Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | November 23, 2015

All Clear!!!

I was out with my daughter this morning when I got an email saying there was a message waiting for me on my medical chart.

My breath stopped.

I had *just* had a mammogram on Friday – there is no way results were in this fast – right? I couldn’t access the chart on my phone – ARGH – so of course, the worse possible scenario danced thru my mind, tormenting me.

I got home and raced to the computer…logged in…

Mammogram normal repeat in one year

I exhaled the breath I had been holding…and oh yes, I did the happy dance with my dd who was just as happy as me.

Remember, self exam…routine doctor check up…mammogram – don’t put it off.


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | November 20, 2015

Mammogram Time!!

So this morning I headed down to the breast imaging/scanning office for my third exam. I knew what to expect but WOW!! I can’t wait til they invent another way to do the exam without smashing the girls!!! After the exam I watched as the tech brought up images from last years exam and that was so cool!!! I got to see the images side by side and well, no, of course I had no idea what I was looking at…lol…but, it was still cool!!! Looked like squiggly worms in a case…lol…

It would be really cool to have the images to share with you guys but alas, I didn’t get to take any home with me. But hey, if you go and get your own mammogram done, you will see your own images!!! Yep, take a deep breath and go see your doctor. Do a routine self-exam. Pay attention to your body – it does talk to you. Don’t ignore anything. And don’t depend only on the mammogram.

Maybe one day they will find a cure for breast cancer – a cure for all cancers. But until then, take the steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. So, when is your appointment?


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | November 18, 2015

One Day at a Time…

About a year ago my life took a drastic change. Part of it was my fault. I was hurt and angry and lashed out. Once words left my lips, there was no going back. dd and I ended up moving out of a house we had called home for 15 years and moving into a small two bedroom apartment. During that year, a lot has happened and we have both grown and learned a lot. We are not where I want us to be – yet, but, we are taking one day at a time and are confident that we will make it.

My head is in a different place than it was a year ago. A better place. A year ago, darkness ruled my thoughts and plagued my dreams. I didn’t see a rainbow. I saw storms and hell to be honest. This year has been hell – I’ve been looking for a job since June and aside from sales that pay commissions only, I have had no hits…no nibbles. I’m not going to give up though. If I give up, then that means that life beat me. I’m not down with that. I want more out of life than just memories. I don’t want to leave dd with the thoughts or memories that when things got tough and hellish, her Mom curled up on the bed and let life go by.

No, this is my life. I have survived a lot. I will continue to fight and claw my way out of this situation we are presently in and we will make it. We won’t have the life we had before. It will be better. We will be stronger because of it. Right now, it doesn’t seem possible. I know people who have been thru what we are going thru. And those who have been thru worse. They have made it. We will too.

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | November 9, 2015

November = NaNoWriMo

Tons of writers are busy writing this month all trying to reach 50,000 words in the month long challenge known as NaNoWriMo. I’ve actually thought about participating. I’ve even signed up. I’ve stared at the blank screen far longer than I’d like to admit. I just cannot do it. My mind won’t slow down and let me focus. I know we all have things in our lives that keep us on our toes. We all have families that demand our time. Jobs that require our time.

For those that can focus, I bow down to you. I hate excuses. I don’t believe in letting anything hold you back. So, why can’t I sit down and participate with friends in a month long challenge? I’ve done it before – I did the month long blog challenge. Honestly, I don’t know. The blog challenge was rather easy – I picked a topic and kept at it. I was very proud of myself for starting and completing that challenge.

I’ve got so many ideas in my head and they are giving me headaches. I just can’t seem to get them from my head to paper. Not sure if it’s a block. Or if it’s self-doubt. Or if it’s just….blah….winter has always been a dark time for me – I know my life is crazy right now and the thought of starting something new with everything else going on is just rather daunting for me.

The good news? NaNoWriMo will happen again next year…

Good luck to those competing in NaNoWriMo 2015!!!!

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 29, 2015

National Cat Day

Since today is #NationalCatDay, I thought I’d share my fur babies  =^.^=


Onyx is my house tiger

Onyx is my house tiger

Shadow is my house panther

Shadow is my house panther

Isis is my house white tiger – dd says she is more of a cougar lol

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 21, 2015

Social Media & Writing

I’ve been thinking…I know…that can be dangerous…smile…we all have hobbies…we all have interests…we all have things that make us who we are.

So, do you write about them? Do you share them with your fans? Do you tweet about them? Or pin them? Or Instagram them? There is more to us that what people see. Our hobbies / interests / likes / etc make great blog posts and can bring new fans or readers to us by showing that we have something in common with them.

I make fleece hats with animal ears. Some are embroidered. I am also into photography. I love cosplaying. I love scuba diving. I love yard sales and flea markets and thrift stores. Did you know these things about me? I try to write what I know and I love to share what I know and new ideas and am always looking to make contact with those who enjoy what I do.

What about you?


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 18, 2015


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 4, 2015

Miami Dolphins

So…today I was able to watch my first Miami Dolphins game of the year. The past two games have been on CBS but I wasn’t able to watch it – another game was on instead…yeah…I know…that sucked. Today they were playing in London against the New York Jets. I truly don’t think I’d make a good referee cause I would let the Quarterback throw the ball without getting tackled. Today, the Miami Dolphins Quarterback was tackled a few times – and the ball was knocked out of his hand before he could even throw it like three times in a row!!! Where was their offensive line? Why weren’t they protecting their Quarterback?

I don’t know.

I really don’t know that much about football but I have loved the Miami Dolphins for almost 20 years. They will always be my favorite team, no matter how they play. I read some of the comments after the game ended and I have to say, for those complaining and saying that players and coaches should be fired, maybe you should play the game for them. See how you like the stress. See how you handle the pain when tackled. See how far you can throw the ball with your other hand so a move is in play.

The players that play every week deal with so much crap from the coaches, the owners, and oh yes, even their fans. You know, those of us who claim we love the team and root for them – only the fans that root for them until they lose aren’t really fans – true fans are those that root for them whether they win or lose.




Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | October 2, 2015

Saving Kate

This is a short story I wrote for a writing challenge – sadly, I didn’t win the challenge but, this was fun to write nevertheless :)


The feet of her pajamas offered no protection as she trudged through the deep drifts. Kate had been crying throughout her ordeal and, when she lowered her head for protection from the wind, she almost missed a light piercing through the trees. As she instinctively turned in that direction, she heard a train whistle…

She knew that she had to cross the tracks before the train came or the men following her would definitely catch her. She was so tired and drained from running, adrenaline coursed thru her body. She glanced over her shoulder and saw a flickering light behind her. She closed her eyes for a second and felt the heat from the fireplace in her house. She had been curled up on the couch with Onyx, her cat, dozing off and on. Her parents were in the kitchen, she could hear their low voices. Her father was excited about a new drug he had discovered. For some reason it was a huge secret and if it fell into the wrong hands, it would be disastrous. Kate didn’t know much about the drug, only that the government was very interested in it and so were other people. Her father had gotten numerous calls all evening and kept hanging up after having heated conversations. A loud slam woke Kate from her lazy slumber and she bolted straight up, dumping Onyx on the ground. Loud, angry voices came from the kitchen, she could hear her mother crying and her father was yelling at whoever was with them. Suddenly her father came running into the room and yelled at Kate to run. Behind him were several men dressed in black, one was holding her mother in a tight grip. Kate’s eyes grew large as fear gripped her, freezing her in place. Her father stopped in front of her, pleading for her to run. All of a sudden he crumpled to his knees, a dazed look on his face. The man behind him smiled at Kate, the bottle in his hand covered in blood. Kate gasped and jumped up, running for the door. She didn’t grab a jacket, she just ran out into the dark. She heard her mother scream but she kept running, too scared to stop. The men were yelling and several came after her.

The snow and wind blew all around her, her fingers were numb and her pajama clad feet were soaked. Hearing the men behind her she continued forward thru the snow drifts. They lived in Wyoming; their closest neighbor was twenty-five miles away. Kate knew the interstate was over the hill past the train tracks so she headed that way, hoping that someone would help her. She had no idea what was happening to her parents. Tears froze on her cheeks and fear gripped her. For a second she almost stopped and went back but her father yelling at her to run flashed thru her mind.

Kate jumped as the train whistle broke the air; bringing her out of her reverie. Her eyes snapped open with the realization she had to beat the train. Not sure how much further the tracks were, she lowered her head and blew warm air over her numb fingers. Her thoughts went over the whole situation. Those men had to have been after the drug her father had discovered. He must have refused to give it to them. Kate couldn’t figure out what kind of drug her father had been working on. He never discussed it with her or her mother. Considering her present situation it had to have been something big. She looked over her shoulder but couldn’t see a light anymore. She thought she heard voices but the wind made it hard to tell where it was coming from. Desperate to get across the tracks, she took a deep breathe and pushed forward. She wrapped her arms around her and kept her head down against the wind. The train light was getting brighter and closer as Kate slipped down the hill. She lost her footing and tumbled head first, landing with a huge thud on her back, the air knocked from her. She could hear the men at the top of the hill and forced herself to get up, willing her legs to move. With the train quickly approaching, she glanced over her shoulder and saw the men racing down the hill. Kate jumped the tracks seconds before the train screamed past, blocking her from the men who had come into the house and terrorized her family. Kate stumbled towards the interstate, her breathing shallow and fast, tears streaming down her cheeks. She waved her arms hoping someone would stop. A car slowed down and a familiar face appeared over the lowered window. She had made it. She was safe.

Copyright © 2015, S. Elisabeth M. Abbott

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | September 29, 2015

Project Runway


I’m not really a fan of reality shows. I enjoyed Face Off and Heroes of Cosplay and of course, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge. However, I just recently saw a couple episodes of Project Runway. Maybe it was the creative side of me that was intrigued…maybe it was the designs. I don’t know but yep, I watched it. The first episode I saw was Lace to the Finish (the designers had to create lingerie) and it caught my attention because some of the designs were awesome and some just left me going ‘hmmmm…’  I was also kinda shocked? when Blake admitted to not knowing where the vagina is – ummm?? and yes, he actually asked the other designers where it was. I think my mouth hit the floor on that scene. Not sure if that’s why he failed the challenge or not, but sadly, Blake was eliminated. The winner was Merline and her design was soft and sporty – I liked it, but I have to say I was surprised Swapnil didn’t win – his design was one of my favs.

Designer - Merline

Designer – Merline

Designer - Swapnil

Designer – Swapnil

Designer - Blake

Designer – Blake

The next episode I saw was Haute Tech Couture (the designers used recycled electronics) and I have to say the fashions that were created were just WOW. I LOVED Ashley’s design – it was so flirty and fun and I loved how she designed it using the Polaroid film – very cool!! I also LOVED Kelly’s design – the dress was made out of aluminum tubing. It wouldn’t have been my choice material to use simply because it was so time consuming but the look was AWESOME. My least favorite design was the blue and black mousepad dress designed by Joseph who was eliminated. I think he coulda dug deeper and let his creativity flow more in this challenge.

Designer - Ashley

Designer – Ashley

Designer - Joseph

Designer – Joseph

Designer - Kelly

Designer – Kelly

So the last episode I’ve watched was the most current one, Broadway or Bust (the designers got to design an inspiration piece from the Broadway play, Finding Neverland). I absolutely LOVED Candice’s design – omg I’d wear it!!! That was the winning design as well and she definitely deserved it – it blew the other designers out of the water. The one I least liked? That was a hard choice as I actually liked all of them. Lindsey and Laurie were the two designers on the bottom and unfortunately, one of them, Lindsey, was eliminated.


Designer – Candice


Designer – Lindsey

Yeah, this might be one reality show I watch next week…just to see the awesome fashions!!!


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