Unexpected in common hours

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau    

December Azaleas

It’s cold here in the Deep South. This morning it was 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 Celsius), and it didn’t get out of the 30s all day. There is ice in the bird bath, and we had snow flurries last night. But my azaleas are blooming. The azaleas always bloom in the Spring, and for the…

Trying to get back

Since the pandemic started, I’ve noticed that I haven’t blogged as frequently. And since my husband passed away two months ago, I really haven’t felt like blogging at all. But I’m trying to get back because blogging has been a creative outlet for me for several years now, and I don’t want to let it…

Happy Veterans Day to my dad and all who have served

Today, Americans are celebrating Veterans Day and honoring all who have served in the U.S. military.  The date November 11 marked the end of World War I in 1918, and people in many countries honor the day as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, remembering those who fought in that Great War.  In the U.S., in 1954…

A Photo a Week Challenge: In Memoriam

From my archives, a photo of the tomb of one of America’s most renowned baseball players, Ty Cobb (1886-1961), taken at Rose Hill Cemetery in the little town of Royston, Georgia. And under a nearby tree, the headstone of my great grandmother, Lillie Westmoreland Dorough. Growing up in Royston, she knew Ty Cobb and often…

October rose

Blooming today, the last day of October, one solitary rose. I drove to my father’s mountain cabin today to check on the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Zeta and was surprised by this single rose in bloom by the old fence. “There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.” (Ralph…

It’s Fall Y’all!

Originally posted on Sweet Peach:
Pull out your jackets and sweaters, light your fall scented candles, eat the extra Halloween candy, buy the pumpkin spice coffee creamer, put on your boots, and get ready for the Christmas ads to start. It’s that time of year! Here’s a collection of fall pics I’ve taken including scarecrows,…

A tropical storm in the North Georgia mountains

In the early hours of this morning Tropical Storm Zeta, which made landfall last night in Louisiana as category 2 Hurricane Zeta, reached the North Georgia mountains. Another anomaly of 2020. We don’t normally have tropical storms here, and this one traveled almost 600 miles overland to get to us. I slept in my clothes…

A beautiful memorial

Our family memorial service for my husband Bob was held just over a week ago in the Memorial Garden of our parish church where Bob had been on the staff for over 20 years after he retired from full-time work. It was a small gathering, but family members came from across the state and from…

From where I sit today

We had torrential rains yesterday and last night, with flash flood warnings. Nearby areas were under tornado warnings and did have flooding, with roads and bridges washed out and homes lost to rising water. This afternoon when the rains stopped I ventured out. Not far, just onto the porch and down the driveway where I…

An overwhelming sadness

A week ago today my sweet husband passed away, and the sadness is sometimes overwhelming. We had been married 42 years. As my long-time readers may remember, Bob had been ill and I had been his caregiver for almost four years. The month of September was very difficult for him, as he was in much…