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.

The Hawk and a Hummingbird

Early morning in these parts is a great time for a walk. With summer’s arrival, it’s about the only time we can walk without feeling we’re in a sauna. This morning turned into quite an adventure. As we rounded the bend at the pond, we were in the shadows of a very large hawk as…


Diving In and Hanging On

Summer has arrived in South Texas before the appointed June 21 summer solstice, and memories of last July compel me to hang on to the last of June’s cool mornings and cloudy afternoons. Even in retirement, I’m not so acquainted with that “summertime and the livin’ is easy” stuff, but I’ve committed to enjoy a bit…


I Like Old Things! I Like New Things!

  I like old things. Old things like my blue bathrobe, my fuzzy green throw, my mama’s recipes for pecan pie and pound cake, family photographs, old friends, my eight-pound iron skillet, my cuddle chair, my favorite thimble, my china teacup, hymns, and some of my favorite books – need I go on? These old…


Shalom and Nodding Heads

Recent news reports of our President’s visit to Israel sent me to the bookshelves where we keep our photo albums. (Sorry, digital is not sufficient for me. I like to hold the book, flip through the pages, read my comments, and relive those memories – makes for a fabulous rainy afternoon activity.) There’s an album…


Still on my bucket list

There is something still on my bucket list. Well, actually there are several things still on that list. Now I gave up my top wish when the Three Tenors cancelled their performance in the Houston Astrodome several years ago, but I haven’t given up attempting to see the Aurora Borealis. As incredible as the Hill…


Look for It Under the Streetlight

When we lived in the city, Bill and I took early morning walks through the neighborhood. Sometimes I thought we were the only ones awake. One morning, something in the middle of the street caught my eye as we neared it. It was still quite dark, so even being able to see this lump of…