Thoughts on Mom Near the Anniversary of Her Death

We prayed for my mother today in church to honor the anniversary of her death.  I wrote this piece a while back, but I think it expresses some of my thoughts on my mother’s passing. I loved her so and miss her. A Train’s A-Coming A train is a means of conveyance that moves on…

Ramblings on the Trip to Texas

We are on the plane heading back to LA. A baby is crying, a man is shuffling cards, two women behind me are having a conversation with tones that suggest they know each other well. We are three in our row but the fellow in front of us has a row all to himself. That’s…

Tomorrow We Head Back to CA

This week has flown by, primarily because we were making the trek to and from Fort Worth on several days.  We will go again tomorrow and work before we head to the airport in mid-afternoon. Being here reminds me of what lovely friends we have.  I got to see several people and had some good…

Paperwork Day

Today I was on the phone with the insurance company four times related to the fire.  I also got the Spring term of online classes for Story Circle Network all lined up and I am feeling excited about what a good roster of classes we’re going to have. In addition, I paid bills and set…

Fire Appears to Be a Theme

We are in Texas dealing with the aftermath of a fire in the laundry room of our Fort Worth condo.  This is where Sarah lived when she went to medical school and we have kept it as rental since that time. Our tenants, a medical student and a pharmacy student, came home from school to…

My Birthday Present!

I am excited.  Today, my birthday present from Ray arrived: an Instant Pot.  My niece told me about the Instant Pot this past summer when she and her family visited.  “It has changed how we eat,” she said.  “I can make a really good dinner in 30 minutes.”  Then when we visited my brother Sam and…

Nico’s Birthday Cake

For Nico’s birthday last Saturday, I made a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting that turned out to be one of the best cakes I’ve ever made.  I took the recipe right off the back of the Hershey’s Cocoa box and modified it (along with the frosting recipe) to suit our non-refined white sugar sensibilities….

Daughter Liz’s Birthday

Elizabeth Beaty, aka Liz, Bibbie, Ellabee, and Honey Bunny (for Ron) is 32 years old today.  She was born at home in Denison, Texas and kept me up way past my bedtime that first night with a tummy ache in her very small tummy. We like to say that Liz was born talking.  That isn’t…

Ojai

We drove from Ensenada, Mexico to LA, picked up our dogs and headed to Ojai. Tomorrow is Liz’s official birthday and though we have already celebrated, we thought we could at least be around for part of the day before heading back to LA after lunch tomorrow for work. Liz and Ron are actually returning…