Saturday, January 18, 2014


Well ... I've been 50 for a week now and I really haven't noticed any significant changes ... A few people do not believe I'm 50, some of my Kindergarteners think I'm 35 and some think I'm 89 (gotta love them!), some adults say I look about 42 (which is a weird number) but 42 is okay .... I also heard this week that all of us that were born in 1964 are the LAST of the Baby Boomers to turn 50 ... an end of an era ....

Carabba's - Fettucine Weesie!
Here are a few highlights of my first week in the 50's, I drank wine with my birthday dinner (the first time I've ever done that-REALLY!), I got two pairs of Tom's, had flowers delivered from Ashley, found my VERY FAVORITE POP-TARTS from when I was a kid at Wal-Mart-a FLAVOR FLASHBACK (see pic below), bought some things to help me reorganize my closet, went to Kirkland's Home (for the first time), came in 4th in a book contest, almost finished reorganizing my closet, actually had the GUTS to go into Ashley's room and began putting away some of her high school things that she wasn't able to take yet (and I only cried once!), did yoga 3 days this week (which is 3 more days than I did last week!), dressed as a Pirate (another first!), got a FABULOUS idea for an ADULT book and started working on it (get your mind out of the gutter - I meant it's NOT a children's book), and had a very productive meeting with a small business in The Colony, TX to do some creative writing / story time programs for them this Summer! All-in-all, my first week of 50 has been PRETTY GREAT!


And ... for all of my George Rogers Clark High School Classmates who have already joined and will be joining me in the Half-a-Century Club throughout this year ... I wish you all as much Happiness as I have found.

As we turn 50 ... I thought I'd share some things that have stood the test of time .... just like US!  And some fun facts that show JUST HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED!!!

          1964                                                                  TODAY
          GALLON of GAS --  $0.25                               -- $3.15
          GALLON of MILK -- $1.06                              -- $2.89
          LOAF of BREAD -- $0.21                                -- $2.15

          FIRST CLASS STAMP -- $0.05                       --$0.46
          PAY PHONE -- $0.10                                       -- HUH? What's that!  lol!!

          TV SHOWS that began in 1964 -- Bewitched
                                                              -- Flipper
                                                              -- Adams Family
                                                              -- Man from U.N.C.L.E.
                                                              -- The Munsters
                                                              -- Gilligan's Island

         Hasbro introduces the G.I. Joe Doll

         Some STARS turning 50 this year .... Rob Lowe, Nicholas Cage, Matt Dillon, Melissa Gilbert, Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Kristy McNichol

AND ... my favorite breakfast treat -- POP TARTS are 50 years old this year!  I don't normally like the frosted kind, the only frosted one I eat is this one, Chocolate Vanilla Creme, and Kellogg's re-introduced it to 
celebrate their 50th Birthday!
YAY!!!!!  YUM!!!!!  LOVE THEM!!!!!  :)
They made this week even SWEET!



Thursday, January 9, 2014


I'm starting the year off with some wonderful EVENTS! Please join me for some great FAMILY FUN!  Funky Finds and Paws In the Park are KID and PET friendly events! 


4th Grade Writing Workshop
Ridglea Hills Elementary School #156
8:45am - 11:00am (closed event)
I will be sharing my passion for writing with the 4th graders at Ridglea Hills Elementary.
I will be reading A Simpler Time and assisting them in starting a pocket Science journal.
If you are interested in having me come to your school, please contact me at

8th & 9th
Funky Finds
Will Rogers Memorial Center 
Small Exhibits Building
3409 Burnett-Tandy Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107
  Saturday, 10am - 5pm
  Sunday, 11am - 4pm
AUTHOR-Patty Wiseman and I will team up again at this awesome craft event.
FuNKY FInDS is truly a shopping extravaganza!
At this event, I will have an all new interactive display - children will be able to
enjoy coloring activities and watch a slideshow of MUFFIN & SHADOW.
I also hope to have ready a new line of Muffin products!
With over 100 Vendors - Funky Finds Spring Fling is a great way
to spend the day!

Paws in the Park
Creek Trail Park
3925 Airline Drive
Richland Hills, TX
10am - 4pm
MUFFIN & SHADOW will be at this event

A new event for Muffin and I (and Shadow) will be the Paws in the Park Event.
We will be teaming with HELPING PAWS of NORTH TEXAS ,
which is an all volunteer 501(c)3 non profit support group exclusively for the
Richland Hills Animal Shelter, Richland Hills, TX Shelter phone: 817-616-3769
I will be doing a story time and have coloring sheets at this event.
I will also be donating $1.00 to HELPING PAWS from the sale of each book.
If you'd like to invite me for a story time for your event, please feel free to contact me at