Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

N is for NATURE!


On a whim, I packed my girls up and took off southward for the self-proclaimed Bluebonnet Capitol of Texas.

I would second that title!

I’ve lived in the metroplex all of my life and I’ve never seen anything like this place! Only about 45 minutes south and I felt surrounded by beauty that left me wordless. And the silence! My girls noticed it.

In my little suburb, there’s always sound. The whitenoise of the freeway, the mosquito whines of speeding motorcycles and roars of trucks, train horns from a mile away, and sirens coming and going. But out there, with all the background noise erased, we could here songbirds, bugs, ducks, geese, even things we couldn’t see. Total peace.

I’ll need to make sure I visit there again! SOON!

Oh and I must share a few funnies of our trip. The first was a sign we passed. Precious Redhead snapped this shot, laughing hysterically.

All in all, we decided with his name, he’d make a great sheriff. That is, until Sweet Hubby came up with a potential first name of Dewey. That first name made us think there was too much of a question to be depended on. But it gave me an idea over what to name this photo. I decided on “Howie, Didju, or Neva,” but I think a man running for sheriff would probably stick with Howie even if it wasn’t his real first name!

Oh and I had no idea Precious Redhead got these shots. We drove beside a quiet yard full of goats and their friendly old horse. Well, as is my custom since college anytime I come upon a herd of goats, I baaaaaed at them. (I’ve been known to moo at cows, too!) And sure enough every head in the pen turned my direction with faces full of disgust.

What’d I say?

Even the horse, who must speak fluent goat considering his surroundings – turned toward me and I swear she snorted. I should probably wash my mouth out with soap!

Your turn: What was the last spontaneous thing you did just for the fun of it?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

17 thoughts on “N is for NATURE!

  1. ROFL Marji. I love your posts. I’ve never seen bluebonnets like that. Wow!! Beautiful!!


  2. Marji, Beautiful post! The photos are amazing.


  3. Great photos! I like the idea of baaaing at sheep and goats 🙂


    • It never fails. When I baa at sheep – and especially goats – they always look up from what they’re doing. They wanna see who the new “kid” is! Haa!


  4. Love your new blog! Fun post.

    Walked along a beach on Lake Michigan looking for lake glass.


  5. GORGEOUS pictures! Thank you for sharing!


  6. I live in California and have never seen the famed bluebonnets. They must be quite the sight.

    I got a kick out of the sheriff humor. I love plays on words. Here’s my contribution for a first name: Willy.


  7. I love to hit the road and go west! This year, I might not be so lucky. We’re going north and south.


  8. Cute, funny post.. I especially loved the allusion to “Dewey Ketchem.” Hahahahaha!