Where the Wind Comes Sweepin’ Down the Plain

PW Lodge Visit
Who has the cutest kitchenware, the longest concrete counter tops, and the grandest prairie views I've ever seen? Need a hint? Her cooking show airs Saturday mornings on Food Network. Continue Reading

Finding Silence In Dirt, Dead Trees and New Beginnings

Old greenhouse, new life
When we do not, our paths wander aimlessly. We're askew. We focus on "picture perfect" and "share-worthy" and never stop to truly "like" our own journey. We seek satisfaction in a vacuum and spend our time adrift in a sea of unnecessary noise. We focus on the weeds in the background, but the stark blooming beauty directly in front of us is always out of focus. Continue Reading

What Lies Beneath Is Your Story Waiting To Be Told

January thaw
Our whole story never shows ... but it's there, isn't it? Living, breathing, growing, stretching just below the surface. Waiting for a warm day when sparkling sun gets the ideas and enthusiasm flowing for our good. Continue Reading

5 Favorite Christmas Gift Ideas for Family and Friends

Christmas gifts
Truth be told, my husband wants a new ham radio. My daughters want an entire library at their disposal. My son doesn't even care so much about what's in the package. He just thrives on the thrill of unwrapping the mystery. Gift-giving isn't difficult if you focus on the person you're trying to bless. First, think about their likes, their loves, their passions. Then give them something that will create an experience or enhance their favorite pastime. Continue Reading

When The Lights Go Down Is Your Heart All Aglow?

Christmas Lights All Aglow - but what about our hearts?
Trees topple. Bulbs break. Beauty shatters into a million shards of sharp and painful splinters. And it's ok. Yes! Really. I know it sounds ridiculous. I know when we're in the midst of a terrible, awful, no good, very bad day, week, month or year it is so hard to stick it out. But take heart! You were never supposed to handle it alone. Continue Reading

We Deck the Halls With Soggy Sheet Music

Deck the halls with sheet music!
Everyone in the blogosphere and on social media is all "Look at my gorgeous and stunning Christmas decor!" and I'm standing over here in my living room like, "Hey, you can use leftover ornament hooks to air dry sopping wet sheet music!" What?! Yeah. It's been one of those days. Continue Reading