The Most Important Person in the County

The Most Important Person in the County

 

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Dear tired, weary, over-worked, beleaguered salt-truck worker,

I salute you.

For four months now….you have tried so hard.

Truly.

In November they told us all that the snow was on its way and you diligently salted the roads.

And not a snowflake ever came.Continue reading

Yes, KariAnne, There is a Pottery Barn

Yes, KariAnne, There is a Pottery Barn

 

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If you live in a small town where everyone knows your name and your business and your monogram and how many wreaths you use to decorate the front door of a gatehouse….

…this story is for you.

When we first moved to the country and bought the farmhouse. everyone immediately made that farmhouse their business.

They would drive by the house slowly and stare, just to make sure they didn’t miss anything.  They’d look at the trails of wallpaper scraps and the new porch and the new front door and the old kitchen cabinets on the lawn and the piles of lumber from all the parts of walls we took down….

….and talk about it over dinner.

And when I went to a party or baseball game or the gas station or the school….someone would inevitably stop me and the question would always be the same.

“What are y’all doing to that farmhouse?”Continue reading

How to Create a Watercolor of Your House in Four Easy Steps

How to Create a Watercolor of Your House in Four Easy Steps

 
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I wish I was a weatherman.

Or I wish I was married to a weatherman or had an aunt or uncle or brother or sister or a cousin-twice-removed…..

….who was a weatherman.

Seriously.

Because maybe they could explain to me in simple weatherman terms…..why the sun is shining and the skies are blue….

…..and it’s 12 degrees.

Shouldn’t all that sun warm everything up and melt the snow a little?

I mean….I’m not asking for much….just maybe a temperature with a 2 in front of it.

And why did the sun only melt the snow on the top of my car which turned into water and then slowly dripped down across the driver’s side door….

…oddly turning into ice again mid-stream.

*sigh*

And then froze the door shut.Continue reading

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

 

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Today I wish you joy.

Joy.

Wonderful, overflowing, incredible, heart-smiling…..joy.

May your day be full of family and friends.

May your day be full of laughter and harking herald angels.

May your day be merry and bright with an extra piece of pecan pie.

May your day be full of…..

….joy. 🙂

 

Joy to the world

The Lord has come

Let earth receive her King

Let every heart prepare him room

And heaven and nature sing

And heaven and nature sing

And heaven and heaven and nature sing.

Merry, merry Christmas from our house to yours. 🙂