One Step at a Time

September 23 2019:

During the last week of August this was finally resolved. After having to reach out to the supervisor of the supervisors.

Now I’m working on the cover reveal for my book, happening this coming Saturday, finishing my research on Supported Decision Making and preparing documents for this (moving on to research ABLE Accounts – anyone have thoughts on these), working with Thomas to loosely lay out schooling for the next four years, and then back around to Lillian to help her set up her creations in an online store.

The Flame of Advocacy – Camilla Downs

Third Time Has Got to Be the Charm

September 22 2019:

Yes … Third time has got to be the charm …. when we actually get to move!! I’ve had a couple of people ask how we are liking our new place. The move in date keeps getting bumped due to construction delays. It has been bumped about 3 or 4 times since I wrote this! We are currently looking at a “soft” date of October 15th.

Third Time Has Got To Be The Charm

Throwback Post: Rocks as Gifts and Picture Day and Weather Station

**THROWBACK POST**

May 21 2013:

Thomas went on a quick bike ride this morning before school … and brought home gifts for me and Lillian …. ROCKS. This kid totally Rocks! Perhaps he was inspired by the gift Lillian and I brought him from our date Sunday. We brought him a sticker from Squeeze In and a weed eater string we found at the park. He liked the weed eater string best!! Maybe y’all will be inspired to show some gratitude/kindness to someone you love today by giving them a home made or nature made gift! Have FUN!!

Thomas Rocks as Gifts May 21 2013

Picture Day at HDMS Adventures for Thomas and Lillian … April 2013.

Thomas and Lillian May 21 2013

After going outside to check the homemade weather station and the wind this morning, Lillian came to me and said she had a nature chant to share … “Go wind Go. Someday, I know, you’ll be the pro.” The wind must have really liked it. I nearly got blown over during my walk!! So inspired by that young lady!

Movie Night: Darkest Hour

September 21 2019:

Team TLC Movie Night – My choice: “Darkest Hour”

I say, “This has been on my list for a year or two now. I’m reading the memoir of Susan Travers, the only woman to ever serve in the French Foreign Legion, so thought it the perfect time to watch. Powerful movie.”

Thomas says, “It was good.”

Lillian sat this one out.

Book Shelf: Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure

September 21 2019:

Aunt Dimity & the Buried Treasure by Nancy Atherton

It was in the 90’s when I became nearly obsessed with reading every Agatha Christie book ever published. I’m pretty sure I reached that goal (perhaps minus 1 or 2 hard to find books) and ended the obsession with reading her autobiography.

This book drew me in with similar feelings I remember having about Christie’s books … minus the always present mysterious deaths/murders. After I began reading the book, I realized that it was a part of the “Aunt Dimity Series”. I thought, oh no, if I like this, I will just have to read all of them!! Hahaha! Hopefully, I won’t like it.

Well, I did like the book, loved it, and deeply enjoyed it. I find I love traveling a journey of discovery, locating clues, putting them together, and ultimately finding what one set out to find.

This did not disappoint as the main character, Lori, discovers an extravagant jeweled bracelet in the attic. This is the spark that lights the way for unravelling the truth behind the bracelet. Love, love, loved it!

Respite for All of Us

September 18 2019:

It’s been 3 months since I had respite. Lillian just left to spend 3 days with The Romano Duo. I’m always torn as to whether I should take a 3 day nap, madly work through the massive to do list, or do absolutely nothing (but read). Ha!!! It usually ends up being a combination of all of these. Thank you to The Romano Duo!!! …. Love you Lillian!! Enjoy your respite from Thomas and I!

Lillian Signing First Documents After Turning 18

September 16 2019:

A huge first for Lillian Darnell. Who woulda thought it would happen so soon after turning 18. Her Service Coordinator from SRC came for a visit to have her sign the basic documents I had signed in the past along with one giving him permission to share and discuss with me. Here we go …

 

Update – Words of Alchemy by Camilla Downs

September 21 2019:

Bar code purchased! Cover reveal happening Saturday, September 28th!

What a ride
Always
This is.

Pre-order a personalized signed book for $14.40 (10% off and includes tax and free shipping). Go here and enter the total of $14.40 (or more if you’d like to throw in a tip). Want more than one book? Add $14.40 for each book. FOR U.S. ORDERS ONLY.

Arriving on Amazon November 2019 (discount and personalized signed book not available from Amazon). Comment on this post or email to Camilla Downs @ gmail . com to let me know you would like to be notified when it is available on Amazon.

In Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs invites you to walk with her to share her love of Nature and Life through a free-verse poetry memoir.

During her daily strolls she is mindfully present as she delves into life in the raw and experiences her heart’s observations.

Camilla embraces what happens when she opens her heart and invites the written words to flow. The Alchemy of Love and Healing is what happens. 

Praise for Words of Alchemy

Words of Alchemy, a heartfelt new collection by Camilla Downs, lives up to its namesake in numerous ways. Downs spans the broad range of nature, healing, love, and parenting, while making sure we have a little fun along the way. And the bridge she creates from the mindfulness of how we see the world at large to the poetry of everyday life is certainly worth a stroll or two across its borders.” – Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Award-winning author of Painted Oxen

“This poetry collection offers contemplative words, soothing thoughts and peace to the reader.” Sue Bentley, Bestselling author of Second Skin

“Camilla Downs shares truth, vulnerability and wisdom in her Words of Alchemy collection, inviting readers to be inspired, contemplate and dive into her world of self-awareness and growth.” G. Brian Benson – Award-winning author, actor and spoken word artist 

“These poems take you on a calm and loving walk through the verses of the author’s thoughts. Alchemy is a perfect word for the title as Camilla Downs understands nature; connecting with its magical, medicinal qualities and beauty which she conveys throughout her poetry.”Ailsa Craig, Author of The Sand Between My Toes

Words of Alchemy is a chronicle of hope. These poems are an encouragement, especially when we are feeling at our lowest, to keep seeking the light that is our way forward, and focus on the real. This collection is a walk through the positive nature of life. Camilla Downs is to be commended.”Frank Prem, Author of free-verse memoir Small Town Kid