Life Update and Coloring Books

Angel has been home for 2 months now.  She ended up being in the hospital for 50 days.  She finally started getting professional wound care at the hospital.  We were supposed to start taking her when she first got out of the hospital but she didn’t have the strength to get to the car.  When she would lose her balance or fall, we couldn’t get her back up.  We had to have EMS take her to the ER twice when she fell down.  We were already in the process of taking her there but were hoping to take her in the car.  She is getting her strength back.  She is able to walk around without her walker as long as she has something around her to help her keep her balance.  She is able to do most things for herself.  She can’t do her own wound care or cleaning up all the way.  When she does the walking a lot, she gets very tired still.  The first time we were able to get her all the way to the car with the walker and Tommy and I on each side of her supporting her was January 6, 2016.  She had a doctor appointment that day.  She ended up in a wheel chair before she finished all of that.  She has gotten better each day.  I can see progress.  We only use the wheel chair for her to sit in the living room with us now.  Isn’t that great?

I want to put a special thank you to my best friend and neighbor, Terri Parrish.  She has been helping us get wound care products.  We weren’t able to get a wheel chair from the hospital and couldn’t find one anywhere.  One day, she came over with a beautiful brand new wheel chair for us.  She said she saw a listing on one of the FB groups for our town and raced over there to see if they still had it.  I am so glad she did.  We used it for a while when we first got it and it is very comfortable for my daughter to spend time with us in the living room.  We get to see a lot more of her out here now.  I don’t know what we would have done without Terri helping us.

I am so glad she finally started getting wound care.  I was getting so exhausted that I was either helping her or sleeping.  Nothing was getting done anywhere.  Thankfully, the kids were able to take care of Angel while I was sleeping.  I predict that she will be walking without the walker or anything to hold onto and doing all of her own stuff, except wound care by the beginning of March.

My coloring books have taken off on Amazon, especially my Penguin Careers coloring book.  They have been selling pretty well.  I am so excited.  I told Angel that we need to come up with another Penguin coloring book.  I have started selling my coloring books in digital format on Etsy.  I am also selling individual coloring pages for those that do not want to buy the whole coloring book.  I uploaded my first coloring page this morning.

I have been working on a Valentine’s Day/Love coloring book.  I won’t be getting it done for this Valentine’s Day since so much has been going on so I decided to upload the pages I have done so far to my Etsy shop, ColoringWithGrandmaM.  I will publish the full coloring book some time later this year.

You can find videos of my coloring books at Coloring Book Play List.  In these videos, I show you a page by page view of each one of my coloring books.

Be on the lookout for many more coloring books in the future.  Just to let you know, I create both a right handed and left handed version of each of my coloring books.  I want to make sure that I cover all of my colorist clients.  If you see something that needs correcting or something that you would like, just Contact Me


Cool eBay Apps

Well, they are new to me.  I just found one that is really, really great.  It is called PDF Catalog by 3DSellers (free for the basic plan/$4.99 mo for the color and more professional catalogs).  This catalog is created so that you can send the PDF file to potential buyers or regular customers, add it to your newsletter, post it as a link in social media sites and much more, the possibilities are endless!  Personally, I will be using it to verify inventory and the items in other stores that I migrated from eBay.  To keep the file size compact each PDF can only include up to 400 items. If you have more items multiple catalogs will be generated.  That is super cool.  I won’t have to worry about that for a little while as I am only authorized for 370 items monthly and up to $ 9250.00 monthly right now.  LOL  That is ok.  I will get there eventually.

I tried it out and since I only have about 120 items or so, it turned out to be an 9 page catalog with a title page and 8 pages of inventory.  I really love it.  I can see so many uses for this.  I think they gave me my first one in color instead of black and white to show me what I was missing and would upgrade to the professional plan.


They do have other apps available.  They have Thank You Emails app (7day trial/$3.99 mo) that will send an email to your buyers after a purchase is made on eBay to thank them for purchasing from your store and adds your top items on eBay.  Your emails can be linked with your social accounts, helping you get your buyers to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.  This app has a free 7 day trial then costs $3.99 a month.  Not bad if you have a lot of sales and want to do the thank you routine.

They have a webstore app (7 day trial/$5.99 mo) to help you make your eBay store into a storefront, Store Designer (7 day trial/$7.99 mo) which gives your eBay store a professional look, and Social Store (7 day trial/$3.99 mo) will create a Facebook store for your eBay items, linked & synced with your eBay account. Each of these apps say that they will bring customers to your store.

Here are a few more apps that they offer.  For those of you that want to try to get more feedback, they have Feedback Reminder sends automated reminders to your buyers reminding them to leave feedback for their purchase.  I look at it this way, it could either improved your feedback score by people coming and leaving good feedback or upset your customers as eBay already sends reminders to them and they leave bad feedback.  But if you are looking for an app to help you get feedback, this one will do it for you.  Some other of their apps are Currency Converter (Free), One Hour Translation (Free), and Flash Gallery (7 day trial/$3.99 mo).  I will let you check these out on your own.

Hope you enjoyed this post.  If you did, please leave comments for me.  I love hearing from you.

Southmayd Enterprises

October Goes Wild

At the beginning of October I got to go see my son, Michael, in Richmond, TX.  I was so excited.  Hadn’t seen him for a while.  Angel and I dropped Anna off at the motel then went over to see him.  After the visit, we went back to the motel.  My daughter hadn’t been feeling well so went to sleep right away.  The next morning, we packed up and headed to Lake Conroe, TX for one of my daughter’s cousin’s wedding.  We got to the motel and by that time, Angel really did not feel well.  She had a boil that had popped and was making her life miserable.  We went to see her grandmother who was a few doors over and told her that she would be able to go but that Anna could still go.  Her grandmother had just turned 92 on that day.  It was so wonderful.  Anna went with her grandmother and aunt to the wedding and reception.  I had planned to visit with a friend that lived in that area but I was having trouble with gout in my right foot (the whole foot).  I drove over to the Sonic and got dinner for my daughter and I then headed to bed.  I had a long trip home the next day.  We had planned to stop in Victoria at our favorite steak house but Angel was feeling so bad that we just came straight home.

Angel was feeling really bad the rest of that week and on Friday, October 9, she fell down at 2am and we couldn’t get her up.  I didn’t realize she was that bad off.  I called the ambulance to come and get her and take her to the emergency room.  My granddaughter, Anna and I followed in my car.  We were with her in the emergency room until 10 am.  She was in the ICU room and they had stabilized her the best that they could.  I told them that I needed to get Anna and head home for a little sleep.  I continued to go over to see her twice a day in the ICU.  I couldn’t handle any more than that as I had Angel’s son at home that needed watching.  Finally, after 2 weeks of this, I finally told her that I needed to only come once a day.  I didn’t like doing that but I was really getting tired.

As it turned out, her boil had abscessed into her butt cheek and had poisoned her whole body.  Her blood sugar had gone up to 500 and her white blood count up to 1400 (I think…just know it was high).  We almost lost her.  The regular doctor called in a trauma doctor and he managed along with the other staff to save her life.  I thank the Lord for watching over my little girl (42).  It took her about a week in the ICU before they transferred her to her regular hospital room.  She had to have the abscess cut out and is constantly on antibiotics.  She had one more surgery to get more dead tissue and infection out.  They are going to try not to have any more surgeries.  She will be in the hospital for about 2-3 more weeks. 

What makes this so bad is that they can’t do everything they want for her as she doesn’t have health insurance.  She earns too little to get Obama care and too much for Medicaid.  Doctor wanted her to go to a long term acute care facility but they wouldn’t take her because she didn’t have insurance.  So many can’t be done because she has no insurance.  She is being kept at the hospital in Alice until they can release her.  If you want to read more about what has been going on, I have been documenting it on my Facebook Page  just search for Angel.  The first post is on October 9.

I am still trying to work on some coloring books when I am not too tired.  Not sure if I will get too many finished in the next couple of months.  I won’t put out something that I don’t personally like.  I do know that I won’t be putting out a Thanksgiving coloring book.  Too little time for that one.  I am jumping over to Christmas.

Keep us in your prayers.  We appreciate all that we can get.

Where Does Time Go?

My goodness!  I haven’t written on my blog since August.  I really have been busy though.

I have been working on my coloring books and trying to get good images for them.  I am now up to 4 coloring books by Grandma Marilyn.  They come in both right and left handed versions.  These coloring books are available on Amazon.  Just click on the Right or Left over the picture for which version you want.  Let me know what you think of them in the comments section.

Right          Left    

Right          Left    

Right          Left    

Right          Left    

That is what happened the rest of August and September.  Oh, yes, I started an Etsy shop called ColoringWithGrandmaM.  I will have each individual coloring page on there in case you don’t want to buy the whole book.

I will give you more about what has been going on in the next post.  I don’t want this one to get too long.

Remember, please comment so that I will know what you think about them.  If you purchase any of the coloring books, I would love to see your finished pictures.  If you post them somewhere on Facebook, please tag Marilyn Southmayd so that I could see them.  Thank you in advance.


Marilyn aka G-Ma


I know that I have been out of the net for quite some time.  I went through a deep dark depression.  In mid January 2015, my husband of 20 years passed away.  I decided not to have an autopsy so we don’t know what caused it.  They said they thought he had a massive heart attack.  I left it at that.  I was in the depression long before that though.  I just found out that I have not written in my blog since Dec 2013, so yes, it has been quite a while.  I didn’t start coming out of it until July 2015 and still trying to come out of it.  I guess doctor will have to up the dose when I go back in November.

In March 2014, I started doing Amazon FBA.  I managed to get 1 shipment in.  I have stuff here to send in but it just never seems to get shipped.  I still have some of the stuff to bag and tag to send them off.  I will do it.  Toward the end of February, I joined the Bundling Masterclass taught by Katharyne Shelton that includes a wonderful Facebook group where we help each other succeed or talk about our successes.  I learned quite a bit from this class and sent in some bundles with my first shipment in April.  I still have a few that need to have pictures taken and sent in.  Then in mid April, I started the Summer 2015 Bundle Mastermind Coaching Group sponsored by Debra Conrad to get more information on how to bundle and also how to use Public Domain in bundling.  We had a wonderful Facebook group where she gave us more content for the group.  Her coaching is wonderful.

So move forward to the end of July 2015.  I joined a class to learn how to make coloring books.  This course is called Introduction to Coloring Books for Adults taught by Katharyne Shelton.  I quickly watched all the videos and read whatever she gave us.  I joined the Facebook group and started discussing everything with the other classmates.  I was able to design and publish a cute coloring book called “Penguin Careers Coloring Book”. This coloring book is available in both the right and left hand version on Amazon and CreateSpace.


Well, that about brings you up-to-date.  I am currently working on getting an order into FBA, working on some bundles, and trying to make a coloring book for Halloween and a special request.

I hope this post find you well and following your dreams.

Grandma Marilyn