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Shock and sadness flashed around the world as the 856-year-old Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris burned earlier this week.

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April is here and Spring has sprung! Easter is on the way! Be sure and line up baby ducks, chicks and rabbits ... if you wait until the last minute they may all be gone.

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March, March, the month of March…spring is on the way!! St. Patrick’s Day… Leprechauns find pots of gold at the end of rainbows. Daylight Savings Time: I just read in “The Week” they are thinking about doing away with it. I like it because it gives us more time to enjoy the day. But whatever…

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Happy February to ANNETA & JIMMY ROBERTSON, GERALD TONORE (Gerald is like Mike Cage, he is still working, praise the Lord), BOB GREEN, (love sitting next to you in our amazing Spirit Builders Sunday School Class, with our favorite, good looking, brilliant, witty teacher, JAY PETTIT), BET…

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“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Proust …..

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Brrr it is cold! Mister, turn up the heat! Do you just not love this amazing winter weather? One of the best things is that it never lasts too long. We are so lucky to have the perfect changes of seasons. Well, maybe it is a little hot in our long summer season, especially August and Septemb…

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Happy January to all and welcome to 2019! Now as I have said so before, I do not make a New Year’s resolution. I really try every day to do my very best. When I fail, I immediately try to do better. This life is a work in progress and the older you get the harder it is. Entering into my 76th…

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December ... oh what a month! The 7th is Pearl Harbor Remembrance; the 8th, my birthday. My grandchildren asked what we were going to do for my birthday. I said “nothing”! Age 75 was a fireworks blowout but for 76, let’s just take it easy.

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December 7, 1941 The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor! December 8, 1942, my birthday and the Immaculate Conception! Don’t we just love this time of seasons? Lot’s going on and lots to be thankful for. “So chosen by God for this new life of love dress in the wardrobe God picked out for us: Compas…

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What happened to Thanksgiving? Christmas is everywhere! Easing on from September, I like to start gently putting summer to bed and easing on into fall and Halloween with lots of pumpkins, gourds, cushaws, mums and such . Then I enjoy meandering on to Thanksgiving, enjoying early fall foliage…

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All Saints Day, The Day of the Dead … Souls of children return to the world of the living on November 1, followed by adult spirits on Dia de los Muertos. November 1.

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Good morning, to you, good morning to you... KATHY SCHENDLE, happy old memories on Country Club Road, love your sweet note, it is one I will keep! SUSAN & JOE CAGE… Years ago, Susan and Joe walked Grace Church’s aisle each beaming with a big smile … that was 50 years ago, Happy Anniversa…

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Every September, I always look forward to Spider Lilies, cool weather on the way, and Fairy Rings of Mushrooms. Some say these circle of fungi are said to bring luck. Fairy Rings are naturally occurring circles of mushrooms spread out underground a network of fine tubular threads.

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“September Morning, we danced until the morning became a brand new day”… I love Neil Diamond and love that song!

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“Here comes Peter Cotton Tail, hopping down the bunny trail…hippity hippety Easter is on its way!” Well as fast as time is going, it will be here before we can say or as Brer Rabbit said “Please, please, Mr. Fox whatever you do, do not throw me in that briar patch!”

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Can you believe school is just around the corner! This summer has just flown by! Mike and I stayed pretty close to home all summer. We tended our beautiful garden of peppers of all kinds — jalapeños, bell, my favorite, hot banana — plus tomatoes, wild garlic, eggplant and more. There was ple…

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“Finally brethren, whatsoever things are TRUE, whatsoever things are HONEST, whatsoever things are JUST, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are LOVELY, whatsoever things are of GOOD REPORT; if there be any VIRTUE and if there be any PRAISE, think on these things. Those things, whi…

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“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and to do the job at hand. Unbeatable determination.” Harry S. Truman….. My Country tis of Thee, sweet land of Liberty of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride, From every mountain sid…

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Can you believe that the first day of Summer is June 21? With as cool as it was in April and as hot as it is these last two months, either El Niño or Jesus is coming!

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June 6, 1944... D-Day! The Normandy landings were the landing operation, on this famous day, of the Allied invasion in operation Overlord during World War II. Code name Operation Neptune. This was the largest seaborne invasion in history. This operation began the liberation of German-occupie…

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Summer is here…. The long hot summer! Get up early, enjoy the fresh new day. I try and get all my rat killing done early and close it down until late afternoon, after it has cooled down a bit. One of my favorite things about early summer are the Daylilies, the flowering plant in the genus He…

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What a fun weekend! Saturday, May 5th was The Kentucky Derby, the annual horse race for 3-year-olds at Louisville. First held in 1875, it is the oldest horse race in the good old U.S.A. and is the first race of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

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“More than any other kind of wildlife, birds have an almost magical hold on the human imagination. They are beautiful, vibrantly alive and everywhere to be seen. They open our eyes to the world of nature. They enrich our sprits with their color, their music and their wondrous gift of flights…

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“Bow Wow on the Bayou” was held this last Saturday. REBO & DR. DAMON BRADFORD opened their beautiful home on Lake DeSiard for a fabulous turnout and what a blast! People from all walks of life showed up to support a love for all the homeless, abused dogs and cats of North Louisiana. Moth…

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Good Friday: Jesus’ death on the cross. Many people celebrate the crucifixion and death on the cross with sadness, fasting, flying kites that symbolize the cross that Jesus died on, as well as his ascension into heaven.

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Can you believe this January 2018 is over? It is so true, the older we get the faster time seems to pass. Isn’t it amazing all the things we heard growing up, from our parents and grandparents really are true. After all the freezing weather, burr, praise the Lord.. warm house, big roaring fi…

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Dreaming of white snow flakes, our community was gently covered early Tuesday morning by a lovely blanket of soft white snow.

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Happy New Year! “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things that are beyond the power of our will.” Epictetus…

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Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus Lane. What is more fun that getting ready for this celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? I never tire of the stories and the miracles of this baby child, the Christmas music and the wonder of this …

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In 1621, the Plymouth Colonists, better known as the Pilgrims, were so thankful for all their blessings, freedom, a wonderful harvest, their friendship with the Wampanoag Indians, that they celebrated with an autumn Harvest Festival — now our very own Thanksgiving. Mike and I agree with Andy…

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The holidays are around the corner. I feel the excitement, calendars filling up, cooking, planning… Wheee! Let the games begin! I read this somewhere and it fits me to a tee: Why I Cook for the Holidays… To Give Thanks, To Make Merry, Because I love Leftovers, Because Baby It Is Cold Outside…

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Good morning to David Moses, Eddie Hakim, Margaret Ann King, Patton Brown, and Jay Garrett. Happy anniversary to The Cunninghams, Karen & Mike Mulhearn, Missey & Randy Parker.

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Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to SUZANNE WOLFF, JAMES DAVISON, SATCHIE GODFREY, JANELLE SNELLINGS, VERIA SNELLINGS, BUGGS BROWN, WALTER LaROSE and many more…

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“I am only one, I cannot do everything but I can do something and I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” — Edward Hale. … Perfect for this devastation in the wake of hurricane Harvey and Irma! This makes one realize how much we all need each other!

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“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. Harry Truman … God bless America and God bless the people of Houston!

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“The realities of faith, hope, and love can make every day an exciting adventure.” — Norman Vincent Peale…..

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Midmorning, I had a Mother Nature happening or maybe an Angel Gift! I was sitting quietly on my yard swing resting from gathering fresh hen and quail eggs, eggplant, peppers, basil, parsley, green onions then a cool dip in the pool. I could have been — maybe — dozing a bit. Two Mockingbirds …

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“You’re a grand old flag. You’re a high flying flag. And forever in peace may you wave. You’re the emblem of the land I love. …”

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Moving to Colorado! Happy Trails & Farewell Tales, honoring BECKY & TREY WOODS who are off to the Wild, Wild West. What a fun and festive party held at the JANELLE & GEORGE SNELLINGS river home. Saying farewell were KRISTIN & HARRIS BROWN, MICHELLE & GRADY BROWN TOBI &…

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Psssssst, pass it on! The fresh Louisiana tomatoes are here, sweet corn for the world, the White Perch are biting, the Day Lilies are more beautiful than ever, my Hibiscus are daily magic, Vacation Bible Schools are gearing up and the beautiful birds are doing what comes naturally: kicking t…

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Summer time, here we come! Gardens full of tomatoes, okra, squash, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, Day Lilies and Knock Out Roses for the world! Aren’t we going to have a good time? Speaking of beautiful Day Lilies drive over to Center, Texas, the other side of Shreveport, to the Day Lily Farm…

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It is always a treat to run into DR. LARRY DANNA, ANN HART, BRENDA & CHARLES MARSALA, KEITH BABB, JENIFFER & TAP PARKER, TIM HARVEY, thanks for the fresh White Perch, yum, Mayor DAVE NORRIS, CAROLYN TRAWICK, LINDA & BOB BURNS, RON & REBA SHEMWELL, BETTY & DALTON HEARN, NA…

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What a beautiful spring.. The Dogwoods, one of my favorites, were spectacular! One of my favorite garden displays over many years is the drive down Forsythe Avenue past the orthodontist office of Dr. Ricky Caples & Dr. Chris Robinson. It is always a masterpiece of spring flowers. If you …

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