About Me

I frequently told people that I was a mother. Having raised six children, mother is probably the label that I associate with most closely. Unfortunately, while motherhood may last forever, the constant need for mothering does not and I have had to reinvent myself many times. With two married adult children and my “baby” in college and turning 20 this year, the time for raising children is over and the time for living a different life has come.

I love to write.  Unfortunately, I write about a lot of things most people could care less about so I am very appreciative of my readership.

I live in upstate New York which I love.  I would never have thought I would live about 20 miles from where I grew up as a child but I do. I have written about going home again.

By day, I “work” for myself doing freelance and contract work. After work is done, and sometimes when it gets too overwhelming, I run. I have run 6 full marathons, numerous half marathons and countless other distances.

Any other time – day, afternoon, night, whenever I can get a free moment, I am an artist. My art has taken a back seat since running became a way to cope with life. It is in paper; my art is in mixed media; my art is in found items; my art is from behind a camera lens. I play!

If you need to reach me, try nwrightconroy {at} gmail {dot} com.

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dawn Gold
    Jan 05, 2008 @ 16:35:40

    Wow! what a busy person you are….put me to shame.
    Look forward to reading your blog some more, bookmarked it


  2. bibomedia.com
    Mar 05, 2008 @ 13:23:13



  3. Mike Kane
    Dec 31, 2008 @ 10:33:01


    Don’t freak out, but it’s snowing all over your nickisnook site.

    I just wanted to let you know. Turn the computer off before it melts into the MotherBoard. If it does, you’ll have a ‘Mother’ of an expensive repair…

    How DO you make it ‘virtually snow’? That is TOO cool…

    Happy New Year my blog friend,



  4. Nicki
    Dec 31, 2008 @ 11:01:35

    Mike –

    Unlike here in the Southern Tier, snow on my blog is a switch that wordpress provides. I can turn it off and on. LOL – oh to be able to do that in real life!

    Happy New Year!!



  5. Shelly Reuben
    Mar 08, 2009 @ 13:30:04

    Hi, Nicki:

    I was so happy to see you, your family, and your mother yesterday at that heartfelt tribute to your father. An honor guard of firemen! What a testimony to his great work and good deeds.

    You are as warm and welcoming in person as you were on the phone. I thank you.

    Thank you, too, Nicki, for sending me the invitation to write to you through pressconnects, but I couldn’t figure it out. My e-mail address is: shellyreuben@aol.com My website is http://www.shellyreuben.com So let’s do it that way.

    You aleady know my phone number, and I am here whenever you need me.

    A hug and a kiss to you and your mother.



  6. Lisette
    Apr 08, 2009 @ 12:44:09

    Where do you find legitimate freelance work? I am having trouble finding anything I can do at home and still make a little extra money.


  7. Nicki
    Apr 08, 2009 @ 12:47:30

    Hi Lisette,

    I have found work through a variety of locations. What type of freelancing do you do? I have writing gigs on Craig’s List. I belong to a web site called FreelanceMom.com, where there is a forum and occasional jobs posted.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.


  8. al
    May 27, 2009 @ 23:50:04

    hello maam nickie, i like your blog:) its cool.. anyway i am just researching for something then i just dropped in this site:) I’ve read it, and its nice:) I am al anyway from Philippines :) GBU


  9. al
    May 27, 2009 @ 23:51:18

    do you have any art that you have done? i like media arts:) tnx


  10. Nicki
    May 28, 2009 @ 05:20:02

    Al – Thanks for stopping by. You can find art if you scroll down to the categories and click the art category. It has been a while since creation has happened but that will have to change soon. I need to make some time.


  11. gary
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 14:47:29

    Thanks for the visit and hullo!


  12. Nicki
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 15:06:08

    Hi Gary – thanks for stopping by. I am hoping to get to your studio tomorrow with luck. It is stop number two on my plotted out trip.


  13. Spinning Leese
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 13:17:14

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I’m glad you enjoy the writing (and I look forward to reading yours, too!)


  14. BigLittleWolf
    Nov 15, 2009 @ 14:37:53

    Nicki –

    Is your art posted somewhere? Would love to see. (And re some of the freelancing comments above, as a freelance writer as well, there are at least as many “scams” or writing that is for so little money it’s not worth the time. Occasionally there’s something on CraigsList, but these days, it seems pretty hard. Much worse than usual, which has been pretty tough for the years I’ve been doing it.)


  15. Nicki
    Nov 16, 2009 @ 07:32:42

    @Spinning Leese – Love reading your thoughts!

    @BigLittleWolf – I do have an art category here on my blog. Oops, must have removed the categories. Just went back and put the categories up. There is an art category. A lot is photography.


  16. BigLittleWolf
    Nov 16, 2009 @ 12:31:43

    Cool. Thanks! Will peek!


  17. purple
    Jan 01, 2010 @ 09:47:36

    greetings & salutations Nicki. Dropped by to explore your words from tag surfing for poetry. Will bookmark and return when I can sit down long enough to actually read more than a post or two.


    • Nicki
      Jan 01, 2010 @ 18:15:46

      Purple – Thanks for stopping by. I will actually be posting more poetry in the upcoming days as I have been writing a lot.


  18. Briana McMorris
    Jan 24, 2010 @ 17:18:07

    Hi Nicki,
    I randomly found your site because of a recycling blog you put on some time ago. I live in Saratoga County, NY and have one 2 year old son. Tribute to you for being a single mom of 6 children!!!! Unlike you, I’m not a big writer, but I have taken a liking to blogging. I think you have great blog topics. Did you mention that you’re a runner? My husband does triathlons. Looking forward to reading more of your work.


  19. finnyfinds
    Feb 21, 2010 @ 23:50:30

    Hi Nicki – I found your site through No Meat Athlete. I live in Rochester. I’ll keep tabs on your blog!


    • Nicki
      Feb 22, 2010 @ 06:05:26

      Thanks for stopping by! I love NMA. I am off to check out your blog.


  20. melodramommy
    May 19, 2010 @ 19:50:32

    Wow! Six kids and a single mom! Now that’s inspiration!


  21. henniemavis
    Jun 09, 2010 @ 17:06:18

    Oh funny! I just found you because of your “Robin’s Nest” post (I too have a robin nesting on a ladder)… & creepily, I am also an artist & am really into running (3x a week, but new to it, only 2 yrs. now). I used to live in upstate NY (Syracuse for 10 yrs.) I think I’m on your cosmic channel?

    Only part that doesn’t jive: I’ve never been a mother, let alone 6 times over. Yikes!


  22. Toby Wollin
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 21:22:43

    Nicki – I don’t believe I’ve found you after all this time!!! So good to read your adventures.


  23. Carolee Sperry-Hollenback
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 09:29:31

    Hi Nicki…nice to meet you….I live sandwiched between Syracuse and Oswego and during the summer we camp in Parish.

    Nice to see other bloggers in the area…maybe one day we should do a local get together for bloggers.

    I have several blogs, and honestly I haven’t been keeping up to well last few months- life taking over!

    I also have a social networking site for bloggers…feel free to check it out and fill out a profile page…you could be our next featured member!

    The Blogging Buddies

    Carolee Sperry-Hollenback
    Come On Home
    Working at Home Advice


  24. Deborah D.
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 20:56:39

    Hi Nicki! I’m your HLB Spring Tea match up! Can’t wait to send you some of my favorite teas to try! Looking forward to getting to know you more! :)


    • Nicki
      Apr 25, 2013 @ 06:21:25

      Thanks for stopping by. I love this tea swap. :-)


  25. onehundredtwentythreedays
    Oct 08, 2014 @ 14:12:56

    I have nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award, If you would like to participate please see this post: http://onehundredtwentythreedays.com/2014/10/08/day-38-all-about-the-lovely/ Happy blogging!


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