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.


We welcome Do, Re, Mi, Fa ,and So to the Nichols’ Nest. TIME OF BIRTH: Uncertain. They were still only eggs late yesterday, and the Hovering Mama was sitting on the nest early this morning during a horrible thunderstorm. I’ve heard that storms and bumpy roads can bring on labor with humans, so perhaps it…


Wren’s Nest Rival

I expected by now the philodendron would have filled my pineapple planter right outside the front door and its tendrils would be dripping over the sides. Not so. Things changed when a couple of house wrens decided to create their cup-sized nest in the planter. Unknowingly, those perky songbirds set up a situation – a…


Spring Surprises

Earlier this week although it was still February, I declared it Spring. I had my first whiff of blooming mountain laurels; I’ve seen pictures of bluebonnets on Facebook; the lemon tree is in full bloom; and we’ve been walking in shorts and t-shirts for three weeks. Why we’ve even been sleeping with the door open…


Roses and View-Masters

Do you remember what a View-Master is? That wonder-filled, binocular-like instrument with a circular cardboard reel of images? With the click of my finger, I could be transported to places I’d never been. Oh, I wish I still had one. In fact, I think I spent so much time with my View-Master as a young girl…



Have you ever heard a song on the radio and found yourself humming, singing or maybe even whistling the tune all day long? The catchy melody, once enjoyable, has possessed you and is now annoying. By the way, it’s called an “ear worm.” Sometimes you even reach the point of wishing the ear worm would…