Sunday, June 25, 2017


Beauty can be found in simple things. And the joy something brings to one’s life can be priceless.  Tonight when I was headed out to my car after an unproductive store expedition I happened to glance down at my feet. There in the parking lot was the head of a rose that had been disconnected from it’s stem. Damaged... it lay there ignored by all the passerby’s except me. I instantly scooped it up off the ground... and found a place for it in my van’s cup holder... until I could get it home, and make a space for it on my computer desk,to admire it's beauty. The universe knew I needed a little 'pick me up' tonight. Who knew I'd find it in the form of a discarded flower? The pleasure this gift of nature has brought me is immeasurable. Have you ever found joy in something totally unexpected?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Finally it's been installed.
and we can get the first peaceful night of sleep
in many months.
After dealing with a break-in and arguing with the insurance company about who was going to pay for what and how much....
 we got our new front door.
The old one had been smashed in by a guy HIGH on DRUGS
trying to break into our house. 
And we were living with it's damage 
until our claim could be processed
and settled.
To say I'm relieved with a new door in place would be an understatement.
 is a better assessment.

Sunday, June 4, 2017


I noticed a blue heron flying parallel to our van as we went down a back road to the other side of town. It followed us for about a mile or so before crossing the road, in front of the vehicle and landing in a pond. It made me smile when he splashed down. Herons are always a good omen for me. When times are difficult and troubles seem to be piling up, I can always count on a heron to break the monotony and spread sunshine into my darkest corners by coming into my line of sight. In my world blue herons and deer are powerful creatures. What animal brings you good luck?

Sunday, May 28, 2017


I'm not getting younger, I'm getting older.


"Birthdays are just another reason
to eat cake with BUTTERCREME frosting."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Mothers Day was low key. On Saturday we took my daughter and our granddaughter  with us to the Asian Buffet out of town. It’s quite a trek to get there. BUT definitely worth the trip. It is a lovely place. SERENE music plays in the background amidst decor that delights an armchair traveler. Buddha, Terra Cotta figures, an unusual wood fountain, flying lions and wall of hieroglyphics are featured inside and outside the restaurant.

The food was yummy too. My favorite house specialty, the stuffed shrimp, was in plentiful supply, though I helped lighten the load considerably. 

After eating our daughter headed to do some birthday shopping for our grandson who was away at boy scout camp and couldn’t join us. My hubby then drove me to the local thrift store where I had a blast looking for some bargains, but ultimately left empty handed. Though my daughter had given me a pretty pot of annual flowers to take home. 

Sunday we slept in and my husband cooked me a steamed lobster with butter for the holiday. It was sweet and delicious and I enjoyed every bite.

 And was thrilled to also receive a bottle of my favorite perfume, Alien.
It smells outta of this world. 

Monday, May 8, 2017


We don’t go out to the movies anymore. Like a lot of folks we stream them into our living room via the SMART flat screen tv. We make our own popcorn. Settle back in our jammies and enjoy the flick. So that means what we see is not what is current in the theaters. Recently we saw a movie called The Founder starring Michael Keaton playing Ray Kroc the notorious founder of Mcdonalds. It was out in theaters this past Christmas but we streamed it in the past month. Better late than never. We enjoyed it more than any other picture we’ve seen in recent memory. It was really good. Worth checking out if you are looking for something to entertain you with no violence, minimal bad language or without gratuitous sex. And if you stream it, the price is much cheaper than it would be at the movie theater. 

Monday, May 1, 2017


A couple weeks ago our lives were disrupted in the most hideous way. A couple guys attempted to break into our house while we were here. It was a scary and frightening ordeal.  And I have had a lot of sleepless nights since then. And probably will for a long, long time. We were sitting watching tv around 11:15 pm, when someone started banging at our front door. A male voice shouted, “You are fgking like everyone else and won’t help me.” What did he think we were going to do- open the door that late at night to a stranger? We heard hushed whispers between two men. Sounded like they were walking away. Then suddenly there was yelling and screaming. They started banging on the front door again. Told me to open it. I told my husband to call 911. We are senior citizens and the episode frightened us to our core. The yelling and banging got more intense. Sounded like one of them was throwing his upper body against the door. Then when it wouldn’t budge sounded like he kicked it. Told us to open the door because he was coming in whether we wanted him to or not. Kept banging on door demanding we open it. Then splintered the wood, cracking it open enough to see light from outside.  Shouted he was coming in and if we didn't open the door he was going to break the windows. Heard the glass shatter. Got more upset. They were that much closer to having their way with us, inside our humble home. Husband talked to the dispatcher on phone. Police finally came and caught these guys red handed. They arrested one. He was high on drugs. And the other guy, they let go because he was supposedly trying to get him help. But that brought no comfort to us. These two effectively held us hostage in our home for 15 to 20 minutes. It was terrifying and we are lucky they didn’t get in. God only knows what would have happened. We were at their mercy. Meanwhile we have to replace the damaged door at a cost that is ridiculously high according to the several estimates we’ve had. And to boot insurance has a $500 deductible so that doesn’t help. And in the meantime we have to live with the broken door until we can replace it. In all thirty one years of living here nothing like this has ever happened  before and I pray it never does again. I’m not sure I will ever be able to get over this happening to us.