Showing posts from June, 2010

A BIG Correction !!!

A good friend pointed out a big typo on my post regarding "The Simple" I wrote that none of my children were good people, when it should have read they are all GOOD people !
I am sure hoping they didn't read it before I corrected it. Some days my mind is faster than my typing and I am already on a new thought, before I get the last one typed out : ( Just to clarify, it was not a Freudian slip either.
This afternoon, I have been busy cutting out a felt book for the grands to play with when they are visiting. I spent many an hour cutting out felts for my own children when they were small, and these little books were such a blessing during the church services. They would sit quietly playing with their felt books. All were nature or Bible stories and such a special treat for them to play with as they were only played with during church time.

A Couple Prayer Requests

Two of my children are in need of some prayer. Melanie had a tooth pulled last week and although she did everything she was told to do, she ended up with a dry socket, which I hear is extremely painful. I ask that you remember her in prayer that it heal properly, quickly.
And Steven and his family will be travelling this week and I pray that they have a safe flight and that all goes well. Also, Steven is having a bit of an issue with his blood pressure and needs some prayer that he will be able to get it under control. No matter how old our children are, we will always worry when things are not as they should be.
Thank you ! Melanie and Steven many years ago, always great pals

The Simple

Walking out to the barn this morning, my thoughts were on what really brings me joy. Real joy, not the temporary sort of thrill you get from buying something new or going on vacation, but the kind you feel that stays with you, helps you sleep soundly at night. The kind of inner peace that fills you with something hard to describe but yet it seems to spill out from you and erase some of the stress the world seems to push onto us.
Last night Steven and Priscilla stopped by for a visit and since Mei-Ling had been over for a visit, we kept her longer so she could play with Elizabeth. Watching those two darling girls play side by side gave me joy. Oh yes, they are at that age where whatever one has the other one wants, but still, watching them dance about the room with all that energy and hear their little voices chatter back and forth, its pure delight. It stays with you. And those little girl hugs and kisses just for me as they head to their own homes, that is priceless. Wee little Yen, wh…

Not Enough Hours in My Day

I remember going to a seminar by that name many years ago and for me at that time in my life, the phrase had more to do with getting many things that needed to be done, done in one day. Now it seems that phrase has more to do with how fast time seems to pass by.
A weeks seems to only last a couple days ! Hard to imagine but our little Yen is nearly 6 months old and the newest addition to the family will be arriving in just about two months. It was a fun weekend here for us. I made several batches of ice cream from our goats milk. One flavor was extremely simple to make, just milk and maple syrup, combined and frozen in our Donvier ice cream maker. I also made fresh strawberry and a batch of Carob this morning. What a fun way to use our extra goat milk ! Next week I hope to get a few batches of cheese made. This afternoon the sky opened up and some well needed rain fell. For a bit the sun came out which gave Mei-Ling and I opportunity to search for a rainbow. She was over for a little vi…

Fathers Day For Us

We woke with the sun and headed off to get chores done and then embark on a day made of all the things Emery enjoys the most. Giving him a real Fathers day. After a light breakfast we headed off to our favorite hiking trails. If we were going to get any hiking done, it had to be early since they were predicting triple digit temps for the day. We hiked to the highest spot on our first trail and sat in the morning wind, watching the birds fly over us and see Cedar Lake sparkle in the sunshine. This one trail we like so well, is a workout, all uphill with such a gradual decline on the other side of the hill that you never feel a bit like you are walking down hill. Then once again, its all uphill to the car. We decided to do just half that trail, then head off to another State Park about 20 miles away that runs along a river, we could cool off in the water if we get too hot.
By 1 p.m. we were done hiking. It was just too hot to do any more hiking. Grabbed a quick lunch at Taco Bell and hea…

The Peace of Evening

After chores were done last night, I sat in my lawn chair by the pasture gate. I know, most people choose to have their lawn chairs over looking some wonderful vista and if the truth be told, the pasture is just that for me. I milked later than normal last night, so the woods to the south east were growing dark and I watched from my chair as the space below the tree canopy filled with darkness before any other space around. I listened to the final songs of the birds before they sought shelter for the night and heard the cicadas start their song, mixed in with the songs of crickets and an occasion croaking from a big old bullfrog that makes his home in my milk barn. The wind would race through the trees from time to time, bringing into the mix a new sound, rustling leaves. I sat there just listening, watching the evening fall upon me. Feeling a sense of sadness that so many people lock themselves up inside their homes watching television or sitting in front of a computer, rather than s…

Life The Way I Like It

This morning, early before the sun was above the tree line I was heading off to the barn, milk pail in hand, a little more pep in my step than in the months past. I fed the kids, and put the feed in the feed dish that hangs on the stanchion and called Faith into the milking barn. She was eager and never once acknowledged her crying kid just on the other side of the fence. I suspect the momma goats are glad to have the kids off of them. Between Faith and Licorice I got over a half a gallon of milk, which means Emery and I have a gallon of milk to drink each day ! I will make yogurt and cheese and share some of the extra with family. My hands were tired last night from milking but this morning it was as if I had been miking all along. Emery had hung a fan in the milk barn last night for me, and it sure felt good blowing on me while I milked and it chased away the flies that love to invade that space. My mind was soaking in the sweet smell of the fresh milk filling the pail, and the soun…

Unhappy Kids

Last night Emery and I spent a good hour rounding up the kids to separate them from their mothers. They are fast runners ! It's time. They are getting too big to nurse and all of them are eating grain and hay just fine. The mother goats kept pushing the kids away, even running from them at times. We decided to separate them last night after watching them for a bit. The kids were not happy about it, but the momma goats were thrilled. Since the kids have been on their mothers, they are not particularly tame compared to bottle fed babies so this separation will also give me better opportunity to tame the kids a bit, they will know me as the person that feeds them and that creates a bond. So, this was also is the first day of having to milk twice a day, which I don't mind but it does take some discipline to get up earlier to get the milking done.
It was hot in the barn even before the sun was up. This is going to be a hot, dry summer if our weather now is any indication. The cats w…

The Sweetest Things In Life

Last night when the house was quiet, I sat in my wooden rocker and rocked Mei-Ling to sleep. She spent the night at Grammie and Grampie's house but didn't want to miss anything so the thought of going to bed was not exciting to her. I had her climb up into my lap, wrapped her up in the old gray woolen shawl I had crocheted so many years ago and rocked my grandchild and told her about how angels watch over her and patted her sweet head. I told her how I had done the very same thing with her mother when she was a little girl and how much I love her. She hugged me tight and said she loved me so much. All the finest things in the world would never give me even a tiny bit of the kind of joy I felt rocking this child of my child. Grandchildren are indeed a reward, a blessing beyond blessings. This morning when she woke, she called to me and was all smiles, ready for a new day. Melanie had a dentist appointment early this morning so she came over with Yen for me to watch too and agai…

Black & White

A few things are coming together for the redecorating of my bathroom. I will be sewing a valance to match the little vanity chair in there with the black and white fabric. I was pleased to find wall art half off at Hobby Lobby, now just need to find the perfect frames and a very large mirror to hang beside the claw foot tub I want. The floor will be covered with black and white tile. I would love to use black and white marble but worry about how slippery it might be.
I found great white with black accent towels at Tuesday Morning and a great little silver box at Goodwill for holding bobby pins and hair bands. I am having a great time planning for this project.

Embrace And Enjoy Your Life

Up before the sun for a game of tennis with Emery, then headed out to do chores and pick some things in the garden and check out the ripeness of the plum tree. So much to see and do on any given day. Life is there to be embraced and enjoyed.
Don't ever find yourself sitting in a chair wishing you had tried this or that or gone here or there. Live with vigor and enthusiasm, it gives you so much. A bit of advice from me...if you are dragging around like an old goat, figure out why and change it. Don't settle for low energy or feeling uninspired ! Go for it, climb that mountain, ride those waves and just go for it !
Some wise words to inspire found on the web.....
"Some people drift through their entire life. They do it one day at a time, one week at a time, one month at a time. It happens so gradually they are unaware of how their lives are slipping away until it's too late."
~Mary Kay Ash~
"Quit hanging on to the handrails . . . Let go. Surrender. Go for the rid…

Living Spherically Once Again, With Lots of Energy

With my restored vigor, along with having company for two weeks, I was simply too busy to write !
Its strange to me that since taking the thyroid medication I can now see that for about 2 years I was just crawling at a snails pace through life, at least for me, a snails pace. I have been playing tennis, riding my new bicycle, up with the sun each and every day. My mind has been racing with new projects for the house...with plans to have each and every room totally renovated by the end of 5 years. Along with plans to change the way we are living our life, making it more about making sure we don't reach old age full of regrets for the things we did NOT do. Life is once again exciting to me. Amazing what a slowed down thyroid can do to you, taking away your enthusiasm and robbing you of a zest for living fully. The house has been cleaned from top to bottom, crafts tossed away that have been sitting around waiting to be done for longer than I like to admit to. I have been shopping nearl…