Monthly Archives: January 2016


Wow. I can’t believe I haven’t posted for Celebrate the Small Things since November 20. As most of you are aware, this blog-hop is run by the amazing LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:


LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge   and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits

The past month and a half has been rough but I still have a list of things to celebrate.

  1. God, my family/few friends, the Fellowship, and my close-knit online buddies love me (They really love me!)   🙂
  2. Sophie, what can I say? I love this hairy little thing…
  3. My daughter and son-in-law got me a PS4 with Fallout 4 and the new Call of Duty for Christmas
  4. I got to spend a few days with my brother from another mother (not you Twinny) Luis, including New Year’s Eve and Day.

Even through my sadness and depression, I celebrate the fact that I’m STILL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GRASS!! And I praise you Lord, for the gift of my life.

What have you celebrated this week?





Happy New Year fellow bloggers. I know some of you were worried about my blogging absence and I apologize for that. The past two months have been rough, but I’m back.

Today is the first Wednesday of the month and it’s time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG. Yay!! I was beside myself when I missed last month; that’s how you know things were bad. I hardly EVER miss a post!

Click on the Image to Join

Click on the Image to Join

Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.


The awesome co-hosts for the January 6 posting of the IWSG will be L.G. Keltner, Denise Covey, Sheri Larsen, J.Q. Rose, Chemist Ken, and Michelle Wallace!

Make sure you pay them a visit and thank them for all their hard work!

So the new year hasn’t started the way I had hoped it would. December was a rough and tumble month for me. I bought myself an ER visit because the auras have come back with my migraines; that was scary. My neurologist now has me on an aspirin a day regimen for added stroke prevention. My closest male friend Luis lost his dad about three weeks ago, and my son-in-law’s stepfather passed away on January 3 at age 52.

The ER visit was enough to put me in a really bad state of depression. I spent a lot of time thinking about my own mortality and the things I haven’t accomplished, but still want to. The added losses just made it worse, I think.

I’ve been doing a lot of praying for guidance and strength. I haven’t even updated with my Fellowship recently, except to let my twinny know that I’m alive and ok. I have to make up for that.

I spent New Year’s Eve with Luis, which was a blessing because we both understand each others pain and can talk openly and honestly about things. We’re both confident that this year will be brighter than last.

How were your holidays and New Years? Are you overcoming any hardships? If so, how are you dealing? I’d really, really like to know. What are your plans for the New Year?

Check out my other blog’s IWSG post this month too at lilicasplace.