Truth Compass – Thomas Darnell

May 9 2018:

Oh Snap! Thank you to Thomas for continually being the one that says to me, flat out, “That wasn’t kind.” …. He’s like a truth compass when my own internal compass feels like it’s been 20 rounds in the washing machine.

Truth be told, on the day I wrote this, I woke up feeling heavy, sad, overwhelmed …. and …..

He’s A Truth Compass

Amazing Sky and Amazing Grace and Dramatic and Beautiful and Love and Magical

April 30 2018:

Wonderful walk this morning. Amazing sky. Amazing grace. xoxo …

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May 2 2018:

Thomas wanted to go for a walk yesterday before heading to the airport. We didn’t have time for a full walk around, so instead we walked to the lake and stood for a few minutes. Such dramatic clouds and sky lately. Incredibly beautiful.

Thomas to Vintage lake before leaving for surprise 5.1.18

May 3 2018:

Sunset walk with Lillian. Such a celebrity. We passed a couple who have bought and read her book (one of them a special education teacher) and another person who has seen her on TV. I love connecting with others. Love is beautiful. Love is magical. xoxo

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Ten Minutes and Good Friends and Yummy Lunch

May 3 2018:

She’s up to 10 minutes!!! Now we’re ready to add at least one more day to make it twice per week. (Working on heel toe walking and balance.) xoxo

Lillian on Treadmill 5.3.18 #1 Lillian on Treadmill 5.3.18 #2

May 4 2018:

I love you Carolyn R Smith!!! Thanks for a great and meaningful afternoon in the jungle!!!

Carolyn and Camilla 5.4.18

May 5 2018:

Oh my gosh! What a yummy and satisfying lunch!! Sautéed asparagus, sweet onions, crimini mushrooms, green beans, green peas over a bed of fresh kale alongside a yellow corn taco shell with Daiya cheddar cheese, pinto beans, salsa, and topped with a jalapeño! Now for one of these mouthwatering vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!

Lunch 5.5.18

Thomas and Camilla April 2018 Date Day

April 28 2018:

Thomas and Camilla April 2018 Date Day ….

Annual fundraiser for the school Thomas attended for 1st-4th grade …. Kids on Big Rigs 2018.

This would be pure torture for me if I didn’t know it creates much joy and happiness for Thomas. It’s incredibly loud with sirens and horns blowing non-stop. Thomas doesn’t care for that part at all, he loves to ask questions and look at the vehicles and equipment. And, he did ask many, many great questions.

Yet, I did have a complete ball dancing to the DJ music while we waited in line for the wee little train ride. If there’s good music, I can have fun as long as I can dance. Plus, with that big beautiful blue sky overhead, I was able to look up, focus on my breath and create a buffer between all the noise.

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Last stop: Late lunch of salad and club sandwich for Thomas and cup of vegan mushroom soup for me. Oh my gosh!! That was delicious!!!

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Team TLC and Earth Day 2018

April 22 2018:

We spent as much time outside as possible today to show our love to Mama Gaia. Lillian and I took a very slow and relaxing walk around the lake, had fun with our shadows, found some cool tree shadows, and picked up trash. Then headed home to eat lunch on the patio.

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This afternoon we went to one of our favorite parks to read and throw the frisbee. And then home to the lodge patio and grills for grilling Thomas and Lillian’s dinner.

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Working on 2018 Theme Board and Vegan Hot Dog and Bubbles with Cats

April 9 2018:

These days it doesn’t seem I get anything done in a timely manner ….

Worked on my 2018 theme board a great deal of yesterday. Got everything gathered. Now to create! Perhaps this weekend.

2018 Theme (which I’ve known since December – just now getting to the creative part) ….. LEAP/JUMP with two supporting themes of LISTEN and TRUST supported with a solid base of LOVE and put forth through the action of WRITING. YAY!!!

Working on Theme Board 4.9.18

April 12 2018:

Oh so yummy!!! Vegan hot dog … with ketchup, mustard, kosher dill pickle, habanero hot sauce, and piled high with arugula … That was incredibly good!!!

Vegan Hot Dog 4.12.18

April 13 2018:

It was volunteer day at the Humane Society. This beautiful black cat was great fun! He had a ball playing with the bubbles. And look at the gorgeous eyes of the black and white cat!!! One brown and one green. What a handsome cat!! xoxo

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Walking and Sitting

April 12 2018:

It’s been an afternoon of phone calls … Ingram Books, Createspace, and scheduling appointments for Lillian. Thankfully I went for a walk this morning and sat for a bit by the water. Ahhhhhh ….. (photo of where I sat)

Nearing completion of changes that need to be made so Lillian can have a book signing at the Reno Barnes & Noble and they can have them for sale there too! One form to fill out and email and then we wait for the change to process.

YAY for progress!!! xoxo

Am I alone in NOT liking to use the phone? Not sure what it is, yet, I will try all other non-phone communication methods before using the phone!

Solo Walk Vintage Lake 4.12.18

Team TLC on The Plush Life in Photographs

April 8 2018:

We haven’t had a TV since 2008, so I wasn’t sure we’d be able to see this. I found a way to watch! Not the best quality, yet, we went to the gym at the lodge and used the wee televisions attached to the gym equipment. Didn’t have ear buds with us so we turned on CC.

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