A Messy Good Time!!

Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been gone so long. It’s not that I don’t want to keep up with my blog. I do. I really do. But I’ve been so busy. Busy with what? Kids, work, life.

But most recently, planning a weekend long birthday party for my daughter. She just turned 16. It was crazy!! We had a 3 tiered cake that about did me in, paint wars, a colored powder fight, and so much more. But instead of just telling you, why don’t I just show you? 😊

Lake Wedington, AR. The scene of our epic bday party.

We rented a cabin for the entire weekend.

It was small but cozy, air conditioned (although it didn’t work very well) and clean, and the beds were surprisingly comfortable. No tv-the kids didn’t like that. We brought board games, a karaoke machine, and marshmallows to roast.

First up: unpacking. We packed way too much stuff but I’d rather have too much than not enough. Clothes, party stuff, prizes, games, etc.

THE FIRST NIGHT:

Karaoke Time!!

My daughter and her best friend belted out tunes to an energetic audience of 3.

Not long after, the ‘crowd dispersed and hit the hay.

GOOD MORNING!!

The hubby woke everyone up by banging on pots and pans (This echoes inside a small cabin).

Delicious breakfast for a busy, busy day.

Next up, decorating the cabin for the party.

We all took to this with a smile on our face and a song or two blasting through the cabin.

Finally, We’re heading down to the lake for swimming and food! And a little music too.

CAKE AND ICE CREAM.

We had to keep the cake and ice cream at the cabin because they would have melted in a heartbeat. And I worked really hard on this cake. While it didn’t turn out as planned (I cried for a bit about that), my daughter was still pretty happy with it.

FUN AND GAMES!!

Game #1: Shake your booty. This game had everyone laughing so hard!!!

We actually had a couple more games to play but it was beginning to get late and the park gates closed at 8 pm so we moved on to the best part of the evening, the part all of the kids had been looking forward to.

PAINT SLIP N SLIDE:

How about a colored powder fight next? Shasta was the champion by the way. 😁

And perhaps the messiest and most fun, the paint war!!

Talk about a mess. But so much fun!! Afterward, everyone got sprayed down with the garden hose and showered. (Paint was still coming out of everyone’s hair even a day later.)

Then there was just us. The hubby had a headache so we had my daughter’s friend grill up some chicken for us.

A really good cook by the way.

Roasting marshmallows, ghost stories, and a light show ended the night. (At least for me. I crashed out at 1, the kids were up until the sun came up.)

All in all, I think my daughter had a great time and hopeful it will be one she will remember and cherish for many years.

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Lessons from a Hobbler

Good morning friends. Today I wanted to share with you a few things I’ve learned about being a hobbler. A limper. A shuffler. Whatever word you would like to use, it all comes down to the same thing: A person forced to move in an unnatural, awkward way due to a injury in the lower half of your body.

It could be your hip. Could be your knee.  Maybe even your foot. Mine is an ankle injury. (From over pedaling a bike of all things…) It’s nothing too serious I suppose. Not like a broken bone or anything. But let me tell you, an inflamed Achilles tendon is nothing to laugh about. Especially when you are awakened from a deep and restful sleep in the early morning hours by a sharp, biting pain exploding through the backside of your ankle. OUCH!!

Since that rude awakening 4 days ago, I have been following Dr’s orders. Well mostly….I mean, I can’t just lay around all of the time. I have a family to take care of, responsibilities that have to be managed, and I have a job. 

Anyway, like the title of my post suggests, I have very quickly learned 5 things from becoming a hobbler. Ready? Then let’s jump right in! (Not literally of course. I’m already injured. No need to make it worse right? 🙂 )

#1. THERE WILL BE PAIN                       

Okay, so you’ve got an injury. Maybe serious, maybe not. Either way, there is residual and lingering pain that prevents you from walking properly. If there wasn’t, you would not be a hobbler would you?

#2. YOU WILL DRAW ATTENTION         

I don’t know about you but I really dislike drawing attention to myself. Especially with an injury. If you don’t understand why, picture this: Your trying valiantly to walk down the hallway without getting in anyone’s way or slowing anyone down but you are moving at a racing snail’s pace at best. And then you feel them. The eyes of passerbys. Each set focused on you and each slow, awkward step you take. 
#3. PEOPLE WILL ASK QUESTIONS 

People are curious by nature and so when they see you limping along, don’t be surprised if you get asked a hundred times: “What happened?” or “How did you get hurt?” Sometimes a simple answer will do but then depending who you are talking to, a more detailed, play by play explanation will be required. Try not to get annoyed. No matter how many times you have to repeat the story.  🙂

#4. MOVING FASTER ONLY MAKES         IT WORSE                                       

So you want to move at a more normal pace to avoid all of the above. THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! First of all, you could trip or fall which would be majorly embarrassing. You think people stare now? Just wait until your flying through the air like a broken kite before hitting the ground. And secondly, moving faster than your healing body us ready for may inflict more injury, causing a relapse to your recovery time. 

#5. THE TEASING WILL HAPPEN     

As much as your family and close friends love you and worry about you and pray you get better soon, they will inevitably tease you. Call you gimpy or slow poke. Or in my case, they say things like, “Run Forrest run!” It’s not that they love you any less or are making light of your injury. It’s just a way of cheering you up and getting you to laugh about the unfortunate circumstances bc honestly, you don’t want to be depressed and upset all of the time right?

I hope you liked reading this and I hope should you have an injury or get one in the future, that you heal up quickly. And if this post entertained you or made you smile or even nod your head in agreement, then I’ve accomplished something. Have a great day and enjoy!

Introducing…Colette!

Good morning all. It’s been awhile since I have posted anything but I wanted you to meet Colette Cox.

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Before we get started, here is a little bit about the author in her own words:

Hi, my name is Colette. 

I am 24 years old and on the outside I look pretty normal but in reality I have cerebral palsy and I have a       hearing impairment. 
I want to help others which is why    I'm a listener on 7cups but most       importantly I want to help you guys and read your amazing books            because messages from you really   helps me get through the day.
I like people commenting on my      books to help me grow and smile     and writing about real stuff that hashappened and that has meant a lot  to me.
I also like writing fictional stuff but of course some are based on real      events.
I love everyone and I do not judge....trust me I'm a nice person! So send me some nice messages of support and read and comment on my bookbecause that really makes my day!
Now without further ado, check     out these books by  Colette!

The Story of the Suicidal Girl

Meet Catherine Rhodes or (Cathy for short.). She’s a 20 something girl who should be out there enjoying life, Instead she faces loneliness and depression and not only that but a family who constantly puts her down and she feels as if this family doesn’t love her.

She suffers from mental and physical abuse from her mother as she tries desprately to build a relationship with her mother.

Cathy knows she’s clumsy and that she isn’t perfect but she decides she needs to stop lying to herself so she turns to look for a way out.

This is her story told from the very beginning and her battle to beat it.

This is the story of a Suicidal girl.
 Clouded Minds

There’s a girl named Corlina. Just an ordinary teenager or is she?  

7 years ago she had to go into hospital and the nurses said she had to have an MRI scan. The nurses looked worried because they noticed a cloud on her brain. 

Suddenly with no warning the MRI scanner stopped working, the computers shut down and sparks started to fly. Corlina was stuck in the MRI metal tube for an hour. 

Now 16 years old and starting high school. She begins to discover that she isn’t as ordinary as she thought. 

Suddenly overnight she loses her hearing. Now she has a hearing aid and an identity. She struggles between who she is and who she was and along the way she isn’t sure who to trust. 

She finally makes a friend and begins to trust someone only to be betrayed. Is there such a thing as a happy ending?


You can find Colette at the links       below:
INSTAGRAM: @creativecolette14
TWITTER: @creativearse
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/WattpadAreadersdelight/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/colette14

Tumblr:  https://www.tumblr.com/blog/colettesvalentines

**AND HERE'S SOMETHING ELSE! 
COLETTE WILL REVIEW AND          ADVERTISE YOUR BOOKS ON THE FOLLOWING SITE IN EXCHANGE   FOR YOU READING ONE OF HER    BOOKS!!
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If you enjoy Colette's books, please share to Instagram and Twitter. If you like a quote, please highlight and hold downon that quote and share it to Twitter and Instagram. 
Look for a new post next week featuring more books by       Colette plus an in depth      interview with the author! 

**Thanks so much for the        support!!


 

 

 

Summertime is here again…

Good morning everyone! Wow, what a day. The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and the birds are chirping. At least they are where I live. Good ‘ol Arkansas. With weather like this, it makes me think about the upcoming summer months and how much fun it used to be for us when we were kids. And being a writer, one good thought leads to another and another and another and so on…

As my brain drifted from one thing to another, it occurred to me that as summer is approaching, it is time to get our children going on some favorite activities. No, not what most kids nowadays consider fun–sleeping in, playing video games, staying indoors watching movies, streaming music, and surfing the web. I’m talking about REAL summer fun.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here, let me remind you.

CATCHING FIREFLIES:

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CAMPING IN THE BACKYARD:

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PLAYING IN THE CREEK:

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ROASTING MARSHMELLOWS:

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STAR GAZING:

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PICKING BERRIES:

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MAKING HOMEMADE ICE CREAM:

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SWIMMING WITH YOUR FRIENDS:

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BIKE RIDING:

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BLOWING BUBBLES:

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FISHING:

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PICKING WILDFLOWERS:

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HAVING A  PICNIC:

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RUNNING THROUGH THE SPRINKLER:

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These are the type of summer activities I was talking about. Simple, fun, and everlasting. So this summer, put the tablet, phone, pager, laptop away and take a few moments to relive the real meaning of summer. Drag your family along with you. They may grumble a bit but in the end, they will thank you. Enjoy!!

GIVEAWAY, GIVEAWAY, GIVEAWAY!!!

Good morning everyone. It has been 7 months since my debut book, Angel in the Shadows, has been released! I am celebrating by giving away a free digital copy of my book every Monday of this month. For your chance to win, please stop by Facebook and comment on the question I posted.

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For any of you who would like an excerpt of my book to see if you would like it, here you go:

     He had just reached the top of the stairs when he heard a pain-filled scream followed by a heavy thump.  Seconds later he was nailed by a terror-stricken woman and not just any woman. Madison.

     He got caught her easily enough and without a second thought, he yanked her into the storage closet. She fought him like a wildcat, her fear and terror lending her a strength surprising for someone her size. Twisting and turning, she tried to slip out of his grasp.
     When that didn’t work, she did the only thing she could and sank her teeth into his hand. Her teeth were sharp and they bit clean through his leather glove, slicing into his flesh underneath. He didn’t even register the pain and ripping his hand away, he assumed she would try to scream and run.

     Surprisingly, she didn’t but she had the auditcity to try and knew in the crotch.  Women. They always have to go for the crotch. Aggravated, he pushed her knee away.

     “Don’t do that. It only make me grumpy,” he replied. “Don’t scream and don’t try to run. If you do, he might hear you and then I’ll have to kill him.” And that would be another huge mass to deal with.  God, what had he gotten himself into?

     She was determined he had to give her that. She was going to keep fighting him unless he handled this differently. Making a split decision, he flipped the switch on the wall, lighting up the room. Her eyes widened with recognition.

     “Don’t scream,” he warned, glaring at her. Too late.

     She opened her mouth to scream and made a run for the door.

     This woman was impossible.

     He grabbed her sound her waist and hauled her back, throwing her against the wall. He slapped his hand over again and let his his eyes roam over her skin. The neckline on her dress was low and in a second of pure male weakness, he let his eyes trace over her breasts as they heaved against the right, black material.

     “I told you not to scream.” he growled. “Don’t do it again. Now be quiet and I’ll let you go. Understand?”  He doubted that she believed him. He wouldn’t if he were her.

     He removed his hand slowly, ready to slap it back across her mouth should she try to scream again. She didn’t. Gasping for breath, she didn’t move as he held pinned against the wall but she glared at him with those rich-brown eyes.
     They flickered with fear before being replaced with something entirely different. Something akin to determination. She was obviously terrified he was going to kill her but perhaps  she wasn’t going to go down easily. In spite of himself, he had to admire her fighting spirit and the fact that she’d had the sense to quell the fear in her eyes.

     Silly girl. She had no idea how close to death she really was. He let his eyes trail over her once again slowly, from head to toe, pausing at her breasts before continuing downward. Standing awkwardly, she was favoring her left foot. Probably a sprained ankle from the look of it. And her right knee was a mess of blood and torn skin. That was something that would have to be taken care of later. But right now, he needed to know exactly what he hell was going on.

Here is the link to the contest:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=977924348921532&id=100001119272355

I hope you play. Thanks and good luck!!

LET’S GET DECORATING!!

Hi everybody. Well the Christmas season is upon us. You know what that means. Holiday decorating!!

Who doesn’t love to decorate their house, making it all cheery and bright? And the tree….oh boy. So many ways to make it come alive!

For those that love to decorate but want a little something different and unique for your Christmas tree this year, have I got just the thing for you!!

CUSTOM CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS!!

Made by hand, these ornaments are available in any pattern you want.  From your favorite colors to your favorite sports team and even your kid’s favorite movie and much, much more, these are just the thing to personalize your Christmas tree this year! 

**ITEMS BELOW ARE ONLY A SAMPLE OF DESIGNS AVAILABLE. (FRONT AND BACK IF EACH ITEM ARE SHOWN.)

*Taking orders now. Please allow 1 week to create.
**(DESIGNS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF MATERIALS)**

*Shipping rates will apply.

*If interested, please contact me by e-mailing at the address below.

DeasonDozier13011@yahoo.com

OLAF FRONT:

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OLAF BACK:

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OKLAHOMA SOONERS FRONT AND BACK  ( IN WHITE):

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OKLAHOMA SOONERS FRONT AND BACK (IN RED):

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ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS FRONT (IN WHITE):

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ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS BACK (IN WHITE):

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ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS FRONT (IN RED):

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ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS BACK (IN RED):

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So if you want a Christmas tree that reflects you and your personal style, order today!!

FOR ORDERS, PLEASE CONTACT AMY AT:

DeasonDozier13011@yahoo.com

ANYONE WANT TO PARTY?

HI EVERYONE! ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HAVING A GOOD TIME?  THEN BE SURE TO STOP BY AND HAVE FUN WITH US!!

8 EXTREMELY TALENTED AUTHORS ARE GOING TO BE FACEBOOK ON NOVEMBER 19th, 2015 TO CELEBRATE THE UPCOMING RELEASE OF THEIR STEAMY CHRISTMAS  BOOK, SIZZLE IN THE SNOW.  THERE ARE GOING TO BE PRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. JUST CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW  AND ZIP RIGHT OVER FOR MORE DETAILS!!  HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE. ENJOY!!

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