The Midnight Trail – Part Six

Part Six,
My sobs came out uncontrollably as I sat under the oak tree and let the day wither away around me. My vision was blurred and I was beginning to feel the pressure in my head from a long hard cry, not to mention the ache in my leg that was driving me nuts.
In the distance I thought I heard my name being called. Shelby, Shelby. At first I ignored it. There wasn’t anything there, but as the nose came closer and I was sure that my name was being called, I wiped the tears from my eyes and stumbled to my feet.
“Who’s there?” I called out into the forest hoping that whoever was coming could help me get Chris back to the road. “Is somebody there?”
The forest was quiet again. I listened for the sound of foot steps coming closer through the underbrush, but there was nothing. My name wasn’t being called anymore. The birds had stopped chirping and the wind no longer rustled the leaves in the canopy above. There was nothing, not even the sound of the river close by.
I turned around, looking for anything moving in the trees around me, my feet the only thing making sounds.
“Hello?” My voice was shaking and quiet.
“Shelby.” A familiar voice sounded behind me, startling me out of my skin. I turned around quickly nearly stumbling over my own feet to come face to face with my brother, Jarrod.
“What are you doing here? You’re dead.” My voice caught in my throat as I spoke the words. He had been gone for months now, but yet here he was standing in front of me.
“Shelby.” His words were calm and slow. “Are you going to let this young man die because you’re feeling sorry for yourself?”
A single tear rolled down my cheek as I glanced down at Chris who was still unconscious on the ground under the tree. He looked so pale already. “I don’t know what to do, Jarrod.”
Jarrod smiled at me, that knowing grin that he always gave me when he knew that I was holding back. “What happened to me was not your fault. You did the best you could to save me, but right now, you are letting this young man die when you have the strength to bring him to safety. You must save him Shelby.”
“But how?” I threw up my hands in defeat crouching down to check Chris’s breathing.
“You’ll find a way.” Jarrod’s words were distant and quiet. I turned back to look him in the eyes and he was gone, vanished into thin air like he was never there. I glanced around the small clearing trying to find him, but he was no where to be seen. He was gone.
As I looked back down at Chris’s unmoving body my mind suddenly cleared. He was going to die if I did nothing and I couldn’t just sit here and allow that. Thought started to form a plan, pieces of something that I had once been taught by my brother a long time ago. There was a way, but I would have to move quickly.

Now that Shelbyhas a new direction and a clear mind will she be able to get Chris back to the road before his injures take him. Find out next time on The Midnight Trail. 

Book Review – The Great Hunt – Robert Jordan

The Great Hunt
By Robert Jordan

Ladies and Gents, there are somethings in life that take a little more time than normally should and this was one of them for me. I started this book while on vacation when I was eight months pregnant with my first child. For all of you who know me, you know that my first son is almost nine. Yes this book took me almost nine years to read. This shouldn’t say anything about the quality of  the writing thought, it says a lot about how fast I read and how much time I have on my hands.
My husband has been a long time fan of Robert Jordan and he was the one that turned me on to these books. I started off with New Spring and quickly moved on to the Eye of the World. Loved them both. With the birth of my first son, I put The Great Hunt down and never picked it back up until recently. 
I love the world that the characters live in and am enthralled by the Aes Sedai and their use of the One Power. Its total magic and wonders that only a mind like Robert Jordan can think up. This was truly an epic fantasy for anyone to get lost in.

The characters are all torn apart and sent on their own adventures through out the book. The women to Tar Valon and the men on an epic journey to bring back the Horn of Valere. Somehow, through strange magic and even stranger circumstances, the group finds themselves in Falme, a city that has been over run by invaders. There are battles, Dark Friends and the return of Heroes from the past. The main Character Rand even comes to terms with his title, which we have been wondering about since the last book.

I loved this book and if you like epic fantasies then you will love t too. This one gets 5 out of 5 stars for all over content.  

Menu: Week 149

We had a busy weekend. Pictures for Ronan’s 6th birthday, pictures of my sisters family, my little sisters bridal shower and dinner with the in-laws. And that was all on Sunday. What a weekend.

I also finished my second edits on my book and sent it back to my editor with a dedication and teaser excerpt. I think we are coming to the end, but I don’t really know how the time line works. All I want to see now is my cover.

Here is the menu for the week Enjoy!



– Spaghetti

– Tuna Sandwiches

The Midnight Trail – Part Five

Part Five
Consciousness slipped in and out as my mind slowly came back to me. Before I could even open my eyes, my legs stirred, remembering the feeling of falling, but not landing. They weren’t broken, but my skin burned on my left calf telling me that something was wrong. I slowly opened my eyes, peaking into the sun.
Where was I? The ground around me was rocky, piled up on the ground like a fresh landslide from above. My body lay awkwardly on top of the boulders, with only a few small rocks scattered over my bare legs. The source of the burning was a large scrape on the outside of my calf. It was red and blood dripped down into my sock. It would heal, but I would have to keep it clean until I could get back to my car.
Pulling myself to a sitting position, I was able to get a better picture of what had happened. Above me, the rock that Chris and I had been standing on was gone. It now lay in pieces underneath me, a shattered mess of what it used to be. The river was close by, still bubbling, moving quickly down stream unaware that anything had happened. The sun was still high overhead, it was maybe two or three in the afternoon. I had lost a few hours, but there was still enough time to hike out before dark. It would be slow going with my leg being injured, but I could do it.
“Chris…” I called out wondering what had happened to the wayward young man. He didn’t answer. How could he have just left me here? Unless… My heart was pounding as I searched around the rubble frantically for any sign that he had fallen over the ledge along side of me. A few feet away I found him, his body limp, blood dripping from a gash in the side of his head, matting the hair to his skull. “Chris.”
My fingers were shaking as I searched for a pulse on the young man’s neck. His body was cold, but I couldn’t give up hope that he was still alive. He had to be alive. Patiently and quietly my fingers pressed against flesh, searching for the thumping of a heart beat. I nearly yelled with joy when I found it. Chris was alive.
There were a few rocks that had landed on his legs. I lifted them off him as best as I could, but with my hands shacking and the size of the rocks, it was hard to move them without causing more injuries, even to my own leg. Good thing Chris was unconscious or he would be cussing me out right now.
Slowly, I lifted Chris from his shoulders, trying to be careful with his neck, and dragged him from the rock pile. He came to rest in the shade of a large oak tree near the river where he would be shaded from the harsh sun.

What was I supposed to do now? I wasn’t sure of the severity of Chris’s wound, but I knew that he needed a hospital. He could die out here and there would be nothing I could do. My mind screamed as plopped myself down under the tree next to Chris. Tears formed in my eyes, threatening to stream down my face. This was the second time in my life I sat next to someone and was forced to watch them die. First with Jarod, now with this stranger and it was all my fault. I feared the release I was looking for on this dammed trail was never going to be found.
Sydney seems to be in a lot of trouble. Will she snap out of her self loathing and figure out a way to save Chris, or will she watch him die the same way she watched her brother die? Find out in the next installment of The Midnight Trail.

Findings Friday

It has been a long week with the kids going back to school and me trying to figure out how to cope with my children growing up too fast. It’s a strange feeling only having my two year old at home with me on Mondays, but we are learning to be patient with each other and how to communicate better. We will be fine… In a few weeks… Maybe…

I still found time this week between dropping kids off at school, grocery shopping and picking them back up again, to pick out some findings that I’ve come across on Pinterest. Here is the list. Enjoy!

  • I love fall and its warm clothing. Especially scarves, they make me feel so warm. Check out this site with lots of discount coupons for fall styles.
  • As this recipe say, these blueberry muffins are easy. They are also delicious and I made some for my boys with the blueberries that we picked this summer. You really need to try them.
  • How can you beat the beauty of nature. This photo was taken on the road to Los Glaciares national park in Argentina. Amazing! 
  • I’ve always loved the bohemian style, but sadly I’m a little lost when it comes to fashion. I rely on Pinterest to tell me how to dress. This article has some great tips on how to master the boho style.
  • If you need some funny quotes and sayings to get you through your day, check out this site. There are some seriously funny ones on here.
  • Found this weird post with a Venus fly trap that looks like Santa Clause and blows bubbles with bubble gum. So weird… But awesome!
  • I haven’t made these DIY Popsicle stick pallets but I want to. They look like a fun accessory for my living room. 
That’s all the good stuff I have for you this week. Enjoy and if you have something you would like me to feature, leave a comment or send me an email.

DIY refinished iron garden bench

My husband and I went a little cray this weekend with our DIY projects but we felt so accomplished at the end of the day.

One night my husband called me outside after he got home from work. He was totally excited as he lead me to the side of the house to show me his side of the road find. To my surprise, he brought me an old iron garden bench that needed a lot of work. It was painted brown with black cast iron. The wood was broken in several places and rotting out. Silly me didn’t get a picture of it before my hubby tore it apart but you can imagine how it looked. It was bad enough for someone to leave it on the side of the road and even worse when it was still there at the end of the day in North Portland when my husband picked it up.

The project took us about two weekends and cost a little over $40. He poured our hearts into this bench and brought it back to life. I am proud to display it in my yard and relax on it in the sun when the boys are romping around in the grass.

We had so much fun finishing the first one, my husband stole the decrepit bench from my parents front yard while they were just inside watching a football game and we restored that one too. They look amazing. Check it out.

This is my parents bench. So pretty!

Findings Friday

Here is another round of Findings Friday. Check out some of the awesome Pinterest findings from this week.

  • Its road trip weather for us here in Oregon. The leaves are changing but the ever greens are still vibrant. 
  • Turn those spring dresses into fall fashion just by adding a sweaters.
  • You can never have too many ballet flats.
  • For a laugh, how about some Mindy project quotes to brighten your day.
  • Bellow is a list of love songs to cuddle with your honey in the cooler evenings as fall approaches. 

Saying Goodbye to Summer

Well, with summer fading from our minds and fall creeping up on us, its time to remember some of the fun DIY projects and recipes that i’e shared with all of you over the last few months. Check these out.

One of my first projects from this summer was this awesome DIY solar light cluster. This was really easy to make and only cost me $15 in supplies. Check out the link below to see how it was made.

DIY Solar lights

This was my favorite project this summer. My husband and I turned the ugly towel rack in the bathroom into something that we love to show off. We used wood from our back yard and the cost was about $12 for the rest of the supplies. Check out the link below to see how it was made.

DIY Towel Rack

How about a DIY custom door mat? I loved how I got to make this one personal. My house is chaos all the time and I was able to incorporate that into the decorating of my new home.
Check out how you can make your own by clicking the link below.

DIY custom door mat

This summer we went blueberry picking and one of the most amazing salads I’ve ever had come of it. If you want the recipe for this amazing blueberry blue cheese salad, check out the link below.

Blueberry blue cheese salad

For my 300th post my husband helped me put together this awesome drawer organizer. It was super easy and super cheap to do. This is a must if your utensil drawer looks like mine did, or you just want it nice and organized. Check out the link below for more details.

DIY utensil drawer organizer

 I have three kids and they grow really fast, so this DIY wooden growth chart is a must around my house. This project cost me about $5 and took about 15 minutes.
Check out the link below to see how it is done.

DIY wooden growth chart

This one was more for my husband. He loves cucumbers and this salad meet his approval. If you too love cucumbers then follow the link below for the recipe.

Delicious lemon cucumber salad

Hidden Storage Books

We’ve been having problems with a messy book shelf under our TV. It’s where we keep our remotes and it always seems to get filled with knick knacks and junk. So, with a little inspiration from good old Pinterest, this is what I came up with. It cost me about $10 in supplies, only because I didn’t have enough books around the house that I was willing to get rid of.
This is what the shelf looked like after I had half cleaned it up. It still looked messy.

Supplies you will need:
An assortment of books
A small box
Glue gun
Scissors / Exacto knife.

First, I removed the covers from the books. I felt like I was doing something wrong since I’m an author and all. It was like destroying the one thing I was made to create, Yikes!

After removing all the covers and cutting the spines out of them (Except for the end books of course) I started gluing them to the box.

It was super easy, took me about 10 minutes and turned out awesome! No more mess!

You can’t even see the box from the side.