Thursday, December 13, 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


The HH decided the Charlie Brown tree needed some cardinals.
AND speaking of the HH....As everyone knows gun violence has reached epic proportions in the U.S. One that recently made the national news hit too close too home. It took place where a relative, who is dear to us, works. Sadly, she knew one of the people that was murdered. In response he wrote this:
In the early spring, behind the shadow
Of children who have ventured out
Among apple blossoms
To find a new definition of laughter,
Comes a trigger.

Deep in the grassy clearing
 where two lovers
Have lost all sense of separation
From the gentle wind that enfolds them,
Comes a powder flash.

In a quiet café, interwoven
With the gentle conversation of two friends who,
In their open honesty,
Have only a trifling need for words to convey thoughts,
Comes the tearing of souls.

And in the ensuing wreckage we are left
Searching for reassurance
That what we once had,
We can have again,
Ending the horror,

Silencing the desperate lamentation. 
                                                                           Michael Cox
On a lighter note:

This is sooo cute:

Thanks, Rye.

These pictures were taken Sunday morning.  One foot here. Two in the mountains. 500 accidents across the state.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Weekend Wishes

Eighteen days till Christmas.....

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Thursday's Street Art

Nineteen days till Christmas.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

IWSG Wednesday

The first Wednesday of every month is officially IWSG day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.
FYI: The IWSG monthly question can be found under the IWSG Sign-up tab on the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog.
December 5 question-What are five objects we’d find in your writing space.

Some of the monthly questions, I struggle with. But this one is fun. I either write in my ‘cave’, the living room, the dining room or the porch.  In any of these you’ll find my laptop, at least one cat, hot coffee or iced tea, in the cave: book cover posters, currently in the living room, the Christmas tree😊.
What about you? Where do you create?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


The holiday season has arrived at the Cox household.
The tree is up but not all of the ornaments. I'm running out of places to put them.
The HH is hanging the outdoor lights. We've had outdoor lights for many, many years. No issues...until we moved. Things have not gone smoothly.....
The workshop is set up and open for business. (Thanks, CJ:)
The HH got me the purrfect dishtowel and
a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, which meets with Frank's approval..
Now there's just the pesky little details of shopping, wrapping and cookie baking.

21 days till Christmas.

While watching the news of George H.W. Bush, what struck me was the constant mention of his kindness AND....(If I heard correctly) his and Martha's Christmas card list had over twenty-five thousand folks on it.

Friday, November 30, 2018

It's The Weekend

Happy Birthday, Mark Twain and Winston Churchill.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


Did you have a wondrous Thanksgiving?
We had a wonderful one with the DD and DSIL. They kindly did all the cooking. All I was responsible for was the fudge and Republican Cookies. Heh. (Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies). DD made this pumpkin pie and it was delicious.

How do you like my new book model? Since he's family it's pro bono. Heh.

SO...I decided I wasn't going to get into the Black Friday frenzy, but I noticed that our local, favorite Southern department store was having a blow out sale. I changed my mind and cautiously ventured out. As you can imagine it was packed.
I was stunned by how friendly and courteous everyone was. Case in point: You know how frustrating it is trying to buy men's jeans at anytime. You can find the waist size but not the length or vice versa. I had two other customers that were looking for jeans too and asked what size I was looking for. The second person that asked was holding a pair of jeans and when I told her the size, handed them to me. I swear I clutched my heart.  It was a Happy Shopper moment.
What about you? Do you often run into courteous shoppers and if so where?

Friday, November 23, 2018

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving and Street Art

Street Art Photos from Pinterest

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018


The Southern Christmas Show
Don't these pictures give you warm fuzzies? Put you in the holiday mood?
This was me going in:

This was me coming out:

We decided to go during the week to avoid the crowds. I hate crowds. To say I don't deal well with them is an understatement. Unfortunately, we picked Monday, forgetting many offices close to honor Veterans Day.   Apparently, everyone that didn't have to work decided to go to the Christmas Show.  Interspersed with the folks shuffling from booth to booth, area to area, were wheelchairs, strollers, and my fave, backpacks on wheels. Think rush hour traffic when the lanes aren't moving. The HH suggested sampling some of the wines to take the edge off but there were even lines for that. Heh. We made the circuit, grabbed lunch and boogied home.

Question for the day. 
Why aren't grapes sold by the half-pound or pound instead of overflowing plastic bags that you know at least half a dozen people have handled to pick out the ones they want? Or taste tested to make sure they are good.

AND...Enough grumbling. How about butterflies:)
How to help Monarchs:

More Monarchs.

I just checked the calendar and realized I missed a very important birthday. Belated congrats and well wishes, Lee.