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Happy First Friday of Spring!!!

Friday Greetings!  This day is extra special, being the first weekend of Spring. Isn’t this daffodil such a symbol of fun, sun, and warmer times on the horizon.  Photo taken yesterday on a stroll around Mordecai Historic Park in downtown Raleigh, NC. That is such a place of peace and tranquility. Hope you have a wonderul March 22.

Spring is Here!!!

So grateful that my favorite season is finally here….Well, officially on Wednesday, but close enough today.  Love the sights, sounds, and smell of spring. So nice to hear the birds singing so sweetly and seeing the flowers are bursting out with pops of color.  The fresh fragrance adds to the bliss of the upcoming months. Love it, love it, love it.  Posting a few photos from evening strolls around Lake Lynn in Raleigh that capture the start of something fabulous!!!  Hope you are having a wonderful Saturday!

A Hint of Spring in Wake County, North Carolina

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The beginning of  Spring 2019 in Knightdale, North Carolina!  It is certainly a welcome sight, especially after the recent lingering cold spell.  Spring is my favorite season.  Such a positive vibe with everything coming back to life and warm days ahead for months. I have a new camera just waiting to capture the new floral blooms in the upcoming months.  Last year I had such fun taking photos of tulips.  I can’t wait for the Tulips of 2019 to start arriving.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Indiana Flowering Almond in North Carolina

Tiny sprouts of Indiana Flowering Almond peeking out in early March. It is slowly but surely coming to life again. This plant was transported to North Carolina in 1996 by by Dolly, wonderful lady who raised me. It blooms for a short time every year and it is breathtaking. Indiana neighbor Mary Alice had saved several starts from the Ryan family land. She sent the roots for me by Dolly when she came to stay with me for over a month when I bought my first house. Love that this plant is from Indiana and that two precious Houston, Indiana ladies cared enough for me to have some natural beauty from home while living out of state.

Indiana Flowering Almond Indiana spring flower

Hometown Pride – Houston, Indiana

To combine my personal interests and Web skills, I joined an effort in my
hometown to preserve a schoolhouse that was built in 1910. This non-profit organization, Houston School Restoration Committee (HSRC), is dedicated to maintain and improve the school for its historic value and use for community events. I implemented a website for the HSRC, as well as a website for the Houston Indiana Fall Festival, an annual fundraiser for HSRC. I also started a Facebook page for the HSRC.

Currently this social media has 285 “likes”, which I think is excellent for a tiny little place in rural Indiana in a remote area near the Hoosier National Forest. This online channel helps people connect to talk about their memories and love of the small village and slower lifestyle of Houston, Indiana and nearby areas in Jackson and Brown counties of the Hoosier state.

The links for these digital marketing endeavors can be found as follows:

  3. Facebook

Masters in Marketing – Accomplished!

I completed the last class for my Masters in Marketing December 9, 2018!  I have been working toward this goal part-time since September 2014.  Many life challenges and obstacles have cropped up, but persistence does pay off.  My study buddy, Oscar, has been my rock.  Kudos to this precious feline that came into my life at a time we both needed each other.  Check out the website for this Inspirational Kitty Cat.

Oscar cat  

Serenity of Beach in November

I love the beach, especially the Outer Banks. Even though I only live a 3 hour drive away, I do not get down there as often as I would like.  My brother from Indiana came to visit and we were able to get away to the OBX for a few days. The ocean sights and sounds are heavenly any time of the year, but extra peaceful in November. Even with wind and rain, the Outer Banks is so relaxing. We stayed at Sea Foam Motel in Nags Head.  This place is simply awesome! Best view ever!

Not many people at Cape Hatteras on a cold cloudy day, but it was great chance to get pictures of the lighthouse. Corolla Beach Lighthouse at Corolla was closed the first time we went to check it out due to high winds.  We went back the next day and got some great snapshots. Our third day there the sun came out, so our photos of the Bodie Island Lighthouse turned out a little brighter. Love this place so much!

I love Digital Marketing

I am in the 6 th week (out of 10) to complete my final course for a Masters in Marketing!!  I have learned so much about some of my favorite subjects, including online marketing, SEO, social media marketing, affiliate marketing, and blogging.   With a career in technology, you have to keep learning and that is right up my alley. I am proud to be a regular at the library.

I have learned so much in this field by reading articles written by Jayson DeMers.  He provides a wealth of knowledge in an easy to understand manner.  A recent discussion in my masters program included researching augmented reality (AR).

Some helpful articles to check out by Jayson DeMers about this topic:

What Does The Future Of Augmented Reality Look Like For Marketers?
7 Online Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2017

Happy October

October is one of my favorite months. The beauty of nature in this season with a million shades of pretty helps brighten my outlook and stay positive. My home state of Indiana is especially beautiful this time of year. The southern part of the Hoosier state, Jackson and Brown counties in particular, are breathtaking in the fall. I am proud to be from Houston, Indiana, a tiny place near the Hoosier National Forest. A big event in my hometown every October is the Fall Festival.  More details can be found at

I Love Flowers

My love of flowers began early in my childhood days in Houston, Indiana. I was raised by a sweet lady, Allie Akin, who made our home a floral wonderland. So many great memories of flowers everywhere.

I remember at age two walking up the lane with her to take my great-grandpa, Oscar Roddey, his breakfast. I would pick him Morning Glories and he would give me quarters.


What a fun project for one of the final courses to complete my Master’s in Marketing – a fictional flower shop. I immersed myself in the digital marketing plan for Jamie’s Floral Delights. I had many flower photos to put to good use, as well as a reason to photograph more floral blooms.  It was a wonderful learning experience. The results are shared below.

  1. Website
  2. Marketing Plan (PDF)
  3. Visual Presentation