Phyllis' Blog

Moments and experiences come and go so quickly, and often we fail to see them for their value in our lives. We don’t take time to ponder them and take a second look at them. I believe to find the wonder in the world, we should be taking a second look at simple things. That’s what I like to blog about – those plain, every-day, nondescript moments that can delight us if we but look.

Looking Through the Studio Window

One of these days in my spare time, I’m going to write a book and entitle it Life Lessons I’ve Learned Under the Pergola. Several years ago in our San Antonio home, we built a 40-foot by 40-foot pergola that covered a portion of our back yard and shaded a small area of the deck.…


Who’s In Your Wake?

“Sailing, sailing, over the ocean blue . . .” You know it’s one of my favorite things to do—I unpack once; I’m entertained; I can read and write all day; I don’t have to think about what to prepare for lunch; I tell everyone it costs $16 per minute to call us on the ship…


Looking for My Glasses

One of the tenets in my philosophy of life includes this: I came into this world a brunette, and I will leave this world a brunette – that is – as long as I can get to Sally’s Beauty Supply. My husband Bill would tell you that I must have a similar tenet regarding my…



For those of you who know me well, you would know that I am a very curious person, and I spend time pondering things, simple things mostly. And next to pondering, I really enjoy invigorating conversation. With that in mind, I truly wish I could just brew a pot of tea, and we could sit…


Getting Change Back

I’ve heard it said that grandchildren are our reward for not having killed our own kids. I’m not certain that’s true, but they are indeed gifts. They make us laugh, bring a tender tear, and keep the sparkle of wonderment in our aging eyes. A while back, we had our granddaughters for a fun day…