Published — Bam!


I’m a little late with this news but I still want to share it.

Last year at Christmas (2014), I toured the Governor’s Mansion and the Mississippi Capitol.  I snapped a bunch of pics and wrote a post sharing them entitled Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion. In a strange twist of fate, I’ve been published.

Our South Magazine Winter 2014 issue contains my photographs from my trip to the Governor’s Mansion and the ones that I took that day of the State Capitol which I never blogged.

If you look really close at the tiny print at the bottom of this article’s page, you can see my name.

Also, if you’d like to view all of the photographs, visit this link and click on Christmas in the Capital City.

Wonders never cease and God is good.



“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1 NIV Bible 

Friday Fun #6


The temperature outside is frigid.  I would love to sit all bundled up under a blanket reading but today is a writing day.  I’m making progress on my bible study but the tempo is slow.

  • Beautiful images of our world found here on Distractify.   I couldn’t pick a favorite.  They’re all so stunning.
  • Do you dream of traveling the world to see those beautiful sites in the above link?  How much fun would it be to go around the world meeting and filming a new person each day?  This pair of filmmakers are doing just that. Check it out here.
  • Bored with your job?  Would you like to work for a doggie daycare and be the puppy lifeguard on duty?  Puppy Pool Party here.


    A quote from Isak Dinesen:

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” 

 Autumn on the beachbeach in the fall 2



“You are the salt of the earth…”  Matthew 5:13

Friday Finds #5


I’m dropping in for a quick Friday Finds post.  I know I’ve been scarce on the blog lately  but my darling daughter, Catie, has done an awesome job filling in for me.  Soon, I’ll divulge what I’ve been doing.  Click on the pics below for more details of each find.

In case you missed the beginning of Catie’s Cooking Challenge, we had grilled vegetable sandwiches with homemade pesto mayo.  Delicious!

sandwich 1With the holidays coming and cards to be addressed, Jones Design Company comes to the rescue with “How to Create Fake Calligraphy.” Looks do-able!

If calligraphy is too much for you, is wonderful.  You can compare what you want to say in all of your fonts at one time in order to choose the right one.   — Genius!  Thanks, Just a Girl for sharing!

I could look at these winning photos from the National Geographic Photo Contest all day.

Winning photo by Marko Korosec


Last, but certainly not least, 10 Old School Southern Rules to make those of you from the South smile in remembrance and the rest of you think we’re crazy!,


“I’ve known all along from the evidence of your words that you meant them to last forever.”  Psalm 119:152  The Message

March 2014 Viewpoint


During the month of March, I took a spring blogcation for a couple of weeks.  Spring fever hit hard this year and my daughter and I decided we needed a road trip and shopping to chase away the winter doldrums.  We spent several days in Atlanta and had a great time.

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The posts I did write this month were varied.  I shared my writing story and the struggle with not having the right picture when you need it.  I also shared my newest granddog, London.


I read more duds than treasures this month.  I would recommend these three.

The Lion in the Lei Shop by Kaye Starbird : Historical fiction.  This story is set in Oahu during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and is told through alternating viewpoints of a young woman and her daughter.  At first, I wasn’t sold on this book but I’ve found myself thinking about it.  The issues and events that the characters experienced are thought provoking and made for a wonderful book club discussion.

Bless Your Heart, Tramp by Celia Rivenbark:  I like her sassy writing style and find her stories about the South humorous.  I read this book to my daughter at night on our road trip.  We couldn’t help but laugh at this quote.

“…we understand that y’all is nature’s most perfect- and versatile- contraction.  As in “Do y’all want to keep y’alls forks for y’allses peach cobbler?”

And this one is oh so true…

“Northerners love to poke fun at how Southerners immediately start buying up all the bread at the grocery store at the first weather report mentioning the s-word.  We can’t help ourselves.  It is what our parents did and it is what their parents did, and their parents before them.  To a Southerner the threat of snow is profoundly unsettling and our minds turn only to bread and lots of it.”

Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg: This Bible study was about awakening to the wonders and nearness of God all around you.  For 6 weeks, we focused on the wonder of God in prayer, friendships, rest, His presence, divine expectation, and forgiveness.  Very good.



This month, I downloaded old jazz favorites from Al Jarreau, Chuck Mangione, and Bob James and David Sanborn.  I also added Sting’s album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles and a few tunes of Renaissance and to really make things interesting, I got the original Broadway cast recording of Annie.  What can I say — I like variety.

wild violet

Movies and TV:

My husband and I have enjoyed our Saturday nights watching Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart and always look forward to new episodes of Elementary, Castle, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. .   We saw Catching Fire which was awesome and Divergent was good but I was disappointed with Noah. The acting was decent, the biblical differences didn’t particularly bother me but I wanted so much more and the movie just lacked.

House and Yard:

Flowers and trees are blooming and the pine pollen is dusting everything yellow.  Projects in the house are progressing.  I’ve been busy with spray paint when the weather has permitted and I’ll be sharing some of those projects soon.

How about you?  What did you do in March?



“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.”  Psalm 84:4 NIV Bible




A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words but Only if You Can Find It


I was working on a post yesterday and I wanted to add the finishing touch of a picture.  I was certain I had one.  I pulled out the first box of pictures then, 5 boxes and 3 albums later, I conceded.  I didn’t have one.  I knew the picture had to exist.  I had it in my mind.  When I close my eyes, I can see the scene so clearly.  But, the reality is I don’t have a picture.  Disappointed and astonished, I chalked it up to one more instance of “ where are the pictures? “.

wheres the picture 1

Does this situation ever happen to you?  You think you have the pictures only to discover you don’t?  This instance was not the first time I haven’t had the image I was wanting.  I realized this cycle had to end so I’ve put together a list of things to remember in order to stop the cycle.

wheres the picture 2

Stopping the “Where are the pictures? ” Cycle List

  1. Make/Keep a list of pictures you’d like to take. By doing this small step, you’ll be sure to have the ones you want.
  2. Take more pictures than you think you need because you can always pare down later.
  3. Don’t assume someone else took pictures for you or the ones you wanted.
  4. Keep a camera close at hand.
  5. Capture images that will trigger memories like signs, favorite places or things, flowers in a yard, etc…
  6. Organize your photos to make them easier to find when searching for the one you want.
  7. Take pictures of everything.  If you’re a blogger who likes to include pictures in your posts, you never know what you will write about and wish you had a picture.
  8. Bonus: All these images are good for insurance purposes.

wheres the picture 3I’m not giving up my search. I’ve called in reinforcements!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!



“But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again’ he was lost and is found.”  Luke 15:32 NIV Bible



A Look Now: 2014


As promised, a look at what’s happening in my world now.

I’ve used a point and shoot camera for years and it worked fine. I’ve had a desire though to improve my photography skills and my little camera wasn’t up to the task of taking the types of pictures I wanted.  For Christmas, Honey Do gave me a Canon Rebel. I’m so excited to use it.  I’m on a learning curve though.  This shot is the kind that you get when you’re not used to such a fast camera.  Keeping it real.  : )IMG_0050

The stack I’m currently reading includes Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Search For The Twelve Apostles by Dr. William McBirnie, Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn, The Lost Books of the Bible  published by Gramercy Books and I pulled out my old textbook to read “Hamlet” in The Riverside Shakespeare.

I finished The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead and The Violets of March by Sarah Jio {book club read} this week and I liked both.

Recent downloads:

Hibernation Day” by Jars of Clay

Let it go” by Idina Menzel from the movie, Frozen

I also love these two songs from the movie: “Fixer Upper”  by Maia Wilson & cast and
For the First Time in Forever” by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.

Step Out” by Jose Gonzalez from the movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

I like this one, too: “Stay Alive” by Jose Gonzalez

We really enjoyed the Sing Off before Christmas.  I really liked Ten’s rendition of “Skyfall.”  I love the blonde’s curly hair do but I’m not sure I can pull it off.  What do you think? I also want to sing like that too but I don’t think that’s going to happen.  I wasn’t blessed with the same vocal chords so I’ll have to close my eyes and pretend in my dreams.

We also have gotten hooked on Person of Interest. We’re almost done with Season 1 and it’s so good.  Obviously, a theme is emerging in our house because we’re enjoying Elementary, Almost Human and Agents of Shield, too.

I wish HGTV would quit with all of the House Hunter shows.  I miss all of the old design shows.  Where did they go??  And what about the “G” in HGTV?  It’s been forever since a garden focused show was on.  Anybody else feel the same way?

Favorite Blog Post of the Week
I loved this post.   Actually, the post was written some time ago but I just found it.  I love the collaboration and insight this mother shares about her experience drawing with her daughter.  Truly lovely art.

I’ve been searching and searching for tops that I can wear with leggings or tights that are LONG ENOUGH.  I’m modest.  I like my tops to come down past my fanny and down in the front.  I think the problem is I’m not very tall {5’4.5”} but I’m long-waisted.  Can anybody else relate??  I ordered some tops from J.Jill and thank you, thank you, they’re long enough.  Honey Do liked this one the best, here.  I also bought this great jacket at Dick’s that I’m loving.

Enough about what I’m into these days —- What about you?



“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  Psalm 90:12  NIV Bible