Fallen Angel-A Lone Star Murder Mystery

Good afternoon all here’s hoping your Monday has been swell!

The program for this production

Saturday night we surprised my mother-in-law, Claudette, with dinner and a show at Grapevine’s Texas Star dinner theater. We had done this a few years ago for my sister-in-law and Claudette had such a blast, we thought we would do it for her milestone birthday. The woman just turned 80 and does not look it in the least!

My mother-in-law Claudette, the lovely lady in the middle

I think we laughed harder at this show than the first one, I had no clue “who done it” but that didn’t deter me from trying to figure it out. The dinner was delicious and the acting was over the top fantastic. You can tell these are trained and seasoned actors that put on this production, which is an interactive one by the way. They walk all through the dining area, poking fun at the diners, sometimes touching you, sometimes just talking to you. At one point, my brother-in-law found his head being “molested” by one of the women characters-Helen Brimstone. (She was running her fingers through his hair and basically messing it up)

Helen getting handsy with Bubba

I love going to this place, we always have a good time. Now, the tickets are a little spendy but hey, you are getting dinner and a show so really, it isn’t that much. Gratuity has to be paid separately but they really bust their butts making sure you have everything you could ever want or need at your table. Lone Star Murder Mysteries and Lagniappe Productions are the brain child of director Chris Whatley and his wife Phyllis Addison and any show you see at the Texas Star is well worth the money, in my humble opinion. Phyllis passed away last year and the acting troupe dedicates each and every performance to her memory. Not only was she part owner but a talented actress herself, as well as a director and philanthropist. Portions of each production’s proceeds go to several different charities including American Cancer Society, KERA, and HSNT-(Humane Society of North Texas).

I almost forgot, if you solve the mystery, you are in the running for a T-shirt that says I Solved the Mystery and sports the Texas Star Murder Mystery logo.

Marshall Jim Courtwright-aka, not a suspect
Esperanza, a saloon girl in the show
My youngest boy Chris was blocked by his nephew Stephen and doesn’t dinner look yummy!
My son Joshua enjoying the show, yet nervous Helen might get handsy with him too!


I included a few fun pics from our party as well as the characters who played their parts to perfection. The next time you plan to be in or around Grapevine Texas, you owe it to yourself to (book ahead) take in dinner and a show and then enjoy historic main street and or the many wineries around town. As for us, we waited for our party next door at Chill Bar and had a yummy beverage until it was time to check in. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed our evening and I’m sure Claudette will remember her 80th birthday with a smile.

For information on how to book a ticket to the show,  go to texasstardinnertheater.com, or call 817-310-5588. This particular show runs through November 11, 2017, every Friday and Saturday night.


Day 93- Help Me Help You-Writing With A Purpose

How my dogs can tell time is a mystery to me, yet, there was Whiskey, licking me in the face at exactly 7am this morning-the time I try to be up on my off day, the day I have earmarked for writing. To which I rolled over, glanced at my IPad, saw the time and leaped out of bed, because, of course I have that and a million other things to do on my “off” day.

I needed to take my “new” car in to the dealership, since there were existing issues from the moment we got it. The good news is, my husband purchased on a lease agreement, therefore, the dealership was prompt with service and a loaner-I simply took it in, and drove out with my exact replica loaner vehicle! No muss or fuss, I didn’t even have to sign any paperwork. He even had the radio tuned to my favorite sirius/xm station-Octane! What a super guy!!

Next on the list of course, is all of my writing assignments, which I have decided I need to figure out the best way to allocate time for. But first, there was laundry to start, dogs to feed, wait-I haven’t even fed myself, but there was coffee! Yes, that was first out of the starting gate! Anyway, I have taken on quite a bit more than I ever have, so now I need to create a schedule of sorts, to be able to fit it all in. I started with the simple list, what they are and how often they need to be written. Now, I have to set a schedule to get them all done.

The other thing that has been on my mind is, how I can make my blog better for my audience/followers, and that means, how can I be of service to you? I need to know what you want to read about, or what problems I can solve- in other words- I feel like my blog needs more purpose. I’ve been trying to market myself as an expert on alternative health, yet my blog has become more of a place to simply hang out with you guys, share my day, post my updates on our renovations, tell you about my family, and every once in a while, I’ve stuck in tidbits here and there about my Paleo lifestyle. The question is, what do you all want to see more of, or, what is there that I can write about that would interest you more? I don’t want to be another blogger that writes about writing-they are everywhere. I read stuff from lots of them, which is where I get my inspiration, and instructions on how and what to write. I have to admit though, this also creates confusion and chaos in my mind, what is my purpose?

Like I wrote in my piece for 100 Naked Words on Medium last night, I started out wanting a way to make money when I began my career as a writer over a year ago. The fact that I have not made a penny is not lost on me. My writing has improved, as well as the speed that I write, and those are huge improvements on accomplishing my goal, however, my true aim is to help people, which is why I picked the niche I did. Truth is, I am not sure I have been doing that, so now, I need to hear from you all. Another thing I’ve discovered since starting my journey as a writer is that I like the creative side of writing and that is why I’ve taken on more assignments. I want to learn more about the storytelling aspect of writing, this can also be a huge help if I ever really get into copywriting, which is what my goal was in the first place. (and to help people in the process)

To wrap all this up, I will ask you all to help me help you. Wish me luck in attaining my goal to fulfill my daily writing assignments, as well as my weekly ones, and please, tell me what I can do to be of service to you. If you want information, I can write more posts relating to my paleo lifestyle or something else you want to know more about. If you want entertainment, I could write about the music I am so passionate about, or my favorite TV shows I am convinced I can’t miss, lol. I could write about crafts, plants, whatever-the list is endless, but what do y’all want to read more about?  Yes, the goal right now is to write for 365 days consecutively, but I feel like I should be doing all that and more. When I write articles for magazines in the hopes of earning money, I write to inform, educate and hopefully help someone live a healthier life. When I write for publications like Medium, it is more of a creative outlet, a place to hone my storytelling skills. If I take on the NaNoWriMo challenge, it is a place to achieve the goal of writing 50,000 words in a month. Yes, that’s a lot of writing, however, if I ever hope to make a living from my writing, I need to be able to meet deadlines, so all of this writing is practice for me. Ok, I realize I am rambling now. Your turn, tell me what you want to see, and I will do my best to make it happen. I value my relationship with you and don’t want to lose you, so feel free to comment below with your suggestions, advice, and words of wisdom! I’m off to finally eat some breakfast, which will probably be something fast and easy like an omelet-in-a-mug, since my kitchen is in shambles! See you all tomorrow on the patio 😉