Delightful in December

Sometime after Mister Man dearly departed, my cousin sent me a Kahlil Gibran quote in which she found great solace. And through those long summer-into-fall months that followed, I found myself drawn to his words, finding solace there, too. And so I asked a friend, the one with mad calligraphy skills, to write me up that quote. For me and–spoiler alert!–the Junior Halls.

And because she’s also charmingly artistic, she added a watercolor background of just about my most favorite place in the world:


Isn’t that lovely? And so very true, too.

Well, truly, Mister Man drove me crazy. But he did it in the most delightful way. And a month or so ago, I saw that Sasee‘s theme for their December issue was Dazzle and Delight and I began to think of last Christmas and how…well, you can read “Afternoon Delight” for yourself.

(Unless you’ve already read it, seeing as how I posted it on Facebook. In which case, I recommend that you go and listen to some music, your choice. Music is always so very delightful, too. Even In A Gadda Da Vida blaring through the house.)

A Tootin’ My Horn Tuesday for Mom

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Mom with Juniorette Hall, both giving me the exact same look.

May has always been one of my favorite months…

The pollen’s been washed away and glorious blooms explode in my corner of the world. The Junior Halls brighten my deck with hanging planters on Mother’s Day and a week later, it’s my mom’s birthday, and I’m off to the beach with a hanging plant for my mom.

I’ll still head to the beach to remember Mom this year on her birthday, but the plant I bring will grace her spot at the cemetery instead. And this year, I’ll bring a copy of Sasee Magazine to my dad. I think he’ll enjoy reading about Mom and “The Dress”, a moment in my teenage years that I’m sure he knew nothing about.

Mom was the one I always confided in from the time I could talk. (I didn’t talk much outside my home when I was little; poor Mom had to listen to my nonstop chatter for years.) I miss talking to Mom but I’ve come to know my dad so much better–and that has been a blessing that I think Mom would enjoy.

I think she’d get a kick out of this story that’s in this month’s issue of Sasee, tooThough honestly, she probably wouldn’t remember that dress–or the depth of her kindness. An afternoon that meant so much to her daughter was just Mom being Mom.

Ah, well. As long as May brings flowers, it will also bring happy memories of Mom, and so happy May! May your month bloom with blessings, too!

(P.S. Speaking of blessings, friend Sioux Roslawski is also in this month’s issue of Sasee with “The Blessings of Being Chosen.” I know you’ll love it!)

Tootin’ My Horn Tuesday: Sasee Magazine!

2014-07-22 07.50.53Look what came in the mail for me! (You can’t hear me so I’ll just let you know that I’m singing…sort of a “Look what came in the mail for me! Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!)

I received a copy of Sasee Magazine because my essay, “Road Trippin’ with Grandma,” is in this month’s issue! Wheeee!

Now, I realize that some of you may have already read this essay when I slapped it up on Facebook (and thank you SO much for all those lovely comments!). But some of you may have seen my horn-tootin’ title above–those of you, for instance, who don’t mess with Facebook–and thought, “Hey. I didn’t know Cathy had an essay in Sasee Magazine.”

This post’s for you. (And if you’d like to leave a comment at Sasee Magazine, that would be lovely and also much appreciated!)