Tag Archive | personal

To All the Bloggers I Never Met Before (And Some I Have)

Two days ago, the last day of the year, I received a wonderful surprise: a two-page (nearly) handwritten letter. I say nearly, because it was typed, but it was not a form letter. It was from an old friend . . . sort of. The letter, full of news of my friend’s life, was from someone […]

Hello Again

October is here and I’m not really sure what happened to September, but there it is. How to begin and get back into the swing of blogging after too long away? Septemeber threw a lot my way in terms of roadblocks and hurdles, but most of them are resolved for now so it’s time to move […]

Not Feeling the #MondayMotivation

It’s been three weeks since I posted on the blog and I’m feeling the pressure from my boss…yes, me. I’m not particularly inspired. Normally by this time I could throw up some photos of my beautiful garden. Sigh. We’ve had cold, rainy weather and my garden is just starting to appear… My birthday came and […]

New Chicks In Town

My husband and I recently brought home some baby chicks. This is our second time. The last time was when our kids were still at home. The chicks and the kids grew up. I miss them both. Although there’s not much you can do when your kids move out, I did decide I’d had enough […]

Road Trip Snippets (A Year Late)

A year ago I was in the middle of my Earth Day book tour where I visited fifteen bookstores and two schools in the big state of Texas. Before that, my husband and I attended the wedding of our niece in Denver, Colorado. The whole trip lasted from April 9 to May 1 and took […]

The Eden at the End of the Oregon Trail

Like a fish in water not appreciating it until he’s gasping for air out of it, so, I think, it takes those of us born and raised in the Willamette Valley some time to realize that we live in one of the best places on earth. I think I realized this in my thirties, but […]

This Blog Post Brought To You By The Cat

We have a cat. An old cat. Maybe she’s senile. Maybe she has kitty Alzheimer’s. Or maybe she just has a good imagination and is hoping we will accept her earnest gifts. Meet Spice. In her younger days, Spice used to catch birds, mice, and snakes. Not nice, I know. But it’s what cats do. […]