Wednesday, December 22, 2010


I feel as if we opened a book about great ocean voyages
and found ourselves on a great ocean voyage:
sailing through December, around the horn of Christmas
and into the January Sea, and sailing on and on

in a novel without a moral but one in which
all the characters who died in the middle chapters
make the sunsets near the book's end more beautiful.

—And someone is spreading a map upon a table,
and someone is hanging a lantern from the stern,
and someone else says, "I'm only sorry
that I forgot my blue parka; It's turning cold."

Sunset like a burning wagon train
Sunrise like a dish of cantaloupe
Clouds like two armies clashing in the sky;
Icebergs and tropical storms,
That's the kind of thing that happens on our ocean voyage—

And in one of the chapters I was blinded by love
And in another, anger made us sick like swallowed glass
& I lay in my bunk and slept for so long,

I forgot about the ocean,
Which all the time was going by, right there, outside my cabin window.

And the sides of the ship were green as money,
and the water made a sound like memory when we sailed.

Then it was summer. Under the constellation of the swan,
under the constellation of the horse.

At night we consoled ourselves
By discussing the meaning of homesickness.
But there was no home to go home to.
There was no getting around the ocean.
We had to go on finding out the story
by pushing into it—

The sea was no longer a metaphor.
The book was no longer a book.
That was the plot.
That was our marvelous punishment.
                     - Tony Hoagland

As 2010 draws to an end I wish you a peaceful sailing. thankful for your past and looking with confidence to your days ahead.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Heading In The Right Direction

Tomorrow, at some point in the day, the days start to grow longer and then spring cannot be far behind.  We have had a lovely December though.  We had one largish dump of snow and then just rain and little or no frost with a mere dusting last night of the white stuff.

So around here we are already speaking of mixing dirt for the new 'beds' Sherwin has built for me and I am already dreaming of plant catalogs and being able to kneel in the dirt without getting wet and muddy!

But I am getting ahead of myself.  There is still Christmas to enjoy with all our children and three grandchildren who truly make life worthwhile.

"One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
that word is love."
- Sophocles

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Angels at Christmas...

Infinite God, to Thee we raise
Our hearts in solemn songs of praise;
By all Thy works on earth adored,
We worship Thee, the common Lord;
The everlasting Father own,
And bow our souls before Thy throne.

They all the choir of angels sings,
The Lord of hosts, the King of kings;
Cherubs proclaim Thy praise aloud,
And Seraphs shout the triune God;
And, "Holy, Holy, Holy," cry,
Thy glory fills both earth and sky.
                   -John Wesley

Saturday, December 18, 2010

And Now It Is Christmas, Officially...

The door is on the latch tonight,
The hearth fire is aglow,
I seem to hear soft passing feet.
The Christ Child in the snow.

My heart is open wide tonight
For stranger, kith or kin.
I would not bar a single door
Where Love might enter in.
-Kate Wiggin

Our Pre-Christmas Reason to Celebrate!!!

Yesterday Sherwin and I went to Butchart Gardens to take in the lights, decorations and pick up a little of that ho ho ho spirit talked about recently on Sweet Tea and Sunshine!

We started out with supper at the Blue Poppy and then when it was just getting dark we ventured out to start the tour through the gardens.  Our first stop was at the big house, so beautifully set off with lights!

But Whoa!!!!!  I am getting into Christmas but I am here to tell you about our pre-Christmas celebration that started 7 years ago today.  When Grandpa and I arrived at the Goerlitz Jr. house all those years ago, there were 3 people there all excited about what was going to happen...very soon.

Here is Maizy as she was 7 years ago today...

Here is a photo of Dad, Mom and Maizy all in anticipation of what will happen next...

Mom and Dad drove to the hospital and Maizy and Grandpa and I followed.  This was a big day for all of us.

When we got to the hospital it was hardly any time at all before all 6 of us were together in a room.  Six, you say?  I thought there were only five of you...aha!!  Lucy was born and then there were SIX!!!

It was a lovely day.  Here is our first introduction to the new daughter of Shelby and Kim...Lucy Ann Goerlitz!

We were all so happy we laughed and cried with delight.  What a day.  Oh happy day!  The nurse had to do important stuff like take a print of Lucy's feet...

While Maizy and I scrunched into the corner we talked quietly so Mom and Lucy could sleep. Grandpa was there too but we didn't get a picture of him that day...he was the photographer. 

Mom was pretty sleepy but she and Dad phoned Tibi and Lee to give them the good news.

We have so many happy memories of that time.  And for the past seven years we have watched Lucy grow into a lovely young girl.  We have had such great times together.  Lucy loves the hot tub...

Lucy loves Grandpa's tractor and one day will drive it all by herself.

It has been a lot of fun to watch you grow Lucy.  

So we are here, dear Lucy, to wish you a happy, happy day! 
We both love you.
We wish you an exciting new year.
Love and hugs, Grandma and Grandpa

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday Thought

"Storms of rain or snow are a cordial outpouring of Nature's love."  -John Muir

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
-Albert Camus

"Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath,
for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"There's a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons--
That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes-- "
-Emily Dickinson
"Blow, blow, thou winter wind
Thou art not so unkind,
As man's ingratitude."
-William Shakespeare

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mid-Week Christmasy Moment

"Christmas is the celebration of the keeping of a promise."

This little tree topping angel has been in our family from the first Christmas after Sherwin and I were married so you know that little angel is over 44 years old.  Every year I have on my list to find a new tree topper but so far nothing has been found so this sweet little angel continues to grace the top of the tree.  Sherwin is somewhat setimentally attached to that first ornament bought together so it probably will be with us until we no longer need a Christmas tree.

How many of you had a monkey doll when you were a kid?  My mother's mother made them and gave them to us for gifts.  Good memories of Grandma Bechthold and sitting around her bed all those years ago.

"What is Christmas?
It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present,
hope for the future."         
       -Agnes M. Pharo
Wishing you all peace in your hearts as you prepare for the loveliest of holidays. 

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Moment on Monday

"The Lord is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him." 
Psalms 145:17,18,19