What’s Up There?

In my brother-in-law’s backyard we watched the wildlife last night.  This squirrel was so cute, at least at a distance.




Sunshine Makes Me…

Apparently sunshine not only feels good but it is good for us.  The other day I heard of the results of a recent study that show that higher levels of vitamin D are an indicator of overall good health.  The researchers went on to recommend getting an hour of sunshine spread out over each week.  So, I enjoyed some time outside this evening.



Playing in the dirt

With spring arriving I began thinking about our flowerbeds and what we might want to do differently this year.  Yesterday Keith and I went to a nursery and decided on a few things.  We thinned out lots of the canna bulbs that we’ve enjoyed for several years (some shared with others) and now we’re going to plant two kinds of Nandina: Heavenly Bamboo and Firepower.

2014-03-29-14.20.01We also bought an Oakleaf Hydrangea to replace the Lamb’s Ears that has taken over a portion of a flowerbed and a couple replacement Gaillardia Pulchella commonly known as Indian Blanket flower.

Now, it’s time to play in the dirt!

To Nap or Not to Nap

Yesterday I read How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits and decided to give it a try.  I wasn’t very productive yesterday before or after my nap.


It was the asphalt

2014-03-09-22.24.20This is what glasses look like when you fall face first on asphalt.  Ouch!  The glasses are a total loss but Mom sustained only minor cuts and bruises.

Now I lay me down to sleep

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep;
if I die before I wake,
I pray for Lord my soul to take.

These days he falls into a deep sleep quickly and then has many kitty dreams.

Within These Albums

Sometime around 1984 I asked Mary if I could look at her family albums.  I remember sitting beside her in her house listening intently as she told me about the people in the photos.  I didn’t take notes and I remember thinking how difficult it was for me to keep track of the people especially since I wasn’t raised knowing their names or faces.  That day was my first and only time to see those pictures…until Friday.

As I examined each photo Friday night, the eyes and smiles in the images reminded me of what I see each day in the mirror.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for entrusting me to borrow and take good care of these photo albums so that I can scan them and then work toward identifying them.  Mary, my biological grandmother, is gone now so we’ll have to do this without her help.  We’ll do our best to identify the people and collect the stories.  This time I’ll take notes.  Good notes.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have some scanning to do.


As I See It Indeed!


I stared at this phoropter for at least 30 minutes. Why?  The assistant had me take my contacts out since the doctor would be right in.  Ordinarily that wouldn’t be an issue but it was a long wait and I forgot my glasses.  I kept thinking the doctor would be in any minute.  Needless to say the equipment was my optical distraction while I waited.

While that’s not eye candy, look at the candy left at my doorstep the other day.  Yum yum.


A Hidden Soda Fountain

We drove the 30 miles south from our lake place to Whitesboro, Texas (population 3,783 in 2010 ) yesterday afternoon to get a bite to eat and saunter around some antique stores on their Main Street.  Our first stop was Lovejoy’s on Main, which is a quaint, comfortable place to have good food and great experience.


Snow & Sprinkles

It’s snowing today.


The snow from the cat’s perspective.

Friday my kids turned 22!  Since both of them were busy all day, I planned on baking a cake for them within the next few days.  It turned out that Travis got off work much earlier than expected.  So, I  made a blueberry mug cake for him and put some ice cream on top with a candle. He made a wish, blew out the candle and ate every drop of his birthday dessert.

Kelsey unhesitatingly requested a Funfetti birthday cake.  Travis had no preference until I mentioned the Funfetti cake and then he said “Yes, those are awesome!”  Now I realize that all those colorful sprinkles are very festive looking but I don’t care for the boxed Funfetti cakes.  Since I wanted to please them and it wasn’t my birthday, I compromised by making the recipe I found for homemade Funfetti cake at Sally’s Baking Addiction.   With more sprinkles on top and the squiggly candles, it really does look festive…and the cake was good.



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