The Recess

Dear highly esteemed and most valued Reader,

Due to an unplanned and highly chaotic state of being, I have been unable to post my weekly musings of mundane suburbanite domesticity.  I had fully intended to post said writings but the days came and I found myself unwittingly the victim of a severe case of new-puppy-love-itis and of the equally centrifugal force of summer sunshine pulling me into the vortex of languid days filled with relaxed schedules, no deadlines, and a beckoning bedside book stack enticing me to stop and gorge upon the written word.  I have attempted feebly to withstand these coaxing charms but alas to no avail I have failed.  So, dear reader, please do not depart for I will return on occasion during these dog days of summer to tantalize you with my view of life as I know it from the humid, sultry south.



“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:2  NIV Bible


Busy Times and Yard Visitors


This week has been C-R-A-Z-Y!  I’ll be back next week with more details and life happenings.  In the meantime, I had a few visitors in my yard this week.

garden snake indigo buntings

Aren’t the indigo buntings pretty? Hard to catch a picture of them, they’re skittish.



“He is your praise, he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.”  Deuteronomy 10:21  NIV Bible

Ugh, Jury Duty…


Have you ever received a summons for jury duty? Do you dread it?  I received one a couple of weeks ago to serve for this week.  When I told people I was summoned, almost without fail, everyone said {with a grimaced face, I might add} something along the lines of “Ugh, jury duty“.  Maybe, the system needs a revamp if they want happy jurors serving.

Raymond_Courthouse {photo from Wikipedia — Hinds County Courthouse, National Historic Register}

I’ve been summoned 7 times for jury duty since I was eligible and I DREAD IT!  How is 7 times a random drawing when my husband has never been summoned once, I ask?

The more I thought about jury duty, the more anxious and stressed I became. One of the major reasons for my stress was that my daughter’s graduation from college is this Friday and I was afraid I would not be excused from duty.

Why do we dislike it so much?  I’ve listed my reasons below.

My Reasons for Disliking Jury Duty

  1. Jury duty is an interruption to my schedule.
  2. It’s boring.  I sit for a l-o-n-g time while the sorting of people takes place.
  3. I don’t get paid at least minimum wage for my time.
  4. I can’t take in my phone, a magazine, a book, or snacks to help pass the time.
  5. I have to sit in really uncomfortable chairs in tight spaces which makes my knees ache because of my arthritis.
  6. Small talk is required, in order to pass the time, with the other jurors, who are just as miserable as I am.
  7. I feel like I’m made to do it instead of choosing to do it.
  8. I don’t want to have to decide the fate of others.
  9. Comfy clothing is not an option. I’m required to trade in my jeans and flip flops for something stiff but fancy.
  10. My family suffers because I suffer. Happy Mommy = Happy Family; Miserable Mommy = Miserable Family
  11. You have to act interested…it’s not even the good gossip (not that you can share it anyway).
  12. Parking is notoriously awful; if you’re not the judge…you’re parking way in the back.

How do you feel about jury duty? Relish your civic duty or fear the jury dirge?



“There is only one Law-giver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy.  But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?” James 4:12 NIV Bible