The Things I Meant to Say: A tribute to my mother

I never thanked her enough. For making sure I had all I needed. For providing all that I wanted that was good for me. For creating a safe and loving environment for me to grow up in. Woven into my mother’s life story was an incredible amount of pain. As a child, she suffered with…

Package

I waited all day for delivery.  The package landed on my porch late in the afternoon. I watched from inside.  A man and a woman pulled up shortly after the truck sped away. They looked this way and that before strolling to the house as if they belonged. He picked up the package first.  The…

Thursday Doors: La Sagrada Família, Barcelona

The following photos are my contribution to Thursday Doors, a door-lovers group hosted by Norm Frampton. ~~ On the last day of a weekend trip to Barcelona this past February, my daughter and I visited the famous Basílica de la Sagrada Família.  This grand structure was designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. Construction of the church began in…

Thursday Doors: The Streets of Barcelona

The following photos are my contribution to Thursday Doors, a door-lovers group hosted by Norm Frampton. ~~ Here are a few eclectic photos from a weekend getaway I enjoyed with my daughter back in February 2020 to Barcelona, Spain. The Oriental-style Casa Bruno Cadres, along the famous La Rambla Boulevard, used to be an umbrella shop…

One Wish

He imagined he heard the water boiler whistle and raced to the kitchen.  Turning the corner, he expected to see her; bathed in the early morning light, leaning against the sink, arms buried to her elbows in sudsy water.  But, then he remembered.  The electricity was off, the water had stopped, and she was gone. …

Friendly Friday: Summer Fun

This week, the topic for Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is Summer Traditions and is hosted by Sandy over at The Sandy Chronicles. ~~ From 2006 – 2012, I had the privilege of organizing and participating in summer camp for kids in Mongolia.  It was my all-time favorite summer tradition.  Seven years in a row, I…

Thursday Doors: Barcelona

The following photos are my contribution to Thursday Doors, a door-lovers group hosted by Norm Frampton.  A month before the lockdown here in France, my daughter took me on a weekend trip to Barcelona, Spain.  That was only February, though it feels like ages ago. As I’m sure I won’t be taking any “doorscursions” for some time,…

Friendly Friday: Unusual

The topic for the Friendly Friday photo challenge, hosted by Amanda, is “unusual.”  Upon looking through my archives, I came up dry and thought I would need to pass.  But, then, this evening, I spied out my back window an “unusual” shaped cloud floating across the sky. What do you think?  Maybe a space ship is…

White-out Days

White-out days when she stumbled, her grip on reality was elusive. Crisp days of visibility when the ground felt solid beneath her feet.  Edith never knew which one the next day would bring when she fell into sleep each night.  She either rose shrouded inside a mist of forgotten-ness or embraced by the light of clarity. “Good…

Friendly Friday: In Transit

I enjoyed looking through my old photos to find my contribution to the fun Friendly Friday Photo Challenge.  Each week, a new topic is set by one of the hosts, Sandy or Amanda.  Once the topic is posted, we have a week to create a post featuring one photo or a group of photos based on the…

Thursday Doors: Venice, Italy Finale Photos

The following photos are my contribution to Thursday Doors, a door-lovers group hosted by Norm Frampton. ~~ Today’s door post is the last one (at least for now) of my family’s incredible trip to Venice, Italy back in January 2020.  During this time of lockdown, I have enjoyed immensely reliving this time of travel. Here are…

Friendly Friday: Pink from Around the World

Thanks to Sheree, I recently discovered the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge.  Each week, a new topic is set by one of the hosts, Sandy or Amanda.  Once the topic is posted, we have a week to create a post featuring one photo or a group of photos based on the topic.  This week, the challenge is hosted…