A number of years ago, while vacationing in the Ozarks with my twin sister and her family, my daughter stumbled upon a wandering baby bird. A fierce storm had moved through the night before, and by all indications, the little bird had been blown from his nest, located in one of the tall trees surrounding our cottage.
Not sure what to do with a motherless baby bird, we gathered some grass and twigs and placed him atop one of the picnic tables on our high-rise deck. It was the best we could offer, but the little bird seemed quite perplexed on his bed of spiky twigs. He knew he didn't belong.
Dinner time came, and while my brother-in-law flipped burgers on the grill, my sister videotaped the little bird.
Suddenly, from out of nowhere, large drops of rain began to fall. The sky darkened, and in the distance, the sound of thunder rumbled across the hills. Another storm was moving in.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The first time I plucked a fresh cherry from its stem and popped it in my mouth I fell in love. Sweet and juicy, with the perfect bit of crunch. Simply put: Simply delicious. Of course, those little red balls of goodness have powerful antioxidants, too. Sounds like a win-win to me.
If something simple makes you smile, share it at my twin sister's party: Simple Pleasures.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Adjusting to life in a small town was challenging, for sure. Nothing exciting going on. Not even a fancy restaurant. Just a scattering of small businesses along Main Street, most of them locked down at sundown.
To complicate matters further, Mom and Dad aren’t your “normal” mom and dad. They have no televisions. No computers. No surfing of the web. The radio is Daddy's domain, and once the news is over, the radio is off.
In a nutshell, there just isn't much to do at Mother's house besides sit on the couch, eat lemon pie and watch logs burn in the fireplace.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Next on my list is to re-decorate my guest room with garage sale and flea market finds. I've considered it many times over the last two years, but I've never committed and taken the leap. This year, I'm diving in. It might take me a few weekends (maybe many weekends) to find what I want, but what fun I'll have looking!
take shooting lessons with her, and I've agreed. As a single woman, I feel safer with a weapon, and I'd like to get better skilled in that area of life. Ann has friends who own property, and I think it'll be fun to return to the Wild West every now and then and hit some targets.
Some say that guns are bad and kill people, but it's people who kill people. And if a person wants to kill, he doesn't need a gun. Just ask Jesus Christ.
I'm sure I'll embark on other exciting things over the next 12 months, but these three should keep me busy for awhile. Wish me well.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
I never thought I'd be divorced after 20 years of marriage, but life doesn't always go as planned. Unexpected detours can be forced upon us by the decisions of others, and, like it or not, we find ourselves on strange roads in strange places.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Music and Lyrics by Gayle A. Cox
A bundle of love
Sent from above
A dream come true.
Sugar 'n spice; everything nice;
Baby’s brand new.
Tiny hands; tiny feet
Eyes baby blue
We stand amazed;
Hearts filled with praise;
So grateful, Lord to you.
She's our Master's piece; a work of art
A picture of love, created by God.
Perfection in lace; that smile on her face
Designed by God.
Just a little child, but Lord, we pray
When she is grown others will say
What a Master's piece; a work of art
Created by God.
Let Your glory shine within her eyes;
Let her be the image of You.
A portrait of love; Your perfect love
Lord, let it shine through.
Written especially for Kimberly Annette Cain.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
January - Finding joy in the comforts of home.
February - Unexpected roses from a long-lost friend.
April - My dear mother celebrates another year of life, and...
...a puppy named Charlie charms us to the bone.
May - My lovely niece makes us all proud.
June - Daddy's tomatoes make summertime good.
July - The magical circus, shared with a friend.
August - My twin and B-I-L mark 30 years of marriage.
September - Fall fairies decorate my stoop, and ...
... my beautiful niece says, "I do."
October - Another birthday with my beloved twin.
December - Ainsley Brielle comes into our lives, and ...
... my Sweet Sunshine turns 25.
I hope 2010 held memorable times for you and yours.