Stop The World, I Wanna Get OFF!

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Greetings my gorgeous little love monkeys!

It’s been a crazy week and it’s only halfway through AND I don’t see it slowing down for the remainder of the week OR next week. Man alive! For one thing, my oldest son graduates high school in a week. ONE FREAKING WEEK! Okay, who stuffed me into the super fast-forward machine and set it to hyper-drive? I mean, just the other day he was like this

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And then before I could blink he’s like this



Where does the time go man? So, needless to say I’m running around like a maniac, trying to wrap my head around all of this. I feel like Kate Winslet on the bow of the Titanic but instead of leaning into the wind and feeling all free and easy I feel like I’m careening toward the iceberg and 11ty million MPH. And on top of that my girls, my BABIES, are getting ready to head into junior high the middle boy is getting his learners permit this summer.

Seriously, someone stop this thing!

Okay, yeah, it’s nice to have virtually self-sufficient kids, I’m not going to lie that part is nice. Years ago, when the kids were really small, my mom told me to enjoy it because it all went by so fast and she wasn’t kidding! Time screams by you before you even realize that it’s moving faster than light speed.

Alright, let’s stop this mushy crap before I burst into tears. Again. How about an update on my quest to be fit? Okie dokie.

I’m still walking every day, a minimum of 2 miles. I say that because earlier this week, Monday night to be exact, I sneezed in a weird position and pulled my abdominal muscle really bad. Yeah, I couldn’t pull it doing something cool, I’m the dork that gets thwarted by a sneeze. So, yesterday I contemplated not even walking because the pain was really severe. But I thought about it and decided that I needed to at least try. About 5 mins into my walk, I almost gave in. I almost threw away 2 weeks of progress because I wasn’t keeping up the pace I had been and as I was pushing toward the bridge over Orchard Village Drive (super steep incline) I nearly turned around and headed for home. I was three steps away from it, to be precise. So instead of giving up because I couldn’t do what I had done, I thought on the fly. Instead of really hurting myself by trying the bridge in order to keep with my usual route, I took the round about at the end of the bridge and made three laps around the park instead. Instead of beating myself up because I had to take a step back, I allowed myself TO take a step back to be able to take more steps forward in the future. I realized that a backward step is better than no steps. Taking it down a notch and slowing it down was better than stopping all together.

In short, I needed to get out of my own head and take a look at the big picture. If I would have given in yesterday, I may very well have given in today and tomorrow because I’m hitting a hump. I can see it, I can feel it. It started over the weekend, at the two week mark. It’s harder and I don’t want to do it. I don’t WANT to get up and walk right now. It feels like the “enjoyable” window is closing and I could give in and let it close or I could pry that mofo open and nail that bad boy up because I’ll be damned if I’m going to stop now!

One more thing before I go, I know I’ve been remiss in posting photos for the Photo-A-Day in May, but I have been taking photos and they are all up in a Facebook album HERE!

That’s all I have for you today my sparkly rays of love monkey sunshine! Be good to yourselves and get out of your own way 🙂

Until next time,
Patty <3

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An Ode to Mom

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Greetings my sparkly little love monkeys! It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday so I’ve gotten together with my fellow Omnific Sisters to pay homage to those special ladies in our lives.

I’m here to talk about this lady



Wait, hang on, as much as I love this beautiful photo of my mom, I have to be honest, that isn’t the real her.



THERE SHE IS! This, ladies and germs is the lady I know. My mom, a lady that isn’t afraid to let the wind in her hair, literally!

In all seriousness there aren’t words to express my love and adoration of my mom. She’s not only my mom, but she’s my best friend.

Yeah, when my brother and I were kids we drove her bonkers. But beside all the times we made her want to pull all her hair out, move to Outer Mongolia, change her name and take up sheep herding, she taught me a lot. She taught me how to be a strong woman, to stand up for myself and not take anyone’s crap. She taught me that being a mom may not be a “glory” job but it is the most rewarding and sometimes the most heartbreaking one that there is. She taught me that it’s okay, as a mom, to feel like you want to pull all your hair out, move to Outer Mongolia, change your name and take up sheep herding. She’s lifted me up when I needed a boost and taken me down a peg or two when it was needed. She keeps me grounded and I know that no matter what, she has my back. She has stood beside me every step of the way through my journey into publication and I’ll tell you what, she is the best little pimper out there! I don’t think there is a person that has met her in recent years that has not heard the words, “my daughter, the author/writer” come out of her mouth because God love her, she will work that into a conversation if she has to bend over backwards and do a cartwheel. She truly is the best not to mention she’s not afraid to do this…

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Or this…



Or even this…



Yep, couldn’t ask for a better role model, I just hope that I’m doing her proud.

Until next time,
Patty <3

Oh yeah, I almost forgot the Photo-A-Day in May photo!

Day 9: A Snack

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Days 7 & 8!

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Okie dokie my special little love monkeys, just popping in for Day 7 & 8 in the Photo-A-Day in May!

Day 7 was: Something Beginning With F

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I chose this because it’s a frame, it’s my favorite and it’s filled with photos of my family! That’s four Fs!

Day 8 is: Shape

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This is the space above my fireplace and I chose this because of the copper leaf piece. I found that first and just fell in love with the shape of it 🙂

That’s all for today!

Until next time,
Patty <3

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Day 6-Broken

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Greetings sparkly little love monkeys! I hope the weekend was good to you!

Just popping in for today’s Photo-A-Day in May!!


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Yep, that’s my crock pot. Actually, it’s one of my crock pots. Yes, I have more than one but in my defense they are all in different sizes for all of my many crock pot needs. This is my medium size one and the handle is only broken on one side and really, I’m not running around the house carrying around a crock pot. You plug it in, fill it up, turn it on and leave it. So yeah, I’m hanging onto this bad boy for as long as I can.

That’s it darlings, have a great Monday!

Until next time,
Patty <3

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Days 4 & 5!

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Hidey ho my shiny little love monkeys! Just popping in for my weekend edition of Photo-A-Day in May!

Day 4: In My Cup. Yes, there is coffee somewhere in amongst the cream 😉

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Day 5: Paper. So naturally I took a photo of my paperback. One that I wrote, with the people that live in my very own little brain 🙂

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Have a great weekend!

Until next time,
Patty <3

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Happy Friday~This Is Really Good!

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Happy Friday my splendiferous little love monkeys! Did you grab this week by it’s proverbial horns and take it down like the bitch that it is? You’re fling-flanging right you did!

Dang I hadn’t realized how much I missed doing the “Happy Friday” until just now. So glad to be back in the swing!

Okay this week I started a self imposed fitness program. Why? Well, ever since I got sick in March and had to change my diet I figured, if I was changing what I ate to keep myself healthy, why stop there? And because I was tired of being a sedentary creature. Luckily I’m quite a realistic thinker, shocking I know since I’m a novelist, but in everything outside of my books I am very steeped in reality. I know that I’m not fit and I know that this isn’t going to be an overnight transformation. I also know that I’m going to have to sweat, which I hate to do, and I know that the biggest obstacle that I’m going to face is myself. I know that this is going to be the hardest part, the fight with myself to get off of my ass and get out there and move.

I also have to remind myself that I crawled before I walked, I took baby steps before I walked sure, and that I walked sure before I ran. Period. It isn’t brain surgery. So why is it so hard? Partly because it just is. It’s harder to stand up and do something than it is to just sit back and watch. It’s like that with everything in life so why should this be any different? The answer is simple, it’s not. I need to take the words of Tallahassee from one of my favorite movies Zombieland, “Nut up or shut up” or as I like to say, “Grow a set of tits and just do it!”

Granted this isn’t the first time I’ve tried to get fit but I really think that this is the first time I’m actually serious about it. In my past efforts I let the smallest thing thwart me. A cold, the weather, time, a hangnail…anything that I could think of. I always thought that it was the universe’s way of telling me that it wanted me to stay sedentary and I accepted that. Until now. Take last night for example. Last night I did a faceplant in the front yard. Seriously, I went down hard. Yeah this morning I feel like I got into a fight with a baseball bat and lost but I dragged my ass out of bed, I got dressed and I got out there. You know what? I went farther and faster than I had all week. Today I looked the universe in the eye and gave it the big ol’ bird! Today I said, you may want me fat, dumb and happy, universe, but you are going to have to settle for FIT, dumb and happy!

That is going to be my new slogan!

Oh! I got so worked up about that that I almost forgot about the Photo-A-Day in May! I don’t know why because it’s in the title of this blog,

This Is Really Good!

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I know, you were expecting food right? I thought I’d go outside of the box with this one because sunscreen IS really good and this is my favorite. Okay so I guess when you are looking at SPF 50 it is not so much sun SCREEN but more sun BLOCK but remember, I’m a pasty white, Irish/English girl. My people don’t tan, we hail from countries with no sun. I have two colors, white and red. If I want any shade of “brown” I have to buy it and apply it.

Well, that’s all I have for you today my darling little love monkeys! Stay tuned because I will be posting photos over the weekend as well! Stay safe and move, no matter if it’s for 60 mins or 6 minutes just move!

Until next time,
Patty <3

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Day 2-Morning Ritual

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Hola my sparkly little love monkeys! It is Day 2 in the Photo-A-Day in May challenge and today’s photo is “Morning Ritual”

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Yeah. Aren’t I a lucky duck? I mean, who wouldn’t want to start their day with a glass full of baby aspirin flavored sand? But, alas, as much as I loathe just the sight of the Citrucel container, doc says I gots ta take it. And let’s face it, the alternative just really REALLY sucks. So here I am, swilling my gunk and sticking to my high fiber diet.

At least my body is FINALLY getting used to all this fiber. For a good 6 weeks I don’t think that there was a waking moment that I wasn’t farting. Seriously! I mean, I’m not even gonna sit here and tell you that I’m not a farter because I hope to shout I fart more than the average person. And I own it! Hell, I established that fact with the hubs whilst we were still dating. I figured if he was going to marry me, he’d have to marry me farts and all and I wasn’t about to go scurrying off into the other room to crack off a fart. We’d never be in the same room for crying out loud! I know women that wouldn’t even DREAM of farting in front of their man, but dadgum, I’m human and I fart. Guess what, I poop too!

Life’s people, fart it up while you can!

Until next time,
Patty *pphhfft*

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It’s MAY!

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Greetings my delightful little love monkeys! Yes, it is May and guess what, I’m not dead!! (Not that it wasn’t close, too close for MY comfort anyway, but I digress)


Yes it’s May and I figured it was a great time to get back on the horse after a brief respite from blogging. And by “respite” I mean, it’s been 11ty million years since I’ve blogged.

So, what’s new with all of my glorious little love monkeys? Has the world been treating you well?

What’s that? What’s new with ME? Well a couple of things! After thinking it would never happen, I FINALLY got the outline down for the sequel to Divinity, Entity! Man alive, I didn’t think it would ever come out of me but that sucker shot out of my fingers and onto the keyboard like I was bleeding it! No joke, by the end of it I was crying so hard that hubs came home and thought someone had died. I’m so excited! I can’t wait to share little bits with my love monkeys!!

Another thing, starting August 5th, I’m joining some of my Omnific Publishing sisters; Nicki Elson, Carol Oats, and Debra Anastasia for a special Omnific Angels event! Stay tuned for deets, it’s gonna be AWESOME!

And finally, I found this on Facebook the other day



Yep, it’s a Photo-A-Day in MAY! Doesn’t this look fun? I thought so, so here we go, today is May 1st and today’s picture is “I Bought This”

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Why yes, that IS a melon slicer and yes, I bought it! Isn’t it cool? So, if you feel so inclined join in on the fun! Post it here, post it on your Facebook and if we aren’t Facebook friends, let’s fix that! FACEBOOK!

Well, that’s all I have for you today, I’ll be back tomorrow with another photo! Have a fantabulous day my delicious little love monkeys and stay tuned!

Until next time,
Patty <3

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