Category Archives: Family

Iron Finials with Ice

Winter Wonderland

Winter road trips northward can be risky endeavors.  Part of our family lore is the recalling of an ill-fated trip to Oklahoma one Christmas morning.  At the halfway-point of our trip, finding the roads impassable, we enjoyed a holiday feast of convenience store burritos then … Read More

Holiday Front Door

An Ice-Wrapped Gift

I’m not a fan of the cold. Unless it means I get to stay inside these doors. Wooohooo! That’s something I can cheer about! It was icy cold outside, but my front door ushered in a surprising number of folks.  Friends and family came and … Read More

Crinoid Fossils

The Art of Creek Walking

A dry creek bed on an autumn day is just too good to resist.    Our family loaded up for a little After-Thanksgiving outing. Not to the mall, but the pasture.  The more serious sportsmen in our group headed on down the road to the … Read More

Thanksgiving Dressing

Thanksgiving Stuffing

Thanksgiving gatherings can be different things for different families.  For some of you it’s lovely table settings and festive centerpieces. For my family its about stuffing. Stuffing incredible numbers of dishes onto the serving table in the kitchen where my father’s mother fed her nine … Read More

Green-eyed cat among the succulents

Another Pesky Spot

Cats come and go in our neighborhood.  Most don’t impress me too much or last too long.  Spot was an exception.  A yellow cat with no spots whatsoever, he lived on our street for years and years, coming and going as he pleased.  He was … Read More

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Another Day of Thanksgiving

  Two years ago-   A Thanksgiving holiday full of uncertainty.   Still reeling from the diagnosis of cancer only days before, we came to the family gathering with  more questions than answers.   We were playing the waiting game that some of you know all too well. Waiting for the oncologist appointment, … Read More


Watercolor Memories

  Minutes. Hours. Days.  They trickle away like water through my fingers.  As I experience them the moments seem full, busy, and even meaningful, but when I turn to look back upon them I do not see them as crisp and clearly defined in my mind, but instead most of them have become a blur.  … Read More


U. S. Botanic Garden

The U. S. Botanic Garden  is the oldest continually operating botanic garden in the United States.  Home to almost 10,000 living specimens, some of them over 165 years old, there was plenty to feast my eyes on during my recent visit.  Here are just a few … Read More

Colonial wig styling tools

A New Head of Hair

  Great view, nice nail polish.  Life is looking good from the rooftop pool of my son’s apartment building.  That’s the Jefferson Memorial just above my left toe.  Hugging my son for the first time in eight months has been the highlight of my trip, … Read More


and the things of Earth will grow strangely dim…

Turn your eyes upon Jesus Look full in His wonderful face   and the things of Earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His Glory and Grace.      Blessings,