Movie Night: Woodlawn

January 5 2019:

Team TLC movie night: My choice – “Woodlawn”

I say, “I was 3 and 4 years old living in South Jackson, Mississippi when the true story on which this movie was based played out. So this spoke to me. Inspiring is too light of a descriptive. Living from Love and the Divine Heart is one of the keys to miracles and peace.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. There is no remedy for hate but to love more.” –Martin Luther King, Jr

Thomas sat this one out.

Lillian says, “It was good and my favorite part was when the lady sang The Star Spangled Banner.”

Delicious and Yummy and Physical Healing and Gratitude and Independence and Micro Greens and Eye Sweatin

December 31 2019:

Finally had one of these yesterday. After brewing a cup of Peruvian extra dark roast coffee; I placed one of these beautiful wafers atop the cup for a few minutes as Jessica and Marten had explained.

And then … As I bit into this piece of pure heaven, I was saturated with the ooey gooey good feelings one has when savoring a delicious food!! Oh my yum!! Thank you again Jessica and Marten!! 💖💝💖💝💖💝

January 1 2019:

The tree makes for fabulous background for picture taking …. Heehee!

Had to take a picture of this glorious yummy frozen dessert that I treated Thomas and I too yesterday. Vegan Double Chocolate Delight made with cashew milk. Good grief! That’s good stuff! And I just noticed it’s between the snowman and the snowflake … Perfect!!

January 3 2019:

As I wait for the feeling to come back on the left side of my face … Another shout out to those that helped make this procedure possible. Oceans and oceans of gratitude …. 🙏

Hard to believe that little hole was causing so much discomfort. Turns out there was a deep cavity there. New crown being made that fully covers the area so this doesn’t happen again.

Whenever it’s doable, next up is a few gum line cavities and the only other crown I’ve got needs to be replaced as it’s got a pretty big hole. That one doesn’t hurt as I have no roots in that tooth.

2019 seems to be beginning with the theme of physical healing. I’ll take that!!! 🎉🎉🎉💖💖💖

January 5 2019:

Still at it. Almost once per week, 10 minute walk on the treadmill followed by independent time at the lodge. 💞💞💞

January 5 2019:

I feel it’s no coincidence that micro greens are heart shaped. They’re incredibly good for us. Yum, yum!

Yet, thought it so cute how this one propped itself perfectly for me to see. Love, the micro greens. 💚

January 5 2019:

I made fresh pico de gallo tonight to go with our tradition of every other Saturday nacho dinner.

Thomas had finished eating, Lillian was in the bathtub. And, I was alone chewing my nachos. A wave of emotions hit me like I imagine a tsunami wave hits land.

My eyes began to sweat with liquid gratitude for the miracle occurring in my mouth. I was chewing the nachos on BOTH sides of my mouth. I have not been able to do that in about 2 years. I’ve had to chew crunchy foods on the right side only.

I’m aware this sounds silly to some. Yet, this post is not for you. It’s for me and others who are stricken with gratitude, bliss, and joy over seemingly small things.

I alternated between laughter and eyes sweating the entire meal. I realized I had been given back something more than being able to chew certain foods using ALL of my teeth.

This had nothing to do with sadness. This was pure joy, gratitude, bliss, peace, reassurance, and LOVE. And that pico de gallo was damn good! ❤️🙏🙏🙏❤️

Beautiful and Transformative and Wonderful and Cherry Top on Top and Blissful

December 31 2018:

Last five mile walk of 2018.

You know how you get a brain freeze from eating ice cream too fast? Well. I got a face and brain freeze from how COLD the air and wind were! Brrrrrr!!!

Beautiful walk to end this transformative year … Deeply grateful to Mother Nature … 🙏💙💙💙🙏

January 1 2019:

Wonderful afternoon walk …. The sun was incredibly warming on this 30 degree walk. Brrrr …. 💙☀️☀️☀️💙

January 4 2019;

After an hour and a half phone interview for the ghost writing I’m working on, and ending the phone call having been touched deeply by this persons story ….

Walked outside to this beautiful scene. It was the cherry on top of how much joy and peace I have felt today. 🍒❤️💚

January 5 2019:

Blissful walk yesterday afternoon. The freezing of the wee lil lake has begun. 💙💙💙

Book Musings: It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph

January 5 2019:

It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph

In the year 1877 George Eastman took up the new hobby of photography. This wasn’t an easy hobby. It cost a lot for the equipment and it was bulky. But …. he changed all that!!

Loved the fun and interesting style this was written!

 

Team TLC New Years Eve 2018 – Ending with the Favorites

December 31 2018:

Sparkling pink lemonade … My new favorite celebratory beverage! Yum!!!

Ended 2018 with my favorites. A long walk followed by hanging in our comfy little home with two of my favorite people.

Counted down on New York Time. Then listened to two of my favorite songs … “Watching the Wheels” and “Imagine”.

The Ride of Life

No longer riding on the merry go round,
She celebrates whenever she wants,
She laughs when it’s funny,
And sometimes when it’s not funny,
She cries when the tears want to flow,
She eats breakfast for dinner,
She dances in the aisles,
She hands out hugs
Like Halloween candy,
She hugs the trees,
She meets her edge,
She stays with the experiences of life,
She lives.
And so it is.
xoxo
🎉🎉🎉

 And, we recycle years previous party favors. 😍😂

 

Love Lives Here – Groningen The Netherlands Meets Reno Nevada USA

December 27 2018:

What a wonderful day this shall be! And, how lucky can one gal be? Two writer friends visiting from The Netherlands within 3 months of one another!

My writer friend, Jessica Araus, has arrived in Reno! She and her partner are from The Netherlands and this is her first time to the United States.

They’ve been having a beautiful time exploring California and now for Reno and the magical Lake Tahoe! We get to exchange hugs and face to face smiles this afternoon! xoxo (Beautiful sign displayed at South Meadows Great Full Gardens)

This was such an incredible visit. Even though my hands got frozen during our walk, my heart burned with warmth.

What a blessing to spend the afternoon with Jessica Araus and Marten. Jessica and I met in an online (Facebook) writers group. She and Marten are here from The Netherlands and it is their first time visiting America.

I could have chatted with the two of you all night long. What a gift you two are! My heart is incredibly full. 🙏💙💙💙🙏

Had to have a photo shoot for the amazing goodies Jessica brought to us from The Netherlands.

We learned about Sinterklaas and their tradition of the tree going up on December 6th and coming down on January 6th. And the tradition of gifting a sweet treat in the shape of the recipients first initial of first name, along with a poem.

Cannot wait to try this tea!! I love Yogi brand tea; but this flavor is not sold in the US.

The beautiful maxi dress is from Jessica’s online shop, Dressaraz. Although based in Groningen, The Netherlands, her clothing shop supports local Mexican artisans. Each piece is handcrafted in Mexico.

Thank you so very much Jessica!! So much love to you!! 💝💝💝


A few more from Jessica’s visit. Marten took the one of us walking. Sneaky guy! I’m pretty sneaky too! As I got one of him taking photos! Heehee!

Top 10 Soul Writings for 2018 – Camilla Downs Blog

Top 10 Soul Writings With the Most Views for 2018 from the CamillaDowns.com blog

Visit the link below to should you wish to read any of the top 10 writings. xoxo

1. Latest News: Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories – Published
2. My Entire Life Dissolved
3. Short Story: Dandelion Has Questions
4. Alchemy: A Haunting Memory Reveals the Truth
5. Reflections – I Am Called to Reflect as I Begin this 48th year
6. Poetry: What if it Were You
7. You are Amazing and I Believe in You
8. Can a Book Be Published With Little to No Money – Part Three
9. The Path of the Heart Will Emerge
10. He’s A Truth Compass

Honorable Mentions:

Anything is Possible: An Interview With the Author of On Top of the World
A Guidebook to Navigate the Universe: An Interview with the Author of Becoming One with the Universe

Top 10 Soul Writings for 2018

 

Wild Horses and Beautiful and Wonderful and Gorgeous

December 26 2018:

Finally got to have the extra long walk today … after 2 weeks! I was blessed to see this beautiful family of wild horses hanging at the park. They were there when I began the walk and still there an hour later when I finished. Plus, beautiful wispy clouds. 💙💙💙

December 30 2018:

Wonderful walk yesterday afternoon …. so much love …. 💙💙💙

December 30 2018:

Gorgeous sunset last night …. Thanks to Lillian for calling my attention to it. Simply beautiful! 🧡💗💛

Merry Merry Joy Joy – Team TLC Christmas 2018

December 25 2018:

Merry, Merry!! Joy, Joy!!! Oceans of love!!! 💚🎄❤️🎄💚🎄❤️🎄

My non- traditional Christmas dinner!

Beyond Beef Burger topped with romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, hot and sweet jalapeños, sautéed crimini mushrooms and sweet onions with a side of roasted delicata squash. Patty made me my own batch of potato salad! Yum!! Washed down with blood orange Italian soda.

And, another of Frank’s virgin Bloody Mary.

My homemade gift to Thomas. Favorite color is a shade of aqua and favorite color combination is yellow and white. xoxo

That is Thomas

A beaming smile
To light the way.

A mind that
Craves to know
The why, the how.

A heart that
Thumps, thumps, thumps
With the wonder
At every pondering.

A young person
Making way
Through this
Crazy thing
Called adolescence.

Conversations,
Never dull.
Conversations,
Always full of passion.

A beautiful
Shining human
That is this one
That is Thomas.

Love,
Camilla🚀💞
Mom
xoxo

My handmade gift to Lillian. Her favorite color is blue, favorite color combination is rainbow colors, and she loves glitter and sparkles.

Magical Fairy Drops

She is a fairy
A fairy whom
Likes a berry.

She is a fairy.
A fairy that’s
Definitely not hairy.

A lover of shadows
A lover of weather
She is a fairy.

Inspired by the sparkles,
Lifted by the rainbows,
Delighted by the
Pink and orange sunsets.

Eyes shining bright
To behold the
Beautiful sky.

All aglow with
The sighting of
The magical moon.

Icicles, dew drops,
Puff balls, fresh snow,
Spring flowers,
Summer showers,
Autumn leaves
These are a few of her
Favorite things.

She is a fairy.
She is Lillian.

Love,
Camilla💙🌈
Mom
xoxo
2018

Handmade gift for Frank. His favorite colors are blue and orange. xoxo

The Italian Named Frank

Always ready
To celebrate
And to do it
With flair!

Good food and drink
He’s always happy
To serve up.

Willing to help,
Ready to give hugs,
With much love.

One whom can
Be counted on
To bring along
The silly side
Of any holiday!

Fra-gee-lay … it must be Italian!
It’s a Major Award!
Merry Christmas, The shitter was full!

Love,
Camilla😜💖😂
xoxo
2018

Handmade gift for Robert. One of his favorite colors is green. 💚💚💚

Handmade gift for Mom … Patty. One of her favorite colors is merlot. This was as close as I could get. xoxo

Ode to Patty

Always there,
Always with
Love to share.

Always with a
Comfy and cozy
House to share.

She makes
Us giggle
She makes
Us wiggle …

She makes us wiggle?
Well, not really, yet
That’s the word
That shot forth!

Deeply for her
Family she
Does care.

Always there,
Always with
Love to share.

Love,
Camilla 💖
xoxo

Handmade gift for Carolyn. Her favorite color is purple. Love you dearly, SongBird …. 💜💜💜

Dearest Carolyn – SongBird,

To have someone
such as you
to hold a mirror
so that one may
fully see the path
she has travelled
and continues to travel.

To have someone
such as you
shower your kindness
and generosity upon she.

To have someone
such as you
to share what
she needs to share
knowing it only
deepens the relationship.

To have someone
such as you
is a blessing
of the highest
and brightest.

I am blessed
by our friendship
I love YOU

Yo Cosmic Sista!!
Camilla – LoveSeed 💖
xoxo

Movie Night: The Last Word

December 29 2018:

Team Member C movie night: “The Last Word”

I adore Shirley MacLaine. Inspiring movie about embracing fear of failure, fear of making mistakes, and fear itself … from my point of view. Quote from the movie, “Don’t have a nice day. Have a day that matters. Have a day that’s direct. Have a day that’s honest.” -Harriet