Thoughts Scribbled in a Notebook

Jennifer Hotes
Life, love, loss, pain, victory, and all it is to be a soul in a meat suit
Created 23 Mar 2021
  • Crab and Sourdough
    30 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Detail of my flocked tree How are you dear readers? Survived the holidays? Gosh, I’m glad. Taken down the tree yet? Me either. I’m in no hurry. The glow of lights on these short days of winter warm my...
  • Well, THAT was a weird dream!
    29 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    The other night (December 16th to be exact) I had such an odd dream. Before I share, I’d like to tell you about a conversation I had with my best friend the evening prior. As has always been the case,...
  • Plot Your Escape
    22 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Cooper always has an escape plan in mind You know how every flight begins with a safety briefing? The first thing travelers are asked is to locate the nearest exit. Holiday gatherings should begin the...
  • The Freaks Come out at Night
    13 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    My dog, Cooper, and I are part of a secret society. More secret than the Illuminati or Masons, we are night walkers. Yes, we walk, almost exclusively, after the sun has set. Because Cooper is half-Ger...
  • Elephant in the Room
    09 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    Happy Flocking Holidays How is it possible that Christmas is barely two weeks away? Most of 2021 went by at a snail’s pace, but November flew past in double-time. As we prepare to gather with our frie...
  • Wax On! Wax Off!
    18 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 1 2
    Sketch by my amazing daughter, Bryn There’s a pillar candle in the center of my kitchen island. When unlit, it sits there, ignored. Once the wick is lit, the wax warms and a cinnamon scent flavors the...
  • Did I Win?
    02 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 1 2
    I grew up with boys; a big brother, boy cousins, boy neighbors. It’s no wonder I was a tomboy. Sure, I liked to dress up in flouncy dresses every now and again, but my bliss was wearing pants, hair pu...
  • Two Ghosts
    30 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    My family visited London eight or so years ago. During the first half of the visit, we stayed at Shangri-La at The Shard. We had a one-hundred-eighty-degree view of the city and were steps away from J...
  • "Like a knife through butter!"
    20 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Cut Flowers, Not Fingers Recently, my husband returned from back to back business trips. While he was gone, some of my routines remained unchanged, like running 2.5 miles a day, walking the dog in the...
  • The Whitest Summer
    12 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    In the summer, my brother, Garth and I, were driven south on I-5 to spend time with my California parents. For those ten or so weeks, we lived in a housing development in Clovis, a cowboy-town that ab...
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