It’s springtime in Florida. Well, technically it isn’t spring yet, but when it comes to seasons, Florida definitely doesn’t play by the rules. Spring Has Sprung I love this time of year in my hometown and home state. Everything is blooming — azaleas, camellias, tabebuia, bougainvillea, and saucer magnolia. It’s a riot of color for … More Local Tourists On A Lovely Spring Day
Have you ever tried holding your arms up for a long period of time? Not just at a concert or in a worship service. I’m talking hours or even an entire day. It is difficult, if not impossible to maintain. Your arms grow tired and scream for relief. Moses, Aaron and Hur I started the … More How An Ancient Story Is A Relevant Reminder
How Many Roses Are Too Many? I’m a collector of things. I collect seashells, dolls, books and pretty paper. I used to collect pigs. That started in the fourth grade after reading Charlotte’s Web. I also collect, or more accurately, save, dried roses. I love flowers. I love to receive flowers. Peonies, tulips, ranunculas, roses; … More What Do You Do With Faded Roses
Mail Call Consider the simple task of checking your mail — not your email, but good old-fashioned snail-mail. You walk out to your mailbox, open the door and peek inside. Hopefully, there isn’t a frog, lizard or some other critter staring back at you. You reach inside and pull out the contents. There are some … More It’s All In The Handwriting
I heard the jet engines in the distance. By the time my brain processed the sound, I grabbed my phone to take a picture and rushed out the door, the jet was already past my house, out of range for a good photo. It caught me by surprise once again. Little Airport, Big Jets I … More What Do Jets Have To Do With Empty Nests?
Why Am I Awake At This Hour? Sometimes I can’t sleep at night. I’m tired. I go to bed at a decent hour, usually after reading for a little while. But, then, I suddenly and abruptly wake up during the wee hours of the morning. It may take me an hour or more to get … More Wondering Why You Are Having Trouble Sleeping?
My husband and I started a new tradition during these months of pandemic — Pancake Saturday. I don’t remember exactly when we started it, probably in May. I’m sure we were growing weary of the lockdown and wanted to do something different. The following Saturday, I made pancakes again. After the third Saturday morning, we … More The Problem When You’re Missing An Important Ingredient
It’s the beginning of a brand-new year. Hopefully it will be better than the last. It’s a time to look forward; to plan and to dream. But, before I get to that, I want to share a sweet memory from the final days of 2020. It was probably something I have not done for at … More A Fun And Memorable Way To End The Old Year
I’m feeling a little discombobulated today. It’s the day after Christmas and I should be getting ready for our family Christmas party. It has been our tradition, for the last twenty years or so, to get together as a family on December 26. A Tradition Begins It started years ago, when my brother and his … More It’s The Day After Christmas, Now What?
I love Christmas music. As soon as the radio stations start playing Christmas music, I’m listening. I’ve really enjoyed it this year because it felt like they started a little bit early. That’s ok, we needed it this year. I guess I’m a traditionalist because I love the old standards the best, especially the sacred … More The Most Meaningful Lines From My Favorite Christmas Carols