Home, Sweet Home

23 Oct

Misty sunrise. Lake Georgetown, TX

It was a busy week; writing, blogging, reading, walking around a lake in a beautiful park.  I know, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…

My new articles are here: 1010ParkPlace.com and here: http://damnedgypsy.com/

Thank you for coming on my travels with me, I loved reading your comments!

XO Donna


Busy Signal

9 Oct

imageThis week was my week to post on two other sites. If you’d like to visit them and catch up with me, you can click here:


Or here:


Just look under VOICES for my attest article, “Sick and Tired… & Sexy.” Browse a bit while you’re there, so many great writers! And, as always, I appreciate your thoughtful comments.


XO Donna

Very Lost in Translation

29 Sep

imageLast week Facebook posted some photos I had shared three years ago… as their way of showing me they care about me. I don’t believe that for a minute, but I was happy to re-experience the thrill I had the day I took those photos.

For years I had driven past this patch of stone with all of it’s cactus plantings, but the full moon had been the night before, and on this morning every single cactus had a flower! I was so thrilled to witness this miraculous event that I stopped on my way to work to walk among them and photograph them. They even had a soft scent.

Seeing the flower photos again, they brought to mind a delightful comedy, “Cactus Flower,” starring Goldie Hawn and Walter Matthau back in 1969.
And they also reminded me of one of my favorite perfumes then, “Desert Flower.”
Wait, let’s revisit that… it wasn’t called a perfume, it was called a toilet water. And as much as I wanted to be sophisticated about wearing perfume, the name cracked me up. My younger sisters and I would laugh our fool heads off, wondering if they actually used toilet water to make it.

imageTruthfully, I didn’t care what they used to make it, it had every single one of the fragrance notes I loved; jasmine, ylang-ylang, cedar, patchouli, musk, vanilla, sandalwood, and ambergris. And more than that, it was advertised as Modern, Mysterious, Magnetic.  All of the groovy qualities I wanted to embrace as a teenager. I felt delicious and decidedly modern when I wore it!

It’s only now, more than half a lifetime later, that I can see that toilet water was a very poor translation for eau de toilette. “Water for bathing,” not water from the toilet. But, it was a fantastic trip down memory lane. Thank you, FB.

XO Donna




(No) Labor Day

10 Sep

Hello everyone, this week I have posted on my other site:



I hope that you will click through,  and begin to follow that site, too!  I will show up every-other week in your in-box.

Your presence means a lot to me, thanks for reading and commenting!

XO Donna

Speeding Up Change

2 Sep

Change either happens all at once, leaving us dazed and confused, or doesn’t happen as quickly as we wish. Find my ideas on dealing with change, this week over at:


Just click the above link and you’ll find my article entitled ‘Speeding Up Change.” And while you’re there, enjoy the other great writers!

Happy Labor Day,
XO Donna

Someone You Know

22 Aug image

imageWe were camping in the rain when I heard news of the flooding in Louisiana. It seemed a world away, although from where I live in Austin, TX – to where it happened – is only 450 or so miles. Close, and even closer, when those floods affect someone you know. The way the news was solely focused on an Olympic swimmer’s bad behavior, I had no idea how bad things were in Louisiana. To my relief, my friends in Lafayette and Baton Rouge had “checked in” on Facebook saying they were alright.

Then I received an email from another friend. “Just a quick note to let you know, even though Lucy and Ricky’s house didn’t flood inside, things are bad for them.” (For their privacy, I have changed their names.) “Please drop her a couple words of encouragement.”  That’s the kind of woman she is. I wrote Lucy that night, asking if there was anything at all that we could do to help.

imageShe responded this morning, and we emailed back-and-forth for more than two hours. Lucy told me they’d been in their new house for less than a year, and thankfully the house was okay. While their new neighborhood in Greenwell was damaged, (see left) their old house and neighborhood in Central, (below) just three miles away, were ruined by the flood. They have three people living with them right now, and Ricky’s company was a total loss. “I am focused,” she said, “on keeping everyone fed and comfortable.”

Lucy told me it had been very emotionally and physically draining, knowing that so much of Louisiana is a total loss.  “We will be fine,” she said, “I went through all of this during Katrina when we had 18 people living with us for four months. Back then, I saw the home and city I grew up in completely destroyed. This time I saw the home and neighborhood where we raised all three of our girls completely destroyed.”

imageI can’t imagine going through that once, but to go through it twice is mind-bending. Lucy agreed, “It’s definitely been an eye-opening and heart-breaking experience.”  I asked why they had moved. “We needed more land for the race cars and motorhome.”  It was good that they moved when they did. I pointed out that their toys saved them, and she laughed. “That’s true!” then she added, “I’m glad we moved, this house definitely saved our lives, and has given shelter to others.” Those others are her youngest daughter (who is expecting) and son-in-law, and a friend who has also lost everything.

“Last thing. . . looking on the bright side, we should have 5 1/2 people by next week. Our daughter should be induced if she hasn’t gone into labor by then. Can’t wait to get that baby in my hands!”

With all of her family history gone, she’s focusing on the good that is yet to come, because, that’s the kind of woman she is.

XO Donna


11 Aug

I have a wonderful, challenging, fun-filled, who-knows-what-will-happen? weekend planned. To see what’s in the works, just click below. Any advice? Please share your knowledge, thoughts, or encouragement!

Click Here https://damnedgypsy.com/2016/08/10/my-three-rs/ to read all about it!

XO Donna