Saturday, September 30, 2023


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Hi, everyone. I wanted to come to you and let you know what's happening in my world right now. I launched a GoFundMe to help raise funds for me to buy my house. For those of you who don't know, I'm currently unable to work outside of the house and my editing business is really quiet. I also had to replace my car in the past year. All of this has led to me worrying that I won't have the needed funds to buy my house when the lease is up. Without those funds, I don't know where the cats and I will end up. 

Now, I'm not one to give up. In the past few days, I've set up my Patreon as well as a fiverr account. I'm just waiting on my tax information to clear and then I'll be ready to pick up any clients that fiverr can send my way. I can provide content to Patreon and work on editing and proofreading jobs from home. I'm looking forward to both since they're both things that I love doing.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

News, news, news...

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After over two weeks of attempts, I finally have a cat scan scheduled for my lungs. It's not until mid-October, but at least it's scheduled. I'm not impressed with the hospital system for completely dropping the ball on this. Hopefully their techs are better than their schedulers. But hey, I got it done!

Up next? I'm applying to have a table at Alma Con. It's in March, but you have to be chosen to table there. We went last year and had a pretty good time. We also drove in a blizzard which left me totally frazzled, but hey, we got there! I think that's my theme...bad, but hey (fill in the blank). It's only a couple of hours from here and table prices are reasonable, so it's worth the attempt.

Some of you may know that my birthday was this past weekend. I have to say that it was a rather awful kind of day. My baby boy kitty, Dorian, passed away in the wee hours and it just set the tone for the rest of the day. He's dearly missed. I keep calling the other cats by his name and looking for him. He was a bit off a scoundrel in his old age and it's weird to not scold him when I'm trying to cook dinner. He was my boy since he followed the boys into the house one night when he was just a wee kitten. I remember swearing that we weren't going to keep him and thirteen or fourteen years later, he was completely my boy. 

The rest of my birthday was pretty meh until I got to hang out with some really great people on Discord. We hung out for hours, just chatting. It was a nice change from running around and being wrapped up in sad. I will forever be thankful for the awesome folks in my life.

Now, what else is there to tell you? Not much, I'm afraid. I will remind you that I'm currently booking client projects through the end of the year. These projects allow me to take my son back and forth to college and to keep cat food in the kitties' bellies. If you're interested, email me at unless you have me on Facebook. If you do, feel free to dm me.  

Until next week!

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Monday, September 25, 2023

Crockpot Monday: Turkey Stew

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Turkey Stew:


8 cups chicken broth
2 cups peeled and diced sweet potato
1 (28-ounce) can diced or stewed Italian style tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon coriander
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 (15-ounce) can corn
4 cloves chopped garlic OR 1 teaspoon dried garlic powder


Combine all ingredients in a 6 quart slow cooker and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or until sweet potatoes have reached desired tenderness and flavors have melded. 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Fighting Through

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No Starbucks today. The kid had today off of class because he has to go in tomorrow to take a test. Instead, we had an emergency oil change done (emergency because the light started flashing in my car), grocery shopped, did bio homework, and studied more for the math test. Tomorrow I'm not sure how long I'll have while he takes the test so I decided I'd better write this week's post up tonight.

So, let's see...this is my birthday week and so far, I've been blessed to receive a card from my friend April. It made me laugh because she sent it an entire month early. Plus, it had a giraffe on it and I love animal cards. Ben and I are going to go to the Michigan State Homecoming game on Saturday (my actual birthday) and then it's home to hopefully hangout online with some friends. He bought me some frozen custard from Culver's to eat while I do that. I just have to decide between red raspberry and chocolate covered strawberry. I think the strawberry seems more festive. What do you think?

As for the title of the post, I'm still here and I'm fighting my way through each day. For those that don't know, I've been sick for about four months. At first I thought it was rsv again, but this just keeps going. I did a round of serious antibiotics and a round of steroids. Nothing seems to help. I'm still coughing, have a stuffed up nose, and a plugged ear. On top of that, I'm just plain exhausted all the time. I find myself sleeping more and more. Still, life must go on and I have to go on with it so I'm fighting through the best that I can. 

If I'm honest, I'm more than fighting. I'm battling. I'm supposed to go have a cat scan done on my lungs but the doctor's office and the radiology office can't seem to speak to one another. Honestly, I find myself on the verge of tears at least a few times a day. I'm so frustrated and so, so tired. Like I said though, life must go on and I refuse to just give up. 

So, that's my life this week. I wanted to come and tell you something upbeat and exciting. So I'll tell you that I'm about to turn 47 on Saturday and win or lose at the game, it's going to be a good day. I've made it another time around this planet and that's a good thing.

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Monday, September 18, 2023

Crockpot Monday: Traditional Beef Stew

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Traditional Beef Stew:


2 pounds beef stew meat

1 yellow onion, peeled and diced

1 cup baby tomatoes, cut in half

2 to 3 ribs celery, sliced

1 cup baby carrots

1 cup green beans

1 cup sliced mushrooms

4 cups beef broth

1/4 cup red wine

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon steak seasoning blend

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup flour, for dredging



 Wash and chop all of your vegetables, before adding them to your crockpot. Put flour in a shallow bowl and then dredge your meat completely. Place your meat into the crockpot and throw away any extra flour. Add dry seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, wine and beef broth.

 Cover and cook on low for 8-12 hours.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Pumpkin Cream Chai

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...or at least I think that's what I'm drinking. I could be wrong. I'm far from being a Starbucks expert. I am, however, some sort of expert at coughing. That's right. I still have this cough! I went to the doctor yesterday and she's not sure why I still have it. So, she's sending me for a cat scan on my lungs to rule out anything. I have to go out of my usual network for that so I'm waiting on that phone call.

Other than that, there's not a whole lot that's new. Ben is hanging in there as far as classes go and I'm hanging in there with him. I think that next week I may start working on my next book. Holidays at the Toy Store is on hold due to finances and everyone's schedules. It will be my next release though. I can't wait to share it all with you. That reminds me that I should reach out to my blurb writer though. They're an amazing writer themselves. If you're looking for a good book, check out Phoebe Ravencraft on Amazon. I've even been blessed enough to have done the edits on one of their books.

Speaking of edits, I'm currently scheduling from now until the end of the year. Keep your eyes open because I may even run a special sometime soon! I need to raise the funds to put a down payment on my house so I'm contemplating ways to do just that.

That's all for this week. Don't forget that 750 Instagram followers giveaway! We're getting closer slowly but surely.

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Monday, September 11, 2023

Crockpot Monday: Cream Corn

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Creamed Corn:


1 bag frozen white corn

1 can corn

1 Tablespoon butter

1 Tablespoon cream cheese

2 Tablespoons flour

3 Tablespoons fat free milk

1/4 teaspoon black pepper


In a small saucepan, melt your butter and cream cheese over low heat and make a roux, adding your flour slowly and whisking until there aren't any lumps. Add your milk and the liquid from the can of corn to the mix and whisk again. Mix in the black pepper.


Empty the contents of the frozen bag of corn and the corn from the can into your crockpot. Cover with the sauce.

Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 3-4.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023

It's Wednesday

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It's Wednesday and I'm back at Starbucks. The music is especially weird today but loud still. There's also road construction outside and no peach juice. All of this, but I'm still in an okay sort of mood. The problem is that I have no idea what to write about this week. Not much has changed in the past week. Ben and I are trying to adjust to his new school schedule. There's a lot to it this semester. Every single one of his classes is like a part time job, I swear. Luckily, two of them are due on Sundays. Biology is due on Thursdays so we're trying to start working on that on the Friday before. It's only week 2 and there was a holiday so we'll see how it works out.

Man, I've really got nothing this week. This doesn't bode well for the rest of my time here at Starbucks today. I guess I could watch an episode of Big Brother, but I'd be hearing the music the whole time. Goodness, first world problems, huh? 

Okay, I've spent the past five minutes just watching the barista make drinks. I'm impressed by how many recipes she must have stored in her head. I don't know that I could do this job. What about you? What's a job that you don't think you could do?

With that, I'm going to leave you. Hopefully next week I'll have some bit of brilliance for all of you. Until then...

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Monday, September 4, 2023

Crockpot Monday: Honey Lentils

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Honey Lentils:


1.5 cups lentils
3 cups water
1/2 red onion, diced
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1/3 cup honey

1 dried bay leaf or 2 fresh bay leaves


Put the lentils into your crockpot. Add the water. Chop up the onion, and add along with the carrots. Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans and add. Stir in the dried mustard, salt, and ginger. Add the soy sauce and honey. Stir to combine. Float the bay leaf on top.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-5. Taste. If desired, stir in an extra tablespoon of honey.

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