Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Devil House in Foreclosure

It's been five years since the publication of 'False Victim' and I still get the same question:
"What happened to the woman that stalked you"?
I really don't know about her, but I do know
her house is in foreclosure.
Below is a picture sent to me from a friend.
 Miller House
Looks creepy, huh? Actually, it's a very beautiful home, but I hope whoever buys it will have someone come and 'cleanse' it of evil spirits.
What I really hope is that a wonderful, Christian couple buys it and fills it with love.
Love always cancels out evil.
Five years later, False Victim is still doing great. The photo below is from my first Texas book signing a few weeks ago.

At the end of the day I was left with ZERO copies of False Victim and well....ALL of these copies of The Hillbilly Debutante.
Sometimes, I struggle with that - the fact that people would rather read suspense, crime and drama than good, old-fashioned fun.
I'm like a mama and The Hillbilly Debutante Café is my favorite child - relax and Rachael and William - it's just an analogy.
I don't have a favorite child.
Although, I DO wish people would love HD Café as much as I do, I really can't complain about the success that FV has brought me.
I'm pretty sure that while my enemy was trying to destroy me and my family that she never dreamed she was actually pushing me to accomplish something that I NEVER dreamed I could possibly do.
No, I give her credit for nothing because I know that God uses everything for good for those that love him, and while it's been a very, very, VERY long road I am finally at peace.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

You're gonna want one..

I have long admired the work of  East Coast designers James Kiel Patrick and Sarah Vickers.
This weekend I took the plunge and ordered two of Sarah's
 'Vickers Bows' bracelets.
I placed my order over the weekend and it only took two days to arrive from Rhode Island to Texas.
(Free shipping for first class, by the way).

All KJP products are made in the USA and the American flag is proudly displayed on the box.

Normally, I am so excited when I receive a package I start ripping through the boxes, but KJP's packaging is so charming that you savor every single step - from the tiny box

(notice the map inside)

to the charming wrapping paper

 which is a map of Nantucket,

until you finally reach the prize.

the Southern Swift

 the Mr. Claybrooke.
Take a few minutes to go over and peruse the website to read their story and look at their unique merchandise.

Sarah is the author of one of my favorite blogs
'Classy Girls Wear Pearls'.
Warning: I will not be held responsible when your family goes hungry because you can't drag your carcass away for hours at a time!
I'll let you find out all about them on your own, but for all you romantics out there I will divulge this one tiny tidbit -
Sarah and Kiel are engaged.

Pink/Navy to brighten a dark, rainy day..

sweater: Brooks Brothers, vest: J.Jill, Pants: Talbot's weekender chinos, Ribbon belt: Talbot's
In spite of the spring merchandise behind me, it is waaayy too cold and rainy today for anything less than layers.

shoes: Bass Weejuns
I would love to brag on my colored/patterned sock collection, but I swear we have a ghost in our house that steals one out of every pair, so I only get to wear them about once.

 striped shirt: J. Crew boyfriend shirt, pearls: J. Crew

bracelet: Pussers at Marina Cay, British Virgin Islands
Here's to hoping that spring really is 'just around the corner.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Having the BEST job ever!

My name is Kathie....
(Hello, Kathie)
And I am a.....clothes whore.
Sad, but true. And it only seems to get worse with age.
So, what better way to feed my habit than to work in a clothing store. But not just any clothing store, mind you.
No siree.
When I moved to Texas I fell in love with a boutique called Runway Seven.
I first stumbled upon it when I was staying in Fort Worth for a few days and THEN (choir sings!)....
I found out there was one in my own 'hood. 
As a matter of fact I shopped there so often that the manager offered me a job.
I said yes.
And so, the love affair continues.

Because the only think I love more than shopping there is working there!

For the most part our things are what I'd call 'gypsy cowgirl' - something you could wear cowboy boots with, but can also slip on a pair of Tori Burch flats if you're not the cowboy boot wearin' type.

I have been here since October.
I love my boss.
I love my co-workers.
I love my customers (many have become friends).
The best part?
Besides the discount, you mean?
Well, how about minimal stress? NO drama?
(Two big things that can keep a person from having a happy/positive life). 
Between Runway Seven, Hillbilly Debutante, upcoming book signings and working on my next book, I'm a pretty busy girl.
But a happy one, too!
I've been writing a lot about living a positive and happy life.
What makes one happy, of course differs from person to person, but as for me, I have never equated making or having a lot of money with happiness.
Happiness to me is spending large amounts of time with family (especially grandchildren), having a home filled with things that I love (The Hillbilly Hacienda), a reliable car that gets me where I need to go (Clemontine, my 10 year old lemon yellow mini-cooper), wonderful friends and neighbors (that also happen to be family), a lazy dog that camps in front of the fireplace (Sally) and a God who loves me.
THAT, my friends - is what I call the perfect life.
What about you?
What is YOUR perfect life?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Today and Every Day, I'm Just Me

Living a Positive, Happy and (almost) Worry-Free Life
(Part II)
Today and everyday, I'm just me!

Okay, so it's also a title from a 1970's Charley Pride song, but anyway. 
Everyone wants to know 'how I do it' - how I am able to remain positive in this crazy world.

Well, I've found that the happiest people in the world are ones that stay true to themselves and I can definitely attest to that fact!

I am a very simple person.
I like what I like and I don't let anyone influence me.

For instance, I like old cars.
Especially old beat up Suburbans.

I drove this ol' beaute for 4 years. I named her Dixie and she was a 'star' in the earlier days of this blog.

And it was EXTREME fun to be all dressed up and drive her to a fun event where other people were driving Lexus or BMW's.
  The reaction of other people was just priceless!
You see - positive, confident people can laugh at themselves and don't mind if other people do, too!

I am also not afraid to let my creative juices flow for all the world to see------

and criticize.

While I loved the end result of decorating this house in Shabby Chic style I definitely received criticism over it but never dreamed of changing it.

Same thing about my work.
Some people like it. And some really, really don't.

Ouch, you'd think - right?

Water off a duck's back.

It used to hurt when I first started out, but then I reminded myself why I do what I do - because I enjoy it!

And I also don't want to be on my death-bed regretting that I was too afraid of criticism to step out and take a chance on the things I want to do.

According to palliative care worker and author Bronnie Ware, the biggest regret dying patients have is that they've lived their lives the way others thought they should - not the way they wanted.

I live every single day to not let that be me.

Til Next Time,