Wednesday, September 30, 2020

One Day


This was recently shared with me, and when I watched/listened to it, it struck something in me that has been feeling like it's shriveling up and dying... In the current climate where everything feels like fightin' words and everyone is seemingly only out for themselves, this was so reviving, so warming. I thought if anyone else was feeling beaten down right now, this might lift you up a bit, too.

One day this all will change
Treat people the same
Stop with the violence
Down with the hate
One day we'll all be free
And proud to be
Under the same sun

Learn more about this 'social-music initiative' and read about the cool story behind One Day here: 

Sunday, September 27, 2020



May everyone have at least one windows open, kids still sleeping, quiet pets and hot coffee kind of morning this weekend. Happy weekending!

Saturday, September 26, 2020



We have been making a conscious effort to do as much as we can outside right now. We're in that perfect Texas weather period where it's not broiling hot anymore and it's not miserably cold yet, so we find ourselves asking the same questions every weekend- what can we do with all our stir-crazy energy? What yard chores can we cross off the to-do list? Where should our fall seeds and bulbs go? What meals can be grilled and eaten on the picnic table?

...and what can we do about the load of laundry that was in the dryer when the heating element went out?

Inevitably the answer always leads us outside, which is exactly where I want to be right now.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Eating Out


It's now officially Fall- Real Fall- and it's not an entirely miserable idea any more to sit around an open fire. Conveniently we had some 'dogs in the freezer and a freshly-mown yard at the exact same time, so we unanimously decided it was a good idea for a dinner Out.

If it weren't for the mosquitoes and the needy local wildlife, we would have given our dinner five stars.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

A Surprise Discovery

 Among the poison ivy and blackberries tangled together around the edge of our little pond are some very tenacious trees. Most of them are easy to identify- a globe willow or two, a hackberry grove, a sapling pecan. However, every spring a stand of something unidentifiable flowers and then never produces any noticeable fruit... that is, until this year... 

They are native persimmons! I can't believe we've never noticed them before, this must just be a good year for them? All this time, wondering what that flowering tree was that looked almost like a plum but not quite, living happily with it's roots halfway underwater and never seeming stressed... a persimmon!

I was so excited when I realized what they were, so I picked a few and brought them up to the house. They are full of huge seeds (which, based on this article, can predict the weather apparently? We may have to go pick another one and see!) and are still very bitter. According to my mom, they won't be sweet enough to enjoy until after the first frost, and let me tell you we will happily leave them alone until then.

I'm still excited about them, though... even if I'm the only one!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020


Happy birthday, Kyle... I think we did good this year, and I think you agree...  I hope you liked your fabulous 'cak.' We love you.

Sunday, September 6, 2020


Good thing it's a 3-day weekend, because this is how we're all feeling this morning. Although only one of us has morning hair this fabulous.

Wishing all a slow, restful, dare I say lazy 3-day weekend... happy weekending!

Friday, September 4, 2020

A Visiting Weet

So this is a regular thing for me now... a Big Fat morning visitor about the time I'm checking work emails. That's about when Henry finishes his first round of remote-learning, has his morning break, and goes straight for Big Fat Charlie.

Ever tried to answer an email with a Weet in your ear?

I'm just happy that Hen and Charlie are spending time together! (And also that he hasn't peed on my carpet yet)

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

This Moment

Sharing a moment from Kyle's week... a simple, special, extraordinary moment we wanted to pause and share... Henry 'helping' to prep the first cutting for pickup.