Easter 2021

Tomorrow is Resurrection Sunday.

This is our third celebration with the Mancubs and given their ages of 10, 12, & 13, Sweet Husband was not in favor of a full-fledged Easter Egg hunt. I see his point … we had Halloween candy in the house until just before Christmas. We do not need any more sweets in this house!

I told Sweet Husband I’d like to hide “money” eggs this year. He was a little skeptical until I explained what I planned to do.

Shortly before Sweet Husband left for a one year remote assignment in Korea now almost 30 years ago, we had outlined our hands and gave them to each other. I still have that now-tattered sheet of paper with his hands in my wallet.

Remembering the hands and thinking of recent family conversations about respect, kindness, and love, I thought it would be memorable for each of them if they opened their eggs tomorrow morning to find a note from me. Do I hope they’ll tuck these notes in their wallets or some place they’ll see them often? Sure. Not because I have an inflated ego, but because I feel it important they have frequent reminders of how much their mama loves them.

When you carry three, what’s one more?

Sunrise over Schertz

Have you ever noticed how spectacular the clouds are during a sunrise or sunset?  I have.  Haven’t had my camera with me except one time.  All the others, I’ve simply been a witness to the majesty around me.

I took this picture about a month ago.  I can’t imagine what my neighbors were thinking: here I was out in my backyard in my pajamas & slippers snapping pictures of the incredible show in the sky.

I used one of my Christmas gift cards to buy a smaller camera bag.  Da asked if I had a tripod in it.  He laughed when I pulled one out. (It’s a tabletop tripod, silly!)

I bought the bag so that I could start keeping my camera with me all the time.  I’ve happened across so many incredible moments I wanted to capture and have been without my camera.  It’s frustrating, really, to only be able to remember my favorite shots and have nothing to be able to look back upon.

I’m blessed to have a job that allows me to travel throughout the city each day.  I need to get past my fear of someone taking my stuff and take my camera with me wherever I go.  Heck, I carry several bags with me from campus to campus.  What’s one more?


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,800 times in 2010. That’s about 12 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 88 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 506 posts. There were 143 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 347mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 8th with 164 views. The most popular post that day was Christmas Present.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, dailymile.com, lmstillvarado.blogspot.com, twitter.com, and jamesmadison8081.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for “kathy dodge clay” san antonio and golf friends.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Christmas Present December 2007


Portfolio November 2010


26.2 x 50 February 2010


Who am I? October 2008


Wedding Vows September 2010