Saturday, July 22, 2017


When I was in elementary school, over 50 years ago, I had a pet toad. I loved it to pieces. Took it to school for show and tell but it escaped.  Made me very sad. So imagine my delight seeing this little one sitting on a patio chair, five decades or so, later… I almost missed it because it blended right into the background. I thought it was a leaf. Have you ever ALMOST missed seeing something, that under closer observation revealed itself to you?  

Sunday, July 16, 2017


I’m getting antsy for autumn to come. These hot days of summer  are getting to me. The humidity especially. So imagine my delight when I saw CANDY CORN sitting in a bin at a store I frequent. It reminded me of  the fall season, up and coming... though still months away.

 I screeched with excitement. And that only intensified  when I saw Halloween stuff out and about... to boot. 
witches hats


old butlers

jack o lanterns

 Though for most people, I admit,  it’s a tad bit early to see these seasonal items on display...  but NOT for me. The timing was perfect. Gave me the emotional boost I need to get through the rest of this oppresive heat wave... one day at a time!

Monday, July 10, 2017

A chance encounter with a LEGEND

On a short trip to Michigan look who we encountered at a rest area. Made me wish I had worn a pair of blue suede shoes. 

My husband hammed it up with the King.

But I didn’t. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017



HAPPY 4th of JULY.


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?