Saturday, July 20, 2019

Matt's Destiny

This afternoon we drove north to attend the wedding of a friend.  We have known Matt for several years.  We met him when we played a folk festival several years back and every time we ever played at Berkeley Bob's Coffee House he always came.  When his family's home was destroyed by tornadoes we were there to help them celebrate their new home.

Today we celebrated a new life for Matt.  A while back he met his Destiny.  A beautiful young woman whose spirit seems the perfect match for him.  Today they said their vows during one of the sweetest ceremonies I have ever attended.  Matt and Destiny ( yep, that is her name) just glowed with happiness.  His eyes teared up as I gave him a big hug.  Along with Rick and me, Bob Keefe and his wife Geri who owned the coffee house all through those years, we were there to cheer this wedding on.  As Bob said, we were all coffee house family.

As we drove home through the rain this evening we both were glowing too.  It is so uplifting to be in the midst of happiness and joy.  As I hugged Matt and Destiny goodbye I told them Rick and I celebrated 45 years together in May, I hope they get their 45 years and more.
Congratulations Matt and Destiny.  May life always treat you kind.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Classes and Chickens

Busy Friday, lots of laundry,  my online class with test, and then the 4H rep came by to check on Jordan's chickens.  You could tell the rep was impressed with Jordan's knowledge and skill set with the chickens.  And he spoke several times about how healthy the chickens were.

Next  came the shots, so Jordan helped catch the chicks and then hold them while they received their routine vaccinations.  I laughed and told Jordan he is now a professional chicken farmer.

I have two weeks left on my class.  It is amazing how much I have learned and how much I already knew.  I was nervous about being too old for a college class so this has helped my self-esteem as well.
I am a much better teacher for taking this class.  The class?  Prevention of Chronic Pain: A Human Systems Approach.  It has not been easy and I admit I have shed some tears.

Tomorrow will be busy with errands and then a wedding to attend tomorrow afternoon.  More class hours and another test to do Sunday.

Here's to a weekend of joy and kindness.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Teacher Success

Thursdays are draining. I spend about two hours with my Pain Management class.  I love teaching these groups.  Today the class dealt with lifestyle and how it affects those with chronic pain.
We talked about, ways to make the changes that would make lives easier.  We covered diet and nutrition, how to get a good night's sleep and movement.

I watched remarkable changes take place in a couple of the students today.  At times the class was quite serious, but then we laughed a great deal.  I also took healthy snacks so as we talked about eating and working on a healthy body they got to experience healthy food.

I watched students move in ways they thought were impossible.  They left armed with knowledge and confidence.  I felt successful as a teacher.

I hope your Friday gets your weekend off to a great start.  Have some fun and always be kind.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

3 Treats

Today has been quite a day.  I had an acupuncture appointment, then Rick and I had eye doc appointments and we had the "Kid".   We decided to treat Jordan to all his favorite places in Birmingham today.

While I was at my acupuncture appointment, Rick and Jordan went to Starbucks for his first treat.
Nope he doesn't drink coffee, but he loves their birthday cake pops.  That was treat #1.

They picked me up at the acupuncturist and then on to the eye doc.  Jordan amused himself while we saw the doc by taking pictures of us with my phone and then adding strange and wacky add ons, like Rick with a bouffant hair do and me with Elton John sun glasses.  Of course by now we both have eye pupils the size of dimes and the appointment is over.

Now for treat #2, did I mention that the eye doc was at the mall?  For Jordan's second treat, we visit the LEGO store at the mall and he builds 3  mini characters.  By now it is past lunch time and the three of us are hungry.

Treat # 3 we take Jordan to his favorite Birmingham restaurant, Nikki's West.  It is an icon in the city, serving up the best meat and three ever, plus incredible Greek seafood.  On Wednesday one of the specialties is blackened tilapia, yep, Jordan's favorite.

By now we still are an hour from home, we are all exhausted and my eyes are still not normal.
I call work and take the afternoon off.  On the way home, Jordan makes up names for his 3 LEGO people and then continues with tales about their adventures.  The three of us laughed so hard our faces hurt.

You might say, we had a really good day.  Rick snapped the picture just as Jordan put food in his mouth.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Screen Porch

Rain moved in a little earlier tonight.  We often go out and sit on the screen porch just to smell the freshness and listen to the drops falling on the tin roof.  We did tonight for a few minutes.  Building that screened porch is one of the smartest things we ever did.  It gets used 12 months out of the year.
When the kids come, it is their private space.  They play games, do crafts, eat and laugh there.

Rick uses it for his writing office.  I use it for solitude and respite.  All three of the dogs love to go out and sit and wait for the squirrels and chipmunks to run across the yard.  Often in the mornings we drink coffee there.  We play classical music that floats across the neighborhood.

In the winter months, we put heavy vinyl over the screen, set up a small heater and it becomes the perfect green house.

The only thing I would change, I wish we had a fireplace on it. 




Monday, July 15, 2019

Simplify

Today's quote on my board.

" Our life is frittered away by detail.  Simplify, simplify."
-Henry David Thoreau

This is what I'm striving for, working for.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Look Up

Normally when I open the front door, I look straight ahead or to the left or right.  This morning when I opened the door I looked up.   Towering above me was a persimmon tree that was only about 6 feet tall when we built our house.  Beside the persimmon tree is the first Christmas tree we ever planted, a white pine.  That pine stands about 40 feet tall now.

Looking at those trees made me smile.  Those trees stand tall and strong and they are beautiful year round.  They give food and shelter to many of the critters who live here.  They give us precious shade on these hot humid days.  We love our trees.

It has been a wonderful laid back weekend.  We both have spent time together, apart and doing things we enjoy.  I hope this new week starts with much love and kindness for us all.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Morning Taz

Taz loves to sit on the back of the sofa while Rick and I have our morning coffee.  She appears to be related to a cat.  The higher she can perch, the happier she is.

Often she climbs up on her blanket, and catches a morning nap while we sip coffee.  Hearing her snore is so funny.  Little dog, big snore.

We went to Jordan's district swim meet today.  He qualified for state competition on all 5 categories.
Our great-niece Breeze qualified in 2.  Looks like we are going to state!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Me Time

It has been awhile since I had a "me" day.   I gathered some flowers for bouquets this morning, walked the dogs, chatted with my sister and niece.  This afternoon I spent a couple of hours at the hair salon.  I can tell you this, I needed a "me" day.  For the first time in a few weeks, I actually feel rested and refreshed.   WooHoo!

I teach self-care daily, but it is difficult for me to practice.  I am doing much better than I have in the past.  Old habits die slow.

The rest of the weekend is agenda free.  I cannot remember the last time our calendars were empty.
The weather guys say tropical rains are headed our way for the next few days.  I hope with the rains the temps drop a few degrees.  But there have been times in the past the rains came and the heat never backed off.

I hope you all have the opportunity for "me" time this weekend.  It feels really good.
Be kind, be grateful, spread some joy.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Plow Memories

You can tell looking at the picture that the old plow doesn't get used much anymore.  These days  most of our gardening is done in containers and raised beds.  It's just easier on the joints and with the two of us, we don't plant the field like we did when my parents were alive.

I love that old plow.  The last time I saw my dad down in the field, he was teaching Rick to use the plow to harvest sweet potatoes.  It's one of those memories etched forever in my brain.

My dad picked up one of the sweet potatoes, laughing as he told me, " I'll make a farmer out of that boy yet."  Little did I know in six months my dad would be dead.

Sometimes when I walk by that old plow, I swear I can still hear my dad laughing.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Worth

The following quote has been on my board for a couple of days.  It has started many conversations.



" Two signs of not knowing your worth, you settle and you tolerate."

I wish I knew who said this, but a friend sent it to me and she didn't know.   It is a powerful statement.   Knowing and understanding your worth is life changing.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pretty in Pink

Every spring when I resow the flower garden I just mix all the seeds together and sow them with wild abandon.  I never know what is coming up, where.  I buy several packs of mixed seeds so there  are always surprises.  This year I have had some of the most beautiful pink zinnias.  Each one seems to be more beautiful than the next.  I had to share them tonight.


Monday, July 8, 2019

Change the Energy

The heat just keeps on coming.  We have had triple digit heat indexes for about a week.  Even the nights are hot and humid...I am envious of those who live where the air is cooler.

My community class was so much fun tonight.  Everyone was in such a great mood.  Sometimes I go in and think I cannot teach one more class, but the group comes in and brings amazing energy .  Suddenly I find myself energized.   We humans are like that.  There can be a grumpy group and someone can change the whole dynamics with a smile and kind word.  The reverse can happen as well.  A negative angry person can cause a whole group to lose heart and see nothing good around them.

Be kind tomorrow.  Be the person that brings good energy into every room you walk in.  Brighten someone's day with a smile or kind word or hug.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Good

It has been a very good day.  It rained, a much needed, greatly appreciated rain.  We had good friends visit and play their songs and share a meal and laughter.  This has been one of those days you call good.  I go to bed tonight with a heart filled with love and gratitude.  Oh yes, the blazing star bloomed.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Happy

She bloomed this morning.  She actually bloomed most of the winter on screen porch/green house.
I smile every time I see her out on the deck, such a happy flower and color.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Back to School

I am taking an online course through the University of Minnesota on Prevention of Chronic Pain :A Human Systems Approach.
Many times the lectures have been so far above my head but I have stayed the course.  I have learned so very much and am able to apply it to the classes that I teach at work.  Four more weeks and so far my lowest test score has been an 87.  Actually the class has helped me manage my own health issues better.

The philosophy of this class is an awareness that medicine only plays a very small roll in our health.
Self-care involving body, mind, spirit, nutrition, education and more plays a major roll in health.
The choices we make daily affect our health.

My brain is mush tonight.  I took two exams today, went to the acupuncturist and Costco.
That cup of hot tea is calling loud and clear.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Independence Day

A few years ago a friend sent me a 4th of July challenge...today, somewhere between the BBQ and fireworks, read the Declaration of Independence.  I did, and have every July 4th since.  I urge you to do the same.  Happy Independence Day!


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Lemon Drops

A much better day today.  I love feeling normal!   My oldest sister Nell always gives me seeds, plants, etc for my birthday.  I have an incredible hawthorn tree in the back yard as well as a walnut tree and apricot tree too.  We have apricots that will soon be ripe.

This year she gave me seeds.  There were several packages of sunflower seeds  including some I had never seen before.  Those sunflowers are now blooming, taller than our backyard fence.  There are vivid orange ones, but my favorites are what she called lemon drops.  I cut several for a bouquet today.  I am sharing them with you tonight.  I love mixing herbs in with the flowers.  There is basil, sage, rosemary and mint in this bouquet as well as tiny old maids.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Miss Dahlia

Last night was a vertigo issue, sorry, it was not pleasant.  Today has been better and fingers crossed it will stay that way for a few days.  My oldest sister Nell gave me this dahlia for my birthday last year.
Isn't it beautiful?  She is thriving this summer.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Last Day of June

With all the rain and heat, everything is so lush.  Our plants that live on the screened Porch/winter plant room have all grown like crazy.  I have learned there is a trade-off here.  For a bountiful summer you have to deal with the heat and the rain.  I remind myself of that often.

I can't believe today is the last day of June.  Our kids here go back to school in less than six weeks.
Jordan has a couple of more weeks of swim meets then he's off for about a month before he goes back to school.  He is so excited.  Tomorrow night he does his first sleep over with a friend.

There's probably two more pickings of blueberries and they will be gone.  Soon the figs will be ready and by September or October the apples and pears will ripe and juicy.  I don't mean to brag, but our tomatoes have been awesome.

I am rather tired and there has been more vertigo today.  Ready for hot tea and soon bed.
Starting off a new week and a brand new month tomorrow.  Let's make it kind and joyful.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Green Bounty

The bounty continues.  We are so excited.  Anyone up for fried green tomatoes?



Thursday, June 27, 2019

Blaze

Vertigo is upon me tonight.  I share a picture I took this morning.  Time for me to call it a day.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

BBT

To answer your questions about the tomatoes from last night, yes they are big.  Bigger than my hand.
And our BLT was yummy this morning. Oh yeah, I use basil not lettuce so it was a BBT.

I am still experiencing bouts of vertigo/migraine.  They are not nearly as severe as back in the spring, but those moments do pop up.  They do seem to worsen and become more active with weather changes.  And I know that heat and lack of hydration are triggers, so is stress.  The acupuncture has made a big difference and I have added a couple of supplements as well.  It is pretty much trial and error and fingers crossed.

Jordan spent most of the day with us.  It was a really good day for all three of us. 

Tomorrow is my Friday.  I love my three day weekends.  Enjoy your Thursday.  Please be kind, it seems we are in such short supply of kindness these days.  It's something we all need.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Home Grown

The day we have waited for since last summer...picked our first ripe tomatoes!  They are big and plump.  Tomorrow  morning we have BLT's for breakfast.  Wish you were here.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Charles Lily

Many years ago when I began to teach yoga, I taught at a gym.  ( not a great place for yoga)
One of my students was 80 years old.  As time went by, the gym and I parted ways and while I searched for a place to hold classes, Charles my 80 year old student graciously offered us his home.
One day after class, his wife asked if any of us would like some day lilies.  She was reworking her gardens and the plants needed to be divided.

She and Charles are now gone, but their beautiful lilies live on.  Some at my house and some at other's homes.  This morning when we walked one of the Charles lilies had bloomed.  I smiled and thought of Charles.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Summer Meal

I grilled one of our favorite meals tonight.  It is not one for the faint of heart.  I did grilled stuffed jalapenos ( filled with sausage and pepper jack cheese) and grilled veggies.
I always grow lots of jalapenos because we loved them grilled .  I had waited all week to pick so that I would have time to grill this weekend.  They were perfect.  A crispy baguette and the meal was awesome.

Can't wait to grill some more.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Zinnias

I have bouquets of zinnias ( old maids) everywhere.  They make me smile.  Thunderstorms rolled through this afternoon and the rains came.  We are grateful.  So are the zinnias.




Friday, June 21, 2019

Anthony's Party

About a month ago, our great nephew Anthony called and asked if he could have his birthday party at our house.  Of course we said yes.  So today, Anthony and  8 of his cousins and their parents and grandparents showed up for a party.  It was a bring an extra set of clothes party because the entertainment was water...water balloons, sprays, water cannons, bubbles.  No one left dry.

There was as much laughter from the adults as there was from the kids.  Hot dogs, potato salad and baked beans with all the tea and lemon aide they could drink was the fare...and birthday cake.
I am sure the kids are not tired, but Rick and I are dragging tonight.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Fern Angel

Spring 2019 ends today.  Tomorrow the Summer Solstice welcomes the change of seasons.  Summer is coming in with a bang here with temps in the upper 90's.

Today the temps were in the mid-eighties and the skies were the blue of Colorado skies.  I relish these little bits of heaven that get tossed our way.

The screen porch is summer ready and so is the front yard.  I still have to work a bit in the butterfly garden over the weekend and then I think my work outside is done.  And then on to closets and the pantry.  I love my welcoming angel, she lived at my mom's house 15 years ago and now she protects my gardens and welcomes visitors.  This fern is almost that old.  It gets bigger every year.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hump Day

Jordan spent part of the day with us.  He has had two meets this week and another one tomorrow.
He is a tired swimmer.   We walked the dogs and normally he helps pick blueberries but I gave him the morning off.  He snuggled on the sofa and read a book. 

I was envious of Jordan's snuggle on the couch.  I think I am in dire need of that myself.  Hopefully this weekend I too will have a sofa snuggle.

When we walked this morning the humidity was 89 percent.  My skin was wet from the moisture in the air.  I huffed and puffed with each step.  My body was not meant for heat and humidity.  My brother Ricky laughs and tells me October will be here before we know it.  October is our dry month.

Time for a cup of tea and bed.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Wish Granted

Most rose of sharons in our yard have some variations of color in their blooms.  We do have an exception, a pure white one and she is stunning.

When I walked out on the porch this morning her blossoms were lifted skyward as though she was hoping for rain.  She got her wish, it rained this afternoon.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Jewels


 I mixed so many seeds when I planted our bee garden that every day there is a surprise.  It has been delightful walking through the flowers and discovering jewels with every step.



Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day

My favorite picture of my dad and me.  At his happy place, at the beach, our last trip there before he died in 1991.  I miss him every day.  Happy Father's Day Daddy.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Impatiens

I finally got my impatiens planted in their containers in the front yard.  The front of our house faces north.  Most of the growth there includes moss, ferns  for the summer.  But I through the years I have found that impatiens do well in containers there.  I had the planters and soil, but the local nursery had sold out of impatiens a couple of weeks ago.  Today we went by Home Depot and picked up plants.

I try very hard to buy local.  Sometimes you just can't and a chain or big box is a have to.
Tomorrow I will post pictures though the plants won't be at their best for a couple of week.
Out weather this week has been almost perfection, low 80's  and night time lows in the 50's.  We knew it was too good to last.  Today it is back up in the 90's and the humidity is building.

I hope your Saturday has been good and I hope your Sunday is peaceful.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Friday, June 14, 2019

All Things Green

I never think about how many potted plants I have until I start tending them.  In the summer when they are outdoors in the heat I often water daily.  In the warm months I usually feed them about every two or three weeks.  That was my task today, feeding my plants.  And yes, I talk with them, encouraging their growth and health.

Some of these plants have been in my family for decades, belonging to grandmothers and passed down to my mom and then to me.  They are my responsibility and a part of my heritage.  I have lost a few through the years, sometimes they just don't make it.

I am thankful for my love of plants.  I am grateful for the green thumb that I seem to have.  I do find wonderful joy in nurturing and watching things grow.  It has been a good Friday.

Enjoy your weekend.  Remember to be kind.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Old Maid Party

The "old maids" ( zinnias) are in full party mode.
Almost overnight they have burst into blooms.
The garden looks as though the wind blew confetti across it.

They make me so happy.  The bees love them too.
What's really nice, though I plant new ones each spring, the old ones reseed and the garden is full of surprises.

Tomorrow starts the weekend.  I know many who are heading out to the beach and the mountains.  It is vacation time.  Hopefully we will take another short trip soon.

Enjoy your weekend where ever you are.
Spread some joy and kindness. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Lush

The recent rains brought out the green stuff.  Everything looks lush again.  The moss and ferns are rejoicing.

A trip to the acupuncturist today.  It is so worth the drive into Birmingham.

It's Wednesday already and the month of June is almost to its half way mark.  We have had the summer temps for sometime.  She makes her official appearance soon.  I truly try not to wish time away and to stay in the present, but the heat makes it difficult. 

I hope the rest of your week goes down easy.
Be kind, be grateful.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Blue Bounty Continues

They are big, plump, juicy and delicious.  The best crop ever.  Our blueberry bounty continues and we are so grateful.  Frozen blueberries for waffles, pancakes, pound cakes, smoothies, muffins, etc.
We giggled as we picked this morning.  It has been amazing.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Raining Hearts

I know Rick has shared pictures of her, but here's mine tonight.  My bleeding heart belonged to my grandmother Mamie, then to my mom and now to me.    She brightens our deck each spring and summer.  She has her own corner and you must admit, she is a stunner.

The raindrops just look like tiny diamonds scattered all over her. Every day I look at her and smile.  I think of the women who took care of her before me.  I hope there is someone after me who will appreciate her beauty as well.


Sunday, June 9, 2019

Purple Beauty

I walked out to get the Sunday paper this morning.  A bright purple flash caught my eye.  Our first rose of sharon bush had bloomed overnight.  By this evening, the pink one and the white had blossomed and so had the variegated white/red mix.

More rain today, but we need more.  The fruits and veggies have taken a growth spurt since those first drops fell a few days ago.  I have put six gallons of blueberries in the freezer.  We will have smoothies for a long time.

I hope your Monday is a good one.  Don't forget to be kind.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Little Things

It's the little things.  Today was a day for little things which have loomed on our to do list for ages.
First, I repotted my orchid.  I swear within fifteen minutes after placing her in her new home, she grew.

Second, you know that drawer that everyone has, well most everyone I know.  Ours is in the kitchen and it is just a catch all.  I opened it today and freaked, it was bursting at the seams.  Rick is always asking how he can help, today I told him, just clean out that drawer.  He did.  It made my day.

We walked this afternoon after the rains had moved out.  Everything is breathing, colors are more vibrant, life has been restored.  I looked at my bleeding heart and she almost shimmered in the late evening sun.

I hope your day has been one that in some way has filled your needs.  I also hope there has been some laughter and kindness as well.

Friday, June 7, 2019

No Agenda

Finally a day with no agenda.  It has been weeks and I am not sure how we did it, but our calendars were empty today.  We walked the dogs, read, did a little laundry, ate leftovers.  A much needed day of rest.  The rest of the weekend is busy, but today was wonderful.

More rain tonight, our little world looks alive.  The drought and heat were getting scary, but you could almost hear everything breathe a sigh of relief.  The colors are brighter and the dust has settled.

Enjoy your Saturday.  Spend some time with those you love, do something that makes you smile and always be kind.


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Rain

It was raining when we got up this morning.  We both had to go outside and just stand in it for a moment and breathe in that wonderful smell of freshness.  Everything looked better, fresher, happier.
We are grateful.  The weather guys say we are in for several days of rain.  It will take several days for this drought to be over.  Rain drops shimmered like tiny jewels on the flowers. 

Tomorrow is Friday.  I hope your week ends on a happy note.  Be kind, spread joy.  Be grateful.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

What Is It?

Good news tonight.  Rain is moving in, the heat wave is finally breaking down and our fruit trees and other crops should make it.  Truly a time to be grateful.

On our walk this morning, I looked for this plant that you see tonight.  It is one of my favorite wild plants.  Some years it is prolific and other years like this one, I have seen only one small bunch.
Can any of you tell me what it is?

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Happy Place

In the mornings we often sit and drink coffee here.  If the evenings cool down we sit watch the sun set.  It is my happy place.  In the winter without the plants,  we sit and listen to the chimes.
Rick loves the screened porch, but I love the deck.   It provides an awfully nice view of our little world.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Hook at Rest

We walked the dogs early this morning and then Rick had to head for work.  Usually after being in the heat, they come in and hit their beds for a rest.  Hook was not on his bed and I walked into the hall looking for him.  He was sitting in the doorway to Rick's office looking at me, like I am never going out in that heat again.  He is fine tonight.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Gardenia Fest

I have never counted them but I have planted gardenias along our fence row.  When you arrive in our drive way it smells like heaven.  I am planting more this fall.    Vases are filled to overflowing in the house as well, it is a gardenia fest.  To me it smells heavenly.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

June 1

June 1...hurricane season starts today

June 1...though we have had been experiencing mid-to late summer temps for about a month, summer officially starts in about three weeks

June 1...watermelons are amazing this season, so are cantaloupes

June 1...my sister gave me a homegrown tomato from her garden today

June 1...June's calendar is already getting booked

June 1...dragonflies are everywhere

June 1...waiting for the first firefly

June 1...flowing dresses and sandals, the perfect summer wardrobe

June 1...homemade popsicles

June 1...ice tea is best sipped on hot afternoons

June 1...gardenias fill the warm humid air with an otherworldly fragrance

June 1...smell of fresh cut grass

June 1...fresh veggies make it easy to eat  healthy

June 1...time to slow down

June 1...fresh flowers daily

Friday, May 31, 2019

End of May

A visit to the acupuncturist today, and then on the way home we stopped by work and I picked up my yoga blankets so I could wash them.  Many complain about their commutes to work, but I am lucky.
My drive is all country backroads.  This time of year the roadsides are sprinkled with Queen Anne Lace and day lilies and mimosa trees.  The dainty white lace, alongside the glowing orange, mixed  with the feathery rose makes country roads look as though Monet dropped by for a visit.  Blue skies and white cotton clouds made the drive home almost surreal.

Our temps are still hot and we have not had rain in some time.  It seems the weather goes from one rampage to the next.  Hurricane season starts tomorrow and that is never nothing to celebrate.
Hopefully Mother Nature will discover moderation soon and things will settle down for everyone.

Enjoy your Saturday.  Laugh out loud, spread some kindness.  Tonight is the end of May 2019.
Five months into the year, don't blink, it's going so fast.


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Quotes

I write quotes on my board every day at work.  Often the students copy them.  Many of them laugh because the quotes are so diverse, everything from Buddha to Hemingway to the Beatles to Pooh Bear.
This quote by Hemingway is one of my favorites, I use it often.  It is as pertinent today as when he wrote it.  I would have loved to have met him.



" There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man;
true nobility is being superior to your former self." - Ernest Hemingway

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Butterfly Beauty

I know my posts have been brief the past couple of days.  Bouts of vertigo and migraine have slithered in and out of my life since Sunday, there is no rhyme or reason.
But the flowers are blooming and the garden continues to thrive. 

I love my butterfly garden.  It has red roses, pink peonies and the butterfly bushes.  There is always a dance of dragonflies, butterflies and bees swarming from bloom to bloom.

Spread some kindness tomorrow, we all need it.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Old Maid

First zinnia of the season!   So excited to share it with ya'll tonight.

Monday, May 27, 2019

A Break

 I had gotten dressed and ready for work today, the phone rang about five minutes before time to go.
It was my boss telling me not to come.  He had given the patients a holiday free time on campus.
They were grilling, playing soft ball and basket ball, enjoying the day.  I was glad.  Often all the days run together and no one even knows what day it is.  Time moves fast and then it drags.  A break from the very structured routine helps morale.

Rick and I just hung out.  It has been a day of rest.  For the past few weeks we have both gone non-stop, a lazy day was perfect.

Today is Memorial Day.  If you have a friend or family member who made the supreme sacrifice, bless you.  For all of those who have died while serving in the military for this country, their families live with that sacrifice every day.  That life will never be replaced and the people who loved them are changed forever.   War has never made sense to me, and the older I get, it makes even less sense.
If you celebrated today, I hope you remember why this day is a holiday.

 This remembrance has been going on since the Civil War.  I read a little blurb about the history of it today.  In the south that remembrance continues, now known as Decoration Day where flowers are placed on graves.  It's a dying tradition, but our families still honor it.  Almost every Sunday in May and June, you will see people placing flowers on graves.  I decorated my family's graves on Mother's Day, next weekend I place flowers on my father's family graves and the second Sunday in June Rick's family will celebrate their Decoration Day.  My mom always said "it was the last thing you could do to honor the dead, just place some flowers on their grave."  My photo doesn't have anything to do with any of this, but the bush with the pink and yellow flowers belonged to my grandmother, Mamie.
I love that her flowers and my mom's still grow in my yard.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Happy

Hot and getting hotter...no rain...humid, but beautiful blue skies, that was today in Alabama.
But the day lilies made me smile, and the garden is growing by leaps and bounds.  Mixing mint with the lilies made everything feel a little cooler.

This is the last week of May for the year 2019.  June is waiting in the wings and then we will be six months into this year.  Graduations  and weddings and showers  are everywhere, summer vacations are being enjoyed already. I hope this week brings joy, kindness and many hugs.


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Our Commitment

We watched a video tonight, Commit to the Song.  It was a beautiful film, a piece of art.
We both sat and cried and laughed.  You can rent it on Amazon.

In a nutshell, it's about songwriters, a community, love for what they do and for each other.

As singer/songwriters living in rural Alabama, we often feel like strangers in a strange land.
We both know, we will never be famous or rich because of our songs, yet we just keep on.
We know most of our life is behind us, yet we just keep on.  It is a commitment this singer/songwriter stuff.  It is a marriage between soul and creative self.  It lasts a lifetime.

Because we don't play cover tunes or other people's music, gigs are hard to come by.  Yet we keep on.
Those few hours we get to play each month are mana and it keeps us going until the next time.
I know most of you when you hear live music, want to hear those songs you have already created memories from, those tunes on the radio.  But sometime when you are out, go hear something unique.
Listen to original music, stories and experiences that are not on the radio.

Hear someone express themselves straight from their heart and soul.  You might be surprised to find new memories stirring.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Blue Bounty Continues

Jordan spent the day with us and as always he was delightful.  He and him are taking such good care of the little chicks.  That was the first thing on his agenda today.  Second was picking blueberries.
The blue bounty just continues.  The basket that you see tonight is twice the size of the first one from a few days ago. They are so plentiful and we are so grateful.

The heat is on, and by Monday many records should be broken.  If you live here in the hot country, please hydrate, whatever you need to do outdoors, try to do it in the mornings.  Take frequent breaks and once again, hydrate.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

My Oasis

When I walked out of the building at 5:30 this afternoon it was 95 degrees.  We are having mid to late summer temps and it is still spring.  Trying not to think about how hot it might be in a few weeks.
No rain in sight, but the humidity is off the charts.

Thank goodness we live in a forest.  There is such a difference to walk in the shade or walk in the field.  Today is my Friday.  I love long weekends, but I will work Monday.
Enjoy your Friday, safe travels if you are on the road or in the air.
Be kind.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Perfect

Because of the heat and humidity we are walking the dogs early, picking blueberries early, anything done outside is done early.
This morning Rick took Calliou to get his summer cut, so I walked Taz and Hook.  Taz meanders and ambles, but she gives me the opportunity to see things I might normally miss.  As I waited for her to sniff something on the path this morning ( for the 100th time) I looked up and saw the perfect oak leak hydrangea blossom.  Thanks Taz.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Mindful Transformations

Sometimes transformations come in strange places at weird times.  I had an epiphany many years ago washing dishes it led to my current job at the addiction center.  My job has truly been a transformation.  Other transformations have come because of conversations, both with friends and strangers.  I had a conversation with a woman on a flight back from California once that solidified beliefs about myself and resulted in her giving me, a total stranger, something of great personal value.

I guess often I am like most people, I think transformations are things that take a long time or come from greatness or much effort.  But when I think about the ones that have changed me, they came when I was open.  I was open to thought, to people around me or my surroundings.

Mindful living I believe is a great catalyst for transformation.  Becoming mindful of life and all that it involves changes and transforms.  Today there have been at least three triggers for transformations in my life, now I have to pursue, and be open.

I hope this has been a good Tuesday for you.  It is heating up here in Alabama and the humidity is rising.  Record temps are headed our way.  For those of you in the heat, move slow, hydrate, check on those around you who are older and sick.
Be kind.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Monday Night

The heat and humidity is building here, while those west of us are experiencing everything from snow to floods to tornadoes.  The weather seems to get more severe every month.

The baby chicks are doing well.  Jordan and his mom have been over many times today to check on them.  They are still so cute, but once their feathers appear they will become gangly and not so cute.

I hope your Monday had some kindness in it, I hoped you laughed out loud and maybe even got a hug today.  If not today, then maybe tomorrow.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bounty Continues

The blue bounty continued today.  We picked another basket of blueberries...yummy.
My sister and her daughters and granddaughter and great grandson dropped by this afternoon.
They got to carry a little of the bounty home with them, blueberries, peppers and green onions.

Rick harvested our first quart of honey today.  It is very light and flavorful.  And then Jordan arrived with his baby chicks.  The chicks are a 4H project, in the fall he will attend an auction with three of them and keep the rest.  He has named the chicks, all 18 of them.  He will struggle when it is time to pick three for auction.

Finally this evening we did a short practice for a gig coming up.  We are being filmed and interviewed for a music show.  We are excited and hopefully once it is edited we can share it on our blogs.

I only got about half of my list done today, but maybe tomorrow will be  more productive.
May is quickly coming to an end, June is waiting  with her heat and humidity.  She is so impatient that she is sending some our way this week.  Stay hydrated, stay cool and don't overheat.
Be kind.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Blue Bounty

Our blueberries have started to ripen.  Big juicy sweet berries, big as my thumb and our bushes are hanging full.  Jordan came over this morning to help work on the chicken pen, then he helped me pick.  As always he ate as many as he picked.  He also took home half a lemon pound cake I made yesterday.  His  mom said he was in hog heaven.  I doubt there is any cake left tonight.

Once again it has been a busy full day, but a good one.  We met our friends Danny and Jo Francis for dinner tonight and as always they were delightful. By the way, we only picked berries from three bushes, there will be just as many to pick again tomorrow.

Enjoy your Sunday, be kind and spread joy.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Busy Continues

Another busy day, starting early this morning and continuing into this evening.  Hot tea and bed are calling to me.

Tomorrow calls for gardening, a visit with my sister for her birthday and dinner with friends. 
I figure more things will pop up as the day goes by, but I am getting use to it.  I do know that Jordan is coming over to help Rick finish the chicken pen and probably pick a few blueberries.
He eats more than he puts in the basket.

I hope your Friday was a nice ending to your workweek and that the weekend holds a few surprises.
Good ones of course.  Be kind, share joy.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Non-stop

It has been one of those days, non-stop from getting out of bed to now.  Rick is making hot tea and I keep telling myself to drink my tea and then hit the bed.  Not a bad day, just an extremely busy one.
For some reason, more and more of my days seem to be non-stop.  Fingers are crossed for a peaceful weekend.

The first part of the week the weather was perfection, but the heat and humidity are building.  Maybe the waxing moon has something to do with it or the fact that it is time for heat and humidity in Alabama.

My pain management class went well today.  The patients seem to really enjoy the classes, both the material and how it is presented along with the asanas. 

The tea is ready and so am I.  Here's to a Friday that brings closure, peace and joy.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Common

Around these parts, she is common.  Often found on the side of country roads, at old home places or farms, I have them growing in our yard.  I love them.  They just always look so happy and their lives are so short.  They bloom this morning, gone tonight...day lilies.  You are seeing our first orange of the season.  Some of my mom's hybrids bloomed last week, but this one is the common one.  She found her way into the house and is now hanging with a pitcher of oak leaf hydrangeas.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Kitchen Window

I spend a lot of time in my kitchen.  It is very small and narrow with a window over the sink.  Through the window I see the back yard where the garden, fruit trees and flowers grow.  In the winter when there are no leaves on the trees you can see the old farmhouse.

I try to keep the window and the kitchen a cheery place, even though it is small.  For me, the kitchen is the heart of the home and every meal is an act of love.

I share a corner of my kitchen window with you tonight.  I think it is down right inviting.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Oak Leaf

The oak leaf hydrangeas blossomed today.  Yes, I had to bring some in the house.  They are so beautiful, both the plant and flower.  Enjoy your week, give hugs, spread joy, be kind.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Today's Memories

I finally met my great-nephew Aiden today.  He was born when we were in Savannah last week.  He couldn't wait to get here, he made it a month early.  But he and his mom are doing well.  His newborn clothes are way too big but we know he will grow into them soon.

Today was decoration/memorial day where my parents are buried.  I placed flowers on their graves yesterday, as well as on my mom's parents grave and her younger brother and sister's graves.  Most of my mom's family are all at the same cemetery.  Next weekend I take flowers to my dad's parents grave.  I know this is a vanishing tradition, but I have spent my whole life placing flowers on graves on decoration day.  When I was just a child, we packed a picnic lunch and had dinner on the grounds.
I thought nothing of exploring cemeteries with my younger brother. We would look at ancient tombstones and try to imagine what those who were buried there were like when they lived.

My grandmother Mamie would make beautiful paper flowers and then dip them in melted  wax to preserve them.  I would go with her to place them on her family's graves.  Watching her make those flowers is a memory etched forever in my brain.  We would also go through her flower gardens and pick armloads of flowers to place on graves in mason jars filled with water.

At the cemetery where my dad's family are buried, there are many graves so old, there are no markers or tombstones.  Just huge slabs of rocks covering the remains.  Through the years, the mysteries of those rock covered graves have caused many to speculate on those buried there.  Some say Native Americans who died on their way to reservations out west were laid to rest under those massive slabs.
I know each time I walk by them, I feel a tug in my heart and my spirit thinking about those buried in such a way.

I hope you all have had a Happy Mother's Day.  This morning Rick and I made quick trip to Walmart.
As I was getting in the car, a gentleman parked beside us was getting out of his truck.  He wished me a Happy Mother's Day.  I thanked him and told him I would let my dogs know about his wish.  He laughed and said, I bet you are like many other women who don't have kids, you have loved and taken care of too many to count.  We laughed and he asked about our dogs and told us that his brother did rescue dogs too.  Dogs have a way of bringing people together, much like kids.

Here's to a week of kindness.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Rare and Valuable

Our gig today was extremely fun.  Surrounded by incredible artists, smiling faces and seeing good friends all made for a great day.  These days are rare and so very valuable.  They are the jewels in my personal treasure chest.  I hope your Saturday has been a good one as well.  The rain is pouring down, the tea pot is on.  
Good night, Sweet dreams.




Friday, May 10, 2019

Rainy Day

A rainy Friday, but Rick and I needed a rainy day.  It was a day to rest, practice some songs for our gig tomorrow and for him to see the doc about the respiratory stuff he has.  He never gets sick.
So I have teased him about being whinny today, but I don't like it when he feels bad.

It looks like rain for the whole weekend.  It's a busy time of year for a rainy weekend, lots of outdoor events, around here there are "decorations or memorials" and it is Mother's Day weekend.
Ya'll be careful if you are out on the roads.  Monsoonal rains make the roads scary and unsafe.

Rick is better tonight and hopefully he will be his old self by morning.  It won't be the first time we have done a gig with one of us sounding a bit froggy.

Here's hoping you laugh out loud tomorrow, and that kindness knocks on your door.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

I left for work today in the middle of a severe thunderstorm.  That's what my weather app said.
It rained so hard when I looked in the rear view mirror there was nothing but rain.  Wind and lightening added to the festive drive.  I was too afraid to stop.  Never had I been so happy to get to work.

My pain management classes are going well.  Once again I was at full capacity.  It is a challenge, but really rewarding class.  It is an honor to help those in chronic pain.

Rick is still not feeling well, I figure a trip to the doc is on his agenda tomorrow.  Several people I work with have the same nasty crud...all have been to the doc.

Rain and lots of it is in our forecast for the  next three days.  I hope our plants don't float away.

I hope your Friday is sunny and mild.  I hope if it rains, you see a rainbow.  May we all know kindness.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Roles Reversed

Usually Rick is taking care of me.  Tonight I am taking care of him.  We are not sure if he has a cold, allergies or what, but he is miserable with sinus gunk.  He will be the one drinking Breathe Deep tea tonight.  The roles are reversed.

My episodes are getting milder.  Hopefully in another week they will vacate the premises.

Our tomatoes and peppers are blooming, the fruit trees are full and so are the blueberries.  We are so hoping for a banner crop of everything this year.  Rains are moving in tonight, and looks as though for the next several days the monsoons will be upon us.

Tomorrow is my long day, full of classes.  The Art in the Park show we are playing at Saturday has been moved into the local civic center.  All weekend there out door events scheduled, but the rains don't care.

About to make hot tea for Rick.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

More Pics

I am wiped out tonight, but I did want to post a couple of more photos from our weekend.
Enjoy your hump day tomorrow.  The dunes were beautiful, the lighthouse so historic.


Monday, May 6, 2019

Magic

I know many will think I am being sacrilegious when I say this, but I like the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans more than the Gulf of Mexico.  The East and West Coast are so rugged, the waters cold and wild, they make the Gulf seem sort of prissy.  The Gulf with her white sand and emerald waters is pretty, but she doesn't seem as honest and down to earth as the Atlantic and Pacific.

I say all of this because we spent the weekend in Savannah and went out to Tybee Island.  There is a working lighthouse there.  I loved it.  I loved Savannah, her people, the food and the beauty and richness of her culture.  We stayed in a house that was well over 100 years old.  It was the perfect spot to celebrate 45 years of marriage.

My photo tonight is the boardwalk in front of the light house.  It leads out through the dunes, across the shell strewn beach to the water.  The water was so cold you could hear people squeal as the waves hit their bodies.  Little kids ran down the boardwalk, couples strolled hand in hand.  It was the yellow brick road that lead to a day of magic.