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Mockingbird

This week an old familiar lullaby has invaded my head and just won’t let go. Over and over the words continue…”Hush little baby, don’t say a word, Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird. And if that mockingbird don’t sing, Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.” We’ve all heard and sung the song many times. [...]

Stink Bugs

My granddaughter was visiting with me this week, when she suddenly said with astonishment, “Wow, there are 26 bugs on the window.” Of course my answer was, “On the outside?” Unfortunately, her answer was “No, on the inside!” And she was right. I counted 26 brown shield shaped, dime-size brown bugs, armed with a sweaty [...]

Valentine’s Day Memories

Valentine’s Day is coming, love is in the airm and memories fill my head. Wow, I have more memories of valentines, candy, and flowers than I am willing to admit. Let’s just say, they number more than twenty one. My first memories of St. Valentine’s Day are of making hearts…red, pink, and white… small, medium, [...]

Stranded

Ice… not my favorite topic! I do not step outside when ice is present. This past snowstorm was no exception. I kept looking at the power lines and praying they would hold the weight. Ice can look so innocent, but be so deceptive. I remember two really bad ice storms in the 80′s. The first [...]

Snow Days!

Well, we finally got snow… and watching the snow fall was almost mesmerizing. It was so beautiful, with large flakes falling to the earth, in numbers too numerous to count. It reminded me of the snow globes of my youth. I loved to turn them over and over in my hands, slowly watching the beautiful [...]

Let it Snow

It’s January, and I am loving the snow! For some reason it seems comforting. I love its silence, as it falls to the ground. I love the clean slate look, where everything is white. I wait for the first snow like a child, and when it comes, I feel exuberant and childlike. Outside is not [...]

Talking to Santa

It’s the time of year that children everywhere are making a list of their favorite toys. I remember when my children were young, making the wish list each year and finding Santa to share the special items on the list. The trip to inform Santa what they wanted was always met with great anticipation by [...]

Favorite Things of Christmas

As the song says: Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens, Brown paper packages tied up with strings, These are a few of my favorite things… things of Christmas: “White Christmas” is a 1954 musical starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye and co-starring Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. It [...]

The Christmas List

It’s the time of year that children everywhere are making a list of their favorite toys. I remember when my children were young, making the wish list each year and finding Santa to share the list. The trip to inform Santa was met with great anticipation by my daughter, but not so with my son. [...]

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

I can’t wait. How about you? Just three more days until Thanksgiving! I can smell the turkey and pumpkin pies now. I can see a table flowing over with harvest food. I see corn, beans, potatoes, sweet potato casserole, cornbread stuffing, oyster souffle, broccoli casserole, baked acorn squash, pumpkin soup, cabbage casserole, cheese grit casserole, [...]

Turkey Tales

Exactly what do you know about turkeys? I know that I love to watch them waddle in families around my house. I know they are what we feast on during our Thanksgiving meal. I know they have bony spikes on the back of each of the turkey’s lower legs called spurs, and the male will [...]

Things that Go Thump in the Night

Halloween always makes me think about things that go thump in the night. At my house there has been a lot of night thumping. Not ghosts, and such, but an onslaught of oak trees relieving themselves of their fruit. I’m not sure how they drop in such a forceful way, nor how they are slung [...]

Small Town Living

Living in a small town has always seemed just right for me. I considered it a perfect place to raise a family. After all, I came from a small town, and I loved knowing my neighbors. Not only was there a beautiful ambiance, complete with no noise or crowds of people trying to get to [...]

Gas Prices and Cruising

This week, the media was full of news concerning a pipeline leak that caused the closure of a crucial pipeline in Alabama, which carries gasoline to the eastern United States. It is being reported there will probably be a gas shortage in some south eastern states, causing much higher prices at the pump. And, of [...]

Fall is in the Air, and Apple Butter in the Pot!

Fall is in the air (even if the temperatures do not feel like it)! Stray leaves are beginning to fall, along with acorns that fall loudly from their perch high in the grand oak trees. The sun has shifted its position in the sky and it’s football time in Tennessee. It’s time for apples, pears, [...]

Signs of the Earth and Moon

Memories are funny things. When one memory emerges from the recesses the mind, a chain of memories, long forgotten, follow. I found this to be true when thinking about the signs of winter, suggested by nature, from my father and grandfathers. I suddenly recalled other “signs of nature” made by these same, wonderful people. My [...]