Where Have You Been???

What a WILD month its has been. Let’s see, first I got married, then we had a hurricane, then I was working day and night on my children’s book (which is finished, thank you), and then Phillip got canned from his job. (We saw that coming, they were beginning to bounce their paychecks-never a good sign).

Now, I haven’t been blogging lately, because I have been in a mad dash to finish my new book, and have all my teddy bear orders finished before Christmas. To be perfectly blunt? I just haven’t had the time to blog. Which I imagine is good! I mean, really, if I haven’t been able to communicate because I’ve been busy working, then that’s a good thing! The paperback should be on Amazon shortly, and the kindle version should be up about the same time, hoping by the end of the month.

img_2893With Phillip being unemployed now, he’s been rather busy, too. While actively seeking work, he has also been busy busting out more of his Strange Friends. And he’s gotten rather creative, too! He found some faux fur at the thrift store and got crazy with it, then printed out some coupons from Joann’s, and got a slew of different colors of the stuff and found himself truly taking his crocheted things to a new level. Give us a few days and we’re going to upload and post them all. At least count, he had crocheted 8 of them and they truly are cool🙂

Everything on the home front (I accidentally just typed “homo front”-and seriously considered keeping it), ahem! Everything on the home front is fine. Phillip heads to his space to crochet, and I into mine to write or knit, he heads out midday to look for work,  and somewhere towards the end of the day we make some dinner, cuddle on the couch and watch something we find on our antenna. There’s some brilliant stuff out there.

The weather has been getting cooler and the both of us are looking forward to sitting in the little garden area next to the building. No more humidity, cool breezes, and a nice amount of sunlight would be perfect for knitting and crocheting. All in all, everything is practically perfect. It really is. I mean, we don’t have much, but how much does one really need to find fulfillment? I still love Herman Cain’s principles to achieving happiness. Something to do, something to look forward to, and someone to love. Check, check, and check!

Just wanted to let you know, Phillip and the furries and I are all just fine.

Hope you are well, too! I’ll be back in a few days with more of Phillip’s Strange Friends!

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hurricane-matthew-path-674160I thought I’d go ahead and blog. I haven’t in a while, but with the coming storm “Mathew,” I felt I should go ahead and say something, while we can. Now, having been through Charlie, the entire city was pretty much without power and provisions for a good week. With trees down everywhere, no truck could come in and supply. So, they’re telling us that Mathew is 10 times worse than that. It’s about 9:45am on Thursday. He’s expected to be here sometime early tomorrow morning. With 100mph winds, no electricity, and no cell phones, we are as prepared as we can be. We have 3 days worth of water, a good 3 or 4 days worth of canned food, and a small Coleman stove with about 10 hours worth of gas. I’m prepping the windows with cardboard boxes (for flying projectiles). Thankful that we live in a concrete block building, the best we can hope for is that the initial wind won’t damage us too much. 100 miles per hour sustained is nothing to downplay. We’re expecting to be without power for a few days, and out of contact. So, if there is any kind of emergency, we thankfully have a fire station one block away. But, we just wanted to let you know that we are preparing, ready, and will do our best to weather the storm. We know that at some point, when the wall of the storm is closest, we’ll be in the bathroom (the central part of the building), just doing our best.

We ask that you not only keep Phillip and I in your thoughts and prayers, but all of those that will be affected. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous.


The Hangover Honeymoon!

…..and we’re recovering nicely, thank you🙂

It’s probably one of the shortest honeymoons in history. We started celebrating at about noon. Pizza was ordered, a few beers cracked, then Kara showed up with a bottle of wine. Mercy….As they say, never mix, never worry. We shouldn’t have mixed, is all I can say. But, we had a marvelous day. Laughed the whole time, cuddled when necessary, and giggled coyly at each other.

I have to say one of the highlights was when the pizza arrived. This truly nice old man (probably in his early 70’s) knocked on the door. I went outside to greet and pay him and he said, “Sounds like quite the party in there!” I couldn’t help myself, “Yeah! I just got married!” And he asked so innocently, “What’s the lucky girl’s name?” I said in the most deplorable baritone, “(BUUUUUURRRRP!) Phillip….”

Without missing a beat, he says, “You know I was married to my wife for 48 years. I’d still be with her if she hadn’t passed. Oh, I miss her. I got this job just to get out of the house. I still walked around, expecting to find her, or even the ghost of her somewhere there….alas, she is gone….”

I paused for a moment and said, “That is soooo SAD! What are you, Irish?”

He laughed, “Why, yes I am!”

“What’s your name?”


“If I ever order a pizza can I request you as a delivery driver?”

“Well, sure you can! Just ask if the old man is around. And I leave work at about 3 in the afternoon.”

“Thank you, Bill!”

I paid and went back to our little get together. I know I promised a video of our little reception, but to be truthful, my functions weren’t camera friendly🙂 And today, we’re both nursing our own individual hangovers, being slothy and lazy. I had to take this picture of Phillip. Just to show how far down the rabbit hole we have to crawl back from. I begged him, “PLEASE let me use this pic on my blog??? PLEASE???” And he responded quite appropriately, “It’s YOUR blog, why not a picture of you???”

“Dude, I have my career to think of…..”

And with a smile he said, “Fine, use the picture, but I want you to know I wanna be like Dolly Parton’s husband. Nobody knows who the hell he is….” (A kiss to my forehead). And this is why I love him.

img_27722So, there you have it, the perfect picture of our day after, honeymoon extravaganza. I can’t thank all of you enough for your well wishes, and your congratulations, and your prayers. We are both so grateful for all of you thinking of us on our wedding day. Tomorrow I meet Phillip’s family for the first time. I’m more nervous about meeting them than I was marrying him!

Thanks you all so much!

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Just Married

img_2873z2Home. Couldn’t help it. I had all ideas I’d be reserved and well put together. Nope. I started bawling the minute Phillip put his pen to the paper. And I haven’t stopped.🙂 We’ll update with a video later of how “beer and pizza” reception. Just taking a moment to keep all of you with us on this very special day.

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Two Guys, 10k Friends, a Buddhist and an Alien Walk into a Chapel….

img_2862The other day Phillip and I received our first wedding gifts. Now, just to show you how varied our interests are, and wide range  of friends we have, I thought I’d share them with you. First, we received the most beautiful, hand carved, Buddhist book ends. I just fell in love with them. They were crafted in Bali and sent with a hand written card of thanks. So beautiful. Eventually, I’ll set all of my books that lean towards the spirit in between them, but for now, I’m leaving them bright in the window so that they can be seen by everyone. What we really love about them is that they were sent by one of the kindest people we’ve come to meet on your journey, and we cannot thank her enough for being so mindful of my spiritual path, of my love for books, and the reminder of not just one Buddha, but two, to symbolize Phillip and I. I truly love these book ends!

img_2866Then later that day, a coworker of Phillip’s sent home a wedding gift. Knowing my love for “Aliens,” Shane sent along a little Alien figurine for me to keep on my desk. How wonderful was that! Yes, It’s quite true, I’m a big fan of the first two “Alien” films, and watch them often. You see how varied our interests are? We can be reading “A Passage to India” by E.M. Forster the first part of the day, switch to “Aliens” later while having dinner, then crawl into bed to scan a few passages from Thomas Merton’s “The Waters of Siloe.” And because Phillip and I have such wildly eclectic interests, those interests also invite such a great mix of friends. Like all of you! You’re all so different, so unique. And I’m so blessed to have such a beautiful group of people sharing my journey with me.

Tomorrow is the big day. (Thursday 22 Sept). Now, on paper, our anniversary will be the 22nd, but in our little world, and the way we view things, our anniversary will always be the Autumnal Equinox, whatever day that will happen to fall on in the future. Phillip has been so adorable the closer we get to tomorrow. So full of joy. And VERY affectionate. He’s been laughing a lot, smiling a lot, so I know I found the right guy to spend the rest of my life with. His dimples say so. I’m so grateful that I get to see them more and more lately.

So, we wake tomorrow, head to the court house……we’re going to come home, order a pizza, shut off the phones, put a “do not disturb” sign on the front door, binge the latest “Penny Dreadful,” and do what we love to do more than anything. Be with each other. Phillip’s family will be coming up from Ft. Myers on Saturday to meet me, have lunch, and spend the day. (I’m going to convince them to play croquet with me:) ). I’m looking forward to meeting them, and I hope I make a good impression. I’m old school in the manners department, and tend to be a charmer, so I’m hopeful we’ll all get along just fine.

Well, I guess that’s it for now. Next time I blog, I’ll be a married man! Can you just imagine???? Wow……

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Is That Glitter in Your Hair?

img_2859Some of Phillip’s “Strange Friends” are pretty clever. Take this guy for instance. He wanted to be pretty, he wanted to be dashing and daring. He wanted to walk out into the world and get a little attention. So, he combed his hair, found an awesome pair of specks, and subtly worked a bit of glitter into his style. And it worked! He strutted, he posed, he found a little smile from people that noticed that little shimmer in his design. So, this dashing dude is looking for just the right abode. If you’d like to take him home with you, click here. Oh! I forgot to mention! He makes a very cool  appearance in my new book, “The Teddy Bear That Saved Me.” So be sure to check it out!



As Bats Swarm Through the Purple Shadows

img_2855I finished this little bear  just shy after sundown. I have to sell him tonight, so I had to take a picture of him quickly, as I was racing against sunset. And there, as the bear sat cradled in the crook of my door’s threshold, I watched the bats come out, gobbling up the zika-skitas (as we’ve come to call mosquitoes in Florida these days). They flurried and bounced, frolicked and flounced, and I could not help but stop and take notice.

The light began to dim, the shadows began to conquer, and though I should apologize for the quality of the photograph, it looks right to me. Deeply detailed in purples that hint at shadows, as bats danced and dined above, that bear looks just right as the sun declines. Some purple hues are only beautiful when the light quiets, when the bright glare of the beautiful sun takes a moment to rest, and lets the other colors come forth for a while. And the bats applaud.

He’s ready for a home. And there is only one. If you’d like him, click here.