In simple descriptive terms, I am a daughter, a sister (my only sibling – my sister – passed in April of 2010), a friend, a wife of almost 35 years, a momma of one son and a gramma of three.

In my soul, I’m also an artist (untrained so I guess that would make me a folk artist, I don’t care what label society puts on me, I make art).  In my artistic endeavors, I occasionally make quilts for both the bed and the wall, both large and small.  I paint some and I bead.  I knit a little.  I don’t purl yet, but I do knit.  I take photographs.  I write.  This blog is evidence of that and some of the others at times.

I love animals.  We have two dogs at the moment.  A white male German Shepherd Dog named Barkley and a female rescue mix — part terrier, part border collie — named Katie.  He seems dumb as a stump and eats his poop.  She frighteningly intelligent and eats everything else, including furniture at times.

We live in a rural area of Texas on almost 28 acres in a log home that my father built.  I wish I had known I’d be living here one day.  I would have helped him design this baby.  The logs are rounded so they catch all of the dust and I have to vacuum the walls.  There isn’t enough storage space.  There are lots of windows, but not one over the kitchen sink!  And no dishwasher, so I spend a lot of time at the kitchen sink.  The counters were built for my father’s 6 foot frame.  I’m 5 foot 2 and a half inches.  My back hurts by the time I finish the dishes, every time.  The kitchen is very small.  The house itself is small.  There is no door on the bedroom.  It was built for a single man.  But I do love living here.  There are lots of trees.  Lots of birds!  Love the birdsong.  Wildlife walks by sometimes.  We see deer fairly often and I saw a bobcat while walking to the mailbox one day.

I am a woman of a certain age.  And as such, I’ve lived a bit.  It’s taken me a long time and living through a lot of hell to get comfortable with myself.  I wish I could have gotten to this stage much younger.  I would have been much happier if I had.  There is a part of me that thinks it’s impossible to get here any younger.  You have to go through all of this bad stuff and good stuff, the trials and tribulations — LIFE to learn who you really are.  I’ve lost many loved ones in the last couple of years.  Through death and their own actions.  It’s been very hard on me, very painful.  But it’s taught me so much.  It’s taught me that I am enough just as I am.  Even though I am over weight.  Even thought I have some grey in my hair, smile lines and bad knees.  Even though I forget that I’m enough and in the past I didn’t believe that I was enough, I really and truly am.  I strive to live that today.  To believe that I am enough and believe it with every fiber of my being.

You are enough too.  Just as you are today.  Don’t wait until you are 50 to figure this out.

Much love,


edited 11/12/12

6 Responses to About

  1. What a fabulous profile story. You are so refreshingly honest and amusing with it! I love that you live in a log cabin in a vast empty place (my dream to someday do the same) and I love that you mention the half inch in your height (I am also 5ft 2 AND 1/2 inches tall!)

    For all the bad things that the internet has introduced into the world there is something to be said for the opportunities it has afforded people like me to ‘meet’ like minded people like you way across the ocean in the United States (I’m Irish).

    Happy blogging.


  2. Diana Talley Shields says:


    Yes, you are very talented!!! I too, wish I had figured out that “we are enough” way before now, but hey, sometimes it takes a few of us a little longer. Thanks for the postive comments! Miss you Saturday at the reunion!! Keep up the good work!!


    • Well, as for the racism: yes, I will, because I see it as a valid comparison (explained above). To say that “they allowed them to marry, they just thought it was immoral” is not very much of a stretch from, “they’re not allowed to marry because it was immoral.”

  3. amyauthorblog says:

    I nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger Award if you want it! You really have such a neat and fresh perspective! I love it!

    http://amyauthorblog.com/ is where I mention you, it’s the most recent post as of 5 pm Friday, April 6th!

    • Well thank you so very much! You’ve brightened my day even more today! I’ve never been nominated for a blogger award of any kind.


      • amyauthorblog says:

        I am so happy you are happy! You got the rules right! Yeah you just mention who gave it to you and link to my page: Amy at http://amyauthorblog.com/ (Pen Names and Other Escapes) or whatever, it took me some time to figure out the copying of links…then ten facts about you…then 6 other blogs you want to pass the award on to through nominating them! I loved your post about the letter writing and I did join the Letter Writing Alliance and got a membership card and all that thanks to you! I also saw your post about the Texas Rangers today…I am a Texas girl too and glad to hear they did well tonight!

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