Sunday, May 31, 2015

Welcome to Chasing Abigail’s Summer 2015 Spectacular.

June 1, begins the first day of Summer at Chasing Abigail. I have lots of exciting things planned for this summer on my blog.

On Monday my new series Project Horizon: 1967 will premiere. Project Horizon will follow astronauts who live on lunar base on the moon. New episodes in the saga will be post every Monday.

Tuesdays will be dedicated to travel. I love a travel adventure and will be featuring places that I wish that I could spend the summer.

Wednesdays will be food and recipes day. I love to eat fresh fruits and vegetables in the summer.

Thursdays will feature fashion. I am not a fashion plate but I love clothes.

Fridays will be a day fun and tranquility. I will feature things I like and want to buy. .

I am excited and I hope that you are to.

Please join me as Chasing Abigail kicks off it's Summer 2015 Blog.
Summer 2015 Schedule

Monday-Project Horizon:1967
Wednesday-Recipes & Food

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Spend the Summer with Chasing Abigail

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Love is Happy People

Love never comes softly or in a whisper.
Love is thunder and lightning when your soul meets its mate.
Love  wakes you up with a song in your heart and beat in their soul that makes you want to dance.
Love has a rhythm and harmony all its own

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Playful Day With Friends

The beauty of friendship is sharing our joys and sorrows.  The hallmark of a playful day is friends enjoying each other’s company. Like kids at play, friends can find joy in the simplest things.



Monday, May 25, 2015

Lost Souls of Love

Lost is the soul that wonders the land looking for two hearts to merge as one.

I love that line. Two hearts seeking each other, merging together, no longer lost wondering the land.

Love is a special thing.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Abigail's Place of Meditation

The fast pace of life always seems to catch up with me when I sit down to write. I often feel as if the weight of the world has landed on my shoulders.

Nothing revives me more than a few minutes of meditation.

I often meditate high in the mountains.

My virtual reality is a calming place that I build from my imagination.  My own sanctuary of hope, love and strength.

Today I built myself a floating mountain of love that redeems my soul.



Saturday, May 23, 2015

What Moves Abigail

The beauty and tranquility of a picture is never lost on me. I am often moved by the visual simulation of a picture that reflects the mood of my heart and soul.

Move Me. It’s an expression I use often when I want see the light of day from under the pressures of life.

Move Me ~Abby~

Thursday, May 21, 2015

What does the crew of Project Horizon: 1967, look like?

What does the crew of Project Horizon: 1967, look like? I did a photo board of what I think my characters would look like at 40. Most look younger than there chronological age but life on the Moon does not age you as fast as life on Earth.  






Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Project Horizon: 1967

Project Horizon: 1967

My book series will start with a new command taking over. I struggled with the names of my crew because there were in my opinion so few great names back in 1967. It took a while but I can now introduce you to the new command of Project Horizon: 1967.
Currently there are not 16 characters listed. The characters listed will be the first that are written about. Over the course of the series these characters will interact with others who will make up the 16.

Dr. Dylan Van Norman – Is a thirty-nine year old retired Astronaut and mother two boys, Liam and Jason. She is a widow, her husband Charles was killed in a motorcycle accident while visiting earth. Dylan was named after Bob Dylan by her father.  Dylan was born on the Moon but lived for six years at the base in Floridians. Her father is a retired NASA botanist.

DOB: Born in December of 1967

Jacob Mockingbird - Is a twice divorced Aerospace Engineering for NASA. This is his first command on the Moon. Jacob grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota. His great-grandfather was a Navajo Code talker and his father is Chief of the Navajo.

DOB: Born September 20, 1967

Millicent Vazquez – Is a single Meteorology for NASA. She was born in Boston but her parents moved to the Moon Base when she was thirteen. She attended Emerson College when she was sixteen. She has one daughter Molly.

DOB: October 1, 1967

Dr. Aimee Babineaux – Is a Physicist for NASA and has lived all her life on the Moon. She’s never been to Earth and has no plans to ever do so. Aimee is single and has a twin Dr. Martha Babineaux.

DOB August 28, 1967

 Forest Brown – Is a Botanist for NASA. He’s single loves to sing karaoke at the local Moon Beams Bar.  Forest claims Minnesota as home. His father was a career Navy man and the family moved a lot.

DOB:July 22, 1967

Luther Stephens –Is a Lt. United States Marines is a Marines and this is his first time on the Moon. Luther takes over the command of the Moon base with reservation about the future of the base. Congress has asked that he evaluate the usefulness of the base.

DOB: June 25, 1967

Dr. Johnathon Marks –at this time there is no information about Dr. Marks

DOB:May 1, 1967

Dr. Martha Babineaux-Is the twin sister of Aimee Babineaux. Has a degree in Neurosurgery which she earned at thirteen. She also attended MIT. Loves earth unlike her sister she wishes to e transferred to Earth.  She works on both human and planetary problems at the Moon Base.

DOB: August 28, 1967

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Project Horizon: 1967

Project Horizon: 1967 will focus on 16 characters living and working on the first established permanent outpost on the Moon. All my characters will be born in 1967 the year that Project Horizon was to begin. 

I envision at least 6 books for Project Horizon: 1967 Series. The first book  in the series will be a flashback of Project Horizons beginnings on the Moon. I will be writing the first installment as a Blogger Post.

The establishment of Project Horizon: 1967 is very important.  Information about the first base and initial colonization will be loosely based on information from the declassified files from the government. I am really going to take a lot of creative license with this book but I still want it to be based on some facts.

 I will be publishing installments of Project Horizon: 1967 every Monday beginning June 1.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Abigail's Project Horizon:1967

I’ve always had a fascination with the moon and on last year when the government released declassified documents on a proposed moon base. I was over the “moon” to say the lease with story idea after reading the declassified document.

Code named "Project Horizon," a declassified report released today on the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's historic moonwalk outlines the military's detailed plans to install a moon-to-Earth surveillance system that would have been used for "facilitating communications with and observation of the earth." The report that was originally published in 1959 exceeds 100 pages. Project Horizon was a 1959 study by the US Army to establish a fort on the Moon by the year I was born 1967.  A German rocket engineer Heinz-Hermann Koelle led the study. The first people to be part of the fort would be two soldier-astronauts who would land in 1965 and soon more people would follow by 1966 all the cargo, and workers would be in place and colonization of the Moon by 16 soldier would began. (ABC NEWS)

I have taken the idea and the concept a little further in the story that I am developing. My story would open in 2007 exactly 40 years from the establishment of Ft. Jemison. Many of the problems of living on the moon have been solved but moon dust storms are still a problem for residents. The now colonized moon has an estimated 28,000 people living and working together. Man and unmanned trips to the moon are now a regular occurrence. Tourism is one the biggest industry.

I am excited about this book idea so join me as I plot twist and turn to Project Horizon.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

French Fries

I need French fires with heavy ketchup. There is for me something quite poetic about homemade steak cut fries with mounts of ketchup.  While I love my hamburgers I love my French fires more. Give a girl a plat of fires and a bottle of Heinz ketchup and you have a friend for life.

Friday, May 15, 2015

I Need A Tote Bag That Hold My Entire Life

I am the quintessential hoarder of many purses. Try as I might I have never found a purse that will accommodate all my crap. I often carry all my life my purse.

1.      Galaxy Tablet

2.      Kindle

3.      A book or two that I am reading

4.      Two pair of eye glasses

5.      Two make up cases. One for lipstick and one for powder

6.      Mints

7.      Medication bag

8.      Lotion

9.      Hair Brush and comb

10.  Chargers and other assorted junk

My purse is a mess and I need a tote bag that will accommodate all my crap



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Abigail’s Swiftly Tilting Planet


When life knocks you down you are expected to dust yourself off and punch life back. Maturity, wisdom and age often is at odds with this philosophy. There are the times when dusting yourself back off is so far removed from the equation that you would just rather rest for a few minutes.
When life knocks you down, you sometimes have to soak in the moment while you exhale in the rain.
Sometimes you don't want to dance in the rain, you just want to stand there and let it soak in.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

For The Love Of Abby

Love makes you smile with an unquenched thirst for forever and a day.

Love can make you cry with joy down in your soul.

Love can move the mountain of your heart to new place and beat every second for the one that you love.

Love is that feeling that is undefinable and often unobtainable.

Love is a paradise that is filled to the brim with your heart’s desire.

Love is the mirage that people seek in a desert of heartbreak.

There are times when you are in love with being in love.

Loves comes softy and whispers your name in the wind and rain.

Love is a peculiar thing.



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Abigail Loves Layered Salad

 I'm not the healthiest eater but last weekend I had the most delicious layered salad. My taste buds did a delicate dance of a two- step of flavor when the first the first fork full hit my tongue.

 I am not sure what makes the salad so delicious. But delicious it is.

I’ve found a recipe by  The Pioneer Woman for my new favorite salad and I plan to make it as often as possible.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Good Morning, Abigail

I want to wake up to the feel of the sun on my face. I want the sunrise to greet me where I am at 5am. I want to feel the warm of the sun through the window as the cold of the air conditioner makes me pull the covers closer.

High above the trees I want to see the sun stop and wink as it whispers Good Morning to the sky and kisses the clouds like coffee on my lips.

Good Morning, Abigail it’s a new day.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Wrinkle In Time

I remember the first time. I was stumbling around the library looking for something to read. I was nine and as a part of summer camp we spent Wednesdays at the library. I can almost see myself wondering around the library a pair of worn out red Keds, crisp white socks a new pair of red shorts and white shirt from the local TG&Y. My hair was in long pigtails with red knockers.

I looked pretty cute and if I remember correctly I thought I was cute at the time too. 

I loved library Wednesdays. Instead of spending time outdoors we went to the library to listen at storytellers and to check out books. I loved to check out books. I always considered it a privilege to get a new book to read each week. The smell of a newly acquired book still sticks with me till this day.

I was wondering around the library when I first saw it. I took it off the shelf. The cover was relatively new. I read the back cover and decided this would be the book I would spend a week with. The library allowed children to check out two books but this week I only wanted the one in my hand.

Sitting down at a table I began to read.  A Wrinkle In Time” by Madeline L’Engle.  I would spend the next few hours enchanted and engrossed in what is still my favorite book of all time.  By the end of summer I’d read all of Madeline L’Engle’s books.

A “Wrinkle In Time” changed my life. I learned to dream.

 A couple of years ago my local library had a book sale and the first copy of “A Wrinkle in Time” that I ever read was being sold for a dollar. The book was very old and the dates that I checked it out were still stamped in the front.


"You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children." - Madeline L'Engle

Friday, May 8, 2015

My Keds



My teenage years have passed like the summer ‘95 but I still love Keds. Keds are one of my "almost secret" addictions that I feed each and every time I have a few extra dollars.

Keds aren’t to my knowledge sold in any of my local stores so I order mine from the Keds online store. Nothing beats the feeling I get from ordering a size 10 pair of Keds and waiting on them to arrive at my front door via UPS.

I always savor the moment the man in brown hands me my box.  I usually spend a few minutes in sweet memories of the past when my Yia Yia (grandmother) would take my sister and I to the local Sears store to purchase three pair of Keds each.

Buying my sister and I Keds was a ritual that my Yia Yia established when the two of us started school.  We each would receive one pair of red Keds, one pair of blue Keds and one pair of white Kids. After spending nearly half the day in Sears, where my Yia Yia ensured that our Keds were the perfect fit, Yia Yia would take my sister and I out to lunch and allow us to order our own meal.

I always smile and feel a little sad that my Yia Yia died long before she could celebrate the start of a new year with such a rich tradition with my own daughter.

My love of Keds is bound in the sweetest memories. Each time I purchase a pair of Keds and wear them I remember my Yia Yia.  


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cake, Where Art Thou

I love cake.

There, I said it. I love cake. I have no shame in my love of cake. Marie Antoinette  and I could have been great friends if she shared her cake.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fantasy Vacation


When life gets hard take yourself away on a fantasy vacation.

When life comes at me fast I find myself taking a few minutes to enjoy the view.  I love to travel and see the world. I have most fortunate to go to most of the places I only dreamed about as a child. I have seen Paris in the Springtime, Mount Rushmore in the heat of summer and Times Square with kids whose only purpose in life was to get lost in a large city.

I am a country girl. I grew up in the suburbs way outside the city limits and one would imagine that I would want to travel to the bright lights of the big city. Nope I like to imagine myself in faraway places enjoying the sun and the nature that surrounds it.

I often take fantasy vacations to Tuscany, Italy. I could see myself in a small house in Tuscany, Italy with a vineyard, a chef and the whole day to just enjoy life.  Ahh the majesty of being a woman of leisure, with a chef, a housekeeper, and gardener.

I could have dinner parties in the moonlight and sip wine as I listened to Aretha Franklin and my grandchildren played in the vineyard. When life gets hard it’s nice to take a few minutes and imagine life away from all your troubles in place as beautiful as Tuscany, Italy.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I love strips. You could say I am a stripped kind of girl.



I love strips. You could say I am a stripped kind of girl.  

If I had to make a fashion statement it would be in strips. I love strips. I am a plus sized chick but I can rock strips and make it do what it do in the words of Ray Charles.



Monday, May 4, 2015

Fashion, Who Am I?


Fashion, Who Am I?

I often wonder who I am when it comes to fashion. I am definitely a fashion plate or a clothes horse. Nor am I headed that way. While one can be anything they want to be when it comes to fashion, there is nothing wrong with wanting to look nice and have nice clothes.

I often find the nonsense associated with wanting nice clothes to be hypocritical and condescending. I want nice clothes and yes in some ways I want to be a fashion maven. By wanting these things it does not take away from my intelligence or ability to see other things in the world that need changing.

I often want to shake those who can’t see that it’s possible to be socially conscious and fashionable at the same time.  It is possible to focus on Malaria in Africa, donate to earthquake and flood relief , collect coats for kids, feed the homeless and hungry, picket for higher wages and still want to have the latest fashion from France. There is no book that says to focus on anything other than social issues makes you the insensitive or unaware of the world you live in.

I love fashion and I love being socially conscious and see no reason why the two can’t be done together.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

I Need A Glam Squad Each and Every Day of My Life.


I Need A Glam Squad Each and Every Day of My Life.

Like most of the world I was glued to my television when the Duchess of Cambridge, Katherine Middleton appeared on the steps of St. Mary’s church with Princess Charlotte. The only words that came out of my mouth were “Simply Gorgeous”. Katherine of Cambridge had given birth less than 10 hours earlier and she looked incredible. Her chestnut brown hair was flawless, her hands were absolutely beautiful and the glow on her face was perfection. It was at that moment I realized what was missing from my life “A Glam Squad”.

I need a whole team to make me look that beautiful and I am not even having a baby. I need hair, makeup and clothes each and every day I step out my front door just as if the world is watching.
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