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.