Showing posts from April, 2009

I Am Now Twitting, if thats a word

You can now find me on Twitter too.

Do Goats Really Eat Anything ?

Well, it sure looks like they try !

Not Feeling To Well

It will be a quiet day for me, not feeling very well, some sort of bug or something. Took some pictures after chores and then decided to just do nothing the rest of the day. I love walking in the gentle rain and snapping pictures as I go.

The Beauty of the Day

The first berry of the season. A tiny kitten, exploring for the first time. Flowers in bloom, colors bright against the stormy spring sky. This is what my day is made of, along with telephone calls from all three children, and a loving husband and one from my dad. New flooring in the hallway and soon I will reach the living room with it. One plank at a time, slow and steady. Old looking new flooring, it suits me well. I love old things, and the look of days gone by. I prefer the way things were done before machines and the way it feels to make things from scratch. I love my computer and cell phone though and appreciate my stereo.
Home made soap and hand woven linens delight me far more than buying them off the shelf in some fancy store. Big loaves of warm bread cooling on the window sill make me smile as do vegetables, just picked, still with dirt on them, filling a basket, waiting to be washed and cooked for the evening meal. The sound of milk hitting the bucket, foam rising as the …

Swine Flu in North Texas

It seems the swine flu has made its way into our neck of the woods, sending people into a state of fear and confusion. I was thinking how glad I am that I don't have to go out every day, and how blessed we are to have what we need here at home. So, if I want to be overly cautious and not head off to the stores or in other crowds, I can. The world is in such turmoil right now, financial woes that reach from end to end of the earth and now the swine flu with the potential to be a pandemic event, which we can only imagine how something like that would impact the world economic situation. Makes you wonder if God isn't trying to get our attention regarding our priorities. A good life is not measured by how much we own, or the size of our home or the make of our car. Its not about how many collections we have or any of that, when it comes down to what really matters, its always about how loving we are and how loved we are.
A little P.S. here, I do NOT believe God is punishing people…

The Delight of Simplicity

This morning after chores I went from rose bush to rose bush picking the fragrant blooms before the heavy wind and rains arrive tonight. Stopping to smell each one and admire the way they grow and thinking about how loving God is to give us such beauty to behold. I walked past the mint patch, so many kinds of mint, such a wonderful aroma. Even though the mint is just one color and no flowery blooms right now, it has grown so tall this spring is full of delight by its wonderful scent. A beauty different than the roses but still beautiful. Same as the handful of snow pea pods I picked to put in the stir fry for lunch. Beautiful for different reasons. There is delight around every corner for me this morning as I go about the simple tasks before me. My footsteps silent on the tender grass of spring. Birds singing, wind blowing. Figs full size, just awaiting more ripening, I am anxious for their sweetness. I don't need to go to the mall for pleasure and eye candy, I have it all right h…

Birthday Time

It's hard to imagine that Mei-Ling will be two on Monday. How time flies ! We celebrated her birthday today and she had such fun. Melanie had been practicing with her all last week to get her to blow out her candles, and she got quite good at it, but today with over 30 people looking on, she was just too shy and was not willing to do it, that is, until her daddy helped her out by blowing on the candle too.
What a celebration it is for us to have her with us and to be so healthy right now. She is our little miracle. Life is good, celebrating it with friends and family even better ! two years ago one year ago the house ready for Mei-Lings party The birthday girl Elizabeth will be two in just 4 months time Presents ! blowing out the candle eating the cake, yummmy

Cheb Mami

Its a busy morning here at my house, Melanie and Casi are having Mei-Lings birthday party here today so I am doing some cleaning in preparation. I love music, world music and here is what I am listening to today. Cheb Mami has been a favorite singer of mine for years and years. I think Melanie has a pretty vast collection of his music. This in one of my favorite songs to clean by.

A Busy Day and the Joy of Life

It seems the day has been one that keeps me busy. Company for supper tonight. Haystacks on the menu, easy, fun and tasty. A long time friend of Emery's from the farm days is in town with his wife. It will be a nice evening to chat and perhaps walk down memory lane. I love to watch Emery's face light up as he talks about days gone by. He is a virtual history book of wonderful stories and of the world events that happened during them. Emery has a profound memory and remembers all the stories his grandfather told him about his life on the farm and of Emery's Great grand fathers arrival in Kansas. We need to record these stories for the future generations.
Yesterday I got out a new memory game that I purchased for the grand-babies and sat with Mei-Ling to show her how to play it. Its for ages 3 and up, but in a matter of minutes Mei-Ling had matched all twenty pairs without any help from me. Proof positive that her mother and father spend a lot of time teaching her and playing…


This is really worth viewing. Its a sobering video

Mei-Ling is not feeling well

If you think of it, would you say a prayer for Mei-Ling. She is not feeling very well and is a bit dehydrated. Poor little one. When she is the slightest bit sick, we all worry so much.

What Are We Doing To Ourselves ?

We watched Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures on PBS last night and we came away from that wondering what are we as a world doing to ourselves. It was a bit frightening to see how long some of the toxic chemicals stay in our bodies just simply by consuming meats and fish that have been in contact with them. Recently I saw where the beluga whales are coming down with breast cancer and that traces of chemicals banned in the 1970's are showing up in their made me wonder why on earth are we not all being tested to see what chemicals are in our blood and is there a connection to what is in our blood and what diseases we come down with. Last night, Jean-Michel Cousteau and several others had their blood tested and I think they were all a bit surprised to see how much of two certain chemicals, one was toxic flame retardant, was in their systems. Long ago, when my girls were babies, I did everything in my power to have them sleep in pajama's that had no flame retardan…

Its Earth Day

There was a meteor shower early this morning, and Jupiter still visible in the southeastern sky. I was up before dawn to see them both. Saw Jupiter again, but in the time I had to sky gaze, not one shining ball of light passed my line of view. It felt like a good way to start this special day, looking up, looking beyond my own world. Thinking about how things all work together so perfectly when we take care of them. Later, walking barefoot in the cold wet grass, my feet soaking up the dew, stimulating my circulation with each step, I thought about what changes we could make to live more gently, thinking also about the changes we have made in our lives in the past 30 years. I walked past the garden, thankful for our organic, super fresh veggies and fruits we have available to us.
Clothes gently dancing on the clothesline, our only means of drying clothes. Very little new furniture in the house, and almost no manufactured wood products. No carpets, for easy cleaning and w…


“Stress is nothing more than a
socially acceptable form of mental illness”
~Richard Carlson~
Today I learned that a friend had died suddenly, 63 years old. Ate well, knew all about good health, and it seemed upon first glance that she took care of herself, but she was stressed to the hilt most of the time. Busy at work, worried about family, caring for others and forgetting to take care of herself and live by the rule..."don't sweat the small stuff, and its all small stuff". Her stress is probably what killed her, robbed her family of more precious years. She would not be one to go to a spa for a weekend, or sit and relax. She was a devout Christian but seemed to miss the part in Matthew where Jesus tells people not to worry. It is a major aspect of a peaceful life, to not worry. Admittedly, I work hard, but I relax with the same kind of enthusiasm and I meditate every single day. The deep breathing kind of meditation that slows your pulse to a snails pace. I don't worr…

Harry Has Another Encounter

3:45 in the morning we heard a ruckus outside our bedroom window and then heard Harry whimper and then bark as if we were being invaded by the Ancient Roman Legion. It took only a second to figure out what was out there. The window was open and you can guess what kind of smell invaded our room in a nano second. Emery got dressed to see why Harry was still barking. Emery knows skunks give it all, when they give it and it can take up to 10 days for them to rebuild their supply of "stink", so surely a few minutes after the skunk sprayed would be safe. Right out front we have some cinder blocks under the house to help curtail water run off when it storms, and didn't the skunk get himself stuck in one, tail facing out, and his head at the dead end of another block. The skunk could not turn around, and was frankly as stuck as Pooh bear is when he has had too much honey and tries to get out his window. Neither one of us was willing to grab it by the tail and see if we could pul…

Found Something New, Applegate Farms Chicken Nuggets

When I find a product I really like I like to share it with my readers. Most of you know we try hard to eat healthy. I would not call us fanatical about our eating since we do on occasion go out to eat to a fast food place that sells tacos ! And I have been known to eat a variety of sugary treats a time or two, but there are some things that I will not compromise on. We will not eat stuff made with corn syrup, or hormone laced meats, don't eat pork, and stay clear of meats and dairy that are full of antibiotics. We try to eat mainly organic fruits and veggies.
Like lots of children, Mei-Ling loves chicken nuggets but they all seem to have some ingredient or another that we don't like, mainly its the chicken aspect of the nugget we object to, that has been pumped up with hormones and antibiotics and who knows what other things that I don't think we need to be eating, but especially Mei-Ling with all her health issues does not need to consume that stuff. Some of the veggie…

Play Cloths

When my girls were little, they had several silk cloths to play with, to use their imagination with, dress up in, make tents with, wrap dolls in, all sorts of fun things. Yesterday when Mei-Ling was over for a visit, she was wrapping up in a blanket then in a small woven rug, that had fortunately just been washed. I realized it was time for Grammie to get some play cloths for the girls to play with when they come over. Play cloths are as versatile as the child's imagination.
Emery had to go to the neighboring towns Wal-Mart and its one of the few Wal-Marts around here that has a vast amount of fabric, lots of $2 a yard. I found several fun fabrics for play cloths for the grand-babies to play with when they come over. Most were $1.50 a yard and 60" wide which makes for a good size cloth to play with. The rainbow fabric was a bit more, but oh so perfect for little girls imagination !
Einstein said....“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions…