• The Bridge that Isn’t a Bridge…
    When I first hosted parties at Footlights I described the lead-up to our property as, “Downhill, across a bridge, first on the right.” Of course, I know ...
  • Picnic Tradition…
    Continuing the McNeny Picnic Tradition we met the perfect little family outside in a deserted park in Farmersville for a quasi-socially-distant birthday celebration. ...
  • Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks…
    On reading these verses, written by St. Paul, I am struck by the sense that they were written specifically for today.  That’s one of the most amazing features ...
  • New Normal…
    The phrase ‘New Normal’ has been adopted to remind us that after the pandemic, when a vaccination is available, our lives will not go back to the way ...
  • Sleeping & Netflicking Our Days Away…
    I’m a list maker… I love seeing the things I’ve done marked through with a pen. I manipulate my list so that I’m not left at the end of the ...
  • Nothing Steady and Predictable About Our Day-to-Day…
    Hubs and I have led atypical lives together. 9-5 was not the norm for us. There was nothing steady and predictable about our day-to-day. Jobs and financial security ...
  • Sunset in the East…
    Footlights faces West. In the summer I’ll see an orangecrush-float sky foaming over the barn and the back fairway first thing in the morning, and a blushing ...
  • Harbour-at-Home…
    A harbour is a shelter for boats and ships to anchor, for safe-keeping, or for when there’s a storm. God is my shelter during the pandemic; In these ...
  • Sparrow…
    These are odd times. Our lives have changed and will probably never be the same again.  A new normal is replacing the old. At Footlights Hubs and I keep ourselves ...
  • Social Distancing…
    Our cats appear to be oblivious to social distancing… but then they do live in the same house, and haven’t been near anyone who’s tested positive, ...
  • Back-Patio-Office…
    This year, the expanded and screened in back patio that we completed last summer has come into its own, It faces east so catches the sun as soon as it comes up, ...
  • The Unbroken Thread…
    I find it astonishing that the girl I grew up with at boarding school, the girl who made life barely bearable during my six years of convent living, the girl whose ...
  • Horse Farm…
    For years now I’ve walked past a horse barn at the top of the lane and imagined being called over to help. It has long been a desire of mine to get to know ...
  • Nest in my Tennie…
    Without fail every year a little wren comes into my garage and builds herself a nest. She usually chooses a rubber Wellie, because they already have strong walls; ...
  • Hot Air Balloon…
    Sitting in bed one Sunday morning I heard what sounded like wind sighing loudly in the trees. I looked high into the woods, not a leaf was stirring. I continued with ...
  • Easter Alleluia’s…
    The stone has been rolled away and the tomb is empty! Alleluia! For we Christians that means Jesus was who He said He was and had finished what He was sent to do on ...
  • Starbucks…
    Early on in March an order was issued that all restaurants, fast food and dine-in, coffee and sandwich shops, even wineries and breweries had to close unless they ...
  • Praise & Worship-at-home…
    Trying to praise and worship the Lord at home is difficult. Traditional church used to make it so easy for me! I’d trot off to mass on Sundays and Holy Days ...
  • Annual Burn at Footlights…
    I suppose we have a burn each year as the wood and vines pile up and we can no longer ignore them… there’s only so many wild-life habitats we can create! ...
  • Bull Field…
    I think this rainy weather must be irritating the young bulls as much as it is us! They’re bellowing and banging heads together, Displaying. Pawing the ground, ...
  • Spring at Footlights…
    It’s been wet since February!  I’m sure there have only been a handful of days when the sun’s either come out or it’s been cloudy, dry and ...
  • Family Traits…
    As a child I’d spend weeks with my paternal grandmother in her house in Buckinghamshire. Booker was in the country where the air was clean and smelled of lilac ...
  • Callie’s Chair…
    Callie has her own chair. Hubs and I have made a pad for it with a down jacket and faux sheepskin to keep her warm during winter nights when she can’t get all ...
  • Waiting for Oven…
    Nine months ago our 48″ stove, super functional with two ovens, started to play up. Granted it was 20 years old but it looked stalwart and strong and we ...
  • Shads’ Tricks…
    My Russian blue, named Shadow, has an endearing habit which I know I should discourage but he is so adorable I just can’t. When I’m eating dinner he hops ...
  • Many Happy Returns of the Day…
    This is your first birthday as a father! Many Happy Returns of the Day Son! I was there when your daughter was born, at the same hospital where I had you. And almost ...
Recent Posts
Spider…
/ July 10, 2020
You know I love the zig-zag, web making, spiders. Commonly known as garden spiders. Well here’s one on our screen door who decided to use the grid to make a ...
The Bridge that Isn’t a Bridge…
/ July 8, 2020
When I first hosted parties at Footlights I described the lead-up to our property as, “Downhill, across a bridge, first on the right.” Of course, I know ...
Picnic Tradition…
/ June 29, 2020
Continuing the McNeny Picnic Tradition we met the perfect little family outside in a deserted park in Farmersville for a quasi-socially-distant birthday celebration. ...
Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks…
/ June 23, 2020
On reading these verses, written by St. Paul, I am struck by the sense that they were written specifically for today.  That’s one of the most amazing features ...
New Normal…
/ June 16, 2020
The phrase ‘New Normal’ has been adopted to remind us that after the pandemic, when a vaccination is available, our lives will not go back to the way ...
Sleeping & Netflicking Our Days Away…
/ June 12, 2020
I’m a list maker… I love seeing the things I’ve done marked through with a pen. I manipulate my list so that I’m not left at the end of the ...