My alarm is set to go off at 4:30 a.m. That’s 45 minutes from now. I can’t sleep with my mind swirling about tomorrow’s plans. AJ is packed and ready to make an unexpected trip to Chicago for a funeral…The favorite great aunt. The one who everybody loved including the spoiled geese who live outside … Continue reading Laying Awake Unexpectedly
This time of year is always busy. Busy because of all the digging and watering and sowing and planting. What is a girl to do? I got everything planted. Everything. *wipe the brow* No more plants in the windows. Hardening off plants did not go as planned, but sometimes you just have to plant and … Continue reading Get Growing!
Well, Farmer's Almanac fails all of us at some point. This spring has been oddly "emotional" (as if I'm talking about a teenager 😀 ) One week, the warm front encourages the grass to sprout and the roses to begin budding. The next week, we get the warning for freezing temps and I scramble to … Continue reading Expecting the Unexpected
What would you choose? This time of year feels like a no brainer. Just last night, I got to spend my evening sitting on the back porch watching the Oklahoma lightning storms make their way north. The frogs were carrying on their evening bantering like old men sweating it out in the sauna. They are … Continue reading Outside or In?
Because I am up early on this beautiful Christmas morning, I decided to do a house sweep and pray through the New Year... Just the two of us this year, like many households in 2020. We did our celebrations on Christmas Eve and enjoyed a hot meal. Now, I am up early with a cup … Continue reading Praying Through the Calendar
What a full month it has been… I have not even had time to sit down and write! So many good memories were made, family visits, places traveled, baked goods in full swing, and now I sit in my reading chair contemplating this season in the middle of an ice storm. I had about a … Continue reading Buttermilk, Harvest, & Powdered Sugar
Yes, that's what we did during a pandemic. We celebrated all the Holidays coming up before things get worse. I even decorated. I put up our tree and decorated for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. We had a full house hosting my "in loves" for the past two weeks. I loved every minute. Movies, … Continue reading Christmas in October
Cooler temps call for chicken tortilla soup, am I right?? 🐓🤗 Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup:1 lb. Chicken1/2 chopped onion1 Bell pepper3 cloves of garlic, minced3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped1 cup of your fav salsa(or sub 1 can green chillis and 3 Roma tomatoes)2 stalks celery, diced1 1/2 quarts chicken brothButter1 Tbsp. Cumin2 tsp. Paprika1/2 … Continue reading Chicken Tortilla Soup
"Today is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad!" Waiting. People spend a lot of time waiting in their lives. Waiting in line. Waiting on the phone. Waiting for pick up... But even deeper... Waiting on the Lord. Waiting for a plan to happen. Waiting for answers. Waiting for … Continue reading Overlanding: Done Waiting
I took my 2nd cup of coffee downstairs to my Yiayia's house. She has lived with Mom since the passing of my Papou in 2013. Yiayia is 94. When I do get out to Colorado, I bring her gifts. Before this trip, I was able to visit the Mediterranean Imports Deli in OKC for a … Continue reading Mornings with Yiayia
Living far away from family calls for being intentional. Intentional with visits, phone calls, holidays, and checking in. It has been 10 years of long distance with my family. Part of me really envies families that can just drop in to say "hi" and live life together. Part of me is also thankful for the … Continue reading Mornings with Mom
It's a long story, but the results are really good...good for me, my health, my mornings, and also good for my wallet. I will touch briefly on the story: In order to park near my office, a parking pass is required. It figures to be about $6 a week, totaling $350 a year.... steep. Being … Continue reading A Walk to Work