December Tradition – Ornament Shopping With a Poinsettia

December 8 2020

It has become a tradition for Lillian and I to visit a couple of shops to look at Christmas tree ornaments in early December, usually finding one she would like to have. She can’t wear a mask so I went, took pictures, and texted them to her. Not nearly the same, but at least she got to see them. Which one do you think she chose? 🎄🎄🎄

December 11 2020

We received a beautiful poinsettia with a basket of goodies this afternoon from Overture. What a wonderful surprise! Overture is the contractor I work for as a host home provider for Lillian, and Lillian is their client. ❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚

December 12 2020

The new ornament I got for myself when I was “shopping” with Lillian for an ornament for her. 🎄🤍🤍🤍🎄

Winter Swimming With a View from the Garage

December 6 2020

First piece of wardrobe has arrived for being able to have these winter swims, and not have my body go numb walking back to our place. Never having had access to a heated year round outdoor pool, I’m going to take full advantage of it. The heavy duty spa robe should be arriving any day now. Yay!!

December 11 2020

Every time I pull into the garage, I am blown away by the beautiful view. 🙏🙏🙏 Deeply grateful. A lot!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Earth Dancing and Three Positive Words – Sonya Interviews Camilla

December 10 2020

New Interview! This past July I took part in a written interview with Sonya of “A Lover of Books”. Before the interview could post, Sonya made a decision to retire from book blogging, which I fully understand. Book blogging can be intense! I figured I would share it here as Sonya put much time and effort into going back and forth with me, and pulling it together.

Sonya and I chat about having no idea what I’m doing, being a nature inspired poet, not intending to publish my poetry, how writing has been therapeutic, Earth dancing, and three positive words. Join us …

First of all can you tell me a bit about your latest book, ‘Words of Alchemy’?

Absolutely, Sonya! Words of Alchemy is a free verse poetry memoir that covers six years of my life, from 2013 -2019. Writing has been and is therapeutic for me, including writing poetry. When I began writing poetry in 2013, it was a way of processing life experiences, healing, and getting things out of my head. Words of Alchemy is a poetry collection of these events.

What do you hope readers will get out of this book?

It is my hope that readers connect with the content, causing them to laugh, shed a tear, or nod their head in agreement. If something I have written helps another to view a situation differently, opens their eyes or heart to a new way of experiencing life, or simply lets them know they are not alone, I am truly blessed.

Is this a book people can turn to when they need to relax or are after some inspiration? ….

No Idea What I’m Doing While Earth Dancing With Three Positive Words – Sonya Interviews Camilla

Biggest Little Photographer – Coming Soon on Amazon

December 5 2020

Just uploaded the updated cover for Biggest Little Photographer! Proof ordered, and then it will be widely available (previously only available from us). Thank you to the lovely Kate Raina for updating the cover!! We are so very grateful to YOU! xoxo

December 19 2020 Update: It’s live on Amazon!

https://amzn.to/37xh5v6

Southern Girl Relocated to the Wild West – James Interviews Camilla

November 29 2020

New interview! Thanks to James of JQM Literary for this lovely interview. We chat about what has influenced our four published books and being a southern girl relocated to the wild west. Join us … Photo of Team TLC, Halloween 2020 …

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Camilla Downs

Team TLC 2020 Thanksgiving

November 26 2020

Last night after Thomas and I watched our 3 episodes of The Clone Wars, I got busy in the kitchen. Love the popping sounds the cranberries make. ❤️❤️❤️

We started the transformation last night. Step 1: Rearranging furniture and the tree up. Rest time after that! Later today or tomorrow we’ll add the multi color lights to the tree, along with the ornaments. ❤️🎄💚

Breakfast!! I’m still trying to perfect vegan baking (been vegan for 3 years now, I’m a slow study!), so when I come across something already made for me, I grab it!! I’m like a kid in a candy store! I’m a pretty good cook, but baking is hit or miss. 🖤😂🤣🖤

We had an appetizer lunch (my vegan plate with the bread, along with the dips and chips), followed by a sweet nap in the rocking chair.

I’m thankful that 4 or 5 years ago, I spotted a friends Facebook post, at the ribbon cutting/breaking ground for the place we now live. I got myself on the waiting list. Around January 2019, I got a call asking if I was still interested (I had assumed the project had been abandoned). After 6 months of delays we finally moved in around this time last year.

It was pure hell those 6 months. I’m thankful I stuck with it. I kept giving notice we were moving, then had to rescind. The last time I gave notice, our apartment got rented. And, then, this one got bumped again. Spent 3 days being homeless before finally getting to move in. So, I am going to soak in and savor every last bit of the goodness of this place. ❤️❤️❤️

2020 Thanksgiving – A game of BINGO via Zoom, sharing what we’re thankful for, and chatting a bit. Team TLC, The Romano Duo, and Team Schutzler. I have two gorgeous nephews. Look at them.

Heather is my step-sister, Frank’s daughter. This was so much fun, Heather Schutzler, Patty Romano, Frank C. Romano Jr, Thomas Darnell, Lillian Darnell(who was busy doing her own thing), and Brian Schutzler. ❤️❤️❤️

I’m so proud of the homemade vegan green bean casserole I’ve made for the last 2 years. So, photos from beginning to end. It’s mine and Thomas’s favorite holiday dish.

It was so good!!! 😋🖤😋

Vegan, stuffed turkey loaf with vegan gravy
Vegan dressing
Vegan green bean casserole
Cranberry sauce

Delicious!!

Thomas and Camilla extra movie night – “Christmas Vacation”

Fun Old Fashioned Family Christmas …. 😂🤣😂

We usually watch this with The Romano Duo on Thanksgiving night. Settled for watching it at about the same time as them. ❤️❤️❤️

Swimming in the Cold With a Manual Sweeper and The Shadow Whisperer

November 19 2020

Just back from a swim. This is the first time I’ve ever had access to an outdoor, year-round, heated pool. (YAY!!!) The water felt amazing, heated to 80 degrees currently. We’ll see if I can keep it up as the temperature drops. 💙 💦 🏊‍♀️ 💦💙

November 22 2020

This manual sweeper is in the top ten of best purchases. Lillian and I split the cost of this so that she could help clean the mess she leaves behind after eating.

Some of my C18 friends will understand. She doesn’t have lip closure, and has issues with sitting close to the table, leaving lots of crumbs and bits on the floor. Another win for both of us!! Go Lillian!! 🎉🎉🎉 And, yay for me!! 🎉🎉🎉

November 26 2020

Spotted this morning. Before Lillian came into my life, I don’t think I would have ever been as observant of shadows. She’s the Shadow Whisperer, and has taught me much. 🖤❤️🖤