Camilla Has Sunday Brunch With Jo of Jaffrareadstoo

April 5 2020

Thank you to Jo for inviting me to a virtual Sunday Brunch this morning. What fun questions! What food, drink and literary hero did I bring with me? Let’s see …

What’s the oldest book on your book shelf? I can’t just list one as I love old books! 

Here are the four oldest on my shelf.
1883 – Treasures of Use and Beauty: An Epitome of the Choicest Gems of Wisdom, History, Reference and Recreation
1884 – One Thousand and One Gems of English and American Poetry
1876 – Emerson’s Essays
1894 – Representative Men by Emerson
Which book do you really want to read but haven’t had time for …yet!”
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Poetry That Delves Into the Heart – Words of Alchemy Review

May 8 2020

A heart warming gift received this afternoon. Thank you, Marje of Kyrosmagica Publishing!!

“What a joy it is to read this gem of a poetry book. Full of beautiful free-verse, a memoir about friends, family, relationships and the love of the nature. This is for you if you enjoy the natural world, (as I do,) if you appreciate poetry that delves into the heart and doesn’t hold back. In many ways it is an intimate and brave expression of the author – Camilla Downs’s – thoughts and feelings.

I highly recommend.

5 stars.” … Go here to read the full review …

Book Review: Words of Alchemy by Camilla Downs #FreeVerse #Poetry #Nature #Family #Relationships #Love

It is Finished – Where Would You Fly Arriving as an Ebook

May 16 2020

It is done! Just need to upload it, and we’re set (ebook version). Would there be interest in a Zoom or facebook launch party combined with a launch party for Words of Alchemy and perhaps a belated 50th birthday celebration? Either way, we’ll have some sort of special deal! Thank you!


Beautiful Surprise of a Framed Tree

May 16 2020

Look at this beautiful surprise I found in the mail! Someone commented that this photo I took would look great as a card, and another someone saw that comment.

She agreed, made it into a card, and mailed it to me. It looks amazing! I’m so blessed when others help me to see my creations through their eyes. Overflowing gratitude to and for those who reflect ME back to myself. xoxo

There has been interest since posting this of those who would like to be a box of cards. If you’re interested, please let me know.

Mother’s Day Ponderings

May 12 2020

Thoughts about Mother’s Day …

I didn’t post anything on Mother’s Day. I was feeling down, and dealing with aching teeth.

Mother’s Day has never been about store bought gifts and flowers for me. I do not judge those who find these things meaningful. I have always loved and enjoyed the home made cards and gifts that Thomas and Lillian made me when they were younger.

I attempted to raise them not to feel compelled to give gifts just  ….

Thoughts on Mother’s Day – 2020


I can’t stand being led around by the nose by the Whatever-Gift-Giving-Day/Season-It-Is BS! It’s stressful and can lead to people feeling obligated; which one can sense in the gift received.

Thomas is a double edged sword (in a good way). He can say the most beautiful things in one moment and the next moment be calling me on my own BS, when I’ve said something judgy or just downright mean! I have to tell him every once in a while that I’m a grown ass woman and I will live my life the way I want and he can live his the way he chooses, when he gets older, that is! HA!

I sometimes cringe at the things I share, after the fact. Yet, I know in the moment that I am to share. I no longer question this incredibly strong intuitive knowing. My mind says, “Don’t post that. Others will think you crazy and woo woo, etc … ” My Knowing says, “Thank you, mind. Your input is not needed right now.”

Also …. It’s definitely nice to be remembered and receive appreciation for being who we are.

First Two Teeth Fixed – Hallelujah

May 11 2020

First two teeth down = crooked smile, left side of face numb. I’ve never been more thrilled about dentist visits! In and out in less than an hour and I didn’t feel anything (pain, that is). Still can’t feel anything! Ha! Next two getting addressed next Monday.

After about 13 years of not being in a financial position to address my teeth; I am damn well pleased for myself too!! Hallelujah!!! Love got me through …

I know first hand why and how teeth get neglected. For those that have Medicaid, it only pays for teeth to be extracted. That’s it. Fu**ing ridiculous! If I had to choose between dental and health insurance, I’d choose dental. I’m extremely grateful that after about 13 years of discomfort, I found a dentist I like, and that I’m finally able to afford having the work done. Such a relief …

Glorious Shade With a Fabulous Rug Plus a Garage

May 5 2020

I did a thing. I put together the umbrella stand and attached the umbrella. Shade, glorious shade!!! When the wind is calm, that is. Birthday present from The Romano Duo!! (Yes. My birthday was in February. I guess we’re still celebrating, or just now celebrating??!!)

May 11 2020

The rug arrived. No more burning feet! Yay!

May 11 2020

More good happenings today! Finally got my garage. Been waiting since November. Wahooo!!!!