Archive for March, 2012


Baby Doll

I had this baby doll.  I use the past tense because I’ve already passed her down to my niece. Nana loved to give dolls to her granddaughters.  On birthdays and Christmas, it was never a surprise to open the box to find a sweet new baby to care for.  And I was a girly-girl, always […]

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Sounds of Silence

Ah… the sound of silence.  I cherish it.  I’ve just spent some time on my front porch enjoying the silence of the morning.  And in that silence I heard such a grand variety of birds singing.  I heard a child in my neighborhood playing with her dog.  There was another dog barking somewhere off in […]

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Spring Cleaning

The notion of spring cleaning definitely has taken hold of me.  I’ve gone through my closets trying to downsize, and I’ve made a little progress. The deal is… I’m not really a collector.  (Okay, okay… the coffee cups… but they all have a story.)  I’m not going to be weeding out photos or family heirlooms.  […]

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Springing With Hope

My rose garden was really in bad shape.  Last year’s drought, coming on the heels of that fantastically cold winter, certainly took its toll.  So I found myself on a sunny March day, pruning shears in hand, tackling the first gardening of the season… trying to get the roses shaped up. As I cut away […]

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You Have Arrived

Have I told you lately that I don’t like the gadgets?  Good grief!  Writing about the map and the GPS reminded me of my first real attempt to use one. I needed to get to an airport, and I was not going my typical path.  With a family member seriously ill in the hospital, and […]

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On the Map

I’m a map reader.  Love maps, always have.  Surprise, surprise… I don’t like GPS gadgets.  Oh, they’re great for some things, but give me a good old-fashioned paper map any day.  When we’re traveling down the road, meandering about the country, we stick with our ritual.  G drives, and I have a huge atlas in […]

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Business Trip

You’ve heard of those great business trips… where you find a convention in the Bahamas, and you learn about new trends in your line of work while gazing out over the ocean blue.  No, this is not one of those trips. We predominantly build out in the country.  Our town is small anyway.  So our […]

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Yo-Yo Pillow

I have this yo-yo pillow.  It’s another treasure, and I happily display it behind the glass doors that hold my wonderful heirlooms.  It was made by a great-grandmother I never knew.  She died the year before I was born, but I’ve known her my whole life as “Ninny”… my mother’s mother’s mother. This pretty little […]

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News Tribune

One of the new things I’m enjoying this year is writing a column for the Portales News Tribune.  Thanks to the Tribune for allowing me to post it on my website as well.  Sharing the first two articles and some of my clippings.  (That’s me with my Nana at a Garden Club meeting.) Does the […]

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Stage Magic

Last week I was back in the PHS Theater, enjoying students on a stage singing and dancing.  I love attending plays and musicals for so many reasons.  Obviously there’s a story taking place on the stage… but the entire event is filled with drama.  Will all the lines be remembered?  Will the audience laugh and […]

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Musicals

I’m on memory lane again.  Put on your walking shoes… I bet you’ll be taking a stroll by the time you get to the end of this. Saturday night we went to a high school production of “My Fair Lady”, so the whole weekend I was singing “Wouldn’t it be Loverly”.  And that took me […]

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Slide Show

I’d sure like to thank you my friend You’ve stayed with me right to the end The stories were long Photos went on and on My vacation… again and again! ~ So for now we shall leave it behind There are fun little nuggets to find Simple pleasures abound Just a quick look around And […]

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