Close to three weeks this time since my last entry, and so much has changed. It turns out that the local production of my musical show, originally scheduled to premiere yesterday but canceled by the theater for financial reasons (along with their whole spring season), would not have happened anyway, due to the virus measures […]

It has been six weeks since my last entry, because I was waiting for some things to firm up before writing again. Some of them have, and some still have not, and others have dissolved altogether! Crystal’s musical theater run of Matilda just completed, and it was very special. What a fine cast, and what […]

Sometimes it feels like a vacation to return from vacation, if the vacation was more hectic than one’s normal life. That was the case leading up to this new year of 2020. I will be happy not to go anywhere near either an airport or a long highway ride for a while! I was not […]

It has been a little over a month since my last post, due to the busy holiday season, but here’s all the news! It was one year ago that the body of much-loved ballerina of the St. Louis Ballet, Raffaella Stroik, was found in a rural lake 100 miles south of St. Louis.  Here is […]

It has been over a week of mostly low-grade colds here at Hilltop, and we’re about ready for that to abate altogether, perhaps after a few more days. Crystal and I are thankful to have each other to alternately nurse each other from moment to moment, though she’s had to power through teaching school all […]

Quite a crazy couple of weeks to report, but calm prevails here at Hilltop today.  (For late, arrivals, “Hilltop” is the name we gave our home, partially in honor of Beatrix Potter, whose home was “Hill Top” and we live at the top of a modest hill.) A great number of deer continue to populate […]

It has been two weeks since my last entry, having been just too busy to write last week. We took a trip eastward to Gatlinburg, TN for our friend Jennifer’s birthday party at a rented cabin in the beautiful fall mountains; then for a couple of days at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina; then […]

It has been a fun week at Hilltop.  Our two kitties got their new “marshmallow beds” – super plush, squishy beds, which cause them to sink in and “kneed the dough”.  I went to a nearby farm to pick up our big basket of organic produce that we subscribe to.  The owner happens to be […]

On Friday morning we looked out of the back windows onto our field and saw a mysterious blob of snow-white fur, about the size of a large cat, ambling across the landscape very close to the ground. As it turned to a side view, a lovely skunk was revealed, but with an entire white back […]

Like many places, Hilltop is still having a bit of late summer heat going into the first day of fall tomorrow; the flowers have to be watered twice a day to survive. Yet, leaves begin to fall and you can hear the tapping of acorns raining down and hitting the ground every minute or two […]