Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
This year has been a hard year for almost everyone who lives here in West Michigan, I know we're not alone in our financial and health experiences and difficulties. So during the last days of the year 2008, I am thankful for the many gifts and friends who have been in our lives, or simply passed through. All have left their own special foot prints on our hearts and I am very grateful for all I've learned - especially about love and life from all those in my life.
Here's to all I know and have known among the days that came this year. I wish God's blessing on you all, and a blessed New Year to everyone! As one of my favorite writer's who also is a Rabi in our area said, "Do not wish a Happy New Year, but rather one filled with explorations, new discoveries and contentment!"
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
No definite prognosis as to how much range of motion and strength he will have, but he's home and that by itself is a real blessing.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Winter here is always the ups and downs - sometimes severely cold all the way to low to mid 30s. It is seldom solidly cold and snow, that's why we all complain about brown, or gray snow that comes from the mud and water from the melting snow.
I have to admit that though I love snow and the winter weather this early winter weather has made me think - is this going to last through March? As I've mentioned before we usually have winter actually begin with all the snow and cold in early January that runs through early March, but if it lasts until then it will end up being a whole month longer! I guess I am hoping for a warmer January!!
Friday, December 19, 2008
My husband is at work and this is so bad I am worried about him getting home since the police (Holland, State and the sheriff's Dept.) have all said, "get off the roads!!" Such is life in the winter here in Western Michigan!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Of course I had my gall bladder out on the 30th of November. Well, tonight around 4:00 p.m. one of my back molar cracked - yup it just cracked...no chewing a seed, no grinding my teeth either. When I got to the dentist's office and he started the process of taking out the piece of tooth and getting ready for a root canal and crown when he discovered the tooth was lose! After much ouuing and ahhhing over the tooth, and after much discussion with his assistant and looking again at the x-rays he discovered that low and behold the tooth was dead, and infected to boot and it had to be removed.
Forty five minutes later and full of Novocain (Really full - 4 shots worth!) I was off to my Thursday evening prayer group. I am now living on Darvocet, and unable to eat anything until tomorrow...UGH! Okay, I wish this stuff would stop!!!
Update: My husband fell on the ice Sunday morning snow blowing the driveway - shatter his right elbow...three is the limit, right?!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
This is so strange - actually my Palm Pilot is doing about the same thing too. I cannot get my synchronizing to happen unless I click the HotSync Manager button on my desktop.
Now that I think about it, I had the computer in to the repair shop about a month ago and this has all happened since then when they "fixed" my elderly computer!!! Very frustrating! This technological help can be very frustrating at times...
Sunday, December 14, 2008
It's Not Easy Being Green is one, or how about Rubber Ducky! But I have to admit the one that really touches me is the song named in my title above. We all like to sing even if it's only in our head...or maybe in the shower! It's a way to express our pain, anger and joy and each of us probably has at least one song that really can make us feel special or maybe even cry.
For me that song is Sing. Written by Joe Raposo this song has been done by others like the Carpenters, but done simply on Sesame Street it became so much more than a singable piece. It became an anthem for being who you really are in life and in your world. Bob and the cast said it, no sang it the very best -
Don't worry that it's not good enough
For anyone else to hear,
Sing, Sing a Song.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
For me it took losing a job a few years ago to realize what matters, and now with my whole family simply getting by with the depression that Michigan has been experiencing for the past few years we've come to share more time together and enjoy the fun of game night. We're changing, and I hope we don't lose it ever again.
You see I'm an English teacher who got to do research on the times that, A Christmas Carol was written in and they were the poorest and some of the most non-caring times in Great Britain's history. Scrooge pretty much epitomized the wealthy class' view of the poor and downtrodden. Because Dickens had a footing in both worlds and had experienced extreme poverty during his childhood he saw the need to some how make the wealthy aware of their moral responsibilities to those around them.
But if you know anything about the story and Dickens, you know it really began not as one to make people aware, but simply to tell a story and to share the idea of Christmas which in years before had not been much of a celebration. His celebration centered around love of family, friends, and the world around.
Today, we all are losing wealth and it's happening all over the country - now, somehow we need to get back to that feeling of sharing an evening with the people we know, work with, and love in these hard times. Christmas is a religious holiday that is a celebration of God's entrance into the world among us. Personally, I think that simply sharing a love with each other with "no strings" is a great way to be that love of God in the world. It really all can start with just caring for someone else. (And yes, I am a bit passionate about this!)
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Our winters usually begin in January, (sometimes the end of December) and run through February...well, sometimes mid-March, and most of our snow is accumulated in the the first two months of the year. We are, if we get the regular amounts in those first two months, for a record breaking year for snowfall!
I think that's cool, even if most people think it's yucky. Kind of bad for pot holes though...
Monday, December 8, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I really enjoyed the this special treat for our shared birthdays (well, almost!), and anniversary that I think it will go down in memory as one of the best I've ever had as a celebration.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Life is hitting its slower pace, that pace that comes with slippery roads and storms that can stall almost everyone's life. With all that has happened in the past months a little less along with an appreciation of what we have no matter how small is a way to find a peaceful time of joy and peace this Holiday Season. I know I'm all for that!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I needed a snack this evening so I cut up and apple and warmed it in the microwave. Tomorrow will be busy, but I'm on the mend so that's okay.
Friday, November 28, 2008
I went shopping for groceries with my husband tonight...shopping for bargains in these tough times can be fun. We mostly did the "big box" stores so I rode around in one of those carts with a basket. I must admit I was quite a hazard since they aren't always easy to control but I didn't run over anyone.
It was really good to get out of the house and see people, even if I didn't know them. I scooted around with my poor husband trailing behind me. I had asked him if he wanted to stay in the car, but he said he didn't wanted to so I just kept going and got all we needed in three stores for less than I thought I would.
I still have to get to the dog's market, but that's for a small item thank goodness.
Christmas as a season has begun. This is always my favorite time of year, and not because of presents! I love the cold, and early snowfall, Handel's Messiah, classical and early Christmas music and of course the way our church looks all decked out in evergreens.
This can be the beginnings for a season of peace. We all need that.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Life is not about convincing others to our way of thinking…instead life is about sharing who we are to better understand each other so we can grow to know the pain that others deal with and pray for their release, or that they can be given strength to deal with that pain.
In other words, life is sharing our love with others – no strings attached.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It's funny how many people see see the fall season as dull and colorless. On the other hand I see the various warm shades of browns and maroons tempered by what is left of the small batches of green that the grass seems to have most of the winter if we have any snow melting occurs.
What I enjoy the most about the fall is the abundance of birds that gather daily at my feeders. I'm a birder, but I don't have binoculars and I don't go traipsing all over looking for the unusual feathered friends. Instead I spend hours watching the feeders and trees where the birds hide or sit in my yard throughout the day. They are the real jewels that color the world after fall and before the snow covers everything.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I believe the Europeans have it right. Less can definitely be more in our daily lives. Having time to read, to talk or simply think without the interruptions that haunt us in our daily lives would really be a luxury.
How about instead of a happy life, simply a contentment with who we are in our every day lives. The economy is making us lose a lot - can it also help us gain even more?
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I am really praying for a quiet weekend, but I am pretty sure it will turn out to be more of the same that I've had this past few months - one of being scheduled to the hilt! I want two days to lay abed, to read and doze and maybe contemplate my navel!! We are way too busy and way too tired these days. I'm strugglin even to calm the days and weeks just a bit I unwind, so I'm taking the evenings (And even later sometimes.) by turning off the tube and reading or writing, or simply taking a little time in my comfy bed.
I think we as a nation are over tired, over stressed and empty in the contentment column. (Note that I did not say the happiness column - though it is used in the Declaration of Independence it isn't a reachable goal but I believe a calm, content life is something to strive for in this day of no money as we live with the reality of our economical constraints as well as the fears. It is not easy these days for those of us in the "average American" part of this country. Fulfillment must now come from something other than the gathering or acquisition of things.
Today mine comes from grandkids, and days spent in the company of those special little people; in the quiet of a very small, comfortable home that affords peaceful places to read, think and write; in the kitchen where I can mix, knead and bake bread to my heart's content; and finally in my garden where my creativity is tied up with the plants and flowers that grace that small diamond shaped piece of ground.
My personal peace is also found in the friendships that are not bound up in constant dinners out or parties, but rather in good conversations and even moments of silent companionship. We as a country really need to find our true selves outside of the jobs or the money, and find out who we are down deep inside, that way we can learn to rely on that honesty to set the tone for the rest of our years.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
West Michigan is especially quiet and the news is mostly just rehashing the whole election day over and over again. I actually had a lovely day with my 3 year old grandson planting all kinds of tulip bulbs in pots and various spots around the yard. He calls the littlest tulip bulbs the "tiredest seeds!" By that he means that they sleep a very long time in God's earth before they flower. In some ways that frustrates him, but he sure enjoys pushing them down with his finger to plant those seeds!
And so the waiting begins for those first yellow blooms of the spring. It can sure make for a dream that will last the whole of a cold winter, that is for sure.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Am I excited that Mr. Obama won? Of course I am, but I balance that with a fear because of the deep divide that we have because of the past few years of national problems, and now with this economic mess we certainly have a lot to overcome. We need to succeed as a nation, together. John McCain's concession speech was one that attempted to move the country to an acceptance of the next four years so we can really work together. I hope that happens.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I'm excited to be voting in an election that I see clear and very different choices something that hasn't been there in years. For those of us who are old enough to remember the 1964 presidential election we can remember the distinct lines between conservative Barry Goldwater, and the liberal Lyndon Johnson. Though I was not able to vote yet, that election fired up everyone where I went to school, and though it was rather lopsided the election made for interesting debates amongst many who saw the distinct differences.
Interest in the presidential race comes down to the issues and how important people feel they are to the country. We've had 8 difficult years and there is a taste for change in the country, but a change to what and whom? Whatever happens Tuesday and even on into early Wednesday will be a change. I'm ready to vote today! But I have a little over 36 hour to that voting hour for me. I'm a bit antsy and anticipating an all night vigil.
I wonder where will we be heading, and what will the theme be for the next four years? We will have to wait a few days. Only the next few days will really tell.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Then it was off to one of my favorite sports...shopping! When you're trying to save a buck, it really means walking the large box stores till you drop. Last night I did some shopping, I mean walking. 3 hours of hiking all over Meijers and Walmart. Today meant the smaller stores and the meat store (i.e. butcher shop). I ended up doing okay.
Monday is bill day along with having 2 of my grandkids and getting this computer into the repair shop for a cleaning. It is running way too slow and grinding like something else in running too.
So have a great Sunday and enjoy the last of the warm weather, I'm going to do just that tomorrow.
Monday, October 27, 2008
My clothing is layered since I don't like to be cold and I sure am thankful for silk long underwear! (If you like the colder weather like I do, it doesn't necessarily mean that you like being cold!!) So tomorrow I'm off to do vending with my son (He has a small vending business.) and I will be drinking in the changes as the season changes even more. I have got to get out my winter coat!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Instead of allowing this frightening environment to get to us, we need to find a tool to help get us through these present hard times, and allow for just a bit the of joy and laughter that always is needed during difficult times.
This song was first written when the second World War was just over and all sorts of new threats were on the horizon, and in many ways today is no different. With terrorism seemingly all over, and the recent market crash we are facing much the same kind of events that haunted the families back in the thirties and forties.
So how about changing the national atmosphere with just a bit of upbeat, light-hearted playfulness along with some really good advice! Instead of focusing on what we've lost, or the hurts that have adversely affected us let's see if we can focus as a nation on the things in life we do have - family, friends and all the things we do still enjoy! Like Mr. Mercer so aptly put it-
We've got to...
Accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between.
You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene.
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Today, my husband and I put away the patio furniture which means that summer is truly over. We've had quite a bit of frost lately so much of what was my garden has shriveled and died away, but the birds don't seem mind as they dive and sway on the dead stems of the black eyed Susans and sunflowers. It's still lovely to sip a cup of coffee nearby, but I sure don't spend too much time outside because mornings are more than a bit cold!!!
But the birds are fun to watch since they are all flocking and seem to have such fun in their dipping and diving all over the yard. I like to be outside to enjoy the cool days and views from my windows as well.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Winter, though lovely in it's own way is like the drainer of all things colorful. It freezes out that multi-layered coat of color that fall dresses in after summer. It's like a change of dresses for a model that marches and sways down a runway for the most exquisite fashion show we will see this year.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I had a Beetle once a long time ago, and since then I have often dreamed of owning another one. I would really love an orange one and have always wanted to own one. (I really wanted a "little orange pumpkin.")
I love the way the stick shift can create the power like I'm going fast on the take off at any stop light, and the feel of that simply wonderful German engineering is beyond compare.
I know I'm crazy, after all I don't want something fast, or sleek...but hey, since I can't have either that or a Beetle right now I think I'll try to find a bumper sticker that says it all for me...
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Let's give some of those older, knowledgeable and wise workers another chance at a career!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I was sorry to see the day go. It folded up into the tiniest of packages that can be tucked away in a breast pocket to share the colors and beauty for a long rainy day.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Some of the songs are simply silly and fun to listen, dance, and work to but one song tonight has hit home for me. It is a lovely dance number, but the words really go far deeper. I have often thought that my life was out of control as if I had no command over what happened, but my choices both small and large make that life whether I see it immediately or sometime in the future. It took a while for that sight to come through the crazy life I was wound up in and I needed change! I had to make a choice, actually many of them. I have finally found a peace with who I am and what I stand for in this small life.
So life is truly found "in the dance you choose!" It isn't easy - but it is worth it every single day.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I love the fall with it's schizophrenic weather and personality. Today was rainy and watching the birds playing in the puddles and the colors and grays that are creeping in as the frost takes one plant after the other. Each season holds things to explore and enjoy and I really love that!!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
This is going to be an adventure, and one we as a nation haven't faced down in a long time. I will be here sharing some of my discoveries and hopefully we will be stepping out of the muck of this nasty mess sooner than we think.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
It's Sunday night and fall is coming, the weather man has promised. It was cooler today and the humidity is falling which is truly heavenly. Why do I like the cooler days best? The smells of fall, the crunch of the fallen leaves and that air that associated with this season makes for a wonderful introduction to the perfect time after a hot summer. Fall is like a tall cold glass of ice tea to cool your core after a muggy warm summer.
Alright , so now you know I am a fall fanatic! For me it is a lovely time of year for walking, bike ridding or simply sitting and watching the birds and letting the world simply go by.
I need that end to all that warmth to wind down to the end of any year. So here's to that colorful, mufflered old gentleman named fall who's brought a whole new character to my part of the world!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The idea for random acts of kindness have a wonderful warm feeling in many hearts, but few stepped up and did more than a cursory few and returned to the typical cut throat American way of dealing with others. I guess I'm too close to people who lead right now, but the only place people serve and care that I can see are those who themselves have so little.
I wish there was a way to reach people and make them see that they need to give not just from their financial prosperity, but from them selves and get to know people they help care for - be a friend, in the truest sense of the word. It isn't easy but to have people who are wealthy see those they govern, they must understand the people and take on a relationship to truly help. Maybe I'm too much of a dreamer, but I think it is possible!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Believe me,I like summer, but I am ready for the colors, the colder temps and the whole fall package! There are many who are relishing this extension to our summer, but I am not one of them.
So who ever is holding fall prisoner, I am willing to bargain for its release!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Well just before dusk last evening both went totally crazing barking jumping around and shaking! I was mystified as to the source of all that excitement until I heard the sound of a hot air balloon. Out from the shadows of one of our big trees and drifting barely above the tops was a huge red and blue balloon. This happens at least 3 times a summer and my dogs for some unknown reason feel those balloons are invading their own personal air space and can sometimes drive the neighbors crazy with their incessant barrage that continues until long after the hot-air balloon has vacated the skies overhead.
Why this type of air craft bothers my two fuzzy friends I will never know, but I have to admit it can be quite a site as our two dogs stand baying after a balloon they will never catch. It certainly is a site I won't soon forget!
Friday, September 19, 2008
It's a lovely Friday night with a haze that gives the moon a lovely look. Fall is my favorite season and I enjoy the morning outside. I have a small patio and grab my first cup of coffee and just sit and take all the sights and sounds in and ponder the coming day.
My garden is full of birds that sway in wind on what is left of the stems of my false sunflowers and black eyed Susans. Some of my fall flowers are beginning to come to life. The asters and mums are beginning the bring color back to what had begun to be all drab and brown that often comes with the end of summer. The real geraniums are still blooming which makes for a lovely edge to this fall garden.
I need to take time away from the craziness of phones, cell phones computers and work. So, turn off the phones, and TV and escape to your backyard - I need that escape to begin or end almost every day.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Where is this place you are probably wondering by now, that place that has me so enthralled? It's London. I don't want to be a royal watcher, but a history one. The city is filled with theatrical, early Celtic history as well as Sir Christopher Wren's buildings and Anglican churches and chapels. So tonight I'm going to travel to a really exotic place for me - considering I'm just a Midwest girl. Happy dreams!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Add to the nastiness the ads and phone calls and it's a recipe for anger, and total pandemonium where we have politics as usual here in the U.S. For me it's a time to turn off the radio and TV and simply ignore what people are shouting at each other.
Why? I am interested in keeping our country secure and prosperous. But I will be honest - all that shouting and fighting makes me want to vote for the other guy...you know the opposite of who YOU want elected!
LA, LA, LA!!! I'm not listening!!!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
The humidity has ended, for the time being so I've opened the house up and the cool air in slithering in and filling the living room with something we have had in a few days - the fragrance of the fall after a rain.
I am looking forward to Monday and what the week holds. Here's to each new weeks and the possibilities offered in new beginnings.
Friday, September 12, 2008
I am sleeping in tomorrow and doing only the things that need to get done before Sunday. It's funny how some weeks are really hazardous for your health and sleep patterns. I need Sunday off this week more than ever! Here's hoping for a beautiful non-humid day by Sunday!!!
Monday, September 8, 2008
I really love this season the most because of the exuberance that comes with the hues that pepper almost every tree and many shrubs. The wind and fingers of cold that begin to tickle our way from the North are also a part of this time of the year.
Life in the fast lane almost blocks some of these wonderful sites for me and I'm glad that today I got to enjoy the bits of fall that past my way today.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Then began the jobs that drive almost every day of the week. the shopping around to get what's needed for the week is a major part of the day, and that calls for many stops and lots of walking, but I really like it because the time it gives for thinking through what the coming week has in store.
When the day is done finishing the chores and then sitting and playing with my dogs who love to bark, wrestle, and then snuggle down is my favorite way to bring any day to a close. As I now sit on the floor with my two tired, fuzzy friends I have to say that life here is good!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Don't get me wrong, I know a few of those hot days are part of the package with most summers. That what we had mostly years ago. Those were always reminders of what it might be like if we lived in the deep South and it was enough to make us thankful we were cool Northerners! (No offense intended) Heat to me has been the worst since I am not the princess of perspiring sweetly - I do not perspire, I sweat! There is nothing worse than sitting sweetly in church as every hair on my head gets soaked simply by sitting there! It's so frustrating sitting among a group of women who are sitting there demurely patting their foreheads to remove the occasional drip when I have a torrent that is more like a outdoor faucet turned up on high racing down my face and into my eyes!!
That "faucet" gets turned on for me the minute the dew point reaches 57 degrees and from that moment on I literally hover around the nearest air conditioning unit whether it be in my home, car or the nearest shopping center. I often find myself running between these cool refuges throughout those unbearable summer days.
So welcome fall! Your cooler days are welcome to this Northern lady!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I am constantly amazed at the antics of all the crazy critters in my backyard.
Monday, September 1, 2008
I love blogging since it's the greatest way of letting out frustrations and sometimes letting imagination run free through the black and white on the pages. So here is where I create my colorful word paintings that literally speak for themselves.
It's not perfection, but it is often simply and explosion of ideas and verbal expressions of what I see, feel and hear. It's good to let go and watch the words come alive!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Sundays nights are the peace before the storm every week. So here I sit enjoying the quiet that is my favorite time of the day. It's when my mind is the most creative, and the quietest too. Days seem to run together since I am at home most of the time, but I have to admit Sundays are my favorite day of the week. It's the only day I can read and lay in bed, or take off and explore some place new like we did today.
Everyone has a favorite day of the week, be it hump day (Wednesday), or Friday that last day of the week and the beginning of every weekend. For me of course it's Sunday, because the freedom of this day is really great and it's a day for thought and simple quiet contemplation. I am more a thoughtful and introspective person and a day to really be able to do what I want, i.e. write and think is like being in my happy place all day!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Trust is the real issue that I have problems with concerning both parties. We have a charismatic like JFK, and a military man with a history of bravery and standing against big government as candidates. What will happen with either as president? If history follows it will be a big zero for those of us who elect the candidate or the country. There is little but rhetoric that comes after that golden election day.
Change is what we all want. But how when they keep telling us that country is just fine, but as the number of people losing jobs and homes daily is on the rise, and the jobs to replace those that need to support families are subsistence jobs at best, how are to we to go forward? I sure wish I had answers...it sure probably isn't going to come from the top of our government down.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
We got home and played with the basketball dribbling all over the drive, and then just hung out with grandpa in the backyard.
This little one is really my huggy grandkid and I really enjoy that. I can honestly say that there is nothing better than time with any of my four special grandkids, but especially tonight with my little bundle of energy!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Tonight and most nights I write only for myself. Mostly to create items to send out for possible jobs, or to use as copy for a little freelancing. My repertoire has expanded to almost everything which is great. I did 2 years of exploring my home town and the surrounding areas and it's nice to think on life and ideas too now.
So here's to writing and sharing what I like, who I know, and sometimes just simple thoughts! For me life is an alphabet soup filled with good things and great thoughts!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The end of summer is always nice, but this summer it's especially nice. I've wandered these past few evenings around the yard and the garden among the butterflies and humming birds or sat quietly on our veranda, filled with warm breezes and the sounds that fill all summer days. I just love this time of year!!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I got to go to the Antique Road Show today. Six hours on my feet and I saw smiles from ear to ear on everyone around me! The painting I brought was only worth about $75, but one other item was worth something more, and I learned so much about where it came from too.
So, now you know I am an Antique Road Show fan. Many of the appraisers are almost celebrities themselves and it was so much fun to see them, meet fellow Roadies, and simply talk antiques with everyone I came into contact with today.
What is the draw here? Over 3000 tickets were won through a lottery and the number of people who tried to get tickets was really amazing! Turned out this show drew one of the highest numbers of people interested in getting to the show here in Grand Rapids, the furniture city. It was a beautiful summer day out side, but inside the DeVos Center the people were packed in and were standing in lines that reminded me of those lines at amusement parks - only they were much for fun for the adults that attended this fascinating event.
There were all kinds of furniture, from trunks to tables; musical instruments; and more paintings than I've ever seen in one place - and also a few really strange objects. As we walked through the lines there these long pikes that towered over the whole scene and peaked the curiosity of all those around me in line. The guesses as to what they were ran from two staffs from deepest, darkest Africa - to some kind of Medieval pikes. They turned out to be original props from the Judy Garland movie The Wizard of Oz! It was really something to watch those objects being filmed for the program too.
If you didn't get to attend, make sure to watch PBS and the Road Show sometime between January and May of 2009 to see the interesting people and treasures that came to visit- along with a whole lot of fun that happened here too!
Friday, August 8, 2008
I'm not sure where I'm going with this, but I know I can't stop who I am. Words describe my world, and if I'm honest they always have. I love adding pictures to jazz up the ideas and words, but they aren't the focus.
What now...I really don't know.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I keep sending out stuff, and get no responses...a friend said I should write a book, but I need to have money coming in and that takes a bit too long to get money to live on especially in this day and age (mine).
I'm not sure what I am going to do right now.....
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The garden is all a buzz with bees which makes for the soft sounds of summer all over the yard. I think half of the things I love about summer are the sounds and smells. You know, those smells of marshmallows over a fire, or the sounds of a warm summer rain, or the thunder of a storm rolling through.
I'm lovin' the images, smells, and sounds of the season. These will be good memories for the coming winter.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
My poor vacuum has been straining to keep up with those rather large dust bunnies that often hide under beds and chairs around our house. This is honestly the only part of summer I dread, since I am not much for being indoors during the summer months if I can help it and vacuuming is certainly not one of my favorite household chores either.
But it's Sunday night, and those bunnies can hide all they want because I am enjoying the day. I will chase them around sometime tomorrow - or maybe not!
Monday, July 28, 2008
I do love getting into the head of characters! I re-read some books over and over. But I don't stop at fiction, some of my favorites are non-fiction and biographies. And I always want to find out what my friends are reading so I am often asking, "what is your favorite author?" - at the moment of course!
The Asiatic lilies are huge this year and have given my garden such a wonderful fragrance. The best time of the day to wander through my floral array is at dusk. The smells are wonderful! My summer evenings are dreams for future dreams in the cooler days of fall and winter. I love these kind of Mondays!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
You see, I've just begun to blossom - in my fifth decade. How do people deal with the pain as kids let alone when you're an adult and have been for years set comfortably, or rather uncomfortably in a life that hadn't changed until I couldn't let someone walk all over another person. I've been that walked all over person for what was forever. Now I'm different in so many ways, but the kid in me doesn't know that.
Ah, well I guess I will just have to live with it! Ancora Iparo!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
This kind of weather can also create some of the best summer memories because everyone wants to be outside and doing something. I have plans to be out on my bike tomorrow, and walking my dogs too. These are the times that make for great winter memories when that cold permeates the soul and to ward it off I can close my eyes and imagine a ride, or a walk that holds all the warmth of summer. Yes...these are those special days.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
"Huh? What did you say?"
My husband has the hardest time hearing and we often end up getting frustrated simply trying to decipher what we are saying to each other. It's really tough sometimes.
Nothing, dear. It's really not important...really (*&#+!).
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Today I was in GR and since it is inland the heat was radiating up from the pavement and the sun was beating down on my back as I walked out the door and to my car. I was really glad to get in and start the air that' s for sure!
I know, it's summer and I should expect this, but oh I really dislike this weather!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
In the kitchen the notebook is doused in wonderful smells from whatever I'm cooking when I write. Often I'll open the book to the smells of garlic thyme, basil and tomatoes, or wonderfully cooked chicken. I have to say I think that's my favorite book because it has the smells that help me almost taste words. Alright, I know I'm a bit crazy, but try thinking of a word or words that are almost as fun to say as they are to think of...for me that might me apple strudel, or lasagna! Okay, I have to admit that lasagna is more fun if I mispronounce it like a kid might. LA SAG NA. Now put an Italian sounding twist to it. I love to close my eyes and imagine the smell too, and voilà- the smell and the sound becomes tasty! You know, that's why I love words.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Today was a lovely one - warm but not hot with little humidity which made for an almost perfect day. I walked around the garden and enjoyed something that was a pale imitation to my last year's flower plot. Very little rain last summer caused the flowers to rely only on my pump and that did not give enough apparently since there were few blooms and only pale yellow-green foliage throughout my triangle of soil.
This year I'm reaping the benefits of plenty of rain and perfect weather with lovely flowers and picture perfect blooms. Sitting in the garden is a wonder that I will continue to enjoy throughout this season and on into the winter in my memories. That's just one reason to be truly thankful.
Friday, July 4, 2008
I am a really texture person. If you see any of my up close pictures you see many of these feel pieces that express a texture and this is one I took this week that feels prickly in the picture but is the softest feel in early spring. The greens in the garden hold a depth of colors that sometimes the flowers often don't capture. I enjoy fingering the leaves and delicacy of the blooms in the garden, and sometimes just looking too.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
The garden is simply beautiful this year too. I have a multitude of colors there that bloom again and again. I don't follow any plan so it's more a cottage garden and from our patio it's a wonderful picture, and a really grand view.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
After almost two hours of wave upon wave of huge storms we are settling down to simply a soft, quiet rain. We got well over 2 inches in a really short length of time and I know our basement will have wet floors tomorrow so I've turned the dehumidifier on high and will leave the rest of the mess until morning - I simply will not worry about that until tomorrow.
Bad weather has become a huge part of our area of late, but it's really all part of living in this mitten called Michigan. I am thankful for the quiet gentle rain now, and will rest better knowing the storms of today are over.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Besides those nasty attackers and the itching I've had a pretty nice day. I walked with two of my grandkids today and got to play with the other two as well. That kind of a day was a good day for me. Yea!
Monday, June 30, 2008
Monday is slowing dripping away like a melting Popsicle. It was warm, but thankfully not very hot and a great time to escape to a wonderful little spot in our back yard for coffee this morning and again this afternoon. As a sat, cup in hand I watched the many birds that whisk through our yard and especially enjoy the goldfinches as they wove in and out of that beautiful spot. It really is special to watch them land on the tall willowy stems of the coreopsis that lean back and forth in the wind.
This spot on any given day is a place for dreams, hopes, and wonderful conversations too. I love it because it's a very relaxing place as well as a special retreat for my husband and I at any time. For me, this is very good.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Words are my way of studying the world you see and have also often found their way into one of my many journals around the house. From there just sometimes they find a way to come alive in one of my columns (You know, one of those phrases that turns just right and has a really good sound to it.). My only wish is that somewhere, sometime one of these thoughts and words might find a home. Maybe someday....
Saturday, June 28, 2008
But once we got to our destination it cleared, and we found a lovely garden where we mingled with others to rather beautiful chamber music in a lovely little park.
Funny how two such different experiences could exist in the same day, but they did and it happens every day in many of our lives. I prefer to think these little messes happen so we can really appreciate the beautiful!!! Hope your day was as great as mine! :-)
Friday, June 27, 2008
Beck and I stood under the overhang of the coffee shop first getting dripped and then finally getting blasted a bit as the winds began whipping into a frenzy as the storm began to build. We kept getting wetter so we decided to make a run for it - which of course occurred as the rain became even more intense!
By the time we got to the car we were both soaked through and laughing..."it often literally never rains, but it pours here." I thought to myself. Summer rains are warm and running in them always reminds me of when I was younger. That feel of warm water on my face usually brings back really special memories.
I like the warm water on my face and lashes. That personal shower by Mother Nature has often given such a peaceful sense right down to my core. When the winter winds blow cold, the memories of those warm watery caresses often sustain me through even the toughest winters.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I came home to a six year old granddaughter who was here with grandpa while her Dad did some repairs on some of his vending machines around town. To many this may seem like too much after a long day, but after a busy day with adults taking time and sharing moments with my grandkids is almost like being a kid again. I don't spend the time entertaining them often, instead I invest my time in looking at what interests them, exploring, and sharing my love of gardens and books with all four of them.
My garden has a section for each of them and they get pictures taken by their new plantings each spring - that makes for lots of pictures after 8 years! My oldest granddaughter and I love to explore used books stores, and at 13 she and I spend lots of time at least twice a month enjoying perusing books and sharing our discoveries. It's interesting how what we both read has changed and grown over these years of sharing.
I spend time with the three who are under six by reading to them, having them read to me and of course coloring. I've gotten pretty good at coloring in the lines too! It's interesting how they critique my art work, and how quickly the many blank places around my house fills up with their colorful pages. My back door's window is usually filled with their colorful images that greet our various visitors and are great conversation pieces with the various delivery people who conveys all the packages that end up on our back porch.
I'm off to lay my head on that soft pillow of mine if for only a moment. I tend to drift off quickly and find my way to my own personal Neverland to chase those grandkids of mine through Pan's expansive world. Good night.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
For those of us who need to find those quiet centers to be able to go on into the next the modern cell phone riddled world can be a real challenge. My time to unwind and relish the quiet is often after the rest of the world has gone to bed. I read until the hour of midnight or one and then the road near our home becomes a bit less the road well traveled.
Then out of that deep semi-darkness (Who has total darkness around all our cities these days!) and calm (well, as quiet as it can be!) I can begin to work through the day's problems and difficulties and begin to relax and let go.
Of course that makes for a really exhausting first few hours of that next morning, but hey - I'm taking time for myself and relaxing at least....right?
Monday, June 23, 2008
Some people ask me how I stand the noise, but it really has become simply the background of my life. Don't get me wrong, I relish complete quiet when I can get it - you know, that time that is devoid of all mechanical and technological sounds. But I have to admit like many in this day and age, I have relegated those sounds to the furthest point back in my everyday existence.
I do miss the quiet though. Every so often I head to a cabin up in the North woods along a river and sit and enjoy the sounds of nature. Funny, but when I head that direction, my husband has all these plans for day trips because he has a terrible time simply sitting and soaking up the quiet.
I'm going to have to work on that problem.