Friday, May 30, 2008
It's been a week of reconnections. My cousin is back in the area after being away for ten years, so we spent some time together over the weekend and tried to catch up a bit. He even came down on Monday and helped us work on our paver patio. When I opened my email on Thursday, there was an email from an old classmate/neighbor. I think the last time I saw him was twenty years ago. We used to do a lot together, since we lived a few houses apart and were in the same grade. He is now an artist and lives in Denver. It has been great to reconnect with my cousin, and with an old friend.
Today is my niece's 5th birthday! I won't be able to be with her today, so will have to wait until tomorrow to celebrate with her. I can't believe she's already 5!! Where does the time go?
I am worried about my garden because we had very, very heavy rain and strong winds last night, along with lightning and thunder. The torrential rains lasted over an hour. I'm sure part of our newly seeded lawn washed away but I will have to inspect the damage later. Speaking of damage, there are bugs eating my beans as they pop through the ground, and they are also making my tomatoes turn yellow. My mom thinks she has figured out what bug it is, some type of beetle, so have to find something to kill them before they annihilate my garden. I've put too much work into it already to just let the bugs destroy it!
Happy birthday, Liz! Happy Friday to everyone else!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban
Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. ~Lindley Karstens
One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. ~W.E. Johns
Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. ~Song of Solomon 2:12
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I know I have to be focused on God or those thoughts will run wild and turn into uncontrollable worry and stress. If we rely on God, we know that He will take care of us.
Matthew 6:31-33 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
So this morning, I am trying to calm down some of the thoughts rushing through my head and focus on trusting and living for God, and instead of stressing out to remember to pray and to give them to God and not take them back.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalm 139: 23-24
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. Psalm 139: 1-2
Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don't ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
As I was watching tonight, I was not only surprised, but I was taken back to my early childhood years. If you are around my age or older, I wonder if you were taken back as well? I thought that it was a very different career choice, but wondered if it will work out for him. I was also wondering when Paula was going to become a little moose puppet. Now, Paula can have some strange behavior, so anything is possible!
Since I was a big Captain Kangaroo fan as a kid, I am so happy to know that Randy has a new career waiting for him, should the music industry not work out! It's nice to know that he can always become the new Captain Kangaroo!! He obviously inherited the jacket from Bob Keeshan when he passed away a few years ago. I wonder if Simon will become Mr. Greenjeans?
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Along with watching the waters rise, and interesting things float by the window, we had a great meal and great conversation. We were there so long, our waitress said she was going to charge us a fee for using the booth. Of course, she was kidding. She kept us filled up with iced tea as our conversation went on for over three hours. It's great to be able to spend time catching up with my dear friend. I treasure those times we get together!
There are some great pictures of the flooding at the following links:
Mt. Spokane washout:
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
"Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while... but our hearts forever."
Today marks three years since my Gram went to live with Jesus. It's a day of remembering and shedding a few tears, especially since my mom is here. But, those memories are flooded with great times and lots of love. I miss her like crazy, but I know I will see her again because she loved Jesus. She was a great Gram, full of so much caring, love, advice, and she loved to make beautiful quilts, and good food. She loved to take care of us, it's what made her feel important. There are still times when something happens, or when I feel sad, that I go to call my Gram and then remember I can't call her. She loved it if I called her for advice, or for comfort over something that hurt my heart. She was a wonderful woman and she lives on in our memories, until we meet again. I miss you and I love you, Gram.
"I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss." ~ Rita Mae Brown
"Love is how you stay alive even after you are gone." ~Morrie Schwartz
""To Live In The Hearts We Leave Behind Is Not To Die" my rendition is "If we live in the hearts we leave behind we do not die"" ~Thomas Campbell
Friday, May 16, 2008
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings,
thank you, Lord, that I can hear.
There are many who are deaf.
Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible,
thank you Lord, that I can see.
Many are blind.
Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising, thank you Lord, that I have the strength to rise.
There are many who are bedridden.
thank you Lord, for my family.
There are many who are lonely.
Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced,
thank you, Lord, for the food we have.
There are many who are hungry.
Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous,
thank you. Lord, for the opportunity to work.
There are many who have no job.
Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest,
Thank you, Lord, for life.
-contribution of Leona Mc Means
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
"Where flowers bloom, so does hope." ~ Lady Bird Johnson
I have seedlings coming up in my garden! There are radishes and kale peeking through the dirt so far. I have to have enough time home to get the rest of my garden planted, but the hope of new little plants is exciting!! I bought a bunch of flowers yesterday on a great sale at Fred Meyer, so they await planting as well. Some are pretty tender plants so not sure if I should plant them out yet or not. I think when you live down here, they go by safety to plant if they snow is off Mica Peak. I know in Sandpoint, it's Baldy Mountain, and from the looks of our trip up north over the weekend, it will be awhile until they can plant!! I see they changed the forecast some, as we were supposed to hit 89 this weekend, but now they are saying low 80's. Still, our systems will be in shock!! The snow is going to melt rapidly this weekend as well. Plants are going to love the heat so I want to get more garden in, hopefully tomorrow. This time of year, it gets really difficult for me to be inside working as I would rather be outside working in my garden and in my flowers, or just sitting and listening to the birds sing their beautiful melodies. We always have a short summer, but this one is going to be even shorter, so I want to take in as many moments as possible, which is the way we should live anyway. We should grab life's moments for all they are and live them to the fullest, taking in sights, sounds, smells, and love along life's path. We also need to remember to plant love, joy, and hope to those we meet along life's way.
"In every flower see a miracle, with every year seek more flowers."
"Joy is a flower that blooms when you do."
"Look for a lovely thing and you will find it. It is not far -It never will be far." ~Sara Teasdale
Monday, May 12, 2008
We had a great weekend with our families. On Saturday afternoon, my hubby went to a Mother's Day tea with his mom at the place she lives. I took my mom out to a couple gardening places, and to Starbuck's for our own version of tea. My preference is an iced green tea latte with soy, and my mom's was a chai tea. It was fun just to hang out with my mom for a couple hours and have mom-daughter time, because no matter how old we get, we still need that special time with our moms.
Yesterday was a cold, and rainy one so the picnic was moved inside. My dad made delicious kabobs with chicken, veggies, and shrimp. We made sorbets in our Vita Mix and everyone got to enjoy them, even with all the food allergies in our family! We had a lot of laughs, and good times. I am very thankful that I have such a wonderful mom, and family to be with on these special days.
Even the mom and baby squirrel were celebrating Mother's day yesterday morning in my parent's front yard!