This morning I came into possession of something I can only term a "mess" - a glorious mess. You see, Brother called me and said that he'd been given a gift, a downright boon if you ask me, but since he was going out of town, he'd be unable to partake in said gift and … Continue reading A glorious mess
Walking the social tightrope
I remember Granny Mac coming home from Eastern Star and saying, "I saw that Minne Lee, and she didn't say hello, kiss my foot, 'ner nuthin'!" Snubbed she was, snubbed! The social protocol had not been followed. She had not been acknowledged. It was easy then to identify when one had been given the brush-off. … Continue reading Walking the social tightrope
Standing on the promises
Nowadays, when the work day nears an end and there's not enough time left to start another project but too much time to call it church and head to the house, we automatically turn to the computer to fill that void. We stare until our eyes burn at the glare of news, friend updates, celebrity … Continue reading Standing on the promises
Steam Table Etiquette
One of the most miraculous inventions ever is the steam table. For those of you not familiar with this giant of gastronomical gadgets, let me explain. The steam table is a long, stainless steel contraption filled with hot water to keep bins of food warm, palatable, and at the ready for the hungry throngs who … Continue reading Steam Table Etiquette
Tomorrow is another day
History is both a blessing and a burden to the Southerner. We cling to our traditions like a lifeline. We pass down heirlooms and recipes from generation to generation. We tell tales of our ancestors both heroic and hapless. Many of us carry the names of those who came before. We reenact. We recount. We … Continue reading Tomorrow is another day
What the possum loves
Husband is haunted. Haunted by possums. In college, he lived with several roommates and a couple of cats in an old, rambling house near Shoal Creek. For a while, he had suspected that a little visitor had found its way to the gravy train through the hole in the pantry floor - a visitor the … Continue reading What the possum loves
What evah will ah do? Where evah shall ah go?
Tropical Storm Lee blew through yesterday taking with it our power and all of our concomitant conveniences - lights, television, and coffee pot on the most base level; laptops, cell phones, and Angry Birds on a frivolous level. I have found that I can live without all of these things, and that sometimes I actually … Continue reading What evah will ah do? Where evah shall ah go?
“Never wear cheap shoes” and other Labor Day advice
On this Labor Day, I find my thoughts turning to one of the hardest working people I ever knew, Granny, who gave me many pieces of valuable advice regarding work and working.
When locusts are a good thing
"...when morning came, the east wind had brought the locusts." Exodus 10:13 There I was this morning, in my gown, trying to sneak out into the yard and retrieve today's paper from the foot of the pine tree without attracting the attention of the neighbors. As I bent over, my head close to the tree, … Continue reading When locusts are a good thing
Make all the difference
Husband and I have made it our mission to avoid the interstate at all cost. Despite feeling like you are being shot out of a dangerous, crowded canon for hours on end, you can't even see anything outside the window except for a green blur with the occasional neon blip. However, just on the other … Continue reading Make all the difference