the winding hilly roads that lead to home


He gave us the mountains

And life amidst the tall oak, the cedars, and the pine.

The winding hilly roads that lead to home

A home with a bright red door

He gave us a view of an open meadow down below

To gaze upon a doe and her fawn

Catch a glance at a hummingbird hovering outside the window way up high

As the mountain sparrows fly freely as one in the open sky

Two gray squirrels chase each other from tree to tree

All the neighborhood dogs bark at every sound

We hear the night owl hooting in the branches of an old oak tree

And the ribbit of a lone frog in the distance

All of His magnificent display of color in the sunset above the green mountain terrain

God gave us the mountains and a home

A home with a clear stained glass window set in a bright red front door

empty asphalt road between trees
Photo by Vidyagauri Jadhav on


spread confetti, not covid!

*snail mail at its best

*when seeing or hearing the mail truck driving down our street

*opening regular or anticipated mail delivered at your door or in your mailbox

*wide-eyed over your loved ones or friends’ personal handwriting

*a gift opened sometimes in anticipation of who sent it

*maybe someone thinking of you by taking the time to send it

*loved by any and all ages, even your pet

*stamped with love

*unwrapped to a party of confetti hearts or colorful shredded paper nestling a gift of a letter, a simple letter, and/ or a gift

*love,  traveling and sent by snail mail

*joyfully received in COVID-19’s time of masked sheltering  in or lockdown

*when we all have time

*to make or take the time

*when time is all we have to give

*to send a party of confetti


*. . .I think I just heard the mail truck stop

I always stick my head out the door and yell “thank you” to the person who delivered the unexpected and surprise in/of snail mail

AND, yes, send a party of confetti to thank the one who sent it.













l a k e s i d e

.  grab a summer tote and go!

.  don a silly hat

.  any excuse for a party outdoors

.  give me a comfortable space for a chair in a quiet spot

.  to hug the water’s edge

.  slip into the soft romantic lull of summer

.  repurposing with a purpose

.  relax, on lake time

.  immersed in a book or writing

.  snack in between

.  the delights are the unexpected

.  once again marvel at nature

.  people – watching

.  forgetting about the time

.  walk to the shack for an ice cream

.  relish the simple pleasures

.  gorgeous lake views in front of us

.  welcoming spaces

.  100 yr old trees reach to the sky, massive limbs outstretched, umbrella us from the sun

.   recharging our batteries

.  in the pleasure of unhurried pursuits

.  on a staycation not far from home

.  l a k e s i d e

.  when not covid19ing or sheltering in

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caught unmasked

#justthe2ofus happily sheltering in together. . . at home. You just caught us unmasked.

(Stay home and shop online for a few masks to add to your mask wardrobe for the times you do go out in public).