Dear Officers

Reflecting in gratitude on officer appreciation day.

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The weight of this old phone

But, there's more than convenience in communicating. The weight of this old phone is a reminder of how important and wonderful it is ~and always has been~ to hear the voice of someone we care about, someone we love.

The music of morning

An ancient book of prayers, a not so old mandolin, and a hot cup of fresh coffee. It was among these things that I greeted this Tuesday morning. I could play the strings, but to do so would interrupt the morning chorus from the resident birds. Perhaps another day I would attempt to play along, … Continue reading The music of morning

Saturday Morning Thoughts

Memorial Day Weekend is underway. It's a time for reflection. There is no shortage of ceremonies and activities to honor the fallen men and women who entered into every military branch knowing they may not make it home alive. There's no shortage of families forever changed by those sacrifices made. My plans are pretty simple … Continue reading Saturday Morning Thoughts

An Irish Anniversary Cake

It's been a while since I actually broke out my cake decorating kit. Sure, we've had a series of birthdays, parties, mother's days, and all kinds of reasons to bake, but I kept putting it off until now. Today is our 25th wedding anniversary. This milestone year seemed like the perfect time to play around … Continue reading An Irish Anniversary Cake

Roadside view of Cane Creek Mountains

Some days I don't drive this part of this old road, but seeing glimpses like this makes me remember what a beautiful place this is. You can't see the creek in this picture, but it is there, meandering through the landscape from pasture to pasture and field to field. There are higher hills a few … Continue reading Roadside view of Cane Creek Mountains

Reflections on the passing of Rev. Billy Graham

This beautiful spring-like morning in this little corner of North Carolina the sunshine is playing peek-a-boo through the clouds. A family of cardinals is enjoying the cover of the sentry cedar outside the bedroom window. and the air is filled with joyful sounds of squirrel chatter and songbirds. Here, in this scene I have learned … Continue reading Reflections on the passing of Rev. Billy Graham

Sunday Afternoon ~ Coffee with the Cardinals.

Sometimes, the birds in this back yard play peek-a-boo.  Singing and chirping their greetings from the deep cover of the bushes, or just out of sight behind the branches of the trees. The resident cardinals are especially good at keeping hidden, despite their briliant red feathers. This week, however, they seem happy and content to … Continue reading Sunday Afternoon ~ Coffee with the Cardinals.