Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Why I Haven't Changed My Lifestyle....

Now.....before you go getting your knickers in a twist, let me explain.

The reason I have not changed anything about my life during this time is because I made the conscientious effort to make drastic changes the first of the year.

The months leading up to the re-release of 'False Victim' and the movie release were incredibly hectic. 
I barely slept. 
Always on a schedule. 
Always traveling.
Always a deadline.
Always a luncheon.
Social engagement. 
Someplace to be.
People to meet.
Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!

During Christmas break I decided that the day after the movie aired I would completely clear my schedule.
And I do mean completely.

So, for the past month and half I've already been 'sheltering in place.'

Time is (almost) irrelevant.
I go to bed when I want.
I wake up when I want.
I eat when I'm hungry.
I take walks during the day.
I read.
I write.
I nest.
I play dress up.
I ride my bike.
I play with the dogs.
My days are longer....
but in a good way.
It almost feels like time is standing still.

I am SO glad my body told me I needed to do this because these changes prepared me for what is happening now.

While I am hurting for those who's livelihoods are hurt, for small businesses that may never rebound, for those who are sick with the virus and those who've lost loved ones, I am truly hoping that the silver lining in all of this is that everyone finds out during this quiet time what I found:

That we don't need all the things we think we do.
That regular dinners around the table with family brings you closer.
That nature walks even just around your own garden can lift your spirits.
That a walk in the rain can be just as refreshing as a walk in the sunshine.
That children need more family time and don't need to be in every single activity.
That it's a great time to stay slowed down once the stay order is lifted. 
To spend more quality time together. 
To get out those board games.
To share life stories.
To be creative!

I know this is a scary and unprecedented time.
We're not only dealing with uncertainty about the future but also with losing the day to day freedoms we take for granted.

Let's also be conscientious of our loved ones that live alone. Reach out with a phone call - or better yet, Face Time!

ALL of you take care of yourselves -and of course #washyourhands.


Monday, February 24, 2020

What do YOU collect?

There is something about this house.
Rosebud Cottage.
 I was actually previewing it to show to a client, but as soon as I walked through the front door I knew no one would own this house  but me.
In time I'll give you the GRAND's nothing fancy...just warm, cozy and cottage-y....
But for now let's talk about the things that truly make a house a home - the things we fill it with.

I am an avid collector of MANY things, but my very, very, VERY favorite is....drum roll, please.....BOOKS! My favorite room in the house is the library.  Would you look at these shelves? There is absolutely no rhyme or reason about book placement. As we get to know each other you'll find I am NOT the most organized person in the world, so I would love to have someone -preferably a librarian - come in and organize these by category and then alphabetize them!
I not only have books on shelves, but I also have them stacked on the fireplace, coffee table, bedside... I mean....I LOVE books. Recently I've just started collecting Civil War books - from BOTH perspectives. See the Robert E Lee and Ulysses S Grant books there side by side? I'll have you know they get along just fine...not a problem between the two. (ba-da-boom - I'm here every Saturday night, folks!)
A close second are the decorating books, then coffee tables and don't even get me started on decorating magazines...

Did I ever tell y'all about the time I spent 12 whole hours with Carolyne Roehm? No? Okay....that's for another time.
(Her book above is my FAVORITE)

And I guess also for another time are all the other gazillion photos I took of all the things I collect.
THEY ARE ALL LOST! How did that happen?!

I spent ALL day photographing!!


Well....the secrets out.
I am NOT nor will I EVER be one of those 'perfect' bloggers.
(But I'd like to be)

Til next time....


I might also have an addiction to collecting hats. 
And furs. 
Love pearls...

I was able to retrieve my FAVORITE collectibles from my instagram page!!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE hats!!!

What do YOU collect?

Thursday, February 20, 2020

False Victim/The Neighbor in the Window

As a writer, having a movie based on your novel is what dreams are made of - 

'The Neighbor in the Window' (Lifetime)

And of course, it's a double bonus when the story/movie is based on your life and a beautiful super-star plays YOU...

Me and Jamie Lyn Sigler on the set of 'The Neighbor in the Window'

While the whirlwind of a book and movie was a dream, the realization of living through the plot was a nightmare. 

You can read about it here:

I am incredibly thankful and grateful for the blessings all of this has brought me...
But ya know what?

I am not defined by this story and this part of my life.

But I do want to thank ALL of you who tuned in to the movie and read the book and move on to the next good thing.

Currently, I am working on a new novel 
'The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe' - 
Actually, it's an 'old' novel that I am re-vamping and also adding a 'part two.'
I've pulled it off the market to re-work, so if you see it, it is an old edition and you might want to wait to purchase. 
Hopefully, it will be ready in time for summer reading.

Once again, I so appreciate all of my readers whether it's book or blog!

Til next time, 
Kathie, Lillian and Willow