THE ILLUSIVE FARMHOUSE: The adventure continues

Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that 9 months after selling the big, beautiful historic house we renovated in town we'd still be waiting to start building our Finally Farmhouse. It's true. September begins month #10.   Never could I have foreseen the health, work, and home-building challenges we have dealt with this so far this year. But even in the midst of all the "stuff", we're trusting it's for the best in the end.   OK, I'll admit to a few days of frustration and wanting to "get on with it", but only a few. Mostly, Renaissance Man and I look at each other as we sit side-by-side in our little fifth wheel, and wonder ... Keep Reading...

NEIGHBOR: Five Minute Friday

How appropriate that the word-prompt of the week for Five Minute Friday is NEIGHBOR.   This native Texan watched humbled and proud of fellow Texans embracing the needs of neighbors during—and in the aftermath of— the monster storm that was Hurricane Harvey. I've felt very far away here in Tennessee, connected only by technology, prayers, and a donation to the Red Cross. (Thank you so very much to all of you who have already made donations of any kind or amount. If you haven't yet, please help. Rebuilding of the Gulf Coast—rebuilding of lives—is going to take a very long time.)   I live in a small, rural town in East Tennessee—smack dab in the middle of Appalachia. The scenery is beautiful. The four distinct seasons are ... Keep Reading...

GUIDE: Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday is a weekly opportunity for this writer to "push" herself, writing five minutes on a single word-prompt. It's always interesting to see where different people's minds take them when challenged by the same word. Check out the link-up sometime.   Vision   It's a topic that's been on my mind a lot lately. Specifically, vision as it relates to seeing with the eyes. When things "go dark" for someone, they initially require assistance; someone to guide them.   Someone they can trust.     START   When life is dark, the path unclear, it does no good to look too far into the distance. I might just get tripped up on whatever lies at my feet.   I need first to ... Keep Reading...