Saturday, December 15, 2018

Me and the Big Guy

This evening was Rick's office party for the paper.  It was so much fun, employees brought their kids and grandkids, the food was tasty and even the big guy, St. Nick showed up.  I know he was the real deal because when I told him what I wanted for Christmas, he agreed I had been a good girl and should get what I ask for...we'll see.  I ask for a vehicle, an Outback, doesn't have to be a new, but I gave specifics.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Stockings Hanging

Lots accomplished today, more cards painted, some shopping done, tree is now in the house ( not decorated yet)  all the inside decorating is done, and the Christmas dishes are out!

Tomorrow I get my hair cut, and we have a Christmas party to attend at the paper where Rick works.
I have been wanting to eat at this place for ever and the party is there, can't wait.

Sharing my mantle decor with ya'll tonight.  I call it Stockings Hanging.  Instead of flowers, I always use fresh greenery it makes the house smell so nice.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Season of Love

We decorate our tree tomorrow!  Sent out the first batch of cards today, to those who are far away, painting the second batch to send out Saturday and hope to finish up our Christmas shopping tomorrow.  Yes, I save almost everything until December, for me, it just adds to the fun.

Rain moving in again tonight, these cold rainy days are perfect for cider and coco and hot tea.
While I worked this afternoon and evening, Rick shot pictures of the local Christmas parade.

I hope your week has been a good one and I hope the weekend brings you whatever you need. Some need rest, some need joy, some need kindness and this is the season we all need love.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams  From our Christmas Pig and Chick.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Frozen Beauty

A busy day, card painting, taking care of Jordan ( not feeling well), and work.  I am a wee bit tired.
Another picture from our frozen fog was beautiful.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Frozen Fog

Last night we experienced a weather event that rarely happens here but when it does it is beautiful.
We got up this morning to frozen fog.  All the trees, the leaves on the ground, everything was covered with a dusting of light ice.  Not an ice storm ice, but almost as though the winter fairies had sprinkled sparkles on everything. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

December Color

We planted our blueberry bushes because we love to eat the berries, but the rewards have been even greater.  They provide flowers in early spring, then yummy berries and beautiful colorful foliage in the winter.  They are incredible plants and so easy to grow.  We love our blueberry bushes.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Rest in the Darkness

45 cards are now drawn and waiting to be painted, that will start Tuesday or Wednesday.  We visited our favorite tree farm today and got our tree, a beautiful blue ice cedar which we will plant on our farm after New Years.  It smells heavenly. It will be a few days before it is decorated, but that's ok.

Another cold rainy day, but you know like these days.  They give me a great sense of connecting to mother nature as she rests  these next few weeks.  I like that feeling of slowing down, going inward during the cold dark days and then the explosion of energy as the season changes moving toward spring. 

I think that as humans it is important to feel a connection to nature, to be mindful of the darkening of the days as a time to rest and contemplate our lives.  Then as days grow longer and brighter to know and embrace the possibilities of all things new and reborn, of growth.

I hope this week brings a greater sense of peace and hope to all. I hope that we remember we are spiritual beings experiencing a human form and that we all belong to the human race.
May we all be kind to each other.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Labor of Love

Rick worked at the newspaper all day.  I washed my yoga blankets for work and then I started working on my Christmas cards.  I do the sketch on each one first, so I have sketched 40 cards today.
Tomorrow I lay down the water colors and then the acrylics and then I add the special finishes like pearl, gold or silver.  They are a labor of love.

It has rained constantly all day.  A very cold pouring rain, so for my snack this afternoon  I had hot tea and fruitcake.  Dinner tonight was comfort food at it's best, chicken and dumplings.

I have gone two days now without migraine/vertigo and nausea and no meds.  My heart is full of gratitude.  Hopefully the shots have fully kicked in and I will have smooth sailing for many months.
This Menieres can be such a beast.

We are already in our pjs and I think Rick just put the water in the tea kettle.  Can we say early bedtime?   We are such party animals.

May we all feel peace tomorrow, may we all know kindness and love.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Little Giant

I was beyond excited today, our favorite produce market has reopened.   The Little Giant Produce stand has been in my hometown of Sumiton since before Rick and I married ( we've been married 44 years).  This summer the young  man whose father had started the business  announced that he was closing the store.  I did not take the news well.  This market has sold the freshest produce you can buy all these years.  When ever possible they buy from local farmers ( yes they have bought from us) and they go to the huge farmer's market and Birmingham and  hand pick what they sell.

The young man's dad had died and his heart was just not in the business.  But a young family had moved into the area and they have opened the market.  The new owner had grown up in a family market business and loved it and was thrilled to reopen Little Giant.  Today as we walked in, my first words were "I am so glad you have reopened."  While we were there other shoppers came and exclaimed the same thing.  I hope nothing but good things for this young couple and their venture.
While we were there he talked about the how he loved the community spirit that the market provided as well as the fresh produce.

So we left with bags full of fruits, vegetables and nuts.  We were almost giddy.  Oh yes the original owners had carried the best ever fruit cakes each holiday season, they had them in stock today. I admit one came home with the Watsons.

I know for many people they think that produce is just fine at the local grocer.  I promise there is a difference and once you have the freshest to be found , it is hard to settle for anything else.
We feel the same way about our meats that we purchase.  The town also has a family grocer with their own butcher who hand cuts all the meat and poultry.  We are spoiled.

I hope your day has been a good one.  Even though it is very cold and rainy, it has been a good day.
The dogs were not happy about walking in the rain, but they got new beds today so tonight they are nestled in new cozy beds.  Enjoy your weekend, be safe, be kind.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Momma 101

Today would have been my momma's 101 birthday.  She died in 2005 and I miss her daily.
She was strong, a woman who came of age in the depression and tough.  But she was also beautiful and loving and kind.

Happy Birthday Momma!  I  miss you.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hump Day

The interview went well today, it should be on line by the weekend.  When it's posted I will send a link through my blog.  It is part of our county heritage association, they are interviewing several people from each town in our county.  It was fun recalling how the small town of Sumiton was in the 50's and early 60's.

The house is decorated, the cards are waiting to be painted and soon the outdoor decorations will be done.  The finale will be the tree and presents.  We are getting there.

A class of new students today.  They were eager and happy to learn something new.  All were asking when they could come again.

Hump day is almost over.  Time for rest and hot tea.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Christmas Stuff

It is starting to look like Christmas at the Watson house.  For the past few years I decorate the house first, then the outdoor stuff and finally the tree.  For me it works, working in shifts with the decorating is how I get it done.  For years I tried to do everything in one or two days, I got it done, but I was one cranky woman.

Today I did the great room and Rick's bathroom.  Tomorrow I will do my bathroom.  Later in the week, we will work outside and the weekend brings the tree and the painting of the cards.

The shots/infusions have kicked.  Two days without symptoms...I can not express enough gratitude.

Tomorrow I am being interviewed for an on line magazine about growing up in my hometown.  I will post the interview when I can.

I hope this first week in has brought love and kindness into your lives this week and I hope you share it with others.  I believe we reap what we sow.  May our seeds be those of joy, love and peace.

Monday, December 3, 2018

It Goes On

Back to work today, very tired tonight so I am sharing a wonderful quote with ya'll.

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life:
It goes on."   -Robert Frost

Sunday, December 2, 2018


My siblings celebrated the holidays with lunch today.  Since our mom died, we meet every year on the first Sunday in December and have lunch at my sister Pat's house.  We no longer try to get the whole family together, there are so many grands, great-grands and great,great, grands it is impossible.
Even one brother and his spouse couldn't make it today.  But I am always thrilled and grateful for whoever makes it.

I realized today that my some of my siblings are in their 80's.  Where has the time gone? and how did we age so quickly?  But there was good food and laughter and hugs and that is all that mattered.
December is here and I can already hear the grains of sand tumbling through the hour glass.

Enjoy your week, be kind.  Front row, my brother Lynn, sister Nell and Pat.  Back row, Lynn's wife Gwyn, my brother Ricky, me and Ricky's wife Deb.  Of course my Rick took the photo.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

December 1

December 1... Rick's mom's birthday is today, my mom's will be on the 7th...the holidays are not the same when mom is no longer with you

December 1...rainy and warm, we moved into our little cottage on this day 35 years ago, Auburn and Alabama were playing in Birmingham and a tornado swept over the stadium, we have two tornado seasons in Alabama, lucky us

December 1...Prototype Christmas cards are drawn, now I have to decide which design to go with and paint

December 1...lots to do, making lists, checking them twice...decorating, shopping, wrapping, cards and cooking to be done

December weekend time to go look for a tree

December 1...Christmas music on the stereo, I like the offbeat as well as the traditional

December favorite part of Christmas, making cookies with the kids on Christmas eve after we have had breakfast at my brother's house

December 1...Christmas Eve night, Rick and I open our gifts to each other, have some champagne, get ready for a long winter's nap

December 1...Rick's sister's birthday is also this month, so is my nephew Haven's, his wife's Alesha and our niece Jayna

December 1...This coming week, we will do our yard decorations and then I start in the house.  The tree is is the last thing I do.

December 1...last month of the year, 2018 has moved so quickly

December 1...I hope we have snow sometime this month

Friday, November 30, 2018

I'm Back

Three hours at the doc's yesterday, shots in the ear.  Almost home, the vertigo hit the worst it has in 6 months, a very rough night.  But a better day today.  It has been a day spent on the sofa.  I started to fret this afternoon about doing nothin, but I remembered all those classes that I teach and remembered it was time to give my body what it

It has rained most of the day, so it has been a good one to spend on the sofa drinking hot tea.
The dogs have napped most of the day as well.  Rick has written most of the day.

It will be an early bedtime tonight.  I hope you are all warm and cozy.
It is the last day of November.  Only one month left in 2018, make every day, every moment count.
Be kind.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Weather and Life

My men's classes have been amazing.  Their participation, enthusiasm and energy that they bring to class is every teacher's dream.  New students today, all left with smiles saying that they couldn't wait until the next class.

The north wind moved through the past couple of days and most of our color left with it.  It is still beautiful, just different.  Not as cold tonight, rain moving back through in the next couple of days.
The weather is a good teacher of life, always changing, just like life.

I get my shots tomorrow.  I know it is strange to be looking forward to something painful.  The pain doesn't last long and the shots bring the benefits of being symptom free for months.  Can't wait for the vertigo to subside.  The amazing thing, the last shots were about 5 months ago, and even though I am in the midst of a flare, the symptoms are much milder than they were before.

I have drawn several prototypes for my Christmas cards.  Rick and I will make a decision tomorrow on which design we both like the most...and then I start painting.  Can you believe Christmas is less than a month away????

I hope your Thursday brings good surprises and much kindness.  Tomorrow afternoon if you have time and the energy, send me a few good thoughts, that the shots will be effective, the results long lasting.  Thanks in advance.

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tuesday Random Thoughts

Driving home tonight, the air was so cold it seemed to sparkle.  You know that type of air with each breath you feel refreshed, that is how I felt when I walked out to my car.  On the dark country roads holiday lights are appearing more frequently each night.  Those lights twinkled in the cold stillness.

As I rounded the last curve to our house, I gasped.  Our neighbors had decorated their entire front yard today.  I was met with a Christmas fantasy of color and light.  Very beautiful.

The meds have controlled the vertigo today.  But the meds make me feel as though every nerve in my body is raw and exposed.  Can't wait for those shots, keep good thoughts that they work for a very long time.

Three more days in November and then December will roll in and be gone in a flash.  Take a deep breath and hold on.  We are in the middle of all sorts of holidays.  No matter what or how you celebrate, Happy Holidays!  Please be kind to one another.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Be Valued

I didn't make it to work today, another round of vertigo.  Thursday, more shots in the ear, but the last ones kept the vertigo away for about 5 months.  Worth the pain.

Here's the quote that would have gone on my board today.  It will make it there tomorrow.

" There's a difference between being liked and being valued.
A lot of people like you.  Not many value you.  Be valued."

I couldn't find the person responsible for this quote, but it is such an inspiring one.
Last week of November, be kind, be grateful, share some joy.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Favorite Fall Tree

Out of the hundreds, maybe thousands? of trees on our property, this one is my absolute favorite in the fall.  It is one of the last to change color and it undergoes a daily transformation for about a week  before all the leaves are gone.  Today it was yellow gold,  tomorrow who knows what it will be.

It was shaped by an ice storm or maybe a tornado but it forms an arch  or sorts there in the middle of the woods.  Underneath its shade is where yellow jackets build their nests in late summer and Hook so foolishly digs them up.

It has been a great holiday weekend.  Peaceful and restful, no shopping or mall, just hanging out on the farm.

Can you believe this is the last week of November?  In just a few short weeks we will say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019.  Make this week special, be kind, be extra kind, show love  and share joy.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Wish You Were Here

Morning walks, damp and chilly , the dogs run into the woods, Rick leads the pack and me and Taz follow.   A very nice laid back Saturday.  Wish you were here.

Friday, November 23, 2018

All Grown Up

Rick had to shoot pictures for the paper this evening at the local Christmas Festival.  As we were walking down the street I heard someone call my name.  It was a young woman that I had known since she was a toddler, all grown up and now a local business owner.  She was still just as beautiful as always, so proud of the successful young woman she has become.   Here we are, me and Paula.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

We have had way bigger groups, but Thanksgiving is good no matter who is here.  We miss the ones who have passed on, but their memories were with us.

I am tired, but it is truly a good tired.  About to go raid the fridge for leftovers and just chill.

Rick's Thinking Bench got used as a hangout today.
I hope your tables were full of food, your hearts full of love and your house full of laughter today.
Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Moon

It's been an unusual sight the past couple of evenings, to walk out while there is still light and see the moon so bright.  The picture doesn't do it justice but me and my phone tried our best.

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, I hope you are blessed with a bounty of food, family, friends and joy. 

Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Sensory Treat

As I left the building this evening I stood and watched the moon rise above the trees in the dark autumn sky.  I looked to the west and the sun was saying goodbye with vivid orange and fuchsia .  It was quite a sensory experience, standing in the cold seeing the moon rise and the sun set at the same time.  The smell of logs burning in someone's fireplace added that little extra joy.

I find this time of year so invigorating, my energy  seems to be climbing every day and I am sleeping soundly every night.  Almost home, a big buck danced across the road in front of me and I was grateful for him and myself that he was fleet of hoof.

Tomorrow will be the end of the work week for me, a long holiday weekend is so nice.
I hope your hump day is a good one as so  many of your get ready to see friends and family this weekend.  I don't do black Friday or shop on Thanksgiving day.  Thursday evening I will sit in front of the fire and be grateful and Friday, no shopping stress for me.  I spent many years working retail,
I am almost mall-phobic.

Rick is bringing home Chinese tonight, I am so excited.  Already in my pj's.
May your Wednesday bring joy and kindness.

Monday, November 19, 2018


A quote to ponder tonight.....

"Creativity is an inherent human quality of the highest order.
When we create, we become more than the sum of our parts."
- Yanni

Sunday, November 18, 2018


I have a book that I bought around 1995.  It is a book of daily thoughts and meditations.  There are years that I read it daily, then put it on my bookshelf for another time.  It has been a few years now since I pulled the pink book off the shelf.    It is Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach.  Each time I began to read these mediations they speak to me in a different and profound way.

I started this book again on November 8 and several of the meditations have reopened my eyes to things I needed to see and think about.  Books are truly old friends and they come into your life when you need them most.

The meditation on November 8 was about prayer.  Not a prayer, but the fact that most of us pray twenty four hours a day.  It is not a about kneeling to pray, but it is in caregiving sick parents, children, helping friends and neighbors, nourishing bodies and souls.  Every day life is prayer.
One way or another, prayer is conversation and when we do this prayer in our daily life, it is what my mother use to call putting feet on our prayers.

Sarah ends this particular meditation with an interesting statement...."women pray because we need to talk to someone who's really listening."

It has been a good day.  Thanksgiving lunch with my sister Pat and her family.  Rest this afternoon, a recharge of our batteries for the work week.  It is a week of Thanksgiving, a week to remember to be grateful...actually something we need to practice daily.

May we be kind, may we spread joy.

I shot this picture of Calliou yesterday,he seems to always be looking for the beauty around him.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Busy Saturday

Rick had to work at the newspaper office today.  I took advantage of a few hours at home alone and cleaned house, did laundry and washed my yoga blankets.  When he got home tonight, I did steak, salad and baked potato, I think he's happy.

It has been a difficult couple of weeks.  I dealt with a sinus/bronchial infection for about six weeks and now that I am finally over it, the Meniere's did a little flare up.  Nothing like it use to, but just sudden bouts of vertigo with migraines.  Today has been awesome, no flares at off.  I am hoping that this bout is over and will be gone for a few months, if not it will be time for shots in the ear drum again.

I can't believe Thanksgiving is this Thursday.  I love Thanksgiving, it is all about food and gratitude, not gifts.  For me it has never dealt my life the stress that Christmas holidays have.  I love Christmas time, the cards, the tree, baking cookies.  The stress has always been trying to make everyone happy.
It took me most of my life to realize that I didn't have to make anyone happy during the holidays except myself.  I still have my moments when family members start a guilt moment about where/when/what, but I handle things  now, much better than my younger days.

Many of my students will get to go home for the holiday.  A few won't but sometimes being at the center for a holiday is best for some.  My work week will be a short one, just Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  I will cook some lunch on Thursday, but nothing big like I have often done in the past.  I need some rest this year.

Enjoy your Sunday, think of something to be grateful for, be kind and spread joy.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Jordan's Honor

Jordan was inducted into the National Honor Society today.  We are thrilled, though he shrugged his shoulders and told me it was nothing to cheer about.  He is an A student and I think that is something to cheer about.

His mom Sam, her mom( his Nana) and Rick and I went to the ceremony.  We also went to his mom's ceremony and her older brother James'.  Proud of all them.  My brother Ricky and his wife Deb have raised 3 awesome kids, James ( who is a newspaper publisher) Haven ( who is Ricky's partner in their plumbing business) and Sam ( Jordan's mom who works as a PTA) and since they grew up next door to us, we figure they are our surrogate kids.

Here's a photo from today, Sam, Jordan, me and Debbie  (Nana).  It has been a good day.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Art and Music

We awoke to a few snow flurries this morning and the coldest day of the year.  We headed out this afternoon to our gig, which thankfully was south and not north.  Just made it in and unloaded equipment.  As always we had a fun show, we loving playing this gig.  It is a fundraiser for a museum and we have done it for the past few years.  Art and music, what a life.

Time to unwind, drink a cup of hot tea and hit the sack.
If you are traveling this weekend, safe travels, be kind, spread joy, show some gratitude.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Rainy Hump Day

New faces in my men's class today, that means soon, some of the familiar faces will be gone.
The new guys took to yoga and meditation like kids opening Christmas presents.  All were smiling when they left my room today, that is a good sign.

Still cold and rainy, but warmer days coming for the weekend.  Looks as though it will be one of those winters, wet, wet and wet.  That's ok, everything, even in the cold temps looks happy.

The dogs are loving the rainy days, especially when the logs are burning in the fireplace.  Hook gets as close as he can and then he grunts.

Tomorrow night is a gig we look forward to every year.  We play a lovely museum a couple of hours southeast of here.  We always have such a warm welcoming audience.

Another mild bout of vertigo today, so bedtime beckons.  We are over the hump day, it is now mid-November and this year is almost gone.  Keep spreading the kindness and joy, it matters. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


I thought about our friend Mary as I cleaned a couple of kitchen drawers this morning.  She died a few years back and had fought cancer for several years before she made her transition.  We were talking one day about cleaning house.  She mentioned how much she hated cleaning her bookcases filled with books, and I agreed with her.  When you have floor to ceiling books, it is a major job to clean them.

She laughed and said "you know what I do, I decide to clean one shelf.  After you clean that one shelf, it looks so good and the others look so bad, well even if it takes a week of cleaning one shelf each day, you get it done."

I started with one drawer, and then I did another.  Then it was time to get ready to go to work, but I am going to do the same thing tomorrow.  I use to think I had to do it all in one day, but working one drawer or one shelf at a time is so much easier.

I miss my friend Mary, she was wise and kind and glowed with love.  But she was also loads of fun to hang with.  I can still hear her laugh.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday Musings

Fleeting moments of vertigo have hit this afternoon and tonight, never sure what triggers it.  Nothing bad, but truly unnerving.

Rain has come down most of the day.  Damp and chilly are two great words to describe the weather for this whole week.  Honestly, I had rather have damp and chilly than hot and humid.

I hope your week got off to a good start and if not, hopefully tomorrow will be better.
Spread some joy and kindness, even to those you don't know.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Horn of Plenty

We both got the nesting bug this morning and did a light cleaning of shelves, desks and closets.  I am trying to make this a regular ritual so that clutter can be contained.  We are not sparse by any means, we live in a small cottage and clutter grows quickly, just  don't want to feel overwhelmed by stuff.

I took down the October flag and hung the cornucopia for November.  I love this flag, the colors and what it represents.  We do have a bounty in our lives and I am grateful every day.  Our life is truly one that would be well represented by a horn of plenty.

Let's start this week with kindness and see if we can make it last the whole week long.

Saturday, November 10, 2018


Our local Veteran's celebration  was this morning.  It is small town at its best.  Always remembering those in our community who have served, recognizing them and paying tribute to those who are no longer here.

After the celebration, we went to the family owned business who restores used appliances and found once again, a great washer.  They will deliver Monday or Tuesday and take our old one and hopefully be able to rebuild it and resale it one more time.  I shudder to think of all the appliances in this country which have found a final resting place in a landfill.   I appreciate this family for what they do.

We walked the dogs this evening near sundown.  The light is so different then than in the mornings.
The tops of the trees shimmered in the glow of the evening sun.  I took deep breaths of the cold fresh air, grateful for such a wonderful day.

Take some time tomorrow to think about the upcoming week.  Take some time to be grateful for those in your life who are there for you, think about ways to share your joy and ways to extend kindness to those you see daily.  May your Sunday be filled with peace.

Friday, November 9, 2018


A good day.  A little house cleaning, some laundry, grocery shopping and a haircut.  We will play a couple of songs at our local Veteran's Day celebration tomorrow and hopefully go shopping for a new washing machine.  Mine is dying a slow horrible death.  My brother Ricky, who is a plumber  says to let it go and buy another.  I can't complain.  We buy from a family owned business who restores used washing machines, dryers, stoves and fridges.  We bought this washer from them I am guessing maybe 10 years ago for very little.  It has served us well.  We will go visit them tomorrow.

It has been in the 40's today with rain coming down most of the day.  Tonight I made a steaming pot of potato cheese soup, Sam is on her way to take a bowl home with her.

The picture tonight is what welcomes you as you drive into our driveway.  I think it is a pretty nice welcome.   Kindness and love, that is what it's all about, share some tomorrow.

Thursday, November 8, 2018


Some days I have to remind myself, just breathe.  Funny though, when I walk the dogs, I never have to remind myself to breathe.

Enjoy your Friday, share some joy, spread a little kindness.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

World of Gold

Pouring rain moved in around mid-morning, so we walked the dogs early.   The skies were gray and the chill touched your bones, but there is so much gold in the trees right now, the whole world seemed golden.

It has been an out of sorts day, but sometimes a new moon does that because it brings change.
Hump day is over and tomorrow is my Friday.  May our lives be touched with kindness tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Me and Hook, Again

Storms rolled through last night and this morning, but around lunch the clouds rolled away.
It has been a beautiful day and Hook and I enjoyed our daily dose of vitamin D before I had to go to work.

Rick and I voted today, I hope you did too.  Hook says he would vote if he could.

Monday, November 5, 2018


This quote filled my board today, many of my students took the time to write it down.

"If you don't make the time to work on creating the life you want, you're eventually going to be forced to spend a LOT of time dealing with a life you don't want."   - Kevin Ngo

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Hook Hug

The morning was beautiful and it was a great day to get things done.  Just routine things around the house that we both enjoy doing, like cutting the grass and planting more collard greens.  The dogs were quite frisky on their morning walk.

The clouds moved in this afternoon and a gentle rain has been falling for a couple of hours.  The weather guys are talking storms tomorrow night, hope they are wrong.

Hook always has to have a morning hug.  Rick snapped this picture this morning, me giving ol' Hook a big good morning hug.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Delightful Saturday

Our gig was one we love doing today.  It was at a senior living facility in Birmingham.  This was our third visit there this year and each time is a delight.  The seniors are delightful, attentive and so interacting.  Today I met a new lady who had moved in since we were there before.  She was very festive in a crimson outfit and I asked her what team she was cheering for today.

She smiled and told me she was cheering for any team in Alabama who had a game today.  She informed me that she was 90, a positive thinker and had been a cheerleader in her younger days.
Her quote "once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader."   She was so precious I just wanted to bring her home with us.

Several of our regulars showed up, always encouraging and sharing their stories.  Often they have family members who are visiting and they bring them to our show.  Today one of the ladies brought her daughter, and both were delightful.

Tonight, we helped our great-nephew Stone celebrate his 16 birthday.  His birthday was Halloween but the family celebrated tonight.

Rick is watching the Alabama/LSU game, honestly, I am too tired to watch.  Flipping through a magazine is about as much energy as I can muster tonight.

Wishing you all peace and kindness tomorrow.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Kids' Parade

If you read Rick's blog then you know our local high school celebrated their homecoming today, kicking off the festivities with a parade.  There is something about a parade that is all things good about a small town.  Maybe it is all the laughing kids, the sirens, the marching band and let's not forget all the candy that is tossed, but parades turn the mundane into the magical.

As I have for the past several years, I took Jordan to my sister Pat's house.  She has the perfect spot for parade watching on main street.  This year Anthony ( another great nephew) went as well and then for the first time, Jordan's mom got to come.  Rick and I picked the boys up at school, then on to Taco Bell and Sonic.  With growing boys you have to hit more than one fast food place for lunch.

It was cold and damp, and the kids didn't care.  The boys brought home sacks of candy, as much as Halloween.  On the way home Jordan announced that he never wanted to watch the parade from anywhere but Aunt's Pat house.  When I called her this evening, she laughed.  She is 75 and told me she hoped she lived many more years because she always wanted the kids to come to her house for the parade.  Two of her great grandkids came over as was a  major kid event.

We loaded the car for our gig tomorrow, well Rick did, but I will help with the unload and load and unload tomorrow.  This weekend has gotten off to a good but busy start.  May kindness and joy continue to bless us all.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November 1

November 1... probably my most favorite month of the year, the leaves are changing, temps are dropping

November 1... Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the, frets about gifts

November 1...three gigs this month

November 1...time to design Christmas cards and start painting

November 1...time changes ( we fall back, thank goodness) I am not a fan of Daylight Savings

November 1...the first frost arrives

November 1...we try to eat seasonal, this means root veggies, stews, soups....comfort food

November 1...sunsets take your breath

November 1...sweaters, boots...I am so happy

November 1..this month is the anniversary of my mom's death, 14 years

November 1....I am grateful regardless of what month it is

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Walking Season

 A blustery day, with clouds this morning and the sun breaking through this afternoon  Big changes coming later tonight, lots of rain, wind and cooler temps.  At least all the little goblins stayed dry tonight.  We live on a dead end road, only a handful of houses past us and then total darkness.  Trick or treaters rarely come to see us, though Jordan and Anthony our two great nephews did.  They got lots of treats.

Walking the past couple of weeks has been such a delight.  Mornings are cool, the fall colors are starting to dazzle and usually the skies are the bluest of blues.  Summers are so hot and humid here, you just want to sit in the shade and drink ice tea.  Springs can be frigid or hot and the days are filled with hard work, getting flowers and the vegetable gardens ready for their season.  Winters are beautiful and bare, usually cold mornings and not so bad afternoons.  But the falls, fall is walking season here.

We walk year round, but fall walks for me are most enjoyable.  The temps, the changes in light and color are sensory pleasures.  For me, fall is the best walking season.

I hope your Halloween has been fun, that whatever rituals or traditions you celebrate have been exactly what you needed.  May those who have gone before us, visit us in our dreams tonight.
Tomorrow, may you know kindness and may you share joy.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Wild Purple

I love this purple wild flower.  We only have a very small clump on our property.  I don't even know what it is, just that it gives me great joy to see it.  When I visited my sister Nell last week, she has a great big patch of it .  I was telling her how much I loved it, but she doesn't know what it is either, only that it a beautiful wild flower that blooms here in the fall.

Tomorrow is Wednesday, I hope your week has been one of kindness, of joy and of hope.  May we all remember to treat each other the way we want to be treated.  May we all be kind.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Zinnia Glory

We have a warm front for a couple of days, near 80 again and then storms and cooler air.
The zinnias are giving it their best shot, they always do as frost approaches.  I hope your Monday was a good one.  Tomorrow, be kind, be kind, be kind.  Treat people the way you would want to be treated.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Early Halloween

My brother Ricky's family came over this afternoon.  Since we live off the beaten path, nobody every comes trick or treating to our house.  They came today.  So I baked up a batch of cookies and the kids decorated them, threw some dogs on the grill and made a pot of chili.  It was an early Halloween.

Saturday, October 27, 2018


Something we are all guilty of.....

"Don't let yesterday take up too much of today."

Friday, October 26, 2018

Three Friends

I am about to take our great room through a transformation, it's has been about 15 years or so since the last time.  It's only paint, a new rug and throw pillows, but I think it's time.  I will take before and afters, my plans are to be done by Thanksgiving, but we shall see.

As we walked the dogs this morning they all acted like pups.  Taz has a way of strutting when she feels good and these cooler days, she feels good.  These cooler days I feel good, though I am still dealing with the sinus infection which will not go away.

No gigs this weekend, but Rick will be working his occasional weekend shift at the paper tomorrow.

We made a fast run to Walmart this morning.  To be honest most days if I have to visit Walmart it's almost like going to the dentist.  Today was a wonderful day.  First thing, Marlene met us at the door, if you recall Rick's post she is our Walmart greeter that he has helped to become famous.  Since he wrote about her in our local paper, the Birmingham News has continued her story and done a video about her.  She is our local super star.  As we were getting ready to leave, I saw one of my favorite yoga students Joyce, who is in her 80's by the way.  Her smiling face and incredible attitude make her everyone's favorite in our Monday night class.  And then in the parking lot, there was my precious friend Barbara ( whose incredible husband died this week) I saw her smiling face with tears rolling down her cheeks and we just stopped traffic there in the parking lot.  These three amazing women made my day.

We picked Rick's truck up at the Ford place after they fixed "the recall."  We headed home, had lunch and Taz and I took a two hour nap.  Rick said at one time, she and I were snoring so loud he could hear us in his office.  Ha!  I just can't believe that.

Enjoy your Saturday.  Have some fun, laugh, hug and know in your heart life changes in the blink of an eye.  May we all be kind.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Plants and Colors

Cold and rainy today....can't remember the last time I said that, must have been last winter.
The plants have been moved to the now converted screen porch and the two big boys are happy in the great room.  We worked hard yesterday but it's worth it to save our plants.  Next on the agenda, paint the great room, but first paint chips  to see how the colors look in our north facing room.

We are both a little worn and under the weather today, but we are not playing anywhere this weekend, so there will be some rest.

With the clouds rolling in last night, I missed the full moon and with the rain tonight, well that's ok.  We needed the rain.  The trees are beginning to show tinges of autumn color, reds, golds, oranges.  Soon Alabama will show her fall colors.  Pictures to come. 

October is coming to an end, just a few more days.  With all the beauty around, be sure to look for people and places.  Show kindness tomorrow, not just to those you love, but to those you don't even know.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Best Self

On my board today....

You will be your best self when you take time to understand
what you really need, feel and want.   - Deborah Day

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Changes Everywhere

There has been strange energy around this week, sometimes good, sometimes not so good.
Maybe it's the full moon and the change in the weather, but hopefully all will settle down soon.

That's life isn't it?  The good, the bad, the ok...sometimes it can be a mix, and some days it seems as if you are on top of the world or the bottom of the heap with no in between.

We have friends and family members sick, some are almost to their final transition.  Some are looking at major job changes, it appears that there is a great deal of topsy turvy  taking place in many lives.
A friend had posted something on FB yesterday about taking a good look around because a year from now, nothing will be the same.  That statement hit home in many ways today.

Tomorrow is hump day ( Wednesday).  However your week is going, I hope your changes, your transformations go smoothly.  May we all experience joy, and may we all experience kindness, no matter what we are facing.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Monday, October 22, 2018


sharing a quote with you tonight...

" To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Beautiful Sunday

It has been a nice easy laid back day here in Empire.  We walked the dogs, planted collards, read 2 Sunday papers and enjoyed a beautiful fall Sunday.

I walked outside a few minutes ago to get my yoga bag out of the car and saw the moon rise.  Wow.
It's still not full, but it is big and glowing.  I think this full moon is going to be one of the prettiest all year.  It just seems as the air begins to cool down the moon thrives on the change.

This will be the week we get the screened porch ready to winter our plants.  Last year was the first time we did it and our plants thrived during the winter.  So glad we tried it.  We love our plants, but we have so many if we bring them all in the house, it gets claustrophobic.  Last year we only brought the big guys into the great room ( they are over 12 feet tall) and the two of them made it comfy cozy.

This is the last full week of October.  Let's make it kind, peaceful and joyous.  Tomorrow be kind, smile and hug someone.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Good Gig

Our gig today was a good one, a beautiful setting, very intimate with great acoustics.  We had a great time.   On the way home we both realized just how tired we were.  The only words we exchanged, were do you want to go somewhere to eat, no.   Home and something out of the freezer was just fine.
Thank goodness tomorrow is Sunday and we have another day before heading back to work.  The sinus gunk is dealing us both fits.  We both have decided it is one of those things we have to wear out.

This morning was cold and rainy, but this afternoon the cold front pushed through and the sunshine found its way  across  our little piece of heaven.  Tomorrow is supposed to be much of the same, not rain, sunshine and cool temps.

If you root for a sports team, I hope your team won today.  Tomorrow I hope we all get some rest, a few laughs, and maybe a hug.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Friday, October 19, 2018

Chores Done

Another picture perfect fall day.  We made our first visit to Costco since before Rick's knee replacement and all went well.  I got the closets done today, there is incredible satisfaction in getting chores done, well for me there is .  We are ready and excited about our gig tomorrow.  It has been a good busy day.  The new meds the ENT prescribed seem to be working, fingers crossed.

I did salmon filets tonight, one of my favorite dinners and Taz's as well.  She begs for salmon, I swear she is half cat. 

I am so happy our gig is indoors tomorrow, rain and a cold front are coming late tonight.  We have played outdoors in chilly damp weather and it's tough.  Playing indoors by a fireplace tomorrow should be nice.

I hope your weekend brings you the opportunity to laugh out loud, get a hug or two and spread some kindness.  Those three experiences should make for a great weekend.

Thursday, October 18, 2018


Another visit to the ENT today, this stuff is getting wearisome.  But, it has been a picture perfect autumn day, vivid blue skies, white wispy clouds and temps around 70.

Tomorrow we will practice for our Saturday gig, make a run to Costco and pick up new contacts.
Tonight when I got home, Rick had picked up Chinese from our local restaurant and it was yummy.
Their hot and our soup makes my day, throw in a couple of spring rolls and I am happy.

Emotional classes, new students, raw emotions, guilt, anger, adjustment to meds, it has been a roller coaster day and I am exhausted ( I suppose the sinus/bronchial stuff is fuel to the drain).
My hot tea and bed await.  Tomorrow is another day.

May we all know joy, peace and kindness. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Too Much

The dogs bounded out of the house this morning, forget the walk, they ran.  It had rained all day yesterday and they went outside long enough to take care of business, but none of them enjoy a stroll in the rain.  Today they made up for lost time, even Taz who is much more of a rambler, strutted this morning.  I admit Rick and I walked a little faster today and when I did my run, it was wonderful to no longer feel oppressive heat.

I have packed back our summer clothes today.  His cool weather clothes are freshly washed and in his closet.  Mine are out of storage, but it will be Friday before they are in my closet.  I think going to work in the afternoons is not always a good thing.  I tend to do way too much before I leave for work everyday.

Tomorrow is my Friday.  This has been a long week, it will be good to play some music this weekend and hang with friends. 

I hope you laugh out loud tomorrow and may kindness greet you at every door.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


A quote that I use on my board sometimes about healing.  The beginning of healing is often when you decide to tell your story, maybe for the first time in your life.  Those stories are not pretty, but they have to be told, no matter if anyone believes you or not.  Our truths, our stories are often not told for many many years, because of fear and judgement.  I hope there comes a day when no one is afraid to tell their story and that we humans stop passing judgement on those stories.

"  Healing doesn't have to look magical or pretty.  Real healing is hard, exhausting and draining. Let yourself to through it.  Don't try to paint it as anything other than what it is.  Be there for yourself with no judgement."   -Audrey Kitching

Monday, October 15, 2018

October 15

October 15, we are already half way through the   Our weather is finally changing, cooler days and nights and more rain moving in.  These changes are good ones.  More color is starting to show in our trees, and tonight the half moon was wrapped in a gauzy veil.  I am loving this seasonal change.

We have another gig this coming Saturday.  We are playing for an exhibit of many things musical and how the items relate to our county and the people who live here.  The show starts with a vocal group, then our friends The Spook House Saints and then's all acoustic, by a fireplace.  Should be fun and a unique experience.

My hot tea awaits and the bed is calling my name.  I hope your week got off to a good start, remember to be kind and spread joy tomorrow.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Official Forecast

The official Phillips kids persimmon 2018 forecast is in....9 spoons, one knife...10 seeds.
It's going to be snowy and cold folks, get your warm clothes ready.

Jordan, Breeze, Daisy, Joy and ZuZu came over this afternoon ready to go to work with their forecast.
Breeze even got stung by a wasp gathering the ripe persimmons.  They are tough kids and they all love science, even the home grown kind.  Well, we admit Zu is a little young but we have her in training.  To say they were delighted with their forecast is an understatement, they were bouncing off the walls, making plans for snowmen, snow cream, and snow angels...all things snow.

Honestly, if we just muster up one snow this season they will be happy.

It has been a wonderful day, beautiful and cooler.  A day of rest, long naps and happy kids.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

A Good Night

A good night, we played our songs, spent time with friends and had a great time.  It's called doing what you love and we do it every chance we get.

We singer/songwriters are a strange breed.  We use vacation time, sick time, or sometimes just take off work so that we can do what we love.  It's not for the money, at least not for us and most of our friends.  It is the sharing of creative energy, of talents and our joy that fuels us to play whether we have a big audience or a small one.

I hope you all get to spend some of your time doing what you love, no matter what that might be.
It is important to your well being.

Tomorrow, may you know peace, feel joy, and share kindness.

Friday, October 12, 2018


51 degrees this felt like heaven.  The dogs ran and jumped for joy during their morning walk.  I wore a jacket, wow.  Fall found us, I hope she stays.

This evening the car is loaded with equipment, our friend Joe who is playing with us tomorrow night came by and helped us.  We are still dealing with the nasty crud.  Lots of Breathe Deep tea tomorrow and hopes that once again our voices stay strong for our show.

I hope your Friday has been good, I have worked and been busy most of the day.
Rest in the morning, play tomorrow night, a good day.

Sending joy, peace and kindness to you all.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thursday Observations and Thoughts

Our skies today became blue, truly breath-taking blue, like out west Rocky Mountain sky blue.
Between Hurricane Michael and a cold front,  we got exquisite London blue topaz skies.

Our air has a chill tonight, finally those 90 degree temps are gone, and I truly hope I don't feel them again until next July or August.

We both are still dealing with the sinus monster and cough. My best relief has come from Yoga Breathe Deep tea.  It is not the tastiest tea in the land, but it helps with respiratory stuff.

In the past couple of weeks I have said goodbye to 5 or 6 of my students at work.  I will miss them.
They have been a part of the group who shows up for every class with open minds and hearts.
I will always remember this group and one from about eight or nine years ago who brought their A game to my class room. 

We have a gig Saturday night at one of our most beloved coffee houses, Berkeley Bob's in Cullman, Al.   Of course we are up against an Alabama football game, so the crowd might be thin, but that's ok.  Someone once told Rick even Jesus couldn't compete against SEC football, they were right.  I can promise you if SEC football was ever played on Sundays, churches in the south would have to install big screen tvs so the congregations could watch.

I hope this weekend brings joy, comfort and peace to you all.  Spread some kindness.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hump Day

It has been a long day.  Have friends who lived in the area hit by Michael, they are safe, but they don't know if they have homes to go back to.  We all pay a price for living in our paradise, don't we?  Here where we are, we deal with tornadoes and hurricanes, our friends out west deal with fires, earth quakes and snowstorms, every place  has its beauty and its price.

Rick and I are still dealing with this sinus/bronchial infection.  I have had it going into my second week ( and second time in 6 weeks).  Rick came down with it a little over a week ago.

The weather guys swear that fall is coming tomorrow night.  We shall see.  70 degree days and 50 degree nights, that is the promise, I will believe it when I feel it.

Cooking dinner tonight, I looked out the kitchen window and awe struck by the rose light shinning through the trees where the sun was setting. Breath taking.  Maybe Mother Nature's apology for the nasty weather today?  The light varied from rose to apricot, the picture does not do it justice.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


I know, I have way too many flags.  The one I hung September 1, has been replaced by the pumpkin, which November 1 will be replaced by the Horn of Plenty, which then will be replaced December 1 with the Christmas flag, and then of course Jan. 1 comes the snowman flag.

It all makes me dizzy too.  I just love to see them hanging from the arbor when I get home every day.
I think they make our little cottage look welcoming and homey.

For our friends in Michael's path, stay safe.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Monday, October 8, 2018

No Waiting

Loving this quote today.  So there is it is, no waiting, not even a single moment.

"How wonderful it is that nobody  need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world."   -Anne Frank

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Ready for New Beginnings

Sunday, today for us was a true day of rest.  Other than cooking dinner for my nephew and his family, his wife has mono and I think their five kids were getting tired of dad's cooking, I have done nothing.
My FitBit probably thinks I have died.  It's ok, I have learned the hard through the years to be very gentle with myself when infection strikes.

Jordan reminded me a few days ago I had not placed the witch hat/broom by the front door.  It is a simple decoration that I have done all his life and he loves it.  So I did get the hat/broom by the door this weekend.  I think next year I might have to at least get a new broom, not many miles left on this old model.  :)

A new moon this week, always new beginnings.  Show some love, share some joy, and may we all be kind.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Fall Decor

A day of rest, well for me.  Rick went down and shot pictures of the Sumiton Frog Festival this morning.  This was the first one I have missed, but with work and all our gigs coming up, I have to work on health.  And this was another raging hot day in Alabama.  Never in my life do I remember 90 degree days in October.  Ugh.

I have spent some time doing my fall decorations and am sharing some photos with ya'll tonight.
I hope your Sunday is a peaceful, may you touch someone with your kindness and joy.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Frog Level

We played one of our favorite gigs tonight, The Frog Level Festival in Fayette, Al.  Frog Level was the original town name for Fayette.   The Festival takes place downtown around the beautiful old court house.  This is a true artisan festival, great music, incredible food and wonderful original arts and crafts.  We were thrilled that they asked us back this year.  Anytime you get asked to return is a real thumbs up for a musician.

The meds and all your good energies kicked and I made it through our set without too much difficulty.  We were well received by the audience and several people told us how much our songs touched them.  That is why we do what we do, share our music for others to enjoy.

I am exhausted and so is Rick.  Hot tea and bed await us.
Good night, Sweet dreams
May we all be kind.

Thursday, October 4, 2018


A day of rest, just what the doctor ordered and I did as ordered.  The most strenuous thing I did today was go through our set for tomorrow night.  Our gig tomorrow night is important, they always are, because performing our songs is what we love.  Please send me your healing energies tomorrow at 6:00pm that my voice stays strong and we do our set, sharing our songs with love and joy.

It has been a beautiful day, but strangely hot, 90 degrees...where is fall?  I envy all of you who are getting to experience cooler temps, some of you, even snow!  We have lost most of our apple crop because of excessive heat.  It's a shame because we have the best apples ever.

It has been hard to rest today.  I am on a steroid dose pack, if you have never had steroids pulsing through your body, just imagine that you have drank 8 pots of coffee today.  Get the picture?
I woke up at 4:00 am this morning and wrote a song, wide awake, raring to go.   Today I wanted to clean house, paint the walls, wash the windows and repot all the plants...and that was just before lunch.   Thankfully each day the dose decreases, yesterday was the big boy dose.

Tomorrow is the start of the weekend, I hope there is laughter, love and kindness in yours.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wednesday Thoughts

I saw my ENT yesterday, my second sinus, bronchial infection in less than six weeks.  I taught my men's group today but am not going back to work until Monday.  I think along with the meds, my body might need the extra rest.

We do have a gig this Friday night, it is a good one and it's only an hour.  Other than our gig, my plans are to rest, rest, and rest.

My class today was poignant,  I had students who will be going home tomorrow.  They are part of this incredible group that has been coming to class for the past month or so.  Never have I had a group come into my room with such open minds and hearts, it has been a teacher's dream.  I will miss them all when they leave.

I am ready for my cup of hot tea and bed.  I wish you all a good night.
Tomorrow may we all know kindness.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


 A friend sent this quote to me today.  As I read it I realized on how many levels this rang true.
It goes on my board tomorrow.  Give it some thought, see if it hits you as profoundly as it hit me.

"Once you carry your own water, you will learn the value of every drop."

Monday, October 1, 2018

October 1

October 1...,today was my parents anniversary, would have been married 76 years

October 1....this can't be October, temps in the upper 80's low 90's

October 1....waiting patiently for crisp fall air to arrive ( well maybe not so patiently)

October 1...we have gigs almost every weekend this month

October dad's, Rick's dad's and my twin brothers birthdays are this month

October 1...our treat this weekend, mixing salted peanuts with candy corn, yummy

October 1...I am longing for fall

October 1...bon fires, apple cider, smores and kids running through the back yard

October 1...I love Halloween

October 1...spider webs everywhere

October 1....can't wait to sleep in flannel sheets

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Bits of Gold

All the rain has helped the dried brown leaves to fall, and now there are more bits of color appearing.
Of course the temps are back up around 90 degrees and tomorrow is the first day of October.  Wow.
I hope this new week, and new month bring joy to your life.  Tomorrow laugh, hug and be kind.
And if you can send down some cooler air, it would be appreciated.
Goodnight, sweet dreams.

Saturday, September 29, 2018


I have a silent prayer that I pray daily for my friends and family...let them be healthy and happy.
If you read Rick's column this evening you know we saw the transformation of one of our dearest friends today.   She had buried her husband awhile back and I had spent a great deal of time concerned about her.  She is not the first of my friends to bury a spouse and sadly will not be the last, but I knew she was such an introvert and I was fearful she might go inward and never know happiness again.  Her husband had fought a battle with pancreatic cancer and she fought it with him.

Thankfully the universe works in wonderful ways and someone came into her life and the light within her came back on. They married today on the banks of the Warrior River in front of her house.  Her smile was brighter than the noon day sun.  Her friends and family joined in her smile.  If your world seemed a little brighter today I am sure it was our joy that came your way.

I hope your Saturday has been as good as ours, I pray tonight that all of you be healthy and happy...and may we all be kind.

Friday, September 28, 2018


My implant is in place, the flipper is no longer needed.  I am so happy.  There is some tenderness and pain, so worth it. 

We have had a very long day.  First on the agenda was a visit with Rick's orthopedic doc, he got a glowing report.  Then on to our primary care ( at a different hospital, across town) and flu shots, then pick up a few groceries, then to the dentist, then to our local department store to buy a birthday and wedding gift and then by Rick's office, home, a short practice session for our gig next week and now we are in our pj's wondering if it is too early for bed.

Yesterday morning as the rain continued I looked out through our back door and saw a strange sight in one of my pots of blooming moss...small yellow mushrooms peeking through the sides of the strawberry jar.  What a surprise!  I suppose if there is enough rain there will always be a surprise growing somewhere.

Rick has our hot tea ready.  I hope you have had a good day, tomorrow laugh out loud and give someone a hug.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Cedar Rain

The rain is still falling, at times almost monsoonal but the sound of it tonight is very soothing.
As I walked down to get the morning paper I noticed a big cedar tree that looked like it was covered in diamonds.  Rain drops sparkled on every branch.  I have seen cedars sparkle with ice but not often with rain, it was beautiful.

I hope this day has been a good one.  We have a busy one tomorrow, Rick has a doctor's appointment and I have a dental appointment.  Finally my implant is ready.  Last weekend of September, fill it with kindness, we all need some.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Weather Musings

Monsoonal rains today.  My brother Rick's rain gauge showed over 3 inches.  Our world looks refreshed and alive and suddenly fall color is becoming more vivid.

The dogs have not been happy.  Taz refuses to walk in the rain.  Calliou and Hook walked during some showers but they were not excited.

I have missed seeing the full moon this week, but that's ok.  Getting this rain has been so wonderful.
Our persimmons are ripe, so this weekend Jordan will come over and we will do our winter weather predictions.  He nailed it last year with three snows predicted.  We will see how well he does this year.  If you don't know about the use of persimmon seeds in weather predictions here's the scoop.
You gather up several ripe persimmons from you area.  Cut the seeds open.  In the center of each seed you will see a distinct shape of either spoon, fork or knife.    Spoons represent snow ( shoveling snow)  knife represents cold cutting winds, and fork represents mild.  Will keep you posted.

The official "persimmon lady " who lives in North Carolina got 90 something spoons out of 100 seeds, the rest being knives.  She says that type of forecast has only happened twice since the 60's.
We will wait and see.

Hope your Thursday is a good one.  Be kind, everyone needs it.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


I had an unexpected off day.  Our building was hosting a training seminar for our nursing staff and there was a space shortage so my room was needed.  It has been nice to have an unplanned day.
I have done a ton of house work, cleaned out a closet and we had a nice rehearsal for our gig next weekend.  I am a tired, but it's a good tired.

This evening we had more rain and more to come tomorrow.  Finally the earth no longer looks dry and baked.  Waiting for cooler temps and I will be so happy if they arrive.

Taz visited the vet today for her yearly.  Our vet and her staff are awesome, but Taz is not a fan.
It might be the shots, maybe the nail clipping,  the prodding, all that goes along with the visit.
She came home and sulked for a couple of hours, I am sure she was wishing she could get into my shoe closet.   She would have had her way with my nice leather boots.

My cup of hot tea awaits and so does the bed.  Enjoy your mid-week tomorrow, do something that brings you joy.

Monday, September 24, 2018


Walking the dogs today, our path is showing more color, I can't wait until the reds appear.
We had rain today, and there is talk of cooler air coming our way toward the end of the week.
I can't wait.

Didn't get to see the Harvest Moon tonight because of the clouds.  That's ok, the rain was wonderful.
Isn't our walking path beautiful?

Sunday, September 23, 2018


We have a few nails that are getting loose on some of the boards on our deck.  Jordan LOVES to whack things, so today he came over and whacked the nails back in to place.  He had a grand time and now those pesky nails are back where they are suppose to be.

Our nephew James ( who is  also the publisher of the paper that Rick writes for) came by today and brought his two youngest daughters, Joy and Zuzu.  Zu is a year old, she is the first child I have been around in many years who does not care for me.  She looks at me as an oddity, something to be observed but not with affection.  Maybe she will grow to like me.  Joy likes me.  She loves that I buy her clothes ( she is 6). Her birthday is next week and I told her this afternoon I would buy her a couple of new outfits for school.  She requested that I buy her favorite colors, purple and blue.
My front door is purple, so are both the bedrooms in our house, now you know why Joy and I bond.

Joy walked in the house today wearing a sparkly unicorn horn on her head.  You gotta love a kid who wears a unicorn horn as part of her ensemble. I love that there have been kids hanging around us today.  Kids help us to see life from a different perspective.  It has been a fun day.

This is the last week of September and a full moon and we had the equinox.  Change in the season and hopefully a change for us, in the weather.  Send September out with kindness and joy, welcome October with the same.
Goodnight,Sweet dreams

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Not Meant

A quote for this Saturday night...

"In the end, only three things matter:  how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."   - Buddha

Friday, September 21, 2018


As I walked the dogs this week, I saw promise, a promise of fall waiting patiently for summer to leave.

I am waiting as well, not so patiently, but waiting for my favorite season of the year and all that she brings.

Thursday, September 20, 2018


Sharing a quote with you tonight.

"If you are a gifted person, it doesn't mean that you gained something.  It means you have something to give back."

-Carl Jung

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dental Excitement

I have never been excited about going to the dentist.  ( sorry to all you dentists out there)  I had nasty experiences with dentists when I was a child and what can I say, my body or mind never forgot.
But about 10 months ago, one of my front teeth broke, it was a crown on a root canal.  Best/worst case scenario I went with an implant.  I have worn a flipper for the past ten months.  It has been a learning experience especially when I sing or teach for several hours.

This morning I was excited.  My implant was ready to be screwed into its permanent home, my mouth.  I got to the dentist office, sat in the chair, not nervous for the first time ever.  My dentist came in and got ready to do the deed.  I heard him take a deep breath, and then he said I am so sorry to disappoint seems the color match was not what it should be.  I am glad my dentist is such a stickler for detail, and in the scheme of things waiting another week is not so bad.

I laughed on the way home.  For the first time in my 66 years of living I was excited about a trip to the dentist office.  Wow.  And you know what, I can't wait until next week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Sinus crud is better today.  I went to work.  As I was leaving this evening I noticed dark clouds gathering toward home.  It was so hot as I walked across the parking lot, I was hoping for rain.
About a mile down the road there was a gentle sprinkle.  As I continued to drive homeward, the drops were bigger and more plentiful.  Soon as my grandmother Mamie used to say, we were getting a good little shower.  About five miles from home the sun came out, the rain disappeared.  I was grateful anyway.  The air smelled great and for a few minutes the earth was clean and fresh...and cooler.
I considered that good little shower a gift. 

I am a firm believer in grateful.  Gratitude is life changing.  When we begin to be grateful for the small things, big things follow.  And with gratitude comes joy.  So if you want some joy in your life, start being grateful.  Throughout my day, I make gratitude lists in my head.  I tell my students to think of one thing every morning to be grateful for.  Pretty soon, you will think of many things to be grateful for.  Sometimes I tell them to keep a gratitude journal.  Start with three things and every day write down three things, in a couple of weeks, write five down and pretty soon, those five will multiply.  I promise the gratitude for the small will bring the big and any gratitude will bring joy.

Tomorrow is hump day, think of one thing to be grateful for when you wake up.  Before you go to bed tomorrow night, think of three things.  And in between, be kind.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Nature's Composition

I didn't work today.  I made a feeble attempt to walk the dogs this morning, and though I only walked a few minutes I found a gift on the road in front of the house.  This beautiful leaf in an extraordinary composition greeted me as I made my way to the house.  Nature's Perfection.

The sinus gunk grabbed me and did not let go today.  I saw the urgent care doc and got some treatment.  I am much better tonight.

I hope your week started better than mine.  Share some kindness, give a little love, and be grateful.
The sun brings a new day tomorrow.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Hanging by a Thread

Walking the dogs this morning there were spider webs everywhere.  Nothing will make me dance faster, jump higher, scream louder than spider webs in the face.  That is the down side to the coming of fall, spider webs, everywhere.

As I rounded a bend in the path, I saw this beautiful amber and gold leaf that seemed to be dangling in mid-air.  The sun light made it glisten and the breeze spun it like a pin wheel.  I laughed when I got closer, the leaf was hanging by a thread from a spider's web.  But it was a beautiful sight.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


An update on the giant fungi, it continues to evolve.  I have noticed a tree in the hollow between our house and my brother's that seems to be consumed with this giant as well.  Maybe it's some kind of weird alien.  :)

It's a 100 degrees here today, hot and humid.  We are all rather wilted.

I hope your Sunday brings peace, hope and joy.

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Team

Another picture of our walking path/road, this time with Hook and Calliou.  Calliou walks with purpose, Hook meanders and looks for trouble.  They make a good team.  I hope your Friday has been a good one.  Be kind, love each other and laugh out loud.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Look Up

The past two days have been extremely stressful for various reasons.  Walking the dogs this morning while Rick was at therapy I realized half-way through my walk I had looked down at the ground the whole time.  I chided myself and reminded me to look up.  When I looked up the universe gave me a gift.  Fall color, I smiled when I looked up and told myself no matter how stressful things were right now, I had to look up. 

Tomorrow no matter how stressed you are, look up.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

All That is Good Today

Great class this afternoon with the men in our group and afterwards a good meditation class as well.
It has been a long day, but I did get a good report from my pulmonary doc.  The clouds are starting to roll in from the east so it looks as though we will get rain from Florence at some point.

For our friends on the East Coast,  be safe.  Water and wind are nothing to play around with, we get  not only the hurricanes but two tornado seasons as well.  Mother Nature is not a force to take lightly.
Hoping she moves quickly and does not stall out over land.
For now, ya'll be safe and be prepared...higher ground is good.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Waiting for Fall

Last night was a wash.  I have had some sinus stuff for the past week or so.  Our rag weed count is off the charts and  I think the rag weed, the stress of the last few weeks and the packed weekend caught up with me.  As I started to teach my Monday night community class, vertigo hit.  At first it seemed manageable, I took some meds and kept teaching.  By the end of class it was past manageable, Rick helped me to the car and we made it home.  We both were laughing as he helped me get out of the car, me with the nausea and vertigo, he with the gimpy leg.  More meds, darkened room and ginger ale helped me to fall asleep, but I missed my blog entry, so sorry.

I bought a new flag for our arbor ( yes, we live in a cottage, and I have to have flags for each season) so I did get that out over the weekend.  And I decorated the front door.  Even if it doesn't feel like fall, it looks like it at our front door.

I am better tonight.  I taught class today, a very slow easy one.  Tomorrow I see the lung doc for my checkup.  May we all be kind tomorrow, and let's laugh out loud at least once.