Published in the Rains County Leader on March 14, 2017:
Spring doesn’t officially arrive for another few days, but the East Texas vegetation doesn’t seem to care. The daffodils came and went several weeks ago, and although I haven’t seen any yet, I’ve heard that the bluebonnets are in bloom. Blooms are popping out on a lot of the trees, and many of the others are taking on that pale yellowish, green color of fresh, new leaves. (more…)
My first official book signing was Saturday, February 28, in the Meadows Room of the Rains County Library. In spite of the cold weather and the icy road conditions in the Metroplex, we proceeded as planned. It was such fun that I hope to do another one some time soon.
Slide Show? Check. Business Cards? Check. Books? Check. Author? Check.
David – my loving husband, very special friend, and greatest supporter.
Literally surrounded by friends – Pat and Nancy.
The audience was friendly and enthusiastic – and they bought books!
I signed a lot of books!
I had to shed my jacket.
I even learned how to accept a credit card on my phone.
Watch for details of coming events, or buy now on-line!
A LONG AND WINDING ROAD: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos
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I first ran this post last year on David’s birthday. I switched out a couple of pictures at the end and am once again celebrating the man I love!
Today we’re celebrating the life of the very special man who is my husband. Here is a brief look at David Pearson Brendle.
In the Navy.
In the Virgin Islands.
In his memories.
Blue Ridge Parkway
THE MAN I LOVE
Happy Birthday with love today and always,
I know I’ve been AWOL for a few days, but there are valid reasons. Here are two of them:
Zoe’s first ballet recital.
She and the others acted silly during warm ups, but when the music started, she danced like a princess.
Mattias got his yellow belt.
If you’re a grandparent or had one, you understand.
We’re getting back on the flying standby merry-go-round at 12:55 am. Pray it doesn’t take us 22 hours to get home.
David and I don’t have a regular date night. We enjoy each other’s company enough that watching a movie on our 47” television with a bag of microwaved popcorn seems like a date. But thanks to David’s growing reputation as a chili cook-off judge, we had a special date night last Friday in Quitman, another small East Texas town about 25 miles from Emory.
A couple of weeks ago, David got an urgent call from a friend in Quitman. They went to school together in Jonesboro, Louisiana, and the tale of how they reconnected after all these years is a tribute to coincidence, but that’s another story. For now, she was in a bind and needed help. She was coordinating a chili cook-off to benefit the Special Olympics, and one of her judges had pulled out for medical reasons. She needed someone from a county other than hers and preferably someone with a little bit of experience. Lured by the chance to expand his resume and by all the free chili he could eat, David said yes, and I went along to watch the show. I didn’t take my camera, and my phone didn’t have enough of a charge to take a lot of pictures, but I took enough to show you that people in Quitman know how to have fun. (more…)
On Tuesday I posted the written account of the Ladies’ Conference our church hosted on January 12. Here’s the pictorial version. (more…)
One of the hardest things about being a caregiver is grieving a loss that is ongoing. We had a grief counselor speak at one of our caregiver support meetings, and she suggested that we consider personal and or group rituals to help us to let go of the relationship as we knew it and to move into acceptance of the present reality. The tributes I wrote about on Wednesday were part of that process. Another was our “Favorite Photos and Memories” night. The idea was simple. Each caregiver brought a favorite photo of their loved one and shared the memory behind the photo with the group. It was one of my favorite meetings. (more…)
I published my first post on this blog a year ago today. In thinking about how to mark the day, I thought about doing something like what I did when I hit 10,000 all-time view, reviewing the numbers and stats, but I really wanted to do something with more meaning. (more…)
Five weeks ago, I wrote about the garden I planted and showed you a picture. It was pretty sad looking.
My Charlie Brown garden 5 weeks ago.
It’s still no prize winner, but it’s making progress. (more…)