Movie Night: The Princess and the Frog

April 24 2020

Camilla and Lillian extra movie night: The Princess and the Frog – We watched this years ago. So …. second time around.

Lillian says, “Good, favorite character is Tianna, liked the songs, my favorite part was the 2 weddings, and the end, and recommend 100% for this time.

I say, “Like the music in this one!”


Thomas and Camilla April 2020 Date Day

April 24 2020

Thomas and Camilla April 2020 Date Day

First “stop”: Lunch from Teriyaki Madness. Spicy chicken bowl for Thomas. Spicy tofu bowl for me. Eaten at The TLC Casa. 💚💚💚

Tip for vegans: Ask them to cook your dish in a wok, otherwise it is fried in the same oil as the meat dishes. They were happy to make it work so I didn’t have to order lunch from two different places.

Second stop: Washoe Lake

Lillian and Camilla April 2020 Date Day

April 23 2020

Lillian and Camilla April 2020 Date Day

Fries and dessert at Team TLC Casa with our lovely sky view (bonus watching the massive amount of ongoing construction as they finish the clubhouse and pool along with the remaining buildings).

Fries from Burger Me for Lillian with a snickerdoodle cookie from Great Full Gardens. Peanut butter chocolate chip cookie for me.

We may continue the date after dinner. We shall see what Ms. Queen for the Day wants.

Part 2: An after dinner drive around South Reno.

The Walk of Health and Emotions

April 21 2020

Lovely walk this afternoon. What this does for my health, emotions, soul …. is nearly indescribable. The walk itself, the sounds, the smells, the sights, capturing it with photos. As I looked through the photos, I see I’ve captured a small heart. Do you see it? (Huge Hint: It’s the last photo!)

April 22 2020:

Short walk with Lillian, then a longer walk for me with Thomas riding his bike.

Dentist, Here I Come

April 21 2020

Just made a dentist appointment as I can put this off no longer. I cried when I hung up. Not sure why. Maybe from the relief of knowing I’ll finally be getting my teeth and gums addressed after years and years of discomfort. Whew .. My teeth and gums continue to cause me to feel sick, and more sick by the day! Hallelujah!! I will have relief soon!! That will call for a celebration!

I’ve got issues that have needed addressed for about 5 or more years, and have not have the finances to address. Well … they’ve just gotten worse. I have a massive headache nearly every day and my shoulders and neck are killing me. Seriously, I feel it in my bones. I am beyond ready to have it ALL fixed.

Anymore, when I feel like crying, I cry. I know it’s good for me, it’s releasing and I feel relaxed afterwards. I was on the verge of making the call before the virus hit, but had been procrastinating. Then, figured I’d wait til it’s over. However, I just cannot take how lousy I feel anymore. I only have a few good days each week. Thank goodness for CBD oil! It has kept me from going insane!

I haven’t had a dentist since I divorced in 2007, nor the money to see one. I’ve gone here and there to address acute issues. But this time, if I’ve found the right dentist for me, I’m getting everything fixed. Appointment set for May 1st … I’m actually excited!


Inspiration for Words of Alchemy – An Interview with Kyrosmagica Publishing

April 12 2020

What a beautiful Easter gift to receive this morning! How did the title come about and how did it come to be that Thomas and Lillian are published authors too? Thank you Marje of Kyrosmagica Publishing for this incredibly thoughtful interview. xoxo

  • Where are you from and in which area of the world do you live now?

I have lived in Reno, Nevada, USA for the past 14 years, moving here from the Seattle, Washington area in 2006. I spent my first 18 years in Jackson, Mississippi and Houma, Louisiana.

  • Tell me about the inspiration/s for your new book “Words of Alchemy.”

About six years ago, I visited Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe, California. The beauty was quite overwhelming, bringing me to tears. As I drove home, I made several stops along Lake Tahoe, sitting to take it all in. While doing this, poetic words bubbled to the surface of my consciousness. This was the beginning of a six year journey of being inspired by nature with poetic words, then later, inspired by life events.

Here’s that first poem and a few photos from Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe.

Earth Dance

As the sun’s rays dance upon you like stars twinkling in the night sky, so ……  Follow the link below to read further … 


Author Interview: Camilla Downs #Poet #Writer #WordsofAlchemy #Nature #Inspirational #Family

Throwback Post: Lillian and Camilla May 2015 Date Day


May 29 2015:

Lillian n Camilla May 2015 Date Day – Part 1 … To the store for nacho ingredients. Then outdoor dining of said yummy nachos. So good!!!

Lillian n Camilla May 2015 Date Day – Part 2 … An after dinner walk, then home for reading together, a dance party, and a movie about birds.