Coffee Brains

Good Monday morning!


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photo credit: thesparechangekitchen: Louise Vansleve

Ha, I can hear the yawns and the growls. Don’t talk to me before I’ve had my caffeine. Can you relate? Three Sundays ago, I was making coffee at church in one of those BIG hot-water-ready machines and I poured half of the freshly made decaf back in the water reservoir. What? Yeah, hadn’t had my usual dose of caffeine that morning. Yawn.

Recently a friend posted a link to an article about caffeine. I ignored it. I was afraid it was going to be one of those STOP drinking coffee articles. I love my tea, my coffee, but I’m finding that its helping less and less to get a good jump start on the day, except for staving off caffeine-depended headaches. And a second cup to help pull me through the afternoon just makes me jittery and buzzy. Coffee Brains. So I decided to read the article. Bingo. My lack of get-up-and-go stemmed from two reasons.

  1. I’m a mom of a spit-fire little monkey and the energizer bunny coupled with late nights, yeah, no amount of caffeine is going to fix that. SLEEP.
  2. My body has developed a tolerance for it. So I get less bang for my cup of joe/tea in the morning. Man, it sounds like I’m drugs or something. Oh, wait, I am!

So what should we do? Ante up the serving? No, this articles suggests lessening your caffeine take and saving it for the day you really need a jump start. Yeah, like that’s going to happen. LOVE me some tea in the morning, a little sugar, a little cream. Mmmm…

But perhaps there’s another way? Just maybe if I take better care of myself and eat healthier and get more sleep, would I need the caffeine? I used to shower in the morning, that helped a little but with the monkey and the energizer bunny, that won’t be happening for a long time. Now is not the time for muddled brains! I need clarity, objectivity and a color-coded schedule. I thought caffeine helped with those, but not so much anymore.

What do you think? Yay or nay? Are you a coffee, tea, or a pop person? (Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m from the North.) What do you do to get a jump start on the day? Any of y’all use B vitamins or supplements?

Well, here’s to a great start for the rest of the week. And no, I won’t be cutting back on my caffeine intake at this point, I’m only drinking a pot two cups a day. 😀

Flat Stanley MIA

Flat Stanley

Epic fail this week. You see, I was so excited that our cousins up in Minnesota wanted to send Flat Stanley to us to take him on some adventures, I was thinking of all the cool things that he could do in Texas while he visited us, and what our kiddos would be doing, and how that was all going to work out. Well, Flat Stanley ended up going with us to AWANA. I even made him a nice little vest so he wouldn’t feel out of place. Then we were going to take him to the renaissance fair, and I was going to make him this really cool pirate hat, but then it rained. So he was stuck here in Texas until I could get the pictures printed off. So finally, I had the pictures, a post card, and a letter written up. I put it all in the self-addressed, stamped letter and thought, yea, we did it!

Um, no.

Sunday night I was looking through my planner to figure out what I needed to work on this week and not forget anything, and guess what I found? Flat Stanley. 😦

And guess when he was supposed to be back? Yeah, today! Sigh. Hopefully the letter and pictures all returned to the classroom in time, but Flat Stanley will be missing in action until I can mail him back.

Hello Monday!

Hope y’all had a great weekend and are ready to tackle your week. I know I’m gonna give it my best shot. 🙂

Catching Up


It’s been crazy around here, but I’m plowing through and getting back into the swing of things. I finally got my Christmas/New Year’s/Valentines/Easter/Spring letter out. Sort of. I’m emailing it out, except we’ve exceeded our internet data this cycle, and it won’t renew until the 12th. Ack! And for those I don’t have email addresses, I’ll be sending it the good, old fashioned snail mail, except I got to get it printed out and stamps bought. Whew. It will probably be a Mother’s day/Father’s day letter when I get done. But that’s alright. At least it’s getting out there. Ha!

For those of who have been keeping up with the news around here, know that I signed a contract last month. When the ball starts rolling, it rolls! The week of March 17th, my short story, Desert Rose, skyrocketed up Amazon’s Bestseller list for Christian Fantasy, making it into the top ten, and in the hot new bestseller’s it broke number one. Wow. That was awesome, and I’m so thankful to everyone who went out and bought a copy. You guys rock!

Then to top it all off, one of my favorite authors ask me to do an interview. How cool is that?! If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here, at Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s blog. If you haven’t read anything by her, you’re missing it out! 🙂

Lots of exciting things happening this year, which means a lot of changes. In the next couple of months, I will be moving my blog to my website, editing a novel, working on some more short stories, and a top secret project. Eek! We’ll have a revealing later this summer. Keep an eye on the horizon! Our adventure is just beginning.

Theme Songs

Throughout seasons in my life I have songs, verses, quotes that speak to me, move me, encourage me, reach me.  Where words fail, these songs reach deep inside, they resonate and release me from myself.  They are my companions on this journey. Some stay with me forever like Find me in the River by Delirious. Hurt by Johnny Cash, which inspired my poem, To Walk Among Thorns.

love's like a hurricane

A few songs have inspired me to paint such as How He Loves by David Crowder Band. Some are from my youth like Runaway Train by Soul Asylum. Then there are others that depend on the mood like How You Remind Me by Nickelback. Heck, I even have a writer’s theme song I shared with y’all back in September of last year. The list is endless.

But this one…

This one is my theme song for this season.

What music has spoken to you?

What season are you in? Do you have a theme song?


Blogging on Dreams

Today, I am the guest blogger over at The New Authors’ Fellowship. Dreams Reborn. Have your dreams been crushed? Or are you pursuing them? Have you reached them? Read the post and let me know! Thanks!


Later this week, we are going to celebrate a year of blogging fun and friends with a giveaway. 🙂

Have a great day!

The Liebster Award

What a great way to start the new year! I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by the awesome Clare Davidson, author of Trinity. If you’re looking for an adventure, Trinity has it.

So without further ado, here’s how Liebster works:

– I list 11 random facts about myself.

– I’ll answer the 11 questions asked of me by the person who nominated me.

– I will then nominate my 11 picks for the award, along with my 11 questions for them to answer when they post a response.

– If you’re nominated, your name/link will appear at the bottom of this post along with the questions I come up with.

– Follow the same format; paste the award badge to your blog, give us 11 random facts about yourself, answer my 11 questions, and choose your nominees…but you cannot nominate the blog who nominated you.

11 Random facts about me.

  • I have milked cows.
  • I had a cat named Gizmo, then named my white car Gizmo, and just found out that Harry Potter’s owl’s real name is Gizmo!
  • I share a birthday with Aragorn.
  • I have a few swords.
  • I love rocks. Blame it on the rock picking days of my youth, getting the fields ready for planting. I still have my agate collection, displayed now above my kitchen cabinets. Nice!
  • I’ve been to Peru.
  • I used to play guitar and flute.
  • I love to cook
  • I took karate lessons
  • I love playing sports, but not watching them
  • I love puzzles and board games

Clare’s questions

What’s your favourite place and why?

My office for now. I’ve got my books and my computer.

Favourite colour?


Where did you get the inspiration for your current WIP?

It’s getting hard to figure out which is my current work in progress. Ha! I mentioned in the Next Big Thing blog post several weeks ago that I was working on dragon something or another and that I was inspired by a friend’s question.  What if the characters discovered that the opposite was true, and instead of stopping an outbreak of evil, they started it.

What’s your favourite character that you’ve ever written and why?

That’s like picking your favorite child. Let me write more books, and I’ll tell you. 🙂

Who is your favourite book villain and why?

Does Skaric count? LOVE him, but he’s not exactly a villain… (Trinity by Clare Davidson) What about Snape from the Harry Potter novels…he seemed quite villainous to start. 🙂 Honestly, I can’t think of a favorite villain.

Popcorn: sweet or salted?

Both! I love popcorn. Cheesy, caramel, kettle corn, buttery…

What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?

Oh, I’m very lame actually, but when I was kid, I had a tail. Ha! Don’t remind me. 🙂 I’m kind of torn between going wild and going all natural.

What’s your favourite time of day?

Evening. I’m awake then. Ha!

What makes you smile?

My children. The wind in my hair. Roses. Rain. Fog.

Cats or dogs?

Torn. Both, none. I don’t know. I used to think I liked cats, but they’re…too independent? Dogs…too dependent? Ha! Just kidding.

What’s your favourite item of clothing?

I just rediscovered my love for flannel shirts. Yes!

Okay, now I nominate:

Lynn Donovan

Melissa Lee Turner

Pauline Creeden


Kat Heckenbach

Catherine Johnson

Gabrielle Meyer

Marcy Kennedy

Aaron Demott

Rebecca P. Minor

Morgan L. Busse

The 11 questions

What do you like to do for fun?

Ocean or mountains?

If you had to use a weapon, what would you prefer: bow & arrow, sword, light saber, or a phaser?

What’s your favorite food?

Do you collect anything? If so, what is it?

What’s your favorite genre to read?

Do you write with or without music?

What makes you smile?

What’s your favorite music?

What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?

What’s your dream vacation?