The light of the new year is weak and thready so far; it’s just after 3 and it feels as though we’ve already lost it for today.


Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by our blue skies of late…it is winter, after all…but for the new year I’m craving color.  Like the colors of summer – strawberry juice dripping from your fingers and grass staining the hem of your favorite jeans.  Thankfully we still have a few colors hanging around to bring some cheer on a grey day…leave it to my beagle to sniff them out for me.  He’s a prince, even if he comes back from walks covered in cockle-burs.



What are you craving today?


Soft…it’s a long story…



This is Lucy in her glamour shot.  She’s 11 years old and doesn’t act a day over 5.  I’m sure a lot of people manage to keep their car both in perfect working order and clean as a whistle.  I am not one of those people.  I keep her running right, but before today, it’s had been a really, really long time since Lucy had had a wash and wax.  After 11 years, she’s not perfect, but the finish is so soft right now.

While the guy was working on her, we started talking about vehicles we grew up with, like my father’s 1979 Bronco with the automatic rear window and my mom’s yellow VW bug that the horse sat on.  It made me think about Lucy and everything we’ve been through.  I was sitting in the front seat when my neurologist told me that I had epilepsy and the next seizure could kill me.  It’s the car in which I brought Hank down from Kentucky, and the car that moved me into my first home.  A load of memories wrapped up in a fire engine red package.

What car sparks the most in your memory?

Black thumb

Reduce, reuse, recycle…something old becomes something new again and today’s prompt.  For me, that mostly means planters.  I want to be able to grow things, but instead I have a black thumb.  You name it, I’ve killed it…flowers, vegetables, even ivy.  I buy these pretty planters and have the best intentions, but it all goes to hell.  So my planters become something new, like this:


My favorite shade of orange, originally meant for a tulip, but now holds random pens, pencils, and fuzzy blue princess crowns.  Much prettier than anything you’d find in the office supply section, I think.

Hope you guys have a great Friday.

One of my favorite things…

Orange is one of my favorite colors, and today’s prompt.  It reminds me of a lot of things dear to my heart; to me, orange is warmth and contentment…the brilliant orange autumn leaves back home, tall mouth-watering chiffon cakes studded with orange zest in my grandmother’s kitchen, a gorgeous sunset after a long day’s work.

Today I saw…

A pumpkin!  Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I keep a pumpkin in my office year round.



My (blurry) gratitude journal – I’ve been writing down one thing I’m grateful for every day.  It’s really helped remind me of how many wonderful things are present in my life, even if I’m having a bad day.



My mala beads – they are carnelian and I loved them on sight.


What’s your favorite color?