Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What Matters Most . . .

Today this post is dedicated to my sister, Sheila May . . .

With special thanks to the artist, Dale Kunkel for this magnificent painting.

Have a good day and be well.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Among My Souvenirs . . .

Because I have chosen to use my blog as a personal journal I feel compelled to add this music video as a reminder of the fun music of my generation.

I love a variety of music genres. When this video came across my desk yesterday I couldn't believe how much I adored what they have done here... when the swings start coming out of the clouds I laughed out loud.

The title of the song, God Only Knows, could cover a number of subjects...

Enjoy it.

And above all, be well.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Eighteen Years Gone By . . .

October 1, 1996

When October 1 came around this year Seth, I was with your Grandpa, fully occupied with getting him safely to the hospital and then home again to recover from his day surgery.

We didn't forget about you though. We talked about you, remembering all our good times together, thinking of your future and wishing only the best for you.

Because we had wished you "Happy Birthday" in other ways this year, I thought I would skip the blog post but I just couldn't. This is probably more for me than anyone but necessary for my grannie-heart.

One of my favourites . . .

but then, which one would I pick if I could have only one?

That is the Pebble Beach kitchen where you loved being my helper . . . 

You were busy, busy, busy writing notes . . .

And kitchen helper on Mayne Island too.

Picnic at the treehouse. 

I remember worrying about you going down that steep hill with Grandpa so I tied a rope around both of you so if you stumbled Grandpa could catch you easy. Both your angels watched over you both up and down that cliff. (Must find those old photos. They are tucked away somewhere in the attic.)

- Kim Goerlitz
That is such a great photo of you and Cousin Maizy.

- Sherilee Coffey
And you and Alan, enjoying the beach. 

I enjoy this reflective one of you on a hike.

- Sherilee Coffey
And now you are a senior, 18 years old, ready for a new year.

Fun to look back, exciting to look forward!!

God be with you, dear Grandson.

"You do not really understand something 
unless you can explain it to your Grandmother."
- Albert Einstein

Happy, happy new year to you, dear Seth.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Meander Through My Week or Two . . .

Two weeks ago I decided on a whim to re-sign up to a group online who publish a new photo each day. I published a complete year with them back in 2010, I believe.

The community is great... people comment on your photos and you have a chance to meet new people and see what is happening in that world. There are some marvellous pictures published every day and there are discussions about how they have achieved their results.

The following photos are the ones I have published in the past couple weeks. Some...

like these two were from the day I published. Early morning light is definitely 'autumnal' in feeling and I love the delicate colours. I see this side of the property when I work outdoors on the view side.

There were a few days when I was in Victoria on business and did not have a chance to take photos or was too tired or some such excuse...

so I went back into the archives and pulled out photos I took in Mexico like these two.

But I do still have flowers to show off...

"The earth has music for those who listen."
- George Santayana

even though some look pretty dead.

The pampas grass was odd coloured one morning, very early.

Even the lowly tractor got his 15 minutes of fame...

Some days were drizzly...

And some were memory days from southern Arizona.

Don't you love this one playing hide-and-seek with me?

I am most thankful that the bees I disturbed this week in my compost did not attack me... didn't realize that they had made a home in one of my bins.

Another drizzly day...

And flora...

all around me.

I have very few dull moments here... and no boring days. But for all that, and much more, I am truly grateful.

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, 
he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
- John Muir

If you wish to join an outstanding photo group click here to get to The 365 project.

Whatever comes your way, I wish you well.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Spot of Joy . . .

"The morning glories and the sunflowers 
turn naturally toward the light, 
but we have to be taught it seems."
- Richard Rohr

"Later, Gator
In an hour, Sunflower!"
-Alexandra Bracken

Friday, September 12, 2014

Still Happy to be Grateful . . .

Here we are ready for the weekend with so much to be grateful for. I did mention last week that I would/could/should fill a month of gratitude postings. Found it not so easy when I was in town for two days this week but here I am back on my favourite subject. Gratitude.

I am grateful for my Mother.

This may be how many of you remember my Mother. What a pretty lady.

When I think of her, I think of pink. Pink roses, maybe, but mostly just pink. She has favoured that colour over the years.

Some time ago, I was talking with Mother and told her that I had started a list of things she had taught me. Oh, there was a silence on the other end of the phone and she said, Yes?

I used my smiling voice and let her know that I was only writing down the very best lessons she taught me. There would be nothing written down that she would not want to hear. I promised her that. And tonight I am grateful for these lessons.

I cannot say I have learned them all thoroughly... I have not. And those of you who know me well will know which life lessons I still am skirting around with a wary eye.

I am grateful Mother tried!

Things My Mother Taught Me:

1. Never marry a man to reform him!

2. Pick quality over quantity anytime.

3. Attitude is everything.

4. Rise and shine!!

5. We shall see . . .

6. When all else fails, sing a hymn.

7. Play comes after the work is done.

8. Efficiency reigns!

9. As does cleanliness and order.

10. Comfort comes out of the kitchen, dispensed liberally.

11. Follow through.

12. Keep your promises.

13. Say what you mean and mean what you say.

14. Do the task at hand.

There are most likely many more that I just have not remembered. The fact that Mother loves her children unconditionally is one of the most important gifts to us.

We celebrated her 95th in April. After all the dust settled I looked at my photos of the party day and found these interesting shots.

I don't know who picked up my camera and got these revealing photos but they are choice!!

Mother, thinking her own thoughts, not hearing the craziness going on around her in the room, just there with her girls.

This is one of my favourites of Mother and me.

And of Father and Mother...


I do wish we would have realized long, long ago how blessed we really were. Blessed in the important things in life. Too soon old, too late smart!