Side Tables

For many months now, I've been hearing the word aesthetic frequently thrown around by my teenage daughter and her friends, with the casual-yet-kind-of-forced insouciance that teens have perfected for decades. It's not a word I've ever really used - it vaguely brought to mind (so-called) serious people like Art Critics and Philosophers. "Oh yeah, that video is soooo…

My Autumn Essay for Halcyon Days

  Oh happy day! I was recently reminiscing about my beloved Grandmama - I always think of her as autumn approaches every year. I journaled a bit about my thoughts and memories, and then crafted it into a short essay, "A Bushel and a Peck of Autumn Love." I was pleased as punch (or apple…

Postcrossing & Pen Pal Miscellany

I caught up on my Postcrossing and Pen Pal correspondence this week – I love reading through the profiles of my assigned fellow postcrossers and finding that perfect card I think they will enjoy the most based on their unique personalities, preferences and so on. The following postcards are traveling all over the world right now,…

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me…”

I picked these up from the brick lined path leading to my local library At 8:54 p.m. CST this evening, fall arrived with her usual flair for drama - following a torrential Texas-style downpour and thunderstorm. She waited until the last raindrop fell before making her grand entrance. I don't blame her at all for…

Texas Style Road Trip

I've kinda got the Monday blues... Got home from a lovely weekend road trip last night. I'm definitely happy to be home - my favorite place on earth -but it's bittersweet, because so many happy memories were made. With me on the journey: my teenage daughter and her two best friends, and the mom of…

Postcrossing, or How to Revive Your Love for Humanity

This is my happy place.   You know how sometimes it seems like the world is just full of mean people and jerks and overall ugliness? If not, good for you! But it you’re at all like me, sometimes it can get you down. I found a way to hit the reset button on the…

Cheap Haircut, Happy Day

    For months I’ve been really sick of my long hair - what a pain it was, no longer a match for my face or my life in general, really. At 48, I’m not doing that thing I see some middle-lifers do when they panic and start trying to look younger in ever more…