It's been such a blessing to enjoy a long winter weekend when the weather is nice. Winter in our part of the country has been mild this year, for the most part. While I appreciate the warmth, I wish for a good freeze to help with the mosquito problem we have each summer. Warm winters make for miserable summer … Continue reading An Early Taste of Spring
Today was one of those gorgeous "early spring in mid February" days here in the South. I woke up this morning with the intention of spending the entire day outside on the deck. I did just that. Dean and I shared a pot of coffee in the kitchen, chatting and catching up on Facebook messages … Continue reading Painting and the Beauty of a Day Spent Outside
...and I want you to be the first to know. Not quite two years ago, I laid down the framework for a novel. The story is to be set on a beach somewhere on the Atlantic coast of Florida. The idea for a book came to me in a dream I had shortly after the passing of Chris … Continue reading I am writing a novel…
Last October I was sitting on the deck, chatting briefly with a new acquaintance of mine. He is the lead guitarist of a band I have adored for 30+ years. Such a nice, down-to-earth person. We were talking on Messenger about stargazing and whatnot when I looked up and saw these clouds before me. They … Continue reading The things you sometimes see…
Most of you who follow this blog may be wondering where the heck I've been. I haven't posted in a year. I must have been super busy on important projects...right? Wrong. Embarrassingly, I spent the past year completely absorbed in Facebook pseudoworld. Yes, I'm the chick who likes to post uplifting, inspiring memes. I'm the chick … Continue reading Moving on from my Facebook feed
For years now I've been working toward living a life of simplicity. Cutting back is a type of hobby for me. Where I used to spend frivolously and recklessly, emptying my bank account for the sake of acquiring things, I now plan purchases and set aside wants for the things I need. In so many … Continue reading Walden, or, why have I not read this before?
Hello Hermine. Nice to meet you. We need the rain but not the wind. Please be kind as you're passing through our fair city. Hurricanes and tropical storms. I've lived through a few, even though I have never lived on the coastline. Today's excitement reminds me of the time I was in the middle of … Continue reading Hello Hermine.
Well, I admit I've been really slack on blogging this year, and for that I apologize. My life took off in a hugely different direction right after I began putting this blog together. My absence is proof that I've been over-busy. Earlier this year, Dean was asked to join a brand new rockabilly/blues band called … Continue reading It’s my blogging anniversary? Who knew?
(This blog post might be a bit wordy and unwieldy. My thoughts tend to run about in circles like misbehaving children. Please bear with me. I'll do my best to reel them in.) In the South, Spring tends to arrive just a little bit earlier than normal. This is true especially in the southeastern-most Southeastern … Continue reading Dreams of Spring and Other Nice Things
Anyone who knows me well knows of my love of reading. I can't help it. It's ingrained in my body and soul to spend time with my nose in a book...as often as I can. My mother raised me to read. When I was very young, she taught me to read by underlining words in … Continue reading Francie’s 2016 Reading Challenge