Pictures from the Passenger Seat - April

Recently, hubby and I took a day off—shocking, isn’t it—to take a mini road trip in our state. Without realizing it, we hit upon a classic Texas theme. Everything does seem bigger here! Also, we got to see some new places that have just opened up and a few bears along the way. It’s amazing what you can find in your own backyard!

PicMonkey Collage

Everything’s bigger in Texas!


There’s so many wineries popping up. This one has the funniest name we’ve come across, so far. Welcome to Fat Ass Winery! (Yep, that’s the real name. Lol!)


PicMonkey Collage

We even had a few bear sightings along the way. Loved seeing our favorites, Yogi and Boo Boo!


Travel Tip:  In preparation for our next big trip, I came up with a checklist of items we need for this excursion. I divide by each person (in the case, just hubby and me) and list their individual needs—favorite brands, special OTC meds and vitamins, what goes in my tote bag, our travel bags, hand sanitizers, and travel size disinfection spray, etc. We scan the list and check off what we already have and highlight what we still need to get and/or pack. It’s simplifying the way we buy supplies for our next vacation. No more last minute late night runs to the store when we land at our destination. We’re prepared and we don’t have to take time to shop (something I don’t like to do normally, least of all on vacation for essential items I can buy at home) before we head out to revisit old favorites or explore new delights.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’re somewhere in travel mode—dreaming up one, planning for the next upcoming one, or on one right now!

Enjoy and happy traveling,


Pictures from the Passenger Seat - December

Hubby and I love to take day trips around Texas. Sometimes we head out on our own (most times without a map!) and other times we hitch a ride with family members or friends. Recently, we hopped on board and joined hubby’s family for a trip to the Hill Country in Texas. Here are a few Texas treats for you:

Military-themed painting on building.

I love how they honor our military here.


Ranch entrance

Wow! This is spectacular close up.



Look who you can meet on the side of the road.


Wine tree

Hmm…wine grows on trees?! Why didn’t anyone ever tell me this! Seriously, this is a really cute idea.


Pumpkin artwork

A little Hill Country pumpkin art.


Robo Cowboy

This guy is over six feet tall and scary looking. Kudos to the artist. Amazing!


Metal sculpture

I think he’s a little rusty!


Longhorn steer

I can hear him saying the slogan, “Don’t mess with Texas!”


Traveling tip: Leave your debit and credit cards at home. There are too many ways for someone to capture your cards and drain your accounts. Instead, pick up a pre-loaded debit card (I get mine from our local credit union) and use that on your vacation. Just keep your receipts in an envelope and subtract from the balance as you go. Also, gift cards to certain theme parks for admission and restaurants are alternatives to having to carry your own cards or lots of cash.

I hoped you enjoyed a little slice of Texas with me. There’s always something new and fun to see in and around Austin. Thanks for coming along for the ride. Until next time, friends…



So proud to win!

I’m so excited to share this with all of you! If The Shoe Fits (romantic comedy) and Runaway Wife (women’s fiction) won 1st place in their genre categories in the Cover The Words Cover Contest through the Yellow Rose RWA chapter! Here are the covers and the ribbon!

LL Win

Thank you to everyone who took time to vote on them. I may have a concept or idea on how I’d like the cover to look; however, my cover designer, Lyndsey Lewellen of Lewellen Designs created these amazing covers! I’m so proud of Lyndsey!

Thanks again for all your support. It means the world to me!