The Crown Jewel..

Just keep swimming. ~ Dory The transition back to school has been pretty smooth for both Summer and me.  I’m so fortunate to have retired neighbors across the street who come over at lunchtime to let her out to play for a bit.  When I get home it’s a happy dance reunion and off we … More The Crown Jewel..

Away She Goes..

  Summer should get a speeding ticket. ~ Every Teacher I go back to work tomorrow.  And I’ll let you in on a little secret:  I don’t want to go back to work tomorrow. Not that I don’t love my students, because I do.  I teach great kids.  It’s just that I really, really like … More Away She Goes..

Hello Summer..

Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. ~ Mary Oliver Some people are not meant to have a dog.  Ever.  Some people are not meant to be without a dog. Ever.  I fall in the latter category.  Although I thought I would embrace my independence and freedom to … More Hello Summer..


Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face. ~ George Eliot Mother’s Day weekend brought with it some beautiful weather. Our dogwood tree was in full bloom which warmed my heart as my mom had such love for dogwood trees. Those blossoms were like a heaven sent kiss from her to me. The … More Contraband..

Moving On..

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust What’s a girl to do when she loses her best friend? Why, she gathers up the pieces of her broken heart, packs her bags, and skips town of course. First, I … More Moving On..

Puppy Love..

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. ~ Kahlil Gibran On Saturday morning we lost our faithful four-legged friend and old girl, Ellie. Her real name was Cabela Blue, but no one ever called her that. She was always Ellie, or Ellie Bellie, or Ellie Pink … More Puppy Love..

Lions and Lambs..

In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four- and-twenty hours. ~ Mark Twain Evidently Mark Twain was in western Pennsylvania when he observed this. March went out like a lamb just as it’s supposed to. A mere 72 hours ago it was sunny and 70 degrees … More Lions and Lambs..