Vaccinated

Just over a week ago I received my second dose of the Moderna Covid vaccine, and I realize how fortunate I am to have received it already. Each of the 50 states here in the U.S. sets its own guidelines as to who can receive the vaccine. Vaccine supplies are limited, and my state is…

Thanks, everyone. Ben is fine!

At the beginning of this month I asked for prayers and healing thoughts for my grandson Ben who had tested positive for Covid. We were worried about how the virus might affect him in light of his previous, serious medical issues. I am happy to report that he is fine. And I thank all who…

Pocket of joy: Birds at the feeder

I love the way the birds sit in the tree or on the post and wait their turn at the feeder. I love the term “pocket of joy.” I first heard it on a Netflix reality show when one of the main stars, speaking of his difficult growing-up years, also spoke of the pockets of joy that…

Asking for prayers and healing thoughts

This post today is to ask for prayers for my grandson Ben who tested positive today for Covid. If you are a praying person, please offer up a prayer for Ben. Otherwise, please send some healing thoughts his way. My long-time readers are familiar with Ben. When he was 3 years old he was diagnosed…

Pocket of joy: Birthday flowers

A beautiful bouquet of birthday flowers, from my daughter, her husband, and grandson Ben, featured several of these lovely roses. I adore the colors! I love the term “pocket of joy.” I first heard it on a Netflix reality show when one of the main stars, speaking of his difficult growing-up years, also spoke of the pockets…

Generations

Grandson Ben with his 92-year-old great grandfather (my dad). “Family: Like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.” (Unknown)

Pocket of joy: A snowy Christmas

When I lived in northern Indiana, every Christmas was a white Christmas. But in northern Georgia where I grew up and where I now live again, white Christmases are rare. I remember only one when I was young and one about ten years ago. So it was a nice surprise to wake up this morning…

Pocket of joy: Red-bellied woodpecker at the feeder

My “pocket of joy” today was the red-bellied woodpecker at the bird feeder. I don’t feed the birds in the summer or early autumn because bears get into the bird seed and tear up the feeders. We had a warm autumn, and people kept reporting bear sightings, so I only recently set up my feeders….

Pocket of Joy: The view from my porch in the golden hour

“Grief makes you feel like you’re going crazy,” or so says the author of a blog post on the website whatsyourgrief.com. And the added stress of helping care for an elderly parent, mixed with grief over losing one’s spouse, can amplify the craziness. So I need my “pockets of joy,” like this soft-focus view from…

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…