Friday, January 31, 2014

"I don't think life is absurd. 
I think we are all here for a huge purpose. 
I think we shrink from the immensity 
of the purpose we are here for."
Norman Mailer

Enjoy your journey looking for the purpose of your life...

Be well... stay in touch.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A New Baby . . .

There is beauty on the desert too. . .

The Thrill of Thankfulness . . .

"I would maintain that thanks 
are the highest form of thought; 
and that gratitude is happiness 
doubled by wonder."
 G. K. Chesterton

Often I have had a marvellous rush of euphoria when I have been deeply thankful for one thing or another. The spine-tingling, hair-raising joy that accompanies serious gratitude seems a miracle to me.

When I think of God in heaven, caring for someone like me...

When I look at my children and realize that the Lord takes me seriously when I pray for them...

When I am sitting on the sofa next to my husband, holding hands and just resting easily together...

When I see the exquisite beauty of flowers...

When something happens to make me realize that there is no such thing as happenstance...

etc., etc., etc.

May you feel that same thrill of thankfulness.
Be well and stay in touch.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ask Job . . .

"The riddles of God are 
more satisfying 
than the solutions of man."
- G. K. Chesterton

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Choice . . .

University classes are coming to Del Webb, starting the first week in February for 8 weeks. Even though I will most likely miss the last week I have signed up for 3 of the classes...

Monday morning I will take a class on Lewis and Clark.
Tuesday afternoon will be a Philosophy class, using the book 'Sophie's World'.

And on Wednesday afternoon I will be taking a class in photography. I have signed up for this class in the hopes that maybe, just maybe, I can be taught how to set my camera with all the manual settings to get ready for National Geographic type photos.

There is a class on Arizona Birding and another on Language that both interest... but I think these 3 will keep me busy for the next couple months.

Wishing you all well, wherever you are.
Stay in touch!

"Our choices tell our story."

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Choice is Yours . . .

It seems that for those of us who are reluctant to enter 2014, I could be the poster child! Slowly, slowly I am gathering myself together to start this new year. What am I waiting for? Not sure but my head is awhirl (is that a word?) with ideas and I have to choose how this new year will shape up. It is my choice.

But, there is definitely a struggle in the choosing. And I realize that making no choice is also a choice.

So, 2014, here I come, ready or not!  I can hear you all laughing, wondering where in the world has Shirley Ann been. I am very conscious that the choices I make tell my story.

"The future lies
before you,
like a field of
fallen snow;
Be careful how
you tread it,
for every step
will show."

Be well and keep in touch . . .

p.s. the photo in my header is for those of you who are suffering through a long winter. The glass flowers come from Venice, Italy. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A New Day...

A new day, a new week, a new month and a new year... what more could a girl want? I have looked at the blogs I usually tap into and read other's intros to 2014, thinking of what I wanted most out of this new year.

Because of all the changes that face me every day, in all areas of life,
I want to choose the word  'Constancy' for 2014.

The foundations of my life is where I will focus this year. Come along for the ride.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Baby Saguaro... cont'd

This is a 2" square nursery pot... just wanted you to see how small Baby really is!

New Babies For a New Year!

See My New Babies!!!

Three new little cacti came to our house... notice the smallest one in the upper right hand corner of the 'nursery'.

When we toured The Sonoran Desert Museum this past weekend we were given this book of coupons and facts about the Museum. On the back page there was this offer...

So we went to B&B Cactus Farm and came home with a wee baby Saguaro... and instructions on how to care for cactus and succulents.

This is what baby Saguaro could grow up to be!!

The wee baby in the first photo is already 18 months old. It takes 50 years for a Saguaro to even get it's first arm... so we will probably not see any arms on our baby. We will leave it for one of the grandchildren to watch over.

A new start, indeed!

Wishing you all a great new year.