Saturday, May 31, 2008

Soul Mates

Not the best picture, but wanted to mark our 8th Anniversary together. We didn't get to go out on the actual day as Tom was out of town on business, but we had a lovely evening together last weekend. We went to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. It is so hard to believe that 8 years have already passed since our wedding. Time just seems to fly by...but that is O.K....especially when it is with your soul mate! Tom is mine! :o)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Module A Lesson 4 - Finished

Yep! That's right. I actually finished Lesson 4 of my Traditions Online Education Program. I've only got lessons 5,6,7 & 8 to catch up. We are suppose to be on Lesson 8, but there are several still where I am. But that is OK!
My plan is to paint all week and see if I can catch up..or at least try to catch up in the next two weeks.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Module A - Lesson 4 basecoating

Just a quick pic...of my Traditions Ed Program.. I'm not through yet as this is just the basecoating of the elements and the "tipping" of the daisies... Stay tuned for the finished product!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sunday Memorial Day Weekend

Hi Everyone! What a beautiful day! What a lovely weekend for this extended holiday weekend. Please do not forget why we celebrate Memorial Day.... Memorial Day is a time for remembering all the brave soldiers who fought and died for our GREAT COUNTRY! THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! We are a great nation with great men and women serving in our armed forces and lets not forget them and all they do.

As for our trips planned...Will is working and Tom and I are spending time with our parents and working around the house and garden...
Here is a lovely amaryllis that recently bloomed..we thought it was dead and just set the pot out in the yard and one morning there was this lovely flower! Enjoy!

..So nothing spectacular for us this weekend...but it is always a joy though to spend time with those that we love. I hope you all have a wonderful Memoral Day!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Module A - Lesson 3 with TRADITIONS

Hi Everyone!
Yeah! It's the start of Memorial Day Weekend. My husband has a long 4 day weekend and our big plans are to work around the house. Yeah!...not! I hope you are doing more. LOL
I do want to let my friends know that I did another lesson of my Tradition Modules..finally! Two months ago, I actually painted part of it...but then I let my passion for painting slip away with other mundane things.... like sleeping, reading, housework, sleeping... I found out I had a sleep disorder and after getting it checked out and now using a C-PAP machine to keep me breathing properly at nightI now wake up early feeling GREAT!
With this wonderful feeling each day, I now have time to get up each morning ready to face each day with a smile! I actually get some housework done, walk the dog (another words..get exercise for me :o) )...and go into my art studio with my passion back to pick up my brushes and be creative!
And here it's finally finished

I really hope you like it...Stay tuned for Lesson 4!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Romance Wins

Hi Guys!
I know it has been a month since I last posted, but I have just got to tell you about a wonderful event that I attended last Saturday. It was the Heart of Dixie Romance writers Association luncheon (local chapter of the RWA). It was such a BLAST!!!!! to attend. I got to meet quite a few of the most wonderful romance/thriller/suspence/inspirational writers on the market today, as well as a couple would-be writers just waiting for their publishing day, and several wanna-be writers.
The luncheon was a great "get-together" for their "public" to meet and greet them on a social basis. For the writers and wanna-be's it was a forum for networking...the best of both worlds.
I got to sit at Debby Giusti's table. She is a fairly new inspiration /romance /suspense writer. Her third and latest book is called "MIA: Missing in Atlanta" which she gave to each of us sitting at her table She was such a joy to talk to that I can't wait to read it. I'll have to go and look for her other titles "Nowhere to Hide" and "Scared to Death"
The speaker for the luncheon was Roxanne St.Claire. She was a delight to listen to! she told of her foray into broadcast journalism and her mentor suggesting that she legally change her name because who ever heard of a boradcaster's name with a "Z" or a hard consenant "C" at the end of their name. So she did. Her real name was Roxanne Zinc. The whole crowd roared with laughter when she said..."'s funny no one ever told that the Katie Couric or Paula Zahn ." She also did a short stint as an actor appearing on "Bussom Buddies" with Tom Hanks. Later she worked in New York City in multi million dollar PR firms. Now she resides in the Cocoa Beach area of Florida writing away at her new career in romance/suspense fiction.
I won a gift basket from Kelly St.John of "To Catch a Cheat" and "Real Women Don't Wear Size 2". She too was a lot of fun. After we ate, the authors then had a book fair... where you could buy books and have them personally sign them for you. There I met Linda Howard (one of the founders of the Heart of Dixie Chapter) who is always on the national Best Sellers List. You can find her in every bookstore and every book/magazine area of your grocery store on the "best sellers" shelf. A great romantic suspense writer.

This was so much fun, that I hope to go again in November to the Birmingham's local chapter luncheon. You ought to look your local chapter up and give it a whirl!
Take care... I hope to be blogging with you again soon!
Oh! I forgot to mention, I also got to meet again Debra Webb. She is another romance/suspense writer (having just won a RITA award) She is the author of "Traceless" and "Nameless". I met her at a convention booth earlier this year and she handed me some information about this upcoming luncheon. I invited my friend Rachel to come along with me and she too won a great 'writers' basket from Linda Winstead Jones.


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