• And He Hadn’t Even Noticed…
    We spent the afternoon in the company of our son, the wildlife expert and co-founder of Window to the Wild, a non-profit educational organization operating in the ...
  • Temptations…
    The after Christmas overindulgence habit is fading slowly. I have sweet cravings after my meal and satisfy them by finishing off the European chocolate bars given as ...
  • Ash Wednesday…
    I am not ready for Lent to commence today! It is too early… Too cold… And Valentine’s Day! I looked outside and saw my two stone angels had fallen ...
  • First and Last Time…
    When we were finishing off our front patio I magnanimously suggested I take on the task of painting the ceiling. Hubs had been crouching, screening, nailing, gluing ...
  • Judging Me…
    I spoke about the ease with which I judge others last week and this morning, in my yoga class,  I was cautioned not to go full out but to hold back. “Be kind ...
  • Daily Judgement…
    What is judgement? I know I’m not supposed to do it but every time I mutter to myself (which doesn’t count right?), “They let their son do what? ...
  • Free Eggs…
    Two Target coupons landed in our mailbox this week.  One was for me, one for Daughts. They were for Free eggs. There was no purchase necessary as far as I could ...
  • Entering Year Three at Footlights…
    Three years ago we just started looking for a house on a few acres. Or a few acres on which to build a barn home. Estate agents weren’t much help…we all ...
  • Checking the Mailbox…
    All my life the contents of the letter box has been very important to me. In order to receive post everyday at boarding school I had to write numerous letters on ...
  • Eating This Way Has Become a Habit…
    Well, it’s been a year and a half since I had my first round of labs that set me on the trail of healthy eating. When my latest doctor asked me if I was on any ...
  • Happy Birthday Daughts…
    This time 26 years ago I was at the Margot Perot Hospital… Waiting… Not for you but for my doctor. I’d been stuck with a needle that caused blood ...
  • KitKat…
    Our neighbor from the horse farm at the corner of Rigsby Lane sent out an email on Christmas Day. “MISSING!!! KitKat.  Her eyes are different colors; she has ...
  • What the Night Before Christmas Looked Like…
    Christmas at Footlights comes during the last week of Advent…which this year was really late so we cheated a bit and put up the lights and the creche a little ...
  • Food Conditioning
    When I walk in the mornings or afternoons, I take a couple of dog biscuits with me to bribe Mandy, one of my canine neighbors, to let me pass safely. Really, I just ...
  • A Perfect Peace…
    What do I do when I’m overwhelmed by life? And believe me, I am no different from anyone else…there have been many times when I’ve been engulfed ...
  • Christmas Gifts…
    This year I thought I would buy my own Christmas presents on Amazon Prime, have them shipped to Hubs so that he could wrap them. I was telling a couple of friends ...
  • Lead Me To The Cross..
    This powerful lyric from Hillsong looked down on me one day when I was subbing in the choir room: Lead me to the cross where your love poured out, bring me to my ...
  • Cat Boxes…
    All our cats love a box to explore. To hop in when being chased. To sit in and stare into space. To better smell the baby’s breath from, To curl up in and fall ...
  • An Accidental Oppressor….
    After generations of captivity in a foreign land the Hebrews were set free from their oppressors: Pharaoh and the Egyptians. In that freeing there was a slaying ...
  • The Promise of Winter…
    Winter can be a sad time for many of us. The shortening days and lengthening nights can be depressing. The looming secular and Christian family gatherings can be ...
  • Paper Clips…
    As a writer I like to keep things neat. Paperclips help me do this. I have plastic coated colored ones, ordinary metal ones, some that are in the shape of music ...
  • November Already…
    It seemed as though one minute it was bright and sunny and we were hanging tulle in the barn for Daughts’ and her Hubs’ reception, and the next I was ...
  • McKroger…
    With Daughts and Sam living at Barnlights, the barndominium on our property, it is easy for them to pop next door for the proverbial ‘cup of sugar’ when ...
  • Get Together…
    On Friday night we ate, picnic style, in the pavilion. We had most of our family with us. There were Baggarleys from London, McNenys from near and far and Kelloggs. ...
  • Homecoming…
    Lots of people are coming to Footlights this weekend. My oldest son from California. My oldest daughter from Burleson. My youngest son from Hutchins. My brother and ...
  • Barclays Banking Again…
    I’ve written before about how frustrating British banking is. I know they are trying to protect my money but compared to America, wow, the security is deep. My ...
  • Love in the Sky…
    When I take my afternoon walks my eyes do the praying for me. There is no need for me to mumble my litanies, all I have to do is pay attention to the fields ...
  • Happy Birthday #1 Son…
    There comes a time in every parent’s life when the bulk of the birthday celebrations have to be handed over to friends, spouses, partners or significant ...
  • Paying a Toll…
    On my daily walk along the lane I am accompanied by Charlie, the golden lab, when she catches me, and Tites, Daughts’ lovely miniature schnauzer, when it ...
  • Footlights’ Sign…
    Hubs found a lovely garden decoration at a nursery somewhere and photographed it. “Wouldn’t this look good on one of our walls?” he asked. ...
  • Arriving Home…
    Coming home to three cats is met with a Grand Silence. I open the door cautiously because once a barn cat always a barn cat…although Hubs doesn’t agree ...
  • Rathering…
    Living with the disquieting feeling that wherever or whoever you are there’s always somewhere or someone better, is part of the human state. ...
  • Madge Hiding 2…
    Our front screened in porch boasts indoor outdoor carpet made from re-cycled plastic bottles. Soft to the touch it is nothing like the green stuff we used at ...
  • Growing Cotton…
    I tried three times to sow cotton in a little bed I had on the south side of my house. Simon had given me some seeds and I’d soaked them overnight in water and ...
  • Our Cats Don’t Eat Science Diet…
    We were looking for a litter box scoop to better filter out the small clumps. We had tried slotted spoons from kitchen stores, tea strainers and colanders, none of ...
Recent Posts
And He Hadn’t Even Noticed…
/ February 22, 2018
We spent the afternoon in the company of our son, the wildlife expert and co-founder of Window to the Wild, a non-profit educational organization operating in the ...
Temptations…
/ February 20, 2018
The after Christmas overindulgence habit is fading slowly. I have sweet cravings after my meal and satisfy them by finishing off the European chocolate bars given as ...
An Epiphany…
/ February 16, 2018
Just before Christmas I was invited to an Epiphany event at church.  I wasn’t really thinking when I accepted the invitation, I just heard the word, ...
Ash Wednesday…
/ February 14, 2018
I am not ready for Lent to commence today! It is too early… Too cold… And Valentine’s Day! I looked outside and saw my two stone angels had fallen ...
Be-Jewelled Trees….
/ February 12, 2018
I knew after my walk yesterday… A walk in sub-zero temperatures with a steady mist falling causing my coat zipper to form a layer of ice, which ran into a ...
Shads the Thief…
/ February 8, 2018
Shadow is quite a character. He responds to his name like a dog, He fetches like a dog. He growls like a dog. He loves his tummy rubbed like a dog. He knows simple ...