Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Thanksgiving Greetings

Happy Thanksgiving!  This is my dear little cat, Toez.  She sends her Thanksgiving Greetings along with mine.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I had a houseful, siblings, nieces, nephew, Grandma and friends.  It was a blast!  I watched the five cousins get re-acquainted.  They helped to decorate the Christmas tree the day before.

Thanksgiving itself was a blessed wonderful warm event.  The cousins ranging from age 11-33 played Hide and go Seek for over four hours.  They had a blast.  Mumsie and I had great fun watching their antics. 

They are all musical, so there was music everywhere.  Uke, guitar, piano, drums, base recorder, flutes--all were in use.  We sang together--and Oh, it sounded beautiful.

I love my family and am grateful to God for all of them.  I can hardly wait for next year.  If a person could have a favorite holiday--Thanksgiving is it for me!

May blessing and peace be yours this Holiday season.  

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Winter is Coming, yet There is Hope

Today is the fourth anniversary of my sweet husband's heaven day.  Since last January I have made great strides in my healing.  I am so grateful for GriefShare and my wonderful church, Morning Star.

I don't know how I would have made it through the past ten months without them.  I have learned SO much truth--and now, instead of hiding from my grief, I am walking through the pain and I'm almost to the other side.

I will always miss my Beloved.  We were married for 31 years and shared a wonderful adventure together.

But it is time to move forward now.

Blessings and peace to you, dear ones.  God is good--He is near--He is always near to the brokenhearted.   And there is always Hope in Him. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Colors of Fall

Fall is here!  It has been what my Grandfather called an "Indian Summer."  I love that name--it brings back so many wonderful memories.

I remember collecting beautiful fall leaves and pressing them flat in old phone books.  Nowdays people don't use phone books because they have everything on computer and in their phones. 

It is silly--but I still have some of those old phone books--and the leaves are still there as colorful and bright as the day I pressed them.

Despite our warm Fall, it is beginning to get crispy cold at night and the colors are beginning to show in the leaves of the trees around my home.

Have a wonderful Fall season, sweet Friends. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Beautiful Angel Clouds

August is the best time of the year for amazing clouds!  It has been a long hot summer, but I've enjoyed this summer more than I have in years.  I love the sunshine, long days and the hot weather.

There was a time when Fall and Winter were my favorite times of year.  Back then I could cozy up to my husband in front of a beautiful crackling fire.  Today it is my cat and me!  I'm not looking forward to the shorter, darker days of winter.

In the meantime, I can look at the clouds--they are so beautiful.  These clouds look like angels to me.  What do you think?

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Fourth of July!

Every year I look forward to the Fourth of July.  This year the fireworks were more spectacular than ever.  Maybe it is because I forget how beautiful they are!

We had a houseful of guests again this year--and it was a rollicking good time.  Lots of wonderful company and a ton of good food.

Have a wonderful summer my Friends!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Roses of June

Today is my birthday.  I am spending it by myself--and so have chosen to enjoy the beautiful roses in my garden.  I love their scent, variety and the way they look.  Roses always have a happy face.

God bless you, sweet Friends.  My heart and prayers are with you today--you know who you are.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Spring has Sprung!

Today would have been our 35th anniversary.  I miss my Beloved SO much. 

However, today I choose to see what is beautiful.  Spring is here--heralded by this delightful pink weed.  I am of a mind that some flowers which are considered weeds are the most beautiful.

Have a lovely day, sweet Friends.  God is good--for Spring has Sprung!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Sky Reflection

I snapped this photo through the mesh of my window.  It is of the windshield of my car.  I love the way this turned out...

It looks rather mysterious, don't you think? 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Icy Shamrocks

I have always loved clover.  This curl of leaves is bedecked with ice crystals, smiling and sparkling in the morning sun.  Some call this sweet little plant a shamrock--a name from our Irish heritage.  The shamrock is firmly established as the most instantly recognizable emblem of Ireland. It is said to bring good luck, and is usually included in the bouquet of an Irish bride. St. Patrick was said to use the three leaves as a way to explain God.

I adore these lovely little leaves--they grow in my yard and the bees feast on their blossoms throughout Spring and Summer.

I am a friend of the bees and always endeavor to plant flowers they love.

Happy St. Patrick's Day--I know this is a bit early, as that holiday is celebrated on March 17th, still--with Spring's arrival, with its joyous sunshine and bursting of everything green--I am celebrating a little early!

Blessings and joy to you!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

This is a Queen Anne's Lace heart.  When summer is done, the flowers dry and curl into little nests.  This one was embellished by winter's touch.  I took this picture last year.  December and January have been unseasonably warm here in the valley--the warmest on record.

The tiny daffodils are flowering and my Rhodies are trying to bloom.  I kept telling them it was too soon--but with the springlike weather--they weren't listening.

And I was right!  This coming week arctic air is dipping into the valley and we might even see some snow.  My Grandfather called unseasonably early warm weather a "False Spring."  I love his take on the weather.  He would call an ice storm a "Silver thaw."  So much more descriptive than just an "ice storm!"  I miss him--he was my best friend growing up.

Today is bittersweet.  This is my third Valentine's Day without my Beloved husband.  This year has been the hardest in some ways.  My heart and mind are finally realizing he won't be coming back and I am truly alone.

However, instead of moping around, I have decided to celebrate friendship.  I have some of the most amazing, beautiful, wonderful friends in the world.  What a blessing they are!

May God bring unexpected joy and beauty into YOUR lives, this day, dear ones.  You know who you are, and you are ever in my prayers.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

One never knows what the future holds.  Every moment is a gift of immeasurable worth.  Life has been full of changes these past three years.

At times I am melancholy, but there is also great joy.  I intend upon living every moment to the maximum.  I don't want to waste the gift of time.

Happy New Year dear Friends.  God is good.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Snow Angel

I took this beautiful photo last year when it snowed in January.  This year the weather folks say we might actually have a white Christmas.  I have not seen a White Christmas in my entire life.  To have one this year would be miraculous indeed, since there are only two White Christmas events recorded for the Southern Willamette Valley of Oregon.

One can always hope and dream.  Christmas is the stuff of dreams.  :D

Merry Christmas sweet Friends!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Sky Stretch -SkyWatch Friday

I am often inspired by the sight of trees in winter stretching toward the sky.  The sky this day was so beautiful--and the two together--sky and tree were stunning.

Have a lovely weekend and keep looking up this Skywatch Friday.

Monday, October 30, 2017

My Love

Just about now, three years ago, the EMTs were arriving to pull my husband from his chair to begin their work of trying to save his life.

A little earlier I had called 911.  With help from the operator, I had fought hard, giving him CPR.  I had done everything I could to keep my Beloved breathing.  I can still remember how his lips felt under mine as I gave him my life's breath.  After the EMTs arrived, I called our children and they soon appeared.

Right about now, Alan would be in the ambulance on his way to the hospital.  We would be following close behind...

At the hospital, I knelt on the floor next to him as they worked to save his life.  Strangely I felt his presence above the bed and looked up to smile at him.  I kept whispering for him to keep fighting.  And he did.  He tried so hard to come back.

I remember standing to the side with our children.  We were all stunned, clinging to one another.  They worked on him a long time.  I still remember the feeling of disbelief when the doctor gently took me aside to say, "It doesn't look good."  I didn't know what that meant.

They could not keep him.  He kept going in and out.  There was a strange quiet in my soul.  Then I remember whispering if he needed to go, to not worry about me, that the children and I would be alright.  Then instantaneously, unbelievably he was gone.

I felt his loving spirit there with us, as we said our goodbyes.  Suddenly my friend Theresa was there.  She had been on her way to work when God told her to turn around and come to the hospital.  And then Judy was there.

I didn't realize it, but all those who had been working to save Alan's life stood in a circle around us as we said our last goodbyes.  Tears streamed down some of their faces.  As we got ready to leave, they stood quietly grouped in the hallway. 

With tears in his eyes, the head nurse gave me his card and said, "We see a lot of these--but it is rare that we see a family handle a moment like this with such love, respect and dignity.  If you need anything, please call me."

I don't remember how I got home.  Much of the weeks and months after his death are a blur in my mind.

How so much time has passed since Alan flew away--is a mystery to me.  I am healing little by little.  And I have had to work through a lot of things.

Today I honor the love, integrity, laughter, humor, talent and dear sweetness of my Beloved Husband.  I want to thank him for the greatest adventure of my life.  And for the love he gave to me and our children.  He was a wonderful husband and father. 

I will always miss him.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Sunset's Burning -SkyWatch Friday

The smoke from the fires this summer caused the sky to burn with beautiful color.  It reminds me to pray for those who have lost their homes and even their lives.  

My heart goes out to all those who have lost so much.  

Keep looking up this Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mushroom Fairy Condo -Outdoor Wednesday

I don't know what it is about mushrooms, but I love them.  I have been intrigued with them since I can remember.  In the forests of my childhood we found just about every variety you can think of.  We learned which of these shrooms were poisonous, and which were edible.  These, by the way are NOT edible.

But they are still quite lovely.  I can well imagine this might be used by fairies for a magical mushroom dwelling place.  Of course, I have a GREAT imagination. 

Have a wonderful day and have a lovely Wednesday, all you wonderful people!

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Curling Clouds -Skywatch Friday

I never cease to be amazed by the wonderful things I see in the clouds.  I have so many pictures of the sky and I'm always looking up.  These clouds were particularly lovely. I am always in awe when I see the clouds.

"Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, The thundering of His pavilion?"  Job 36:29

Happy Skywatch Friday--it is nice to be back.  Have a lovely weekend dear Friends.