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 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…

An interesting find. What is it?

Last month when grandson Ben came for a socially-distanced porch visit, he brought an artifact he had found, hoping I could identify it for him. He found it in a creek near his home. It’s very heavy, apparently made of iron, appears to have had handles although one is now missing, is hollowed out on…

A socially distanced porch picnic

We hadn’t seen grandson Ben and his parents since Christmas, so what a surprise when our daughter phoned to say she and Ben were coming (this past Monday) for a short, socially distanced visit! They drove for over two hours just to get here, visited for about three hours, and then drove for over two…

From the Heart

A dear friend recently introduced me to From the Heart, a Facebook group dedicated to spreading good cheer to the elderly by sending birthday and holiday cards, cards of encouragement, and other greeting cards. My friend signed up both my husband and my father as card recipients, and as of last Friday the cards began…