She’s a Member of a Rare Club and I Am Crazy

February 28 2019:

This spitfire is 1 in 56,0000! Missing the short arm of Chromosome #18. Honoring all who find themselves as part of this club on Rare Disease Day. Red for 18p- …. ❤️❤️❤️

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That’s it. I’m one crazy lady. Lillian asked in December if we could take advantage of “free for locals” winter swimming at the Grand Sierra. Sure, we can do that.

For one reason or another we didn’t make it and today was the last day for the free swimming.

We first made our way to the Infinity pool. With wind gusting so hard we could hardly walk. That’s it in the last picture. I think I would have preferred 30 degrees and no wind as that’s what it felt like. Thank goodness the pool is heated. Needed my ear muffs though. Frozen ears!!!

You can tell by our smiles that it felt much better in the hot tub. It is protected from the winds by the hotel building and ahhhhhhhh, ohhhhhhhhhhh so warm.

One crazy a** adventure done!! Check. Lillian, please do not ask to do this next winter!! Hahaha! I’m glad we did it. We laughed. We smiled. Yet, I’m a “I’ve done it once, don’t need to do it again” adventure person.

Between this and the hour long walk this morning in the 25 mile an hour gusts, I’m ready for bed! Mother Nature packs a powerful workout! No gym needed!

I figured she wouldn’t last long!! (And, she didn’t) So, thought the little bit I’d be cold was worth it so she could experience this …. (and hopefully not want to ever do it again!!)

Happy Birthday to Camilla

February 26 2019:

Just had to show off this lovely creation by my sweet friend Jessica Araus!! Sweet and perfect!!

And, my mantra for the day from sweet friend, Cat Murray …. “I am shiny” … Heeheehee!!

And, and this beautiful birthday blessing from my beautiful friend Lalita Simon-Creasey …

Happy Birthday to you dearest Camilla
I wish to ye with that most beautiful of smiles
Fall deeper and deeper in love with who you are
Seeing grace and beauty everywhere as you travel through the miles.

May today be the beginning of everything true
May you be fulfilled, cherished and joyfully happy
May you see always truest beauty inside you
May you smile as you read these words of prosperity.

With lots of love on your birthday and always,
Lalita

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We enjoyed a special birthday dinner at The Romano Duo’s place the night before my birthday.

It was a nasty drive from Reno to Dayton with extremely strong winds, gusting 80-90 miles per hour with the added bonus of big fat wet snow drops; which froze as soon as landing on the windshield! Took my time, driving as slow as I needed to feel comfortable, taking the least busy route so as not to worry about other drivers who may be in a hurry.

Frank had a virgin Bloody Mary waiting for me with a beautiful roasted, pickled asparagus spear and lemon stuffed olives! We enjoyed an amazing salad to go with our main dish. They made me my very own pot of vegan spaghetti sauce using Beyond Meat crumbles. And a lovely vegan Baklava for my birthday dessert treat.

Ahhhhhh …. Good stuff!!

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On my birthday, 2.26.19, we had birthday cake for lunch today!! Thank you to Thomas for catching the moment of my wish making. ❤️❤️❤️

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Birthday celebrations with a plot twist! Sparkling pink lemonade birthday toast in the dark!!! Power went out just as we were sitting for dinner. Stayed out for three hours. That wind packed a powerful message.

Thank you to my sweet friend and neighbor, Kendra Johnson for buying a package of C batteries for our flashlight! I just happened to text her asking if she had any while she was at the store!!

And, thank you to another sweet neighbor for whom I’m cat sitting. I borrowed a couple of votive candles from her place. Cats were kinda freaked out from the wind and their music had shut off!

Lillian used coding on scratch to make me a digital card. Isn’t it beautiful??? I was going to have a birthday movie night. Hmmmm … Will see if I make it to it now.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you for the beautiful wishes and blessings everyone. Thomas took this picture of my wish making yesterday afternoon.

This 49th year blew in with 60 and 70 mile gusts, eventually taking the power out just as we sat to eat dinner and have our sparkling pink lemonade toast last night. It was three hours later when power was restored. There’s an interesting message in there somewhere. Ha!!!

Camilla on The Reno Tahoe Tonight Show

February 25 2019:

What a fun early birthday present yesterday. I got to play with a cool microphone and headphones, sitting in a swivel chair, laughing and being silly on air … and share a bit about our three books. Thanks Oliver X!!!

Radio time! I was on The Reno Tahoe Tonight Show this morning, 2.25, to talk about our three books.

The Reno Tahoe Tonight Show airs M-F on 1180AM KCKQ; streams on americamatters.us and can be heard live on the free TuneIn Radio app.

Indian Food at Moon Rabbit Cafe

February 23 2019:

Thomas and I had an early birthday celebration dinner for me tonight!! It was perfect! Incredibly blessed we have this Pay-What-You-Can Café in our community.

Moon Rabbit Cafe – Bollywood Night Dinner (Indian Food) at Reno Buddhist Center.

For starters we enjoyed Alootikki with garbanzo, onion and mint tamarind chutneys. I had veggie Biryani and Thomas had chicken Biryani over curry infused Basmati rice with a side of mint sauce. To finish we had a sweet Basmati rice pudding and a hot cuppa Masala chai tea!

 

Amazon Best Seller – D iz for Different

**THROWBACK POST**

April 29 2013:

My eyes are sweating!!! Do you know what all y’all have made happen?? I am now a Best-Seller!!! My book is now listed as #1 in Amazon Best Sellers!! Oh my Good Golly!! I cannot wait to give each one of y’all a big warm hug!

Amazon Best Seller 4.29.13

Oh my word y’all! It’s now reached #2 in Best Sellers Motivational Self Help! Team TLC had a celebratory dinner tonight. We toasted to all y’all! That’s right! I am grateful I listened to my inner voice and shared what I knew I was meant to share in this book and grateful to every one of YOU for helping me help others … This toast was, and is, with all my love y’all!http://www.amazon.com/…/1565…/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_kstore_2_5_last

Amazon Best Seller #2 4.29.13

Slow But Sure – Rainbow of Emotions Quilt Update

February 2 2019:

…. from Gerry … “Progress…slow but sure.”

February 4 2019:

Gerry update!! “This is what I’ve been working on this snowy afternoon: So many little shapes to sew around!”

Are you interested in having a 3X3 Quilt of this or one of Lillian’s other abstract art pieces? Let us know in the comments. xoxo

Television Can Be Very Educating

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” -Groucho Marx … Quote and photography from the book, Biggest Little Photographer by Thomas Darnell

Go here if you’d like to have a book for yourself or someone you love … Thank you! xoxo

Tiny Home Living – Update

January 27 2019:

It’s been 3 years since I’ve posted an update about this … Thought it was about time! xoxo

The Top Six Lessons Learned from Tiny Home Living …. As a Family of Three

The last update I wrote about our tiny home living was at four months. Here we are going into our fourth year! I feel we are long overdue for an update. It’s been so long in coming partly due to the fact that I truly thought we would only be here one year, two years at the most and partly due to procrastination….

The Top Six Lessons Learned from Tiny Home Living …. As a Family of Three