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.

Homemade Jelly?? It Takes a Village!

What a surprising gift to have friends who own a vineyard! They have taught me about patience and perseverance as they’ve improved their ranchland over time, clearing it of cedar, terracing it for grapevines, and then the whole planting and tending activities for the last three years. Well, it all paid off in surprising ways…



For those of you who know me, you know that I’m a cautious, stay inside-the-lines kind of gal. So, this morning’s post is a bit on the risky side for me. It might stir up something akin to trouble, but it’s time. As a girl growing up, I had a mother who was fully dressed…


We’re All Headed Somewhere

I was lured away from the Hill Country last week for a business trip to Atlanta. I’m talking planes, trains, automobiles, and acres upon acres of concrete. I’ve managed to stay out of cities for the last few years, and that is to my liking. I much prefer observing the wildlife in the Hill Country…


Perfect Postings for Christmas

I’ve been amused and entertained by all the photos posted on social media this season – you know – the flawless photos of platters of decorated Christmas cookies and trays of fudge and divinity. But did you see anyone post pictures of the kitchen when those goodies were being made?


Alo Predicts the Weather

November is my absolute favorite month of the year—cooler temperatures, earthy red and gold colors, the scent of pumpkin and spices, the Beaver Moon and the anticipation of Thanksgiving and Christmas.