On the 7th night of our trip I awoke to my sister at the door of the guest room with an urgency in her voice.  My little niece had caught the flu sometime during the night and my sister needed some reinforcements.  After waking my mom to find the extra towels and trying to comfort my niece, I sleepily headed back to bed.  After awhile, when her crying had stopped, I could hear another cry in the dark distance.  This time, not of a sick baby, but of the somewhat sad and echoing cry of the coyotes.  

Full Winter Moon Coyote
Thomas Hubbard

Looks like our friend stopped
Outside your bedroom window last night and
Just stood still in the new snow
For a while, enit?

The way one set of his tracks
Outsizes the others…

You know his feet were
Same size in all the tracks,
So he must have stayed
Long enough on that spot
So more snow melted
Under his paws

Maybe he was trying to
Make up a tale to
Whisper in your ear, or
Maybe he listened to your dreams
To ease his lonesome feeling

Maybe he climbed inside a dream and
Hid behind a lush memory, intending to
Play some kind of a trick, but then
Thought better of it.

Or…maybe he was the one
Dreaming, and you…

Do you suppose he only stopped
To admire the snow?


Niece Love

The best way to end my day!



Soon we will be home.  Enjoying our Christmas holiday with the ones we love the most and hopefully enjoying some cold weather and snow!

Snowy foothills in my hometown, 2012

I am counting down the days until we are heading to the airport and get to leave this balmy hot weather behind.  I am looking forward to lots of snuggle time with my niece and nephew, hugs and kisses from my parents, play time with my sisters and brother-in-laws, exploring my parent's new home, visiting with friends and Bobby's family.  I can't wait to lay by the fireplace, feel my cheeks turning pink, wear scarves and mittens, and hopefully watch the quiet snow fall from the sky.  

Ahh..nothing like a Colorado Christmas to lift the spirits!


Weevil Hunting

Earlier this fall I had decided to liven up our flower box outside of the kitchen window.  I chose two different types of plants and they both took off growing and filling in the box, making the front of our home look much more inviting!  I've written before about my brown thumb, but I was so pleased to see these plants thriving and growing without much help from me.  

However, a few weeks ago I started to notice one of the plants was being eaten.  Large holes invaded the big green leaves and left them looking like swiss cheese.  Bobby and I investigated but couldn't seem to find anything.  

Then one night I came home and just happened to stop and take a look at my pathetic plants.  Thats when I noticed a beetle sitting on top of the leaves.  
The culprit.  

After about 30 minutes of googling combinations of descriptive words

"grey beetle, south florida"
"white and grey beetle with dark spots"
"gross beetle that is eating my plants!!!!!!"

I find out what it was.  A Weevil.

Sneaky little weevils eating my plants in the secret cloak of night. Tonight I quietly snuck out of the house at the oh so late hour of 7pm and watched as several weevils munched on my plants.  I felt no mercy as I smooshed them under the moonlight.

Maybe once I get this weevil population under control my lovely plants will come back to life.  Lets hope so because plastic plants would look pretty lame (although surprisingly not so uncommon in the beautiful state of Florida (:  )


Christmas Work Party

Last night was my work Christmas party--we had a fun time mingling with my co-workers at the wonderful Mai Kai.  The Mai Kai is one of the oldest Tiki bars in the U.S. and is like stepping back in time to the 1950's.

It was nice to get out of the house, have a few drinks, and enjoy a tropical Christmas!


Say Cheese!

Just warning you that this may become a kitty filled blog...

just kidding!

Kind of :) 



Meet the newest member to the Macuen household!


'Tis the Season

Well, December is upon us and I am bursting with excitement to celebrate this Christmas Season.  It is my most favorite time of year and am I counting down the days until we are with our family again, and hopefully enjoying some cold snowy days.  

May this holiday season bring peace and happiness to all!

From our home to yours!