/noun/ [hoog-uh]: the feeling of coziness and contentment evoked by simple comforts, as being wrapped in a blanket, having conversations with friend or family, enjoying food, etc. As a Florida girl, I had never heard about this phenomenon called “Crust Cruising.” It’s springtime magic. The days get warm enough to melt the snow a littleContinue reading “hygge.”

prima facie.

[prahy-muh fey-shee-ee, fey-shee, fey-shuh, pree-] adverb at first appearance; at first view, before investigation.   Prima facie, I saw the father and his little blonde daughter on a dinner date and I smiled too big to be in the middle of the crazy Friday night rush. My smile didn’t fade as I greeted them, because she was polite and darling and he was proud and attentive.Continue reading “prima facie.”


[sahy-nuh-shoo r, sin–uh-] noun something that strongly attracts attention by its brilliance, interest, etc. Where have we been?! I’m sorry, reader, we’ve been out frolicking through fields of wildflowers, popping Zyrtec, fishing with a handsome boy, and slinging a lot of prime rib. These are not sufficient reasons to stop writing; I’m happy to report that PalContinue reading “cynosure.”


noun [af-ter-gloh]  the pleasant remembrance of a past experience, glory, etc.  I am so unbelievably thankful that I got a week off to meet my niece and see the rest of my family during the busiest time at the saloon (seriously, thank you, Marcia and Amy!) I couldn’t have enjoyed it any more than I did. Baby Hannah is as precious asContinue reading “afterglow. “


[foo t-loos] adjective free to go or travel about; not confined by responsibilities. Sometimes it’s 18 degrees but you have to walk the dog anyway after a long night of waiting tables. Sometimes you try to rush it and jog a bit and fall on the ice. But then sometimes you see ten bright shooting stars within ten minutes. You run back inside, pour someContinue reading “footloose.”