You Are Beloved

When I was growing up, I thought my mother was beautiful.  She didn’t go out very often, but once in a while, she’d break out her makeup case and get all fancied up, and we’d sit in the bathroom doorway, my sisters and I, mesmerized, as she did her eyes.  It seemed so magical, our […]

Winter Weather

It’s hit or miss, here in Kentucky, whether we actually get a real winter or not.  Many years, the precipitation is mostly rain, the ground is always squashy and muddy, and the skies maintain a steady shade of gray.  Some years, it snows.  I like snow years best of all, because it’s probably colder, and […]

The Day My Dog Fell Through the Ice

I love my dog. I love my dog like I have never loved another dog before. She’s brave and devoted and smart.  She kills small predators in the night.  She keeps mean dogs away.  She barks at strangers with such ferocity that they fear to get out of their cars.  She waits for us to […]

In A Word

It’s becoming a bit of a thing to choose a word to use to define and focus the upcoming year.  I’ve been casting around for one for a few weeks, since I started working on my 2018 planner, but nothing has really felt right, so I gave up on it. But then I found my […]

The Year God Struck Me Dumb

It happened one December when my children were all small, and our entire family numbered six.  I can’t tell you exactly which year it was, but I do know that we lived in Illinois.  Jonny was born before our first Christmas there and Rosie wouldn’t present herself until shortly after our move to Georgia, so […]

Ordinary Holidays

Monday nights have gotten to be the hardest nights of the week.  Typically, my three oldest girls are out working and my husband is taking night classes for welding certification.  That leaves just seven of us home for dinner.  It’s sad.  We sit at the small table.  We don’t know what to say.  We’re lonely, […]

Feast or Famine

I’m shipping out my baskets for free this week, through the 18th. I can usually ship pretty quickly, but I want to make sure you have your stuff by Christmas! I haven’t done any sewing in a while – since the whole bazaar incident, actually – and I’ve been looking forward to working again while […]

Our First Taste of Winter

It’s cold out!  Very cold for our neck of the woods: low 20s to teens overnight, low thirties for highs.  It’s been so warm here this autumn, it’s kind of a shock.  But we even had a dusting of snow yesterday that briefly accumulated on the sidewalks and patios.  It lingers still on the ice-crusted […]

Dear Amazon,

How have you been doing? Pretty well, it looks like. I’ve noticed you’ve been buying up lots of other stores, rolling them into your own business, trying to take over the world. Heck, you’ve even got our local postal workers delivering your packages on Sundays! I’d love to know how you finagled that one. Anyway, […]