“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


Say yes

"There is a life-affirming spark within you which constantly nudges you towards saying yes to life. Create your "Yes" list; a list of all the things you want to say yes to, and be prepared to be amazed." ~ Lucy MacDonald

I have nothing deep today, nothing profound, nothing earth-shattering, nothing heart-rending. It feels so good! Back to my summertime goal of fun & silliness. Back to telling secrets I shouldn't, but just between you & me . . . you should have seen Mary last night, just a wee bit tipsy after forgetting to stir her gin & tonic & getting mostly gin with her first few sips. Demanding potato chips, watching the first awful Rambo with me & Katie & Robert. Turning to me at one point & asking if any of us had any idea what was actually going on in the movie, being told no & laughingly responding "But it's wonderful, isn't it?!" Yes!

You should've seen last night's lightning & heard the thunder & felt the cooler air drop over the neighborhood. I sat in the dark, eating a cold nectarine, watching the display. The raccoon I haven't seen in a while appeared in the doorway, backlit by the storm, seeming to ask for a roof over her head & a nectarine of her own, but then scuttled away on tiptoe to her warm, dry bed under the storehouse out back.

This morning the toughest decision I had to make was blueberry scone? Or blueberry muffin? Which do you think I chose? It doesn't really matter - blueberries are on my yes list, along with feeling a bit tipsy at times & laughter & surprise visits by raccoons & Cracker-Jacks & candlelight & funny emails about husbands from friends which begin "Don't you think it should be legal to kill a man in at least one of the states?" & faded blue jeans with baby-pink high heels & the fact that at this very moment Michael is showing my blog to his grandchildren (he married very young) - never mind that they are only 8 & 4. Yes!


  1. Hmmmmm....blueberry muffin?

    I'm sitting here in COMPLETE ENVY that you got to see a thunder storm roll through. We might get 2 flashes of lightning a year if we are lucky. I come from a place where we got powerful lightning storms in the summer, and it is one of the things I miss most about my home town.

    Even when you think you have nothing profound to say, your words are so beautifully descriptive. I love nights like the one you had... even if a bad Rambo is playing, it was a night where all felt well in the world.

    I hope your little raccoon friend was able to get warm and comfie too.

  2. Jaime. Yes, a muffin. Perhaps a scone next time but I am SO predictable that probably not.

    Oh, you should have seen YESTERDAY'S storm. The creek that runs through my yard filled with several feet of water in about 30 minutes. I watched the water rise & held my breath - my house has flooded several times, but the creek (which isn't really a creek at all, but a quaint litle waterway designed to direct run-off rainwater into a lake or river or REAL creek) did its job & all was well.

    And Ms. Raccoon was just fine also - she's been living under that house for while. Hopefully I will see babies!

  3. And yet,I found it to be deep and profound!
    Like Jamie, I too am envious of your thunderstorm. It's supposed to be monsoon season now and it can start anyday now. really. We are all ready and waiting.
    And, where DOES one find pink high heels???

  4. Paula - I live in the heart of East Texas. Where women are women in a big hair, big makeup kind of way. Pink high heels are EASY!

  5. nothing too deep today...and yet... you can live in East Texas appreciating pink high heels and i imagine you comfortable living in London, reading poetry in a dusty old library with macaroon cookies stuffed in your pocket for a snack. oh, and you would have a small pocket camera at all times in both places..oh and a little notebook for sketching in secret when you think so one is watching :) oh it is fun to know you are feeling like saying yes to so many little things in life. i feel happy because you feel happy:) do you think that we can be happy at the same time?! that is a yes! i am happy vacuuming the carpet with the screen door open and a pink rhubarb pie in the oven. i'll trade you thunder and lightening for a night in a pup tent under the cedar trees here in Avalon..deal?

  6. Robin - I can just SEE that pie!

    And wow! I'm loving all the places you see ME. Too wonderful!

    If I can figure out how to bundle some thunder & lightning for you, it's a deal. :)

    Love, Debi


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