Showing posts from October, 2007

Lots of Green Talk This Week, Its all Simple Stuff to me.

Not sure why but it seems there is lots of talk about living green on the Television this week. I suspect some of it is political, and some of it is just plain honest worry about our world. Stories about the honey bee's disappearing are making the rounds again, which is alarming to say the least. Might just be a cycle in nature, might be mankind's rough handling of the fragile balance of nature.
The last of the summer garden, a few tomatoes, a straggling vegetable here and there. Wood is stacked nicely and a load in the house next to the wood stove for chilly mornings.
A bit of new Mullein, my winter cough medicine is drying, ready to be smoked, yes, I wrote old native American cure for bad coughs and it really does work. Smoke it in a pipe. The tender flowers of the plant from summer are picked and put in a bottle of olive oil for ear aches. Echinacea roots dried and ready for tea. Medicines, natural and cheap right outside the back door.
I guess …

Tuesday Happenings, nothing profound

After rushing off to Weight Watchers, I lost 2 lbs this week, I headed off to have my hair cut. New beginnings need new hair styles for me....nothing drastic, just a couple inches off. Picked up Melanie and Mei-Ling for a leisurely lunch. Mei-Ling is such a good baby, she is a joy to take places. Smiles at everyone. She is now getting up on her knees when you lay her on her tummy so I suspect crawling is not too far off. The wee one is 6 months old now. She is sitting up well and says "mom" and says "Hi" every time her moms cell phone rings. At first we didn't believe she was really saying it, so I called Melanie's cell phone 7 time in a row and Mei-Ling never failed to say "hi" in her sweet, quiet voice. It amazes me how much joy there is in each and every day. Simple, rather ordinary days hold such wonder. Mei-Ling fell asleep while I was holing her, looking like she was thinking, "Oh dear, what a tough day."
Well, I was amazed…

It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas Around Here

The fun of Christmas is starting early at our house. Yesterday a package arrived from my friend Debbie with this Hello Kitty Christmas flannel fabric to make a Christmas nightie for Mei-Ling. I think Melanie wished she was getting one too : ) Last week I found these cute wooden shoes made of china...a whopping 50 cents for the two of them. And then, this sweet Swedish print arrived in the mail from ebay. We have several of these Christmas prints, all with tomte and of course the JulBock....goats, especially Saanans have always had a special place in my heart, so the pictures are a perfect combination of things I love. I adore Christmas !

Bigelows Cherry Vanilla Tea

I have had several emails regarding the Cherry Vanilla tea that I mention from time to time.Last time I saw it in the store I purchased several boxes because it was hard to find. Now, its been discontinued. I wonder if enough people contact Bigelow about it, they might bring it back. Its really good. Here is a link for Bigelows down at the bottom of the page is a place where you can contact them and I hope you will and ask them to bring back the Cherry Vanilla Tea. I sure did as I only have one full box left !!!

Dare to Dream

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I read somewhere a quote that said something like "All dreams become the reality of man". This morning I am listening to Carlos Nakai....I love his music but don't listen to it often. I save it for moments where my mood matches the musics emotion. Today is just that sort of day with good reason. For over 20 years I have wanted to visit Havasupai Indian Reservation in Arizona and see the falls there. A friend of ours had visited there and shared pictures with us and I knew it was a place I would have to see in my life time. It stayed in the back of my mind, hidden by the duties of raising our family, until last spring when I thought about it and placed pictures of the falls on what I call "my vision board", which is a place I put pictures of the things I have dreams of accomplishing. It also has a picture of me at 134 lbs ! Anyway, I put the pictures of the falls on the board, reminding me of how much I would like to see them and telling myself,…

Uncovering the Real You....Who Are You ?

This past week I thought a lot about uncovering the real me. Many of us seem to go through life living a life we designed for ourselves, adding this and that for the reasons of looking good or trying to get that "wow" factor going in the way others see us. Think about the things you do mainly for the "wow factor". For instance, you really don't enjoy sewing that much but you love when you get that "wow" response when someone sees what you have done. Same might be for baking or cooking. My sister and I have often had the conversation about our baking. We like to bake, but go way overboard at the holidays just to get the reaction from others. Its not that baking is our true passion or even our mission. We do it to get some bit of acclaim and fame.
The same might be true for the way you could be dressing like a biker or a plain person, not from the heart or some deep conviction, but to get the response it brings. I know one woman that absolu…

Sundays Second Hike, Mineral Wells, Texas

A couple of the trails at Mineral Wells were closed so our hiking was limited there. The water was beautiful today in the lake so we hiked down to the waters edge to take some pictures and just sit for a bit. The Prickly Pear Cactus fruit is ripe now and so pretty. I have made some great jelly with the fruit but its not much fun to pick. It grows all over the place around here, many of our friends have pastures full of it, which they are more than happy to let me pick.We saw two young deer on the way out of the park. It was not possible to get their pictures since the camera was not handy when we saw them, but what grace and beauty they showed us. We came home tired, went to lock up the chickens and found two fat possums in the hen house. Not a good thing to find. They have been eating all our eggs so lets just say they were not a welcome sight. Live traps had been set ! We should be getting eggs again now.
Prickly Pear Cactus
The trail
The lake
And finally the ride home, gas wells every m…

Sunday Hikes, Glen Rose, Texas

The morning was just too pretty to stay inside, so with a few quick preparations, Emery and I were ready for a day of hiking. A quickly made lunch of whole wheat tortillas spread with cashew butter, sprinkled with raisins and rolled up tight. Along with some chocolate peppermint soy milk to drink, ginger, nuts and a couple apples to snack on. We were set.
We headed off to Dinosaur Valley to check the water levels and the trails. Today you could see all the dinosaur prints quite easily since the water level has dropped significantly since our last trip there. After a nice little hike we felt the need for some more adventure so headed off to Mineral Wells, Texas. A bit of a drive but worth it.

This is called the Blue Hole, an old Native American Bathing and washing spot in Glen Rose, the water is deep in spots but tranquil, except for the snakes !
Along the bed rock just under the water line are many dinosaur foot prints
Natures Velcro Next are some pictures of one of the trails and then of…

Basket Full of Sweetness, and Stepping Back in Time

A quick trip to the feed store took me back in time...our feed store is a co-op. It is in the town square, an old store front, pottery crocks and butter chuns sit neatly on the shelves along with the modern needs of any farm. The wooden floors creak when you walk across them. Old men, with wrinkles as numerous as their years load your feed for you with a smile and talk about the weather and the crops. Its the place you buy your seed in spring and hay in winter.
Today children all lined up near a big old scale, gunny sacks in hand waiting their turn to have the pecans weighed that they had gathered and brought to the feed store to sell. 22 lbs announced the man. News worthy of a big smile for one little girl, 11 lbs for a tiny bit of a child, her gunny sack as large as she was. Sacks piled up in the corner, mounting up higher and higher as the children had their pecans weighed. It felt like a moment from Little House on the Prairie. I paid for my feed, had it loaded into…

A Morning Ramble

Golden shines the sun on the greens of left over summer. The still faint hues of fall embracing the rays of the morning sun as if they know it makes them look more glorious. Tree tops stand naked, the wind carried off the remaining leaves last week. These veiny finger like branches reaching upward, raised arms held high in the blue sky. The smoke from the wood stove lingers, lazy like, holding on to the roof and at times floats past my windows. It makes me think of winter days in Oregon when our wood stove would send up smoke that curled into the air, just like in a child's children draw chimneys with smoke in them when they draw pictures of houses now or have we moved too many generations away from the time when smoke filled chimneys were the norm ? At times I miss our little mountain home, pine trees standing like silent giants along the driveway, mountains purple gray in the distance, snow in winter, top soil a foot deep. Memories are profound, yet the now of life…

New Growth

All of us, no matter our age, must continue to grow. If we stop seeking to grow, we become stagnant and I suspect loose the vision of our purpose on this earth. We stop reaching upward, reaching for the very thing that gives substance to our vision of why we are here.
Today I needed a bit of a kick in the seat of the pants as the expression goes. I spent a good part of yesterday feeling bad for myself, feeling a bit self absorbed. I wanted things my way, for me, about me. A silly matter really....nothing earth shattering, just to go to the gym more often instead of being home for everyone, whenever they need me. Then I thought about something... in one word, others ! Sure we all need time for regeneration, time alone perhaps to think, to meditate and pray, but I was wanting more than that. Hard to explain I think in the right tone of how I was feeling. Even when all the children were home, and the house was bustling with busy-ness. School at the kitchen table, farm…

Friday Thankfulness

The ground was wet, melting frost in the morning sun, still glistening, still cold as it soaked up the hem of my skirt, hitting the bare spot of skin just above my socks. The sun, spreading fractured rays across the land, gold. Richness beyond words. There is silence all around me, save the happy chirping of a house wren nearby. The wood shed is dark in this early morning, my breath escaping in little white puffs against the darkness. I fill the wooden bucket with kindling, stopping to soak in the view from the doorway. Neat rows of fall garden planting. Ripe figs hanging like natures ornaments on a nearly leafless tree. Kittens snuggling up together to stay warm on a log pile. Lillie's blooming one more time. Green tomatoes trying to ripen in the weakened sun. I am rich, rich indeed. I smiled thinking, I learned this early on...
I saw the lecture of a young professor at CMU that is dying of cancer. "The last lecture"....what w…

Birthday Time, and some thoughts on Love

Birthday celebrating time at our house tonight, our son Steven turns 23 tomorrow.
I made his favorite cake, chocolate with peanut butter frosting, and with that we had peanut butter cup ice cream. Lots of fun with the babies and lots of laughter as usual as we all chat around the table. We celebrated with sparkling apple juice and a supper of HaystacksHaving such love in a family is really a blessing. I look at my children and feel nothing but pride for the young people they have become. Emery has been such a good example for them and I try to be too. I thought a lot about love today as I went about my day. The kind of love that reaches beyond the easy to love people, the kind of love that the good Samaritan had. Not the kind that says, " I love them because they do what I think is right." I personally want to have the kind of love that reaches unconditionally, accepting everyone without malice, knowing that we all sin and fall short. I want to feel the kind God has f…

Christmas is Coming

I love Christmas ! Everyone in the family says I get as excited as a small child about the coming of the holiday. My shopping is done, a few presents are wrapped and now its time to have some fun making decorations. Today was Cinnamon Dough ornament making day. I made "GingerBears" Gingerbears are so important to our family Christmas celebrations. If you look in the December 05 archives you will see a few posts about them with pictures about them. here is the first post about them and here is the link to the beginning of our Gingerbear Story
Cinnamon Dough Recipe
1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup white school glue (like Elmer's)
Plastic food wrap
Rolling pin
Wax paper
Cookie cutters or a knife
Ribbon or yarn for hanging

A Simple Farm Supper

Fresh chicken, a few vegetables, white sauce and biscuits made for a typical farm supper. No recipe, just cooking with what I had. Just the perfect meal for a busy day. Mei-Ling has a cold, so a trip to the Doctors for her and later in the day, Melanie got quite sick, so again to the Doctor. They are both fine tonight, resting at home with Casi watching over them.
p.s. that is Emerys plate NOT mine ! My plate of food was much smaller : )


Maybe it was something in the wind, maybe it was just the right time, maybe it was just the results of wanting some changes, whatever it was/is, there are changes being made in my life right now. First off I changed the Rose guest room around and now its more like a sewing room with a bed in it. I need a place for all my sewing things and I wanted to use the room with the most light and the best view out the windows for those dreamy moments in the midst of inspiration. I even hung my favorite Nancy Noel prints in there.
Then change #2 I went through my closet and weeded out the things I really don't wear that much. It seems most of us have favorite outfits that we wear and then a closet filled with the clothes we like to look at but don't wear much. I kept outfits for all my moods, so there are some chic outfits, some back to nature type clothes, meaning hippy, natural fibers, relaxed fit sort of things and then there are some long skirts for my homestead/almost feeling plain …