over hangings and I went up to the edge and sat down on the edge.  I was more than content to just sit there a few moments and relish the coolness of the stone benieth me, coupled with the warmth of the sun and the scent of wet earth.  But my folks wanted to take a couple of pictures and move on.  Oh well, to each their own I suppose.  When we reached the bottom where the water fall was I handed my stuff off to my hubby and climbed down to it.  My mom wanted to know what I was doing and I told her that standing under a waterfall was on my bucket list.  Now, mind you, I pictured it in some tropical location but hey, I’ll take what I can get.  My hubby soon joined me and together we stood under the chilly water.

The point of the story is this:  Live in the moment.  Take time to make memories and get the pictures on the way out.


Until next time my friends

I’m still alive

Peeks carefully around the corner…Hey there.  Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately.  The end of the school year was completely crazy and I don’t think I have ever been so glad to be done with it.  When I say this year has been crazy please believe me, I work in EC (special needs) so I know crazy.  And please don’t think that I’m calling the kids crazy, I’m not, but I do have to put up with crazy situations.

We lost six, I repeat six, teachers this year.  On top of that we lost eight teacher assistants.  I had to break up a fight.  I had to deal with teachers who didn’t communicate at all.  There was also a child whose parents didn’t care if they made it to school for the EOGs.  We had to pick up two students.  The EC bus picked up a small child that was running in and out of the road and all this happened within the last two weeks of the school year.


But all that’s over now.  I plan on not doing a cotton pickin’ thing for the first week of my vacation.  I need time to destress from this year.  After that, it’s go time.  I have a couple of projects that I want to complete over the summer.  I’m almost finished with Frank Tales.  I’m gonna finish that first before I settle down to punch out Souls in the Dark.  It will be a pretty busy summer but for now, it’s time to party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So to all my fellow educators, enjoy your break, you deserve it!


End of year stress

It’s that time of the year again!  It’s time for the lovely EOGs….please note my sarcasm.  I always feel so bad for the kids who have to take these tests.  I see so many of them get so stressed out that they make themselves sick.  Then there are those who just don’t have anymore hope left so they don’t even try.  I really wish we could get rid of these types of tests.  They don’t really measure what the kids actually know.  Sigh, but there’s nothing I can really do except help the kids as much as possible and give them all the support and love I can.

This also means that my life right now, is a whole basket of crazy.  They have switched up the class schedules so many times that neither the kids nor the teacher know which way is up.  I think everyone is counting down to the last days of school.  I know, I am.  This year has been particularly rough.  But I have to keep holding on.  Not for me, but for the kids.

I’ve already started to make plans for the summer though.  I would like to bike around the country side I live in and take pictures.  There are a lot of old barns and houses that would just make the best paintings.  I do want to paint more this summer, but we shall see what happens.  I also plan to double down on Souls in the Dark so I can have it out by Aug.

So much to do and so little time….sigh.


Holy Crap….2016….

Greetings everyone!


So here we are in a new year and I must say, 2016 has come out swinging.  We have lost so many people in January but the ones that have hurt me the most are losing the Goblin King and Professor Snape.





My heart goes out to their families and I know that the Labyrinth and Harry Potter will never be the same for me again.  So let’s have a moment of silence for not only these men, but for everyone that we have lost already this year….


Switching gears now,

I’ve been working on the cover for Souls in the Dark a lot lately.  Mainly because I’m having a bit of a writer’s block but I can feel the dam starting to crack.  Once I get a good enough final, I’ll let you guys see it.  I look forward to any praise or critiques you have for me.  Honestly.


Last thing,

Like most of the world, I have made a New Years Resolution, but…I didn’t make in on New Years.  I choose this resolution because of a recent trip to the doctors.  You see, my husband and I are trying to have a baby and are running into problems.  So we are now going to see fertility doctors.  Well….I have my first appointment earlier in the week and when I saw my weight I freaked.  It was my wake up call to stop talking about getting healthier and actually start getting there.  I don’t have a specific goal in mind.  I just want to be healthier.  I know that if I focus on making healthier choices, the weight will start to fall off.  I’ve started to make the first few steps towards that goal.  It’s hard, but my husband is by my side 100%.


I hope all of you have a wonderful year.  ‘Til next time!






So I might have scared a man in Wal-Mart the other weekend.  My husband and I went to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things and as usual, we go through the garden section.  And right off the bat I see Christmas trees!  Are you f*ing kidding me!









Now I don’t have anything against Christmas, I just don’t like seeing it earlier and earlier every year.  Is it too much to ask that we’re allowed to enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving before we get bombarded by Christmas?  I hate how commercialized it has become.  And while I don’t follow the religious aspects of Christmas, I do enjoy the other aspects of it.  I love spending time with family and friends.  I do love surrounding myself with loved ones and good food.  I even like exchanging small gifts to show my love and appreciation.  However, I like enjoying my fall holidays first.

I know that some of you won’t really agree with me.  I know my grandmother doesn’t.  But for me, Christmas needs to wait its turn.

Ok that’s enough ranting for now.  Until next time folks.



July…the fastest month of Summer

I can’t believe that my summer is almost over!  I only have two weeks left before I have to go back to work!








Summer where did you go!  Come back!  I didn’t get a chance to do everything that I wanted!












I wish my summer was as long as it was when I was a kid.  It seemed to last forever back then.  Sigh.


Farewell Summer, I shall miss you terribly.