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Monday, March 17, 2014

I didn’t know where to look


On a recent trip to see grandsons,

I didn’t know where to look.

One minute I was totally focused on watching my oldest grandson play ball,

and then I turned in my bleacher seat and saw this.


Back and forth- all weekend.


Or the day before watching my oldest grandson fishing

and then turning and seeing this.


I need to go back right away and look some more.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Cookie Butter- A Moral Dilemma



Here are five random things this wonderful Friday, beginning with:

*Cookie Butter- a Moral Dilemma.

Do I go back to the kitchen cabinet where it waits, or do I resist?

Just don’t do it folks.

Don’t buy it,

don’t keep it in your house, don’t think you can resist its siren call.

My only saving grace (literally) is that it can only be found at Trader Joe’s.

The closest Trader Joe’s to my home is either in Houston or Dallas

(7-9 hours away respectively).

When I bought my husband (ahem) several jars on a recent trip to Dallas, a man standing next to me in the

cookie butter aisle was

mumbling, “Gosh I love this stuff….”

Don’t do it.

*I am planting today- regardless.

I was supposed to plant my tomatoes on Valentine’s Day, and I didn’t

because it was cold. I also have a big pile of zinnia seed packets.

Enough already.

* We have parrots in our trees.

I kid you not.

We have a trio of cheerful, squawking parrots nesting in our trees.

I don’t even know what to say about that.

My husband thinks they are even more dramatic than I am.

* You Tube Videos

It is no secret I am a fan of you tube videos.

By now I should have an advanced degree.

It is a rabbit hole you may not want to enter.

(eye makeup application, knitting, performing minor surgery…)

*The Note

And finally, more importantly,

visit Pura Vida's blog to read The Note- a wonderful lesson for us all taught from the playground.


Linking to

A Rural Journal’s

Random 5 Friday.

Random 5 Friday

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dear Daughters: Spring Cleaning for the Exhausted



Dear Daughters,

First of all, I understand your weariness and exhaustion as your workdays begin each morning, during this long, cold winter.

And even though your work may be uniquely yours (as an attorney, English teacher, or librarian),

I understand the feeling of the alarm ringing and the day beginning.

And so this letter is not about creating a Pinterest worthy post of no fail steps for you to follow in tackling your

spring cleaning.

In fact I have decided that published steps about how to do the things in your life often create


It becomes more about reading about the steps than taking them.

Please don’t misunderstand.

I love hearing about how people tackle the chores in their living.

But I also know that we often measure our mastery of said chores by someone else’s confidence in doing them

and talking about them.

To that I say, WHATEVER.

And so the housekeeping, spring cleaning idea that I want to share this morning is simply this-

look at , give away or keep , and clean everything you own.

There are no rules.

There is no timeline.

There is no wrong way to do this.

You don’t need perfectly labeled or color coded baskets.

When I was teaching, I did this every summer once the school year ended, and it worked.

My only rule- which doesn’t have to be yours – is that I looked at and dealt with everything we owned.

This may be the last thing on your mind this morning.

I know that too.

If this doesn’t get done, the sky won’t fall.

I promise.

Love , Mom

Monday, February 17, 2014

Late Tomato Planting

Homegrown Tomatoes

I am a little worried.

Normally, I plant my tomato plants on Valentine’s Day,
but all of the cold weather (even in South Texas)
has delayed things.

Our county extension agent gave me that Valentine’s Day planting advice years ago.

I planted my tomatoes  last February on Valentine’s Day, and I had the best tomato crop I have ever had.
Tomato Planting
My father (the farmer) said the soil is still too cold.

And so I wait…
Have a wonderful Monday!

PS:  I did plant a Pico de Gallo herb bed inside the spokes of a wagon wheel this afternoon.

More on that later.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine’s Day Gift Talk


This goes out to all of you who probably have wonderful tales (both past and present) of romance to tell,

but Valentine’s Day 2014 has ended up being more about laughing and shrugging your shoulders.


Setting:  waiting room of the doctor’s office today

Me, kicking the ant bed:  “I think I need a BIG diamond for Valentine’s Day.”

My husband, mumbling: “mumble,mumble,mumble, trying to break us, mumble,mumble…”

Me: smiling because he took the bait

My husband, handing me a magazine a few minutes later: “I think you really need this.

This could really help you do YOUR yard work.”


Don’t you want a Boom Lift trailer or Dr. Stump Grinder?

Here are some gifts he has given me in years’ past:

*a high pressure washer ( I am on my second one)

* a garden wagon with collapsible sides (I am on my second one)

* a baseball glove

* and LOTS of things he doesn’t know he gave me !

Happy Valentine’s Day!



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