Category: Happy Monday

Steam

My men were all out for the evening. I figured I could make them proud of me.  Amazon had delivered the replacement for the failed

Read More »

Arcturus

“What in the world are you doing?” Josh said, walking down the driveway. It was mostly dark, as dark as it can be on a

Read More »

Chlorine and AI

We have a pool.  Which is a very usual thing to have in Houston.  We’ve had that pool for almost 40 years and with the

Read More »

Welcome to Holland

Tanis the Redneck Mommy, this reminds me of you and your contribution to all of us about the beauty of ‘Holland’. You share with us

Read More »

October

October is the month that God is good to remind me that life doesn’t make sense without Him.  If you aren’t a believer, it’s okay

Read More »

So.. Sew!!!!!

Mother insisted I take Home Economics a thousand years ago. (For those of you who might be too young, that was the class in high

Read More »

Where did Happy Monday go?

“How come you aren’t writing your Happy Monday’s anymore?” Neil says. We were at the end of our phone conversation. The question came a little bit

Read More »

Spanish Needle

“I don’t understand what the bees forage off of down here.” Neil is walking through the pasture, I’m keeping up with him wondering if I

Read More »

24/7 Janet-Care

My Mother and I love each other despite the fact that as adult women we have lived together for over 40 years. Shared genetics does

Read More »

Eu-Social?

“That buzzing-noise means something. If there’s a buzzing noise, somebody’s making a buzzing-noise, and the only reason for making a buzzing-noise that I know of

Read More »

Golden Bee Beauty

I’ve wanted honey bees out at the farm for months. To have honey bees is…  sexy.  Sexy in that politically correct kind of way… as in

Read More »

Familia

The little girl’s tight, golden curls sprung from her head in all directions. They bounced when the 4 year old talked so they were in

Read More »

Who Are You?

“I want you to take this test.” My middle son handed me his laptop. “I’ve never taken a personality test, Johnathan.” “Just take it.” Ten minutes

Read More »

Bee Update

Remember the hive I got a year ago from my brother? Well, in a year, this girl has done her job. Did you find her?

Read More »

Life in the Woods

We’d piled into various cars. There were too many of us. We were headed to overpasses and intersections known for sheltering the homeless of northwest

Read More »

True That

The older I got the more times Dad  would find a moment when we’d be talking… no, he’d be taking.. and he’d say “God showed

Read More »

Aint No Haints Here

“Why don’t  you stop at Arbor Gate and see if they have  one?” Mother suggested. The winter sun was streaming in the truck windshield. I

Read More »

Giving

Let’s call her ‘M’. I know M because about 8 years ago and for every two weeks since, M has come to my house to

Read More »

Gene

I remember the first time I met Gene. It was a cold, wintery day at the farm. I had been researching the wooded area north

Read More »

Water Walking

How many of you can tell me why this photo is interesting? There are two little science lessons here. Very cool ones. Put your answers

Read More »

Bees at the Farm

On Monday,  Neil called and said he was on his way down from Fort Worth. When he pulled into the driveway in Houston, I knew

Read More »

The Sewer Saga Revisited

Remember this? Sometimes the things we try just don’t work. Despite all of the efforts, Mother’s sewer remained backed up. It only took about 36

Read More »

A Salad For You To Try

This is absolutely delicious. My brother taught me to make it. It’s his creation. You can use any greens. I used mostly arugula. 1 apple

Read More »

Not So Common After All

Paper: HOUSTON CHRONICLE Date: SUN 12/17/95 Section: TEXAS MAGAZINE Page: 3 Edition: 2 STAR Not so common after all By JANET L. SIEFERT This band

Read More »

The Year of the Phage

Phage, you might say. It’s an interesting story. Let me begin where I began. About ten years ago, I was trying to understand something called

Read More »

Bradley Cooper

I wasn’t a fan of Bradley Cooper in Hangover or Failure to Launch. I wasn’t particularly interested in seeing him in Silver Linings Playbook so

Read More »

Goodbye to All That

Not too long after my Jake went to Heaven, someone asked me if I had found out anything about him that surprised me. I said

Read More »

The Covers on My Bed

Sometimes you find just the right combination. Ever once in a while, completely independent of talent or conscious choice, something comes together perfectly. Like my

Read More »

Sons and God Children

Today, is  my youngest son’s birthday. Thirty one years ago, on a beautiful Sunday,( which is the best day to have a baby by the

Read More »

Where I Am Supposed To Be

I’ll admit it. Since childhood I have suffered from brain chemistry that can provoke slips into depression and anxiety.  It’s very clear that some of

Read More »

August at the Farm

We bought this farm in 2008. It hardly seems like six years ago. A lot has happened since then. I’ve seen droughts and I’ve seen

Read More »

Parsimony

I remember the first time I heard that word. Parsimony. It was about my second year of graduate school. It only took me two years

Read More »

Blankets or Covers

If you’ve never been to Iceland, you should go. I would not have thought it was as interesting as it is. Besides the fact that

Read More »

Farm Babies

The birds are going crazy at the farm. They are mating. They are incubating. Cycling from mating, egg laying, to fledging. And then they start

Read More »

Mother’s Day 2014

It seems to me there has been more buzz about Mother’s Day this year. (It’s possible that this is a personal observation based on my

Read More »

A Life Remembered

When I was four my sister died. Her little body, thin, her lungs structured with malformed sodium channels, she succumbed and went to heaven at

Read More »

Thank You

I heard from so many of you last week. So many of you prayed, told me your own thoughts, gave minutes of yourself to consider

Read More »

A Little Art

Do you know who Charlie Harper is? He drew this: And this one too.. And this one, which makes me think of spring. He was

Read More »

Tool Bath

A few weeks ago, me and thirty or so other women gathered to shower a young woman for her upcoming wedding. Being the fashionista that

Read More »

Brian

I’ve talked about Brian. Here, and here. For a little boy who I saw only a couple of times a month, he was never far

Read More »

Witches’ Broom

At a garden just north of Houston and south of the farm, a gardener collects trees. He tends them and watches to see which ones

Read More »

Bee Love

Oak Hill street contained seventeen cracker box houses with ample backyards and rock or asphalt drives. The road itself rose slightly from its intersection off

Read More »

The Price of Television

I am completely enamored with today’s technology. Smart phones and tablets and GPS and internet radio, along with bluetooth, DSL and cell phones that work

Read More »

Say Hello to Helen

At the new barn in a corner where we recycle is a web.   It’s a place that’s dry, a bit dusty and gets no direct

Read More »

Damn Fire Ants

I think the fire ants are the worst they have ever been. They ate my okra plants this year. THEY ATE MY OKRA PLANTS. I

Read More »

One, But Many

The line snaked around, back and forth across the sidewalk. It was pretty out, a clear blue sky with a temperate wind blowing, cooling things

Read More »

Let The Rocks Cry Out

I’m in Australia. It’s a group of us, all scientists, of different disciplines. (Some of us are biologists, some geologists, and some are either so

Read More »

Gifts

We were at the farm, piddling, the sun shining and as I walked into the barn I saw the  speakers. Black, heavy, cumbersome with huge,

Read More »

Walmart Wisdom

Sitting in the Walmart parking lot a little bit north of Houston, the blustery wind is buffeting the car. It’s going to be a hot

Read More »

Fruit of the earth

I fixin to read some wise, ancient literature and bow my head in thought afterward and with a little thank you for two things: sweet

Read More »

A Weekend

It’s been spring break for most people. Some went out of town. Some tried to go out of town. Some stayed in town. Us? Well,

Read More »

A Tomato Spring

We’ve been working in the garden at the farm. The ground is all tilled, we could use a bit more water in the form of

Read More »

Stuart

The conference list of speakers had been set months ago. I was to talk on the last day. Thirty or so friends and colleagues of

Read More »

Dinner at 6

The long dining table had three leaves. There were seventeen chairs place around it’s perimeter,  leaving room for elbows and scooting in and out. Silent

Read More »

Rustle With Me

Brenham is about thirty minutes from the farm. It’s the home of Blue Bell ice cream.  It’s also the place for the oldest synagogue in

Read More »

More Than Me

A big, thick walled, glass jar with a narrow neck was a constant commodity in Dad’s room during my formative years. I had to be

Read More »

A Last Day in Savannah

  If you’ve been reading here, you know that we stalked Paula Deen for Mother’s 80th birthday. While this particular event was the reason for

Read More »

5711

We’ve been raising prime Angus cattle at the farm. Poppy our big fat headed bull has done a good job of building up our herd.

Read More »

Eight Weeks to Eighty

  It was fall and Mother and I were sitting outside on the concrete picnic table. We have breakfast out there frequently. “Mother, you’ll be

Read More »

Tree’s

We sat around the table, the four of us. “Where should we eat?”  Saundra said. No one wanted to choose. It was already past 8pm

Read More »

Strawberry Cake

“Silent Bob, what kind of cake do you want for your birthday?” He thought for a minute. “It’s two weeks away, I’m going to have

Read More »

Dinner at Six

Much to the consternation of adult sons, my middle son and my youngest son have found themselves in residence at their childhood home. In other

Read More »

Three Dog Night

Monika and Jim had met us at the airport. I knew Monika to be a lover of dogs so I was surprised when she complained.

Read More »

Saturday in Patagonia

Today we got the lay of the land and an understanding of what the volcanic eruption did. On June 4th, Chile’s Puyehue volcano looked like

Read More »

Patagonia…

On June 4th, a volcano in Chile’s Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain erupted. It had been dormant for 50 years. The eruption sent a towering cloud of

Read More »

To Build A Fire

Deep south Texas, having received no rain for the baking months of the summer of 2011, had finally gotten rain in late December. A late

Read More »

The Future in My Hand

Babies have been affecting me for some time now. But lately, it’s been a different affection. I increasingly marvel at them as small tiny miracles

Read More »

Music of the Spheres

SB and I held hands as we walked the paths of our friends’ home. Having experienced the European Christmas markets, these friends of ours had

Read More »

De Queen and 24 Windows

My search was unlikely to prove fruitful, 20 or so vintage windows, still intact, identical in build wasn’t likely. So I thought. Tempting fate, I

Read More »

Janet, the Boxer

The newspaper clipping, faded to the color of parchment and creased, had passed through my hands more than once. It showed my dad, clad only

Read More »

Crete

Josh and I had been planning the trip since before he came back from Iraq. Having never been to Greece, I was eager to see

Read More »

Simple Worship

In the darkened worship center, his parents pulled his chair to the handicapped section. A place designated for wheel chairs, it was half way through

Read More »

Tarzan meets Janet

There are two bodies of water on the farm. They were there when we bought the place and I am guessing that they have been

Read More »

Castration: Method # 2

There’s a big old water oak down by the east end of the lake. It’s massive with resurrection fern decorating almost every branch and for

Read More »

Lap Top Less

I am seriously going crazy. And I mad as hell at Dell… For two weeks, two weeks, my laptop has been broken! and I am

Read More »

Flat Janet

Somewhere inside my brain, whatever normally goes on, or has at least for almost 6 decades, isn’t. I noticed this happened a few months before

Read More »

Saggin’ Revisited.

I walked through Wal Mart and there it was again, staring me in the face, a young man’s butt cheeks barely visible beneath the thin

Read More »

L’chaim La Niña

I shuffled around the pine needles that filled up the farm yard. Everyone’s gone but me, they’ve gone north and south out of Hempstead and

Read More »

The Decorah Eagles

I was primed for baby birds with all the nests at the farm. There were Carolina wrens in the barn and barn swallows in their

Read More »

Moses and Mary

“I have an old lab. He’s 12. I just want you to make him comfortable. He has trouble making his back legs work. But mostly

Read More »

A Treatise on Crazy

I never watched ‘Two and a Half Me’; mostly because I never seem to get involved with 30 minute sitcoms. The few times I did

Read More »

Morocco

We’d been at Elfoud for three days. Base camp had been a lovely palace turned hotel just outside the city. Each morning we had piled

Read More »

Fossil Hunt

For reasons that have to do with a battle, my sister in law and her husband have been in town. They are Midwesterners, living outside

Read More »

My Heart is Grateful

So, if this is the season for giving and joy, my admission and confession is that I have come to suck at Christmas gift shopping

Read More »

A Tale of Two Trucks

I’m sentimental. I am wondering if there is a word that could indicate a lot more excess of emotion than that, because if there is,

Read More »

What To Do

I’ve been trying to write a happy Monday for three days. It’s not that I don’t have things in my heart to say. I do.

Read More »

Ghostie

Silent Bob came back from the back field. “#12 is acting funny. She’s in the middle field lying down. The other cows are back there

Read More »

Take Flight

It’s been the year of insects out at the farm. This summer the fields were filled with grasshoppers and crickets peeped out of whole under

Read More »

There’s the rub.

The old house on Oak Hill was drafty. It would have been more so if it hadn’t been spit and pasted together with layers of

Read More »

What a Wife Must Do

“Don’t just stand around. Figure out what needs to be done and do it.” Dad said. “Don’t wait for me to tell you,” he continued,

Read More »

Leslie and Life

We sat in Beijing, Leslie and I, about in the middle of the auditorium. It was hot and the day outside was typical for the

Read More »

In Praise of Jerga

Sometimes I see things I really want. Take for instance the utility sink that my amiga had in her Mexican home, when I was visiting

Read More »

My Day Job

I’m here in Mexico, Cuatro Ciénegas to be exact, one of my favorite places. A place I have spent some time looking at the mountains

Read More »

The Quilt Group

We used to quilt. Okay, maybe we never really quilted much, not as a group anyway. But given that no one seemed to come up

Read More »

Fish Kill

The lake was an eerie green week before last. All that cow poop, as those black Angus mommas stood in it 24/7 to try and

Read More »

Little Seeds

Near Troy, Missouri and the junction of state roads V and W and JJ, there are a series of low rolling mountain ridges. These ridges

Read More »

Who Silent Bob Is

Silent Bob, my beloved, is a very smart man. There isn’t a sport that you can talk about that he doesn’t know the stats, in

Read More »

Who I Am, Part 2

Maybe it’s because I drive so much, but lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about cars. The one I am currently driving has become something

Read More »

Who I Am

I have never been much into cars. This is clearly all on account of my Dad, no question about it. He thought one of the

Read More »

Memorial Day

It’s the last hours of Memorial Day 2010. All day I have chosen to remember… “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who

Read More »

Read Line Four

“I am going to have to renew my driver’s license. I want you to take me,” says my tiny, feisty, soon to be 78 year

Read More »

Mother’s Day Redux

“I think you need a brooder box for your birthday,” says brother Neil. I don’t want to raise anything else, I think to myself. “No”.

Read More »

Babies

“Babies amaze me.” I said to God the other day. “I gave you three of your own. Weren’t you amazed then?” He replied. “Yeah, I

Read More »

An Arabian Night

We sat there, Fariq and I, gazing out on the pyramids. “I don’ think an Egyptian made them.” He said. His eyes were like dark

Read More »

Magic Straws, Part One

You might recall that I have mentioned previously that cow farming is all about reproduction. It’s  a place where we acknowledge what is true and

Read More »

Bodhi

March 1, 2010 The young woman looked to be in her late teens. Very tall and lithe, she was beautiful. She was applying her makeup

Read More »

Be Quiet 2-15-10

I knew it was going to be a bad week, Harriet had left three messages for me to call her back. ‘Janet’, says Harriet, when

Read More »

Beauty

I have been having a strange desire the last few months. I want to create something. There was a time when it was babies that

Read More »

Romancing the stone

They had just laid down a fresh load of gravel outside Moss’ place.  Meant to cover the potholes and welcome the thirsty souls looking for

Read More »

Day 2

Everyone here in northern Mexico is bracing for an even colder weekend. Today clouds covered the mountains that surround this valley and we kept our

Read More »

Road Trip: Come with me

Day 2 Everyone here in northern Mexico is bracing for an even colder weekend. Today clouds covered the mountains that surround this valley and we

Read More »

Come to Mexico

I don’t know what you are doing this week. Maybe you are starting some new resolutions or maybe you are trying to get settled back

Read More »

Those in Heaven

Have you ever wondered about Heaven? I mean beyond whether there is one or not. (I have to assume you already made a decision one

Read More »

Crown me.

I think my Mother would have liked it if I had been a movie star. She wanted this, not because of any particular talent or

Read More »

Thinking about Christmas

“Mom, you can’t do what you did last year about the Christmas tree.” Johnathan says, somewhat exasperated that he has to go there with me.

Read More »

Peace Like a River

March 12, 2007 I am thinking about fishing. Maybe it’s because Dad took me fishing on my birthday for many years or maybe it’s because

Read More »

Moses and His Girl

Happy Monday and Howdy. I really missed sending you a good wish for the last week. But here we are back to it, the end

Read More »

Brick and Rock

I have a vague, dusty memory of my Dad and I as we rambled down a dirt road in his old Ford truck. I remember

Read More »

Man from U.N.C.L.E

Howdy!  (5th Happy Monday of 2007, rewritten Sept 21, 2019. When I was a young one of the shows I watched religiously was ‘The Man from

Read More »

3rd Happy Monday of 2007

Howdy! Happy Monday ya’ll!  Well…It’s only the third Happy Monday and it’s already turning out to be a bit more difficult than I imagined.  Its

Read More »

do it!

for more, much more...

All the ideas, advice, and opinion six decades can provide… and maybe a little wisdom.

do it!

for more, much more...

All the ideas, advice, and opinion six decades can provide… and maybe a little wisdom.