Monday, June 22, 2015

Fooling Around with Food

A few weeks ago when the Goerlitz Jr. family came for the weekend, Kim brought a bag of the most amazing salad that we loved, cleaned up after they left and picked apart to identify all the ingredients.

You chop up all the ingredients, put it in a zip-loc bag and I tell you, when you open the bag to take out a handful for a meal you will love the smell. Great salad, thank you so much, Kim!!

Chopped Salad

Red Onion
Red Pepper
Sugar Peas
Red Cabbage
Fresh Dill
Green Onion
Fennel Bulb

Chop these veggies up in the quantities that will work for your household. Mix and enjoy!!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Men of Influence

Not only have I had these men as a strong influence in my life but I have also watched how they influence people around them.

"Example is not the main thing 
in influencing others. 
It is the only thing."
Albert Schweitzer

Father was my first and strongest influence in my childhood. What Father did, I thought I should do... Today my husband still teases me that my car snobbery is a direct influence of my Father. I love it!!

The good and real things that I believe came from my father were my delight in the world around me, my interest in other people, the joy of beauty and aesthetic niceties and an appreciation for God and King.

Wish I could tell him today how much good he was in my life.

Loved catching son Shelby on the fly from a great distance just a couple weeks ago. See that nice smile on his face? He is going towards his sister... 

"The more tranquil a man becomes, 
the greater is his success, 
his influence, his power for good. 
Calmness of mind 
is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom."
James Allen

I must say that there is not a time that I have spent with my son that I have not come away with something of value to think on. He is just that way, in his quiet manner.

One of the more recent additions to our family, son-in-law Alan, does not realize the beauty he brings to our group. He has a strength of character that we have come to rely on. How many times I have said, What does Alan think about this? We should ask Alan.

The father of our beautiful children, the love of my life, has undoubtedly had the greatest influence on me over the past 50+ years. When you have lived with someone as long as we have it is hard to know where one or the other starts and ends. Intertwined is what it is.

One of the most powerful influences I have felt from Sherwin is his creative nature. He just finished this pillar last week. And the studio we built above this carport makes an easy place to hide away for both of us to play at art. He is an inspiration to me.

To my good, sweet husband:

"You've influenced the world 
not because you've wanted to hug it 
and cuddle it and call it sweet thing, 
but because one day you wanted 
to beat the crap out of somebody 
and you didn't. 
You made a painting instead."
Libba Bray

Each of the children that have come under the influence of these men has benefited. For that, today, I am so thankful.

Be well.
With love.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Seth . . . Graduate of 2015!

The Graduation we had been looking toward for many years is behind us. What a weekend we had. It was a melty hot weekend, weather wise, but we had three full days of great food, happy chats, early morning walks in the gorgeous Walla Walla countryside and the joy of marking the moment with Seth and his folks.

You are a handsome lad, Seth Benjamin Raymond Chapman, and we are so proud of you. 

As we melted onto our chairs Auntie Jane, Alan and your Mama anchored one end of the row of chairs and...

Grandpa was at the other end of the row killing time with yet another Sudoku puzzle.

And Great Auntie Marilyn from Calgary and Uncle Shelby from Bainbridge Island helped to make the family circle.

But the most important reason for being there came smilingly down the aisle with his friend Noble. There were 454 graduates so it took a while for all that pomp and circumstance to march by. And even longer for 454 graduates to get diploma in hand, shaken by the other hand and sent off out into the world!

And so it goes...

It was actually one of the best graduations I have been to. Comparatively speaking it was short, very sweet, had good music and sent us on our way before dark.

During that long roll call as each graduate marched by I recognized a few names of Seth's friends who he had spoken of over the years but when his name was called our row of family hooted, hollered, whooped and cheered like kids. One would think we had done the work.

Seth brings warmth to all of our hearts.

For all this I am truly grateful.

"I told graduates to not be afraid to fail, 
and I still believe that. 
But today I tell you 
that whether you fear it or not, 
disappointment will come. 
The beauty is that through disappointment 
you can gain clarity, 
and with clarity comes conviction 
and true originality."
- Conan O'Brien