Thankful to put 2017 behind us . . .

2017 was one of THOSE years. You know . . . the kind you’re really glad to see end. The one where putting an X on the last day and turning the calendar page to a new year brings relief—and hope.     Surely you’ve experienced one or two of those.   When January 1, 2017 arrived, I'd just written the goodbye letter to my old house—the one we'd restored and called “home” for 11 years—and was eagerly anticipating building our Finally Farmhouse at Wild Rose Farm. We were six weeks into our Big Adventure, living on our land in a fifth wheel so we could be onsite during construction.   We’d just spent Christmas back in Texas with almost the entire extended family, and I was on an emotional high. Life ... Keep Reading...

40-year-old Discovery: Marking the months

When packing to move last year, I rediscovered something in the back of one of my Grandma's old cookbooks. Something I'd forgotten was there. Something she tucked away 40 years ago when I was a junior in high school.   Do you remember when magazines included calendars that could be pulled out and enjoyed all year long?     I love the artwork in this series. I guess Grandma did, too.     My working calendar is on my phone, but every year I still buy a paper calendar—just for the pictures.   How about you? Do you still enjoy paper calendars? Is there a particular subject you like?   Here's mine for the year ahead. We live in hope!   Thanks for ... Keep Reading...

Last-minute thoughts: The Christmas Countdown

  It's Christmas! The Holiday Hustle's in full swing.   With decorating long-ago complete, the *twinkle factor* remains high in the background as the pace of the season picks up in its final sprint to Christmas Day.   Open houses, office parties, and holiday concerts have spread their holiday cheer.     Christmas cards and letters make their way to destinations near and far.   Santa Baby and Jingle Bells bring smiles—and a spring in our steps.   It's Christmas!   Little ones have whispered their wishes in Santa's ear—and parents act as elves as they wheel shiny new bicycles out of stores, preparing to find a hiding place until their big reveal on that magical ... Keep Reading...