Creative Blogger Award!

Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A., and awesome blogger has nominated me for the Creative Blogger Award. Thank you, Roy! I am honored. Back in 2009, having answered for the 13th or 67th time what “5 things do most people not know about you” (until I was pretty sure there wasn’t a single mystery left, if ever Read More …

Look for the Loch Ness Monster

Nessie. No idea why such a peaceful looking creature, so camera shy, so good at playing hide and seek with adventurous humans – oh, assuming she exists at all! – would be called a “monster.” Trockle’s a bit sad to think what a bad reputation monsters have, but is happy to do his part in Read More …

Fairy Garden

It combines my fascination with art, clay, dirt, living things (like moss, air plants, and small succulents – all fairly hard to kill), and dollhouses. I want to create it all from scratch, even though I have visions of ending up featured on Pinterest Fails. My fascination with miniatures began with Queen Mary’s Doll House. Read More …

Drive to Dine, Drink, and Demolish

D was more difficult than I imagined it would be. I recruited my husband’s help, on this one – and it’s probably going to get me put on a list, somewhere. But since his suggestion of “dunk a basketball” was met with heavy sighs, eye-rolling, and “you surely know me better than that,” he shifted Read More …

Wordy Wednesday

It’s back! Who has been reading this blog long enough to remember “Wordy Wednesday” quizzes? Let’s see how well you do with these – remember, don’t peek in a dictionary or Google the words until you’ve given it a good try! (You’re only cheating yourself if you do.) Share your score in the comments below, Read More …

The Great and Powerful A to Z Theme Reveal

“One of the most burning questions participants ask themselves every year is: “Should I have a theme?” Themes are not mandatory, but definitely fun. They let your visitors know what to expect, and help you create posts that line neatly up from A to Z. They also have an added bonus: They let you participate Read More …

Wishing You a Bright, Colorful Holi – Wherever You Are!

Yesterday, the day before the Hindu festival of Holi, wherein colors are tossed about like confetti to symbolize, some say, the power of faith over death, color photos of the Eos Chaos region of Mars were sent back to Earth by by Mangalyaan – India’s first spacecraft to Mars. I’ve always liked the idea of a frenzied, joyful, color-rich Read More …

San Jacinto Monument & USS Texas

After a solid week of rain, it’s glorious to have a three-day weekend filled with sunshine and brilliant blue skies. J.J. and I decided to explore a few places the kids had been without us, over the years: the San Jacinto Monument, commemorating the Battle of San Jacinto, and the USS Texas Battleship. The battle, of course, was Read More …

Monstrous Little Thoughts Not Worth a Penny

“Whatcha thinkin’?” Trockle toddled up to me to ask. “Nothing much.” “Really? How do you do that? Think of nothing much?” “I don’t know.” “That sound boring.” Trockle scurried back off to play with my son’s old Hot Wheels cars. He’s got the room to himself, these days, and barely managed to convince my son Read More …