Cool reboot from my friend Ashley

Originally posted on ASHLEY KATH-BILSKY:

All Hallow’s Eve begins each year at midnight on October 31st. According to legend, it is the one day when the spirits of the dead return to walk among the living. So, what better time to address the continuing mystery that has confounded and intrigued people for centuries? Namely…

What happens after we die? Do ghosts exist? Do all souls go to heaven? If not, do restless spirits haunt people and places? No matter where you live on this beautiful blue marble of a planet, the possibility of ghosts (or spirits) continues to haunt us.

Between the Shadows #31 Final Front Cover  Pictured is the cover of my Historical Paranormal Thriller, BETWEEN THE SHADOWS. Set in 1813 England and Scotland, BETWEEN THE SHADOWS is a stand-alone novel, but the first in THE LEGION OF MITHRAS series.  Release date for both E-book and Print is 13 November 2015.

BETWEEN THE SHADOWS introduces Patience Sinclair, a 19-year…

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The Georgians: What they ate


This is wonderfully interesting to me, so thought some of you might enjoy it as well. It’s from my friend and wonderful author, Regan Walker’s blog. Please check it out. I get up every morning intending to post something new on here, but alas, I become so overwhelmed by all the small Things in Life I must do first. I’ve come to the conclusion that there just aren’t enough hours in a day to get everything done that I’d really like to do…i.e. Reading, more writing – poetry usually, working with my plants (oh, btw we have a little fox family that lives just down the road) photography and studying the art of digital manipulation to enhance my shots. NOW, go read about the Georgian Era, the food will surprise you!

Originally posted on All Things Georgian:

Once again we are absolutely delighted to welcome a return guest to our blog, the lovely Regan Walker, who has  written another fascinating article for us. This time she has looked at a subject which is very close to our hearts – food!

ReganWalker_ToTametheWind - 800px “A sea adventure like no other, a riveting romance!” – Shirlee Busbee, NY Times Bestselling Author

For more information and snippets from Regan’s book please see the links at the bottom of the page.

Luis Meléndez (1716–1780), Still Life with Apples, Grapes, Melons, Bread, Jug and Bottle Luis Meléndez (1716–1780), Still Life with Apples, Grapes, Melons, Bread, Jug and Bottle

While doing research for my story, To Tame the Wind, the prequel to my Agents of the Crown trilogy, I was reminded how well the Georgians ate, even in the 18th century, particularly if they were people of means and had access to a large country garden.

Beginning in the late 1600s, many in the English aristocracy sent…

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Why is this driving me crazy??????

Well, I’m still alive.  I know some of you thought I just fell off the face of the earth, but alas, no.  I’ve just been busy…


My daughters patient that I wrote about a while back (I think I removed those blogs actually) unfortunately passed away of Renal Cancer this past Saturday. If you didn’t read those blogs, in a nutshell, my daughter knew something was wrong looking at her blood work. She suspected cancer so referred her out to a local cancer doctor.  He did not even perform the test my daughter requested and said the patient was just tired because she was just a young mother of two little girls (under 6) .  So my daughter tried to get her admitted to their local hospital and the  Physicians Assistant gave her a hard time because she is a Certified Family Nurse Practioner (which actually is qualified to be the same as a general practice doctor.  Anyway, finally got her admitted, after putting up with the verbal harassment from the PA. The hospital kept her over night, but again…. Did no tests and said it was just fatigue. By this point, my daughter was ready to pull her hair out because no one was listening to her because she looks young and they figured she didn’t really know anything. Okay, on to Atlanta…. She called an Oncologist up there and the first appointment was 9 months off.  My poor child called the doctor back and talked to her personally, through her tears of frustration and worry, and the doctor finally agreed to see her the next week. (It was about a 2 hour drive away) … Finally, a prognosis…. Stage 4 cancer with 99% fatality rate.  My daughter was devastated, her patient was only 3 years older than her.  Anyway, my daughter really began questioning if she wanted to stay in her field of Medicine because of this experience.  Eight years at least, of school, and a 4.0 average.  It was really sad….

On a good note, my sister drove 8 hours down to spend a day and a half with my mom. She naturally stayed with me and we even kidnapped mom and had a cook out by the pool. Yea Sis!!!!!!

It’s really different trying to post using my iPad mini. My angel of a daughter gave it to me for Christmas, which was so sweet and wonderful, since my laptop is close to death. But…. I don’t think she remembered mom (me) is getting older and I don’t do “tiny” very well… Haha

I must be too blond to figure out how to get all my pictures from my iPhone and Mac lapt onto my iPad. UGH……  If anyone knows how, please let me know. Lol

I was bitten in two places on my foot (going barefoot of course) by either a fire ant or a spider. YUCK….. Anyway, they both itched like crazy and then blew up into blister looking things. Well, you know you aren’t suppose to try to pop them or stick them with a needle, so what did I do?  I stuck them with a needle to drain out the fluid. They felt better and I thought they were gone, until about a week later, when I noticed they had blown up again, but this time they were like hard balls, no fluid.  Yes, I tried to pop them again. Long story short, I put an antibiotic cream on them and they eventually went away….. After leaving holes in their place.  I’m still limping around, but learned to cover even my feet with bug spray before going outside during bug hours.

Enough about me, I’ll try to make a gallery oh some of my latest pictures, mostly flowers or my pets… Lol


Okay, maybe I can’t do a gallery on here…..crumb…. sorry, hope the pictures don’t turn out to be huge. 

Life in the South

Ya’ll Yankees gotta learn this way of livin.  (Just kiddin’)
Now Shughah, This is Southern!!!



Southerners know their summer weather report:
Humidity, Humidity, or Humidity

Southerners know their vacation spots:
The beach, The rivuh, or The crick

Southerners know everybody’s first name:
Honey, Darlin’, Shugah

Southerners know the movies that speak to their hearts:
Fried Green Tomatoes, Driving Miss Daisy, Steel Magnolias
Gone With The Wind

Southerners know their religions:
Bapdist, Methdiss or Football

Southerners know their cities dripping with Southern charm:
Foat Wuth

Southerners know their elegant gentlemen:
Men in uniform
Men in tuxedos
Rhett Butler

Southern girls know their prime real estate:
The Mall
The Country Club
The Beauty Salon

Southern girls know the 3 deadly sins:
Having bad hair and nails
Having bad manners
Cooking bad food

Only a Southerner knows the difference between a
Hissie fit and a Conniption fit, and that you don’t “HAVE” them,
you “PITCH” them. and have even been known to Hissie fit or
a Conniption fit and then “Fall in it”.
Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens,
turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up “a mess.”
Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general
direction of “Yonder.”
Only a Southerner knows exactly how long “directly” is, as in:
“Going to town, be back directly.”
Even Southern babies know that “Gimme some sugar” is not
a request for the white, granular, sweet substance that sits in a
pretty little bowl in the middle of the table.
All Southerners know exactly when “by and by” is.
They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.
Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture
of solace for a neighbor who’s got trouble is a plate of hot fried
chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor’s trouble
is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin’!
Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between “right
near” and “a right far piece.” They also know that “just down the road”
can be 1 mile or 20.
Only a Southerner both knows and understands the difference
between a redneck, a good ol’ boy, and po’ white trash.
No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the
flashin’ turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
A Southerner knows that “fixin” can be used as a noun, a
verb, or an adverb.
Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines, and when
we’re “in line,”… we talk to everybody!
Put 100 Southerners in a room & half of them will discover
they’re related, even if only by marriage.
In the South, “y’all” is singular; “all y’all” is plural.
Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.
Every Southerner knows that tomatoes with eggs, bacon,
grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy
is also a breakfast food; that scrambled eggs just ain’t right without
Tabasco, and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.
When you hear someone say, “Well, I caught myself lookin’,” you know
you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!
Only true Southerners say “sweet tea” & “sweet milk.” Sweet tea indicates
the need for sugar & lots of it — we do not like our tea unsweetened.
“Sweet milk” means you don’t want buttermilk.
And a true Southerner knows you don’t scream obscenities at
little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just
say, “Bless her sweet little heart”… and go your own way.
To those of you who are still a little embarrassed by your
Southernness: Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage
gravy and call me in the morning. Bless your little heart!
And to those of you who are still having a hard time
understanding all this Southern stuff….bless your hearts, I hear
they’re fixin’ to have classes on Southernness as a second language!
Southern girls know men may come and go, but friends are
fah-evah! There ain’t no magazine named “Northern Living” for a good
reason. There ain’t nobody interested in livin’ up north, nobody
would buy the magazine! Now Shugah, send this to someone who
was raised in the South, or wish they had a’been! If you’re a Northern
transplant, bless your little heart, fake it. We know you got here as fast
as you could.


Well, they’re finally here, the lazy days of Summer…. At least on the days I’m at home I just want to sit outside by the pool and read, tend to my plants, try to take pictures that aren’t too stupid…. anything but work. Yuck….. LOL

Some of these pictures are of one of my cats stalking the 50 million squirrels in my backyard. No, she never catches them since she doesn’t have claws. She occasionally catches one long enough to bop it with one of her paws. She loves the pool and is often found just hangin’ out, over the edge actually, drinking from the pool.  It’s salt water, not chemicals, but I can’t seem to stop her.  She thinks it’s one big water bowl. The squirrels come up and drink from it too as they hang over the edge. It’s really funny to watch…

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Introductions: Alan Wright


Beautiful photography from my beautiful and talented Australian friend & some other of her friends. :D

Originally posted on Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY:

Today I would like to introduce you to Alan Wright.  He is another Melbourne based photographer and I know one day I will get to meet him.  He goes to some amazing places to take photos and I want to go to some of them to.  I have got to know him more because of Facebook and that is where you will find him, Alan Wright Photography.


There are places that he has taken photos of that I have been to as well.  It is always very interesting to see how other photographers interpret places, it helps give you inspiration and ideas.

I asked Alan where he was and how long he had been doing photography for.

I live in Werribee Victoria and I love being here because I am very close to The Great Ocean Road and Point Lonsdale. I have been shooting for around 3 years and…

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Earth Day…. Our world is so varied… Physically, temperature wise, and location..


Who knew???? Plants, photography, poetry

As most of you regulars know, I moved to my “dream house” and live in the woods, complete with all sorts of bugs, ticks, mosquitos, chiggers, wasps, bumble bees… and the list goes on & on…. I am covered in creature bites, currently one happens to be infected, probably a spider bite, not sure, on my foot of course so wearing shoes hasn’t helped any.  Oh yea .. lol.

I am trying to catch up on reading some of my friends blogs and know I’m slow. If you want me to try to stop by your blog, just let me know in my comments section so I can find you. I’ll do my best, just don’t hold your breath….

Here are a few more pictures of my flowers, trees, etc.  Spring is a wonderful thing.  It’s amazing actually to watch all the new growth and life around us every day.


This is a very interesting (weird) plant that I have never seen before moving here.   I don’t know the name of it, but I found out that it’s a “protected” plant here in Georgia. One of my neighbors was telling me that he went to a plant show (I didn’t even know they had those) and they were selling small ones for $15 to $25 per plant.  I have at least a hundred on the part of my land I’ve trudged through thus far, but anyway…. Apparently, the American Indians that lived in this area years and years ago, used these to make a form of red paint.  Cool huh?


Just some of my latest random shots


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