Saturday, January 25, 2020

Blueberry Buds

That week of 70 degree weather is playing havoc with our blueberries.  They think it's time to bloom and produce.  We had such a bumper crop last year, hoping for the same this year.  Fingers crossed.

For the past week, finally our temps are normal and we are hoping that the bushes slow down. 

Today we bought a new refrigerator, not the most interesting way to spend Saturday morning, but an important project.  Next, a new freezer.

This evening our friend Fred took us out for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.  A grilled greek style sea food platter was my choice.  I am full and happy.

Enjoy your Sunday.  Be kind.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Dog Fest

Lady, Calliou, and Taz decided the new dog had gotten way too much attention.  Today they decided time for a love fest of the old dogs.
I couldn't believe Lady jumped up on the sofa with me and Taz.  Calliou tried but there was just no room.

What a crew.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Rainy Thursday

The rain started as we had our morning coffee and continued until mid-afternoon.  Finally a break and we took the dogs for a walk.  Well Taz took a half walk.  She hates getting her feet wet.  Even in the wet and cold, it felt good to be outside.

Thursdays are supposed to be my work day now.  But work texted me yesterday and told me all yoga classes had been canceled this week (including my Pain Management class for today) because of a flu out-break. I missed teaching, but I certainly do not want the flu. It seems everyone we know has a cold, a bug, the flu or something.  We are taking elderberry every day and keeping our fingers crossed.  Wash hands, wash hands, wash hands.

I made cilantro hominy chicken soup this evening, it was perfect for a cold rainy day.  I love soups and am so glad that Rick enjoys them as well.  We will have leftovers tomorrow.

Enjoy your Friday, hug someone you love, be kind.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


In support of our local library, Rick and I are doing "take a shelfie".  We have many shelves of books and at this point in our lives we have given away those we no longer wish to keep.

The books on our shelves now are those we love, those we reread, and those we are currently reading.

The little deer bookend has a mate.  The set belonged to my grandmother and I cherish them so much.

We have tried to share our love of reading with all our nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and now great great nieces and nephews.  We often give books as gifts.  I have been a bookworm since I was five years old.

The love of reading has been a dear friend and I can't imagine not reading.
Be kind, spread joy, and read a good book.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Tuesday Thoughts

So I have been doing serious house cleaning these first two days of semi-retirement.  For me creativity flourishes when things are in order.  I think the dogs are really happy I have been home more.  It still seems I am just on vacation, I think week two or three will give a truer picture of how things are really going.

I love this cold weather.  Our morning walks are invigorating.  The heat and humidity makes me feel wilted, the cold gives me energy and I can breathe so much easier.  Now if it would only snow.

Tomorrow is my brother Ricky's birthday.  He is 22 months younger than me.  We have lived next door to each other for 35 years.  His kids have keys to our front door.  He is Jordan's Papa.
He is the spitting image of our dad.  There are days when he walks up the hill to our house and I stop breathing, he looks so much like daddy.  If he thought you needed it he would give you the shirt off his back and ask if you needed anything else.  He is a good decent man.  I am proud to say he is my brother.  I will call him early in the morning and sing happy birthday.  He is always the first to call me, just like our dad was.

I hope this week has brought you kindness.  Tomorrow I hope you laugh out loud.

Monday, January 20, 2020


Walking out of the community center tonight the wind came out of the north, cutting and cold.
It is 28 degrees right now, and will drop to around 20 by morning. It is brisk and invigorating.
I wish it would snow.

I don't think the reality of cutting back my work week has hit me.  After all today was a holiday, tomorrow will probably be a bit different.  I keep looking at my vision board, a reminder of what's important for me now and moving forward.

A cup of hot tea is waiting, enjoy your week.  Be kind.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Weekend Away

We spent this weekend at a bed and breakfast in Mentone.  Friday and Saturday were cold and rainy, but this morning the skies were blue.  We love bed and breakfasts.  The Mentone Inn  was the perfect mountain get away.  A large homey living room welcomed us with a fire glowing in the fireplace.  The sofas were covered in cushy pillows and cozy throws.  Our inn keeper Cynthia made sure the tea kettle was full of water so that when we came back each night from dinner, we could sit by the fire and sip hot tea.

Breakfast was amazing each morning, full of southern goodness like homemade biscuits and jelly and lots of hot coffee.  The inn was built in 1927 the same year as our barn and farmhouse.  I felt a kindred spirit.

The dogs were happy to see us, but not over excited.  My brother Ricky lives next door and he comes over to check on them when we are out of town.  He spoils them and he brings Lady, Jordan's dog to hang out with them.  I don't think they missed us much at all.

This week will be my first week of semi-retirement...I am nervous.  I have worked since I was 15, cutting back to one day a week is a major step for me.  Time to take a deep breath and see what happens.

Be kind this week, spread joy.