Friday, July 24, 2015

Happy Thoughts...

"Fill your mind with the thought that God is there. And once your mind 
is truly filled with that thought, 
when you experience difficulties 
it will be as easy as breathing 
for you to remember, 
'My heavenly Father knows all about this!'... 
you can rest in perfect confidence in Him."

Good night.
Be well.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Surprise Over the Hill

This morning while the three of us were out walking just below the gate area, we were chatting away and looking toward the road where it drops on down the hill. If I would have had my iPhone out of my pocket I would have snapped a photo of our morning surprise.

Just as this road crests there was a young buck coming towards us. He stood there as transfixed as we all were. I looked at both Sherwin and Seth's faces for reaction and it was sheer delight for all of us.

Of course he was off and running before I could capture him but seconds later he popped up over the edge of the road right in front of us. He was as curious about us as we were about him.

We stood still, I talked to him softly while I got my phone ready to shoot him. He stood there and stared at us for at least 10-15 seconds. He was magnificent.

Then he turned as was gone.

I am always so thankful for these brief moments I get with the wildlife around here. We have had close encounters with a few different species this summer already and it has been so thrilling.

Hope your week has some surprises (good ones) too.

Above all, be well.

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Lord is My Shepherd

"The King of Love my Shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His, 
And He is mine forever.

Where streams of living water flow
My ransomed soul He leadeth,
And where the verdant pastures grow,
With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me,
And on His shoulders gently laid,
And home, rejoicing, brought me.

And so through all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd! I would sing Thy praise
Within Thy house forever."

Wishing you all a lovely Sabbath.
Be well.

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

Saturday, May 30, 2015

End of Week Delight!

Yesterday evening I came upon this owl. I guess I surprised him first because he flew up from the ground close by where I was and perched in a tree. 

I was so taken with him I walked all around trying to get the best look. At first he was some distance, maybe 50'+ but while I hiked back up to get my camera he obligingly flew closer to the meadow.

Still with my zoom lens he was not big but I played with the photo back here on the computer and this is about as good as it gets for today. 

It was a delightful way to draw curtains on my week.

"Those who contemplate 
the beauty of the earth 
find reserves that will endure
as long as life lasts."
Rachel Carson