Barbara Shallue


There's water in the ponds!

Despite my gratitude for rain while we're in this drought, it's really tough for me to embrace day after day after day of the constant cold, wet stuff like we had earlier this week. ...more


em·brace əmˈbrās/ verb ...more

Austin Winters and other sweet!s

I just heard on the news that the first 15 days of January here in Austin set a record: so far it's officially the 10th coldest winter since 1897....more

Black and White

This poor blog has been so neglected. But I finally have some photos to feed it!My friend Vickie (Nature's Details) invited me to participate in a 5-day Black & White photo challenge on Facebook. Not one to turn down a challenge (if I know it's going to be good for me), I accepted.Here are the results....more

New years, new phones, birthday wishes, and other overdue sweet!s

First of all... Happy New Year! I can't believe this is my first post of 2015 ....more

Surprise! and other Christmas sweet!s

Wednesday afternoon a friend and her husband braved our dirt road to deliver a huge bag of Christmas goodies to my family. They do this every year. Seriously, they're crazy! ...more

Merry Christmas, when the kids are grown...

The pitter-patter of tiny feet woke me early on Christmas morning, but it wasn't the sound of excited little children as on Christmas mornings long ago. It was Belle, letting me know she was ready to go outside....more

There is a Bridge: Love, Music, and Earthly Angels

A friend shared this on Facebook yesterday....more

Perseverance, Christmas Parties, and other sweet!s

On my way to a friend's Christmas party last night, I stopped to buy a bottle of wine. It didn't take me long to find just the right one: Perseverance. I had no idea if it was any good, but I loved the name and it was affordable ....more

Blessings in Disguise...

Mama and I were visiting in her room yesterday when the sound of Christmas carols reached our ears, even over the high volume of her roommate's television. I stepped into the hall. It was coming from the dining room....more