Joie 24 – The Cozy Edition!

Joie 24 – The Cozy Edition!

It has arrived. That first day where it’s logical to turn on the heat on the commute to work, even though you know that you’ll be using the A/C on the return trip. Yes, that’s fall in the South. That means it’s time to spend some time seriously...
Joie 23 – Fall!

Joie 23 – Fall!

Oh, I know. Fall gets a bad reputation, in large part due to pumpkin spice overtaking absolutely everything. (And yes, I enjoy pumpkin spice in my coffee. But I can cheerfully admit that it’s gotten out of hand.) Here in the South, summer lingers quite a while...
Joie 22 – Hair Color

Joie 22 – Hair Color

Without a doubt, a girl’s first complicated relationship is with her hair and – like all relationships – there is no end of well-meaning advice coming our way. If we have pixie-like hair, we may overhear an adult sneer, “You look like a boy...
Joie 21 – Geocaching

Joie 21 – Geocaching

Geo-what? Although I first heard the term “geocaching” way back in 2006 (thanks to my local film festival!), I hadn’t thought about this high-tech treasure hunt much since then. Then I ran across an article about a month ago that referenced...
Joie 20 – Taking Time to Reflect

Joie 20 – Taking Time to Reflect

Hello! I know I’ve been gone for a while and I feel I owe you an explanation for that. In mid-June, I left for my first post-Covid vacation and this one was going to be a doozy! Ever since I started teaching back in 2003, I’ve taught summer classes. For...
Joie 19 – Getting Tired

Joie 19 – Getting Tired

Tired? Sounds like a crazy thing to have as the subject of a “joy” post, doesn’t it? Bear with me. I don’t mean “wow, isn’t it great to be exhausted?” which would, in fact, be sort of the complete opposite of what I mean. (By...
Joie 18 – Four Rooms

Joie 18 – Four Rooms

I recently completed the 100 Day Project and discovered a few things along the way. Yes, my proficiency improved through sheer repetition and that gave me the courage to try subjects and techniques that were increasingly more difficult but, just as important as...
Joie 17 – Free Time

Joie 17 – Free Time

I have just returned from a long weekend away from the cares of work, home, and family. To be truly successful, I have found that trips like these (which I also consider an Essential on the Diva Path; you can find other Essentials by searching for that term in the...
Joie 16 – Kitchen Creativity!

Joie 16 – Kitchen Creativity!

During the first wave of lockdown during the pandemic, it was interesting to see how many of us found some degree of solace in the kitchen. Baking bread was a crazy fad for a little while, with banana bread and sourdough particularly enjoying a rush of popularity.  I...
Joie 15 – Unlocking!

Joie 15 – Unlocking!

It seems as if there should be a word – likely originating in German – to describe that feeling of satisfaction tinged with bewilderment when you finish a huge project. The Joie posts haven’t fallen by the wayside deliberately, although I...