Saturday, September 11, 2021

Trees - #SOS - Sharing Our Stories

Fire Dragon Maple             Chinese Pistache   

This invitation to write about trees made me reflect on my current experience. We recently planted two new trees in our front yard, after having two cedar-like trees removed.

The cedar trees had been planted by the original builders/owners of our home over 14 years ago. They had grown very tall and wide, and begun to restrict the amount of sunlight the lawn underneath their branches received.  They were also very messy trees that left feather-like foliage and sap-filled pods all over our yard.

Since the two new trees have been planted, I have had to learn how to care for them. Trees are very expensive. You may not be aware, if you have not had to purchase trees before. So, I have had to be very careful and fully aware of when and how much to water the trees, as well as how to mix the twice-per-month seaweed treatment.

As an educator, I consider myself, a lifelong learner. I have always attributed that characteristic to continuously learning and staying on top of my craft as a teacher. 

As a new tree owner, I now know (have learned) a bit about trees...a topic that has never been an interest of mine. But, since I have no plans to purchase more trees, I am applying what I have learned to ensure I don't kill these.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Control - #SOL21

I really didn't know what to write for a Slice today. I could write about how haywire the school year has started off.

Or, how flipped upside-down my home life is right now.

But, for some reason I feel lead to write about control. 

In all the stuff going crazy in my life right now, I have one thing I can control. It's just about the ONLY thing I can control right now...meal prep.

I actually took the time to plan, shop, and prep breakfast and lunch for the week. 

For everything else, God is going to have to work it out.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

In the Shadow of Addiction - SOL21

 In the Shadow of Addiction

(Originally published April 1, 2021)

After the first sip
then the next and the next and the next
fear and anxiety worn like a cloak
oh, that it was on invisibility

Prayers sent up
waiting and hoping and waiting and hoping and

Be. Ever. So. Quiet.
Do. Not. Awaken. The. BEAST
Hide yourself away from ITS distorted view
Behind closed doors

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
In The Shadow of Addiction
EVERYONE suffers the shame


This poem was original written and published at a time when addiction was a distance thought...a thing to be reflected upon. Today, unfortunately, addiction is no longer a distant thought. It is a present thing in our lives.

This time, however, no fear, no anxiety!
Prayers are being sent up!
Hoping and Waiting are about all I can do.

Still being ever. so. quiet, but
This time,
To let God take control.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

It Could Have Been Worse - #SOL21

View from outside the car.           View from inside the car.

Friday, July 30 - I got one of those phone calls no mom, no parent, no one for that matter, wants to get.

T: Mom, I am so scared and I don't know what to do!!!

Me: What happened?!!!

T: I'm on the highway and the car in front of me hit a piece of wood and it flew up and hit my windshield. There is glass all in my car. My windshield has a hole in it.

Me: Are YOU okay?!!

T: I'm shook up, but I'm okay.


Y'all, God protected my baby, and I'm giving HIM all praise and honor!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

A Symphony of Cicadas - #SOL21


Slice of Life

Almost every evening, around 7:30pm, when the sun is in just the right position to shade the street in my tree-lined neighborhood, I walk my Princey-Poo-Poo.

Yesterday evening, the cicadas were louder than I remember during any other walk.

Their music started out mezzo, or moderately soft, but only for second, before rising to a crescendo that was almost deafening (not really). 

As I listened, I thought, I'm experiencing a symphony of cicadas.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Time Well Spent - #SOL21


There are times in our lives when we sacrifice our own wants and needs for those of another. Today, I had the privilege of doing this very thing for my daughter. 

I absolutely did not want to leave the house today, except to run a specific errand. But, I could tell my recently-graduated daughter was eager to get out. She spent the last 3 years making a life in Austin, but is now in transition as she moves back home. So, I did my best to extend our outing as much as I could.

1. Petco - to return an unneeded item

2. Michael's - to browse the isles

3. Marshalls / Home Goods - to check out the gourmet foods

4. Starbucks - for a late lunch and cold drinks

5. TJ Maxx - since it's on the way home (and they also have gourmet foods)

We didn't need to, nor did we, spend a lot of money. Because, today was more about spending time.

Quality Time is her Love Language after all.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Writing Outside - #SOL21


Saturday morning I went outside to write.

The clouds were wispy and sort of spread throughout the sky. They moved along at a consistent pace, at times giving the sun a place to hide, and at other times, allowing all of the sun's rays to shine through exposing me to brief moments of Texas hot.

I had ever noticed how peaceful and quiet our neighborhood is at this time of the morning. The birds provided a song for me to enjoy - an occasional "oo-oo-oo" could be heard, while much closer were the "teeer-teeer-teeer" sounds from birds living in the tree in my front yard.

Everything seemed so still except the occasional sway and rustle of the trees as a gentle breeze made its presence known, then quickly was no more.

Having taken the moment to sit in my driveway and write this morning made me realize that I need to adjust and find balance in the busyness of my schedule and obligations; I need to make time to enjoy the beauty of nature right outside my front door.

Trees - #SOS - Sharing Our Stories

SOS - Sharing Our Stories   Fire Dragon Maple             Chinese Pistache    This invitation to write about trees made me reflect on my cur...