Saturday, May 2, 2015

Nature is good for the SOUL ...

For those of you that know me ... you know that my husband is in the hospital following an emergency surgery -- today makes day 14 in the hospital .... I've been worried beyond my wildest dreams, scared, stressed, depressed ....  taking in the wonder of Nature has helped my soul ...

I was able to go to the Texas Discovery Gardens with my Kindergarten Students on Wednesday and we released our classroom butterflies on Friday and this morning I repotted a few plants and brought them out of the Greenhouse .... ENJOY the BEAUTY OF NATURE!

Here are a few pics of our Painted Lady Butterflies and Greenhouse Inhabitants!



 A perfect Painted Lady Butterfly!!!!

We had 17 butterflies emerge .... we started with 24 caterpillar!!!
 
Poverty Plant -- started from a cutting and repotted ...

The Poinsettia Plant from Christmas
Put it in the greenhouse in January and it has ALL new green!
Oregano and Rosemary
Can't wait for tomatoes season so I can add these fresh herbs to my homemade sauce!!!
 
Strawberry Plant
 
 
Passion Flower -- already has 2 blooms!!!
 
 
Some beautiful greenery -- 4 plants from Steven's work .... but Steven told me to
bring it home and repot it .... after 10 days in the hospital he wanted the plants to live!
2 of the plants are from one of my children from my Alice In Wonderland production!

 
 
I purchased this beautiful Milkweed plant at the Texas Discovery Gardens ...
I need to get a BIG POT for it and hopefully will repot it tomorrow!
It's already attracting ladybugs .... I can't wait to see the butterfly that visit it!


I love the shape of the buds! and the flowers are so pretty!!!!
 
As you know, I totally love nature and the life cycle .... my newest book -- DAISY ... is in production and I hope it to be released end of 2015/early 2016!!!  And ... DAPHNE is in the final stage of writing and I hope to send it off to the publisher in June!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

DEAR TEXAS EVENT!

I was very excited to participate in DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Texas this year! Knowing that their were authors all over the State celebrating literacy with book lovers was a very awesome thing! I was driving along and making great time while singing to the tunes on my iTunes playlist when ... it seems as if out of no where the TRAFFIC comes to a halt -- oh yeah -- it's Austin ... it always does that!  Thank goodness I left early enough! Almost to San Marcos!

Thank you Half Price Books on Bugg Lane in San Marcos for hosting the DEAR Texas Event!
Your store is amazing and sitting me in the children's section was like heavne ... I couldn't help but browse ... and purchase a few things!
 
 

This is Elijah -- one of the many kids who LOVES his new Muffin book!
 
 

Their children's section was amazing (left)
The POSTER in the window!
I saw it on my way out! (right)


DQ was calling my name all day!
Right across the street from the bookstore!
YUMMY Dinner

They only perk of Steven traveling so much is his hotel points!
A KING Suite .... I could live in here!

 
If you would like me to come to your school, library or literary event,
please feel free to contact me at thelifeofbud@aol.com
Thanks for supporting me!
 
Watch for my new book -- Red Goes To Kindergarten
which will release in May/June, 2015
 
 

 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

DEAR Texas

DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) TEXAS will be taking place on Sunday, April 12, 2015 all across TEXAS!  I will be signing books at the HALF PRICE BOOKS in SAN MARCOS from 1pm - 4pm -- Come on out and VISIT!!!!

24 CITIES ... 30 BOOKSTORES ... 86 AUTHORS!!! 
HOW COOL IS THAT!!!!
 
 
 
If you have any questions .... feel free to email me at thelifeofbud@aol.com or leave a comment here.
 
Many of the Texas Authors are able to come to schools for events and even have books available for book clubs!
Visit the TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF AUTHORS  for more information!
 
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I will also be visiting THE THINKERY in AUSTIN
On Monday, April 13 for a Members Only Event for the Baby Bloomers!
If you are in the Austin, TX area, click on the above link for more information on THE THINKERY
 
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I still have some dates available for Summer Camps
Please let me know if you would like to book a story time at your
pre-school, library, or church camp!
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spring Break at the Cleburne Library


After two weeks of cold, ice, sleet, & snow in Texas ... I woke up this morning to THICK DENSE fog! But, was excited to pack up and get on the road to Cleburne!  I was invited by Ms. Jennifer, Children's Librarian at the Cleburne Public Library to come on out to do pre-school story time!

When I got there ... Ms. Jennifer had all my books set out on the table with Clover name-tags ready for the kids to fill out and wear!

Ready for the kids!
 
I read both Muffin books and had a wonderful time!  One new guess for why the little boy did not come back with a donut was that "he was magical!" I always love their guesses!!!
It was then COLORING time!
 



 

 
 What is in the corner?  Is it SOCK MONKEY?????
 
TA DA!!!!!!!

She added a SNOWMAN and a SUN to her illustration!!!!
 
 
There was a GREAT turnout and I had a wonderful time!
Thanks Jennifer and all the kids and parents that came out today to the Cleburne Library!
I hope you invite me back again!!!!
 
Thanks for sharing part of your Spring Break with me!
 
If you would like me to visit your library, day-care, or school, please email me at
 
 
 
 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

WORLD BOOK DAY - 2015

Want to know more about WORLD BOOK DAY -- CLICK HERE


Red Goes to Kindergarten is getting closer to releasing ... Just picked the cover and we'll be moving into FINAL production!  As soon as I know a release date, I will let you all know.  The contract for Daisy - A Life Cycle Series has been signed and returned to  my publisher ... can't wait to get this one started!!!! 

Come see me and hundreds of other vendors at the FUNKY FINDS event this Saturday (March 7) and Sunday (March 8) at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.  Also, I will be at the Cleburne Public Library in Cleburne, TX on Wednesday, March 11 at 11:00am.

 
Interested in ordering any of my children's book contact me at
Today only -- March 5 -- all books are $4.00 with free shipping
 
 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Small Change to Make a BIG CHANGE

A couple weeks ago, my Kindergarten students started working on their rough drafts of their Water Fundraising Posters ... we first looked at Fundraising Posters on-line and the children discussed details and colors and how most posters had BIG, BRIGHT, BUBBLE letters! They were a bit hesitant and many said they thought this would be a HARD project!!!

After they were happy with their background picture rough draft, they chose a slogan to write on their poster ... they played with making bubble letters and practiced writing with markers.  On Monday we were ready to conquer our FINAL drafts ... a few children were absent so will have to make up this work during the week.

I popped on the classical music and the kids got their Poster Paper and they began to lightly sketch their background drawing. When they felt ready ... I pulled out the Water Colors and the kids began to paint .... It was wonderful to see their drawings coming to life!  We let the paintings dry and Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, the children added their slogans ....


 Today the children got in 3 groups of 6 and we went to 1 fifth grade and 2 third grade classes.
Each group showcased a couple posters and then announced that tomorrow is WATER WEDNESDAY. (What is that you ask?)
They told the audience that they could dress down on Wednesday if they brought a $1.00 and donated it to the Kinder classes for our Water Filtration Fundraiser.
Each group also told the audiences that the filters cost $52.00 and last 10 years, when properly cared for.
Visit my school web-site if you'd like to see pictures of the kids presenting their posters!
 

Monday, February 9, 2015

MARCH EVENTS

Event season is ramping up ... here are a few upcoming events please share this information with any of your friends who you think may enjoy these events!

Funky Finds is a wonderful event and I enjoy being surrounded by so many talented crafters from all over Texas!  It truly is amazing ....
 
Saturday, March 7th -- 10am - 5pm
Sunday, March 8th -- 11am - 4pm

The 7th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling is a
FREE 2-day family AND pet-friendly handmade shopping extravaganza.
Over 100 Artists, Crafters, Designers, Authors, & Food Makers
selling unique items that have been lovingly hand-crafted!
 
Find the event in the Small Exhibits Building at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.
The physical address is 3409 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
 
These charities benefit from the Raffles ... and Pet Adoptions happen throughout the event!!
 
 
Here is the link to go to the Funky Finds Web-site to see a full list of vendors
 
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Wednesday, March 11th -- 11:00am - 11:30am
I will be facilitating story time for pre-schoolers at the
Cleburne Public Library
302 W. Henderson St.
Cleburne, TX 76033
 
 
I hope you are able to join me at one of these events!
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

MEET Violet & RED!

I love the feeling I get when I have finished a book .... the next most EXCITING feeling is seeing the characters begin to emerge when my illustrator gets to work! The words begin to come to life and I see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

I would like to introduce to you all ... Violet and RED ....


These are the first character sketches I have received and can't wait to share more with you when I can!  Red Goes To Kindergarten will release in early Summer, 2015.
If you would like to make sure you receive a copy from the very first printing -- comment here or email me at thelifeofbud@aol.com 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, January 19, 2015

WHAT's in the corner? CAPTURED ON FILM!

Since 2008, I've done several interviews and many people have asked me where I get my inspiration for my books and for writing. When I answer that question, I say "LIFE".  I know that may sound strange ... but it is really true. I am fascinated at the things going on around me. There are days I have a hard time focusing because of all the things happening around me. I tell children my books are Realistic Fiction ... because the things in which I write about really happen ... but they aren't Non-Fiction.

I wasn't planning on writing a book about going to get Muffin ... it just happened. When we brought her home and she was so tiny and fragile, she'd lay on my lap and I started singing ... "I went to the store to buy a donut, but I came home with a Muffin".  Every time I said her name, she'd look at me and I swear she was smiling!

I thought it would be fun to write a series of Muffin books, but knew that that would be tough ... there are so many books about dogs and puppies ... but Muffin gave me another wonderful idea.  When she was teeny tiny she'd run to the corner of our backyard and bark at a tree that is in the neighbors backyard ... but she'd look up and bark ... for months we had no idea what she was barking at! One day, the mystery was solved!  And today ... just moments ago, I was able to capture it on film ....

I wasn't planning on a blog post this morning .... but then this happened!!!!

What's In the Corner? What Is That???
 
Muffin checking out that elusive character in What's In the Corner?

 
OKAY .... I'll move a little closer and devil them some more!!!!!

 Muffin teaching Shadow about the whole What's In the Corner thing ....
 A stare down!!!!! 
 Muffin HOWLING at her ....
Oh my goodness ... it's the BIG BRAVE CAT!!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Staples Education Site

For the past couple of years I have put in queries to HARO ... it is a cool way for an author to write snip-its for different publications - mostly on-line these days. I never had one chosen for publication!! At times I thought I should give up ... but every once in a while a query would grab my interest and I'd write away. When sending in your submission, it goes to a blind email -- you never know who will be reading it or who may be possibly publishing the piece! Recently, two of my submissions were accepted. Coincidentally, they were both for the same web-site ... here are the links to my portion of the work.  They are now up on the Staples Education Site .

The contributing writers pick and choose which parts of your work they will use!  I never knew Staples had an Education site, it's another great source for Teachers and Parents to check out!  Click on the links below to be taken to the site!




 
It is a beautiful, sunny day here in Texas ... and I wanted to share with you some exciting things happening in the greenhouse! I love digging in the dirt and the seeds, roots, & sprouts all amaze me!
I cut a piece of the poverty plant near school (the one where the Monarchs rested back in October!). The cut has growth and a good root system .... it is now repotted!
I can't believe how much growth it has ... I'm hoping that the greenhouse will help it flourish so that I can plant it in the corner of the backyard this spring ....  
 
SPROUTS!!!!!! Japanese Cherry Blossom, Tomato, Jalapeno and Saffron
 
 Repotted the Japanese Cherry Blossom!

Saffron
 
 Jalapenos .... YUM!!!!!!

Basil, Tomatos, and Francisco's resting place!
The stepping stone was made by one of my students last year!!!

Repotted two of the tomato plants ....
 
Spending an hour in the greenhouse is so relaxing ...
I'm running out of dried basil from 2 years ago .... I hope the basil in the greenhouse makes it!