Movie Night: TALES from EARTHSEA

November 9 2020

Team TLC Extra Movie Night – “TALES from EARTHSEA”

A studio ghibli movie we had not seen. In some aspects it was eerily similar to current events. A fever that begins with the animals, spreads to the humans, along with a mysterious imbalance that threatens to destroy the land. 😳

Thomas says, “It was good. I liked it.”

Lillian says, “Good, liked the background music, and my favorite character was Arren’s shadow.”

Throwback Post: What Time Did You Go To Bed


October 3 2013:

Thomas asked me earlier what time I went to bed last night. I told him and we went about our business. A little bit later he came over and helped me wash the dishes and then cleaned the stove and told me he wanted to help so I could go to bed earlier …. I am blessed times 500 million and beyond that I get to be this little person’s Mama!! xoxo

I so much LOVE seeing him embrace all the GOOD that life has to offer and my wish is that he continues to do so and never loses sight of it.

(Thomas on a May 2013 Date Day at Virginia Foothills Park)

Movie Night: The Secret Garden

November 7 2020

Team TLC movie night – Lillian’s choice: “The Secret Garden” – the original 1949 version

Lillian says, “Like the story, favorite character is Mary, like the background music, and a favorite story ever since I was a young girl.”

We’ve seen a couple of versions, but had never seen the original. I think this one is my favorite. Love Margaret O’Brien! A true testament to the healing power of nature and love. ❤️❤️❤️

Thomas says, “It was good.”

Fireplace Stove With a Brand New Cushy Desk Chair

November 5 2020

Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas to me!! 🎉🎉🎉 I have wanted one of these for about 5 years. 🔥❤️🧡🔥 🎉🎉🎉

November 7 2020

I’m embarrassed to even post the photo of the chair on the right. 😳 Thomas’s birthday is on the 13th of November. He’s been using my old desk chair, bought before Lillian was even born! It’s got a good, solid frame, but definitely needs to be recovered. Plus, I would never buy a leather chair now.

Anyway. Happy early birthday to Thomas!! A brand new cushy chair, chosen by him! It arrived in pieces and he mostly put it together by himself. You deserve this Thomas Darnell! You are an amazing, compassionate, and empathetic human, and I love you!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Thomas and Camilla November 2020 Date Day

November 6 2020

Thomas and Camilla November 2020 Date Day

Lunch from Ike’s Love & Sandwiches: “Meatball” sandwich for me, Jaymee Sirewich for Thomas, with fries for both of us. Followed by a Cocomel Sea Salt caramel for dessert. 😋😋😋

After lunch we drove to where Scripts Wildlife Preserve and Washoe Lake meet for a brutal wind whipped walk. Our wind does not mess around! After our crazy walk, we drove around the lake, always so peaceful. 💨💨💨

Movie Night: Dark Waters

November 2 2020

Extra movie night for me “Dark Waters”

Maddening, mind-blowing, disgusting.

I give myself a hard time for how much time and effort I put into researching just about every single thing I buy. From the smallest household object to Thomas’s new bed. I will no longer be so hard on myself. There’s a reason I put all this effort into it.

This movie dramatizes attorney Robert Bilott’s case against DuPont over their contamination of a West Virginia town of unregulated chemicals. The case began in 1998 and still continues. 🤯🤯🤯

She Gently Guides You Through the Chaos and Difficulties of Life

November 1 2020

Thank you to Helen of Pink Quill Books for this lovely review which caused my eyes to pool with liquid gratitude. Deeply appreciated, Helen!

My review for Words of Alchemy by Camilla Downs, 5/5 stars.

Camilla Downs takes us on her journey of healing, compassion and love in this collection of poems. Each one is written from the heart, and her warmth, and her love for her children shines through every word.

Nature and its healing power is very important to Camilla, and her poems instill you with a feeling of well-being and calm. She gently guides you through the chaos and difficulties of life, and shows you how just a few moments of quiet observation of the world around you can help reset your fragile state of mind.

Looking at the world through Camilla’s eyes is a calming experience, and opens your mind to the possibilities that life holds. I loved the poems about her children, and how she acknowledges their difficulties, indeed, she embraces them, and reassures her children that they are a part of them to be accepted and talked about openly, rather than suppressed. This mother’s love, her compassion, is inspiring and humbling. Highly recommend.

#BookReview for Words of Alchemy by Camilla Downs