Saturday, December 29, 2012

Thankfulness Through Adversity . . .

Yes, I know...we can be thankful even when we've stubbed our toe or had a thorough head whacking by life...theoretically, that is.

But what about in reality?  Over the years I have learned through some nasty, snarly lessons that when I am down and out that is a great opportunity to trust in the Lord.

But then I say, how many times do I have to learn to trust Him?  Again and again?

Well, last night in the wee small hours, as I flipped from side to side and raced through a half dozen Sudoku puzzles I finally came to rest in a truly thankful moment.  The mind battles that haunted me came to rest in a trusting sleep.

It is odd that no matter how advanced the years I still have to go through the "Jacob-wrestling-with-The-Angel' hours before it dawns on me that yes, this is one more opportunity to trust in the Lord.

For all the 'wrestling' times through my life, I am thankful.  I take it that means He is not finished with me yet nor has He thrown me on the trash heap.  Hallelujah!  Amen!

(second-coming clouds I snapped this past week)

"For I know the plans I have for you,
Plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
Plans to give you Hope and a Future."
Jeremiah 29:1

That is my wish for you today.
God bless and be well.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Little Puzzle . . .

My husband does not think the world will know what I have used for my header photo.

Tell me, what do you think that is?

I want to hear from you all now...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Memory in the Middle of the Week...

. . . a fall watercolour sky over Walla Walla, Washington

"What I like about photographs 
is that they capture a moment that's gone forever, impossible to reproduce."
-Karl Lagerfield

Friday, December 21, 2012

For Miss Lucy . . .

Lucy Ann Goerlitz
Born on December 18, 2003

This past Monday our Lucy celebrated her ninth birthday while she visited with her Grandpa Tibi in Los Angeles.

At first I didn't think I had any recent photos of Lucy in my computer here in AZ but then I remembered our lovely time together at Walla Walla for Thanksgiving.  The photo above is Lucy just a month before her 'day'.

Grandpa, Maizy and Lucy doing some 'puzzling' over that holiday.

And here you see the happiest Grandma and Grandpa with the three grandest grandchildren!

Dear Lucy, Grandpa and I love you and are so happy for your delight in learning and your joy in life.  You have helped make our family much more aware of the world around us in new and fresh ways.

We love to see you dance and sing and smile.

May every day be a precious to you and may you find delight around every corner in life.

Love and hugs and many kisses . . . Grandma and Grandpa

At Week's End . . .

As the sky darkens and the week starts winding down, I must say I am most thankful this week is past...and I would wager that I am not alone on this.

I am also thankful that the days will start getting longer after today and pretty soon we won't be rising in the dark.

Even though my neighbour is very close and so far non-existant, I am thankful for the sky outside our windows.  From the dining room we see this unfinished house...

from the living room we see marvellous sunsets through the arches on our front porch...

and I am always able to spot the beauty of the flowers that some dear soul has planted 'just-for-me'!!!

At night from my side of the bed I look out our bedroom window and see a wonderful display of stars on clear nights.  I thought the stars were fantastic on our little island but they truly show off their splendour here on the desert.

We are thankful for the opportunity to meet new people and start to form new friendships.

(self-portrait from our Christmas dinner here at Del Webb at Rancho del Lago)

"Life has taught us 
that love does not consist 
of gazing at each other 
but in looking outward together 
in the same direction."
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Tonight I am thankful for my Creator who gives me fresh evidence every day that He cares for me and has my back.

Tonight I am thankful for my childhood family who knows me better than I know myself most days.  Thankful for our children who are a strong support for me to lean on...they send me cheer and smiles which warm my heart.

I realize that if I am able to make this 'thankfulness list' I am most fortunate.  

Good night, God bless and be well.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

For Those Who Mourn . . .

Where are the loves that we have loved before

When once we are alone, and shut the door ?

No matter whose the arms that held me fast,

The arms of Darkness hold me at the last.

No matter down what primrose path I tend,

I kiss the lips of Silence in the end.

No matter on what heart I found delight,

I come again unto the breast of Night.

No matter when or how love did befall,
'Tis Loneliness that loves me best of all,

And in the end she claims me, and I know

That she will stay, though all the rest may go.

No matter whose the eyes that I would keep

Near in the dark, 'tis in the eyes of Sleep

That I must look and look forever more,

When once I am alone, and shut the door.

"Blessed are those who mourn, 
for they shall be comforted."
Matthew 5: 4

Friday, December 14, 2012

At Week's End . . .

"Prayer is taking a chance 
that against all odds and past history, 
we are loved and chosen, 
and do not have to 
get it together before we show up."
-Anne Lamott

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Simply Sajuaro Sabbath

It seems we cannot get enough of the sunshine, blue sky and heat...the natives tell us that we are getting better than usual December weather this year but the Lord knows we were ready for this.

The photo in my header is the view as I got out of Lorne's car today headed out for a hike in Sajuaro National Park.

What a lovely walk we had.  Sherwin, Lorne and I had a great time catching up as we enjoyed the beauty of the desert all around us.  Gail stayed behind nursing her wounded knee.

We were careful to walk a straight line and not fall off the path!

"You can't fight the desert...
you have to ride with it."  
-Louis L'Amour

The cowboys and girls say they carry pliers with them to remove thorns from the horses feet...ouch!

We were all taken with the extraordinary beauty and symmetry of the plants along the trail.

Even the aged sajuaros had a certain charm...we half expected to see vultures sitting on this old and rugged specimen.

Close-up in the shade you get a little different perspective of the serious equipment these plants are born with.

And being Sabbath and all, we noticed the choir gathered to sing...

Wish we could have captured the Huge Jack Rabbit we saw ...he was too fast for the photographers in our group.  His ears far outsized his skinny body and legs to watch.

"If you don't die of thirst , there are blessings in the desert.  You can be pulled into limitlessness, which we all yearn for, or you can do the beauty of minutiae, the scrimshaw of tiny and precise.  The sky is your ocean, and the crystal silence will uplift you like great gospel music, or Neil Young."
-Anne Lamott

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Fun, Fun, and More Fun

There have been some good laughs around here as we learn more about each other in the process of setting up a new house.  We brought a lot of small stuff with us from Canada but there was much we left behind as we will need those items when we head Home again.

We didn't realize until we were in the middle of it that Sherwin had never gone 'kitchen shopping' with me before.  You know the little things that make a kitchen function...those nifty tools and pretty what-nots that make a kitchen work.  In the past if I needed something I would just go and get what was necessary and come home, integrate it into my kitchen and he would never know what it took to pull my kitchen together.

Aha!  It was time to hit 'Bed, Bath and Beyond' this week as I knew they would have a few items I needed.  We carefully worked down the list with me adding goodies to the cart.  Now picture Sherwin pushing said cart, rolling his eyes in amazement as the cart becomes quite full.

But...the last thing on my list was an iron and a new ironing board.  You all know that ironing is not high on my list of enjoyable pastimes so I just breathed deeply and headed to the small appliance department.

Hmmm...there were very lovely irons on display and not cheap!  We could pay all the way up to $150. for the iron and $100. for the ironing board.  Probably not a good idea for someone who avoids ironing as much as possible so I looked around and found the cheapest board and a middle of the road iron.

Now don't saw off in boredom because I am just coming to the best part of the story...

There was a bedskirt that required ironing when it came out of the dryer so I set up my new equipment and went for it.  I filled the iron with water and thought that the new iron may change my whole attitude towards ironing.  It was so pretty, so new, so clean!

In a minute or so the iron smelled funny and the bedskirt was not losing it's wrinkles. *%#$^*! Grumble, mumble, whine...

"Sherwin, I should have bought the expensive model of both and then my clothes would shed their wrinkles more easily". what?  I kept at it though because persistence is in my genes.

But, if I am going to iron there better be decent results!  It was time to thoroughly inspect this new iron.  When I seriously looked at the iron, I burst out laughing and laughed and laughed.  In my haste to get ironing (heaven forbid) I had not removed the light cardboard cover on the bottom of the iron.  The steam could not come out, the heat was only scorching the cardboard and the bedskirt was still wrinkly!

It was very funny to both of us but now in the retelling it was maybe one of those stories where you actually had to be there to be amused.

For those of you who have worked hard at mind blowing jobs all week, exhausted by your labours, you can see that down the road when you retire very small, innocuous incidents in your life will give you great amusement.

Or, at least, I hope they do...