Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A new line of candles

My children and I present to you: A New Line of Candles!

Inspired by a recent display of candles that included Treehouse Memories and Storm Weather, we present to you our own line of new scents:

Old Books
Indoor Pool
The Bacon Cheeseburger
Teenage Memories
Stuff from the Cracks in the Sofa
School Mascot

Watch out candle world!  As soon as I find a chemical engineer who can achieve our scents, I'll be open for business!

Friday, September 21, 2012

My book needs your help

I have a favor to ask.  My book needs help.  I can't do it alone.   I need others to help me.

There are two ways you can help me and my book.  Neither involves spending money or much time.

#1 - Go to my page on  Near the top of the page is a Facebook thumbs up.  Please click "Like."  Each click of the "Like" button, helps my ratings on Amazon.

#2 - Add my book to your Wish List, if you have one on Amazon.  You never have to purchase it -although you are most certainly welcome too  ;) - but by adding it to your wish list, it helps the ratings.

If you have bought the book and read it, please leave a rating.  You don't need to do a review, just rate it through the stars.

If you don't have an Kindle, there is a way now to purchase the book in paperback form!  It cost $4.99.  It is available through Create Space, an company: .  Click "Like" here, too!

My book also has its own website now, too! Visit the Band Girls home page.  Let me know what you think.

Thank you for your support!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

2 weeks of the kids new school year - finished

Much is going on, as always, but nothing truly worthy of blogging about. 

The Teenprov group is really going well.  With school starting, we had a few changes in our group.  Two kids can't join us anymore because of other activities.  They've apologized to me, which is very kind, but I totally understand.  You can't do everything.  We also gained 5 new kids, including two boys.  Awesome!

The boys are both very young (10 and 12).  I would prefer them with the younger group than the older one, but they both have sisters in the older group.  The boys are both a little hyper and spent their entire first rehearsal jumping.  With every game they played, they jumped through the entire thing.  I appreciate their enthusiasm.

We have our next performance set up.  October 23!  It isn't easy to find places that will let us hold our performances for free or even a small fee, but I remembered the local library has several meeting rooms and they are available to the community to use for free.  Comedy improv at the local library!

I've got some choices and more possible choices a head of me.  I'm not sure what to do.  School?  Jobs?  Dreams? Personal projects?  Can I do it all?  I might try....  Some decision will need to be made in the next few weeks.  I hope I make the right decision. Not worth blogging about yet.

Well, the days start pretty early now.  I'd better head to bed for the night.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Time with Peanut

My four year old is quite the gal.  The four older kids have been back to school for a week and a half now.  At home each day is Peanut and me.

I have many projects to work on around the house along with the daily chores, but Peanut and I take time each day to play, talk and read.  She wants to learn how to read, so we pull out her alphabet cards and go through them.  She knows all her letters, upper and lower case, and the sounds each one makes.  Two days ago, I pulled out the Hooked on Phonics books and gave her the first one. She sounded out the words and read them.  Not all of them, but about half the words in that little book, she read own her own!  I couldn't believe her.

She is smart, but sometimes she is a little too smart.  Several weeks ago, Hubby ordered some pink goggles for her for when they go to the swimming pool.  She was so excited.  The next morning, she got on the computer and pulled up and showed her siblings the goggles Daddy had ordered her.

She got on Amazon!  Good thing that site is password protected or she would be ordering all sorts of things off  the Internet.

Monday, September 10, 2012

My birthday request

Today is my birthday!! (Tuesday, although blogger is saying I published this yesterday.)

That means for dinner, we fondue.  It's been my birthday tradition for about 14 years now.  A cheese and then a chocolate.  Mmmm.

I have a birthday request.  I published a middle school aged book two months ago through's self-publishing called Go Band Go.  I've sold a couple of copies, but not many.  One of the features of selling through Amazon is that I can do promotional days for my book.  This means my book is FREE! 

My request is that you download the book today.  It won't cost you a thing and each time it downloads, it helps my ranking.  You don't have to read the book, but if you do, I would appreciate a customer review on the Amazon site.  To go to my book on the, follow this LINK.

The promotion only runs today after that, it goes back to it's regular price of $2.99.

Thank you for supporting me.

Problems of the world solved... almost

I have great ideas and thoughts while driving around town in my big white van.  I've composed many a blog ideas.  I've thought up great books and stories.  While driving, I've solved all of our family problems, solved world peace and thought up the solution to end hunger.  I think up all these things while driving.

The problem is, once I get home, all these thoughts and ideas are thrown out the window.  I walk into the house and usually the first thing I hear is one of my younger children say, "I'm hungry.  I want a peanut butter sandwich."  Real life returns.

I get frustrated because I' completely forget about all those fantastic ideas I came up with.  Things I wanted to look up on the computer, ways to market my book, ideas for my theater, and important paper I need to sign, call this person... all those great ideas and reminders of things I need to do - GONE!

I need one of those hand held voice recorder gadgets.  Then I could drive, think, solve the mysteries of the universe and record my thoughts for later. 

Friday, September 07, 2012


I haven't blogged about my weaving lately because I haven't done much weaving since we moved.  I've been busy doing school, my improv group, and my kids.  For about six months a project sat on the loom hardly worked on.  I finally decided I was going to finish it.  Once I sat down and worked at it, it only took me a week. 

It's my Scottish clan Robertson's hunting tartan.  I made the regular tartan several years ago, but I love the colors of the hunting tartan.  I'm more into blues and greens.  It is quite long and will be a nice wrap to wear at church and home during the cold months.

For years, since I started weaving, I would see pictures of beautiful weavings with words and pictures inside of them.  I always wondered how they did that.  I read several articles and watched a YouTube video.

Then I would run to my loom and try it.  It was always a disaster and I finally gave up trying.  After finishing my tartan, my loom sat naked and empty.  I began looking up some Christmas patterns and seeing if I could find a fun project for the upcoming holiday season.  Once again, I saw pictures woven into the fabrics.  I watched another YouTube video of a lady weaving little Christmas tree pictures into her fabric.  It started to make sense, so I ran to my loom and began. 

I did it! Christmas trees!
I started to get a little braver and decided to try my hand at letters. 
It is tiny, but there it is: MERRY CHRISTMAS woven right into the red fabric!!!!

Now that I know how, nothing can stop me!!! It figures, that I would finally catch onto the technique in time for my own school to start again.

Monday, September 03, 2012


Grapes - lots and lots of grapes.  This is probably about 30 pounds of grapes.

First you smash them, you smash them, you smash them, smash them, smash them!

Then you drain them, you drain them, you drain them, drain them, drain them... (In pair of never worn tights my daughter out grew.)
Then you can them, you can them, you can them, can them, can them.

Then you eat it, you eat it, you eat it, eat it, eat it!  And it is GOOD!

The performance was great!

The only picture I got from the performance.  Next time, I've really got to get a photographer.

Teenprov! The Performance went very well.  Better than I could have hoped for.  The kids were so very, very funny.  During the first game, one of the girls forgot how to play and kind of messed up the sequence, but if there is one thing these kids have learned it is how to improvise.  The others just moved on and it was all good.
This is an awesome group of teenagers!
I'm going to work on possibly getting a YouTube channel for the group to show their performance.  I video taped most of it, although very badly.  It is hard to be host and camera man at the same time!