Friday, August 31, 2012

My treat to me, Andy Griffith Show

Hi Friends,
Do you ever give yourself a little treat?
I recently bought the DVDs for the entire first season of the Andy Griffith show.
I watched the first episode yesterday and loved it, and it has been many years since I watched the show, which began in 1960.
I found this 4 disc DVD set with 32 episodes on them,brand new for less than $15.00, such a good deal! You know I love a bargain. TV series had 32 episodes per season, back in the day.
TV actors and writers worked hard to create so many episodes in one season; years ago standard series cut back to 22 episodes, and now some series do very few shows each year.
Do you love Aunt Bee? I sure do, I want to hug her and taste her old fashioned cooking. I know it would be delicious. She is introduced in the first episode, and Opie did not like her at first. Aunt Bee could not play baseball with Opie, or go fishing or do other important things. He warms up to her soon enough.
I like how the shows often end with Andy and Opie and Aunt Bee on the porch, with Andy playing guitar and singing country tunes.
What is your favorite old time tv show?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tips for writing moms

Hi Friends,
Jenny Sulpizio posted her interview with me today at
We are both writers and moms, and write books for moms. I hope the interview will inspire moms to find the time to write; I do give some tips and encouragement in the interview. Plus the harsher realities of rejection and editors changing jobs.
This is the cover of my new book "Scrapbook of Motherhood Firsts: Stories to Celebrate and Wisdom to Bless Moms."

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Glory of the Garden

Gardening brings me joy and here is a poem and a quote from two famous writers and gardeners.

"For I hold that the best purpose of a garden is to give delight and to give refreshment of mind, to soothe, to refine, and to lift up the heart in a spirit of praise and thankfulness." Gertrudge Jekyll 1843-1932 from her book "Wood and Garden".

"Then seek your job with thankfulness and work till further orders,
If it's only netting strawberries or killing slugs on borders,
And when you back stops aching and your hands begin to harden,
You will find yourself a partner in the Glory of the Garden."
Rudyard Kipling 1865-1936, in his "The Glory of the Garden".

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Parting The Red Sea of Tulips

Parting The Red Sea of Tulips | photo page - everystockphoto

I read on FaceBook yesterday about a site that provides free photos for blogs, so I went there and sure enough, they have lots of free photos for us. OK, more than lots, they have 16,000,000 photos.
So I grabbed this one of brilliant red tulips to share with you.
If you use the site's photos be sure to follow their rules of photo use.
I do use my own photos on my blog but sometimes its fun to browse and find something different.
Some of you take spectacular photos and won't need this source, but I will use it from time to time.
Happy viewing, all.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Rainbow Radiance of God

IWV Rainbow
Originally uploaded by Averain

"Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell face down, and I heard the voice of one speaking." Ezekiel 1:28
The minister in church today spoke about this verse, and to me it is a meaningful verse about how glorious God is.