A Late Happy Mother’s Day

This is a late Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mother’s and would be mothers.


Traditionally, we spend the day at the beach. Yesterday was a beautiful day. The water was freezing but flat. The temp was in the 80s I think. Perfect weather. I do wish the water was a bit warmer. Daughter #2 wanted to swim out to the sandbar, but mama couldn’t stand the cold that long. She was practically blue.

Daughter #1 is now a teenager and knows everything. So I let her be in charge of her own sunscreen and sun protection gear. She’s fair and blond and now burned.  Maybe next time she will listen to mommy. It was too cold for her to get in the water at all. She convinced her dad to dig her a “pool” in the sand. He dug out a crater about 8 inches deep, filled it with water, and then built up the walls.  She pulled her chair to the edge and dropped her feet in. She spent the entire morning like that, reading a book. It was actually kind of cute.

We took a few solo cups and walking the beach in search of treasure. When they were small everything was treasure. Now they are older and specific in their search. Daughter #1 was looking for large jingle shells and whole sand dollars. She has a summer project in mind. She actually found three tiny whole sand dollars, not sure if they survived the trip home.

As I walked down the beach, with my now taller daughter in tow, I thought about mermaids. I love mermaids, I always have. With the wind in my hair, the sand between my toes, and the salt air in my lungs I could gladly give up legs for a tail. My daughter agrees.

As a reader I am always on the search for a good mermaid tale. They can be hard to find. Most are cliche and shallow. I have found a few a like. As a writer, I’m working on a story about mermaids. A different take on a mythical creature. And no they do not look like manatees.

What Mother’s Day traditions do you  have?


Rain, Rain, and more Rain

Spring Break was a rainy mess. It always happens. We took that as a challenge. Wednesday we went to a new museum that opened called Gulfquest. As you can guess from the name it centers around the Gulf of Mexico. It has a strong link to the shipping industry as well. Mobile is a major seaport. It was interesting. I learned a lot. The kids loved it. On Thursday, we went to the beach. In the rain. We watched it rain from a condo, rented by a friend. We played games and ate pizza until the rain stopped enough to walk on the beach. The kids swam in the indoor pool. There was enough chlorine in the air to choke a mermaid. Friday it rained a little. We celebrated by going to the movies to watch Batman vs. Superman. We have our favorite super heroes . My oldest loves Wonder Woman but she was team Batman. My youngest is in love with Superman. I am not a huge fan of DC, I love Marvel. If I had to pick a side it’s Superman. My husband went for the fighting and popcorn. 🙂

I do have one thing to say. Okay, two things. Wonder Woman was awesome! Forget the boys, she stole the movie. Then there was Aquaman. He only has a cameo. But WOW! Gone is the blue-eyed blond California surfer dude. He had this long mane of dark hair and was covered in tribal tattoos. Please tell me he will have a movie. He was hot.

Sorry…. on with the Goals:

Round 2 Goals:

Red highlights were a total failure.

Blue highlights were either constant progress, which I count as a success or completed.

  • New Release to publish. Nope. I will be on that next week.
  • Promotion. That’s a four letter word! I need to promote the new release. Contact three sites/peeps a week on promotion opportunities. I have a little time before this. It’s not out yet.
  • Camp NaNoWriMo.  I need to write 6,000 words a week. I’m a little behind. I came in a hair under 6,000 words. Considering it is Spring Break and the kids were home, I did great.
  • Read 4 books a month.Almost there. Finished Soldier’s of Fortune. Loved it.
  • Spend 15 minutes a day decluttering. Nope! Maybe it’s the garden gnomes wearing all these clothes.
  • Spend 15 minutes a day on moving my behind. Yes! I walked everyday. I deserve a cookie. Maybe not a cookie.
  • Write two posts a week, not related to Row80. Yes!
  • Stop binge watching Netflix. Seriously! I just finished watching season 2 of Daredevil. I did Okay. The kids have discovered Dr. Who.  I hate it!
  • Cut the processed foodsThree meals a week with no processed junk. I regret this already. Nope!
  • Eat fresh veggiesTwo meals a week with something fresh. No frozen! Exchange one snack a day with a healthy snack. We won’t even count the number of times I’ve had ice cream this week.
  • Stay on top of Critique group. I have one left, but I am way behind. The meeting is Monday and I haven’t even decided what I’m taking this week.

This week has been a learning experience. It was a test to see if I could keep up with writing with the kids home. I did better than expected. I was also more active. Those are positives. I do have to play catch up this coming week. I might even work a little today. I usually take Sunday’s off, but I really need to work on my new release.

How did your week go?  How do you beat the rainy days?





The South, if anything, is quirky.  I know all regions of the country have their own little quirks.  Maybe, I’m just overly fond of the South.  (I am.)

Over the New Year’s holiday, we took the kids to Baldwin County.  There’s a guy who built several odd things along the roadside to his Marina.  I thought I would share a few pictures with you.  Just for fun.

100_9377A life size replica of Stonehenge made out of fiberglass.  It’s called Bamahenge!  Why?  Why not!  It is the correct size, shape, and orientation as the real Stonehenge.  I’ve been to Stonehenge and it is awe inspiring.  This one was just fun.  Great place for a picnic.


Here’s a little size comparison for you.  A 10 year old is stuffed between the large rocks.  But the fun doesn’t end here.

100_9397This lovely T-rex, along with 3 other dinosaurs, is on the same road.  They are spaced out a bit and the kids had fun searching the area, looking for more.  But wait, there’s more…

Knights in the woods.

Knights in the woods.

There are four of these nice looking knights placed in a wooded area in front of the Marina.   They are somewhat life size, a little on the short side.

The trip ended up being a bit of a scavenger hunt.  Searching for the next statue or replica. It makes you wonder what the story is behind them all.

Good, cheap fun!  A trip to Baldwin County is never complete without a trip to the beach.  It was cool, but not unpleasant, it would have been better if the wind wasn’t blowing.  We were even treated to a flyover by the Blue Angels.  That was awesome.

January 2015

January 2015

What is your favorite roadside attraction or quirky spot in your neck of the woods?


Video Postcard- Wish you were here.

Vlogging – no not really.  I did enjoy one recently at one of JayDee’s blogs (probably not the one I linked to, that would be too easy).  This is really just a test to see how my camera does video, so far WordPress and Youtube don’t like the format.

I was at the beach thinking what a wonderful view, and wanted to share a quick video postcard.  The only thing missing is the scent of sea air.  Will I make video’s the norm?  No, I don’t think there’s much going on here to video.  Unless of course you want to see how my kids do at the  swim meet tonight?

Wish You Were Here- Gulf Shores State Park, Alabama 7:50am Sunday 6/22/14





Beach Pro

As I sit here, nursing a sunburn and sand rash, I realize I was not prepared for the beach. After $! years of beach trips under my belt, you’d think I’d know better. Of course, I feel the same way about my sun block application. My technique needs work. Anyway, I decided to make a list of beach essentials. Here we go:
1. Change of clothes, if you plan on going out to eat later or don’t want sandy, wet kids in the car.
2. Towels, plus extra ones, and a blanket or sheet for the kids to kick sand on while you read a book.
3. More snacks than a family of 4 could possible eat in any given day, water makes them hungry.
4. Chairs, see #2.
5. Lots of water and Gatorade, you don’t want to end up passing out.
6. Baby wipes, my beach no longer has showers. You need a way to get sand out of inappropriate places.
7. Sunglasses, hats, and enough sun block to protect a high school band during band camp.
8. A bottle of vinegar, this is helpful during jellyfish season. You don’t really want to pee on it.
9. Buckets, shovels, and assorted sand toys. Even if the kids are too old to build a sand castle, the grownups still love it.
10. Rafts, inner tubes, boogie boards, and skim boards. These are great for proving you are not too old to shred. That is until you wipe out and limp back to your chair. See #4.
11. Camera, preferably one with video capability. That way when your husband tries to relive his misspent youth on a skim board you make some quick cash at AFV.
I think that about covers it. WOW. A day at the beach is a lot like moving. I think we took less on a road trip to Washington DC….in winter.
What’s on your list?