Saturday, September 29, 2012

Simply Sabbath


"All I have seen teaches me 
to trust the Creator for all I have not seen."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson









Let's Define Happiness

Have you been able to find a great definition for the word Happiness?

Give this a try . . .



Cannot help but smile when you see this, right?

But does that mean Happiness?

Or would you say happiness could be your husband making Sabbath dinner?
    Menu:
          Kettle Korn
          White Cheddar Popcorn
          Ripe Pears
          Cantaloupe
          Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream
          and, oh yes, do not forget the Prune Plums!

Poets have searched for the meaning of happiness . . .

Happiness
by Carl Sandburg

I asked professors who teach the meaning of life to tell what is happiness.

And I went to famous executives who boss the work of thousands of men.

They all shook their heads and gave me a smile as though I was trying to fool with them.

And then one Sunday afternoon I wandered out along the Desplaines River

And I saw a crowd of Hungarians under the trees with their women and children and a keg of beer and an accordion.

"When what you think 
and what you say 
and what you do 
harmonize and blend 
you will find happiness."
-Anon

"To be of use in the world 
is the only way to be happy."
-Eleanor McMillan Brown

"We cannot cure the world of sorrows, 
but we can choose to live in joy."
-Joseph Campbell



Tell me, please, what makes you happy?
Is it possible to give it words?
Do you know it when you see it?

"Perhaps if one really knew 
when one was happy 
one would know the things 
that were necessary for one's life."
-Joanna Field








Friday, September 28, 2012

Ryder Cup . . . 2012


If you hadn't noticed, this weekend is the Ryder Cup, golf at its best, with the American team pitted against the European fellows...all marvellous golfers...at the Medinah Golf Club near Chicago, Illinois.  

So, in honour of all golfers who aspire to be better...

A Lesson From Golf
by Edgar A. Guest

He couldn't use his driver any better on the tee
Than the chap that he was licking, who just happened to be me;
I could hit them with a brassie just as straight and just as far,
But I piled up several sevens while he made a few in par;
And he trimmed me to a finish, and I know the reason why:
He could keep his temper better when he dubbed a shot than I.

His mashie stroke is choppy, without any follow through;
I doubt if he will ever, on a short hole, cop a two,
But his putts are straight and deadly, and he doesn't even frown
When he's tried to hole a long one and just fails to get it down.
On the fourteenth green I faded; there he put me on the shelf,
And it's not to his discredit when I say I licked myself.

He never whined or whimpered when a shot of his went wrong;
Never kicked about his troubles, but just plodded right along.
When he flubbed an easy iron, though I knew that he was vexed,
He merely shrugged his shoulders, and then coolly played the next.
While I flew into a frenzy over every dub I made
And was loud in my complaining at the dismal game I played.

Golf is like the game of living; it will show up what you are;
If you take your troubles badly you will never play to par.
You may be a fine performer when your skies are bright and blue
But disaster is the acid that shall prove the worth of you;
So just meet your disappointments with a cheery sort of grin,
For the man who keeps his temper is the man that's sure to win.






Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Reminder . . .



"Live in such a way 
that if anyone should speak badly of you 
no one would believe it."
-Anon





Saturday, September 22, 2012

September, Weeks Two and Three . . . Zoom!

The past two weeks have gone by so quickly.  Every day seems to roar by and we look at each other and wonder where it went!!

Not a day goes by, even after living here for 10 years, when I don't look out and feel gratitude for our surroundings.  Big Sigh...Big Smile!!! 

This year four sunflowers grew spontaneously in the back yard.  Next year I think I will deliberately grow a whole row of them...red ones, orange ones, brown ones and some yellow too.


I love the rear view of the sunflowers...so amazing.


Our attention is still on the house most all the time.  Here you can see Sherwin making progress with the application of the shingle siding and the white trim.  I went up there to help with the painting. On the photo below you can easily see his Dewalt compound mitre saw...it was a cute trick to get it up there.


Sherwin went out of his way to make the scaffolding very secure and safe for the hours and hours of work he did up there.  He knew I would whine a lot less if I felt comfortable up there and knew he was as safe as possible too.


The photo below shows the west side of the house completed...I have yet to paint the original house and garage.


We are loving the way the place is beginning to look...


And I am loving the dahlias I planted this year...the colours and textures are so beautiful and a major delight in our busyness.


While my sister Bobbi was here she and I stained boards for the soffits.  Since she left I have continued with that and Sherwin is installing the boards in the ceiling of the carport area...


In fact, as I am writing this post he is working away at this job.


My office windows look out over the ocean.  I leave you with a wish for a lovely new week and many golden autumn days ahead for all of us.  And this . . .

"Fill your mind with the thought that God is there.  
And once your mind 
is truly filled with that thought, 
when you experience difficulties 
it will be as easy as breathing 
for you to remember, 
' My heavenly Father knows all about this!' 
. . .you can rest in perfect confidence in Him."
- Author Unknown







Monday, September 10, 2012

Old Dogs . . . New Tricks

"Begin challenging your own assumptions.  
Your assumptions are your windows on the world.      
Scrub them off every once in a while, 
or the light won't come in."
-Alan Alda

For many years now I have held with the philosophy that old dogs can learn new tricks.  Just because your folks did it that way or you have invested a lot of energy into one way of thinking, don't let that stop you from taking a second look at all that is happening around you.

Tell me, what have you learned lately that feels like light coming in?

Wishing 'clean windows' for you.

God bless and be well.







Saturday, September 8, 2012

Week One . . . September

A Moment to Rejoice . . .


As we complete sections of the house Sherwin has been going back onto the roof to touch up the white areas to give them one more coat of protection from the winter storms that we tend to get here. To give you a better idea of where he was painting the facia board...


...there he is, way up high.  I had to stand on the ground with binoculars to tell him where he had missed because it was difficult for him to see over the edge.  Go back and look at photo #1 again and you will see he is holding onto a rope that was also tied onto his waist.  There you will see his nifty, triangular contraption he built to hold his paint tray with roller horizontally.  Notice the angle and the craftsmanship...he didn't want to have to pick up wet paint off the roof.

Some time ago Shelby suggested we have a video camera recording our building adventure. When the two of us have to move scaffolding and boards, way up high, or do anything tricky regarding the sides of the addition or roof, it would be interesting to view, I am sure.  At least we could all have a good laugh.


Now, at the end of the week you can see we have shingles applied and painted for the third time half-way across the north-west side of the house.  I have also painted the wall of the garage and this coming week hope to get the wall of the house backing our master bedroom done.  There is patching and sanding to do first but it is minimal compared to the work of applying the shingles that Sherwin does.


And while I was out and about with my camera I thought I would show you two beautiful HoneyCrisp Apples, soon to eaten by two tired but happy people.

Sorry I couldn't get a photo of the past two minutes in our lives.  I am sitting here in my office typing away and Sherwin calls from the bed...Shirley, come quick, we have a squirrel in our bedroom...I dashed in there, slamming doors behind me but the little squirrel wasn't just born yesterday...he knew how to get out.  My little window by my side of the bed was open with no screen.

For all of this I am grateful.  It may look easy-peasy to the outside world but we are daily thankful for the careful watch of our angels sent from heaven.  It is a full time job for them.



Something to Think About



If you were to draw a map of your heart, what would it look like?


"Character isn't something you were born with 
and can't change, like your fingerprints.  
It's something you weren't born with 
and must take responsibility for forming."
-Jim Rohn













Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Moment of Cheer to Wind Up Your Week . . .


"Let us decide on the route 
that we wish to take to pass our life, 
and attempt to sow that route with flowers."
-Madame du Chatelet









Sunday, September 2, 2012

My Turn


. . . and this is the easiest part of this wall.  It looks lovely painted though.


Happy Labour Day!




Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Man in the Moon . . .

Sometime in the middle of the night I woke with a start to the sound of scraping, banging and thumping about coming from the direction of Deck One.

Then I remembered The Moon was supposed to be Blue and knew that Mr. was outdoors working on a photo.

Grabbing my camera, peering at the sky through sleep sodden eyes I whipped out my camera and shot it!!


Hey, I want to hear great ooohs and aaahhs from the crowd.

The middle of the night is not a good time for me to try out the new stunts the photo teacher taught us just before we got our last group of guests.  What he had said during that class had gone straight to the back of the brain-bus and been submerged in menus and schedules and beds made and unmade and walls painted and boards stained and mountains of weeds pulled!!

And here was that gorgeous old big blue moon and me unprepared!

Click here and you will see the moon in all his glory last night.

But to make up for my shortcomings of the night notice the following:


Here is my dear sweetheart working on putting up shingles on the northwest side of the house. You can see the grey shingles below where I have already given them a coat of paint. Next week I get to test out the scaffold to make the entire wall grey.  It is looking very good.

After 4 test-runs I think I do have the colour for the main part of the house, the loft and studio.  I went from Concord Ivory to Barley to Vellum and finally to Summer Harvest (all Ben Moore's colours)...and now I am ready to lay it on!  The foyer has been the testing spot so it is somewhat smaller due to the layers of fresh paint.

And to finish off the week I got a photo of said husband early this morning with a fellow we met yesterday on the road when we went for a walk.  He mentioned he had a kayak and Sherwin said he would be delighted to go out with him in his kayak.  So they headed off into Navy Channel, phoned when they were below our house and I shot them.


Sherwin is the fellow in the front in the white shirt...he had a great time and is already home safe and sound and ready for some lunch, I am sure.

Tell me, what happened in your life last week that makes you thankful for today, right now, this minute in front of you?