Monday, September 29, 2008

The Usual S.S. About The House...

Hoping that everyone had a weekend doing exactly what they wished to do and that it was wonderful.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

She Is Hoarding Her Light... the beauty of her creations. Pilgrims of warmth and brilliance, balanced against the bluest of blues, slowly move southward. It is time for her bounty to say farewell.
The linen fields will soon open to a soft green with the coming rain.
Slowly and purposefully, she will paint her leaves with hues that dazzle the eye and warm the spirit. She knows well how to give care before the darkness and cold....before the silence and stillness of sleep.
Arrows in the sky and music in the bleached grass, her geese, crickets and crows come together in an autumnal pavane; a slow and mixed dance of joy and sadness.
The mountains may well be hidden, but the letter of the red leaf that falls to the ground will sustain and fan hope.
She only dons a different gown.
We will draw close to the fire and warmth, and remember with comfort, the red letter and the promise of what is to come.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Snap Up Your Snorkle...Find Your Fins...Take Up Your Towel.....and

.... have a wonderful time with some of God's greatest creations.

We did have a wonderful time. I did take these pictures and I have to say that for someone who has no clue I did a.o.k. The darkness and the curves of the glass were a challenge to say the least. We saw sea otters and sea lions...did not come out too well in the photos. It was a great day.
I will be off (what's new) from Sunday through Wednesday, but I will be checking on everyone when I have time. This is a Sunday Stroll a day earlier and definitely not on dry land.


Friday, September 19, 2008

She Sells Sea Shells.......

....going to the sea shore with her.

Happy Weekend to all....


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Happy Birthday.... a 4yr. old! Wow, 4 years old already.

S. came down with our son on Sunday to spend the day. While her daddy was helping to cut down some big, dead trees, we wandered around and had a great time.

I made this little smock for her and I think that she likes it. I thought it turned out pretty cute.

Next Sunday she and her daddy and mama and the two of us are all going to go to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. I haven't been in years and S. has never been. She is very excited but a little bit apprehensive that the sharks are going to "get" her. That thought would worry me too. Hopefully, her fears will melt away once she realizes that there will be glass between her and those scary creatures.

It's a beautiful aquarium and of course the Oregon coast is gorgeous. Maybe we can even have a picnic on the beach.
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I love you, sweet little one!


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sunday Stroll.........Redux

I know that many, many people had such a heartbreaking weekend, and will have months and months ahead of them filled with loss and pain. My heart goes out to them and my prayers for healing. May there be all the assistance they require, solace in such hard times, and hope for a bright and safe future.


Friday, September 12, 2008

In Which I Carry On A Conversation With......


  • Ellen, I realize that you were awake quite a bit last night. Why is that?
  • I think I was worrying about stuff.
  • What's all this "stuff" that you're chasing after?
  • I'm worried and discouraged about the election and I'm concerned (very) about this country and where it's been for the last number of years and where it's headed.
  • Are you afraid things will change?
  • No, I am afraid that things will not change.
  • I also noticed that yesterday you raced to turn off the discussion about the election and the comments about the parrying of insults going on between the candidates.
  • I did. I often race to turn off the radio.
  • Why is that?
  • Because I find it upsetting. I find it depressing. I get angry, I get terribly sad and feel helpless.
  • Do you think it's a good thing to ignore what's going on?
  • No, I think we should all know what is going on in our country and in the world to the best of our abilities. It's just that some days it is just too much.
  • What are you going to do about it?
  • I don't know.
  • Well, come on now, surely you can do something.
  • I think that that's a big part of it. Surely I can do something, but I've lost that feeling and trust that I can. I mean, who is listening to us? Do they, as those in power, really care? I just don't think they do. Do you remember the email I sent to George Bush last year?
  • Yes, I do. I think that you acknowledged what a terribly difficult job being President is. I think that you even mentioned that you felt that George truly believed that his policies and actions were good. I also remember that you accused him of just plowing ahead without sage counsel and consideration. You also called him a bull dog; one who grabbed hold and never let go no matter the consequences or questionable prudence of his bulldozing, holier than thou actions.
  • I did say all of those things and more.
  • What did you expect to happen after you sent that email?
  • Well, I did feel better. It felt good to express my concerns. But, you remember what happened when I sent the letter, don't you?
  • Yes, I remember. Your finger wasn't even off of the send button when you got a canned reply. I think you felt as if you had been slammed into a adamant brick wall.
  • I did feel that way. I wasn't so naive to think that George Bush would actually read my letter. I did hope that there would be some thoughtful acknowledgment, maybe something along the lines of: "Thank you for your letter of concern. It is important that we at the White House know what people are thinking and what their concerns are so that we can better serve our country. Your letter and all letters are given careful consideration. Please know that every effort is being made to keep Mr. President informed and in as close a connection with the citizens of our country as possible."
  • So, we still are at the same place: What can you do to make a difference? How do you keep informed and keep yourself from being overwhelmed and discouraged?
  • I don't know. I will vote. I always do. I'll keep running to the radio to hit the off button, but I'll keep talking to you and others. I'll keep asking questions and making an effort. I'll keep my tinder dry to light that little flame of hope.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Beautiful Bookmarks......

I received my bookmarks and book the other day and was waiting until I had my camera. But I didn't want to wait any longer, so I scanned them this morning. The scan really doesn't do them justice. They are so lovely and the book was, is and always will be a favorite of mine. It's a beautiful story of remembrance, childhood and all things that matter in this world. I've always been a fan of Barbara Cooney's illustrations too. Thank you so much Heather. I will treasure these. Go and check out Heather's blog. She posts some wonderful recipes and has gorgeous children! I also appreciate that she took the time to visit my blog in order to see what I might enjoy in a book. She hit the nail right on the head!

No Sunday stroll this week because of camera problems. I hope to have that solved soon.
Wishing everyone a wonderful week and safe passage through (hopefully not) another storm.


Monday, September 1, 2008

Reflections....On A Late Non-Organic Sunday Stroll

reflection from my printer/scanner inside the house.....

I hope that everyone is safe from the storm, and safe from future storms.....thinking of all who may be in harm's way. Take care, be safe and....