Latest News: Vacation Time


(Nevada Beach, Lake Tahoe – Photo by Camilla 2019)

This is a quick post to let you know that I will be on vacation from from July 26th through August 9th.

I will be on vacation from my my personal website, Meeting the Authors, social media, and email during this time, too. If you contact me during this time, please keep this in mind. I have not taken a vacation from social media …. EVER! Well, since I began using it in 2007 or 2008.

With the current situation we will not be traveling anywhere, but I hope to take advantage of this amazing place we call home, to read, read, read, and just take some time to not feel like I need to post something, or feel like I need to engage with others.

There may be a few previously scheduled blog posts that publish during this time (if I get them scheduled before the 26th).

Thank you! – Camilla

Read more about the time off by going here …

Latest News: More on the Vacation Time

Top 10 Digital Diary Entries for 2019


Top 10 Digital Diary Entries With the Most Views for 2019

  1. Movie Night: Castle in the Sky
  2. Movie Night: Mary and the Witch’s Flower
  3. Asking for Help and Please and Thank YOU – Chromosome 18 Family Conference
  4. Buy Me a Coffee – Thank YOU
  5. Movie Night: The Incredible Hulk
  6. The Wild and Crazy Journey to the 2019 Chromosome 18 Family Conference in Colorado Springs 
  7. Lillian Darnell Senior Graduation Photographs and Online Celebration
  8. When I Know It Is Time for a Lillian Break
  9. Stepping Into Doing for Self
  10. Fundraising for the 2019 Chromosome 18 Conference – Lillian and Breathe In and Breathe Out and Feel It by Camilla Downs

Thomas says, “Have a good year.”

Lillian says, “Happy New Year and Hope you Have a good start to the decade!”

Camilla says, “May we all be loved unconditionally and learn to love one another unconditionally.”

And so it is … xoxo

Throwback Post: Weather Fairy Lillian


December 6 2010:

Just received my weather report for today from Weather Fairy Lillian …

Fog Alert … Complete with instructions on how to drive in the fog and to allow extra time when traveling …

Thank YOU Team Member L!!! Seriously y’all!! She has it set up so she receives weather alerts. I hear her darn phone going off at all hours with those alerts!!

**July 2020 Update** – Lillian is still obsessed with the weather. Still shares the weather report with me nearly every day, for the next month.

Throwback Post: Honeysuckle With Bracelets in Savannah Georgia


May 31 2013:

Just back from a beautiful and inspiring walk. I got to walk by 2 yards that have honeysuckle. I floated home on a cloud of intoxicating honeysuckle scent. There’s no telling what I’ll do. If you see me floating by, throw me a smile! Gosh, I LOVE the smell of honeysuckle!! Visions of my childhood flooded my mind and heart! Now … I’m gonna sit and write for a bit. Happy, Beautiful Friday Y’all!

Honeysuckle May 2013


It’s a GREAT day to mail Roxane and Roberta their custom created Team TLC bracelet. Thanks tons Roxane and Roberta for your support of Team TLC’s mission to get to Savannah this July for the Chromosome 18 Conference!

Here’s the fun little message they are receiving with the bracelet …

Ingredients: One WearAble Inspiration bracelet to help make you feel gosh darn good and inspire creativity.

Dosage: Wear daily as needed.

Side Effects: Good feelings, good memories and creativity.

Instructions: Remove from package, visualize what the bracelet represents for you, slide over fingers and onto wrist and unleash your creativity.

Y’all enjoy the simple beauty of the bracelet, be inspired and have FUN!!


Just made our room reservations for the Chromosome 18 Conference in Savannah, Georgia this July … I don’t know where the funds will come from to pay for this trip .. but when have I ever let that stop me??? I wouldn’t have an Amazon best selling book if I did … I told y’all I got intoxicated from that yummy honeysuckle smell during my walk earlier.

“What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?” -Logan P. Smith


Thank you Peg Flowe! We just got our mail. Bless you, Bless YOU!! Thanks for your support of Team TLC’s mission to get to the 20th Annual Chromosome 18 Conference! We will get FOUR Team TLC bracelets to you within the next week to 2 weeks at the most! You are so in for the biggest warmest hug!! 🙂

Early Morning Walk With Glowing Bird Song and Serene Sunset of Roses for Four Years

June 22 2020

Lovely walk early this morning. Much, much bird song and bird chatter to be enjoyed. Wonderful way to begin the day.

June 23 2020

Beautiful walk early this morning. The early morning sunshine has a serene glow. So peaceful.

June 24 2020

It’s turned into a bouquet of roses! Thank you to the beautiful Life of the Party roses. Living up to her name!

June 24 2020

Gorgeous sunset last night. And, Lillian’s first lengthy walk at our new place. Perfect!

June 25 2020

The sky last night was amazing. So gorgeous that I didn’t want to take my eyes off of it.

June 26 2020

Lovely walk yesterday morning. It was wonderful to visit our old neighborhood. Four years of walks taken around this wee lake.

June 27 2020

This cutie pie has her first bloom! Yay!!

Vegan Eats: Cocomels With Panang Curry Alongside Maters and Beans

June 22 2020

Another delicious find to share with you … Perfect!

June 23 2020

I made panang curry for myself last night. Took me a while to find a vegan panang curry paste. It’s really good! However, there’s something missing. Doesn’t have any heat to it. Had to buy a package of 6, so I’ve got plenty to experiment with.

June 27 2020

My kind of breakfast. So much satisfying. When I have fresh, good-tasting tomatoes (or maters, as my mammaw called them), I’ll have those instead of fresh fruit. Deeply pleasing.

Movie Night: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

June 26 2020

Extra movie night for me: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

Another that’s free to watch for the month of June. A tug of war between fascinating and heartbreaking. Took me down a rabbit hole of researching.

Has anyone read the book? I wonder if it has more details and depth than the movie. The movie felt incomplete.

Thomas and Camilla June 2020 Date Day

June 25 2020

Thomas and Camilla June 2020 Date Day

First stop: Yakisoba style spicy bowl and Rangoon for Thomas from Teriyaki Madness. Red miso ramen for me, from my kitchen. Dessert: Vanilla bean “ice cream” sandwich.

Second stop: Galena Bitterbrush Trail. Ended the walk with seeing a doe and buck. Beautiful.