Rains

This summer, my little swath of the Midwest has been having some drought-like conditions. For most of the summer, precipitation was scarce. Yes, we had a storm here or there, but not enough to do more than moisten the ground before the dry warmth of the summer sun baked it up again. But this past […]

Road Trips: Part Deux

My last blog post dealt with some of my musings from the road trip my husband and I just completed. This post deals with the other half of those musings. Unlike other trips to the Windy City where we stayed with some of the members of the other half’s family, since we had the funds […]

Summer

“When life gets rough, I like to hold on to my dream of relaxing in the summer sun, just lettin’ off steam….Oh, the sky would be blue, and you guys will be there too.” ~ Olaf (Josh Gad) from “Frozen” At least in the northern hemisphere, today is the first official day of summer. It’s […]

Gifts

Happy Father’s Day readers. And Happy Juneteenth. I could go into some pithy or eloquent blog post about fathers about now…. or write something on the new Federal holiday of Juneteenth. But I am not going to today. It’s not what is on my mind. But I wanted to acknowledge those two holidays since they […]

Summer is coming

Dandelions and Creeping Charlie both are alive and well in the yard outside my abode in my little swath of the Midwest. The trees are awash with fresh verdant leaves and while the temperatures have still been moving a bit like a yo-yo, they are climbing up the thermometer as they do so. It can […]

Home

I’m currently sitting on the steps of the front porch of my parents’ home in Orange County, California. I am on my last full day of my trip back “home.” It’s been a short trip, since I didn’t know how long exactly to plan for and didn’t want to use up too much of my […]

Joy

It’s Easter Sunday today, and while it doesn’t feel like Spring in my little swath of the Midwest since the snow is falling, Spring is here. A close friend (otherwise known as the pastor of my church) asked a question today in his sermon. How do you find joy? Travis Stanley, Pastor, Norwalk Christian Church, […]

Just Be

Today I was able to get outside and do some writing out under my favorite tree at my favorite little park. I was able to just sit and be. And of course, let my mind wander and compose words, sentences, whole paragraphs even without trying to bend it to any will. It’s the be-ing part […]

The Constantly Changing, Mood Inducing, Sometimes Bizarre Weather

It’s been officially Spring in my little swath of the Midwest for the past couple of weeks, though sometimes, some days, it doesn’t feel like it. There are days when it’s beautiful and warm. I’ve posted a few of those beautiful days on my Instagram, documenting the beauty and the magic of the warm spring […]