When Everything’s Gone to ****

Listen, it’s 2020. Everything’s gone to shit. Just take my word on it. I could explain it but we’d be here all day. I could dwell on it, obsess over it, struggle to wrap my mind around it, but that wouldn’t really do anything to make me feel better about where we currently stand. Instead, …

Lord, i Don’t got it so I Give it to You.

Well, the phone call i was waiting for came in. We’re ready for you to hit the floor. Come in tomorrow at 8:30 am. I told them i’d be there and hung up the phone. I stood up, went to the shed, and retrieved my bin of old shoes. I found a pair of tennis …

Cashew Takes on More Responsibility Around the Homestead

Cashew gets a bad rap with most of my family members and friends because they don’t understand what she’s for. I have 2 dogs. One’s a companion and the other is a working dog. One was potty trained from the get go and spends her free time napping. The other took a good solid year …

the Brush Fire

Disclaimer: I did not take any of the following photographs. The photographs were all taken by volunteer firefighters from this and surrounding counties. Out in the country there are no “local channels”. We have a newspaper but that’s about it. If you shell out for cable television you will be watching the news and the …

Stupidity, Bad Luck, and the Power of Prayer

There was no initial sound that happened as my foot missed the side of that porch step; no audible snap, pop, or crack. It was anyone’s guess what i’d done but i knew it wasn’t good. I had a plate of beans and rice in my hand and before i knew it, it was on …

Quarantine Kitchen

My recipes became simple and quick as i only had the ingredients that arrived in my weekly imperfect foods box to work with. Garlic bread was made from chickpea/fava bean flour, tapioca flour, water, vegan butter, and garlic. Pizza pasta was a can of tomatoes, some almond “cheese” and gluten-free pasta. I tried to make …

A Return to P90X

Not working for a couple weeks, i was beginning to lose my muscle mass. In an attempt to stay fit and maintain the strength i’d built lifting people and walking 5 miles a day for the past few years i began lifting 3 gallon water jugs and attempting to do lunges around the yard while …

The Clinic

Without my health care salary i could no longer afford our vet. We were settling into our lives in our new tax bracket. I had to switch the brands of supplements i had taken for a year to cheaper ones. We bought dry supplies from the clearance table in town. I found bar soap for …

Thank You Lord

A cold front had come in, making it 90 instead of 100. It felt unusually cool to my Texan skin, used to the heat radiating from everything the sun touched as if each object not in shadow was a stove. I sat on the front porch and watched the sun set. For the first time …