A socially distanced porch picnic

We hadn’t seen grandson Ben and his parents since Christmas, so what a surprise when our daughter phoned to say she and Ben were coming (this past Monday) for a short, socially distanced visit! They drove for over two hours just to get here, visited for about three hours, and then drove for over two…

From the Heart

A dear friend recently introduced me to From the Heart, a Facebook group dedicated to spreading good cheer to the elderly by sending birthday and holiday cards, cards of encouragement, and other greeting cards. My friend signed up both my husband and my father as card recipients, and as of last Friday the cards began…

A Photo a Week Challenge: Red

Grandson Ben and his G-Pa enjoying a rocking-chair-rest at the red Mountain Fresh Creamery near our home. (A photo from the days before my husband became so ill after suffering several strokes.) See more in red or join the Photo a Week Challenge here.

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…

Song Lyric Sunday – Cowboy/Western – “The Git Up”

“Gon’ and do the two step then cowboy boogieGrab your sweetheart and spin out with ’emDo the hoedown and get into it (whoo, whoo, whoo)” Trust me to come up with something different! My 9-year-old grandson introduced me to this song and the dance about a month ago. It’s not exactly the Wild West, but…

Conversing With Strangers

Here in the American South, folks frequently strike up conversations with strangers. It may happen while in a doctor’s waiting room or when standing in the check-out line at the supermarket, or as in my case today, while waiting for my car to be serviced. It usually starts out as small talk about the weather…

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms / Outhouses

Outhouse at Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island, Australia (Photo from a slide taken in May, 1970) The structure on the right was the loo on the property of Harold Lightburn at Stokes Bay on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. (My Australian readers might have heard of Harold Lightburn, of Lightburn washing machines and the Lightburn Zeta automobile…

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Roads

Country Roads       “Take the back roads instead of the highways.”   (Minnie Pearl) See more roads of all kinds or join the fun here.

Predicting Weather by the Signs: Wooly Worms, 2018

Here in the Southern mountains, the old-timers (and many young people as well) still predict the weather by “the signs,” that is, the signs found in nature.  One of those signs is the coloration of the wooly worms. Wooly worms, also known as wooly bears, are found across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and are…

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Places People Live

At the beach   In the Upper Midwest   In Southern Appalachia “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”  (Jane Austen)   See more places people live or join Cee’s challenge here.