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Mei-Lings first tea

Mei-Ling tells me about her first tea

A Week end With Mei-Ling

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We have had such fun watching Mei-Ling this weekend. She has been a little sweetie. We took her out to eat with us last night, had tea with her this morning and introduced her to our garden gnomes yesterday.
Mei-Ling is an exceptional 2 year old. Bed time comes, you tell her its bed time and she marches into her room and lifts her arms up for you to put her in her crib, kisses you goodnight and lays down and closes her eyes. If she needs a diaper change, same sort of thing, you ask her, "do you need a diaper change ?" and if she does she says yes and walks into the room and stands in front of the changing table

Pure Joy in Each Other

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This is a photo from the phone camera and so its a bit fuzzy as its not exactly good for action shots, but you sure can see the pure joy Mei-Ling and her grandpa are having as they dance together in Grandpa's office. Emery loves it when his grandbabies visit him at work. Mei-Ling says she is "papa's girl" and it shows !

Biopsy results

Just wanted to share the good news, results came back today of my biopsy and they are normal, no cancer. Its what the Doctor expected, but it sure is good to hear it.
Thank you to all who have been praying for me. God is good ~

A Pastel Sort of Day

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A grand baby sleeps soundly in her snowy white crib, her black hair such contrast on bright white sheet peppered with tiny pink rose buds, in the rose bedroom that she calls "my room" when she is at Grammies house. What a blessing to be able to watch her for a couple of days while her mommy and daddy go to a convention. Music soft and soothing playing in the background. Sunlight mixing with shadows, dancing close in the gentle breeze. Iced meadow tea a golden sort of green in a frosty glass in the window sill next to me. A stack of fabric in baby colors on the table waiting to be cut into little blocks for a baby quilt, pastels that seem to match the very essence of the day. My head swimming with plans for the flower beds, plans to turn two areas into a proper English country garden. Foxglove and hollyhocks, dotted with daisy's, echinacea, yarrow and lots of lavender. Little stone pathways that meander here and there. Its such fun to dream and plan and plan and dream. Bo…

Afternoon Tea for Me

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It's a gorgeous day...robin egg blue skies, with tiny fluffy clouds dotting the vastness here and there. Sunshine, warm in the cool afternoon. Just all too beautiful to miss out on, so I took my tea pot and tea cup out to the front porch and sipped the first cup of my Earl Gray while lemon shortbread cooled on the counter, ready to enjoy with a second cup of tea. The echinacea is beginning to bloom along the front of the house and its not going to be much longer until the gladiolas are bursting forth in bloom too right along with the Echinacea, which is extra tall this year. As I sat out there, admiring the day, it occurred to me just how weary I have been with this low functioning thyroid of mine. In just a few days, the medication has brought me back to life. Someone asked if I had been depressed and I thought, no, never depressed, but I sure did have low motivation/ambition which for me, just about put a halt to many of the things I once enjoyed. At my doctors…
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This is a repost from March 21, 2008 but its where my thoughts were again, on this morning while I was getting breakfast.


"This morning I woke early but lingered in bed to think and to pray. I was thinking about how many of my parents generation and now my generation have moved into retirement villages, places where their children have to sign in to stay a couple days, where children are only allowed at the community pool during certain hours and where the concept of generations blending is looked upon as some sort of thing to get away from. More and more of these adult communities are springing up all over the place, a place to get away from your children, from children in general as if they are just some sort of nuisance and not the blessings of life. If your children are not a blessing to you in your old age, why is that ? Is selfishness and pride keeping you from accepting them when they are less than perfect ? The world these days is a hard place to grow up in, children are …

Storms Last Night

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Storms rolled into our area last night, bringing with them 60 mph winds, hail in some areas and lots of thunder and lightening. We have been having one of the wettest springs in several years and the poor garden is looking a bit over-watered by nature.
I took a couple of photos of the approaching storm and am ever so thankful for a digital camera that allowed me to take nearly 200 shots just to get one photo of some lightening. Imagine if I had to develop all those for just one picture ! If you click the bottom photo, you might be able to see the very thin line of lightening : ) It's time for me to get outside and do my morning chores and after they are done I hope to sit down and write a proper blog entry.

Just some pictures

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These were taken with my iPhone so the quality is not the same as when I take photos with my camera, but they are just too cute to not share.

Iona - Treasure

this is the music of the morning for me today....a long time favorite song by a group I enjoy... Where your treasure is...is always a good question to ask yourself

The Garden

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Just a little sampling of what we picked today. It's wonderful starting to see the reward of all our hard work. I believe there is more than a years worth of onions still in the ground. I will slice most of them and freeze them. We don't have a cool dry place to keep them for long periods of time so freezing them seems to be our best answer along with dehydrating some. We feel so blessed by what we were able to pick tonight.

Saturday Morning Ramble

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A blue jay is squawking, a cardinal is chirping and a little house wren sit on the end of the clothesline watching my every move. The air is heavy, rain is on the way. The sky is a mix of white cloud and a pale blue gray sky. Grass is wet with last nights dew . I follow Harry's well worn trail to the barn, he is by my side, acting a little like a big puppy, "pronging"...leaping with all four legs off the ground at once. You have to laugh watching him. The baby goat is crying for her bottle, but she needs to be weaned. She will get mostly water in her bottle this morning in hopes that she figures out its time to stop being a bottle baby. Licorice is anxious to be milked and fed and talked to and brushed. Its our morning ritual and she likes it. The kittens are growing, only three left. Momma cat took them out in the yard and one kitten became part of the cycle of nature. We have hawks, black vultures and the like always overhead.
The garden is doing poorly this season. Too…

At the Door Of Happiness

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At the Door of Happiness
~Virginia Katherine Oliver~
I stood at the door of happiness
And flung it open wide,
For I wished to have the chance to see
Just what might be inside.
And there I learned a lesson rare
That meant a lot to me,
Because I found how really happy
Folks everywhere can be.
Working, striving, living, and growing
Our best from day to day,
And trying to attain our highest
Is perhaps the surest way.
Doing all we can for others,
The little deeds that show
Our thoughts of love and of kindness
As through the world we go.
I stood at the door of happiness
And flung it open wide;
And I shall never close it now
For I know what is inside

As A Deer, John Michael Talbot

One of my favorite songs of all time....a good way to start my day

Chinese Drywall Hazard

This is certainly worth a read...
Health Hazards Remain a Mystery as Drywall Turns Up in Homes Across America
Toxic drywall

What We Think

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The world is filled with nifty little sayings about life, bits of wisdom passed on to one another, the only thing is, most of us want to learn about life in some form of empirical knowledge. We want to learn from our own experiences. I remember reading as a teenager something about how we tend to become like that which we love. I thought that was so profound, yet I had no idea at that stage of the game just how much wisdom was in those few words. And now as an adult with a few years behind me, I can carry this even further, saying that we are what we think we are. Our very own thoughts can limit what we think we can do or in the other direction carry us to places we never could imagine. The sky is the limit sort of thing. I have also realized just how powerful our thoughts can be. The law of attraction is real, no two ways about it. I love this quote from the book, The Secret, "Thoughts that bring about good feelings mean you are on the right track. thoughts that bring about bad …

A Slave to Our Things

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This is a respost from April 1, 08 and I needed to read it again myself today.

Most of us complain about how much work it is to run a house and search and search for some magical formula to make it all work. We try system after system to organize all our things. The funny part is, there is a simple solution that requires no fancy system.... just stop being a slave to all the things we want to own.
Think about it, having a few well chosen "pretties" around the home would give you pleasure. Enjoyment at seeing them, but when there becomes many "pretties" around the house, we worry about dusting them, moving them, owning them, getting the next one that comes out, or seeing one prettier than what we have and soon they start to own us with the time and energy they require of us in one way or another. Even with furniture, we can have so many extra pieces that serve as eye candy only but require moving to clean behind, dusting and arranging a pretty setting on top, maybe ev…

Friday Morning Thoughts

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I had my uterine biopsy done yesterday and it was a painful event, but glad I had it done and glad its over. The Doctor told me he was 99 % certain there is no cancer. Most likely there is a hormonal issue, related to being overweight. Hopefully now that my low thyroid is being treated, I can have the energy to work out again and get some running done and stop this cycle of being too tired to do the things I want to. The world of hormones is a complicated place, they all seem so interconnected, and so in need of that perfect balance. The world we live in is bombarded with xenoestrogens that mess with our hormone balance which is fragile enough on its own as we age.
I woke this morning to a beautiful sunrise which quickly transformed into a gorgeous morning sky. How blessed I am to be able to just watch the sky without anything pressing on me to move beyond the moment. Well, that's not totally true, soon enough the goats saw me out on the porch and started hollering for their break…

Having Energy

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My lab work results came today in the mail and as I expected, my thyroid is low. Low enough to be the very thing that has been zapping my energy levels and making me feel like, I just don't like to do the things I used to do. It may not be that I don't like to sew much any more, but more that I haven't had the energy to sew much, same with many of the craft things I have always done. In view of my test result, I think I might have to retract some of the things I mentioned that I no longer like to do, and see if I still feel that way after being on some meds for the problem. I might just enjoy running again too.
I tried, without success to treat this problem with herbal remedies and by careful choices in food choices. Now its time to just get on some meds and take care of the low thyroid issue. The rest of my lab results were perfect, the Doctor commented on just how perfect they are and I just had to think, all the care and watchfulness in what I eat and how I exercise has…

My Day is Made Complete

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My son in law James' radio station is now streaming live so I get to listen to him over the computer. He does a fantastic job and we are so proud of him. He is in my humble opinion on of the best D.J.'s
Give him a listen....he is on from 2-7 EST http://www.wjjr.net/

Some Good News

Lab work came back and everything was perfect except my thyroid which I pretty well knew would be low functioning. Tried herbs and diet for this for a year with poor results so now its time to do some medication. So 3/4 of the test results came back perfect. I see the specialist on Thursday and will know more then. But so far, so good.

Perfect Love and Fear

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"God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. " 1 John 4:16-18

Think about those verses for a minute and then think about what you believe, what you feel in your heart. Is your good behavior fear motivated, or motivated by love ? I have learned so much about the crippling power of fear in recent weeks and in doing so, these verses have taken me to a much better understanding about my walk with God and where I want to go with this new found freedom that has led me to a place that is no longer a life motivated by "what if's" and fear.

Monday Morning Blessings

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Always, there is something to be thankful for, to consider a blessing...today is my day for counting some of this blessings.
I am grateful for..... a phone call from Desiree this morning, we always laugh so much together. the cool spring morning air, that just fills you with good feelings. so many song birds outside my window. tiny kittens. restored health. (still waiting on test results, but I feel great) Emery and all the love we share. Melissa for all she is. For Melanie being such fun to hang out with and being such a fantastic mother. For sons in law that I like. For Steven being such a fine young man and for Priscilla being such a hard working young mother and wife. I am grateful for color, seasons, scents, and all that comes with them. for growing up with my grandparents living with us. for books, and for computers and technology. for tenderness and compassion in the world. for learning about the law of attraction. for open windows and doors. for a garden and for being able to do the work require…

Shortbread pan delights

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Yesterday at Goodwill, I found a beautiful Brown Bag Shortbread pan for $2. It was brand new, recipe card still attached. They sell new for $30 ! I couldn't wait to try it, so while Mei-Ling was napping, I was making and baking coconut shortbread. Emery just ate 3 pieces of it so I guess it came out pretty good.
there are some good shortbread recipes here
I have included a photo of the recipe that came with pan for coconut shortbread, click the photo and it will come up larger for you to read

The Little Farmer Falls Asleep

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After all that fresh air, a wee one falls sound asleep in her crib at Grammies house. I snapped this with my iPhone which is nice and quite when snapping photos. Didn't want to wake her !

A Gentle Day

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We woke to sunshine and cool morning air. After the rains we have had, the grass is so green and everything is so lush.
Mei-Ling came to visit with Grammie and Papa today and the first thing she wants to do after giving us kisses and hugs, is grab one of us by the hand and head for the back door, saying, "goats, goats !". She stops long enough at the back door to slip on her tiny mud boots and then she is off and running. I am so thankful she loves the animals. Elizabeth does too. With the new kittens in the barn, which had to be rescued this morning, since momma cat is not too bright and had them right under the run off from the old milk house roof. The tiny ones were laying in a puddle and one was near drowned. I got them all dried off and they seem fine now. Mei-Ling climbed up on the milking stand, put her head through the opening to the feed dish and made her goat sounds. She laughed and laughed at herself for this funny antic. Of course I did too which no doubt encoura…

A Ride in The Country

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These are just some photos I took today on a little ride around our county. The machinery is related to the gas wells