The Night Sky

When Daughter and SIL were recruiting Hubby and I to housesit for them this winter, the carrot they kept waving in front of us was “we have a hot tub you can enjoy.” Hubby and I have never been hot tub people so I can’t say it was a much of a lure. Hubby is […]

Gig ‘Em, Aggies!

Our daughter has joined a cult. We don’t mind because at the end of her tenure she’ll get a cape, a doctorate, and the ability to be an expert in ergonomics. That seems a good trade-off for three years of work. Hubby and I visited our daughter at her new home beside Texas A&M University […]


Sometimes something you looked forward too with a lot of anticipation turns out not as expected. That pretty much describes the past two weeks. It wasn’t my best year at the West Texas Writers Academy. I took a class about writing westerns thinking it would cover how to include historic events, what was realistic in […]

Holiday at the Beach

We had a wonderful Christmas holiday, gathering with our whole family on the coast of Oregon. The Lincoln Sands Hotel provided us with a beachfront setting, great breakfasts, and three adjacent suites with full kitchens. It was the perfect setting for our holiday. One room was designated the quiet room where those who wanted to […]

Little White Church on the Prairie

Many years ago, when we lived in Spearfish with our children, we often traveled along Highway 34 to Pierre to visit the grandparents and great-grandparents. It was a three-hour journey with Sturgis on one end and Pierre was on the other, and nothing but prairies, ranches, farms, and wide spots in the road in between. […]

2021 Reading Retreat

In spite of the uncertainty of flying, Daughter and I flew to Florida for three day of reading on the beach. Our fights out were all on time and very smooth. Our rented condo on the beach was exactly what we wanted and very comfortable. What we didn’t expect was two days of unfavorable weather; […]

Words that Say I Love You

There are many ways to say the words I love you that don’t necessarily use those words. Sadly, we sometimes misinterpret the words said, hearing them as admonitions or distrust. Then it starts, the grumbling, the bickering. The one who said the words ends up defending themselves, and it escalates. What began as an expression […]

Visits From Friends

The past several weeks have been eventful. We had a lot of visitors from down south. It’s nice to have a house that’s easy to entertain in. The views provide entertainment and new topics when conversation slows. That’s always a plus. The first part of July, we had visitors from Arkansas and Texas. Some I’d […]