Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The day before the day before


Greetings!  Not lost, not MIA, not forgotten how to operate a computer.  There’s just been ‘stuff’ going on.  ‘Stuff’ that has kept me doing other ‘stuff’. 

Before I forget – I hope everyone had a good Winter Solstice and looked out to see the Great Conjunction.  The 21st was cloudy here but, the night of the 20th, it was big and bright.

My shed got here!!!!  Wahoo!  Goodie, goodie, gumdrops!  Yaaayyyyyy!

Started out like this . . .

Ended up like this.

My second oldest granddaughter graduated a semester early from the University of Montana (that’s somewhere around Santa’s house, you know).  Taking extreme care, she drove to her home in New Mexico.  Stayed a couple of weeks and then, using the same extreme care drove down to see me.  It’s been 10 days of true happiness on my part.  Of course, this being 2020 and COVID, we didn’t do anything exciting. 

We baked.  Coffee Blondies, Spritz Sugar Cookies, Butterscotch Cookies with Brown Butter Icing, Mini Pecan Pies, English Shortbread Cookies.  (I sent them all with her when she left to go back to NM.) 

We filled up the shed with tubs and plants.


We did take two day trips – staying outside and away from other humans.  One trip was to Brazos Bend State Park.  “Brazos Bend includes 5,000 acres of bottomland and upland coastal prairie” – which is a fancy way to say it is swamp country.  Mostly what there is to see are alligators and birds.  And we saw some of both. 

This guy was sleeping in the sun along side the path.

The Ibis were all lined up.

Common Moorhens – and I thought these were ducks!
Nope.  Also called Mud Hen or Pond Chicken, these are duck-like birds.

Anhinga, aka Snake Bird (because of the long neck).
These birds do not have waterproof feathers and will stand with wings
spread to dry out the feathers.

Yep! I can still climb a tree
(though I did need a little help getting down).

And, we went to the beach.  It was a just a bit cool but still barefoot walking weather.

She left on Monday to go back to NM and I miss her lots more than lots.

Well, believe I’m pretty much caught up now.  So, all y’all have a Merry Christmas.

DAYS – not weeks – DAYS!

23 Dec 2020



  1. I am so happy for you to have all those plants shedded up and bedded down.

  2. That is one handsome shed! So nice that your granddaughter was able to visit with you! Congrats to her on achieving her degree.

  3. "Stuff" keeps me busy or avoiding it too. *winks* It sounds like you did some very enjoyable stuff with the Granddaughter and congratulations to her! I'm glad you got some Face Time with her. Your Shed at least got built, here it would be laying around like a jigsaw puzzle until it weathered enough to look like an Old Shed. *LOL* And your Plant Stash in it is enviable!

  4. Nice shed! And that cooking with Granddaughter sounds wonderful. I bet you do miss her now.

  5. I'm late to the party today - hope you had a fabulous holiday! I'm so glad your granddaughter came to visit. And I LOVE the picture of you in the tree.

  6. nice that a she shed? hahah..