Posted in Five Friday Happy Bringers

Five Friday Happy Bringers 4/14/23

My weekly gratitude journal, of sorts.

1. My Hambone Soup last night, made from the leftover Easter ham.

And for some reason, out of the blue, when I was making the cornbread, I remembered that my mother used to put a heaping teaspoon of mayonnaise into the batter. Makes it creamier.

I also now add chopped jalapeños.

2. Grandson Daniel opening tonight in a three-week run of Les Mis here in Savannah. He plays the role of Marius.

3. The wonderful ability to Remember.

4. Incredibly aromatic jasmine blossoming all over Savannah.

5. Fun lunch today with Robert’s daughter Stennesha.

May you have a yummy weekend ahead.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 12/30/22

1. Holly.

I think that Christmas can absolutely not be Jolly without Holly.

2. Robert’s little homemade birch Christmas card-hanging thingy.

3. The ability to wake up each morning and see. SEE! I can look on the other side of the bed and see HR sleeping soundly. (Well, more truthfully, actually HEAR HR sleeping soundly. Whew.) I can look out my window and see the ancient Live Oak tree branches swaying in the wind. I can walk out of the bedroom into the hall, kitchen, living room, and see our modest collection of art, family heirlooms and comfortable rugs …

I can see! What an incredible blessing. But I so often take SEEING for granted.

4. My World Famous Hambone Soup, made from the hambone left over from our Christmas ham.

Oh, and with my jalapeño cornbread.

5. The Truth of this quote …

The destination of life is this eternal moment.” Alan Watts

I truthfully hope you have a joyful last weekend of 2022.

Posted in Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas: “Images of Peace” 12/11/22

For this blog category, “Countdown to Christmas: Images of Peace,” each day between December 1 and 25, I share some of our photography that invites rest, peace, tranquility and love.


It may seem a little odd to feature cornbread as an Image of Peace, but not for me. I grew up in a little house in North Georgia where the aroma of my mama’s freshly baked cast iron skillet of corn bread smelled and felt like the comfort and safety of “home.”

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Five Friday Happy Bringers: 1/14/22

1. A birthday greeting/art work from a buddy In Arizona.

2. Pretending that I have a clue about what to do with my new hand-me-down Apple Watch. I remember when a watch just told you the time.

3. The joy of simply waking up in the morning.

4. Chocolate on my fork.

5. Cornbread.

Especially when it’s made in my grandmother’s cast-iron skillet.

Weekend Joy to you all!

Posted in Holidays and Seasonal Changes

Happy New Year! (Four Days Late)

Joyful 2022 to You!

So Robert and I did not get to have our traditional southern New Year’s feast of black-eyed peas, greens and cornbread on Jan 1st. (Because I couldn’t have peas or corn a week before a certain procedure I endured yesterday-which you can read about, with far too much detail, in tomorrow morning’s post).

So we had them all tonight …

Terrific 2022 to You!