Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Little One, Little Bear, Sweet Pea, Etc. Etc. Etc . . .

Sherilee Ann Coffey
born October 29

'A woman who is convinced 
that she deserves to accept only the best 
challenges herself to give the best. 
Then she is living phenomenally.'
- Maya Angelou

-Sherilee with her two men and best friends...

'A girl should be two things: 
classy and faulous.'
- Coco Chanel

Wishing you a wonderful day, Sherilee. Happy, Happy Birthday! We will celebrate when we come to you in November.

Love to you with hugs, kisses and deep sighs... 

Monday, October 21, 2013

What Every Woman Should Know . . .

Last week my daughter, Sherilee, sent a link to a blog where I learned '25 Things Every Woman Should Know'. It's great fun and a gotta' read! Click here to see.

On many of the items I have taken the liberty to do some paraphrasing to make them work for me. So now and then I will share with you what I think every woman should know... and guys, it wouldn't hurt for you to read this too. I know, deep down, you all want to understand the woman in your life! Big Smile!!

" Life is a mighty battle but do it right 
so you are still sad to see it go."

What 'do it right' means to me will be different from what that means to you. But there are some basics, I believe, that will make life more what we all want it to be.

1. Be smart... it boosts the self-respect.
2. Be thoughtful... makes relationships real.
3. Be generous... put others first.

Think about it... if I followed those concepts I could come skidding into the end of my life with fewer unresolved regrets, don't you think?

It's a start!

Be well and stay in touch.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

What I Believe . . .

"A mighty fortress is our God, 
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing. . ."

These massive mountains in Zion National Park, Utah, USA made me think of this song while we drove through the park. The sky was blue, the colours were brilliant and I was happy to be reminded of the power and strength of God.

"Let goods and kindred go, 
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill;
God's truth abideth still, 
His kingdom is forever!"

Be well and have a lovely day.

A Little Yawn and a Lot of Gratitude . . .

Wish that photo was me... just taking it easy. But love, love the photo nonetheless. This week, my friend Elaine sent this to me because it reminded her of my blog. Thank you so much for the photo, Elaine, and for keeping in touch. For new friends and world travel, I am thankful.

For the day to day progress on our new studio, I am thankful. The stairs are wonderful.

There are bookshelves on 4 sides of these stairs... so looking forward to filling them up. All lovingly built by Sherwin.

For unusual encounters with nature, I am thankful. This past week while we were staining window casings out by the garage this little fellow slowly made his way across the garage floor. He was so little and so slow I thought he must be ill. Minutes later I looked around and he was out by the wheelbarrow.

That is Sherwin's thumb down there beside him. He came right up to my feet and didn't scamper away when Sherwin knelt down to take his measure. Poor little fellow succumbed to the miseries of life some time over night. He was laying by my wheelbarrow this morning and he wasn't sleeping.

If you have ever visited us here on the island and heard our 'Renovation Tales' you have been shown the power pole we no longer need since our electrics were re-routed last year. Well, yesterday was the day to remove the pole. Hire it out? Just saw it off? No way. We are do-it-yourselfers, par excellence!

Sherwin dug around it and removed a lot of dirt and rock...

We put a chain on the pole, hoisted chain over post and Sherwin worked the chain winch block, inching that pole out of the hole. According to my photos we didn't start until 4'ish in the afternoon. It was a long haul! Notice the nice little tree to the left? We did not want to harm that tree, known as 'Seth's Tree', in any way because of it's great sentimental value. 

I ran down to the cabin to invite our renter, Chris, up to see our brand of entertainment!

Part way through the operation, when we were still not getting any co-operation from the pole, Sherwin climbed a ladder to attach a rope that would help guide the pole down so it would not harm 'Seth's Tree' to the left. I was supposed to hold onto the rope but when I looked at the size of the pole I knew who would win in a flash so the rope was wound around the tree for good measure.

More cranking on the chain winch and still it stood its ground...

Finally the pole was leaning enough for Sherwin to put a chain on it sideways and start hauling on it that way. Slowly, slowly it came down with no mishap to anything; for this I am thankful.

You can see how much of the pole was underground. You all missed a great party!

By now night was closing in on us. A good time to be done that job. 

While we were busy with that pole, look what was happening behind us...

The fog was rolling in again and night was coming with it.

The yawn I mention in the title was very close to the truth. I tried to finish this last night (Friday) but could not stay awake. It was an exciting week around here but with no Events. 

Hope your week was pleasantly uneventful too.

God be with you all and be well.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Time For Peace . . .

Wishing you all a peaceful ending to this week and a bright tomorrow.

God bless and be well.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Memories/Gratitude Mix . . .

'Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house they came...'

Well, over the ocean and through the woods. Shelby, Kim, Maizy, Lucy, Beatrice and Dante all tumbled out of the car last Thursday night bringing cheer and delight with them.

We found a new beach on the island that actually has a little sand. We are all looking forward to next summer when we can make a picnic and play by the water...

Shelby stands ready for the dogs to return with the ball.

And everybody had to take pictures of everybody else.

Maizy had a class project re: cookies...

The first recipe Grandma pulled out met with gentle approval (something was lacking in the cheering department) so another recipe was pulled out: Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti, which met with great enthusiasm!  And they were yummy too.

Shelby and Sherwin played some Cribbage...

While Lucy danced... I was happy to see this photo after the fact. Kim is out on the deck enjoying the view and Maizy is reading.

One afternoon we went for a fort inspection.

And Saturday night ended with a weiner roast down in the meadow.

It was a lovely weekend chock full of great moments to store away for quiet times.

" Sometimes memories sneak out of my eyes 
and roll down my cheeks."

Friday, October 4, 2013

Peace & Quiet & Gratitude . . .

"You gotta look for the good in the bad, 
the happy in your sad, 
the gain in your pain, 
and what makes you grateful
not hateful."
- Karen S.