Lump in my throat


Another application out today.

The search for my “reentry” point proceeds.

Each time I put out my resume I send it out with a breath and a sigh.

It’s been 7 months since I took a step back.

These last 7 months have been very good for me, mentally, spiritually, and physically.

Now, I’m getting antsy.  I’m not taking the rejection letters well.

There is a place out there for me, I just have to keep plugging.

I keep visualizing three and four offers coming in at one time, and not knowing which one to pick.

Until then.  I breath deep, and let it go.

Too Much, Too Little

Here I am in the aftermath of Too Much holiday Cheer.

The presents are distributed,

The food is eaten,

The toasts have been made.

Three days of cooking and cleaning.

It’s all gone in a flash.

I’m serious, it’s all gone.  No left overs, at all.  

There is Too Little time.

Too short a span to tell my family how much I love them.

We were a very merry party of 10.  In Laws, Nephews, Sons, Spouses.

There was Too Little time,

To spend with my oldest son.

Such a blur of a week, and it’s all over

Till we meet again.

I’m grateful for the Too Much, and the Too Little.

It’s all precious to me.


12th Day of Christmas Gratitude

On this 12th Day of Christmas Gratitude Project, I’d like to take a few minutes to thank some of my favorite Bloggers.

This WordPress Experience has been so gratifying.  I’ve met some fabulous folks, seen wonderful talent in photography, and writing.  There has been wonderful support and inspiration.

I’m so much better for having this time with you all.

V Pub, Rob you have one of the most wonderful blogs, and I love coming to the V Pub to read your posts, and see some of the great comment exchanges.  Friends without Borders is the best way to describe your place.

A God Colored Girl Staci your mixed media art and poetry are so inspiring.  I love to see how you share your talent, your faith, and your writing in such a supportive and uplifting way.

Tea and Paper  Elizabeth your photography is so much fun to see.  Between the beautiful area of the world where you live, and the cheeky way you feature your toes in some of your pics.  I’m always smiling when your posts come up in my reader.

Everything I never Told You Tosha Michelle your poetry, music, and romantic descriptions of love and longing are so powerful.  I’m envious of such a talent as yours.

Just Make the Coffee Marla I adore your photography, your farm, your animals, and your humor.  As we’ve commented to each other many times, we would have so much fun if we lived in any close proximity.  I can’t wait to see what is in store for you and your menagerie in 2016.

Weave a Web  Bruce you tell some of the best stories.  There is always a little twist at the end.  Your creativity is wonderful, and I have so much fun reading what you come up with.

Look Around!  Monica writes about homeland, what she likes, and she does it in her Native Language, and English.  From Food, Travel, and Fitness she’s got something going on all the time.  It’s like peeking through the window into another world, Monica makes everyone feel welcome in her spot on the Planet.

I Didn’t Have My Glasses On Beth has a really fun blog with great photos, quotes, and commentary surrounding her job as a teacher, and her wonderful Michigan home.  Some of the quotes she comes up with are fabulous, and always go great with the pictures she takes.

Fabulous With Glitches Lennon Carlyle is one of the newer blogs I follow, but she Kicks Ass and Takes names.  Her ‘no holds barred’ commentary is absolutely awesome, and it reminds me always to be authentic.

The Present Of Presence this lovely lady, a cancer survivor and warrior shares wonderful inspiration to help maintain calm.  She’s just wonderful.

Grandfather Sky  Talk about an encouraging blog?  This is one.  Grandfather Sky shares philosophy, encouragement, photography, quotes, and is an author.  The first time he commented on my blog, I had to find out more about him, and I’m so glad I did.  He’s a great blogging buddy to have!

Double U Poet One of the newer blogs I’ve been following.  Wonderful poetry by John White.  His writing is whimsical, poignant, enjoyable, fun, thought provoking.  A great blogger to follow.


There are so many more I’d like to mention in this post, but I’m sticking with these 12 for now.

Thanks everyone for a wonderful year, and my sincerest wishes that your Holiday season is filled with Joy.

Sincerely, and with great Gratitude.





11th Day of Christmas Gratitude

I’m supremely grateful that it’s just as GREAT as everyone said.

Movie time with the boys, the first show of the day.  We got great seats, the crowd was excited and so great to be around.

If you have a chance to go, I highly recommend it.

10th Day of Christmas Gratitude

Family time

I’m grateful my boys are home.

I’m grateful for my husband who gives very specific direction.

I’m OVERJOYED that the barn is finished!

What a wonderful day to hang out with the bees, and with my youngest who like to climb trees.


9th Day of Christmas Gratitude

Fall comes a little late to S. Texas

We have our first fall color, and the leaves are dropping.  I realize it looks a bit odd, because the roses, the bottle brush, and the firecracker fern all are blooming.

I’m grateful for our mild temperatures, our beautiful sunshine, and just a hint of fall.

Yes, I’ll have to rake the leaves up, but I get to wear shorts and a T Shirt to do it.

8th day of Christmas gratitude–Joy On 4 Feet

We have this dog, Rascal.  I’ve written about him before.  He loves to play, and pose for the camera.

He will sit with me and tempt me with a slobber covered ball.

Sometimes he will bat at it with his paw, if he can’t reach it.  As if to prompt some sort of rescue response out of me.

But inevitably, he gets the ball to give to me.  He wants to play, all the time.

His little docked tail, wiggles back and forth in perpetual motion. 

He’s always happy, and want everyone to be happy around him.

Rascal is Joy on 4 feet.

I’m very grateful for special puppies in my life, even though he’s 7 now, he’s still a puppy at heart.

6th day of Christmas Gratitude

Decorating for the holiday does take effort, but this year, I’m glad I got through it.

We always decorate the mantle, and display our Christmas cards on the garland and fireplace screen.

The family photos are taken here too.

It took three trips to the attic to find the middle of the tree.  I’m convinced we have too much stuff.  Time to purge some of the silly things we aren’t using.

Last year my mother and grandmother both passed away between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Between funerals, and the travel needed to take care of the details, I didn’t really participate in the holiday hub-bub.

On this 6th day of Christmas gratitude, I’m grateful to be on the other side of grief.  I’m supremely grateful for the Joy of the season, the strength to clean and decorate my home, the means to buy presents for my family, the opportunity to plan to entertain my friends and family, and most of all I’m grateful for Jesus.  He’s the reason for this Season.  I wouldn’t have made it through this year without Him.