• Exploring Indifference…
    This year has been one of those years. I have a delayed emotional reaction where change is concerned, in other words I don’t break down or fully rejoice until ...
  • Welcome to the World Sophie Sparrow…
    Finally! My phone beeped at 2.22 on Wednesday morning, October 2nd. “Headed to the hospital” I read, from Simon, our bird-keeping, rock climbing son and ...
  • Birthday Boy…
    First and last children get to be onlies for a couple of years… if they’re lucky and especially if they’re first and last all in one! You were ...
  • Moon Flowers…
    A few months ago Daughts was walking the back way into Weston and came across some wild flowers that resembled upside down lilies. “I have no idea what those ...
  • On Praising God…
    Our brand new Deacon, fresh out of seminary, brings insight to those of us who have been around a long time and claim to have, “Heard it all!” I, for ...
  • Thoughts on Grand-Parenthood…
    When I was young I wanted six children. My parents, with their two, thought I was crazy. Hubs and I settled on four when my OBGyn advised that four C-sections were ...
  • The Graceful Hay Fluffer…
    I love farm machinery. At our last garden club meeting – held at Myer’s Park & Event Centre, a beautiful 158 acre piece of property with research ...
  • Amazon Prime…
    We all enjoy Amazon Prime, I can order something and get it tomorrow. It’s convenient, I don’t even have to leave my house, packages come to the front ...
  • A Padlocked Door…
    Our trip to Kingsland in the Texas hill country included a locked room in our suite that drove me to distraction… Ever curious it invoked almost too much ...
  • The Back Porch…
    When we moved into Footlights 4 years ago we had planned to build two porches so we could leave the doors open and get that breeze-way effect.  The back porch was ...
  • Shads; Star Fetcher…
    Shads is our Star Fetcher…he’ll chase toy mice and little fluffy balls and bring them back just like a dog. I didn’t say that! This year we have a ...
  • Henny & Rooster…
    This is my best Bud, Rooster, who, after a busy spring of lamb duty is back to saying good morning to me as I run past. Rooster has a girl-puppy in-training. ...
  • Sprout Walks…
    Sprout really isn’t much of a walker. I ended up giving up on her company during my morning walks because I thought dragging her along the lane rather defeated ...
  • Sprout is Back…
    Our son and daughter-in-law, the Window to the Wild folk, are busy with baby showers at the moment. This week they took a trip out of town to party with her side of ...
  • The Fruit of the Spirit…
    A friend of mine travelled to South America and I asked her to show me her pictures… “I don’t want to be a bore,” she said. I insisted and ...
  • My Followers…
    On my way home one morning Charlie come dashing up the lane to great me, “I’ve already been on my walk,” I told her leaning down to rub her ears as ...
  • Farmers at Work…
    Hubs and I have tractor envy. The farmers around us have the latest air-conditioned models that they ride on roads and between fields and sometimes home to their ...
  • Air-Conditioning…
    In England I used to turn on the heat during the winter months only when my sensible cold weather, indoor gear of a sweater, long trousers, socks and slippers failed ...
  • Shads au Contraire…
    This year we were all set to take our five cats at Footlights for their annual rabies shots. I went up into the attic and brought down the three boxes I have for ...
  • Psalm 131…
    When I walk in the mornings I let my thoughts loose; I examine them in the fresh light of a Rigsby Lane dawn. This week it’s the afterlife that’s been ...
  • The Live Oak…
    Live oaks stay leafy all year. In their part of the woods leaves crunch underfoot catching autumn off guard. When winter drops its snow she stands tall in the watery ...
  • Is it Dry Yet?…
    Hubs sprays the house for pests, beetles, scorpions, ants and other creepy crawlies that I don’t really mind unless they’re in my pantry.  The cats ...
  • Thirty Years Ago…
    Thirty years ago I was working as the phone room manager at Rainbow-Ticketmaster in Dallas. I had two sons, Ian was 3 and a bit, Simon was 10 months old and my ...
  • Memory Clinic…
    In England we have Memory Clinics. My mother used to go to one to rule out dementia, or as it used to be called, senility. She was asked a few questions about ...
  • Sprout Waiting…
    The time for Sprout to be collected, after the Mexican resort holiday on the beach, came and went. Simon, our son, kept us informed, “I’m just so busy ...
  • Sprout Too…
    We get an edible magazine. That doesn’t mean it can be eaten after it’s been read, though that’s a novel idea… It celebrates food and ...
  • Sprout…
    Simon, co-founder of Window to the Wild, husband to Lindsey and future father of our granddaughter-to-be, camped all night outside the Richardson Animal Shelter to ...
  • Dam…
    We took a trip up to the Denison Dam managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  It’s located on the red river between Oklahoma and Texas and was a pleasant ...
  • San Miguel de Allende…
    To celebrate the one year anniversary of Hubs’ knee surgery we went to Mexico. Not to the beach but inland to a delightful, colonial city called San Miguel de ...
  • Dennis…
    The name Dennis always brings to mind a phone operator I used to have at Ticketmaster. He was one of my supervisors and a hard working and reliable employee. On ...
  • This Cat…
    It’s Shads again. He’s kicked his ceiling fan phobia although sometimes his imagination will run wild and he’ll bolt from the bed or the couch, ...
  • English Country Gardens…
    This spring has seen a lot of rain;  and I mean even more than the flooding in 2015, the year we moved to Footlights, that was declared the wettest spring in Texas ...
  • The Last of the Jam…
    All of a sudden I look and it’s the end of May. The year so far has brought our family joys, some sorrow and an all too familiar tussling of emotions. Pretty ...
  • Doe a Deer, a Female Deer…
    We are supposed to have deer in the country but I hardly ever see one. With all the construction going on a-round-abouts I won’t be surprised if we ...
  • Surpassing all Understanding…
    God messages me in many ways… When I take my mind off my fears, my doubts, myself, He whispers serenity into my spirit and shows me a playfully overgrown ...
  • Shadow and the Fans…
    I am so glad I’m not a cat! They develop unfounded fears. Shadow’s latest concern has to do with fans.  Ceiling fans. We have nine in the house and he ...
  • The Heavy Machinery Rolls in…
    Change is imminent. Having grown up in a terraced Georgian cottage in London (protected by the National Trust) that backed up to the convent school’s playing ...
  • Tarantula…
    I’ve seen tarantulas down at the end of our drive. I’ll spot one moving regally, queen of the arachnids, creeping towards supper through the tall ...
  • Ceilings…
    My ceiling painting job came around again. After I’d volunteered my services the first time round I declared it to be,  “The last!” However – ...
  • Thistle…
    We will have been at Footlights four years this month and I have almost won the battle with the thistle that was overgrowing my pastures and meadows. At first they ...
  • Messing Around in Boats…
    Malia and I went for a cream tea at Kew.  We didn’t go into the gardens we just enjoyed the little town square and sat under a cafe awning, in the rain, sipped ...
Recent Posts
Exploring Indifference…
/ October 17, 2019
This year has been one of those years. I have a delayed emotional reaction where change is concerned, in other words I don’t break down or fully rejoice until ...
Welcome to the World Sophie Sparrow…
/ October 10, 2019
Finally! My phone beeped at 2.22 on Wednesday morning, October 2nd. “Headed to the hospital” I read, from Simon, our bird-keeping, rock climbing son and ...
Birthday Boy…
/ October 3, 2019
First and last children get to be onlies for a couple of years… if they’re lucky and especially if they’re first and last all in one! You were ...
Moon Flowers…
/ September 30, 2019
A few months ago Daughts was walking the back way into Weston and came across some wild flowers that resembled upside down lilies. “I have no idea what those ...
On Praising God…
/ September 24, 2019
Our brand new Deacon, fresh out of seminary, brings insight to those of us who have been around a long time and claim to have, “Heard it all!” I, for ...
Thoughts on Grand-Parenthood…
/ September 19, 2019
When I was young I wanted six children. My parents, with their two, thought I was crazy. Hubs and I settled on four when my OBGyn advised that four C-sections were ...