The amaryllis season came abruptly to an end several nights ago when a group of deer paid a visit to my front yard. They ravaged the last stalk of red amaryllis blooms, leaving the blooms to wilt on the pavement and a small munched on stalk. A coreopsis was uprooted and partially consumed. A begonia… Continue reading The (Wild) Life in the City
Last Friday, May 1st, I decided to venture out to Costco to pick up a few items (like a large box of Cheez-It's) that I felt I needed. I was pleased to find that they had opened up a walk-in cooler and filled it with bags of fresh produce. It was all very fresh… Continue reading The Art of Blanching
From time to time I have what I call "church in the park" on Sunday morning. I load up one of the dogs, water bottles, and we head to San Pedro Springs Park. On Sunday morning there are only a few people out and about, much like I am, walking their dog and getting a… Continue reading An Esperanza Sunday
Several weeks ago while walking along a trail at one of the nearby parks I saw this small cactus growing next to a no longer used fence post. I had to smile because I couldn't decide if it was imitating Mickey Mouse or trying to be a puppy with big over-sized ears. What do you… Continue reading Fun along the trail
Many years ago, I think it was 2010, a co-worker gave each lady in the office a boxed amaryllis bulb as a Christmas gift. I had never had one and was a little skeptical about it because I had tried forcing paperwhites that came in a similar packaging and had little luck with them. Most… Continue reading The Incomparable Amaryllis
Several years ago I decided to make life easier and I stopped inviting my family over for Easter dinner. I was tired of balancing their in-laws, egg hunts, and church services with a meal. It worked for them, too, as it gave them more freedom to enjoy the day rather than rush from one celebration… Continue reading Easter Sunday Dinner for One
I'm absolutely dying to go somewhere. Anywhere. I'm a vagabond at heart and staying home day after day has really squelched my wandering spirit. But I'm happy to stay home and stay safe! Therefore, I find I have no excuse not to catch up on organizing a few thousand pictures and catching up on my… Continue reading Let’s Go Somewhere
One chilly, dreary day in late January of this year I headed out on a little day trip. As usual, I had a plan that I knew most likely would not work out the way I intended; that's how I day trip. I made my first stop - a yarn shop in Comfort, Texas -… Continue reading Awake! Imagination!
One of the problems associated with returning to an inactive activity is deciding where to start. I have many things I want to share, new ideas and things I've experienced since left off blogging. However, fellow blogger, Suzassippi, also recently returned to blogging and was inspired to share a series featuring various teas she enjoys and… Continue reading Teacups, saucers, and other china – oh my!
As I started to write this post I realized that exactly ten years ago today, March 25, 2010, I created the Small Simple Things of Life blog on BlogSpot. Today I had the intention of writing a post on the practice of restarting something that's been abandoned for a period of time, mainly this… Continue reading The 10 year re-start