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When Hope is Hidden

  We’ve all been there.  You might still be there.  Today.  This minute. I am. You’re hoping for something, but you can’t even begin to comprehend how it will ever come to fruition. You want to have hope.  You need to have hope. Hope itself is something […]

Monday Mondays 1.23.17

Monday Mondays 1.23.17

My gosh. Not a democracy, but a republic (that’s a pet peeve of mine) can be a very very messy thing, even if the passing of power is peaceful. Regardless of who you voted for, my wish is that we would start focusing more on […]

monday mondays 1.9.17

monday mondays 1.9.17


Happy New Year!!!

Well, with a new year, I aim once again to blog more.  I probably could’ve  posted a whole bunch of these Monday posts if only I’d actually taken the time to post them; I have tons of links I’ve sent to myself but I’m wary of only doing these link posts. I love blogging, but my heart hasn’t been in it for a while. While I love it here, I don’t want to only show up and be the Drudge Report of recipe, home decorating and gardening links.  But they were over-running my email inbox, so today is your lucky day if you wanted to know exactly how much protein is enough, according to experts.

By the way, above is a photo I took last week from my front porch when we had some really lovely fog at dusk.  We now have Mennonites that live nearby, and hearing the clip clop of the horses pulling their buggies pulled me outside. The painting God drew for me that evening took my breath away.  Thank goodness for cameras so I can remember His gift to me!

Have a good week, my virtual friends – go forth and notice the beauty all around you!

How to Deal with Endings

How to Deal with Endings

A few years ago, a family that we spent a lot of time with through homeschooling had to move out of state.  They were pretty well entrenched in the community, their church, and the list of people that were sad to see them go was […]

monday mondays 10.10.16

Lately, I’ve been letting my creative juices flow in other areas besides my blog. I’ve made a few small decorating changes to my home, although, they weren’t quick by any measure, worked on a painting of my dogs, done a little sewing here and there, […]

Monday Mondays 9.19.16


That’s my buddy in the picture above.  Since my dog Ginger died about a year and a half ago, this one – although technically my daughter’s dog, but we all know how that is! – sticks to me like glue.  When Ginger was alive, I was most definitely her alpha dog, and by virtue of pack hierarchy, I’m now this one’s alpha as well.  He’s temperamentally the complete opposite of Ginger; my buddy is slow, gentle, quiet, constant and steady.

Unlike children, I had a favorite dog. When Ginger was alive, she was it.  Maybe it was because she made me hers, and the other dog was my daughter’s, but since Ginger is gone, I’ve learned to really appreciate my buddy’s steadfast character.  Although my husband would say he barks at everything, he really only barks at the 5 dogs next door.  And the dogs across the street. Because, dogs need to communicate with each other, you know?  Pongo & Perdy taught me that and the value of the Midnight Bark way back, when I was 5 or something.

(May I just say that to this day, the Internet and the search engines it spawned, thrill me to no end!  The fact that some of you may be clueless as to who exactly Pongo and Perdita are, but in seconds, I could link that for you, so you could find out yourselves, without a lengthy explanation from me, well, a big Kudos to Al Gore, inventor of the Internet!  😉   I completely believe that if I had had it back when I was a student all those many years ago, I would have been an incredible student.  I already was a pretty good one, but boy – I’d have rocked me some awesome research papers, for sure!)

Anyway, I’ve learned to appreciate all the opposite personality characteristics of this sweet, furry, black dog.  How is it that the things you once saw as “less than” can somehow become “more than” once your perspective and/or needs change?  And yet, they do…

Enjoy these last few dog days of summer!  Here are the Monday links:

It’s A Different World After All

This past Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of 9-11, and to me, it still seems like yesterday I was watching that horrible day unfold on every single TV channel. I think we could all agree that the world has changed since then, but especially since we […]

Monday Mondays 9.12.16

It’s college football season!  My favorite season of the year.  Well, if we’re talking real seasons, that would be Spring, but otherwise, I could watch college football all day every day.  I’m not an LSU fan, or a Boise State fan, but I pay attention […]

Monday Mondays 8.21.16



Enjoy the road that you’re on this week!  Be blessed & live well!


Paleo Fig Muffins

Every year my favorite grocery chain has Black Mission and/or Brown Turkey figs BOGO (buy one get one free) and I can never help myself from buying a couple containers of them. Dried figs are one thing; fresh figs are immeasurably better.  The problem is […]