Photo 365 #205

I was pleasantly surprised this morning to find I’d awoken in a winter wonderland.  Forced to brave the subzero cold, I at least had the pleasure of watching the snow sparkle in the sunlight as it clung to the trees:


I may grouse about winter an awful lot, but I can’t imagine a prettier sight than this after all the gray days we’ve had of late. 🙂

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Writing 201: Future

The final poetry prompt for Writing 201 involves writing a sonnet about the future.  Talk about saving the best for last!  And of course by best, I mean hardest:

And yet, somehow, I managed to…

You heard it here first!

A Song for All Seasons, my latest poetry book, is now available for pre-order at Amazon and Smashwords!


A Song for All Seasons is my second poetry book and features poems on the beauty of the world around me, as well as a few musings on life, love, and everything in between.  A print version is also in the works, and I’ve set March 13 for the release day.

I’m pretty excited, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading these poems as much as I enjoy writing them. 🙂

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Photo Friday throwback time!

In honor of Bubbles’ well-received mention of Hoth, here’s a picture of him all dressed up for Halloween:


He’s four in this picture, and it was actually taken at Christmas – his grandma made him the costume as a Christmas gift and he wore it the following Halloween.  He was so excited; he couldn’t wait to go trick-or-treating as Luke-from-the-third-movie-when-he’s-all-in-black-and-has-the-green-light-saber. 🙂

Over the years, Bubbles has become interested in many other awesome things, but he’s a Star Wars fan first and foremost, and I don’t see that ever changing.  Yay! 🙂

Don’t forget to check out Charnele’s throwback post – it’s de-lovely. 🙂

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Photo 365 #204

A gorgeous sunset capped off a gorgeous day yesterday:

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The colors in the sky were almost as pretty as the colors the fading sun cast out on the snow. 🙂

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Photo 365 #203

Funny how much can change in a day, isn’t it?  Driving into work yesterday looked like this:


Meanwhile, this morning was bright and sunny, and the few clouds in the sky added to the scene, rather than detracting from it.  If it weren’t so blessed cold (we’re talking record lows), I’d say this is the kind of day that makes a person feel good to be alive, but since it is, I’ll leave you with something Bubbles said last night:

B: “When I got off the bus, I thought I was on Hoth.”

Kid’s not wrong… 🙂

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Writing 201: Landscape

I do love landscapes, as I’m sure you’re well aware, and Iowa has no shortage of beautiful vistas.  Naturally, I was pretty excited when I saw that today would be all about landscapes.  The challenge was to do a found poem and use enumeratio, but I think I did a better job with the enumeratio yesterday.  Still, uh…well, it’s a pretty little poem, and if I hadn’t been running late this morning, I’d have stopped and snapped a picture of the trees I found so inspiring this morning.

Instead, you get this – a picture of my found poem, and a proper transcription of the same.  Happy Thursday! 🙂

sculptureLiving Sculpture

Leafless trees reach
For the sky
Amid the frozen waves
Of an icy sea,
Mother Nature’s sculptures
On show for all
To see.

(Just for the record, these cuttings are supposed to represent a tree, not a chicken’s foot.  Or a cactus.  Or any of the zillion things that aren’t trees that I’m beginning to see as I look at this picture.  Guess it’s a good thing I’m not paid to artistically arrange pieces of paper.) 🙂

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Writing 201: Drawer

Today is a day for odes, specifically in reference to drawers.  I’ve got a lovely set of drawers here, courtesy of Seymour, who procured for me an antique card catalogue for Christmas 2013.  Isn’t it pretty? 🙂

And because I love it so, I decided that it would be the perfect subject for my ode to drawers.  I failed to insert an apostrophe, but I am rather fond of this little piece, and I hope you enjoy it, too. 🙂

drawersOde to My Card Catalogue

I have a little chest,
A chest of many drawers,
And in that little chest
Were many worlds of lore,

Fascinating characters,
And far-off places, too –
In my little chest, I
Might have even found a zoo!

This chest is very special;
It was a gift, you see,
From a very special person
Who means the world to me.

Once it held another’s worlds,
Someone else’s loves,
Someone else’s hopes and dreams
And songs of things above.

But now ‘twill hold my treasures,
Every one unique,
And I hope that one day soon it
Will my children’s interest pique.

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Photo 365 #202

It’s the snowpocalypse!

That’s right, we’re finally getting our share of snow here in the Midwest, and boy, do I wish the forecast had been right the first time.  That forecast had most of the snow falling overnight, meaning I wouldn’t have to drive in it.  But the revised forecast had it starting this morning, and it came pretty much when they said it would.

It hasn’t let up since.

I’ve been documenting it on Instagram all day, and I’ll probably post another picture just before I leave.  Suffice it to say, we’ve had quite a bit of snow in a short amount of time, and it ain’t even close to over.  *sigh*

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Photo 365 #201

I was reading the latest post from Miss Snark’s First Victim this afternoon and was completely inspired – it’s like Authoress was reading my mind!  So I thought, hey, that would make a good post…

So many irons in the fire...

So many irons in the fire…

…and then I came home and fixed supper and read to the boys and sat down to work on one of my many projects and ate supper and put the boys to bed and watched Buffy with Bubbles and Seymour and suddenly, I couldn’t remember what it was I wanted to say.

Here’s the post.  Check it out, leave Authoress some love, and have a great night. 🙂

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