Crazy, Busy Life


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” ~ Steve Jobs

Two weeks have rushed by in a flurry of activity, a blurred pace. With the second and final week of state testing now behind us, another school year is all but finished. Four children have met (exceeded, really) the necessary requirements to be promoted to the next grade and all of us — yes, even Mom — are school weary and ready for summer break. This being our first full year with everyone enrolled in virtual school, we couldn’t be more pleased with the result.

But our work is not quite yet done. The next couple of weeks will focus on finishing lesson tasks early so we can enjoy one last hurrah of spring (at the beach, no doubt) before the masses of Houston are let out of school for the summer. It’s the final leg of the race and a surge of energy is needed. These temps in the 70’s certainly helps; I really do hope this is The New Normal for southeast Texas.

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Vegan Holy Grail! Chocolate Cake, an FAQ


I did it. I found the Holy Vegan Grail: chocolate cake. It’s been since just before Valentine’s Day I finally discovered this very easy recipe, but it was so unbelievable for my longing taste buds, I had to make it again (and even a third time)…to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

*pinch* Nope. Still awake.

Cake for breakfast anyone? (Yes, please!)

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Portrait of a Caffeine-Deficient Mom

Pencil drawing by John of Dirt N Kids

This is one of my favorite drawings that my son whipped up one morning while I stood there bitching about the empty coffee pot, waiting for what seemed like an eternity for my crack-caffeine to drip out. He showed it to me, shrugged it off as random scribbling, and promptly threw it in the trash.


I retrieved it, smoothed the wrinkles, and scanned it for the archives, adding it to the ever-growing pile of other ‘masterpieces.’

It’s such a loving, adoring portrait of his mother before she’s had her morning cup of coffee. Wouldn’t you say so?

Forgive me that I’m re-sharing some of my old posts.
Still off of blogging for a bit.

Happiness With A House Finch


“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.” ~ Richard Bach

This is my first encounter with House Finches on the back porch. They don’t usually let me get close enough for photos, and I almost always am relegated to inside the kitchen with field lenses to view these beauties. They are very skittish and fly off with the slightest detected movement forward; for once, they stayed.

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Gulf Coast Monsoon: When Rain Clouds Lurk


“A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain. ~ Arabian proverb

No Complaints

It’s been very wet and cool down here on the Gulf Coast of Texas this spring. ‘Cool’ is not normal for the month of May; ‘wet,’ on the other hand, is expected. Thankfully, I work and live in the same place, where there is no need to get out in it unless we run out of food. Floods are common in heavy downpours and traffic problems do result, but they are nothing like the real monsoon rains along the equator. Just check out this Freshly Pressed piece in the style of Steve McCurry’s fabulous photography:  Monsoon: A Photo Essay.

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