All good things…

…must come to an end. (Upon great deliberation and despite my goal announcing last week.) Smoothpebble blog has reached its expiration date. No sense in letting it linger, develop a gross smell & a coating of mold. This blog may never have accomplished anything great by standards of greatness. But I showed up each time…

awareness

I’ve been practicing small moments of meditation this summer. I’ve become aware of how much I live in my head. Using the sense of sound as my focus has helped me be centered, and grounded in the present moment. It is amazing what happens all around me, or how many actual noises I never pay attention…

Echo de menos la playa.*

* I miss the beach. And Mexico. When vacation ends it signals the shift into gearing up for school. BOO!

acknowledging a kindness

This is a paper cut I designed and cut out for very good friends of ours.  I wanted to thank them in some way for letting the boys hunt on their land, and helping us process the deer the boys get. They have a beautiful place, and it’s always fun to go out there and…

Deal-breaker?

I’m thinking of breaking up with my family. Before I tell you why, I’m going to give you a little background information. I grew up in a small town in North Central Kansas. We lived in a neighborhood, with sizable one-acre lots, outside the city limits. Most everyone, whether you lived in town or out…

Undertow

HOO BOY! Looks like I’m averaging about one blog post a month. I’ve been caught in an undertow. Initially wading and splashing in the surf, unaware that the ocean was slowly gripping me by the ankle with her silky, salty grasp. And before I knew it, I was far from shore. Very far from shore….

one saturday in june

I ran a 5K. I played around with some expired sun print paper. I rode my bike with Mr. Smoothpebble 17.5 miles to Cooky’s Cafe with the wind at our backs. I devoured tender beef brisket with gravy, curly fries, breaded tomatoes, and one piece of chocolate chip pecan pie ala mode. We mounted our…

vent my spleen

This is a process shot of the house sign I’m painting for my parents’ new house. I was inspired by the work of 1Canoe2. DIY for sure, which I take on with gusto! However, with the bathroom remodel I did some serious assessment of my DIY, can-do approach to everything. I am perfectly capable, after…

Soft Focus

Soft focus vs. Out of Control It’s been a while because it’s May, which is always busy. End of year banquets, college boys transitioning, a 14-month old home wrecker, yard work to do, blah blah blah. Throw in a lightening jolt to the computer, an unexpected but WAY overdue bathroom remodel, car repairs, and last…

marinating

Marinating in Spring, and Emery, and the boys, and marriage, and chores, and thoughts, and messages of life and hope and God, and ideas, and projects……………

personal space

Today I am subbing for the grade school counselor. This is what I’m doing during my lunch 20. In the school setting there’s no such thing as a lunch hour. I have a handbag that a pen leaked in it and stained the outside. So I’m just adding buttons, patches and stitches. Anyway, my counselor…