A closeup of the blooms of an interspecific orchid hybrid. I love the yellow color too. So cheery on dark days.

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: February indoor plant party

Sorry, I’m late to the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day party. I didn’t realize it was already mid-February. How could I miss it with Valentine’s Day right before? Well, everyone here has been sick since Christmas. That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it. There’s so much blooming in my...

Red double-decker bus and London cab with the Union Jack flying overhead.

Travelogue: London

It is dark and dreary in Oklahoma this morning so of course, my thoughts turned to London. The photo, above, is one of my all-time favorites from our trip. Bill and I set off almost every evening on our own, and we had a couple of free days to...

My hyacinths on the windowsill bring me happiness and joy.

Smiling through winter, an update

After last week’s post, I implemented my seven ways to smile through winter plan. This quiet season covers at least five months of the year in Oklahoma so smiling through winter is vital. Like Demeter, we gardeners pine for Persephone until she returns from Hades, and green shoots push forth from...

Forcing lily of the valley is a great way to smile through winter.

Seven ways to smile through winter

It’s only mid-January, and I’ve reached winter’s crying time. You think I’m being overly dramatic? I’m not. Usually, I reach this stage mid-February right after Valentine’s Day, but crying time came early this year. In one week, Oklahoma had a snowstorm, an ice storm and copious rain. Don’t panic....

American Goldfinch in Winter

A bevy of backyard birds

Bill and I were standing in the living room at the back window gazing outside as our son walked by. “What on Earth are you two doing?” he asked. “Watching birds,” we said, in unison. Bill and I then turned and grinned at each other. I added, “It’s what old...

Magnolia Christmas tree lot with an old jeep. Could it be anymore picture perfect?

Magnolia Market, Waco, Texas

I like Texas a lot. In fact, second only to Oklahoma, it’s probably my favorite state. Maybe because as I cross the Red River, our southern border, it still feels like home. A couple of weeks before Christmas, Bill and I took Claire to visit the University of Dallas...


Advent, a quiet season of change

It’s been awhile since I’ve written, but I’ve been deep in thought this Advent. Many changes are coming to our family. Over the last nine years, you’ve watched as our children grew from tots and teens to adulthood. In May, Megan is marrying Robert. Brennan will graduate from college...