• Why Did Jesus Have to Die…
    We are walking through Hebrews at church and this week’s teaching on chapter 2 brought up a question that had me wrestling for an answer. “…we do ...
  • God’s Good Morning…
    No-one says “Good Morning” quite like God. Those mornings when the sky is in perfect cloudy-mode forming a filter that flings a ribbon of dawn colour ...
  • Dirt Road Flowers, Natives & No Sprinkler Systems…
    A year ago when we had our bridge re-worked on the lane, the charming drive down the hill, overhung with tree branches, hugged by tightly meshed undergrowth and ...
  • Chilling Horses…
    I never thought of horses lying down. When they’re grazing in a field they’re standing up, heads down munching happily, moving from place to ...
  • Henny & Boys…
    All creatures great and small grow up too fast. And I’m not only talking about my two grand-daughters. My neighbour’s dogs, whom I give biscuits to as ...
  • Trip to Bentonville…
    I had a rare weekend off, it was Hubs’ birthday, so I took him on a trip. When Daughts heard where we were going she said, “Ooh, can you bring us home ...
  • Barn Work…
    During this summer we have done a lot of work on our Barndominium to get it ready to accommodate a responsible couple who will appreciate the beauty of rural living. ...
  • Aggro…
    One evening we heard the familiar yowl of a cat inviting someone for a wrestling match, or a game of chase or a bit of TLC from his favourite human. We ignored it ...
  • Cardiac Centre of Texas…
    I decided to make this summer count instead of simply melting . I’ve already written about the crowns and implant I had done at my favourite dentist. The next port ...
  • Oregano; Pure Deliciousness…
    Whenever I go outside to harvest, be it lettuce or arugula, flowers or tomatoes, mint or oregano, the cats wait for me on the porch mewing loudly, knowing that ...
  • Baby Goats…
    At the end of a busy day at the winery my favourite place to go is up to the barn to see the baby goats. There they were all huddled against the indoor pen ...
  • Crowns and Post…
    For the last couple of years I’ve been tolerating hot/cold sensations in two of my upper molars, “A couple of small cracks,” my dentist said, ...
  • A Meditation on Twinkle-Let-Toe’s Birthday…
    Our landline back in the day would announce the caller, at least the ones we had programmed into the menu. I typed in Twinkletoes for our oldest daughter, a nickname ...
  • A Sophie Sparrow Day…
    Spending time with my toddler grand-daughter Sophie, is always a treat. Hubs and I had fun for hours with her just last week while her parents went off to work a ...
  • Tucker & Tites…
    Daughts and her Hubs have an adorable dog called Titan. He’s a miniature schnauzer and very obedient. In fact he’s the best dog in the world. He now has ...
  • Daughts’ Daughts…
    Daughts is a Mum! Congratulations. There’s nothing more amazing in  life than your girl – child giving birth to her first baby which is a girl – ...
  • Early Walks…
    Early in the morning is the only time to walk during the summer here in our little town of Weston, North of Dallas, Texas. Yes, the word Texas conjures up oil ...
  • The Mower and My Cats…
    All my cats dislike the sound of the lawn mower.  They don’t mind if it’s far away down the field but when Hubs mows around the house, it gets too close ...
  • Rolling Cash…
    With the rainy season in full swing the stables at Grandalia Bend Farms on the corner of Weston Road and Rigsby Lane are perilous. As a two footed human I slip and ...
  • Caudalie Crest…
    I work most weekends at a winery just down the road. With all the rain we’ve been having this year there have been times when my shift has been very ...
  • Callie Frolics…
    Callie our calico cat turned 9 on May 8th. Compared to the 4 year old boys she’s an old lady, and she does spend most of her day sleeping in her comfy nest in ...
  • Remembering Churchill…
    There is a new book out by Erik Larson that chronicles the war years of Winston Churchill, The Splendid and the Vile. In it Larson shows how Churchill taught the ...
  • Something Rotten at Footlights…
    There was a smell in my bedroom. The weather had been wet, the windows closed, the heat on and I put it down to damp wood, or dusty corners; cat fur or lingering ...
  • My Concealer is my Mask…
    This masking up has become a habit. Fourteen months ago all I could do was complain… “I can’t breathe.” “No-one can see my happy ...
  • A Horse of Course 2…
    How did I become a horse person almost overnight? Here I am researching behaviours, best cleaning methods, bathing pros and cons even innate habits that may or may ...
  • Babysitting Sophie…
    We were asked to babysit Sophie Sparrow for the first time ever.  She is 18 months old and goes everywhere with Mum and Dad. “The party this Saturday says ...
  • Life Happens…Or Not…
    At Footlights there’s never a dull moment. We’re always mowing, pulling up thistle, dragging brambles out of trees, identifying birdsong, burning brush, ...
  • Easter Sunday…
    This time of year, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Sunday, is my most favourite season of the liturgical church. Six weeks of spiritual preparation; ...
  • A Horse of Course…
    I think I’ve achieved what I wanted to when I approached the owner of Grandalia Bend Farms on Rigsby Lane to ask if I could help around her horse barn. ...
  • Baby Shower Time…
    On Sunday Hubs and I threw a baby shower for Olivia Grace, due April 26th. Daughts and her Hubs attended with her since she’s in vitro for five more weeks. ...
  • Day Four of Winter Weather…
    By now we were were on a roll. It was day four of winter weather and the temperatures were still dropping; not an above teens forecast in sight. I still walked, it ...
  • The Thaw…
    After several days of freezing temperatures the mercury slowly began to rise reversing the snowy-spell that had be-fallen much of the south. At Footlights I noticed ...
  • Winter Weather-the Following Days…
    Daughts and her Hubs suffered from power outages and frozen pipes for the first three days of the winter storm. Fortunately they have a fireplace and plenty of ...
  • Ash Wednesday…
    Well, I caught Magic suitably marked, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return,” on this first day of Lent. I suspect he snagged a few ...
  • The Polar Vortex Hits Footlights…
    It had been cold for a few weeks…in fact the horses were having a break from me because it was rainy, muddy and downright miserable.  Their water had to be ...
  • Closing Churches…
    I just want to say that the closure of churches during the pandemic has worn very thin. I drafted a letter to the power(s) that be in my part of the world and was ...
  • Mesmerising Candles…
    At rural boarding school when the power went out (regularly in the winter as different unions went on strike for better working conditions or higher wages) it was an ...
  • Perspective and Life…
    It wasn’t until I watched Call the Midwife that I realized the National Health (NHS), a social service that has been a part of my life since I can remember, ...
  • A Flurry of Snow…
    I’m always happy when it snows. The ground looks bright, dazzling even. A down comforter slung over Footlights concealing mud ruts in the driveway and beaten ...
  • Horse Spook…
    I’ve been grooming and bathing horses for a year now and this one was in desperate need of a good rub-a-dub scrub. While I enjoy my new skill there have been a ...
  • The Invisible Power of Prayer…
    Each morning when I write my journal I address it to God. It’s a stream of consciousness effort, limited to one page of my ruled exercise book and always ends ...
  • Happy, Happy Birthday Daughts…
    I don’t know about you Daughts, but on December 31st I always ask myself the same question, “Where did the year go?” I flip through my diaries and ...
  • Another Way to Pray…
    Prayers: For most of us they are cries for help. World-wide. Just look at the prayer lists in any given church, upwards of 40 or more people each prayed for, ...
  • No Guilt Attached…
    Cats are nappers.  My two boys sleep most of the day and I would even venture to say, they are Masters of Repose. No matter how comfortable I think I am in my warm, ...
  • A Barn Raising…
    Our bird keeping son, Simon, bought a barn. It came in a kit with everything included –  rather like an IKEA delivery only with more technical instructions - I ...
  • Black Friday…Stay Home…
    Just thought this pretty tactless flyer that plopped into my mailbox today warranted a comment. Touting Black Friday, …which is going to be different this year ...
  • Dark Night of the Soul…
    I absolutely do not wish to compare myself to the great Spanish Mystic,  St John of the Cross. A Carmelite friar and priest (1542-1591). No way me!  But I do every ...
  • Hubs’ Field…My Field…
    For me, the epitome of an English garden is one that looks tangly and wild… those lovely little cottage gardens, over-run with wisteria and clambering roses, ...
  • Sophie’s One…
    Our beautiful grand-daughter, Sophie, celebrated her first birthday recently and we had her party in Farmersville at the city park, In true McNeny-style… ...
  • A Short Trip…
    To get away from the pandemic…or at least how it’s playing out in our neck of the woods, Hubs and I packed two small cases and headed to Colorado. We ...
  • The Promise of Tomorrow…
    As the days turned into weeks, and the weeks months, and the months look as though they’re going to make the year with businesses saying they’re not ...
Recent Posts
Why Did Jesus Have to Die…
/ October 8, 2021
We are walking through Hebrews at church and this week’s teaching on chapter 2 brought up a question that had me wrestling for an answer. “…we do ...
God’s Good Morning…
/ September 27, 2021
No-one says “Good Morning” quite like God. Those mornings when the sky is in perfect cloudy-mode forming a filter that flings a ribbon of dawn colour ...
Dirt Road Flowers, Natives & No Sprinkler Systems…
/ September 21, 2021
A year ago when we had our bridge re-worked on the lane, the charming drive down the hill, overhung with tree branches, hugged by tightly meshed undergrowth and ...
Chilling Horses…
/ September 15, 2021
I never thought of horses lying down. When they’re grazing in a field they’re standing up, heads down munching happily, moving from place to ...
Henny & Boys…
/ September 7, 2021
All creatures great and small grow up too fast. And I’m not only talking about my two grand-daughters. My neighbour’s dogs, whom I give biscuits to as ...
Trip to Bentonville…
/ August 31, 2021
I had a rare weekend off, it was Hubs’ birthday, so I took him on a trip. When Daughts heard where we were going she said, “Ooh, can you bring us home ...