Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Christmas in Birmingham

Donald and I drove to Alabama the day after Christmas to celebrate the holiday with the Barley family.  It was, as usual, lovely.  

We missed two of our crew, Harrison and Ryan were hard at work while we ate very well, opened gifts and enjoyed the day.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Following a Laura Lippman tradition

She reminds me, and others, by her own example, to choose a one-word resolution for the new year. 

Before choosing my 2020 word, I went back into my Meanderings and Muses archives to find last year's word, which you can read below.  I think I did a pretty good job of keeping it close most of the year.  

I'm hoping I can do as well with this year's word.

I've chosen MOVE.

I spent a lot of 2019 being sedentary. I'm now feeling the effects - too heavy, too stiff, ugh.

Time to start moving. AND past time to start cutting back on chips and milkshakes!

Wish me luck!

Another New Year's A-comin'

Laura Lippman is a writer I admire. 

Additionally, she's a woman I admire. 

And each year she reminds me, and others, by her own example, to choose a one-word resolution for the new year. 

Reading the words that others have chosen is always something I look forward to and enjoy. 

And it's always a bit of a challenge for me to come up with a word that I might actually be able to observe and follow. 

My word for 2019 is savor. 

I want to try to remember to savor the good things in my life. 

While I will not stop fighting and speaking out against the things I do not savor, I want to be more respectful to the goodness I am blessed with.

Here's wishing you all a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Eve in Meat Camp

It's a quiet day here at our house.

A few gifts awaiting the Barley family Christmas dinner and gift exchange.

Donald, after helping me get a picture of Annabelle with Santa on her head (and agreeing to do the same) has gone for a Christmas Eve ride on his bike.

Unlike a lot of years when we're having snow this time of year, today is clear and beautiful.

I have a pork tenderloin cooking for tonight's dinner, and I'm getting ready to settle down with a good book (book yet to be determined, I have several to choose from).

And a glass of Christmas cheer.

Merry Christmas, dear friends!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Winter Solstice. Bring back the light.


In winter
    all the singing is in
         the tops of the trees
             where the wind-bird

with its white eyes
    shoves and pushes
         among the branches.
             Like any of us

he wants to go to sleep,
    but he's restless—
         he has an idea,
             and slowly it unfolds

from under his beating wings
    as long as he stays awake.
         But his big, round music, after all,
             is too breathy to last.

So, it's over.
    In the pine-crown
         he makes his nest,
             he's done all he can.

I don't know the name of this bird,
    I only imagine his glittering beak
         tucked in a white wing
             while the clouds—

which he has summoned
    from the north—
         which he has taught
             to be mild, and silent—

thicken, and begin to fall
    into the world below
         like stars, or the feathers
               of some unimaginable bird

that loves us,
    that is asleep now, and silent—
         that has turned itself
             into snow.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

From Storage Space to Work Space

Remember when I posted pictures of this space and it was full of boxes that had been stored for 20 years?

After spending time emptying those boxes, sorting, and re-boxing stuff to sell at our new booth at the antique mall, giving some things away, and throwing some things away, my thoughts were to set up a space where I could work on my collages.  

What I didn't know was that Donald was out there hanging shelves and lights and turning it into a space that I'm going to love. 

His Christmas gift to me this year.

 A room of my own.

I'll keep you posted as things progress.

In the meantime - I am a happy girl.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

From our house to yours

Merry Christmas 


Happiest of Holidays!

Don, Kaye and Annabelle

Wednesday, December 11, 2019


Don't you love the new look?!

I LOVE the new look!

And it's all thanks to the amazing Maddee James of xuni.com.

AND, thanks to Maddee, I also have a brand new website (and it is GORGEOUS). 

Here's a sneak peek at the banner (similar to the new Meanderings and Muses banner, but different . . .) -

And at this wonderfully magical website I have some news to share with all of you.  You just have to click on the link. 

Hint: think book, Paris, carousels