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.