Showing posts from April, 2013

Tuesday In Picture...

Psalm 145: 8 The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. 9 The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

Monday Fun

Breakfast on the porch, a visit from a sweet little boy and some mullein that are the biggest we have ever seen on our land.  A simple day, just the way I like it.

Happy Birthday Mei-Ling

6 years ago a beautiful child appeared in the heart of the lotus flower and that child was Mei. How rich our lives have been made by this child. Her strength has taught me so much

Around The Garden Today

"When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.
Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument.
That is my experience.
No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding.
If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change." Thich Nhat Hanh

The Simple Life

My life never feels very complicated, we actually live with almost no drama, and we like it that way.  Things just seem to hum along quite nicely, with the occasional hiccup that gives you just enough contrast so you appreciate and are thankful for the peace you have.  Once in a while though, I do find myself swaying towards the techno world.  I am sure, that with encouragement, I could be a full blown geek, when it comes to computers etc.    I often have to just pull myself away from the computer and its amazing workings, and go dig in the dirt or make some bread. My children have been known to tease me from time to time about trying to get my attention when I am researching something on the computer or trying to fix one of the issues this non-living "friend" of mine displays a screen that bespeaks of a serious problem.   I am known to carry my iPhone with me to make a "trip" in the middle of the night and check my mail and my facebook.  When I feel that all this …

Living Fearfully

Yesterday on a facebook page that has to do with homesteading, a link was posted regarding the decision of the Copley Square store that removed pressure cookers from their shelves.  Not because they were afraid there would be a rush of terrorists.clamoring to purchase one, but out of respect for the many victims of such a horrific event.   If I owned a certain make and model of car, in a particular color, that was identical to the car that was driven by a drunk driver and wiped out the family next door, I would be mindful not to drive that car to the funeral, why, because I was afraid a second drunk driver might steal my car and do the very same thing to the neighbors on the other side of me, of course not,  It would be out of respect, not wanting to produce any painful emotions to those people I want to comfort in some way.  The same mindset motivated that store in Bostons Copley Sq,  But on the facebook page regarding this link....fear blinded compassion.  Fear motivated insensitive…

Nature Inspires Us

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished"
~ Lao Tzu ~

The Ground Shook And Nothing Feels The Same Today

Last evening we were out in the garden doing some planting when we heard something strange, almost like an earthquake, but the air felt strange, as if it was rippling past us.  We looked at the sky, wondering if it was thunder, but no, the radar showed nothing.  I checked to see if it was an earthquake, nothing on the earthquake site.  The phone rang and it was our daughter that lives just down the street, asking if we felt that, and she told us her house shook.  In time we found out it was the explosion in West, TX.  A town we love and go to just about every week. Always stopping at the Czech bakery there.  Watching the news channel proved difficult to watch, they kept reporting on the two big stories, the bombings at the Boston Marathon and West.  Two towns I love.  My "back yard" in both instances.  I grew up 5 miles north of Boston, grew up around the corner from where Krystal Campbell grew up, where her parents live, her mother is "Patty" also.  I have walked …

Jimmie Rodgers - English Country Garden, some inspiration

View From The Kitchen Window

It seems to me that each stage of life affords its own very distinct and wonderful moments.  When newly wed, there is a kind of new love that goes far beyond description.  Each day so full of love that your heart feels like it might just explode.  Then came the time of raising our family, a calmer kind of full heart.  Moments of rocking a sleeping child, kissing their soft skin and feeling so full and complete.  Growing family time of life, so full of fun and excitement and pride, all built on the foundation of that newly wed love that for us has never gone from us.   Then there were the teen years and the young adult years of raising a family and the gratitude for working so hard when the children were little to ensure they turned into fine upstanding adults.  Now, grandchildren, another layer of love that makes you feel like you could explode from the amount of love you feel.  All the joy of little ones once again but this time without all the hard work.  Mixed in with this, is the …


The world seems like a different place tonight, less safe, less dependable in some way, but we also have seen that people are strong, compassionate beyond what we could imagine. There were many who could have run the other way, but instead ran into the danger. Strong people, dependable people. I don't like when situations are unstable, unpredictable, and today felt like that. I felt vulnerable for a bit, the I decided that I am stronger than a terrible moment in history..I refuse to be crippled by cowards. I will pull myself up by the boot straps emotionally and decide that I am going to count on the predictability of this countries strength, today, tomorrow and in the future. District Attorney Dan Conley said,  "Moments like these - terrible as they are - don't show our weakness - they show our strength."

Paul Revere's Ride 2008, so many good memories for me of this holiday

Growing up in the city of Medford, this was a big holiday.  A parade, and the arrival of Paul Revere

The Ride of Paul Revere

Busy Time of The Year

The spring season brings with it the enjoyment of being outside in the garden just about every day.  Weeding always needs to be done but also, there are roses to be picked and arranged and that is a job I adore.  The roses are beautiful this year.  Abundant and exceptionally fragrant.   Of course, there has to be time for tea on the porch too.