Saturday, December 31, 2011

Simply Sabbath

"In Christianity God is not a static thing...but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama.  Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance."  -  C. S. Lewis

Looking Over My Shoulder at 2011...

It went by so quickly...2011, that is.  Just 'yesterday' we were sharing ideas and lists for what we wanted to do in 2011 and now we are about to say good-night to the months, days, hours and minutes that roared by.

So, for a brief moment in time, come with me for a view of my year that is almost past. Looking back at my photo files for the year it is easy to see where 2011 went.

January found us at home weathering an island winter and from the photos it appears that it was rather mild and pleasant.

We knew that this was the year of the House Re-do so already Sherwin was working on plans and processes.

In February Shelby and family arrived for a weekend together.  It is always so good to have children come home.

Don't you think Beatrice suits our house?

March found us heading south to visit friends and family in California.  Sherwin's sister, Dolores, had her 80th birthday which we wanted to celebrate with her and husband, Merritt.

We also went past Angwin where we spent some time during Sherwin's college years.  We enjoyed our time with Duane and Mary Cronk ...

and lunch with Myron Widmer was a real treat...

And we paid a quick visit to 'Elmshaven', a wonderful old house.  It has great potential (as seen through the eyes of an interior decorator) but is open to the public as a heritage home.

California is a great place to visit.

Right after that short jaunt Sherwin and I went on separate vacations, something we had never done before.  He headed to Arizona to spend time with Lorne, his golf buddy, and I headed east to Paris.

For the first seven days Marilyn and I packed every day full with the sights, smells and wonderful tastes of this city.  Then my friend Gail came and the two of us had a great time together, exploring as much of the city as we could grasp in nine more days.  It was all over way too soon.  I love to look at the photos taken but I will only share two photos here. I do have over 3500 pictures of my time there  but I won't bore you.  You do have to be there to understand.

But how do I just show you two photos...

I could tell you stories and show you photos for hours.  On my way home I tried to analyze the greatest treasure of the trip and decided it definitely was the pictures I took and the stories of our lives there.  If anyone wants a companion for a trip to Paris, just give me a call.

In May Sherwin started to dig a hole for the foundation for the first pillar in the garage. This pillar is one of the supports for the portico and studio stretching across the drive from house to garage.

From then on, through the rest of this year, something has been done towards our goal most every day.  If you will go to Sherwin's blog you will see the photos he shows of the progress through the year.   His most recent post is a synopsis of the year from his perspective but you can scroll back and see all the work done to date.

At the end of the month all our children came home for Memorial Day.  Every time we get together I declare that we must get a photo of the 9 of us together and we have yet to do that.  Hmmm...

June and July went by quickly with all the prep work for the building project.  And in August Sherwin and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary.  The only photo I can find that has that date on it is this sunset.  Is that an omen or harbinger of the future?

From the middle of July through the end of September and even through most of October we were blessed with great weather for our outdoor work building and gardening.  Idyllic, actually.

In November we gathered with all our children in Oregon to celebrate the whole year.  Kim became an American citizen; Sherilee, Sherwin and I all had recent birthdays; Sherilee and Alan celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day and then because of conflicting schedules and commitments we celebrated Christmas while we were all together there in November.

In December we flew to Kelowna to spend a few days with Mother and Bobbi, celebrating Christmas.

And now we want to wish you a great new year with good health and happiness.

"You don't need a new plan for next year.  You need a commitment."  
                                              - Seth Godin

Friday, December 30, 2011

December 30

To Honour my Sister, Marilyn Joy

On Her Birthday

"A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost."  - Marion Garretty

"Having a sister is like having a best friend you can't get rid of.  You know whatever you do, they will still be there."  - Amy Li

"Bless you, my darling, and know you are always in the heart - oh tucked so close there is no chance of escape - of your sister."  - Katherine Mansfield 

Friday, December 23, 2011

View From 4-F

Winging our way out of Victoria yesterday, I thought I would snap a photo of the ocean and islands below, though at first I was somewhat miffed that there was this huge propeller in my line of vision...

Amazed at the results with the propeller blade showing up in slow motion, I had to keep on is a short trip between Victoria and Vancouver and soon I was snapping Mt. Baker too.

Thought you may enjoy this...we are happy to be settled into Christmas in Kelowna.

God Bless you all and be well.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas...

Before I leave home for our Christmas get-away I want to take a moment and wish you all a lovely holiday together.  At our house we like to think of this time of the year as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
It is a grand time to draw together,
To remember and give thanks for the grace
that has been shown to each of us.

"O Holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in;
Be born in us today.

We hear the heavenly angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Immanuel."

Saturday, December 17, 2011

What a Girl!

December 18

The Birth Date of Lucy Ann Goerlitz

"She is my joy and heart's delight."  - Robert Wever (and me)

What a treasure to us all...

An observant and curious soul...

Lover of her family pets...

Dear, dear sister...

Dear Lucy,

Grandpa and I would like to wish you the best birthday ever and a very happy new year. We are so proud of you and love your happy ways.  We love the sparkle you bring to the world around you.

God bless and keep you.
Love and hugs from Grandma and Grandpa

Simply Sabbath

Every day when we rise out of bed it is so dark and probably every day I say, oh I wish we could just lay here and watch the sky take shape in our new skylights.

Well today was the day.

This is only the view out of one which we think is wonderful...there are two and that makes it all doubly wonderful.  I like to start my day looking up!

"The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?"
Psalm 27: 1

Friday, December 16, 2011

Getting Ready For Christmas...

Isn't this just the most delightful cake?

It just invites you to smile.

This morning when I did some research on the song that inspired this cake I found that I had been singing it wrong all these many years.

When you come to no. 4 in the series I always thought that it was "...four calling birds" but it isn't.  It is correctly sang as "...four collie birds".  So then, of course, I had to find out what collie birds are.

It is spelt either collie or colley birds and they are European Black Birds.  Now we all know.

Oh, you say I am the last to know?  That's possible.

Love to all.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Quote to Help Wind Up the Week...

"it takes courage to grow up 
and become who you truly are."  
-e.e. cummings

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Two Proverb Tuesday...

It has come to my attention over and over that there is a message being played out 'there', you know, in the media, more strongly than ever, where the answer to all your woes and troubles would be over if you would just:

follow your heart
whatever makes you happy
do what you want, when you want
do what makes you feel good

...and phrases of similar value.  This I find troubling.  Somewhere in my past I learned that my heart was not always the best barometer, especially in moments of intense stress.  In fact I find that so much sorrow and major hurt has transpired because somebody thought they needed 'to follow their bliss'.

You know I am not talking about little issues here but choices that are earth shattering to you or the people around you.

"He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, 
But whoever walks wisely will be delivered."  
Proverbs 28:26

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, 
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, 
And He shall direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5,6

Just sayin'...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Miracles on Monday

"Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see."  CS Lewis

Wouldn't you call that a miracle?

Within a short span of 3 days we have watched the miracle of this birth...from a bud to a 'just-about' flower.   

What more could one desire than to see a small wonder transpire right before your eyes?  It seems these little joys are set about to keep us going, to keep us looking forward.  

Tell me, what miracle is happening right now around you?  

"The shadow proves the sunshine." - Switchfoot

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Simply Sabbath

Psalm 23

1.  The Lord is my Friend, that is all I desire.

2.  I feel His presence with me, beneath me, over me and within me.  He alone gives the peace and quiet that I long for.

3.  Walking together we talk and He brings sanity back to my soul.  He will often walk ahead of me, facing me, urging me along.

4.  Through the darkest of days He has promised to be there so I have nothing to fear.  I can see that He is equipped to get rid of my enemies and He will do that all in good time.

5.  Every day I dine well with my Friend and Lord.  His words are like wonderful bread to me; satisfying to my body and soul.

6.  I have been so blessed.  All about me is evidence that He is my Friend.  There is nothing I want more than to live with God forever.

The Lord's my Shepherd; I'll not want.
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

My soul He doth restore again,
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
E'en for His own name's sake.

Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me, and Thy rod
And staff me comfort still.

My table Thou hast furnished
In presence of my foes,
My head Thou dost with oil annoint,
And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me,
And in God's house forever more
My dwelling place shall be.

Wishing you all a lovely ending to a week filled with "Life" for each of us.  I do not know what all you have carried on your back on in your heart but I do understand that we all need a Friend of the heavenly kind.  God bless and keep you and be well.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Today's Sunrise...

"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else."  -CS Lewis

This is not the best quality photo but it was such a spectacular sky I wanted to share it with you and wish you well as you start your day.  The lights on Plumper Sound are the freighters sitting out there waiting for their number to be called over at the port.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Song For Your Week...

May I wish you a very Blessed Christmas...from Canada.  Notice the young man's mitts! They are the red and white maple leaf mitts you can buy at The Bay!  And he is not an unusual fellow to be wearing shorts in the middle of winter.

Do have a lovely December getting ready to celebrate The Birth.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Beautiful Thing . . .

"Grown don't mean nothing to a mother.  A child is a child.  They get bigger, older, but grown?  What's that suppose to mean?  In my heart it don't mean a thing."  -Toni Morrison

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sisters . . .

"A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves - a special kind of double."   - Toni Morrison

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sherwin had a birthday today, for which I am thankful.  The very fact that we have travelled together down the road for over 45 years officially, is quite astounding.  I am grateful that we both have good health and the enjoyment of each other.  We feel most abundantly blessed.

Today when I realized there was snow on the ground outside I had to run out to take some photos...we do not get that much snow here for which I am thankful, but it was pretty this morning.

I am very thankful for my new little apple trees that I planted some time ago.  I talk to them.  I rub their leaves.  I sing to them and am expecting them to have a 'fruitful' season next year.

But when I see them covered in snow I am thankful for the promise of Spring.

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."   -Anne Bradstreet

"Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter.  Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it."  -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tell me, what is it that you are most thankful for tonight?  Tell me, what promise do you hope for, knowing it is sure?  For you I am wishing something to be thankful for and some promise that you know is a sure thing.

Happy Birthday, dear Sherwin...

With someone like you, a pal so good and true,
I'd like to leave it all behind and go and find
Some place that's known to God, alone,
Just a spot we call our own
We will find perfect peace, where joys never cease
Out there beneath a kindly sky
We'll build a sweet little nest somewhere in the west
And let the rest of the world go by.

May your new year be all you wish it to be, dear Sherwin...with all my love.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Question to Jump-Start Your Week...

Ask yourself:

"When is the last time you did something for the first time?"

Friday, November 11, 2011

My Favourite Things

It has come to my attention that we all have serious things on our minds and the hard things of life are tending to wear us down.  Set a spell with me and read my frivolous lists (see original source of idea) and then, please, I invite you to share with me what this list would say about you.  It helps to take our minds off the hard stuff.  And it makes it so fun to share these inconsequential tid-bits with each other.

So here goes...

13 places I have visited:
Paris, France
Quebec City, Canada
Halifax, NS
Orlando, FL
San Antonio, TX
New York City
The Panama Canal
Walla Walla, WA
Bainbridge Island, WA
Four of the Hawaiian Islands
Navojoa, Sonora, MX
etc., etc., etc.

12 items on my bucket list:
Machu Picchu
Great Britain
St. Petersburg
Florence, Italy
Panama Canal (again)
Istanbul and all the cities of Asia Minor as written about in Revelation
Piedmont Valley, home of the Waldensian people
One-woman Black & White photo show
Play the cello with some confidence
Paint watercolours and be able to sell them
Quilts for all children and grandchildren
Have my garden in apple-pie perfect order ...don't want Butchart ...want it less formal but still a delight to all.

11 things I like to eat:
shortcake and berries and cream
coconut flan
baguette sandwiches in Paris
soy latte at Starbucks
large navel oranges
honeycrisp apples
custard...anywhere, anytime on any good pastry
curry and rice

10 items currently on my desk:
Photoshop Elements to install
Music Cd's to install in my computer
Printer/scanner, handy so I can scan my old favourite photos
Photos to scan
Light meter to learn how to take photos manually
Moleskin books of every colour for my famous lists
Magnifier with pretty handle
Pewter pot for what-nots
A Macro lens
iPod to refill with fine music

9 flowers I would fill my house with:
Roses, though I am very fussy about the colour
Dahlias, warm tones
Sweet Peas

8 favourite songs/composers/singers:
Beethoven...I love the flow of his music
Bach...the contrary motion in his music
Kris Kristoffersen
Leonard Cohen
Luciano Pavarotti
Misha Maisky playing Shubert on the cello
Musicals:  Camelot, Sound of Music, The King and I
Alan Jackson singing hymns

7 things I cannot get through the day without:
Time with God
Time at my art table
Connecting with a friend or two off island
Hugs and good words with my husband
Water...I am still a water nut
Looking out on the view side of the house
Good food

6 favourite authors:
Barbara Tuchman
CS Lewis
Willa Cather
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Jane Austen
The Bronte Sisters
etc., etc., etc.  (You can tell I watched The King and I more than once this week while I painted boards in the cabin...didn't watch so much as sang along, you know what I mean.)

5 animals I would have as a pet:
a burro
an elephant
dogs (plural)
fish in an aquarium

4 words to describe me:
way, way too practical

3 models of vehicles I have owned:
190D Mercedes
318i BMW
Q4 Infiniti

2 physical traits that attract me to someone:

1 favourite season:
I have to say, Spring!

Tell me, what will your 13 lists tell me about you...I would love to know.

For Those Who Follow...

"Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from falling hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields."
                  -John McCrae M.D.

These last lines of the famous "In Flanders Fields" speak to me of more than wars and battles between nations but of the larger battle that touches all of us.

Today I am remembering not only men and women who fought in the name of Freedom but those who have come before us teaching and leading.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mid-week Memory

This was our first purchased home.  Circa 1969.  Shelby was 2 years old and Sherilee was 8 months when we moved here.  Our mortgage payment was $65. +/- a few cents.  Those were the days.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Quote for the Week...

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."  - Mark Twain

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Joke is on Me!

Probably no one out there who will read this has not heard about the pinhole problem in my computer...I have fussed and fretted about it for weeks and not known what to do with it.  These little pinholes had rainbow colours shining through.  ???

Last week I phoned the Apple rep at Future Shop and left a message on his phone.  Two days later I sent him an email and finally on Saturday night I heard from him

Rob says, "It sounds to me like you have a warranty issue and here are the people for you to talk to at Apple..."

Sherwin uses my computer once in a while to remove photos for his blog and he said, "When are you going to do something about these pinholes?"

So this morning while I was skyping with Seth I thought he may be able to tell me what the problem was so we did some computer gymnastics and he said, "Looks to me like you have a great screen."

But then while he and I were still online I looked closely at my screen and told Seth that the pinholes were gone.  What did I do?  How did they disappear?  How could they have been here for weeks and then all of a sudden be gone???

All day I have batted this thing around in my head wondering what on earth I will tell Rob over at Future Shop about the disappearance of my little pinholes.

I just came in from a day outdoors, sat down at my computer and it dawned on me...

I washed my screen this morning with special computer cleaner.   Teach me for spitting at my computer, I guess.

Please do not fall off your chairs laughing at me...isn't that a hoot?

Questions to Start Your Week

For some time now I have been receiving Seth Godin's daily blog where he gives well thought-out advice to professional people in business and/or marketing.  It has been some years since I have had to rub shoulders with other people in business on a daily basis but some of his blogs, in fact a lot of his blogs can be applied to daily life no matter where you are.

This past week he gave a list of questions appropriate for the interviewer to ask the interviewee.  Excellent stuff.

So today I am going to ask you:

"How long are you willing to keep on pushing on a good project until you give up?"

"How hard is it to get you to change your mind when you are wrong?"

"How much do you learn from failing?"

"How long does it take you to learn something new?"

"How hard is it for you to let someone else take the lead?"

"How much do you care?"

No matter where you are, at what stage in your life you are, no matter who you are, these are good questions for you to ask yourself about your life.

Do these questions bring up other questions in your mind?  What life experiences come to mind when you read these?  Good food for thought.

Have a great week!  Thinking of you.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Birthday, Sherilee

"Heredity determines the colour of her eyes, but environment lights them up."

"A daughter is a day brightener and a heart warmer."

"Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.  Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,  But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised."  Proverbs 31: 29 and 30

Happy, happy birthday to a very dear girl... Much love from your Pa and me.