Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Knock on wood... it seems like life is calming down some.  The last several years have been just plain icky.  Bad things have happened around me and around others too.  For heaven's sake, Donald Trump is President of the United States.  I still feel like I'm living in an alternate universe.  Oh well.  One day, one step, one breath at a time.

This is a picture of the great ape at the Norfolk zoo.  He seems to be contemplating life too.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spring Color

This time of year I love the colors of all my blooming plants... azaleas, dogwoods, rhododendron, phlox, iris, lily of the valley, all of them! As I work in my garden I try to use more perennials than annuals in order to cut down on the work. Still, one of the nice things I do for myself is visit the garden center. There is always something new to try.

If you haven't visited Casey's archive in awhile it is still funny.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Spring is coming soon. I can hardly wait. There is a lot of good in the world if you pay attention... like getting all green lights on the way to work, the kindness of a stranger, the dedication of a doctor, the bible, and of course... patience. Sometimes I think I just need to count to 10 (or 100) and be patient. Things have a way of working out. It's easy to fool ourselves into thinking we have control over a lot of things. Only God has that control... and responsibility.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Gotta gun?

One of my neighbors has a yappy cocker spaniel. I ask you, CAN'T THEY HEAR HIM BARKING? The other day I went out to work in the yard and that dog drove me crazy. It was all I could do to not swing my shovel at his head. I don't blame the dog, I blame the owner. Luckily they don't live here full time and I can hardly wait for them to go back to New York. Whew, I feel better. This year I'm going to really pamper myself. Nutritious food is on the top of my list. I gained weight over the holidays and feel like I'm running on sugar sludge. I really do feel better when I eat right and exercise. That's my plan...

Monday, December 12, 2016

Another Christmas

The razzle and dazzle of the Christmas season doesn't thrill me like it did in years past. This year is going to be quiet, holy, and bittersweet.  I guess there is nothing more to say.

Thursday, October 27, 2016


I took two days off from work to...WORK.
Pine cones, magnolia cones, English ivy, dead tomato plants, saplings, leaves, sticks, tree limbs, and other yard debris ended up in 8 bags and two giant piles. The yard looks great now but I simply had to sit and rest. It looks lovely but all I saw was more WORK. I was happy.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Autumn Colors

The summer went by too fast. Or maybe not fast enough. "Time heals all wounds" is a familiar proverb but some wounds leave a lasting sadness. I've had losses this year. You probably have as well.  I take comfort in believing that God is in control and he's got things covered. All we need do is wake up each morning and pay attention to all the good things that come our way. It is hard but I keep trying.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Big Dreams?

This itty bitty praying mantis turned up on my kitchen window sill. I think he came in with a few hydrangeas I had picked. I wonder what he's thinking... "Someday I'm going to do something really, really, big!"
I did take him outside.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Snow in June?

On a June morning when the grass was all covered by dew I saw my little spruce looked like it had been dusted with snow.  What a lovely treat!  God sends us gifts everyday.  All we need to do is slow down and take notice.  But it's so hot and humid today that I'm staying inside.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sleep

I have been having trouble sleeping. It is something I am taking care of but boy, oh boy, you do not realize how much you can miss a good night's sleep. Well, some of us can.  I guess it is a reminder to appreciate the little things: a good night's sleep, the morning cup of coffee, a yellow daffodil, the sun, the rain, and all the other wonders God shares with us everyday. We only need to slow down and take time to let the good things soak in.