Showing posts from March, 2007

Baby Wash

Today the sun came out and stayed out ! What a blessing since it was moving day and also baby laundry day. I did the baby wash today for Melanie. It was great fun hanging up rows of diapers and tiny "onesies" Melanie has lots of pink print diapers which just make me smile to look at them.
99% of the moving is done. Emery is finished putting in a new sub floor in the bathroom and tonight I put the tiles down.
I made the young men a triple batch of rice crispy treats for all their hard work helping Melanie and Casi.
Its a pretty safe bet to say that everyone will sleep well tonight !

Baby Bunny in an Egg

A few years ago, 2001 to be exact, I purchased this Anne Geedes baby bunny in an egg. It's just one of my all time favorite Easter decorations. The little face looks so real, so new born baby like and she fits perfectly in the egg when its time to put her away after the holiday.
This week I am hoping to get some of my decorations up for the holiday. I am running behind on so many things right now.

Storms are all around us again tonight. The news is all about the rainfall and the damage done from flooding in some areas. Tomorrow, which is the big moving day for Melanie and Casi, is supposed to be nice weather. Just what we needed. We have had about 5 inches of rain in the last two days, so we are ready for some sunshine.

'Tis Spring
The day is as young as a newborn child;
The morning air is clear and mild.

Flowers are brilliantly blooming nearby
And welcome a visit from a butterfly.

A sligh, caring breeze blows through the trees
Giving soft motion to all the new leaves.

Clouds appear i…

The Value of Wisdom

We live in a society that doesn’t really value wisdom. We seem to want to find out for ourselves what works and what doesn’t. Learn by hard knocks.
When I think about a wise person, woman or man, I have strong visuals. For me, a wise woman should be older, and I always see them with long gray or white hair. I am sure this comes from watching movies, reading books and a good imagination.
Wisdom comes from experience and experience comes with age. When I think of a wise man, my mind see’s clearly the stereotypic figures of a wise old monk, a medicine man, sage etc offering advice and the touch of a well weathered hand. It kinda seems weird to think of a wise man or wise woman having botox or having hair color from a bottle. We expect them to have risen above such things.
A sage is someone who has spent time figuring out life, learning, collecting wisdom and then the most important aspect, someone willing to share this wisdom with the goal of helping, no personal agenda, no baggage attached…

The WHY of things

Last night I woke up around 1 am and looked out the back door to see if the rain had stopped. The sky was a weird pinkish orange, un-natural light from the school yard a few blocks away. I never like it when the sky looks that color. It happens when the air is wet and the sky is cloud filled. The lights carry in the moist air and makes the whole sky look like some Star Trek scene from another planet. For me, its one more of mans footprints that changes things too much. Oh of course I know how good they are for safety and all that, and that they are necessary, but I still don’t like the way they make the world around me look. So artificial. Like a silver Christmas tree.
In that brief moment by the back door, looking out at the pinkish orange sky, it occurred to me that I have had little time to really think lately. There are times and seasons in our lives and this happens to be a busy one, helping the kids get their house ready to move into and then the move, amidst all this rain and da…

A Break in the Storms

Just around sunset there was a little break in the storm and for a brief moment there was a beautiful rainbow over our land. Clouds quickly rolled in and we had another round of storms and heavy rain. Lightning hit some gas storage tanks about 15 miles from us and caused a terrible fire. I hate having all this gas drilling going on in our area. There are rigs about every mile all around us.
Off to bed now, more storms tomorrow. How blessed we are that no tornados have touched down near us.

Stormy Texas

Storms have made their way into our part of Texas this afternoon. As I write, thunder is rumbling almost continuously. The sky has darkened to the point that lights are needed in the house. But with the storms, comes much needed rain. We are in a two year drought, it would be wonderful to have a rainy spring. Refreshing the earth. Our fruit trees and our grape vines are loaded with tiny fruit as if the bits of rain we have had awakened in them some need to make up for lost time. I am so thankful for the rain, but the storm part can just dissolve as far as I am concerned. Last night, Melanie, Casi, their friend Matt and Emery and I went out for pizza, I got to see the latest ultra-sound pictures of Mei-Ling. They are so clear. You can actually see her hair. There looks like there is a lot of it and its standing straight up ! She is also sticking out her tongue in one picture. We are all so anxious to hold this little miracle, but we are sure willing to wait a month or…

More Wildflower Photos

God Made This Day For Me
Edgar Guest

Jes' the sort o' weather and jes' the sort of sky
Which seem to suit my fancy, with the white clouds driftin' by
On a sea o' smooth blue water.
Oh, I ain't an egotist,
With an "I" in all my thinkin', but I'm willin' to insist
That the Lord who made us humans an' the birds in every tree
Knows my special sort o' weather an' he made this day fer me.
This is jes' my style o' weather--sunshine floodin' all the place,
An' the breezes from the eastward blowin' gently on my face;
An' the woods chock full o' singin' till you'd think birds never had
A single care to fret 'em or a grief to make 'em sad.
Oh, I settle down contented in the shadow of a tree,
An' tell myself right proudly that the day was made fer me.
It's my day, my sky an' sunshine, an' the temper o' the breeze--
Here's the weather I would fashion could I run things as I please:
Beauty …

Bluebonnets & Indian Paintbrush

As you can guess, life is pretty busy helping Melanie and Casi get their house ready to move into and also pack up and move in. I did take some time yesterday to get some pictures of the spring wildflowers. I took these pictures just down the road from my house. I have not seen a yellow paintbrush before so was thrilled to get some pictures of one. I took lots of pictures but had only time to load these for now. Melanie had a Doctors visit today and all is well. The baby is doing great. She has some new ultra sound pictures that they say are fantastic. Hope to share them with you later. I am off to do a bit more painting and clean some. Today, its no glamour, just a tee shirt with paint on it and capri's that are multicolored from all the painting. What a sight !

"The Secret"

Its been a while since I posted anything from "The Secret". Reading the book and watching the DVD has totally changed my outlook on life and time and time again, putting the wisdom from this book into practice has proved to work. I heard on the news that some folks are foregoing medical treatment and just using the teachings in the book as a way to treat their illnesses. "The Secret" does not advocate dropping life saving medication or medical attention for acute situations, it states just the opposite for acute situations, (page 126)
For some that hear about such things, it has caused a mentality close to the book burning days, but I think we all have heard stories much the same regarding Faith Healing and even natural treatments. Balance in life is always best and even then, in this country, we have the freedom to choose our treatments for the most part. I would not begin to say there is only one right choice for all, under every circumstance. There is no one choi…

Just Thinking, And Self Checking

Living in a small town affords one the opportunity to watch folks for years and learn from their actions.
Rather slowly, and insidiously, my collection of exercise clothes has spilled over into every day wear. You know, the elastic waist pants, the big baggy tee shirts. No style. Anyone could wear them. The very items I wrote about some time ago on my blog when I talked about “getting the man out of my closet” have made their way back in.
Once again, I am getting rid of the unisex clothing and dressing more feminine.
Its so easy to fall back into lazy habits, so much easier than making changes that take some daily effort on our part. Same with dieting. Its easier to be lazy and have no resolve to change. Same with Positive thinking, it takes effort, daily, until it becomes habit.
No doubt I will never be a fashion queen, its not my nature to care so much about clothing that its on my mind a lot, but watching a neighbor mow the other day shed some light on my current clothing choices.
We ha…

Growing Older and Liking it

Yesterday, Emery took me out for lunch to our favorite Chinese restaurant. We needed a break from the hard work we had been doing, so a leisurely lunch sounded perfect for us. There were some people going in the restaurant before us, a young couple, probably around 30 with what I am assuming to be his grandmother. They were not American born folks and I will explain why I even mention this fact as I go along. The young couple held hands with the grandmother, beamed with pride to anyone looking their way. Held the door for her as if she was the queen. It was 100% sincere respect and more than that, love and a word we hardly use any more, honor. The grandmother was tiny, full of wrinkles, had hair pulled back tightly, wore clothes that were neat and tidy but a bit ethnic and certainly not chic by modern standards. You had the idea she had worn much the same style most of her life. The young couple proudly walked with this elder as if they had the most prized possession on earth with the…

Another Busy Day

Once again I woke up with my feet running. Laundry to do, mowing to be done under the clothesline, (this rainy weather has really made the grass grow fast) We found a snake out front so I was not about to go barefoot to hang clothes in the tall grass. Then off to Melanie's house to paint and get a few things done. Ended up mowing her half acre while I was there too. My sneakers are bright green from grass stains. Good thing they are the old pair.
The babies room is all painted. Just some trim and then wash and wax the hardwood floors. I am tired, that bone weary kind of tired. That's not a bad thing in my book, its a good thing. Gives you a sense that you have worked hard.
The wild flowers are appearing in this part of Texas. I saw some blue bonnets and Indian Paint brushes along the road side. A tiny grape Hyacinth appeared on my front lawn today so I snapped a picture of it. I am looking forward to a long hike where wildflowers dot the landscape with color. Our part of Texas …

Sunshine and Nature !

A walk in nature provides you with lots of insight. When I was wandering around this morning, I saw enough to let me know, that just about anyone could have invented the wheel. Its everywhere in the natural world for us to see. Ants homes, the sun, the moon, oranges, some rocks, flower heads, and on and on. We mimic nature in so many ways, the colors we choose for our rooms, the paintings we hang, the wallpaper designs we hang in our homes etc. Yet so few people go out and enjoy the real thing on a regular basis. Malls are almost always busy, but I have never had to wait in line at the state park to get on the trail and to be honest its almost a surprise when someone passes by on a trail. There just are not many people out there.
In my little town, people walk. Its common to see 30 people pass by my house on any given day, just walking. We recently had a visitor at the house that lives in the city and she asked, "is everyone in this town health conscious or something, there are s…

A Present for Mei-Ling Fah

My Aunt, who happens to be one of the nicest ladies in the world, made a beautiful baby afghan, hat and booties for Mei-Ling. It came in the mail today, all wrapped up in brown paper like a proper package should be. Melanie was so excited opening it, knowing that this gift will be so cherished because each stitch is made with love. Mei-Ling will have a Great-great aunt who is such a special person. And what a beautiful gift for a very special wee one.

Spring is in the Air

Thought I would share some pictures that I took this afternoon. Melanie and I were out wandering around, checking the progress of the garden. The first picture is the pasture, full of Shepherds purse, followed by some rather romantic ladybugs. Next is just a pretty dandelion so bright and yellow. Ready to be picked with a handful of others and made into dandelion syrup For many years, on and off I have Tibetan prayer flags strung across the yard. I just like the idea of my prayers being carried on the wind. My old ones had completely disintegrated from the elements so this week we put up new ones in two locations around the place. For the most part my day has been rather simple. Quiet afternoon, spent chatting with Melanie and talking with Melissa on the phone. I sure miss her ! Toes toasty warm in knit socks, a big mug of coffee, sipped while watching the rain fall and finally able to load pictures onto the blog.

Thinking Blogger Award

Two very kind folk have nomintated Morning Ramble and Daily Wanderer for the Thinking Blogger Award. To be honest it kind of surprised me and most certainly flattered me. I am humbled by this attention.

I will spend some time thinking about the 5 blogs I consider to be Thinking Blogs. I have a good idea of which ones they are, but I just want to think about what I want to say about them. Hopefully tonight I will get that done.

So, Aisling of thank you for your kind words and a bow of gratitude to you.
and Rapunzel of bowing to you also in humble thanks.

The Garden and The Doctor, Two Very Different places

The sun has been hiding for the past few days, but still things are growing quickly in the warm spring air. Tiny grapes are appearing, along with plums and peaches. Potatoes plants are up and looking healthy.
Blackberries are in bloom and shallots have poked up from the rich brown soil. All with such promise for our family to enjoy in the coming months. This garden of ours is such a blessing, such a refuge when one needs a place to feel refreshed and hopeful.
Melanie had an appointment with her doctor today and I was shocked at what a negative man he is. He told tale after tale of horror stories to Melanie of all the things that can go wrong at birth. Certainly not the words to set an anxious new mom to be at ease.
The baby is fine, kicked the Doctor a few times and to be honest I thought to myself, “you go girl” he deserves a good kick. I understand the need to inform patients, I do, but this man has done nothing but paint the grimmest pictures for her and Casi, time after time, where t…

Thursday Thoughts

All day long I have tried to load pictures onto my blog but to no avail. I think its my ISP.
Its been another busy day painting and working on Melanie and Casi’s home. Tonight Steven and Priscilla came over to help too and Priscilla brought the entire evening meal with her for us. What a sweet daughter in law she is. She made a wonderful casserole, vegetable, deviled eggs and for dessert, cake and ice cream.
I feel so blessed to have such good kids.
This morning I worked some in the garden before heading off with Melanie to work on the house. I planted some herbs, and a few tomato plants. Also discovered some asparagus had come up and munched that up before I ever cooked it. Love it raw if its just been picked. Asparagus is a wonderful diuretic along with tasting so good.
Walking around the garden today made me so grateful for the things we can grow. Fo Ti is coming up nicely this year. I should have enough to share some with Melanie for her fence line. A great Chinese herb that is a good…

Busy, busy, busy

Now that Melanie is out of the hospital and their little house is waiting for them to move in, it’s a new kind of busy for us all. Emery and Casi are working on the big projects and Melanie and I are concentrating on the fun stuff like decorating. I sat Melanie in a chair, gave her strict orders to do nothing more than paint a tiny spot in the kitchen, while I painted some walls.
Melanie has planned well, she has a notebook filled with pictures of rooms and then paint samples to show us what color to paint where.
We hope to have them moved in there in a bit over a week.

I am still getting used to using Microsoft Vista, it’s a bit different but I suspect that in time I will be convinced life is better with it than without it. I LOVE my new computer. Its just fantastic and every day I learn something new about it.

Emery is on his way home and has plans to take me out for supper. Sounds good to me. I am tired.
Life just keeps getting better. Melanie is feeling good, Melissa got her package…

The Way Women Work

First off I want to let you know there is no connection between the picture tonight and the subject. Its just there are not a lot of pictures on my new computer yet, so the choices are rather limited.
Now onto the subject at hand. Tonight, I had a real “light bulb” moment as Oprah calls them.
Emery, Melanie, Casi and I went out for pizza tonight and then made our evening complete by heading off to the only store of any size in town, Wal-Mart. As Emery and I were standing in line ready to pay, there was a couple behind us, probably in their late 40’s or so. The woman did something that struck me as 100% womanly and to be honest a bit funny…simply because I work in the exact same manner and I believe most of us do when it comes to asking for an opinion from the man in our life about some purchase choice.
Here is how it went. The woman saw some dog chew toys in a display at the register area. She said, “oh we need to get the dog a new one of those things, one that doesn’t pick up leaves.” T…

Fried Parsnips

Growing up, one of the best smells to me was when my mom was frying parsnips. I loved how they smelled but I loved the taste much more than that.
Today I fried up some parsnips for the family for lunch. Emery and Casi both came home for lunch and check up on Melanie.

I peel and slice the parsnips into french fry size and fry them in hot oil until they are golden brown, drain on a paper towel and enjoy

A True Morning Ramble

My morning stroll around our land yielded up the most wonderful sights and sounds. In the few days I was unable to take my customary walk, there was an explosion of new life. Tiny apricots now hang to the tree where just a week or two ago, they were tiny white flowers. Lilacs are weighing the bush down, their fragrance filling the air all around me. Buds on the grape vines are now leaves, growing before my eyes. The new grasses, so short just last week are now nearing knee height. Birds flying from branch to branch in search of nesting materials. I wondered what it would be like to not watch the unfolding of the seasons and of each day. Staying inside, away from the glories of nature just isn't an option for me. It is my soul food, my spiritual nourishment.
Melanie and I went to her new house this morning and walked her land, soaking in the colors of spring on this damp morning, the kind of morning that makes everything seem more intense in color but softer in how we soak them into…

Another Day in the Hospital

You know, life is always full of challenges but there are so many more blessings than hard times. I sat most of the day with Melanie, fixing her pillows, attending to her needs, holding her hand when they poked or prodded her and all the while I thought about what a blessing all three of my kids are to me. What joy they give, even when something hard like this is happening. Casi and Emery worked on the house some today, making it ready to be moved into. Melanie was so happy knowing that the two men she loves in this world were making her home ready for her. Trees were planted, fencing put up and tomorrow the babies room will be painted, well at least that is the plan.
Melanie was feeling a bit blue today, thinking about being on bed rest when she wants to be doing so much on their new home and just at that time, Melissa called her. Maybe some sister bond had Melissa call right at that time, whatever, it was perfect timing. Melanie's face lit up and the first smiles of …

Melanie News

Melanie is going to be in the hospital another day. Poor kid is so discouraged. They will be doing more tests tomorrow morning.
If anyone wants to send her an email with an encouraging word or two, here is the address.
Send the message to Melanie Lockwood
Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital is the location.
This has been a tough go of it for her.

Melanie's in the Hospital Again !

Last night after our evening meal, Melanie was suddenly unable to breath and felt like someone was sitting on her chest. Her color changed to a ghostly white. Needless to say we rushed her to the hospital. In addition to the other problems, she passed out in the Emergency room from blood pressure too low. The Doctors had concerns that she may have a pulmonary embolism. Test after test was done, some inconclusive, some suggesting that there was a clot. Today a CAT scan was done to find out for sure if that was the problem. We all remained hopeful that all was well and that it was just something simple. The Doctors, all remained hopeful too. By late this evening the results were back, there is NO embolism. It appears there were a few factors causing the symptoms. An upper respiratory infection and a lot of anxiety. Needless to say no one slept last night, and we are all feeling a bit stressed but all is well now and she is resting comfortably in the hospital labor and d…

Losing our Enthusiasm

I am not sure how it happens, but it does. To lots of folks too. People loose their enthusiasm over life.
Are there just that many people out there not living the life they dreamed of or want ? I remember not wanting to go to school perhaps but still waking up each day, excited about a new day. Knowing there would be something new and exciting to face. I had so many dreams as a kid and to be honest I still do. Its kept life fresh for me. I have no concept of life being anything but amazing. Sure there are the days that are not so great, but even in the darkest of days there is always hope. Hope keeps us going, keeps our hearts from sinking into some sort of pit.
If you know me well, you know there are very few times you will hear me say I am discouraged about something. The glass is never half empty for me ! From this, I can honestly say I am happy and feel blessed abundantly, every day.
It takes work, conscious though, to keep looking on the bright side of things. To…

Its a Thinking Kind of Morning, some thoughts on Anger

There is something about the combination of fog and soft music that sets the stage for me to do some deep thinking. Fog alone seems to make some folks feel pretty pensive and it has that effect on me too, but add some soft music and I am off to thinking some serious stuff.
Not long ago I saw on someone's blog that they were praying that God would bless them so their enemies would see that and see how favored they are or something. I suppose to prove some point to the enemy. Of course for something like that you would have to use an Old testament verse since in the new testament, with the teachings of Christ you would be more likely to consider you have no enemies or at least to pray they become blessed more than you are. As "luck" would have it, their claim to being blessed was sorta hit with a glitch and they became ill. It became a joke among many. The "Pride cometh before a fall" sort of thing. So much for looking blessed more than others. T…

The Day in Color

The rains of yesterday caused an explosion of color on our land.
Lilacs are in bloom, the pear tree is full of tiny white flowers, the peach tree continues to grace the yard with pinks. Grape leaves are sprouting out of what looked like dead vines. It really is amazing to watch this transformation.
Never does a day go by that I am not filled with gratitude for this simple life that allows me the joy of rambling around with my camera in hand. Strolling through patches of shepherds purse and mint, hearing nothing but the wind and the birds sing.
Every once in a while I think about becoming a bit more modern. Questioning why I want to spin my own wool, hang up my clothes, gather eggs warm from the nests, and harvest food from our own gardens, but then I think about the serenity of these simple exercises and I know just why I do them. It keeps me connected to the things I love. Natures blessings, the unfolding of the seasons, the changing sky, the cycle of the day. It gives me oppo…