Hallelujah – Camilla Gets Respite

June 22 2021

It has been 1 year and 8 months (October 2019) since I’ve had respite. I didn’t realize just how much I needed this until right this minute, typing this. I am in tears.

Hallelujah times infinity! Sweet, blessed relief. She is going to try and stay a full 7 days, as she needs respite, too!! 🤣😂

Hot dam*, let’s party! And by party I mean, do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Perhaps extra movie nights. Enjoy the quiet. Extra reading. Extra relaxing. MINUS being needed every 5 minutes. Ahhhhhh ….

And time for some kitchen dancing …

June 29 2021

Lillian came home today, arriving about 1:30 this afternoon. She hasn’t stopped talking since. 🤪 Did she not talk the entire time she was gone? 🤣😂🤣 We were outside taking in the wild sky. Earlier we had a freaky, huge dust cloud blow through and then purple, pink, yellow, and orange colors. Photos to follow.

A couple of “I’m too old for this shit!” messages from my mom, yet, they all made it the full 7 days! Wahooo!!

Throwback Post: Blue Ukelele With Garden Fresh Vegetables


September 7 2012:

Ukelele lessons adventures for Team member L!!! Don’t know if you can see it in the picture but she’s got her blue ukelele with her this morning! So cool that she will get private lessons during the school day!! YAY!!


WoooHoooooo! I’m HAPPY …. I’m GRATEFUL … I’m BLESSED … Did I just win the lottery? No, not a cash lottery; but I just came from “Coffee with Tammie” (High Dessert Montessori Principal) and a pre-IEP meeting with the special education teacher …. I totally won the Perfect-School-for-My-Kids Lottery!! Oh my goodness … these people are amazing, this school is amazing and I’m grateful that a brave and courageous woman, Dr. Maria Montessori, made the choices she made during her lifetime … Born in Chiaravalle in the Province of Ancona in 1870 (August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) …. Thank you for being YOU!!

“Every child is a unique individual that needs to be understood, respected, admired and unconditionally accepted as a precious gift of life.” -Dr. Maria Montessori



I am so spoiled by my sweet friends … Thank you Donna for the beautiful maters and squash straight from your garden …. Thank you for the memories that flooded my mind just from the smell of the tomatoes with the vine still attached … Nothing like it … Reminds me of my mammaw and her garden …


September 7 2011:

Lunch adventures for Team TLC!!!

Lillian and Camilla May 2021 Date Day

May 25 2021

Lillian and Camilla May 2021 Date Day

It was a momentous date day. First time for Lillian to go inside of anyplace in just over a year. She was excited. Clothes shopping for our first stop.

Part 2 through I lost count, as we made so many stops, I’m delirious.

Fries and lemonade at Noble Pie Parlor. Then to pick up dessert. Watermelon macaroon for Lillian, ginger rose dark chocolate for me.

Barnes & Noble, Michaels, and stopping to gaze at the full moon on the way home. (Psst …. I do not like shopping. Drains every inch of energy out of me. I shall crawl into bed, and pass out shortly.)

Throwback Post: The Amazing Romano Duo


September 7 2015:

Oceans of gratitude to and for The Amazing Romano Duo for spending 6 hours at our new place yesterday helping to rearrange, hang curtains, and install a ceiling fan … helping to create the 810 square foot Team TLC Love Shack! Only 9 days left before they set off on their own adventure.

(Photo from September 2015)

Lillian’s Imaginarium – Now on Etsy

May 1 2021

Hey! Hey! Here’s the huge announcement regarding Lillian Darnell’s creations!

I have been working on this for months, with the help of a very incredible friend! Thank you to Kate Raina for guiding me, and getting Lillian’s creations in the proper format for digital printing and professional printing.

There are more items to add, I just needed to get this thing “live” to push myself! If you use this forum, please favorite Lillians Imaginarium. And please let me know if you see anything out of sorts. I have no idea what I’m doing, I just figure it out as I go along. Thanks to everyone who cheers us on, and supports all of our creations. Oceans of love to all of you! xoxo

The Shop is titled, Lillian’s Imaginarium. You can find it here …


Lillian and Camilla April 2021 Date Day

April 8 2021

Lillian and Camilla April 2021 Date Day – Part 1

Fries and garlic knots from Noble Pie Parlor – Summit Reno, salad by me. 🤣

Then to the library drive-thru to pick up holds. Followed by picking up dessert of a blueberry scone for me, sugar cookie for Lillian.

Part 2 – A walk in one of our favorite spots. Playing with shadows, listening to the birdsong, rock hunting, and enjoying the beautiful apple and cherry blossoms.

Stella’s Beloved Garden by Lillian Darnell

April 8 2021

New story from Lillian (plus a poem!!)

Once there was a girl named Novella who was often called by her nickname Stella. Stella often loved the garden in the mansion where she would do everything and so all was well or at least so she thought.

Until one day, there was a huge fire that blew across the land. Stella was very sad to leave her beloved garden behind but she knew that her garden would always be in her heart.
So Stella and her family left to ….

Stella’s Beloved Garden