The US east coast has been the recipient of another bomb cyclone. While this one hasn’t brought snow to the microcosm, it has brought winds…lots and lots of winds, probably the strongest I can ever remember here with gusts of 60-70 mph (70 is hurricane strength!). Trees are down, roofs are being uninvented, and the power is capricious. With each blip in the power, an assortment of beeps resound through the house, which sends Scout upstairs to his bed, where it must be safe. Continue reading


Let’s Talk SLEEP (aka how I experimented on my Fitbit)

Sooooooo, here’s something you don’t know about me. I’m obsessed with steps. Now, I’m not talking about stairs, but each and every step I take.  (Doesn’t that put you in mind of The Police, “Every Breath You Take?”)

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Let’s Talk Blue Jays! (the birds) and When Someone Calls for Help

Disclaimer: Sorry for the quality of the photos. They were taken by my phone (I helped) through a window so as to not frighten the critters.

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As you’ve probably gathered by now, I love feeding the birds and squirrels. This season I’ve been putting out more peanuts so that I can watch the blue jays descend. If you’ve never seen blue jays in action, it’s quite a spectacle. Continue reading

Vocabulary Roll Call!

So, I’m reading this contemporary romance with late 20-somethings. The Irish guy uses words like “spitfire,” “vixen,” and “courting.” Mind you, I’ve never been to Ireland, but I have been over the UK and never heard any under 30-something or even over 30-something use these words. I feel like I’m reading an old Harlequin romance.

Anyone have input or thoughts? Or would like to inform me that, “Why, yes. Our Irish 20-somethings do use these words in their everyday language.”

Each time I read one of these words I feel like I’m being poked in the eye. Boing.


Happy New Year!

So, well, yes. I ran away again. I am in the wild and wonderful outer banks of North Carolina where the wind is nipping and it’s ever so cold, actually it feels how I’ve always thought a tundra would feel. There have been several times today where I thought the wind might take me and Scout to Oz.

I hope that your New Year’s Resolutions come to fruition, if you are into resolutions.

I hope that each of you has the absolutely best year possible, being healthy and happy.

I hope your dreams come true.

Finally, I just wish you all the absolute best.

I hope for all of us the best 2018.

Thank you for your support through this year. You’ve all meant so much to me!

Happy New Year!


Soon to Reappear!

I hope you all have been having a Happy Holiday! The next installment of The Heart of Christmas will either appear later this evening or tomorrow.

I seem to have gone (unintentionally) electronic free for a few days, which is never a bad thing.

Thank you all!