Saturday, June 26, 2010


June comes with prairie roses,
Filling up the soul,
The scent sweeps up and up,
And over you as you meander home.

 I left the prairies,
A lifetime passed;
Sweet, sad memories carry me along
And leave me gone.                                      -Shirley Ann Goerlitz

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - Better Late Than Not at All

This morning I saw that Sherilee had blogged a list of 13 things that are happening in her life and I said to myself, Self…do you have 13 things happening at one time in your life? And of course, because of my age and the isolated way in which we live, I answered myself. You bet, I said, at least 13 pieces of ‘excitement’ are running through my life right now. She ended by challenging the rest of the world to share their bits and pieces of life. So here goes...

1.My desk is up and running after having been shifted from one table to another out of my office for months now.

2.The plants are loving the new sunken garden we are working on here…the shrubs are growing and the flowers are blooming. What a delight, especially after I have spent at least 6 hours today out there weeding, feeding, and cleaning up.

3.Some months ago Sherilee blogged the suggestion from a lady who makes up her menu for a year at a time. I have admired that idea and am working on it. Sherwin keeps nudging me because we both think it will economize my time, energy and budget.

4. Ready to sketch and paint again…a clean desk helps with that. I thought I would have room in here for a painting table and a computer table but I have yet to work that out.

5.So looking forward to visiting with siblings and cousins in July. If you can imagine 75 people coming together that all have a connection to the John J. and Rosie Kandt family!

6. Working on our Newfoundland trip this summer. We have no idea what it will be like, really, but we are open to discovering a province that neither of us have ever visited.

7.One night this week I could not sleep…went out at midnight, was awake by 12:30 a.m. and then didn’t go back to sleep until 4:30. What an opportunity!  I have been trying to write book reviews and am not happy or satisfied with anything I put down. So I spent time online reading papers about writing a book review…read a review of the book I was trying to review and it was fabulous. Isn’t it such a treat to read a well written article? So, soon I will put forth another effort.

8. Recently I signed up to a movie rental site online. In the US you all have Netflix; here it is called and it works swimmingly! Last week we saw “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and this week they have sent “Casino Royale”. We have seen the later before when in Mexico but really enjoyed it so it was on the list. The Ben Button story was not compelling at all. Actually it made Sherwin nervous watching the guy grow young!

9. Finally I have new eyeglasses. I settled for task-oriented eyeglasses for the computer, piano and music stand. They work and that is what is most important.

10. Sherwin’s office is getting the ‘treatment’ this week, then we have floors to change in our bedroom and we have been through our house completely. It has only taken us 8 years; soon we will be redoing the redo.

11. Love moving back into each room…it is a good time to clean out the riff-raff. Value Village has benefited some as has the burn pile and recycle.

12. This week saw the movie “Wit” with Emma Thompson. Have you seen it? Marvelously touching story. Rent it if you like Emma Thompson...she is at her best.  She plays a patient with ovarian cancer. 

13. During my middle-of-the-night sojourn at my computer some time was spent on my quote file. I came across this one and you may want to read it more than once. It begins on a dour note but read it through…it ends so hopefully and full of purpose.

“Disappointment and loss are a part of every life. Many times we can put them behind us and get on with the rest of our lives. But not everything is amenable to this approach. Some things are too big or too deep to do this, and we will have to leave important parts of ourselves behind if we treat them in this way. These are the places where wisdom begins to grow in us. It begins with suffering that we do not avoid or rationalize or put behind us. It starts with the realization that our loss, whatever it is, has become a part of us and has altered our lives so profoundly that we cannot go back to the way it was before.”

- Rachel Naomi Remen

God bless you all!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Evolution of a Room

Once upon a time there were two people with stars in their eyes who fell in love with a house on an island. They loved everything about the place and thought anything that wasn’t perfect could be conquered with time, energy and a little $$$.

Well, after much time, way too much energy and more than a little $$$ they are getting closer to at least giving a spit polish/lick & a promise to the entire house.

The latest challenge has been electrics, painting and new floors for my office and the guest bedroom. Mission accomplished!

Let me introduce you to the project! Come on in…

Here is a view from the office into the main part of the house back in 2005. What all that carpet is hiding is another story for another time. We are just showing you the room at its best before it really started to show the wear and tear of life.

We started by emptying everything out and stuffing it into our little moving trailer.

Now the room was empty and ready to roll.

The best electrician on Mayne was called into action!

When all else fails pull out the chainsaw!

It took another hole in the floor to place a new phone jack in the right spot and at the same time Sherwin was able to move an electric outlet that had been hidden behind the bookshelves for the past 8 years.

When it all seems too much go take a shot of the hibiscus!

Now this does not do the first color of paint justice…it was much more like an Easter egg but here it is according to a very kind camera…what a disappointment to have to redo it but when it looked bad the 2nd day after, it was consensually agreed that another trip to the paint store was in order!!!!

This next photo gives you a first glimpse of the final color which is very comfortable.  For those of you familiar with our house it is the same color as the master bedroom but it appears lighter because of all the windows in this room.

There has to be time set aside to get fresh air and exercise!

And time to smell the flowers!!

The piece de résistance! The high light of the whole affair was this access to the crawl space. None had previously been provided for the addition so that was remedied!

Floors are laid and the shelves are going up!!!!

To empty out the trailer into the house the pots of flowers had to be moved to the side and without thinking how it was really happening all was quickly stuffed under the front of the truck…

And the job is complete. Lights work, the paint job is lovely and the floors are the best!

The lily choir sang Hallelujah!

Now, only 2 more rooms to go.

Happy Father's Day to my dear husband, Sherwin, father of my children (and master of house reno world) and to our two sons as they celebrate their day.  We honor you today. 

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Truly I Am Not Rebellious!

Last week my husband gave me a quote...well, I couldn't leave it just lie there; I had to do something about it.

"Anyone who sees and paints the sky green and the fields blue aught to be sterilized." 
                                                                         -Adolph Hitler


Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Attitude is Gratitude

So, so much to be thankful for today.  It has been a perfect day with sunshine, little white clouds and a five mile walk behind me. 

In particular today I have to say I am so thankful for the angels who care for me.  Over the years I have imagined angels sitting on the fenders of the vehicle we have been in at the time or at a job site where things could be dicey but every day I feel their presence caring for us.  I keep reminders around.

Today I am so thankful for all the hearts and loves in my life.

"I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
Till China and Africa meet,
And the river jumps over the mountain
And the salmon sing in the street,

I'll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go sqawking
Like geese about the sky."                   W.H. Auden

  -mother's day candy box!  (the heart candy was good)

My heart is so very thankful today for old friends.  This poem reminds me of my dear friend, Deirdre, and the good old days at VHS.

"With rue my heart is laden
For golden friends I had,
For many a rose-lipt maiden
And many a lightfoot lad.

By brooks too broad for leaping
The lightfoot boys are laid;
The rose-lipt girls are sleeping
In fields where roses fade."           A.E. Housman

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be able to garden and the time I can go out early in the morning to see how much it grew over night, which brings to mind...

Wishing you all well and happy days remember
“If you can't see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.”

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Seven Mid-Week Wishes For You...

"May gentle and beautiful moments be yours today."

"Write on your heart that every day is the best day of the year."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms."  George Eliot

"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself."  Alan Alda

"If you can't be happy where you are, it's a cinch you won't be happy where you ain't."

"Never separate the lives you live from the words you speak."  Paul Wellstone

"Pray not for lighter burdens but for stronger backs."  Theodore Roosevelt

To all my friends, I wish you happy trails, peaceful waters and sunshine on your backs!