Chad Basil the First Update – A Month and a Half

January 22 2022

Chad Basil the First update. Basil has been with us a month and a half now. 🤍🐈‍⬛🤍

He’s leaving the safety underneath Thomas’s bed more, exploring more of his new home. His litter box and food are now out of Thomas’s room. Basil knows that’s still his safe space though.

He likes to play with the wand toy, and will play with me now. He’s still not ready to be touched, giving us lots of laughs. I was playing with Basil. He landed on my slippers, jumped up and hissed at my slippers. 😂🤣😂

Love when he hides under my bed. 😂🤣😂 See photo of a Basil tail. I’ve had to send him to his room a couple of nights, as that’s when he wants to explore and make noise, waking me up.

Just this past week, he got the courage to jump. Up until then he had not left the floor! He’s discovered Thomas’s window sill, and the birds feeding at the bird feeder.

For about an hour last night, he slept on Thomas’s desk. First time he’s slept anywhere other than under Thomas’s bed. 👏👏👏

Basil had his first case of the zoomies last night, too. At the same time I was going to bed. He nearly got sent to his room. 😂😳😂

Throwback Post: Thai Food With Kindergarten Eve Celebrations


August 14 2012:

Didn’t have time to feed myself before Lillian’s therapies so I’m Treating myself to some Thai … Yum!!

August 14 2011:

Kindergarten Eve celebration adventures for Team member T!!! Yum!!!!


Eatin our donuts with an AWE-some view!! Beautiful!!! 

Throwback Post: Missing Puzzle Pieces – The Secret to Good Teaching


August 14 2014:

Today’s the day I get to pick up this amazing young man. I’ll be at the airport at 4:00 with a big ole smile!!


YAY! I got em! ‘Cause I’m happy … Happy, happy, happy!! xoxo


“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intellect as a fertile field in which the seeds may be sown to grow under the heat of the flaming imagination.” ~Maria Montessori ….

Just spent TWO hours conversing with Thomas about things that were said to him by the one he had been visiting and sharing things I thought I would not be sharing until he was older. It is my wish and hope that I shared in such a way that good seeds were planted.

I wanted him to go to bed reassured and peaceful and not confused and feeling out of sorts. He said, “I see things as a puzzle. There are some pieces missing.” Then he drew a picture with two puzzle pieces with question marks.

My mind doesn’t work that way, so I was confused about what he was missing. I kept sharing and finally Thomas had all his puzzle pieces.

I know what I was to learn from this experience and will look back with a grateful heart for this part of the journey. I grew up not knowing what happened between my parents. One doesn’t need to know all the details; yet, enough so to help process unlovely events.

It sure would have helped my young mind and heart to have known … Headed to dream land now. May I have shared something that is meaningful to you … Sweet dreams y’all! xoxo

Throwback Post: Climbing Mountains and Visiting Kat


August 14 2015:

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. -John Muir … Guess where I get to be this afternoon? Subbing in Stillwater today. I love the amazing quotes covering the walls. xoxo


First day back getting to go visit Ms. Kat!! Happy young lady!!! Thank you Kat McLain for inviting Lillian once a week again and oceans of gratitude for the Federal Reserve “Love Notes” …. You bless us in so many ways!! xoxo

Throwback Post: Plum 100


August 15 2012:

Well, Good Golly, look what I came home to find in my email??? GREAT evening hanging out with my eWomenNetwork friends and now this … I go to sleep a grateful and blessed woman y’all! Night! Night! Thank YOU to who ever nominated me!!!

Via my surprise email: “I am thrilled to announce your acceptance as one of the 100 most influential people of Reno/Tahoe within the Extraordinary category! The Plum100 is an event powered by a movement to re-brand Reno both internally and externally in a way that brings out the true nature of this region.

The Plum100 celebration theme is an Eve of a New Era. A new era of how people perceive the area and by bringing our best and brightest (you) together in one great celebration.” WOW!!!! Thanks Ashley Graham for the email tonight!!!!