Thursday, August 17, 2017


Some of my favorite things from the week:

- Fresh onion bagels

- New addition to the neighborhood

- Sunflowers in my favorite hand-thrown jug

- Pretty pink kalanchoe in the atrium

- Toad singing by the pond

New babe

atruim flowersPond Music

It really is all about the Little Things.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Little Things Thursday

Five On Friday

Willy Nilly Friday


Monday, August 7, 2017


I'm still celebrating my May birthday!
One of my sisters-by-choice sent me this tea set.

Tea Set

I really like the mesh strainer.

Tea Set

The decoration is different on the front and back of the tea pot and cups.

Tea Set

I like the green leaves.

I used to bake a lot ... by scratch.
Not any more.
I've gotten very lazy!

I was cleaning out the pantry and found a package of Sticky Fingers 
Carrot Spice Scones.
Just toss the mix into a bowl, add water, mix, bake.


They look good and are tasty!

Tea Mosaic
Tea and Scones

Wishing YOU well and much joy!


Monday, July 31, 2017

Today Is The End

Today is the official end of ICAD
(Index Card A Day).

Tammy started this challenge in 2011 and I've participated every year.

Some years more successfully than others.

The ICAD challenge is about doing a tiny creative project each day for 61 days (June-July). It's not an art challenge and you definitely do NOT need to be an artist to participate. Instead, it's a creative challenge. 
The project must be done on an index card.
Tammy provides prompts for each day.
Participants can follow the prompts or go their own way.
A friend of mine used the prompts and wrote a haiku each day.
I went my own way trying to do more collage.

This year I'll be playing catch up.

I've made 40 cards so far.
I hurt my hand (wrist and thumb) several weeks ago.
That slowed me down.

Here are a few of the Index Cards (all 3x5) I've made this year:

ICAD Collage

ICAD Collage

ICAD Collage

ICAD Collage

I've had people ask what I do with the cards.
Some of my favorites I have framed and they are scattered around the house.
I scan all of the cards as I finish so that I will always have a record of them.
Some have flown off to new homes because someone has done a lot of begging! 
Many just continue to live in a decorated box I have.
Looking over six years worth of cards I can can say my "art" abilities have come a long way!

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Mosaic Monday

Friday, July 14, 2017

Thinking of Granny

Every now and then I get an email that makes me laugh out loud.
In fact, I almost didn't open the one with the subject:
Getting Enough Fiber?

I opened it and it was about fiber, but not the digestible kind.

It was about yarn.


I need more yarn like I need a hole in the head! 


Morning Sky
Early morning over the Texas Medical Center

I walk early every morning before it gets too hot and humid.

I try to walk for 45 minutes.
My favorite day to walk is Sunday.
It is so quiet.
No cars on the street so there is no background motor noise.
It's just me, the birds, an occasional sprinkler raining on a lawn.
Last Sunday I listened to the doves cooing, 
the blue jays and the mockingbirds trying to out mock each other.
I even heard one of the local screech owls.
No cats or dogs or people.
And then, there they were -- crossing the street.
A family of seven opossums!
Led by Mom (I assume) they went two by two.

Definitely something I don't see every day.

Just one of those reminders 
that it is the little things that can make a day extra special.

Did you know a group of opossums is called a passel?

I came straight home and looked it up.
Male opossums are called jacks and females are called jills.
The young are joeys -- just like their Australian cousins.


Morning Tea

I love cherry anything!
Mighty Leaf makes a wonderful cherry lemon green tea.
It tastes especially fine in my hand-thrown kitty mug with the moon and stars.
The tea bags are handcrafted silken pouches.
Delicious hot and great iced for this hot weather.

Mighty Leaf began in 1996 as Tea & Company, 
a boutique tea house in San Francisco.
They support artisan communities and 
sustainable farming practices around the globe.


Every time I see a zinnia I think of my Granny.
She always had zinnias in her garden.
All shapes and sizes.

This year, I have zinnias in my garden.
I had an empty space, had the seeds 
and decided to throw them in the space and see what happens.
I think every seed came up.
Marvelous mix of all types of zinnia and the color.
Double wow!

I thought I'd share some of them with you.



Friday, July 7, 2017

There Is No Doubt That Summer Is Here

It is hot.
And it is humid.
Feels like temps (in the shade) well over 100.
There is no doubt that summer is here
and I'm already tired of it!


I'm still celebrating my May birthday.
This time with the Mother of my god-children 
and one of my sisters-by-choice.
We went to one of our favorite spots:
Morningside Thai.

Morningside Thai

I had garlic eggplant and she had basil-eggplant.
We were both smiling and "yumming".


Not only did we have a lovely lunch,
I received a lovely gift, too ...
tea pot and matching mug
by Emma Bridgewater.


I love Emma Bridgewater.
The pattern is called Wallflower and is described as a
Cheerful, purple and green floral pattern that was inspired by
Emma and Matthew's love of a flower bed that overflows with wallflowers every May 
... perfect for an "Emma lover" with a May birthday!

Emma Bridgewater


I also received a surprise in the post.
When the box arrived I wondered what I had ordered that I'd forgotten!?
No, it was a surprise from a dear friend who knows I have a thing for owls.

Owl Mugs

Aren't they great?!
I'm lucky -- good friends and more great mugs for tea drinking!

Mugs and Teapot

I made an early morning run to Trader Joe's
(before it got too hot for man or beast).

In addition to food, I came home with flowers ...
peonies and tulips.

Flowers from Trader Joe

So pretty!

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Willy Nilly Friday

Five on Friday

Mosaic Monday

Amaze Me Monday


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

I Squealed With Delight!

I subscribe to two boxes.
The kitties receive the Kit Nip Box every month
and I receive the My Texas Market box. 

This month the My Texas Market box featured Bourbon and BBQ --
a kick off for the summer season. 

From No4. St. James came Chocolate Chip Bourbon Bombs.
I opened the package 
and memories took me directly to my Granny's kitchen during the holiday.
I think she put Bourbon in everything! 
She did put bourbon in the sweet potatoes.
No wonder they were so good and so are (were) the Bourbon Bombs!

Chocolate Chip Bourbon Bombs

There was a lot more in the box 
and I squealed with delight when I saw caramels 
from the Dallas Caramel Company -- Bacon and Texas Drunken Nut.
I've had their caramels before and they are melt in the mouth delicious.


A dear friend of mine -- also with a May birthday -- went to lunch with me at
McHugh Tea to celebrate our birthdays -- better late than never!


We both had the sampler plate and it was delicious.
Peach iced tea.


Cream cheese and date scones for dessert.

McHugh collage


The Passion Flower Vine is flowering in the garden.

Passion Flower

I thought I should get the camera out before the squirrels eat the flower!
They really do think the very middle is a tasty treat.


This is the closest I've gotten to an image of the small dragonflies 
that visit the water garden.
They are usually moving too quickly.
I was thrilled (I might have squealed with delight)
when this little guy decided to take a time out on the water lily!

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Five on Friday

Willy Nilly Friday

Mosaic Monday

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Words On Wednesday

It's no secret that I'm a big baseball fan.
I enjoy watching all ages play.
It's one of the things I like most about baseball -- anyone can play.
Young, old, male, female, tall or short.

America Plays Ball/Kids
From the postcard collection
AMERICA PLAYS BALL: Historical Baseball Photographs from the Library of Congress.

 And, baseball has been popular for a long time.

Collage done for ICAD 2016

No surprise that I not only enjoy watching baseball,
but I also enjoy reading about baseball. 

baseball books

One of my favorite baseball books is
BASEBALL HAIKU: The Best Haiku Ever Written About The Game 
Edited by Cor Van Den Heuvel and Nanae Tamura.
This book has been in my library for years and is one I really enjoy.
It combines two of my loves: baseball and haiku.

Some of the most important haiku poets of both America and Japan 

are featured in this anthology.
Poets like Jack Kerouac, a longtime baseball fan who pioneered English-language haiku

Empty baseball field

-- A robin,
Hops along the bench

and Masaoka Shiki, one of the four great pillars of Japanese haiku and was

instrumental in popularizing baseball in Japan during the 1890's.

Spring breeze
this grassy field makes me
want to play catch

TEAMMATE: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series For the Ages

by David Ross and Don Yaeger is my new baseball book for this year.
David Ross (AKA Grandpa Rossy) was the backup catcher for the cubs in 2016, mostly catching Jon Lester. This is his story, from his early days in the big leagues to his final year in baseball with the Cubs in 2016. What a way to retire! Lots of life lessons. What it takes to be a good teammate and play the game the way it should be played. It was interesting to read about concussion and its effects on Ross. A fun baseball book!

What's on your reading list?

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Second Most Wonderful Time of Year

The second most wonderful time of year
is when peaches make their appearance at the Farmer's Market!
I was afraid there would be no peaches this year.
The best peaches in this area are grown in the hill country.
They need cold weather and they didn't get much last winter.


I've been having peach smoothies for breakfast.

The First Peach Smoothie of the Season!


I also came home with tomatoes.
It's bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich time.
With half of the tomatoes gone and only a few peaches left,
a trip to the market next Tuesday is definitely in order!


In Musashi's garden,
the day lilies I ordered from Oakes Lilies are starting to bloom.

Little Grapette

Little Grapette was the first to bloom.
2″ bloom, 12-18″ tall, Early Season, Semi-Evergreen. 
Deep grape colored blooms with a deeper purple band around a small chartreuse throat. 

Day Lilies

Mini Pearl

This is Mini Pearl. 
3″ bloom, 16″ tall, Early-Mid Season + rebloom, 
Masses of blush apricot pink blooms are held low on short scapes.

Mini Pearl

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Friday, June 2, 2017

This and That

- June Is National Iced Tea Month 
and that's a very good thing!

- June marks the beginning of hurricane season 
and that is not a very good thing.......

- ICAD (Index Card A Day) started --
June and July --
61 little pieces of art on an index card.

This is my Index Card for June 1.
Mixed-media, paper scraps, ephemera, stamps, fortune cookie.


"The challenge is about the DOING and not the
It is the process of creating each day that matters."

~ Tammy at Daisy Yellow

- I had a birthday.

It started by opening all the birthday cards.

Birthday Cards


Flowers from a dear friend.
Too cute!

Birthday Flowers

Instead of birthday cake--
birthday cupcakes --
fudge bites with frosting.

Birthday Cupcakes

Birthday collage

-  Musashi's Garden had a visitor -- a charming little lady.....


Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Five on Friday

Willy Nilly Friday

Mosaic Monday