Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Best Medicine In The World

My youngest granddaughter playing the guitar that grandma bought her.
A make you feel good image.

Very hot and humid days continue....

This picture a favorite
of my son as a toddler
and all through his young years
he would tell me
"love you the universe full"
these words under this picture this early morning.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Wet Weather Continues

Up at dawn
rarely turn light over the table on, because when the sun goes down I have already gone to bed.
Walk outside to see if anything new has arrived
This vine is climbing and soon will have many seed pods on it.   I lost my plant
and friend gave me some seeds for this plant.
Need to organize these books that are close to my chair - have not - like this as they are easy to pick up.

Doctor appointments, blood work, will hear results next week,  Already know, inflammation
is increasing and doing all I know to do.   Do not like that I cannot do outside work like in the past
and really have to be careful so I do not fall.

Yard help did not arrive and did not answer message sent, but this story repeated many times.

Grass, weeds are taking over and much tree trimming and branches picked up needs attended too.  It will happen
but no longer on my schedule like in past years.

Outside and viewed
Wondering what kind of winter we will have.

Of all things on this very warm afternoon - I miss hanging clothes on a clothesline :)

"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time"  Leo Tolstoy

Rest, nature, books, music..
such is my idea of happiness...

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Storms Continue

Another night of storms with furniture on small front porch once more blown in the yard.
Help arrived for 2 hours this morning
and a lot done but much more to do.
this is what the woods surrounding cottage look like..




Interesting image from Bangkok
and daughter at her painting studio in Tampa, so pleased this new talent is now a part of her life


I wonder what would I do without this computer
to be aware of all that is going on in my children's lives...

Just sent to me





Friday, July 8, 2016

Storms, Bugs, Heat and the Way it is

The last 3 days, torrential rains, strong winds and a lot to tidy.   Small clearing around cottage is surrounded by limbs, branches and limbs hanging from trees.
Twice had no current but that is not new in this rural area.
Just came inside was going to try with cane in hand to dead head a few plants.  Insects covering
every plant and soon felt something crawling on my back, so I head back inside to change
my blouse and not going back outside.
Before I did this heard something like a large bang and thought someone is using a rifle
then noticed a large branch falling from a tree.

Everything lush, green and growing wild from sun, heat and rain,
Have put in several calls for help and it will happen. now I need patience.
A blessing that down the road roof work being done and after contacting that neighbor
the roofers pulled in late yesterday and with ladders emptied the down spouts filled with leaves.
Such nice young men and the owner looked so young and handsome, thought he looked like
he was in his 20,s, he said thank you "I am in the 40's."

Have heard many people complain of the gutter guards and he installs the screens, so a
price will soon be given me.   In almost 60 years of owning homes have never done this
always family or someone near would clean gutters.   Now living by the woods with leaves
constantly falling 9 months out of the year guess it is time to have something on the gutters.

An errand and as I pulled down the road my normal way - I had to back up to my drive
as neighbors field had turned into a lake and water covering the road.  I was hesitant about
driving through the flowing water that looked about 10 inches high.  Took the opposite and longer
way for trip to town.

I am like a broken record with my sharing as I look around the surroundings which were always
almost perfect.   Now cannot weed, use a hoe, ride the lawn tractor and spread weed killer.
Was doing all of this 2 years ago and trying to accept and not doing well at accepting.
Truly never thought this would happen, always considered reasonably intelligent
and I must not be.

Over and over the thoughts of living somewhere with less responsibility surface.
Following my heart and will just have to have help like never before and realistically
that is less expensive then selling, relocating and not liking my surroundings.

I have to have nature
looking out every window,
have to see plants, birds and critters that come to visit.
Everything  may be closer to this cottage then I planned.

Whats important to this one
nature, garden, my books, computer, my yoga mat, meditation. prayer,
simple healthy meals, visits from family
and guess that is it...

Next week several appointments for consultation on results of blood work done
told everything normal and this almost sounds like a contradiction of the way I
am at this time.  May just be aging but my mind thinks like 20 years ago.







Monday, July 4, 2016

Stay Safe and News

This one is living in the drain pipe by the deck.  There were about 6 little rabbits and now one.
Looked over the deck railing early this morning and this is what I saw
Little rabbit please go to the woods where Miss Callie will not catch you..

Many emails and pictures recently from over the ocean, will share a few/
I have not visualized Bangkok looking like this, it looks like New York

an image of where he sometimes goes for coffee and reads the N.Y. Times, many floors up
of a building
wish I could join him, what a wonderful setting, sure nothing like this locally

Also shared that he is giving private yoga lessons to a young woman at her home.  She  has cancer
and he is helping her with relaxing poses which helps pain.  Sharing just a few words of his email which were very touching.

My Jamie and GD Caitlin  made a visit this 4th, she forgot her dill that I was sharing with her, it is so good on my morning eggs, salmon and when I mix tuna fish.
This is an image she posted on Facebook

she is much better in capturing and arranging images then her mama.

Tried massage last week but nothing has helped like the ultra sound that I received from
a therapist, hoping insurance will approve more visits..

A beautiful sunny day with a few storms and current off a short time,  thankful I already had prepared
my meal :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Delightful Morning

Morning so nice and cool, high 60's, opened doors and was beautiful outside
Day beginning and field of soybeans are lush and green, a light rain last night
and everything looks so fresh and clean this early morning.
On the mat for 35 minutes
makes such a difference when you have a good nights sleep.

A waffle, blueberry, cranberry, banana, green tea morning.

Fresh eggs just delivered and it looks like a beautiful day is beginning.

Marking some Day Lilies to soon transplant to the terrace garden
also need to soon divide Iris,

"He who would accomplish anything
must learn to limit himself"

Good advice and this one (the busy one) sure did not follow it for years
now trying....


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Checking In

Heat continues seems just not in the mood for writing and nothing new.

I must remember "Be not afraid of going slowly,
                              be afraid of standing still"
        Chinese Proverb

Before my lunch, a simple salad of greens, avocado and topped with the rest of the
salmon enjoyed with breakfast.


Standing on the deck with camera

these stones have a special memory
they were in my mother's garden.
White Phlox planted last Fall is blooming.
Little statue of mother carrying wood with son holding onto her
was purchased when my son was a toddler and moved from home to home
over the years..
Friendship vine given to me by a friend is taking off.
The smiling monk seems contented in the 90 plus temperature and wish the squirrels
would stay away....