Welcome to project 365. This writer of ghost stories, mother of two, and wife to the Professor, aka "Ghost Hunk" (for 18 years), finds inspiration everyday, even if she sometimes forgets. So for the next year, I will document these little epiphanies, whether it's a bug on the windshield or some brilliant, breathless moment in this crazy life or something in between.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Day 211 — Happy Halloween!

Ghost Daughter decided to be an Angel Bunny for Halloween this year.  A tribute to her recently deceased and forever beloved pet who left us in March.  What an interesting kid...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Day 209

Our neighbor, the retired Marine, brought out some of his old conquests for Halloween...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Day 207

My birthday present from my sister arrived exactly one week early. I haven't opened it yet, but already I feel extra special.  My favorite part is my sister's beautiful artwork and the heartwarming message that truly makes me feel as though the day I was born is something important.  I love you, big sis!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Day 206

It's Red Ribbon week at Ghost Daughter's school, and today is "Boot out Drugs" day.  Since Ghost Daughter doesn't have any boots of her own right now, we tried a pair of mine.  EGADS!  The girl can now wear Mama's boots!  Ghost Hunk is a little freaked out by the fact that my boots have a little bit of a heel on them.  They're just cowboy boots, Daddy!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Day 205


This is no masterpiece or anything, but the interesting thing about this photo is the color.  It is literally the color of blood.  My blood.  How à propos for this time of year.  I covered the flash with my finger, so the red is actually the light filtered through my own flesh...and blood. Kinda creepy!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Day 203


The man did what he went to do.  He completed his first 1/2 marathon in under 1 hour 50 minutes and placed second in his age group.  We're proud of him!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Day 202

Ghost Hunk is running his first 1/2 marathon this weekend.  Yep, even scruffy he looks pretty studly!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Day 201

Freaky Dead Children at Peace

Ever since Ghost Son and I went on that first ghost tour in Wilmington, NC, whenever I see one of these signs I think "freaky dead children."  It was a joke that our guide shared with us.  As I approached Peace Hall on campus today, I noticed this one and could not resist.  Ghost Son, this one's for you...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Day 200

From the iPhone:  An encouraging sign.  I posted this on my door yesterday afternoon.  

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Day 196


Anyone with kids is probably familiar with Rosemary Wells' wonderful MAX books.  Our dear Danté (the uber-dog) had a problem with the average squeak toy—it was history in about 10 minutes. Nothing but shreds of latex and a lonely naked squeaker.  So we finally found this awesome alternative at Petsmart a couple of years ago, and it is still going strong.  It's his favorite toy.  Just like Max's red rubber elephant, it can end up anywhere.  Tonight, he was hiding between the couch and the little end table.  What would we do without Danté's red rubber elephant?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Day 195

Lisa Yee and Lin Oliver hamming it up with a peep!  The SCBWI Souther Breeze WIK was fabulous.  Thank you, ladies, for keeping the fires burning!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Day 194

Dorky self-portrait.  I arrived at my first Southern SCBWI conference rather late, so I have nothing nifty to photograph today.  I met Elizabeth Dulemba already, as awesome in person as I expected!  And I've met a few fabulous people from Alabama, Louisiana, and Georgia. Tomorrow...inspiration!  

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Day 193

One of the perks of having to trek all the way up to Macon today.  A little time in an actual book store!  

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Day 192

Finally broke down and bought my own desk plate.  Now the students will know who I am!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Day 191

This little graveyard is on the way to Hawkinsville, which was an ill-fated trip today.  I've passed this every time I've headed east towards Savannah and always vowed to stop.  On a rainy day of disappointment, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a quick visit.  We were headed to a very important doctor's appointment (not life-threatening or anything, but important) only to find out when we got there that the office was closed and our appointment cancelled. Apparently when they called to inform us yesterday, they dialed the wrong number.  Someone had written a "2" instead of "7."  Ugh!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Day 189

...meanwhile...  Around the block, the ritzy Sanctuary gated community is well under way, if you can call a paved street and fire hydrants "under way."  We, the rabble, have been officially locked out of the as-yet-vacant project.  Good luck with that...

Day 188

Hard Times.  Just down on the next block, we see a beautiful little brick house that has sat lonely and neglected for months.  When I finally explored the situation more closely, I saw that it has been abandoned.  As far as we can tell, anyway...

Friday, October 7, 2011

Day 187

A glimmer of the fall I used to know...

Day 186

Late posting...under the weather yesterday.  It was Ghost Hunk's Birthday, so what better gift than some Civil War stories?  Especially when they are first-person accounts from the generals and soldiers themselves!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Day 184

One corner of my writing desk dressed with a few favorites.  My beloved horse and Ghost Son as a 2-year-old!  Of course there is Tigger.  And hanging from the lamp, a very special heart pouch filled with precious stones.  It was made by my third-grade Waldorf students especially for me when I had to leave my post early.  They made me an extraordinary certificate as well.  Very dear, indeed.  I never forget them.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Day 182

One of today's purchases.  Yep, Angel Jr. is just getting a little too hard to catch...