Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Looking To 2014!!

May your coming year be
filled with magic and
dreams and good 
madness. I hope you read
some fine books and kiss
someone who thinks 
you're wonderful, and
don't forget to make some
art - write or draw or build 
or sing or live as only you
can. And I hope,
somewhere in the next 
year, you surprise

-Neil Garmen

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thought To Start Your Week. . .

"Everything you've ever done,
Every person you've ever met,
Every experience you've ever had,
is a part of who you are today.

Adding interesting layers to your being,
And colourful depths to your soul,
Everything needed to be as it was,
So you would grow as you did and do."

Thank you, Jeanne, for this quote...

God be with you all.

Be well and stay in touch.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Double Digits for Miss Lu!!!

Lucy Ann
born December 18, 2003

"You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting
So… get on your way!"
- Dr. Seuss 

(taken on The Day!)

Dear Lucy…

Grandpa and I are delighted to wish you the very best of birthdays! You are a double digit girl now and will be until you turn 100!

We are so proud of you… you have a wonderful ability to bring joy and laughter to the world. Keep singing and dancing and creating all the beauty around you that you do so well.

With love and hugs and kisses!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Little Sabbath Walk . . .

After a little church in Benson and a little lunch with friends, we headed east on I-10 to St. David, the home of the Holy Trinity Benedictine Monastery. 

As you approach through the remote, isolated village of St. David, you see this cross rising above the horizon.

This cross is 70'… some hardly believed that number but when Lorne and Stanley went and stood beside the cross they did not reach the top of the base.

Once we had parked, the six of us, Lorne and Gail Booth, Stanley and Sharyl Young and Sherwin and I, took a short self-guided walking tour through the grounds. The ponds are bird sanctuaries but when I whipped out my camera they disappeared.

Sherwin and I love adobe, enjoying the colour, texture and architectural details indicative to adobe.

We came upon this monk out on the 'back 40' enjoying a smoke. You can see by the jacket that even though we had glorious sunshine it was a bit nippy with the wind.

We enjoyed the view looking back at the cross where we entered the sanctuary.

St. Francis hanging out in the cemetery… didn't take many photos there, too busy look at headstones.

Notice the Star of David in this wall… we were told that this was a nod to the ancestry of Jesus.

Still wandering… back side of the chapel.

We entered a side gate to the chapel but if you were to look to your left you would see this main gate covered with an arch topped with Tombstone Roses. Would love to return to see these roses blooming.

And to the right is the entrance to this place of worship we had come to see. 

It was late mid-afternoon by the time we got inside the chapel so the sun was low in the sky already and made lovely patterns through the windows on floors and walls.

All the windows had leaded glass… very lovely symbols of the life of Christ. We all enjoyed the simplicity of the chapel… no ostentatious display here. A great place to worship.

 Even the washroom doors got a 'snap'.

I didn't ask but this building may be the residence for the sisters… will check it out next time we visit. The softness of the contours on an adobe building suits my soul!

And there was a resident peacock, making his peculiar noises, strutting around keeping tabs on the visitors.

Of course, the variety of crosses are always a point of interest in the gift shop...

But my favourite shot of the day is this gorgeous fellow, gracing the entrance to the cross which dominated the skyline where we entered.

Hope you had a lovely Sabbath too. 

Be well and stay in touch.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Grateful For Quiet Weeks . . .

"I want to thank You, Lord, 
for life and all that's in it. 
Thank You for the day and 
for the hour and the minute."
-Maya Angelou

Tree is up...

with collected memories...

The PaperWhites are growing… and about to bloom.

Sherwin finished his puzzle… thank you, Sheila May.

House under construction across the street… notice the name on the lumber… 
thank you Sheila May.

For those who have heard of the missing black stone heart… lost is found.

And especially grateful for 3 beautiful grandchildren… 
if you look closely you will see Grandma hovering over them in a 'selfie'. 

You can see I have much to be thankful for in my quiet week.

"Reflect on your present blessings, 
of which every man has many, 
not on your past misfortunes, 
of which all men have some."
- Charles Dickens

Have a lovely new week as you prepare your hearts and homes for Christmas.
Be well and stay in touch.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Day 30 . . . Self/Personhood

"With stammering lips and insufficient sounds,
I strive and struggle to deliver right
the music of my nature."
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Who are you?

Day 29 . . . Movement

Movement In Our Early Morning Routine… 
as seen through the eye of an iPhone


Past the clubhouse I see the flag fluttering...

Sherwin is out pickle balling with his buddies...

And the palm trees flutter in the breeze…

My kind of movement.

Keep moving and stay in touch.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Day 28 . . . Skies

"Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, 
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness."
-Kahlil Gibran

(winter sky on Mayne)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Day 27 . . . Creativity

"You have brains in your head. 
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who'll
decide where to go..."
Dr. Seuss

Go have a great day creating something new…

Be well and stay in touch.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Day 26 . . . Routine

Great joy comes from the routines of life… morning routines to get you going, evening routines that settle you back in, but one of my favourite routines is organizing my day, month, year.

This handy, dandy journal comes to us at a perfect time of year, ready for a new year. Take a look at this and enjoy. I had to listen/watch more than once to get the gist of it but I think it is a winner.

Thank you to Shelby for setting me on this path.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Day 25 . . . Family

Today when the word 'Family' came up in our blog challenge I thought I could put my hands on photos of my family… but with all the photo transfers lately my photos of The Nine of Us did not get brought along…

I was heartsick but then came across this cute little family of javelinas and thought I would give them a place of honour in my blog.

To see a great photo of 'Family' go to Sherilee's blog at Sweet Tea & Sunshine where you will see the Real Thing!!

"If someone were to harm my family 
or a friend or somebody I love, 
I would eat them. 
I may end up in jail for 500 years, 
but I would eat them."
- Johnny Depp

Be well and stay in touch.

Day 24 . . . Comfort

This is what comfort looked like yesterday at our house… It was Grey Cup Day and our Canadian friends, Lorne and Gail came from town to enjoy The Game…

A few snacks which included Hawkins Cheezies (only in Canada) and Australian Ginger Beer rounded out the pre-supper goodies.

A lovely afternoon/evening was had by all. And that is comforting.

"Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, 
for real comfort."
- Jane Austen

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Day 23 . . . Taste

"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time trying to prove he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority."
- E. B. White

Go, enjoy Nature as she has been meant to be enjoyed, up close and personal.

Be well and stay in touch.

Day 22 . . . Home

Early morning sky over our home in AZ, Thursday, November 21, 2013.
Home again!

Day 21 . . . Kindness

"Let us be kinder to one another."
- Aldous Huxley, on his deathbed

Day 20 . . . Scent . . . The Scent of Love in Action . . .

Last weekend we were at our daughter's house celebrating birthdays… Sherwin had requested his favourite Chocolate Bread Pudding. Sherilee asked what I would like for my celebration and I said, 'A Rainbow Cake, but you are too busy and we have had this pudding and don't need another dessert… let's do it another time'.

No, now was the time and the little cakes were delightful. One 'not-small-enough' cake for each of us. I loved the smell of the cakes baking, the smell of the sweet icing but most of all I loved the smell of loving action in the kitchen.

Thank you, dear daughter. Now I have had my Rainbow Cake.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Day 19 . . . Knowledge

What I guy…
What do I know about him…
He makes me smile.
He makes me think I can do whatever crosses my mind.
He makes my world go round.
I know I do love him.

Happy, happy birthday, Sherwin!

December 18 . . . Change

It is with great sorrow that I must announce the death of my all-time favourite personal residence. We four lived in this house from 1980-1985, which is not long, but Sherwin and I designed this home from a plan I found and we made it very comfortable.

No one has lived in our house for many years so much of the house is in great disrepair, falling apart inside and out. Very sad...

Change happens when you are not watching… sometimes change brings joy and delight, sometimes not so much.

"You can't stop the future
You can't rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret
. . . is to press play."
- Jay Asher

Be well, stay in touch and roll with me through the changes of life...

Day 17 . . . Technology

Due to our current road trip I am running behind…

And maybe my frustration with technology right now has helped stop me up on this subject.

Grrrr… getting my phone running again with American 'juice' is proving challenging.

"It has become appallingly obvious 
that our technology 
has exceeded our humanity."
-Albert Einstein

And Einstein has been off the stage of life since 1955. What would he say today, especially if he had been following me around to phone carriers!

Be well, stay in touch and tomorrow is a new day!!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Day 16 . . . Weather

(early morning wintery sky south of Whiteley Road)

"Winter is the time for comfort, 
for good food and warmth, 
for the touch of a friendly hand and 
for a talk beside the fire: 
it is the time for home."
- Edith Sitwell