Tuesday, July 22, 2014


A gazelle, no doubt 

is a lovely sight to see

But so is a panda

they are just different animals

so if you want to eat lettuce? eat lettuce!
if you want to eat ice cream?  eat ice cream

just let your little light shine

and your life speak!
 and be the very best 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Long story about my social security card
....this June when my driver's license expired I had run out of times to apply via the internet
I'm rural right?  
So I have to drive into another town to renew my license where they discovered
when I gave my social security card
that I had married
17 years ago
they told me that my new DL would be kicked out of the system so I needed to update my SS card and couldn't believe I had "gotten away" with it all these years
I'm rural right?
so...I drive into another bigger town to the SS Office

(please forgive my attitude that I am about to expose to you)
It was my birthday and I had a gift card and a few gift dollars to spend so I planned to 
"pop in" and get my name changed and go shop
it was like the Wal-Mart Shoppers only scarier

armed guards
(mostly to make sure all cell phones were turned to silent)

I took a number and began my
for 1.5 hours
in which time I saw
all manner of very sad situations
*this is the one that affected me most*

the office was 
but there was a couple and one or both were deaf
they had a small child walking (2)
and a baby in a stroller (infant)
she had a fast food uniform on with flour on her pants and shoes
they were using sign language

(please forgive my attitude that I am about to expose to you)
Her husband gave a "whatever" sign to her as they were walking out and I thought
they're faking it...they aren't deaf..they are faking it

my number was called next and it took me about 5 minutes to
finally make my marriage real in the eyes of the government
and I walked out into the hot summer day
to my luxury vehicle on my way to my favorite garden store to spend my birthday booty
*and this is what I saw*

that precious family
baby on  hip, infant in stroller, flour on pants, speaking in sign, 
waiting on the side of the 
in the hot dry Texas Panhandle wind
for a bus

(O Lord please forgive me for that attitude that you saw in me that day)
and I thought to myself as tears filled my eyes
how did I become this mess of a person?
judging, cruel, hateful, haughty, harsh...I could go on and on with the adjectives that filled my heart
and humbled me way down deep

and so I decided right then and there to be different and the way I used to be before I got so
to read
1 Corinthians 13
as often as I feel/think one of those dreadful things that keep one from being a lovely person

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

It was a lesson to me that day and one I have told to a few that I love and now you
it still puts a tear in my eye to think that I thought I was living a life of gratitude, but deep inside somehow

a seed of a weed had crept into my soul

but not to worry...I'm getting my heart back in line

I am working on my garden!

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Dear grown children....

if it seems at times we are
out of sync
at odds
not on the same page

just remember....this means only one thing

we are still teaching
so are you

Monday, June 30, 2014


A buffalo wallow is a natural depression in the prairie that holds rain water. The wallows serve as temporary watering holes and they are a spot favored by the buffalo to "wallow in" to cool off  and drink from on hot days.

This late 1800 map shows the extent and size of the land where the buffalo once roamed.  The American Indians lived on Plains of North America and the buffalo were their entire source of existence, as they used every single part of the animal in their day to day life....not wasting one smidgen.

Also in the late 1800's a couple of young buffalo hunter brothers from England made their way to Ft. Zulu Stockade, about 15 miles from where I live. The Cator Brothers lived and died in the area as they hunted buffalo alongside the Plains Indians.

Ft. Adobe Walls

a map of the fort

hunting the buffalo

Later, as the military began to relocate the Indians into areas where they could contain and maintain them, they began to slaughter the buffalo.  An estimated 31,000,000 buffalo were killed between the years of 1868 and 1881
 with only 500 buffalo left by the year of 1885.

I hope this makes you sad...but be sad no longer because 
oh yes they are!

on our trip to Mount Rushmore we traveled through 
where nearly 600,000 acres contain a diversity of plants and animals and are one of the most extensive, productive ecosystems in the United States....and especially dedicated to
the buffalo

what an  amazing and emotional sight to behold

it would cause this chief

and his entourage

to do the happy dance!

to read more about Adobe Walls click the link below

If you love history and natural beauty...I would so encourage you to visit this area
and here we actually have a small buffalo herd close by and though not much is there to see at the Adobe Walls site, it's an amazing vacation!  Let me know...and you can be our guest at 822!

**the above  photos were given to me by my mother (the actual b&w hang in our office) and they were given to her by a man in Minnesota who came to the 1974 Anniversary of the Battle of Adobe Walls where he took the photos.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


  • Be comfortable with who you are.....
  • Be comfortable in your own skin.....
  • Accept yourself the way you are.....

Year 56
this is what occurred to me
yes...I believe we need to be ok with who and what we are
the real secret to life
is to 
with who we aren't

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Friday the 13th and a full moon. That won't happen again until 2049

Ah, Friday the 13th. Whether you fear it or it’s just your favorite slasher flick, it’s coming right around the bend later this week. And while it’s pretty much a non-event as far as astronomy is concerned, there’s bound to be some woo in the works, because the June Full Moon — dubbed the “Honey Moon” — falls on the same date.


Monday, June 9, 2014


My friend Laura posted a very fun post that you might enjoy
and well....I have been a little absent myself these days
  • end of school activities
  • nice sunny days calling one outside
  • V.A.C.A.T.I.O.N.
I know I know...the geographical reality is staggering..it was to me too
but here's the deal
  • V.A.C.A.T.I.O.N.
  • Betty, B and me...and all other grand kids yet to be that can go to the potty alone
  • America...exploring the good old USA--in the car
This year the destination was
  • Oklahoma
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
Beginning and ending of course with the great state of TEXAS!  We have photos of this cute little thing in front of SEVEN state signs.  I know we are all state proud and WE SHOULD BE.  I was amazed at the beauty and although we brought books to read...we could never look down long enough to read them...we wanted to SEE!  It gives me chills to think about how incredibly lucky we are for the freedom to get in the car and drive.

I have my own to-do list and it includes getting back in touch with all of you 

 I've missed you!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014


My little art loft is such a happy space this May
I can't get enough of how cheerful and full of life it is.

May's artist is Lulie Wallace...her work fascinates me
it's naive like a child and I thought she would be a great artist for my little kiddos

It's been warm enough to finally paint these antique Chinese chairs outside
I ran out of paint and one of the pitfalls of small town retail?  Well...they ended up two different colors
which turns out--is rather cool!

I enjoy seeing the work all lined up to dry until next time

the paints and plates are works of art too!

in progress

so pleasing and fun

drying in the sunshine

her work is harder to duplicate

than you might imagine

interestingly enough...the younger ones are better at it...
maybe they are still more free
these are my studies for them to look at

we use acrylics...oil takes too long to dry


the sweet messages I find on the table

I will save this table cover forever...or cut it up and give it to them as a gift when they graduate highschool

who wouldn't want to create here?

even my 4 year old rescue poinsettia is turning colors

and I'm having a hard time moving my ferns outside...
seriously...we had a freeze last night MAY 13!!!

This nesting dove is just outside our window
in the loft we look down on her but from the ground she is way up there
and I would imagine this confuses her but she maintains her composure

are you a 


she is adorable and her work is full of happy lively color