Showing posts from September, 2006

Day is Done, the Sun has Set and I am Tired

Its almost impossible to sum up a day like today. There were so many elements of it that felt so familiar to our old life. So many things we used to do without giving it much thought, and now, how many modern things have crept in without even realizing it.
I realized one thing today, with all the children grown and gone, I am sort of retired from many of the day to day activities that come with having children at home. One aspect of that is the cooking. Since I chose to skip lunch, I could. With children home, that would not have been possible.
It was hot today, so instead of me building a hot fire to make supper, Emery said to have something simple that could be cooked on a small fire. I made him fried egg sandwiches. I had toast. Not balanced meals for the day. Not a single vegetable for me. Just a choice I made. I suppose if it had been cooler, the stove would not have been such an issue. But having a hot fire in an already warm house, is just plain not comfortable.
With th…

Not What I Expected, this adventure of mine.

Its 11 am and I am realizing I am not as disciplined as thought. An hour till lunch time and the fire has gone down.
Somehow when sweeping the living room rug, I became dissatisfied with the way the furniture was arranged, so with the garden needing tending, dishes still unwashed, I started moving furniture around. There is still wood to bring in too and water to be fetched, but there I was moving chairs and a sofa. Was I a bit bored with this incredibly quiet life ? Perhaps. I noticed how badly I missed the stereo playing. While moving furniture, once again it became evident, we all have way too much stuff in our houses. We hate housework, hate is a strong word, but its safe to say that most of us don't love it, we just do it, or some just don't do it. But by all this shopping and acquiring, along with holding on way too long to things, we make so much more work for ourselves.
Collecting stuff makes so much work. You have to move it, dust it, organize it when it g…

I am Breaking A Rule and Blogging this Morning

Greetings in the name of the Lord,
This morning I am going to not journal this adventure but write all as in a letter telling you about the day.
Think of this as a personal letter to each one of you, sharing with you how the day is unfolding.
Yesterday, everything seemed to well planned out, so organized for this adventure and I felt confident and full of enthusiasm. I still am to a degree but realism has set in and all the plans changed last night.
My darling Emery was not feeling well last night when I picked him up from work at 6 p.m.. In fact he asked me to drive home. He had been coughing so hard that he pulled a muscle. Even his upper arms hurt.
There was no way I could ask him to go haul wood into the house for me to use today. I had planned that he would do that each evening for me.
His night was filled with coughing spells and pain from the pulled muscle. A fever set in too. The night was long and worrisome.
Its funny, but now that he is 60, I get more fearful when he is…

T'was the Night Before the Big Adventure....

For the past week I had been planning the "perfect" adventure in stepping back in time. Nice cool weather, vim and vigor the whole package.
However, life had other plans. Nothing bad, a couple things to make this more of a challenge.
I had set my rules up weeks ago. The list was long and I made myself a promise to keep to the rules I had listed and thought of a few more after posting the standards that I set for us.
Last night Emery was sharing with me some of the things his family did on the farm with no running water and for many years no electricity.
They had a large 5 gallon cream can in the kitchen on the counter, it held the water for dishes, washing up etc. They had a 2 1/2 gallon galvanized bucket with a dipper in it for drinking water. Everyone in the family used the same dipper.
So we are setting up a similar set up in our kitchen.

But now for the additional challenges.....Emery came home sick from work. He has a terrible cough and appears to have a miserable …

Having So Much Fun !

There has not been a time in my adult life when I have not been extremely fond of exercise.
And the more I work out, the more hyper I become. I have never been one to sit still for
very long anyway.
Going to the cinema is my idea of nothing simply because you have to sit for so long. I can count the times I have been to the movies on
one hand in my adult life.
With my new commitment to loose this weight, exercising has become more focused and certainly
more disciplined for me. Now first off I must confess, that in the nearly two years I have had my treadmill
there have been more days it was used than not used. So exercising is not a hard thing for me, its
almost addictive for me. The more I do, the more I want to do. But I keep it in balance, working out no more than one hour a day, except for backpacking trips.
Sunday we hiked for 3 hours with heavy packs on. Monday I ran, Tuesday I ran and did aerobics,
yesterday I did the treadmill for nearly an hour, weights for 15 minutes and a…

Almost Time for the BIG Adventure

The BIG adventure is just about upon us. Today I made lists of the things I cannot do for the two day step back in time. Suddenly it occurred to me, no elastic. Well, I went right to my cedar chest and took out my great grandmothers "bloomers". No elastic there. Figured I would make myself a pair just like hers, well..... sorta.
I thought maybe I would sew mine up the middle a bit.
Just seemed too drafty for me to make them like hers.
Thought about window screens. I have them, so should we remove them ??? It would be more correct to be sure, but we have had " West Nile " in our county and mosquitoes are plenty. Have to mull that one over a bit. Safety is more important in this case I think.
The list keeps growing of things NOT allowed for me.
At some times, I wonder what in the world have I gotten myself into ????
Its going to be a profound learning experience. One of appreciation for what we have and also for what our ancestors went through.
I suspect some ar…

28 Years Ago

Emery and I are still having fun reading my daily planner from 28 years ago, when we first started dating.
Today so long ago, we went to Kelly's on Revere Beach for Roast Beef Sandwiches. He talked about his life growing up on the farm and I talked about my dreams to live off the land.
I remember stopping at a used car lot after we had eaten to check out a Mach 1 mustang. He had a 1971 Mach 1 and I had a 1971 302 Boss. The salesman somehow assumed we were married and I was so embarrassed but Emery took it in stride and acted like it was a splendid mistake. I took note of that then, thinking, well that's different and kinda nice.
I remember how impressed I was that he could take me out the day before payday. We got paid every two weeks at the hospital and my money was gone by the end of week one, so this let me know this man could manage money. Another good sign.
We had such a nice time on this real official first date. I had strange shifts at the hospital and the two…

Just around home

With a bit of rain recently, things are greening up all over the place. Today I noticed a rose in bloom.
Just a great day to be alive !

A new rose
The late morning sky
A busy bee
Mullein coming back in bloom,
this little plants keeps my lungs healthy. In a picture a while back there was a pipe on the table, and believe it or not, thats my pipe to smoke the dried mullein. An old Native American remedy and it really works.

Remembering Old Coffee Houses

Long before Starbucks came on the scene, there were coffee houses. Places heavy with smoke and serious discussions. Chess games being played on small tables. Poems being recited by a few folks in a dark corner. Political conversations everywhere.
I used to hang out, whenever I skipped school that is, at a place called Hungry Charlie's in Harvard Square. It had that sort of atmosphere.
But if you wanted some serious coffee experience you wandered down the road lined with old brick buildings to a small coffee house tucked in between some store fronts. It was an exotic place. Filled with quiet people sipping tiny cups of Turkish coffee. The music was always matched the place. Foreign sounds, that transported you to far off places. It seemed a place for dreamers.
The mornings sunrise reminded me of all the places I have had coffee.
Even though I have had coffee in actual far off places, this tiny shop in Harvard Square has to be the one that evoked the feeling of espionage …

Sunrise on the Homestead

This mornings sunrise was nothing but spectacular. Of course photos cannot capture the true essence of the moment. Missing are the sounds of the birds and small animals. The scent of the damp grass and the sweet smell of the Italian pine are not able to be captured and paired up with the photo and shared with you, but the eye candy of the moment was profound in of itself.
Each day, the miracle of the earths cycles presents itself to us, often in colors that leave us breathless with wonder.
This morning, deep gold's, shining mixed with nearly black gray. I mused that it seemed a decorators big leap to make a room so dramatic and pull it off, yet here in front of me, was my whole world draped in colors so exhilarating to the soul.

The very scene before me, seemed exotic, so unlike the reality of where I was. A tiny farm in North Texas. I remembered sunrises in the middle east. Dramatic but it suited the place, so ancient and so full of the history of mankind. Here is so ordinary by com…

Changes for me, possitive changes !

I am of the firm belief that if you don't like something about yourself, change it. Simple as that.
Now, sometimes we get so accustomed to things, we forget that they are not the most positive things for us. Early this month I saw a friend in the store, she was half the size she used to be. We talked and talked about how she felt, why she made the changes and how she made the changes. I filed all this information in the back of my mind. She lost 100 lbs !
Well, this past Saturday I was pulling into Emery's work parking lot and saw a woman walking across the lot. I remember thinking, hummm, I don't know who that is. ( I know most of the ladies in the community ). I was a bit puzzled and just figured it was someone visiting. Later when I was sitting in the waiting area for Emery, this lady was there, she looked at me and said, "Hi Pat, how are you ? " I recognized the voice right away. It was someone I know very well, but hadn't seen in about 6 months…

More Homestead Children Photos

Tony the pony with Speckles, Tony was the childrens transportation, ours too.
Melanie Preparing for a new spring garden by weedingMelissa Milking goatsMelissa taking a well deserved napSteven, dog tired, sleeping with Beulah

Raising Homestead Children

This is for Lisa....
We ran a pretty tight ship when the children were young and still all home. We all had assigned chores and there was no slacking off, it just couldn't happen. No room for discussion on that one. It was simple as that. Nothing would have run right.
It took everyones hard work.
There were charts in that hallway, everyone had their jobs. The girls did the animal chores and helped me with the other duties in the house. The boys had their jobs too. Washing woodwork, mucking out barns at times, working in the garden and caring for thier own rooms etc.
We worked from sun up till sun down. Nothing was easy in this simple life. Sure they had play time, but there was more work than play.
We had family worship each night, and read a bit of a good book together.
Saturady nights, I polished 6 pairs of black shoes for church the next day and made sure the boys and Emery had a freshly ironed white shirt and black pants. The girls and I had a sunday dress all pressed and ready .

Still More Photos of the Hike

Slept like a baby last night, all that fresh air and exercise is good for a soul.
Woke up rearing to go again though so took off for a bit of a run.
I was reading yesterday that hiking three hours with a 10 lb pack on, burns something like 2,500 calories.
That's a good workout, where you can use up that many calories. We had our meal of whole wheat tortilla rolled up with peanut butter and raisins on the trail along with water to drink and a snack bar. So we did manage to put some of those calories back in.
When we got into town we did go to Taco Bell, we were still hungry.
These are pictures showing some of the difference in the early part of the trail. After hiking up a simple sloping trail you come to this easy meandering trail that goes along a beautiful pasture. Bails of hay dotted the landscape, like giant pieces of shredded wheat. On the other side of trail was the river.
Later the trail changes and becomes more of a challenge. The trail is all up hill, not an even s…

Dry as Bones

The Creek beds were bone dry. We are so in need of rains.
The middle picture shows you were the water level is at some times. You can see where the river water cut a ledge out of the rocks.
The bottom picture is near the trails end and this is the spot we had to cross back over the Paluxy river. Usually it takes getting very wet to do this at this spot. This time we were able to walk the rocks all the way across without even getting our boots wet.
I took 122 photos today. There was so much to see !

Flowers along the way

There were a number of wild flowers in bloom today. We saw areas just filled with the purple flowers.
I haven't had time to look up what they are, but they sure were beautiful

More Hiking Photos

Here is a view of the Paluxy river from one of the Trails

We kept climbing higher and the view got more beautiful the higher we went

Hiking along the Paluxy

The morning was gorgeous for a backpacking trip. Cool with stunning blue skies. We both were anxious for this hike, since it felt like a long time to us since we had been on this particular trail. It winds up along a mesa and over looks the river, then winds down along some small creeks and back along the Paluxy again.
This time of year the hike is a bit different. Much, if not all of the creek beds are dry and the river itself is much easier to cross. More rocks sticking up above the water means your shoes stay dry.
We first stopped off at a large pool of water, used many years ago by Native Americans for bathing and water needs. Its a good deep pool, some places it reaches a depth of 21 ft. We did see a huge water moccasin there today, so in no way was I going to jump in ! There are also dinosaur prints in the rock bed there.
The climbing around that area is rough and not for just casual out of shape hikers.
We had fun climbing the rocks around there and then headed on for…

Hitting the Trails

Backpacks packed and we are ready to hit the trails.
Off to hike along the Paluxy River and see all the beauty.
Its a gorgeous sunny, cool morning which is perfect for hiking.
Can't think of much I would rather be doing.

We are off for the entire day. Hope to post pictures tonight.