Peppermint in the Sky – New Poetry from Lillian Darnell

February 7 2021

New poem from Lillian Darnell … This made my eyes pool with liquid love .. 🤍❤🤍

Peppermint in the sky above
Smelling like festive mints
sweet scents feel the air

Cinnamon dances
like brown snow
as cinnamon fades
through the dark

Pine trees sway and dance
Like wind and dancers
Spreading the …. Follow the link to read the full poem

Festive Seasons

Throwback Post: Best and Bestest – Sayings from a Young Thomas and Lillian


April 24 2013:

(A drawing Thomas made for me in 2013)

“I like using my imagination. It makes games more fun.” -Thomas (11.17.11)

“Can I help you cook dinner?” -Thomas. …. to which I replied, “You can put the dishes in the dishwasher for me”  …. to which Thomas replied,  “I’d be happy to. Let me take my shirt off.” (11.8.11) (Sensory issues!! He still will take off his shirt if it gets water on it!)

“I like you even when you are getting on to me.” -Thomas Darnell (11.8.11)

“I wish to be you when I grow up.” -Lillian Darnell

“These are the best grits you have ever made!” -Thomas Darnell (10.23.11)

‎”I like you and your the bestest Mama I’ve ever had!” -Thomas (10.21.11)

“I used the potty on the wall for the first time today.” -Thomas (10.13.11)

“These are the bestest grits you have ever made” -Thomas (10.2.11)

Lillian and Camilla January 2021 Date Day

January 26 2021

Today was the Lillian and Camilla January 2021 Date Day

We had fries from Noble Pie Parlor – Summit Reno for lunch. Their fries are THE BEST!! Plus, they have a vegan option!! 😋😋😋 Forgot to take a photo of the fries! We ate them too fast!

Later we drove to pick out a dessert. Vanilla macaroon for Lillian and blueberry scone for me. The scone is incredibly delicious. 😋😋😋

We ended with a stop at the library. Even though it’s still closed, Lillian wanted to spend a few minutes in the garden behind it. We’ve frequented that little garden since she was 5 years old. ❤️❤️❤️ It was bitterly cold as we’ve got warnings of a blizzard approaching, so we didn’t stay long. 💙💙💙

Throwback Post: Doing it Differently


August 21 2013:

Lillian just recently asked me why I do things differently than other Moms. Her questions were about how I make coffee … using a French Press and that I hand wash the dishes instead of use the dishwasher. Thomas then adds, “I like that you are different. You’re not ordinary. You are extraordinary.” These two so bless me and can snap me back out of a funk instantly. They have a knack for sharing my own advice with me when I need it most!

(Camilla in 2013 during a hike with Thomas)

(Thomas and Lillian 2013)

I try to remind Thomas, Lillian and myself is that no one is more special or better than we are and we are not better or more special than anyone else. We all just ARE. Every one of us is doing the best we can with where we are in our life. We are all different and we all have a gift that is uniquely ours. I just am crazy enough to have thrown caution out the window, along with anyone else’s reality in my quest to create my own reality, discover and love this person known as Camilla, live a simple, natural, inspired life and be ME!

**March 7 2021 Update** 

When we moved into our new place just over a year ago, I began using the dishwasher again. I had a double sink and a dishwasher that was very old and useless at actually cleaning dishes. I decided to hand wash to conserve energy, and to use as a time for practicing mindfulness.

With our new place, came a brand new dishwasher, that actually cleans the dishes!! We no longer have a double sink and the sink is actually quite small. After about 7 years of hand washing the dishes, it was time! (Although, I still do not use the microwave. I discontinued using it in 2010, I think. I do use the timer on it, quite handy. 

I continue to like my coffee made in a simple way. My french press broke near the end of 2019. I switched to a pour over style, and I’m loving it! 

One Year Homeversary for Team TLC

January 2 2021

It’s our one year Homeversary!

The clouds and sky made a pretty show for us yesterday at sunset. Getting into this place one year ago, coupled with becoming a host home provider for Lillian in February 2020, meant the world to my emotional and physical health.

November 2019 was the tipping point for me, and I’m deeply blessed and grateful to everyone who helped us along the way the previous ten years. Because of these two events I was able to take 2020 as a year of rest and reset.

My body, mind, and heart were wasted after about 13 years of focusing on healing, with struggling financially. I am feeling so much better! Hallelujah!!!! I’m ready to rejoin society! 🤣😂 … As soon as society is able to reopen! 😂🤣 … Oceans of love to all of you!! ❤️❤️❤️

Team TLC Welcomes 2021

December 31 2020

“I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor …. Love!!! One of my favorite songs! 🎶🖤🎶

A beautiful 2020 sparkling pink lemonade with vegan “cheesecake” topped with homemade cherry sauce. We celebrated on New York time so I’m off to bed. Last dreams of 2020 and first dreams of 2021. See y’all next year! 🖤🎉🖤

Merry Christmas from Team TLC 2020

December 25 2020

Merry Christmas friends and family!! I am blessed by your kindness, thoughtfulness, and love. Thank you for being in my and Team TLC’s life. ❤️❤️❤️💚❤️❤️❤️

And then we opened gifts. Thank you to The Romano Duo and Robert for all the great gifts! 💚💚❤️💚💚

Thomas’s treasures. ❤️❤️❤️💚❤️❤️❤️

And then we had a Zoombration to share some laughs, love, and joy!!! And Camilla took way too many photos!! 🎄🎄🎄💚❤️💚🎄🎄🎄

Lillian’s treasures. 💚🌈 🦄🔮❤️

Handmade gift I made for my mom. This one was fun!! 🖤🤍🖤🤍🖤🤍

Camilla’s treasures. ❤️💚❤️💚❤️💚

Handmade gift I made for my brother, Robert. ❤️💚

Throwback Post: Celebrating With a Car Wash and a Cold Swim With Water Balloons and Roasted Marshallows


September 23 2015:

Rosey got to celebrate too! She got a great bubble bath!! Ahhhh!! She’s shiny now!! (I’m not sure what we were celebrating, but YAY for celebrating!


I agree with you Rachel Jane Flower … A cold swim is invigorating, refreshing, and gets the creative juices flowing. Had an amazing swim and then came home and created a yummy dinner! Rice pasta with butter sautéed chicken and shiitake mushrooms with leftover pumpkin soup drizzled on top. Yum!!


September 23 2012:

It’s a GREAT day for water balloon adventures!!!! Bring it on!!

It’s a fabulous night for some s’mores adventures …. Oooey and Goooey!!! YUM!!!

Lillian and Camilla December 2020 Date Day

December 18 2020

Lillian and Camilla December 2020 Date Day

Got some yummy food to go from Noble Pie Parlor – Summit Reno. Took a couple of photos of the inside as it’s got a good vibe. One day soon hopefully we’ll actually eat inside the joint!!
French fries for both of us. Fried polenta with “meatballs”, and marina sauce for me. This is now my new favorite dish (plus the fries – the best fries!!!) from Noble Pie!! All vegan, too!! Yes!! 🎉🎉🎉

For dessert, Lillian had a dark chocolate Christmas pretzel, with a Cocomel dark chocolate sea salt caramel for me.

Ending with a sunset walk in one of our favorite places. ❤️❤️❤️

Cozy Christmas With Astronomy Binoculars and a New Phone

December 13 2020

I just had to take a photo as it is so cozy. 💚🎄❤️ Well, maybe I’ve taken about 10 photos, or more … 😂🤣

December 18 2020

So that Lillian could see the rare double planet conjunction before it’s gone, we opened a couple of gifts this morning. She got astronomy binoculars with a tripod stand. These are the hugest binoculars I’ve ever seen! We can see the trees on Mt Rose!!

I needed time to figure it all out before the rarity is finished! 🤣😂 Thomas got a brand new phone. He’s always used hand me down phones, and his was about to completely die! Yay!!! 💚💚💚🎄🎄🎄❤️❤️❤️

Huge binoculars!!! I’ve got to get the tripod set up so we can adjust the focus. They’re hard to hold completely still with your hands. Lillian definitely wouldn’t be able to hold them. We’re so excited to see the moon and the Christmas star!! I researched pros and cons between astrology binoculars and telescopes, and decided these would be better for her. 🌚 ✨ 🪐

Lillian has wanted a telescope for about 5 or 6 years. I’m thrilled to be able to finally get her something to look closer at the planets and stars! You can find some great articles online comparing the two. Honestly, I needed something I could figure out, also. I haven’t had much luck with telescopes!!