The Robins are Back! And the Wannabes.


My hopes for spring always soar when I spot the first robin of the season. Like yesterday.  But, this morning, they flocked to our yard.  I grabbed my camera to capture their number but they fled as soon as I moved, even from inside my house.  Finally, I managed to sneak closer with my zoom lens, only to discover that some of them weren’t robins at all, but robin wannabes!  Similar size, similar shape, similar silhouette.  But definitely missing the colors. 

Robins and Wannabes 

Birds kept coming, dozens of them, loading bare branches of neighboring trees.  Again, it was through my zoom lens that I learned it wasn’t only robins and starlings, but cedar wax wings. 


  Cedar Waxwings


What a beautiful reminder that God is bigger than the stress and strife in the world. 



“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”  Genesis 8:22


Nothing can hold back spring!


Raleigh Highlights


By necessity, our tour of Raleigh was condensed into a couple hours.  So we parked near City Market and walked the cobblestone streets, which  highlight its history.  What texture!    I felt a sense of wonder as I walked them. After all, North Carolina is one of the original 13 colonies.   How old are those streets?  What have those coblestones seen and heard?




  We had been encouraged to check out Big Ed’s for breakfast.             


And we were not disappointed.   The atmosphere, food and friendly service were pure southern delight. 




As he studied the menu, Hero asked what “fat back” was.  They responded by bringing him a sample.  


I have no photos of our meal; we were too busy devouring eggs, bacon, home fries, a dinner plate-sized flapjack, and the best biscuits with rich, dark molasses! 


Afterward, we walked off the calories with a quick tour of the Capitol, only a few blocks away.   











And slipped in a few minutes to visit the History Museum across the street.  A statue on the steps directly outside greeted us, and honestly, the minute I saw it, the first thing that popped into my head was, “Can you hear me now?” 



So we slipped him Hero’s Blackberry for a closeup. 








Too soon, it was time to say our goodbyes as Handsome Son # 1 had to return to the base.  But we’ll be back.  This little tour was merely an appetizer.  I can’t wait to return for more of all Raleigh offers.  Y’all who live there are blessed!

So Much Adventure…So Little Sleep


After traveling from North Carolina to Colorado in a week and a half, my adventure cup is full.   Just got back yesterday afternoon and I…am…tired.   But I’m not a bit sorry. 


Our visit with Handsome Son # 1 in Raleigh was fabulous.  We had a blast hanging out with his incredibly talented friends.  


And the “Writing for the Soul” conference in Colorado Springs was beyond my greatest expectations.   (Recognize my new BFF in the photo below? )   





I need sleep so I’m checking out for tonight.  But I couldn’t wait to say Hi and tell you that I thought of you while I was away.  In fact, I brought something back for a Blog Giveaway.  Hint.  It’s from here: 



There’s so much more I want to tell you, but I really need some sleep…so…G’night.

God Comes First



Been out of town visiting Handsome Son # 1.  Raleigh was in full bloom.  Got back Tuesday afternoon.  Spent yesterday, and into the night, preparing to catch a plane this morning for the “Writing for the Soul” conference in Colorado Springs.   Now I have to chose between spending time with the Lord and posting on my blog.  God comes first.  See you next Tuesday, Lord willing.  Stay close to Him.  He is worthy.

Happy Valentine’s Day



Countdown to Valentine’s Day – 1 – Family


      Hero and I are catching an early flight in the morning to visit Handsome Son # 1.  He’s in the military so it’s rare, and very special, when we get to see him.  (By the way, he’s single and I”m taking applications for a daughter-in-law!  Just sign up in the comment box.)


We’ll be gone five days and four nights.  When Hero said I should pack only a carry-on so we don’t have to pay for checked luggage, I cried laughed very hard.  Can any female pack for a 5-day trip, using only a bag which fits in the overhead bin?  Well, guess what.  I did it.  You might want to keep this on the down-low, though.   If word gets around to the male population, it could change the landscape of our culture.  


Yes, I packed the minimum this time.  But, in the long run, I’m not sure it’s going to save Hero any money.  I may have to – ahem – “supplement” my wardrobe at the mall in Raleigh while we’re gone.  And for Valentine’s Day, it’s gonna cost him a PajamaGram.

Countdown to Valentine’s Day – 3 – Love of Country

Today, we need to look at love of country.  The United States of America is at a critical crossroads and it’s time for us citizens to speak up.  Rather than me saying more, please go here: 

 Shell In Your Pocket

The future of our country, as we have known it, is at stake.  We cannot sit idly by.