Archive for May, 2012


Trumpet

He has this trumpet.  Actually, he has a couple of them, along with a flugelhorn.  Although it goes unplayed, it sits on his desk reminding us both of so many happy times.  Perhaps he keeps it there in the hopes of once again playing it daily.  Maybe… one of these days. That instrument has been […]

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Can’t Blog About That

The other me sometimes wishes she had a blog.  It wouldn’t be dedicated to simple pleasures.  It would be the place to rant and rave.  Yes, yes… I do have a category set aside for that very purpose.  But this kind of ranting wouldn’t get the rose-colored-shades treatment. The other me would write about how […]

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Buttermilk Ice Cream

I’ve made my first batch of the season.  If you’re new to my weblog, you may not realize that I absolutely love home-made ice cream.  And I love experimenting with flavors. This was my favorite last summer, and although I’ve already shared this recipe, it’s a bit hard to find.  So… here it is again […]

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Demelza.  If I could choose a character from the Masterpiece Theatre series Poldark… I would choose to be Demelza. These are the kinds of things I ponder when I pluck the weeds from my flower beds.  Earlier this spring we enjoyed watching the series, so I was thinking about her.  And – of course – […]

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Two Drifters Off To See the World

It doesn’t come naturally to us.  We didn’t grow up with the “Leave it to Beaver” dance lessons. We learned our waltz steps for the lovely Maypole in the high school gym, and we learned the Texas Two Step out on the cement slab at the Roosevelt County Fair Grounds.   But we love to dance! […]

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Picture Worth a Thousand Words

I have this wonderful old print.  It’s a painting that has the look of jigsaw puzzles and calendars from a bygone era.  We came across it when we were cleaning out closets after my grandparents had passed away.  The minute my mother saw it she said, “Oh!  It’s Mr. Toliver!” It’s not really Mr. Toliver… […]

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Wheelbarrow

I have this old wheelbarrow.  It sits in my rose garden holding bird seed.  Actually, it’s so full of holes, much of the seed falls below.  So the birds have their choice of dining areas. I hadn’t been back in Portales all that long when I decided to go to this estate auction.  It was […]

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Senior Pictures

It doesn’t surprise you to hear me say I love tradition.  As much as I love change and movement… I also love classics.  Taking a close look at myself, I think I’m just comfortable walking a few steps behind the times. I stay with old music.  I love the old hymns best… the poetic wording, […]

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Snake! Snake!

My recent encounter with a snake on the front porch has put me in the mood to tell a snake story.  We all have them… and this is my favorite.  I am the villain in this story.  Lower than the belly of the snake I shall tell about.  But confession does a body good, so […]

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Chocolate Pudding Cookies

While I was searching through my dessert recipes to find the Strawberry Banana Cake, I ran across the Cooke Bake-Off recipes from Portales Junior High.  It was March 25, 1976.  What fun to see the names of my classmates along with their recipes… Sue, Ray, Greg, Debbie, Penny, Maria…  We were happy little bakers. What […]

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Front Porch Parade

A steady cast of characters streams past my front porch.  I enjoy my own personal viewing area as I take in this show.  While I sit on my old glider, or work at the ever present weeds, the neighborhood passes by. Many of them have dogs in tow.  Our college professor, the airman recently home […]

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