Monthly Archives: February 2015

Quotes ~ Character

Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs.
Watch you beliefs, they become your words.
Watch your words, they become your actions.
Watch your actions, they become your habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.

~Vince Lombardi
In- What it Takes to Be Number One


 “Character is the sum total of our everyday choices.”

~Margaret Jensen
Found in- Great Quotes on Leadership and Life

Baby, it’s cold outside

Last night I took some snowflake photos, this morning we woke to snow (on the low amount of what they were calling for), and blue skies. Nodon't care about the snoww if the white squirrel and fox would make an appearance in the snow I’d be thrilled.

Trinity and Tyler don’t care how cold it is outside. They’ve been watching the snow, watching the birds and napping in the warm house. Ahh the life of my cats.

Stay warm ~

“Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Published to Kindle?

I don’t like to read on a tablet, I’m not a member of Kindle Unlimited, I haven’t used Createspace or pub’d and ebook but for those of you who have you might want to read this- especially if your sales are not what they used to be.


We did our own cover for the first two books in our Appalachian Journey series, Whistling Woman and Moonfixer, but after they became best-sellers on Amazon, we decided we needed to go with a professional for the third, Beloved Woman. And boy, are we glad we did. Kim’s cover for Beloved Woman is gorgeous and she did so much more than we expected. From the series logo (which was her idea) to the layout of the front and back to the square cover required for the audio book, everything she did is beautiful and perfectly reflects the theme and setting of the books.. All we had to do was share some pictures of our main character with her and she came up with the idea for the cover, designed it and even gave us options (which we shared with our readers on our blog and Facebook page and let them vote for the one they liked best). When the choice was made, she sent us several pictures of the cover as an e-book and the full flat for the print version, and she included a logo for our publishing company, Spring Creek Press.

We can’t say enough good things about her design and the ease of working with her. She made this book a true joy for us and if you’ve ever struggled to do the many variations of a cover for a book, you’ll understand what we’re talking about. We recommend her highly and you can be sure we’ll use her for any future books in the series!”

Cyndi Tillery Hodges  of CC Tillery

CC Tillery

I have to add that these two  woman, are a joy to work with. Open to ideas, pleasant and computer literate. They had an idea of what they wanted and know their audience and that made my job easier. I also happen to be one of their many readers who enjoy this best-selling series. Kim

Click here to read the books  and follow the Tillery sisters Appalachian Journey series at  and

Capturing memories one click at a time

I absolutely enjoy photography as long as I’m the one behind the lens. I have more patience and less fear if my camera is in my hand. I love trying and learning new things and even if no one else ever sees what I photograph and most of it lives on my hard drive I do it for me- of course, it’s always nice when someone else enjoys seeing what I saw the need to capture.


I shoot almost everything but people. Animals and macro close-up photography are probably my favorites.
I see God’s beauty all around me. 

Kim,berly Oct 14 (7) (Custom)

It’s not about the camera, which is a good thing because I don’t even own an DSLR. I have a bridge Panasonic that I love and the next model is what’s next on my wish list. Not that I don’t try to win an SLR, and photography software because I do, but it’s not what drives me.  I enjoy going out with other photographers, and I especially like hiking to waterfalls.

As far back as I can remember I was always the one with a camera. Remember back when you had to roll the film forward and wait weeks to get your 24 pictures back? When I was younger I used to be able to draw- those days have been replaced with the camera. I joined a local camera club after my interest had increased quite a bit.  On a trip to Grandfather Mountain, the battery door on my Canon point and shoot broke. I was so upset. 

Then I started my camera search and my hobby took off.

I think creative people see the world just a little bit differently and I plan to share some of my favs on here.

Here is a link to Topaz, one of the plugins that I like

I also like OnOne and Nik.

LOVE is in the air

for a moment, then the hissing and swatting takes over.

Sibling loveSibling love is different I guess.

For some odd reason, Tyler hasn’t wanted to be on his tall scratcher lately and instead is hogging Trinity’s low scratcher.

We didn’t pick out who got what scratcher but they did and it’s been decided for years- until it wasn’t. Even though Trinity is much smaller she’s not quite ready to give up her spot for her brother.

Mine don't wanna share

Hope it works itself out soon and the sweet sibling love comes back.

Happy Valentines Day

My Children Have Fur

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I have learned so much since owning cats starting in 1990. My cats have trained me well.

I want to share my thoughts and stories with fellow cat lovers and simply talk all things cat.Specific breeds, breeders to some degree, litter choices, problems with solutions, food, toys, grooming, funny stories about how are felines are so unique, old age and health problems, letting go and starting over.

I happen to like several breed specific cats, Ragdoll, Ragamuffin, Birman, Maine coon, Norwegian Forest, Bengal, Savannah, Ocicat, Turkish Van, Turkish Angora, Somali, LH Selkirk Rex, Toyger, LaPerm and the list goes on and on but does not omit the Heinz 57, regular stray cats either. I do prefer long haired cats, but as of now the 3 cats who have been a part of my life have all been strays from family or shelters.

Right now, I have two wonderful cats that I brought home in June 2007.  I had recently lost my first and very much-loved cat, Skeamer  that we had since 1990. She lived just over 17 years. Our home felt empty. I could never replace my old girl, but I needed pets back in my life. I put my name on a Ragdoll rescue site, thinking it would take a long time for my tall order of 2 young kittens, one boy, one girl, one a seal

I put my name on a Ragdoll rescue site, thinking it would take a long time for my tall order of two young kittens, one boy, one girl, one a seal bi-color with the ragdoll look and personality. I didn’t want my new babies to look anything like my last girl because I didn’t want to feel like I was replacing her. Knowing Ragdolls are a fairly new breed (1970) and as specific as I was being I thought it would take months to find what I was looking for. In less than a week, I received an email with a picture of a seal bicolor boy kitten with several sisters. Long story short, we drove to Georgia to pick them up that weekend.

Mr. Tarheel Tyler and Ms. Trinity Paige are a PERFECT addition to our family!

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