Changing and Shedding with Brilliant Blackbirds and Scarred Trees

September 29 2019:

Walk before dinner. Leaves are changing colors, trees are shedding. So it begins.

October 7 2019:

From a walk yesterday. I adore the changing colors of the leaves.

October 7 2019:

Beautiful walk with Lillian this afternoon. Peaceful with beautiful colors, crows, blackbirds, and scarred trees to keep us company.

October 10 2019:

Went for a walk with Thomas yesterday afternoon. Brilliant colors to enjoy. I love when the egrets visit. They look incredibly graceful.

Three days of respite began yesterday afternoon. Began the time with this walk, then took the night off from sitting in front of the laptop. Next up, was a long hot soak in the tub. Ending with uninterrupted reading in bed before drifting to sleep. Today, I’m on the 6th read aloud of Words of Alchemy to catch wee errors before submitting to the book designer. Hopefully, just one more time!

Magical Animated Book Cover – Words of Alchemy

October 4 2019:

This is just magical. Truly love it! Animated book cover!

In Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs invites you to walk with her to share her love of Nature through a heartfelt 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.

“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 Animated Book Cover October 2019


Throwback Post – Character is Happy and Has An Ability of Yelling


May 21 2015

Thomas completed an application for employment yesterday. His character is happy, personality is good, and he has an ability of yelling.

Yes, yes. He is indeed a very loud young man. I think I’ll hire him. I’m sure I can find something for a loud, happy, glad young man to do.

Thomas Job App May 21 2015

Movie Night: Halloweentown

October 5 2019:

Team TLC Movie Night – Double Feature – First up – Lillian’s choice: “Halloweentown”

Lillian says, “Good, perfect for Halloween, great for all ages, my favorite character is Marnie.”

I say, “Love watching this every October with Thomas and Lillian.”

Thomas says, “It was good.”

Lillian Wants to Know – Who Made This Rule

October 4 2019:

She’s a bit overwhelmed with having to sign documents so soon after turning 18. She would like to know who made this rule!!!

It’s taking so long for construction to be finished on the new apartments, she turned 18 while waiting. So …. had to sign the application! Anyone know of a short term place we could rent for the month of November? Our lease here ended the end of August, management let us stay at our old lease rate for September. Had to pay a month to month rate for this month and can’t do that again! 😱 I’m serious if any of my Reno friends have thoughts. Move in just got bumped again to early November at the new place. With their record, I doubt it will be ready.

Words of Alchemy – Cover Reveal by Katrina Marie Along with the LCCN

October 1 2019:

Thank you to book blogger friend, Katrina, for helping to spread the word on Saturday about the cover reveal.

“Cover Reveal of Words of Alchemy Poems by Camilla Downs

Today we are revealing the book cover for, Words of Alchemy, a heartfelt free-verse poetry collection from Camilla Downs. You can pre-order a signed copy of Words of Alchemy using this link … The book debuts near the end of October, at which time it will be available on Amazon, and the signed pre-ordered books will ship as well ….. ”

Cover Reveal of Words of Alchemy Poems by Camilla Downs


Received the Library of Congress Control Number! Nearing the final stretch. And, yes, you can pre-order now!

Also, I really really like having a proofreader/editor under the same roof. Thomas is an ace at it! Plus, it counts toward his schooling.

Thomas and Camilla September 2019 Date Day

September 30 2019:

Thomas and Camilla September 2019 Date Day

First stop: Window shopping for costume ideas.

Second stop: Ice cream – Tiramisu and Oktober Fest for Thomas. Pumpkin roasted coconut for me. Oh my! That was so good!

Last stop: Audrey Harris Park to eat our yummy ice cream and then a walk around the loop. Beautiful and gorgeous day and a wonderful and fun date day with Thomas.