Archive for June, 2012


Off to France

I’m so excited!  It’s time for our annual summertime trip to France.  We go every July, and stay a month. We see everything!  The fields of sunflowers, the glistening waters in the south, snow capped peaks on the Swiss border… and we always wrap it up with a visit to Paris on the Champs Elysees.  […]

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Guantanamera

I have sung this song all my life.  I have had no idea what I was singing, but I’ve just kind of made up my own sound to mimic the line… and I’ve loved how it feels to roll “Guajira Guantanamera” off my tongue. This afternoon while music from my Latin folder played from my […]

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On Sunday

On Sunday one of our sweet little great-nieces turned one.  My early morning treat was looking at adorable photos of her first year of life. On Sunday one of our nephews left for Afghanistan.  My early morning prayer was for him, our niece, and their beautiful baby boy who will be apart for the coming […]

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Apricot Coconut Ice Cream

What’s a girl to do with so many apricots?  Well, plenty of them are in the freezer ready for future cobblers.  And the final little seeded batch went into some ice cream. I’m sure your family is like ours… we have quite the variety of food allergies and sensitivities.  I thought I’d try my hand […]

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Beautiful Sierra Blanca

  Six years ago G and I took off on a cold November weekend to enjoy hiking in the White Mountain Wilderness near Ruidoso.  The first day we hiked from the Monjeau Lookout along the Crest Trail loving the views, enjoying the crisp air.  The wind was howling when we woke up the next day.  […]

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We Didn’t Have a Minivan

I saw a book being advertised about a dad embracing the minivan.  Made me think about my own childhood, long before minivans were invented. One time my dad loaded us up into the family Pinto and drove us out to California to see Disneyland and The Golden Gate Bridge. One time my dad loaded us […]

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Sweeter Than Apricots

My yard is very young… barely four years old.   I baby my plants along, and cheer as the little twigs slowly work toward becoming tree trunks.  My cherry tree hasn’t come up with any cherries yet, but my apricot has produced a couple of little crops.  This year I think we had about twenty.  The […]

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I Love Pretty Yards

My grandmother’s yard was a fantasy land to me when I was little girl.  My sister and I played there for hours and hours while Nana went about her happy task of fighting off dandelions and tending the flowers. We baked the greatest variety of mud pies on the back patio.  We bravely jumped from […]

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Potato Salad

I would love to give credit to the person who wrote this, but I have no clue.  I saw it years ago on a friend’s refrigerator.  Loved it and never forgot it.  It was a list of guidelines for mothers-in-law.  They were sweet little practical things… and then the finale… “Always remember, there is more […]

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Birthday Gifts

It’s my birthday.  I’m at the end of another decade.  Forty nine.  It’s hard to recall all the wonderful gifts I’ve received through the years, but I’ve got a couple that just stick out to me today. One decade ago, turning thirty nine, we were heading back to Portales to get the ol’ construction machine […]

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Airport Apparel

It’s a travel day.  We showed up at the airport in our typical traveling attire.  Both of us in olive green pants, me in a simple red shirt, G in his favorite kind of shirt for traveling… lots of pockets.  Well, turns out, that’s no longer a smart idea in airports.  All those zippers are […]

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Too Many Dots

I was so excited about that parsley.  I was gathering seeds and letting is spread… in the fall I was going to make sure my flowerbeds were full of it, then they’d be so lovely and green throughout the winter.  It’s such a pretty plant, really lush. I’ve sat out there on my old glider […]

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