We just returned from a trip from the gulf coast of Florida. We stayed in a condo on Belleair Beach, which is just south of Clearwater Beach. I had some “goals” for this trip, things I wanted to get done. I had them listed on the Notes app on my phone. Somehow I accidentally deletedContinue reading “Florida”

Stay-at-home Projects

Back in March, our county enacted a stay-at-home order. While at first this was a hard thing to process and accept, we made the most of it. We had a large amount of scrap fabric, which I impulsively started cutting into six-inch squares. My plan was to make a quilt. Of course Lydia was veryContinue reading “Stay-at-home Projects”

Grand Champions

When we visted our local fair last weekend, none of the youth entries had a big purple grand champion ribbon. We thought maybe they were not being awarded this year due to the smaller number of overall entries. However, when Keith and Lydia went to pick up the items today, they were pleasantly surprised! Luke’sContinue reading “Grand Champions”

Ozark Empire Fair 2020

Our family has been attending the fair for about a decade. It didn’t take long for us to discover the Life and Arts department. Lydia in particular loves creating items to be judged in the fair each summer. This summer there were much fewer entries than normal due to Covid-19, but we still entered severalContinue reading “Ozark Empire Fair 2020”

Gourd Birdhouses

About a month ago we had our First Annual Gourd Washing Day here at Tyndall Acres. Lydia and I both decided to enter a special event at our local fair called Wings. This event featured different bird crafts for adults and youth. We both decided to enter the Functional Birdhouse category and make birdhouses fromContinue reading “Gourd Birdhouses”


It’s comforting to know that as the world seems to fall apart and all the normals shift into “new normals,” late summer still brings ripe elderberries and singing cicadas. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”‭‭Genesis‬ ‭8:22‬ ‭NIV‬‬


I recently read the book Floret Farm’s A Year in Flowers. It is full of gorgeous arrangements that challenge me to move beyond my basic mason jar bouquets. The most eye-opening concept in the book for me, however, was the idea of blenders. Using a flower or piece of foliage with more than one colorContinue reading “Blenders”


This afternoon we got home from church and I saw a very large dark-colored swallowtail nectaring on my Garden Phlox. It has been a while since I was completely fluent in butterfly identification skills. At first it seemed to be a Spicebush Swallowtail, or maybe a Pipevine Swallowtail. But the underside just didn’t match upContinue reading “Mimics”


For a music-loving person, I rarely listen to music, or at least I haven’t for the last several years. I find it nearly impossible to do anything while music is playing. It’s like my mind just doesn’t have the space for it. But today I have the rare treat of a day at home alone.Continue reading “Guitar”


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