Saturday, March 14, 2009

That garden thief!!!!!!!!!

Willy Wonka ate all my tomatoes!
Then barfed them out on the living room floor!

On a brighter note.
I harvested radish and more snap peas this morning.
The radish are so good!
How I do love to see Dash eat the peas. Too cool to watch a child devour healthy foods.
Now think about it
the dog eats it and I am frustrated and angry...
The boy eats of it and it brings me joy...
Well introspective and humor overcomes it all A'...
Considering all joy.
Although I would really like to get to enjoy some of my hard work on the tomatoes...

this plant had 5-6 3" fruits ready to harvest....had being the operative word.
we have got to find a way to protect them.

This morning in the garden
The black lined hills are the watermelon and cantaloupe

That old Simpson lettuce (to the left) is still a joy.

The cantaloupe is very happy.
"Moon and stars" watermelon, an old heirloom variety.
They are so beautiful
The leaves and the fruit have bright yellow spots on them.

The radish harvest still left many yet to grow...
Pole beans behind are thriving.

Onion are doing well too..
There are a few carrots coming up to the right in the row.
Strawberries are doing great. Yet we are having a bit of browning on the leaves I need to investigate. Any berry growers out there got a clue?
A few tasks of the day...

Breakfast cookies


grind wheat

juice lemons
clean up sewing room (what I really want to do)
unpack the books in the living room
Yes...taxes too.

...but first a shower
a birthday party at a noisy place to attend with with Dove
Dash and Daddy are going to have time together.
Rest is over.
Rice and beans are in my tummy, and everyone else is getting ready to enjoy them too.
The family loves that staple and I got them finished this morning.

Daddy man fixed me a plate and I sat here for a rest so the pain pill could ease my back.

Time to get back up and scoop the cookies onto a sheet.

Steve took the lemon cubes out of the deep freezer for me and now the cookie sheets are free of the cube trays and are awaiting me...

See ya!

I just love the garden in the morning. Enjoy the day... :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Come home to our heart
I visited a woman today to see if perhaps I might hire her to facilitate me on the road to heal in my journey with having the remnants of P.T.S.D.. It was a visit with the intent that I attended simply out of a respect for her. I had thought of it being a mute point as to whether I continue in any kind of counseling. You see I just simple want to accept that I am who I am and the odd memory issues are just a part of being me. All in all I have gotten off pretty easy (sort of) considering what I have known.

I was so very pleasantly surprised to hear a message that has been echoing within me all the while. It is the message of coming home to my heart. I once lived here within the spirit sorta disconnected from my body and mind. Over the last several years I have shifted over to my intellect. Still disconnected from my body. Well, all the while the pendulum swing of life creating a balance in time. To return to my heart and be true to who I am in all the strength and power of who God created me, to become even before the very foundations of time.
I want to spend some time reconnecting myself to hear that quiet almost silent need of my heart. A cry of my heart to pay attention to my needs. To what I am feeling or experiencing. Fundamentalism in my faith really messed me up in my relationship with God. It took a intimate friendship and turned it into a lot of do's and don't s in order to be acceptable, to be accepted by the God who has accepted me already.
My friendship with God even hindered the religious around me often causing me to feel like I messed up; By leaving another hindered or confused. When God allowed me opportunities of obedience with the divine, often it was a hindrance to others. I took that on as causing another to stumble and accuse My Loving Friend My Creator God to be blamed by others for being absent and allowing a trial.
It says it NO WHERE (IN MY BIBLE) that we will be without trial. IT says NO WHERE That you are doing Christianity wrong if a trial comes your way. Repeatedly I read that considering it joy at these time is the call, to endure affliction to gain the greater character assets that will bring the pleasure, the reward.
That balance...for me to say hello to my own soul. To stop and hear my physical needs. To come and sit still in the quiet.

Each person is responsible for their own life. I am not responsible for hindering anyone else as long as I am true in obedience to the call within my heart. That call to walk in the beauty and power of who I am. I believe that kindness is power. Yet often I have neglected to afford my self that same kindness. This is another thing I am coming into balance (again) visiting this issue repeats. I must really come to believe this and put it into practice.

I might hire her to support me in this or I may not and just attempt to scale this on my own.
First and foremost for me right now is simply to let it be alright with me, that I am how I am (in regard to all things but in reference to the memory problems).

In my mind, through the intellect, I have pursued full restoration.
The joy I now believe (or am coming to believe) is in accepting this cracked clay pot. I am accepted and loved for who/ and how I am by my maker.

Tonight my beautiful, powerful frustrated son was having a fit over a consequence. His mind works in a way that is so highly intelligent that the immaturity of his youth gets him into a lot of frustration and anger. Just like me when I was a kid, and even now at times.

I had a statement made today by this counselor that perhaps maybe I see my self in my son, and that is why I get so stressed out by him. It rang truth deeply in me. Ya know... I never ever even thought of it. This kid is just like I was at his age. I was able to handle my response to him totally differently. I did not get mad at all! I just repeated my boundary with him. I set my authority and helped him walk through his fit! I was amazing! I remembered how hard it was to be me when I was a kid. How hard I fought against the bricks. He gained composure and humility and stepped down off of his intellectual high horse. Not broken but reined in. He just went to bed in peace!

Acceptance of this clay pot... I can find the beauty in the bisque and porous texture. :) I will love others as myself...gotta start loving me to get there.

Thank God for the balance gained in life's pendulum swing. It eventually comes to center.
At least it passes it by now and again.

"Simple gravity pendulum" assumes no air resistance and no friction.

Maybe restoration is not the best goal perhaps acceptance is the better target to aim for.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Word filled Wednesday


I'll catch you up a bit...

Good afternoon folks.
Today is a full day now lulled by a few sweet hours of rest. I'll need to get up to do some chores ,but for now my bones are wherry. Cleaning that garage took a lot of strength so I am looking forward to gaining it back.
The kids had ortho appointments this morning then I had the joy of listening to two kids read aloud to me at the elementary.
Moms In touch met early today due to a short school day for the kids.
Two of the three of us are dealing this week with a death. My dear friend just put her Mother to rest not knowing her souls final result.
I returned home 20 minutes before the school bus.

The children had a issue with words of violence and anger.
Dash has a very angry friend around him at school.

I saw an action during prayer and followed through.

My kids Uncle gave them a beautiful wooden Japanese fighting sword.
I called them to sit around the chair I sat in.
Holding the sword I pretended to slash at the air.
I told them of the swords effect.
Pretending to wield it at friend and/ or at foe.
Telling them about the effect that cutting down your own will leave your without defense.
How even cutting down others you still miss the real enemy.
That our enemy is not the people wielding swords at us. They are just swinging at anything trying to defend them self right or wrong they may be
I told them the word of God is a sword.
Then I had them hold their tongues. They then were once again told how it too is a sword.
They can protect/defend themselves, but they are not to cut others or slice them back out of revenge or attack. It is not alright to come home and slice us apart with the frustration of being swung at all day.
They got the point.
Dove gave a fit for the beginning, then by the end came to me and thanked me for the lesson.
Oh God is good. Gave me the wisdom, showed me the picture to walk into.

So it is yet early.

On the week end we had Dash's party...

We transformed this into...
and this...
During the party a wonderful little girl had me even playing hop scotch. It was a bit awkward but so dear of her.
Of course there were presents.
After the pinyata was wacked hard and cracked open by Dove first blow, then knocked off the toop by the second kid I just tore it open and tossed up the cand to the glee of the kids.
The treat bags were collected and in them I placed a few little treats of sports things.
The cake had a good "bite" out of it...
The red lemon aide pot was full and kept the thirsty kids satisfied and many left overs too.

All the kids were up the tree for the group shot.
It was a wonderful time with my friend Deb.
She stayed and helped out a lot.
She is such a good hearted woman.
I am so fortunate to be friends with her. Our husbands are friends too.
The kids are so fond of each other.

Steve closed the party down because I had to get Dove to her engagement.
I am so glad we were late...
The Parent let 8 8-9 year old girls walk to a park from the apartment complex they live in. That is a busy long walk on and off a majer road.
A road that if the short cut is taken can eaily endanger them.
I was stunned!
No I am not going to leave my kid at the park. So I took the other mom back to the apartment and told her nope I dont think so...
I told her I would be willing to take my daughter over there in my car. I asked her for a head count of kids to get back and she did not even really know for sure.
I am not liking this...
Not my way.
So these beautiful girls were left un attended at a huge park where there are many people milling about. Numbers can not help a kid, except perhaps to give a description after the fact.
The two girls front right were on lent fast. I learned a bit from Annett about it. I was proud of the kids for they denied themselves soda.

The mom and the neighbor came home with me to have me string a necklace that the neighbor treasured. It was about to break apart.
I restrung it and afixed a clasp to it.
They left and at 8:30 p.m. My day was almost done.
Sunday morning I slept in.

Steve and I had a date on Sunday mid day.
We went to a Bluegrass concert. Cherryholmes was the band and they sang from a gospel bent.
It was a wonderful time. A childrens bluegrass band opened for them. I really enjoyed the old gospel blue grass songs. The time with Steve was so refreshing.
We had our retiernment first sorta.
Now we get very precious time alone.
Funny we thought "how cool it would be for the kids to get to see this."

It was garage for Monday and Tuesday, today...well a meal yet to make and a kitchen to clean.
Then rest. Rest...
I have been a bit ill to the bowel for two days now and so my body wants me to slow down.
I may have to go make sure I am not fighting off a UTI.
Rest...Cranberry juice...did I mention rest...........

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

To my dear dial up friends, fine tuned my blog so it will come up faster for you.

I worked at length the remove all the links to the awards and a few of the other side bar things. I do hope you notice a faster upload. I am told by Steve that it will take the second time to see the difference for the links have been turned into pictures. It took some doing.

You right click on the image and save image.
by hitting home key add a number system , no spaces and watch that the address is the same IE jpg or jif
Then remove the side bar thing.
Add it now in customize using the picture thing not the html
Add it back and rearrange.
be prepared I have been at it for two hours.
I turned 52 into pics. I was surprised at how many awards I have received over the couple of years I have been blogging. Thank you all for all that encouragement.

Chickens hid the eggs for three days!

I just went out to the coop to gather eggs.
This our afternoon task.
Well for three days now when we go out we have only gotten one egg.
I look down the nests and all empty.
The only egg was on the ground or in the far right side of the coop
Way at the left end is no man's (chicken's) land.
This area of the coop they will (so I thought) never go to and have always left vacant of any action. I could put food down there to entice them and they would still avoid it.
At that far end a couple of the dividers are only a few inches apart.
My hens wiggled them a bit wider and thought they had achieved success at hiding the eggs.
They had for THREE days!
It has been cool here so I trust that they are still good.
Silly birds.
Here I was getting concerned about them.
The kids and I just had a real good laugh, for non of us saw them when we each took turns (more than once a day) to gather the eggs.,



Unplugging the dam...
In causeways all across this nation there is a movement a foot.
To open hands and hearts.
There is also the opposing to hold on and dig in.

It had been my life to be the one with a trunk full of unneeded goods that all my friends had open rights too.
Anytime I would visit someone it was the norm to say I have some stuff I am finished with , or have need of no longer out in the trunk, come see if there is anything you can find use of.

This the topic of my Gratituesday.
With that occurrence coupled with the stress and just plain lack of time and energy we have become clogged with means.
Funny thing how being given so much there is much required of us.
After ceasing the home school dream and following into Gods plan for our kids it has been excruciating to let go of the classroom of things worked so hard for.
It is so difficult to give away the garmets I hope one day to fit into.
Knowing with the cost of goods it may never be that I will have access to then again. It is hard to know what to give and what to hold onto. Yet there is a time for everything under the sun.
Reality is that in the early 50's your earning power decreases significantly.

Just over five years ago my sweet husband lost his 25+ career when the plant shut down and he was on of the last of 6000 men and women who lost their jobs.
We went down 2/3 rd's in income.
Yet we are making it and blessed abundantly.

All across this nation it is happening again now to so many many families.
When this happened for us it cause a clog in the dam.
The flow was diverted into the fear of possible want.
"One day we may need this and we will not have the means to acquire it"
Yes, there is a truth to that, yet balance needs be acquired as well.

This clog in the dam and the busy life that stops the flow...
This is what I am tending to today.
It is with great relief I am letting go.
It is a freedom.
It is trust.
It is time.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Tackle it Tuesday

The Salvation Army Guys came today and hauled off a good amount of toys and home school books and many other things.
A garden center for me

a shop for my Beloved
There is a lot to do yet,
I know he will be surprised.
Just one more hour and he will be home.
I am so excited and dusty and tired:)


On Friday evening we received an automated phone call from the
Salvation Army,
they would be in our area on Tuesday to collect. They asked if we might have donations. OH YES! We have donations!

That phone call set the schedule for today and tomorrow.
Today I set to task.
Filling both the recycle can and the black trash can.
Many, many toys were collected as I went through the collections boxed and also scattered on the garage floor.
My kids had found a new place to play.
Monday Morning
Steve had to shut down the party on Saturday last so I could get Dove to her engagement in a hurry. So left for me was the large box of decorations and such to put away and stow into the rightful places.
I am done with this mess!
Between medical appointments, dental implant, IEP"s for Dash, Death and life I had yet to get to do this job.
It has awaited my attention for almost 7 months!

Dash had found all of his cars and in the process get into boxes of toys and scatter them.
Monday mid-day

All of this was separated to be incorporated into the house.
The camper has also been emptied. Many of the things from it are going into the kitchen to be made use of.

In a way it looks little different, yet all those boxes are books that I am not able or willing to hurt myself lifting. Soon they will come back into the house and placed in the prospective book shelves. So many things to weed through and sort out, but I took a lot out of it today.

See the empty boxes...Those are toys there to sort.
Lunch came and this task will be worked on more in the morrow.

So far several boxes of things going out...folks will find uses for them and the Salvation army an income from them. There are many things on the side of the truck as well.
Ya, lot done here.
Mid afternoon
forced rest :)

That big box is those toys to sort. All of the other boxes are in the house to be unloaded onto the book shelves that are hungry to absorb them.

This much clear, many many boxes of good books.

That is all books or photo albums or my novel stuff.

Monday and Tuesday and many more days....
The Garage of
"we are moving...No, we are not moving..."
Eight months later...

This is being forced to the top of the priority bubble.

6 pm Monday!
Car in the garage!
Other side tomorrow.
Pain Pill tonight!


The Simple Woman's Daybook~March 9th Entry

The Simple Woman's Daybook~March 9th Entry

For Today...

Outside my window... sun and clouds, March winds blowin and birds singing once again

I am thinking... Man, cleaning the garage is hard work. My back hurts and it is just lunch time. I have yet to deep going on it a few more hours.:)
From the learning rooms... A meal plan calorie count and exercise plan will begin to be readied for the care I desire to give to my body. Books in boxes in the garage call to me. I peeked at a few quilting books and sewing ideas. Now I want my books out of those boxes.

I am thankful many things. Provision for relationship and supplies. Support in the long haul of life. a semi clean kitchen awaiting the mess of bread baking, yogurt making and supper fixing this afternoon.
From the kitchen... few dishes, just the lemon aide pot. tools to do my tasks await me.

I am wearing... very dust dirty blue jeans and a t shirt with Tweedy bird in varied emotions. high energy shirt in bright yellow.
My hair tied back hard as just now the elastic actually broke as I am typing. A head band holds it back from my face. Dusty body from being out cleaning the garage all morning.

I am reading... nothing today.

I am hoping...a clean garage and unpacking the rest of the books into the shelves. A season at home for a week or two to rest up and catch up around here.

I am creating... a little chaos before organizing the books.

I am hearing... sweet silence.

Around the house... life is full . House is somewhat nice and the garden is growing along.
The art/sewing studio is pinning my time talents and attention.

One of my favorite things... An organized home.

A few plans for the rest of the week... chores of laundry, unpacking boxes, studio clean up and projects to think of. Bake bread, make yogurt. Dash to St Joe's for hearing screening and new ear molds for his hearing aides, kids have braces check for Dash new bands for Dove.
Short day on Wednesday. A birthday party to take Dove to on the weekend.
I also want to investigate some ideas for the spring break activities next week.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
A sweet kid she got to have her turn first. She is just too cute.


Meal Plan Monday


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Cherryholmes Concert today in Chandler AZ

Cherryholmes hot link check out their sight good tunes!
I am getting excited to go now! We had never heard of this band before. I know we have made a real good choice. We were able to get very good tickets close to the front. This is the first concert I have been to in so many years.

My Beloved Husband and I are going to a concert to celebrate our anniversary early. We could find nothing to attend on the 20th so we choose to go to this. It is a bluegrass group. Yep, I LOVE!!!!!!good bluegrass music.
A date with my man!!!!Oh this is going to be so nice.
Dash had a great Bday thanks to all of you sweet well wishers.

It has been a long hard couple of weeks, but the sun is shining in many ways. I so appreciate all of your kindness. I have been learning a lot about being prepared for tragedy even though no on really can expect that of our selves. Keeping on the peace is a real important part of it. My sandel literally broke and I tripped a bit on this experience. I thought it proper who the timely the shoe breaking at the tongue....It was a nice pair of Merrels. The never break! Yet they did as did I. Under a pressure of stress it can and does happen. Funny thing about a shoe breaking at the tongue, you can not really fix it. That is the stress point. Just like the stress points of our lives it is in the tongue that the breaks can never really be fixed. You know it is the tongue that is a vital part of peace. Yet it is attached to the whole. The stress that effects the whole comes out on the tongue.

So A vital lesson learned. Without knowledge we perish so learning from my mistakes is a good thing.

I will need to just toss those shoes , even if I do try to glue them they will be week at the tongu, never really trust worthy. Just for show. So it is that I will have to toss out the error of mine own tongue and go one. Not wanting to live just for show. No sence in show, pride comes before a fall. I do not desire a fall of course.

I will now simply tend to my own affairs and tasks and duties. I have a wonderful role as wife, mother and friend. Although the forgetting is a problem and the stress stuff. I am not willing to lay down to it.

Yesterday at the park a wonderful woman who I know both professionally and a bit personally. Attended my sons birthday party. She mentioned last years birthday party for Dash I had no recall of knowing her before this year. I was amazed , a bit concerned about her being hurt by my seaming distance. Yet I knew it was not my heart toward her and that It is just the way it is going to be. One day perhaps I may have her to coffee and explain. I have to become at peace that what I may appear to be is not who I am and to many I will never get the chance to explain that. that, I have to let go. I will not become worse , that is a joy. It is not dementia that is a huge relief. My kids just have a weird mom. Well so do most :) in one way or another. HAHAHA

Older women likewise teach the younger women...

• how to love their husbands
• how to love their children
• how to be self-controlled
• how to be pure
• how to be keepers at home
• how to be kind and submissive (not subservient) to their own husbands. (See Titus 2:3-5)

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By Maya Angelou

'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ
That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean living,'
I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say.. 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain...
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!

Words have power. Here are a few of my favorite sayings.

  • A warm cup of tea is like a cuddle with a friend.
  • The North American Indians have a more eloquent word for ‘friend’ than we do in English. In their language, the word for friend literally means, “the one who carries my sorrows on his back.”
  • Return with Honor
  • The sage anticipates things that are difficult while they are easy, and does things that would become great while they are small. All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small. Therefore the sage, while he never does what is great, is able on that account to accomplish the greatest things."
  • “Live so that when your children hear these words they think of you… Fairness Caring Integrity Honesty Love Trust.”
  • "O Lord help my words to be gracious and tender today, for tomarrow I may have to eat them."
  • "No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes"

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Amy has clicked her heals and flown to her real home. There is no place like home.

This was given to me for the third time in just a few weeks.

Zephaniah 3:17 NLT
"For the LORD your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song."

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