Showing posts from May, 2008

Living Spherically

This past Mothers Day I got a letter from my oldest daughter and one of the things she wrote was this..."I love how you are fun, always have an adventure going on, and are cool enough to go get a beer with or cultured enough to go out to a cafe for lunch and look the part. " I loved what she wrote and all the other wonderful things she said, but this one sentence pretty well defines my approach to life. Live Spherically !Please don't be shocked, that on Saint Patrick's day I have gone out with my girls for agreen beer, they are after all grown up. We like to embrace our Irish roots and that is just one of our more silly ways to do it. This past week I have reminded myself to dress a bit nicer for my husband, to set pretty place settings once again. We can get out of the habit of doing things nice or in the reverse, some folks forget to live a bit more simply at times. The real point of life is to not live in just one direction at all times, living like that can …

Back To Norm

Ahhh, feeling refreshed and done with my mood to be fancy. Went on a date with my beloved, got dressed up, and since we are babysitting for the weekend, it felt like old times. . . out with a baby ! It was back to tee shirts and a long skirt this morning to do chores. I am not cut out for full time fancy, never have been. But, once in a while its kind of nice to step it up a notch, even when it comes to setting the table for an summer lunch outside.
But, I will always love "simple" the best of all. Emery is always telling me that he fell in love with a flannel shirt and jean kinda girl, complete with Kalso Earth Shoes on her feet, so there is no need for me to change in his eyes. Seems like I will stay the same old me until the day I die : )
Rockport MA, 1978
Hiking the trail to Bridal Veil Falls, NH 1979 If you are ever in that area its a great little hike. You can find Coppermine Trail off Rt. 116 near Easton. The 80 foot falls are a 2.5 mile hike in.

Stepping Out of My "Norm"

Every once in a while I just step outside the very simple approach to life and want to surround myself with pretty things, fussy place settings, stepping it up a notch with my own appearance and generally just paying more attention to how things look in my world.
The beginning of summer time is when this mood usually appears. I might spend an hour pouring over magazines like Romantic Home, thinking about how to decorate my bedroom when its remodeled this year some time. It's a project that keeps getting put on hold while we do other projects. I am in the mood to "live spherically" ! Found this blog today, The Paris Apartment and really had fun reading it. Then decided to get some motivation on dressing better from Euro Chic

The Joy of Grandparenting

Grammie and Grampie get to babysit this weekend and are we having fun ! Little Miss Mei-Ling is the center of attention and no one seems to mind one bit. Its been a bit like playing dolls for me. I get to dress her up and play with her all day long. Nap time has me running around catching up on things around the house. Tonight this little miracle gets to accompany Grampie and Grammie on their Friday night date to our favorite Italian restaurant for Pizza. What fun we will have showing her off to everyone there.
Mei-Ling is settling down for nap time with her favorite sleep toy, a well loved lamb !

I Get Lazy

It's true, I can become very lazy about one aspect of my life. It's not housework or garden work or cooking, its about how I dress.
I have never been one to think much about how my hair looks, or what style looks best on me. I buy my clothes at Goodwill for the most part and look first and foremost to comfort, which seems to translate into tee shirts and pants with elastic waists. When I dressed plain, it was wonderful, same thing every single day, just a slight variation on fabric. I could cover my hair so I could just pull it up in a bun and that was that. But those days are gone. Never did think it was fair that the conservative mennonite men look just like anyone else but the women had to stand out like a sore thumb, talk about drawing attention to themselves ! Might be modest but it sure is an attention getter ! Anyway, back to the lazy me subject. Every so often I need to just take stock of my wardrobe. It's reverting back to what I call, "the man in my closet l…

and The Winner Is. . .

Thanks to all who entered this little give away. I kept telling Emery, I wish there was a way to have everyone win but we just couldn't come up with a feasible plan for that : )
Again, thank you all for your participation.
Novascotiagal, your name was drawn out of the hat, please email me so I can mail your gift to you.

In the Mood For Summer

Tonight is a date night for my love and I. We are heading off to do some food shopping. We will stroll the isles hand in hand and after we will have a leisurely stop at a sidewalk cafe on a hill that overlooks the city. The lights will be enchanting, they always are and we chat about the wonder of life while gazing into each others eyes as if no one else in the world existed. We have had nearly 30 years of these magic moments. All day long I have been planning what to wear just as if it was a first date. I am picking out the music for the drive, perhaps it will be Frank Sinatra, so perfect for setting a romantic mood. Love doesn't have to get old and stale.
Summer time is perfect time for romantic picnics in the park, even when you have small children. Romance doesn't have to be put on hold when there are small ones running around. Romance is in a look, in a smile, in holding hands or with that note tucked on his pillow, or in his wallet. We never had baby sitters, maybe once o…

Time For A Give Away, You have until 8 PM To Enter

It's time for me to do a give away !
Here is the deal, leave me a comment or email me at and let me know you want to be entered into the drawing for ONE pair of my hand dipped 100% beeswax candles and a THREE bars of my home made soap. I will hold the drawing Wednesday, May 28th.
This post will stay at the top of my postings until that date, so be sure to read below it in the days to come.

A Visitor On A Rainy Day

This afternoon has been a delight. Lots of rain which has given me plenty of time to do the indoor chores. Some areas of North Texas have seen 4-5 inches already. I just looked out the front window and saw this fella on my front porch. Hoped he would hang around long enough for me to get the camera and he did.
Our driveway looks a bit like a pond so no wonder he made a visit.

Just An Ordinary Day

Emery let Pepper out this morning so I could catch another 40 winks. It felt good to sleep in a bit, but when I did get up, it was with both feet running. Got dressed, brushed my hair and pulled it back. Put on my apron as I was walking through the back door. Already the air was oppressive. Its not so much the heat as it is the humidity. I am glad it will soon be gone. It doesn't hang around in summer, its just dry heat then. Fed and hayed the goats, fed the cats and dog, fed the chickens and checked for eggs, they usually lay in the afternoon but with that snake still around, I find myself checking more often. Beating the snake to the nest sort of thing.Watered the garden, picked some peas and tomatoes. Noticed the grass was getting tall by the north side of the house and under the clothesline, grabbed the mower and went to work. Mowed for about an hour, sweat was pouring off me by this time. I was thankful for my apron, it came in handy for wiping my brow. I…

A Repost... "The Good Old Days"

This is a post I wrote back in February 2006. I needed to read it today so thought I would share it.

A few days ago I was buying some fabric at Wal-mart and the cashier was an older man. He made a joke as he was ringing up my fabric by saying, "so you are a sew and sew". I laughed and he asked if I did a lot of sewing. I told him I did and used to make all my children's clothes. He then shared with me that when he went off to college in 1945 he took with him 31 shirts all made by his mother. I was amazed, thinking how making men's shirts is just not much fun and very detailed. No one was behind me in line so he told me about how his mother made lots of his sisters dresses out of sugar sacks and feed sacks. Then he said, "you know the good old days really weren't all that good" and he meant it. He said that life was hard, food was short, his mother went to bed exhausted from all the hard work with no modern conveniences and communication was nothing li…

Times Are Changing, and are we ready ?

The world we live in is fast paced. People live to the max. Spend all they have as if there is no tomorrow. The news is full of sad stories of people with wants so much greater than what they could afford, buying simply because they wanted to. Not many have been trained in restraint, in modesty of living. On 60 Minutes the other night, they had a segment on "The "Millennials" Are Coming". I had never heard the term before. It was new to me and what they said about them, was hard to hear. The new generation raised in such a way, that they just don't seem able to deal with some of the harsher realities of life, such as, "Life isn't always fair". "Life isn't always easy." And, "You don't always get your way". Those are truisms for all mankind, in every generation. On the segment, there was this to say about this new generation..."They are called, among other things, "millennials." The…

Mondays Happenings

Emery is working today. I have stayed put all day, except for quick trip down the road to Melanie and Casi's. A big accident at the end of our road took many of us outside to look. Care Flight helicopter landed on the road. A car and a large gas truck collided. Along the roadside, people stood and prayed and wildflowers in all their glory gently danced in the breeze, unaware of the tragedy right by them.
A little lady, resting on her bean bag...

Andy Rooney's "A Memorial Day Worth Remembering"

This is one of the best pieces I have heard on Memorial Day, so thought I would share it.

This segment was originally broadcast on May 29, 2005.
The following is a weekly 60 Minutes commentary
by CBS News correspondent Andy Rooney.
Tomorrow is Memorial Day, the day we have set aside to honor by remembering all the Americans who have died fighting for the thing we like the most about our America: the freedom we have to live as we please. No official day to remember is adequate for something like that. It's too formal. It gets to be just another day on the calendar. No one would know from Memorial Day that Richie M., who was shot through the forehead coming onto Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, wore different color socks on each foot because he thought it brought him good luck. No one would remember on Memorial Day that Eddie G. had promised to marry Julie W. the day after he got home from the war, but didn’t marry Julie because he never came home from the war. Eddie was shot dead on an un…

Saturday in Photos, all were taken today

A single photograph --portrait of the moment-- is an inexhaustible epic, a living tale beyond words superior to a hundred volumes written and fixed.
A photograph is consciousness painting, the instant's art that opens on the unbounded vistas of the inner life.

~Daisaku Ikeda~

Why Do We Want To Hear This In New Terms ?

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."Galatians 5:22-23
I was reading through the Bible this morning looking up the word KINDNESS. It's a popular word for those that call themselves "seekers" . The concept of kindness seems to be lacking in so many aspects of this rushed world that people are looking for it. Seeking peace and how to be patient, looking in all sorts of places for the very concepts outlined in these verses. Myself included. My own journey is one of seeking how to be more at peace within, to be gentle natured and to deeply feel a sense of joy that permeates my whole being no matter what life dishes out. At times I think to myself, I need something new, a new teaching, the old is just that, old and feels worn out. So, I buy the latest best seller and seek, but the words leave me feeling a bit empty, something is missing. Of cou…

Picking Peas

As the sun sunk slowly in the west, the air cooled ever so slightly, making it tolerable to be outside to do some extra garden work. Peas needed to be picked. Green pods of goodness. Plump and full of tiny green orbs. The garden is a place of peace, of solitude and of bounty.
Pea pods, bursting with goodness sweet peas ready to be steamed and even the discarded pods have a beauty all of their own

"The Gratification of desire is not happiness."

"The gratification of desire is not happiness. If it were, as Socrates noted, a person who spends his life scratching an itch would have to be considered happy. Genuine happiness can only be achieved when we transform our way of life from the unthinking pursuit of pleasure to one committed to enriching our inner lives, when we focus on "being more" rather than simply having more.
taken from an essay by Daisaku Ikeda " A Human Revolution: Transforming Our Way of Living" April 12, 2007

Life is . . .

"Life is the blossoming of flowers in the spring, the ripening of fruit in the fall, the rhythm of the earth and of nature. Life is the cry of cicadas signaling the end of summer, migratory birds winging southin a transparent autumn sky, fish frolicking in a stream. Life is the joy beautiful music instills in us, the thrilling sight of a mountain peak reddened by the rising sun, the myriad combinations and permutations of visible and invisible phenomena. Life is all things. "
~Daisaku Ikeda~

Loss. . .

This is a difficult post for me to write. Today at the Doctors, they couldn't find a heartbeat for Melanie's tiny baby. She was 11 weeks along today. I saw my child devastated by grief and lost hopes. I felt my own loss and my own helplessness in trying to "make it all better" for my youngest daughter. Thoughts kept running through my mind of stories I had heard of miracles when a baby's heart beat could not be heard, then when they went to do a D&C, the baby's heart was beating strong, a miracle. I keep hoping for that sort of miracle, but know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is in control. I know that things in this imperfect world of ours can just go wrong. I have miscarried, I know the pain, but seeing my own child so grief stricken breaks my heart beyond words. I saw her tears falling onto Mei-Lings back as she held her so close, so grateful for the blessing of that dear baby in her arms. Life is precious. I thought about the 19 year old that sat…

A Summer Like Evening

Yesterday was another hot day, the kind that makes sweat form on the your hairline at the neck. Not oppressive but ever present. As the sky changed from pastels to bright oranges, the same exact orange as the glow from the fire, the fireflies appeared. Close to the ground at first, like hundreds of sparks dancing in the evening air. I have never in my life seen so many fireflies at one time, they were everywhere. Little fairy lights dancing higher in the air the longer they were out. The garden and goats pasture was alive with these magnificent bits of light, flashing on and off. The air was changing fast. From hot to cool and refreshing. A gentle breeze stirred the cottonwood tree, the leaves making a sound much like a quaking Aspen. Pepper watched with suspicion the little chicks scurrying around for the last bit of food found on the ground. You could almost read the puppy's mind from watching her expression, "should I chase those little things or not?" She opted to ju…

A Repost. . . "Being Real, Being You"

This is for me, I needed to be reminded !
from Saturday, July 28, 2007 Being Real, Being You
So much talk on blog land about living this way or that way. We set ourselves up sometimes to roll in the mud of being discontent. We read blogs, reading only the stuff that they want us to see. We see only clean houses, pretty houses, sweet families. We look at our own reality and think, gee whiz I want life like that, so pretty, so serene, so different from where I am. So we set out to imitate, we seek to be like, we put on another skin, only to find out it doesn't fit, because the core of our being is shaped differently.
Anyone who knows me well, or has known me for any length of time, knows I am a firm believer in individuality. I march to my own drum beat and every single time I try to push that mindset down and try to conform to any kind of mold, I get uncomfortable. It never works. I need to be me.
You all know that simple living is for me. None of this rush rush, mad dash, grab it all…

A Fun Health Test

This is fun, its free. Just sign up and answer some questions regarding your health and lifestyle and find out what you Biological age is, you life expectancy, your healthy life expectancy, and how many years your habits have added or subtracted from you life.

Here are my answers
Biological age 44.9 ( I am 53 and if I was the right weight I bet I would be younger still)
Life expectancy 98.3
Healthy Life Expectancy 91.7 (not to happy about living nearly 7 years unhealthy !)
Blue Zone Years.... I have added 14.9 years to my life due to my life habits

Vitality Compass

Summer Time Fun

Yes, I know its not officially summer yet, but at 95 degrees it sure feels it. This week is going to be hot each and every day according to the weather forecast. Melanie set up Mei-Lings little pool while I was over there visiting and I got to snap a few pictures. Grammie got kinda wet from all the splashing but what fun I had. Earlier Melanie and Mei-Ling were here at our house so I got to take pictures then too. Mei-Ling is just like her mommy was, cries when you take her OUT of the pool.