Showing posts from September, 2009

A Bit Under The Weather

It seems on top of my kidney infection I have now come down with the flu....good time to just rest and relax for a few days.

Saturday in Pictures

Kittens are so cute Sweet and Sassy Faith (only have two left)
A clothesline full of little blue baby things, hit the Goodwill Jackpot yesterday ! looking through favorite cookbooks to see what to cook for supper and what to bake

Saturday Morning Ramble

Yesterday required another trip to the Doctor, this infection has been going on so long I hardly remember what life is like without it, but thanks to a urine culture, we now know which drugs will work. And it appears its a kidney infection which explains why the medications have not been working, the ones I have been taking over the course of the last month were for a bladder infection. In honesty, the dragging on of this is pretty much my doing. I neglected to mention my back pains. For some reason, I just kept equating my back pain with work I was doing. Hauling feed, moving furniture etc. Proof that our mindsets are powerful things indeed. I was certain it was just an ordinary UTI and not looking to any other signs of symptoms. It makes me think about other aspects of my life where I am so concentrated on an area that I miss out on seeing other parts of the puzzle that might just make the picture a whole lot clearer.
We are quick to see the fault in others, yet so often fail to see …

Extra Bushy Tails on the Squirrels

"Observation of squirrels also serves to predict the weather, particularly the severity and length of the approaching winter. If their tails are very bushy and they can be seen collecting huge amounts of nuts, squirrelling them away, a long and bitter winter is about to begin."
from Weather Prediction Lore
This morning while pulling weeds in the garden, two very noisy squirrels were chasing each other around and around the black walnut tree. One had a walnut in its mouth and evidently the other one wanted it. I stood watching for quite some time but kept looking at their tails, in all the years of living here, I have never seen such bushy tails. They are like full feather dusters at the back of their bodies. Makes me think, this could be a cold winter. Time will tell. It sure was fun watching them, although it took a bit longer for me to get done with the task at hand. photos were not taken this morning because I was not about to walk into the house and get the camera and miss …

A Sunset.....and last nights sky

A SUNSET from 'Feuilles d'Automne'
~Victor Hugo~
I love the evenings, passionless and fair, I love the evens, Whether old manor-fronts their ray with golden fulgence leavens, In numerous leafage bosomed close; Whether the mist in reefs of fire extend its reaches sheer, Or a hundred sunbeams splinter in an azure atmosphere On cloudy archipelagos. Oh, gaze ye on the firmament! a hundred clouds in motion, Up-piled in the immense sublime beneath the winds' commotion, Their unimagined shapes accord: Under their waves at intervals flame a pale levin through, As if some giant of the air amid the vapors drew A sudden elemental sword. The sun at bay with splendid thrusts still keeps the sullen fold; And momently at distance sets, as a cupola of gold, The thatched roof of a cot a-glance; Or on the blurred horizon joins his battle with the haze; Or pools the blooming fields about with inter-isolate blaze, Great moveless meres of radiance. Then mark you how there hangs athwart the f…

An easy sort of day

There is an easiness to this day that feels welcoming. The gray clouds stretched across the sky like a plump down comforter, tied here and there making puffy spots. The air is cool and slightly damp, but not in an uncomfortable way. The music on the stereo fits the mood of the moment...its the kind of music that is fine for reading or crafting by, or just sitting by the window watching the world go by. New cinnamon candles are lightly scenting the room and it makes me want to bake pumpkin bars or gingerbread men. The crepe myrtle leaves are changing color, bold red leaves are trembling in the gentle breeze. It is fall and for right now our weather matches the season, but summer temps will no doubt pop in from time to time.
This day is comfortable and living on our little homestead feels so right. Emery and I started dating 31 years ago and what a happy 31 years we have had. I wanted to marry a farm boy and I got one. Emery was raised on a wheat farm in Kansas, but wanted to see the cit…

Without Love

I woke up this morning thinking about the state of the world, the economy, the thoughts of all the dooms-dayers, and bringing it home close, thinking about my town, my neighborhood, my extended family and my own little family. Thinking about love and the deeds that are the fruit of love and then I thought about the following verses in the Bible and compared them to my own experiences with people and sighed regarding the profound truth of the words, no matter what you believe, acts of kindness are so much better when love has been the motivation. Think about the conversations you have with people and you know they are always better when spoke from the heart of a humble soul that is filled with love and not selfishness.
Bringing it closer to home yet, I thought about my own words and deeds and when they are motivated by love, they are better. We don't have to go through life trying to change people but we can change lives by having love for them, even when they are acting out of less…

The First Day Of Fall

Storms and the cold front last night ushered in true fall temperatures for us and I could not be happier. The windows are open and the air blowing in feels almost cold. Yesterday afternoon we had a temperature of 91 degrees and most of today has hovered right around 60.
Melanie called me to come over for a bit and enjoy some of the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that she had just taken from the oven. Mei-Ling greeted me with a cookie in one hand and a toy in another. Her little face aglow with pure joy in the day. Melanie's house so tidy and neat, beautiful music in the background, the aroma of spicy cookies cooling and a comforting warmth coming in the living room from the kitchen stove. There is something profoundly beautiful for parents to see their children with good homes and happy hearts. Order and contentment, goals and direction that mirror all the things you taught them as children. Coming home from Melanie's house, I thought, this is what life is all about, seeing yo…

Storms on the Way

Rumbling in the sky, lots of lightening and later on, a nice cold front that will cool us down nicely.

A Little Morning Fun

It is a warm day here, and before a cold front arrives tonight, we thought it would be a perfect day to take Mei-Ling to the local lake and have some fun tossing pebbles into the water and maybe even do a little wading. What fun we had. Mei-Ling cried when we had to leave, which means we just have to go back again soon. Grandmothers are so blessed to have another round of play time, not only do we have years of playing with our own children, but then we get to do it all over again with our children's children. Life is good. How blessed I feel to have such a close relationship with my girls.

Sunday Morning Ramble

The train is sounding its horn at the crossing that is at least a mile away, but we can hear it loud and clear in the crisp morning air. Windows are open, curtains appearing almost shy and hesitant in their movement with the light breeze. It is almost Autumn and you can feel a change coming. This morning Emery was up bright and early, using the cultivator in the garden, giving it one more going over before we make our rows and plant the fall garden. Collard Greens, Broccoli, cabbage, spinach, lettuce, cilantro, peas, carrots, some heirloom cucumbers, turnip greens and we always plant some cooking pumpkins hoping they make it and covering them on the frosty nights. Its never easy to know just how this growing season will turn out. Last year we had a very mild winter so the garden was producing up until it was ready to plant the spring garden. I was thinking this morning, that gardening is such a part of our life, not sure we could live without it. The health benefits are so good, for t…

Cool Evening Breeze

The house is silent, except for the wind blowing outside. There are no fans going, no music, no air conditioners. Just quiet. The lights are all out except for the light from the computer screen.
Emery is sleeping soundly. I wanted to check my mail once before I headed off to bed too. The air is so cool coming in the windows I almost could use a sweater, but no, I would rather feel the joy of being cold....its been such a long time since I have felt cool air, naturally cool air. Its damp too and that's a combination I love, makes your skin feel so soft and breathing it is feels invigorating. We had some really good news tonight. I called my dad this evening and there was no answer, which in all honesty frightened me a bit, he should have been home, but the great news is, he called to let me know he was out with friends having pizza. Due to the cancer growth, he had not been able to eat solid food, but its shrunk already so much so that he could once again put his dentures in and eat…

A Quiet Sort of Joy

A quiet sort of joy spread over our house today like a warm comfy quilt. Nothing major happened, matter of fact to most, this day might seem a bit boring. But there was something special about it, perhaps it is the cool damp weather bringing with it that welcome change from months of hot sunny days, or perhaps it is that content feeling that is borne of being thankful for what you have and where you are right at this very moment in life. Maybe, its that perfect combination of all the right things today.
My day started out with a trip to the Doctor, for about three weeks I have been fighting an infection and today I had a culture done. It appears to be a very drug resistant bacteria, a bit stubborn, like me at times. Later in the morning, a trip to the feed store, a bale of alfalfa and a bag of sweet feed for the goats. The car smelled good to me on the trip home, sweet and farm like. I love that scent almost better than any fancy scented candle. Well worn jeans, a red thermal shirt, lo…

Rainy Sunday Ramble

For a couple weeks now I have been thinking about the vacations people take. Lots of people find great pleasure in heading off to remote locations to "rough it" for a week or two, often sleeping in tents with no modern conveniences at hand. Others head out for small cottages by the sea, staying in quirky little places that have old kitchens, and tiny bathrooms. Furniture that has no style and certainly does not match. Others might head out for distant countries and stay in places where it feels "chic" to have walls that are not smooth or squared. Where you might endure only a bath tub and no shower or have to hang clothes up in a wardrobe since there is no closet. I recently saw a home for sale in the Caribbean that was over a million dollar price tag and yet the house was old and had been added on to and added on to so many times that it had about 4 levels all on the first floor, and had a bath that you had to step over the toilet to get to the sink in the one tin…

The Sound of Rain

It is just after midnight and I am still up....usually we are in bed much earlier but tonight the rain falling is like natures music to calm the soul. Windows are open, air conditioners off, the house is extra quiet except for the sound of the rain falling outside. I can hear it hitting on the puddle outside the window and hitting the metal roof of the porch. The lamplight is flickering in copper tones on the floor, creating an atmosphere of sacredness, much like that found in some old candle lit chapel. It is a beautiful feeling.
Life is good and I am feeling very blessed tonight for all the good things in my life. A little P.S. Thank you to all who have sent cards to my father, he is really enjoying them.

Saturday in Pictures

We have had over 3 inches of rain in about 24 hours. What a blessing for us. Rain always makes things look so vibrant and refreshed. The cool temperatures have also made me feel refreshed, revived. Windows open, thoughts of autumn, and a re-commitment to the simple life.

A Challenge To Myself

We had a lovely meal last night, everything tasted so good, and the atmosphere was perfect for conversation and gazing at one another but we both woke up feeling sluggish, or as Emery says, "stoved up", which is a term I had never heard before meeting him. Maybe Yankee's don't use such a phrase. We are not big meat eaters, matter of fact I can count on my fingers how many times I have cooked steak in my 30 years of marriage. I think our bodies just rebel when we eat something like a Filet Mignon. I only ate half of mine at that. Don't get me wrong, the taste was outstanding, it's just I seem to have more of a slant to be vegetarian and so doesn't Emery.
The dessert was way too rich and we honestly should have just shared one instead of each having our own. With this in mind, I am going to challange myself to put the same zeal into some vegetarian meals. The same kind of care and attention to detail, the same ethusiasm for cooking, for having meals where y…

"Un rendez-vous d’amour et d’amitié"

"A date with love and friendship" ~Colette~ is a wonderful way to describe the meal table. Once a week we have an extra special meal. The table is set with candles, pretty china, silver and food that is not only nourishment, but an experience to eat. We enjoy each bite, savoring the flavors and the distinct taste of each kind of food. It is the one time a week we have dessert.The movie Julie and Julia has changed the way I see cooking, meal time and eating. I still feel inspired each and every time plan a meal. All our meals are different than they used to be and my attitude is so different about cooking. It is a JOY. It is something that makes me feel more accomplished. It seems to mesh so well with all the words of the book I love so well, "French Women Don't Get Fat" and I continue to loose weight despite what seems like richer foods. But moderation is the name of the game and I now understand that in a deeper way than I have ever done before. And strangely …