Greeting the Morning

Lately, on these bracing cold mornings, I’ve been enjoying my second cup of coffee outside. Still dressed in my pajamas, I put on a cozy warm robe and take my coffee out onto the back deck if it’s not rainy or wet or onto our “rocking chair front porch” if it’s raining. It’s become a…

Where are the cardinals, sparrows and doves?

Our bird feeders come out in late Autumn each year and are put away again in the Spring, specifically to keep visitors like this one from destroying the feeders and throwing the pieces into the woods… The feeders are filled now, and the bears are resting somewhere for the Winter, but many of the birds…

Side Effects

I guess all medications have some side effects, but I am one of those people who keenly experience them. Many medications are off-limits to me because I actually have what the ads call rare and serious side effects. But I really thought the antihistamine spray for my horrible allergies would be different. Online reviews of…

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Emily Dickinson

American poet Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was considered to be an eccentric by the locals in the town of Amherst, Massachusetts where she was born and where she died at the age of 55. She lived much of her life in seclusion. She never married, was reluctant to greet guests, preferred…

Pocket of Joy: Begonia

I love the term “pocket of joy.” I first heard it on a Netflix reality show when one of the main stars, speaking of his difficult growing-up years, also spoke of the pockets of joy that sustained him through those difficult times. We’ve had a difficult two weeks. My husband had another stroke, what we…

Robocalls: Or, I don’t live in Kentucky or speak Chinese

We sometimes get up to a dozen robocalls a day. It drives me crazy. I always check the caller i.d., and unless I know the caller I don’t answer the telephone. But sometimes they leave voice mail messages. Some of the calls clearly are fraudulent or spam, but every so often the caller who leaves…

A Rough Week

Last week was a rough one, but it ended with a lovely weekend. A dentist visit for a bad toothache revealed nothing wrong with my tooth, just a bad situation in my sinuses. That was good news about the tooth, as I had feared the need for a root canal. But I had a bad…

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Eleanor Roosevelt

Most people know Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) as First Lady of the United States, a political figure in her own right, a diplomat, and an activist in the areas of civil rights, women’s rights, and the rights of World War II refugees. However, few people today remember that she also…

Abandoned

Our neighbors at the end of the lane moved out several weeks ago. We had no idea they were going, and now the house sits empty and rather forlorn. It doesn’t appear to be on the market for sale or for rent, and the grass has grown quite high in spite of the lack of…

Song Lyric Sunday – Trains – “Love Train”

“People all over the worldJoin handsStart a love train, love train” Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Love Train was a hit single released by the O’Jays in 1972. In early 1973, it reached number one on R&B Singles and the Billboard Hot 100 and was the O’Jays only number one hit on the…