Photo 365 #198

I’m not sure whose expression is funnier here, Thumper’s or Bubbles’:


Okay, Bubbles takes the cake.  But Thumper takes the candy. 🙂

He won a huge pot of candy at the first fish fry of Lent last night.  Apparently he correctly guessed how many pieces were in the container.  He was so excited when they gave him the whole thing!  He shared quite nicely, but I hate to think how much of this he ate before we left.

Fish fries are definitely my favorite part of Lent.  The counter full of chocolate goodies?  That was difficult.  Luckily there were plenty of people to talk to and keep me away from all the deliciousness. 🙂

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Photo Friday scouting throwback

I was a proud Girl Scout when I was little, and so were pretty much all my friends.  We had great leaders and lots of fun.


This is a picture from a field trip to the local TV station.  I remember this trip being a lot more fun than the one we took for school some years later, but the best part about this picture is that Jenni and I are still friends, even after all these years. 🙂

Don’t forget to check out Charnele’s throwback post, and have a great weekend!

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Photo 365 #197

2015-02-15 08.25.30Don’t let that adorable face fool you – this is his mischievous smile.  This smile says, “I’m gonna do somethin’…Somethin’ bad…Muahahaha!”

And now I’m having flashbacks to Gerbil in a Microwave.  That was fun. 🙂

I love my little Thumper bunny, but wow – this kid…He’s definitely something else.  On the bright side, he woke up this morning with a dry diaper, so I’m super excited because I hate potty training and am really looking forward to being done with it.  That is probably all I’ll say on the topic until I can throw out the diapers for good, but I was so excited this morning that I was ready to scream it from the rooftops. 🙂

Happy Friday, everybody!

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Photo 365 #196

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  The day before, Tuesday, Seymour gave me this:

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And, glutton for punishment that I am, I’ve decided to give it up for Lent.  Yes, writers write, but we also consume vast amounts of chocolate.  What have I done? 😛

Do you give things up for Lent?  What are you giving up this year?

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Photo 365 #195

We had Seymour’s birthday supper last night, even though his birthday was Monday.  It was pretty good, even if I did mess up the chicken a little bit.

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My candle placement skills are improving; last year’s design wasn’t nearly so impressive.

And the kids thought I’d run out of candles.  Ha! 😀

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Photo 365 #194

It’s been a heck of a long week already, and I’m really feeling it mentally.  So on that note, here’s another baby picture from this past weekend:

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Here’s hoping I’m feeling a little more with it tomorrow.  Have a great Tuesday, everybody! 🙂

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The poet speaks

callumWith me today is Callum McLaughlin, author of The VesselFalse Awakening, and Seeking Solace.  He’s graciously agreed to talk poetry with me, and I hope you’ll have as much fun reading about his work as I did. 🙂

KK: So, how long have you been writing poetry?

CM: I’ve been writing in virtually every capacity since childhood. My earliest memory specifically associated with poetry is when I won a school competition aged 10 and I’ve been interested in the art form ever since. The poems included in Seeking Solace were written throughout the last couple of years, which is when I’d say I started really taking it seriously and falling more and more in love with it.

KK: We have something in common there – I wrote my first poem at age ten for a summer homework assignment. 🙂  What got you interested in poetry?

Photo 365 #193

godbrothersWe had company this weekend in the form of an adorable baby.  Seymour’s cousin and her family came for Miss Tadpole’s piano recital and stayed for the day.  I got my baby fix, we played cards, there was good food and lots of fun – it was a perfect day.

The only thing that could have made it better is if Seymour hadn’t had such a nasty cold.

Meanwhile, Cricket is completely enamored of his new little godbrother, and was tickled pink at getting the chance to hold him.  Very carefully.  Under the watchful eyes of all parents in the house and a big sister to boot. 🙂

How did you spend your weekend?

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Seeking Solace

Seeking SolaceLast October, I was fortunate to host Callum McLaughlin, a wonderful writer who was publishing a new novel.  Well, today he’s back, this time with a poetry book called Seeking Solace:

Seeking Solace is a collection of sixty poems that span a variety of topics and touch on universal aspects of modern life, from nature and war to friendship, love and grief, with many others in between.

From the very air we breathe to the wholly make-believe, regardless of whether inspiration has come from the world around us or the most whimsical of dreams, the one common thread that unites them all is a desire to create poetry that is both approachable and relatable.

Seeking Solace released earlier this week, and it looks fantastic.  I love reading poetry as much as I love writing it, and this book makes me want to hold on and not let go.  And I haven’t even read it yet!  But how could you not love a book with such a beautiful cover?

Besides, I’ve got an amazing excerpt:

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I could stare at this image all day (and indeed, I just might).  But where can you get your copy?  So glad you asked!  Seeking Solace is available from Amazon and Amazon UK, and you can also find it on Goodreads.  And stay tuned, because I’ll be interviewing the author himself in a future post!

Have a great weekend, and enjoy Seeking Solace! 🙂

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Photo 365 #192

I love how moisture brings out the color in an otherwise dreary landscape:


I took this a couple of weeks ago, back before our newest round of snow made this beautiful apple tree even more beautiful.  Sadly, I never managed to get a picture of it dusted with snow. 😦

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