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April 16, 2018



I am currently immersed in a fascinating book by Jennifer Pharr Davis titled Becoming Odyssa:  Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail.  It’s the true story of Ms. Davis’s solo hike at the age of twenty-one across the 2175-mile Appalachian Trail.


A term that appears often in the work is thru-hiker — defined as someone who hikes a long-distance trek, end-to-end, within one hiking season.  I had never heard the expression before reading the book.  Since then, I’ve seen it several times, including on an entire wall at a local outdoor recreational shop dedicated to their clients who have walked the trail.


Spring Cleaning

April 13, 2018





My sister’s garden usually needs a little tending this time of year, and we spent a peaceful morning chattering away as she weeded and transplanted.

A Box of Potential

April 11, 2018



Creativity is waiting to be unleashed!

Guide to Goodness

April 9, 2018



This recipe holder has seen better days, but I just can’t seem to toss it and start anew.  It has been with me for thirty-five years and is filled with tasty goodness, as well as a few duds.  The organization isn’t stellar, but I can visualize just about every stained recipe card, scribbled envelope, and scrap of paper that hold the possibility of a delightful treat.

A Different Perspective

April 6, 2018



If you were a cricket, this crop of greenery would look like a forest.  In actuality, these mayapples are only about three inches high.

The Siren Song of Jelly Beans

April 4, 2018



Classic jelly beans are one of my all-time favorite candies.  I usually only eat them around Easter, and even then, a solid handful is about all I can manage before a sugar coma sets in.

I have fond memories of when I was a very young teen and my mom would deposit a couple of friends and me at the local shopping mall, where we would spend the day trying on clothes and creating wish lists.  One of the highlights was visiting the candy counter at J. C. Penney’s department store and treating myself to twenty-five cents’ worth of jelly beans.  Back then, that amount could fill a bag.


Groom, Fancy, Sneeze, Thorny

April 2, 2018

Groom, Fancy, Sneeze, Thorny IMG_7706


My husband has been working the Jumble for half a century.  Within seconds of glancing at the classic puzzle, he has untangled the letters and moved on to more pertinent news in the paper.

A few months ago, I announced at breakfast that I wanted to take on the Jumble and instructed him not to tell me the answers… how hard can it be?  I quickly found myself begging for hints.  It’s a real game with us now and part of our morning coffee time.  I’m happy to announce that I got all four of these words.  In the meantime, H had almost finished reading the paper.