Thursday, December 31, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Tonight I have my two little girls and we will party on pizza.

Wish I had some lobster and a glass of wine. A glowing fire and a book would make it complete.

Maybe I will treat myself one early evening.

I just finished reading my daughter's entry at http://blondemomblog.com/

It dawned on me that "One Woman" needs some new sharper clothes. Everything I have is old old old. Classic and nice but "old". But then - most of the time I am in my comfortable jeans, sweaters, heavy jacket and old comfortable shoes or boots.

She looked so pretty in the fuchsia top. (remember she is my youngest)

One Woman may head for a few stores next week. Sounds good at the moment - but I will probably be reading some of the gardening catalogs that are starting to arrive in the mail.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

May you be Happy
May you be Well
May you be Safe and at Peace

Early morning thoughts from One Woman. A lot has happened this year (surgery, building a home, moving and on and on). She has a smile on her face and peace in her heart. What more could she ask for?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Heart Full of Thankfulness

A quick drive to the local post office was her one errand this early morning.
Being home about 20 minutes, she saw a car coming down the long gravel drive and turning towards her cottage. She started to put on her shoes and go out and greet her visitor. Before she was finished - the car quickly turned around and went back to the road. She realizes now that her vehicle was parked behind her home and was not visable from the road. Someone not familar with One Woman - might think there was no one at home.

In about 20 minutes a neighbor called and shared that the same car stopped at his home. Evidently they thought there was no one home. After he answered the door and they went on their way - he watched - the car pulled into another drive. He was aware that this couple was at work. The two men got out of the car and he did not see them for about 5 minutes. Then they appeared carrying some bags.

911 was called and 3 police cars arrived within minutes.

One occupant from out of state, the other from another county, a car full of items that had been taken from homes.

The deputy came and talked to me a little earlier. Seems both men are wanted for this type of theft. They are now in the country jail.

He also shared that this was an isolated event in this area. I know that in my 35 years of owning property on this road that this has never happened before.

Oh, Callie was in the utility room with a gate on the door (since it was very cold outside) and I had the radio playing - So - Callie and "she" did not hear the car approaching or there would have been loud barking.

One Woman has a thankful heart and remembers .....
Psalms 91:11 "God will give his Angels charge over you"

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Woods Fairy

Her son gave her a puzzle. Hopefully it will help her sit still. This is one of her problems. She seems to be always busy doing something. She has wanted a simple puzzle, not with 1000 pieces. This one has 500 and hopefully she is bright enough to put it together.

She will have help at the end of the week as her little granddaughter's are a whiz at puzzles!!

Wonder if there are any Woods Fairies in her woods?

The special holiday has left her very tired. The planning, cooking, cottage full of family, excitement and now getting things back in order, seems to be taking her longer then in the past. Guess that is part of the aging.

Her special son arrived safely in a far away land. These trips make her happy for him but make her sad. Missing him - she must remember - "you give your children roots and wings". She has to remember that is his second home.

One Woman sharing the day after Christmas

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

If You Just Believe

All is well at Woodhaven and just checking in as it may be a few days before she post and hopefully has some new images to share.

She was up in the dark - hey that is nothing unusual - she is always up in the dark at this time of year. Just think that little by little our days will become lighter. It is like a new beginning.

She has a sour cream pound cake in the oven, ingredients for a family favorite of over 40 years - fudge cake. Which family would rather have then candy. She has been cleaning veggies for tray and making sure turkey breast will be thawed out. A simple noon meal on Christmas Eve and she will make a mushroom quiche and spinach with artichokes .

Callie is doing great and is sleeping in the utility room with a gate at the door and IS NOT CHEWING.

Yesterday some workers came and continued cleaning on the woods as you approach her cottage. Huge brush piles that will be burnt when it is very wet or snow is falling. Do not want to set the woods on fire. Things are beginning to look presentable.

Wanted to share my daughter's recent post http://blondemomblog.com/ If You Just Believe.

This song speaks to the heart.

My little one has hair almost to her waist and I ask Miss J - why did you not pull it in front in this picture - since grandma thinks her hair is so pretty - she answered that she puts it in a pony tail for daycare and this picture was taken at a daycare function. Guess, grandma is fussy and always is arranging everything.

Special Blessings sent to you from One Woman.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - A Letter To Grandma

Hey Grandma!

I hope all is well in the countryside - is it frosty and cold there now? I would love to see some pictures of the place now that it's winter and my mom told me you moved most of your furniture into your new home. I can't wait until I have some time to come down and visit :) I am hoping for next Thanksgiving....

It is freeeeeeezing cold here and with the wind, it's rather nippy. I am lucky enough to be able to walk to work - the cold air definitely makes me wake up in the morning. I am finally settled into my new apartment, and I absolutely love it - my view is incredible, overlooking the whole city and Chrysler building. My roommate, although she is not around much and doesn't have a full time job, seems sweet enough and I have enjoyed the company. Otherwise, every night I am out with my vanderbilt friends considering we happen to all live in a one mile radius of one another - crazy, I kind of feel like I graduated to a larger campus ha. I also have a few friends from Longmeadow here which is always nice.

As for my job, I am slowly getting used to the 8:30 to 5:30 schedule and cubicle - I work with some talented, cool people which is nice. Last night they hosted a holiday happy hour which was fun (watching my boss get veryyyy drunk was quite amusing). But the most interesting part of my job is the multinational clients - the other day I spoke with people from Uruguay, Venezuela, Bulgaria, Spain, and Ecuador.So it's exciting! I've also gotten to put my French skills to good use :)

I do miss London a bit, mostly the people and job - I talk to the guys I worked with almost every day but I like NYC better as a city. Finally settling into 'real life' I guess...haha time is going by so fast!

Write me back and tell me all about the beautiful, serene country! I miss you and I wish I could see you over the holidays! What are your plans for Christmas? Is everyone coming to your house?

Love you!
Jessica xo--

Friday, December 18, 2009

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At least she knows it was not down!!

She is at loss for words. Or rather words to include on her journal.

She fell asleep for 30 minutes and then a phone call for about 10 minutes.

Callie is on the screen porch on her new bed!!!!!!!!!!

I just forgot how to smile, breathe and walk slowly.

But I know it will return.

One Woman's end to a perfect day!!!

Thankfulness

A surprise early evening. My neighbor called and asked if she would be home. She replied "yes".

Callie is barking as the car drives down the long gravel drive.

Grandparents and two little boys step out of the car. They are singing a Christmas carol as they come through the door. Another song and a beautifully wrapped gift is handed to her. They warmed her heart.

Earlier in the day she received an email from someone that she admires so very much. Her writing and her images are beyond description. In the past there was a post she commented on, it touched her heart deeply. One Woman is receiving something special in the mail.

This morning she read something that started her day in a special way.

She must remember.......

bow deeply to the day
and embrace what
it is telling you -
this is all there is

http://www.kerrdelune.blogspot.com/

Have a good day. One Woman has some quick errands before the rain starts in. She must remember to breathe, smile and walk slowly.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mr. Snowman



Look what arrived in the mail.

He is from my daughter in Michigan.

Mr. Snowman has a new home at Woodhaven.
I love him and he makes me smile.
Mary, thank you.

Other events of the day: I washed my favorite "old" limegreen cashmere turtleneck.

Since it is suppose to reach 50 degrees today - It was placed on a towel on a table on the deck.

Looked outside and guess what? Miss Callie was sitting on it!! No damage done.

A short time ago, Callie was barking and acting like a bear was in the yard. I looked outside and could see on the road in front - which is over a 1000 feet away - a van and the workers from the county jail. They let them pick up any trash on the road - a good idea.

To make a long story short, I feel well protected.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Call Back

Life is a steep climb, and it does the heart good to have somebody "call back" and cheerily beckon us on up the high hill. We are all climbers together, and we must help one another. This mountain climbing is serious business, but glorious. It takes strength and steady step to find the summits. The outlook widens with the altitude. If anyone among us has found anything worth while, we ought to "call back."

If you have gone a little way ahead of me, call back....
"Twill cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track;
And if, perchance, Faith's light is dim, because the oil is low,
Your call will guide my lagging course as wearily I go.

Copied from - Streams In The Desert by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

I underlined 12/15/87

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

White Bean Chili

A cloudy, windy - cold day.

Even Miss Callie stands at the door waiting for an invitation to come inside. Like she has shared she is has never let her dogs come inside. Her dogs have always stayed outside, roamed the woods, and would sit in the driveway waiting to alert her of any visitor.

Guess she is growing weak in her old age. She spread a sheet by the door, opens the door and Miss Callie comes inside the house. Every time she looks at her she wags her tail.

Lunchtime was approaching and she has to eat, does not feel like cooking and nothing sounds appealing. Too cold and wintry for peanut butter. Needs something warm in her stomach.

The Thanksgiving leftover turkey yielded 4 bags in the freezer. She has a recipe for white bean chili and it uses chicken breast and she may have most of the ingredients and decides to prepare this simple chili with the turkey.

She did half the recipe and as usual changes it some. It turned out to be tasty at lunch and the balance this evening.

1 can of white beans - thoroughly rinsed
l 1/2 cans of chicken broth
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon minced garlic
chopped onion - a little less then 1/2 cup
2 1/2 cups cooked and chopped turkey breast
1 small can chopped chiles
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1/2 tablespoon oregano
black pepper to taste
cilantro - chopped - she did not have this on hand

Beans and chicken broth in pot and begin to warm
Saute butter, onion, garlic, and chiles for 5 minutes
Add this along with the cooked chopped turkey and spices to beans and broth
cook for about 20 minutes, then simmer and stir occasionally until you are ready to eat

She found this tasty and it would be extra good with cornbread. She did not feel like making cornbread and just had crackers with it.

Not the most exciting meal in the world - but nourishing and simple for one.

Like she shared she cut this in half. Her daughter prepares something similar, using cooked chicken breast and doubles for family.
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Thoughts

The year's end is coming
I feel great contentment
Completion means rest
Rest means renewal
Renewal means new beginnings.

365 Tao Daily Mediations by Deng Mins Dao


Smile, Breathe and go slowly

Thich Nhat Hanh

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Winter Solstice

Winter, spring, summer, fall and seasons of the heart go and come. She is slowly learning to live in the moment. One Woman's oldest daughter made the remark that her mom had come "full circle". What does that mean?

She is aware that she followed her heart. The mind was busy saying other things - she did not listen.
Very weary, but at peace. She is looking forward to staying inside this winter, sitting by the fire and reading some of this stack of books that is growing. Spring will be soon enough to wash and dust a lot of items that were moved.

A rainy cold day yesterday and her son surprised her, drove to the country, and took her to lunch. It was such a treat.

She is very aware that after Christmas he will be far over the ocean for several months. He is so much further ahead on this journey of mindfulness, then his mom.

Preparing to head back to the big city his vehicle was loaded with more downscaling items and some poinsettia's for his sister. A ship that was purchased when he was about 3 years old and was in his room for years. A over 100 year old school clock, it was the first clock she purchased close to 50 years ago, an old wood plant stand to add to some other treasures being shared with him. It pleases his mom since he has repeatedly told her - he wanted nothing. These will look good in his small home and will be reminders of long ago.

2009 has been another year of change and very busy year. The thought and then the reality of a smaller home being built on her country property. City life was not for her and she is at peace that she made this decision. Unexpected surgery in February, completion of country home and a gradual move took place. The final arrival of her belongings took place last Friday. Hopefully her energy level will soon be back to normal.

Christmas eve will be another family time. She will do very little decorating this season.

Hopefully nature will take care of this and maybe Miss Callie will sport a big red bow.

She is so aware of her many blessings and has a very thankful heart. All of her family is well and her granddaughter who graduated in May has landed a position in New York. With the economy like it is - that is a miracle.

Nothing is taken for granted and the last piece of the puzzle will fall in place when the time is right.

Winter Solstice in two weeks and she looks forward to it gradually being lighter each the day

To all who have read her journey and reminiscing this past year, blessings sent to each of you.

May you be happy
May you be well
May you be safe and at peace

One Woman needs to remember to breathe, when she is online.....

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Reduced

She places this sign on the city home tomorrow. In the early morning the moving company is bringing the rest of her belongings to the country. Excited that finally the country cottage will be a complete home. Just think she can sleep in her own bed tomorrow night.

She picked up this sign early morning. Errands were finished and drove back to the country, her mind was going over part of her past and it seemed like she was watching a film.

During her marriage there were 5 homes and also pieces of property sold. She was instrumental in these. One sale resulted from this 23 year old young mother putting a sign in the window
that said "for sale". She wanted so to return to Tennessee. Her husband said with a smile if you can sell this home we will go. Now this home was in a rural Michigan area and not much traffic. Guess what? In two weeks an elderly couple stopped to view the home and paid cash for it. They had just sold their home as part of property where additional interstate was needed.

The results of that sale made it possible to return to her birthplace in Tennessee.

There came a time that she struck out on her own. During those years she built 6 homes and sold part of property she had acquired. Her homes have been in local papers and one in Southern Living. She seems to have a natural talent - or whatever you call it - for using her same old furnishings over and over and planting her gardens. A number of times the remark was made to her that she should have her real estate license.

When her youngest was about 8 she would travel to the state college to qualify for a license.
The winding dark country road and her little one sitting in the back doing homework - bothered her. So she did not continue and she has never had a regret.
So when she looks at this sign it really does not bother her. "much" It is a sign of the times, it has nothing to do with her and she needs to move on with her life. This is a first - so she has a good track record. If she does say so herself!!! She made this decision and knew the consequences.
Downside is this home represents her retirement or whatever you want to call it. But she does not need much or want anything.

Yes, she does want something. To garden, sit and read the stack of books by her chair, walk in the woods with Miss Callie and look forward to the calls and visits from her children and grandchildren. Also to continue trying to take some good images and age gracefully!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

WHAT IS THIS???

A long day and not posting much. Have been in the city all day - removing pictures from the city house walls, emptying dishes out of cabinets and looking at some of the stuff that you accumulate over 50 years - that you really do not want anymore.

Just finished reading some other sites.

Looked at mine and guess what?

There is some ad on "how to lose belly fat".

HOW IN THE WORLD DID THAT GET ON MY JOURNAL??

Have asked my computer wise daughter to please remove it.

New post in a few days. I am trying to decide whether to bring the balance of my furniture
to the country this Friday. I want this home to be complete. I have slept on a mattress on a frame long enough. Miss my high poster bed.

Would like my home complete for Christmas. My daughter tells me "maybe" wait until after Christmas - I am thinking!!!

Moving company tells me to let them know early Thursday??

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Day





Thanksgiving was a sunny and crisp day. Her heart was full of happiness as the phone calls started arriving the day before. "Mama, I am so excited about us all being together in the country". They started arriving at 10:30 with smiles and hugs. All food prepared was perfect - oh except her usual mile high meringue on the banana pudding did not rise to the occasion - but it was still tasty.

The turkey would melt in your mouth.

Her son spent the night and fulfilled her wish. A desire for him to walk the property line and locate where some horse back rider's were entering. It was found, a phone call made, and she thinks it is taken care of.

Callie is an outside dog and will be inside when the weather is bad. Love was mutual between family member's and Miss Callie. She seems to have fallen in love with her family.

Her little granddaughter's usually want to brave the chilly weather and sometimes need some additional warm clothes and they are all set. They have on grandma's gloves, hats, scarves and sweater. This picture taken a few weeks earlier is similar to the way they looked on Thanksgiving day. They make their own fashion statement.

One Woman has so much to be thankful for and is so aware of the many blessings that have taken place in this year 2009. There were children and grandchildren that were many miles away and they were not seated at the big table but in time that will happen.

Wishing you peace, health, happiness this day.

Monday, November 23, 2009

First Fall at Woodhaven


First Fall at Woodhaven and she forgot about the leaves. An area surrounding her cottage has been somewhat cleared. Gutters were cleaned last week. She thinks all the leaves are on the ground. Will be interesting to see where they blow during the months until Spring. She is constantly looking out the window at her bird feeders waiting for more of an assortment of birds to visit.

There is one lone rose blooming and a few others flowers that will not give into winter approaching.

A cloudy and misty rain day and she is preparing for Thanksgiving. A full table and she is so pleased that the big table is still in her home. How could she had ever thought of parting with it.
Her son requested a banana pudding be added to desert table. In years past they were made often.

Turkey is thawing in the refrigerator and she smiles as the radio is blasting Christmas music.
It started a week ago and seems that they started earlier then ever. She likes to be past Thanksgiving until she thinks of Christmas. Many of the songs are about snow and it is 50 degreees when she walks outside.

Day light is so short and somewhere around December 21st the days will start - little by little becoming longer - good.
Thoughts of thankfulness and the blessings of her life - flood her heart, mind and soul.
Wherever you are this One Woman wishes you a great Thanksgiving week.
May you be happy, well, safe and at peace.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Love Affair

My daughter Jamie reviews a number of products and writes about them on one of her blogs.

This review was passed on to mom - a Waterpik.

She is aware that in these later years I have developed a very dry mouth. Consequently when you do not have a normal amount of saliva it is more of a task keeping your teeth in ship shape condition.

My dentist has recommended several times that I would benefit from using a Waterpik. I just have not invested in one. So when Jamie gave me the opportunity I was pleased.

The Waterpik arrived last week and I immediately started using it.

Now this One Woman is one that always takes care of her teeth - brushes two or three times daily and uses floss. I have always thought that was sufficient.

I have to say "this Waterpik is wonderful." I thought my teeth were clean - but I sure can tell a difference.

I would highly recommend this Waterpik. It would be great for a single person, couple or for family use. It is easy to use and has a number of tools if you have special needs.

The only downside is the counter space it takes up. But then in this home my counter space is minimal.

For more information, visit Waterpik online at http://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Journey Continues

A tumultuous week. My mindfulness, meditation and prayer did not seem to help much. I had difficulty in being peaceful. So many thoughts on my continued journey. Memories of the past, thoughts of where I am and wondering what the future holds. I know better then this - I try to take one day at a time and let it unfold. Did not do to well this week.

Just received a call about a showing of city home tomorrow. I try to keep this off of my mind.

Also a week that I did too much outdoor work. This left me with very little energy for a few days. I know better and also know I have a problem pacing myself.

Spent time working on a Thanksgiving letter and my computer did not cooperate at times.
Almost gave up on it - it is finished and most have been mailed.

A lot of errands today, the sun is shining and I seem to have recovered.

Callie is the proud owner of a red harness. Maybe this will keep her from trying to follow me.
Every time I leave this property she pulls her collar off. How she does this I do not know.
When I return from errands she is sitting at the end of the drive waiting for me.
So, Miss Callie - I will see if this harness secures you.

My youngest daughter shared some beautiful pictures with me. They are from their trip last week end to a state park in Kentucky. Some special college friends met for this outing.

Two new books that arrived are on my reading table "Awakening the Spirit Within" by Jan Forrest. " A Path With Heart" by Jack Kornfield.


For I know the plans I have for you sayeth the Lord. Plans for good not evil - to give you a future and a hope Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Peaceful Sound

Her ticking friend has been missed. You sat on her mother's dresser for years. The time came when she was at a point of death. This was 9 years ago and she was 83 years of age. She was told to go to her home and tell her stepfather who was suffering from Alzheimer's that she was going to take this clock and have it repaired. She was not sure he would let her take the clock. He did and her mother passed away about 2 days later.

The clock was put back into running order and sat on her mantel for 8 years. It quit ticking about the time One Woman began a woods home.

Finally after 5 months back in her possession this morning. She tried repeatedly to contact the repair person who had it in his possession - to no avail. Call after call not answered. Finally last night she was told that she could pick it up this morning. As she arrived at 7:00 this morning - this!!!!! repairman was pulling out of his drive. So much could be shared but will not. She thanked the repairman and drove home. This special clock is sitting on her mantel and it is like it is smiling at me or better yet, my mother is smiling at me. It is home at last.

Over the last few years it is difficult to find someone to repair old clocks. Wonder if in the future she will have 6 clocks and none of them work? They usually need to be serviced about every 5 years. Wonder what they did in the past years?

A confession that this has been a difficult week for One Woman. A phone call from someone that should not be calling - but the calls are getting less frequent. Think he calls because of guilt feelings - he will have to deal with that. Sometimes emotions just surface. Why is it when you think you have overcome something that here it comes again. I read somewhere that grief, pain and anger have many layers. They are stripped away one by one. When one resurfaces there is still something to learn, and it is a good time to ask "what am I to learn". Hope all the stripping away has been done. Do not like feeling "emotional". http://www.awakeisgood.com/

What did One Woman learn and this was good. All through her past years she took hurt, grief and pain and turned them on herself. Would feel hurt feelings and pain deep in her heart. This time and probably the first time in her life, she felt anger. Know what it felt "good". This emotion should have been felt years ago. Guess she is a slow learner. Hey but it least I learn. One Woman is still on her journey.

The weather has been beautiful. I have raked and worked until I ache in every part of my body. Just cannot stay inside. Looks like more days of sun and wonderful temperatures.

Friday, November 6, 2009

November Sunset

A beautiful sunset to finish a busy day.

She headed for the big city this morning. A helper riding in the truck beside her.

They tackled the city garden. Guess the compost pile must be almost 6 foot high. It sure must be good soil or One Woman has a "green hand". It was nice to have help as this amount of work could not be done by a lone woman.

A few things were packed from the kitchen, a bird feeder taken out of the ground and some plants separated and brought back to country garden.

She wanted to do some more in the house but the energy ran out.

So they headed back down the highway to the country.
Lunch at the Cracker Barrel on the way home.

Arriving home the vehicle was unpacked, bird feeder put in ground and the few plants had a new home.

After taking my help home - a hot bath sure felt good.

Just saw this sunset and think the image is pretty good.

This has been a beautiful fall day in the life of One Woman. She is happy, contented and very tired.

Some other week happenings - My youngest granddaughter spent the night and told me I was the "bestest grandma in the whole world". How could that not warm her heart.

My next little granddaughter lost another tooth. No upper teeth!!! She cannot smile big enough. Seems I remember that I would put my hand over my mouth - not pleased at being toothless. She seems to think it is grand and is proud. My how times have changed.

Callie has turned out to be the best. Does not climb on porch furniture anymore. Obeys when I call her. Follows me everywhere. She is just good!!! I think she likes me!! Only does not like me to leave this property and secure her by doghouse. She will have a pen sometime in the future.
Will be used only when I am gone a few hours.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Will See

My daughter Jamie, who writes at BlondeMomBlog, is contacted frequently to review products.
One of the latest products is Organic Maqui Superberry. After reading the literature on this product it sounded almost too good to be true. It is said to be the highest antioxidant fruit in the world with more nutritional value then Acai Berry/fruit, which I have tried, as well as Pomegranate/fruit, which I have tried. Also the blueberry, which most of us use.

It boast of supporting a healthy immune system, inflammatory function, provides energy, helps cardiovascular health and promotes healthy aging.

Hey, I will take it all!!!

Jamie recommended that her mom would be a good person to test and evaluate this product.

To make a long story - short - One Woman is going to begin taking this liquid dietary supplement at lunch today.

So who knows, this healthy, very active aging mom and grandma - may fly.

Will let you know over the next couple of months if I have more energy and have a healthy winter.

To read the entire story of this miracle antioxidant - log on to http://www.novelleinternational.com/

One Woman's Journey with Maqui Superberry

Sunday, November 1, 2009

I Wonder

It is the first day of November and I have robins in my front yard, and blue birds going in and out of the bluebird house.

There have been 3 heavy frosts, so I have been told. Sure could not tell it here under this canopy of trees.

I have roses in bloom and buds getting ready to open. Probably 50 Zinnias still blooming,
Ajuga, lavender and some yellow daisies still with blooms. Now they are not prize blooms but they have not gone into the winter mode. A beautiful fern on my deck is still in all of its glory. City garden is the same but it is almost an hour South of my woods cottage.

A little surprised at this time of year. It has been such a busy year that I cannot remember what happened other years. My mind "says" that the frost wiped out everything.

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live a life which he imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours
Henry David Thoreau

Friday, October 30, 2009

Leaves


Leaves, leaves - everywhere.
I can remember years ago that I would practically pick up every leaf that fell. I would rake and rake. I am using my blower to clear walk and deck. Later a grass cutting can chop up what is left.
I am not raking leaves anymore - maybe clean where they have banked up against house.

The wind is blowing on a warm afternoon and the leaves are blowing - maybe some will blow further into the woods. My drive, small yard and the woods are covered with a blanket of leaves. To my aging eyes it looks beautiful.

The front field is being cut and it looks kind of barren. Hope they plant winter wheat and the field will look like a golf course. If they do not it is alright with me. Not my decision.

Monday my son is visiting and bringing my youngest granddaughter. I am looking forward to this time. My middle daughter is visiting on Tuesday and I will take her to lunch for her birthday.

My oldest granddaughter has received a call about a job offer in New York. She has accepted and will start the first of December. This will be another exciting journey for me to follow.
She will share an apartment with a fellow student who graduated with her.

The outside of my windows are filled with Ladybugs. Seems I read somewhere that is good luck. Anyone more knowledgable on this then me?

One Woman just checking in before the weekend.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fall At Woodhaven

I do not think I remember the leaves being so spectacular. The view from every window in this home is a master piece. Every drive down the country roads is a blessing to my eyes.

I enjoyed my family so much last week and this week has been full and yet I do not feel as though I have accomplished much. Dental appointment, tidying home, Callie's stitches removed, appliance repaired, gutters cleaned, emails that make me smile about my granddaughter's interview's in New York.

A lot going on in this family.

My son will visit in a few days, another daughter will arrive and I will take her to a birthday lunch and a dreaded hair appointment tomorrow.

I have chopped and chopped on my hair and the color is like that of a dead mouse.
So, maybe I will leave looking a little better then when I arrived. Just do not want to leave my country home for this appointment.

My little granddaughters are excited about Halloween. I cannot imagine that these feminine little girls want to be a skeleton and a bat!!

Wherever you are - enjoy this Fall time of the year and hopefully when the time is set back this weekend it will not affect you like it will me.

Instead of getting up at 5:00 am - it will probably be 4:00 and instead of going to bed at 8:00 and meditating it will be 7:00. Some hours - guess since there is just One Woman residing here it really does not matter. Just do not like the long hours of dark - but Spring is around the corner.

Callie has discovered the deer. She chases them away from the house. I have enjoyed having them close but with thoughts of a small garden next Spring - maybe this is good.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Good Week


The past week has been good!

Time as a family and one-on-one time with my first born.
As time marches on, alone time with one of our children is so rare and special. Two of my daughters have mates and children and when we gather there is not the opportunity to just sit and share or be quiet in each others presence.

The weather has been beautiful and I must add that this morning it is raining. It is suppose to clear later in the day.

Sharing a meal with family, an enjoyable drive to a country restaurant for lunch with my daughter, fire pit is a success, and Miss Callie has turned into a dream dog.
I might add that during my daughter's walking time she spotted the most magnificent stag deer with amazing antlers. Wish I had been near with my camera and surely hope that a hunter does not venture into my woods.

Do not have the words to describe this past week - but - One Woman has a smile on her face.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Morning In The Life Of One Woman

Up at 4:30. Would have stayed in bed until 5:00 - but Callie is barricaded in the utility room and I want to make sure she has not chewed on my cabinets!! Like other things she has chewed on. Will tell her story later.

Let Callie out - stripped my bed linens and put in washing machine. Let Callie on screen porch and fed her. Made zucchini bread and it is in the oven. Made my bed up and put a load of jeans in machine. Went over floors with swifter. Did 30 minutes of Yoga - need to relax. Another load of wash. How can One Woman have so much wash. I love to hang outside and that is out of the question. Need to get out of my pajamas!! Took a bath and went over my hair with a curling iron - if I do this it usually looks presentable. Put on clean jeans and turtle neck - and now breakfast. Cereal with fruit, green tea and 2 slices of the best zucchini bread....in the world.

Callie is barking like a mad dog - Electrician has pulled up and going to reverse the blades on my ceiling fans. I cannot reach them - plus I do not see the switch. It is only 8:20 and I am glad I was dressed. 2 phone calls, finish cleaning kitchen and turn on dishwasher. 9:00 and will turn on computer. I am tired and the day has not begun.

Callie barking and I look out - a neighbor approaching in car. She bought a home I built 12 years ago on this farm. Interesting lady who is a retired, a professor from a University in Rhode Island. Interesting how she found my home. On the Internet. Another story in the future.

She is sharing the New York Times and News Week with me. Starting bringing it to me several weeks ago. I appreciate it as they are 2 of my favorites and I do not subscribe anymore.

Callie news - Saturday was such a rough day with her that I kept having on my mind that I would have to return her to the shelter. She has chewed up 2 leashes, a cable that secured her to dog house, will not share other things she has chewed. Finally I spanked her Saturday and sat down and looked her in the eye and told her she had better stop chewing and realize she has a good home or she was long gone. Who knows - from that moment on she has been calmer, has not chewed and minds me. I felt guilty yesterday with the thoughts that in 2 weeks, surgery twice and in a new home and is adjusting - just like me. Plus she is only 11 months old. In reality a puppy.

So - I will have to buy a cage for her to put in the garage when I am gone for a few hours.

If we were not going into winter it would be no problem.

Also plans are when city home sells I am building a carport for my truck with an enclosed area attached for mower and tools. I can build a pen on this with her doghouse. She will be in a secure area and have shelter when I am not here. All is fine when I am outside and she can run and aware of me. The problem is she is being given a home at a time of year that will soon be winter and her new mistress has never had a dog inside the house. I put her rug by the door and find as long as she can see me in the kitchen or great room area she is fine.

So we are still adjusting. I think I just expected to much from her in a short time - especially since I do not know her past 11 months. I think it was not to pleasant. I will add that she minds very well. Always comes to me when I call and will sit when I tell her - give her a treat.
She is very smart and her mistress is going to be in charge - I think she knows that at the moment.

Her mistress has done well in training many dogs and children in the past. l0l. Just thoughts of can she do it again - or rather does she want to?

Time to unload dishwasher, a few more inside chores - then I want to go outside - the sun is shining. I have a bag of buttercup bulbs to plant and want to walk with Callie in the woods.

After lunch this 3 score, 10 and more -lady needs to rest so will be enjoy her family this late afternoon.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Butternut Squash Soup

My daughter from Tampa will be arriving tomorrow. Granddaughter was suppose to visit also.
But....a call and several interviews in New York will take grandma's time.

For the last couple of hours I have been making butternut squash soup. It is so good and I hoped it would not disappoint this time.

Just tasted it and it is good.

I never follow recipes "exactly". So this is cooked squash, some onion, carrot, celery and garlic.

When all is cooked - the process I do not like is blending in small batches in my old old blender.
Add chicken broth and simmer. I have used cream or milk in the past.

Someone gave me two good size squash weeks ago and I kept looking at them and remembered how difficult they are too cut.

In the past I have cut them in half and baked them like you would a potato with olive oil and scooped out the cooked squash
and added to my other cooked ingredients. This time I tried something different.

Do not laugh - I took a small saw on my work bench and cut the difficult squash. After removing the seeds I cut them in smaller sections like you would a potato and simmered them in water. When they were done the peeling came easily off.

THE SQUASH IN MY PICTURE ARE NOT THE SQUASH I USED. THESE WERE 3 TIMES THIS SIZE. THE SMALLER SIZE - JUST ONE MAKES SEVERAL NICE PORTIONS FOR ME.
Anyway - I have delicious soup.

I also made an oriental salad (this is one of my favorites made with broccoli slaw) and in the morning will bake a turkey breast, zucchini bread and another desert. A gallon of fruit tea is ready. A bottle of wine is chilling.

My little girls may be visiting and spending the night and there are plenty of chips, nuts, crackers and cheese.

Hey the sun shined today and tomorrow promises to be a pleasant day.

So...there are hot dogs and marshmallows on hand in case the fire pit is burning tomorrow evening.

I was told not to cook anything - but - there has to be something to eat at Woodhaven.

If they are not hungry - then I will have something to eat on for a few days!!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Invisible Woman

I came across an interesting blog the other day. Angela writes about being an invisible woman.

My first thought when reading this is "Angela you are too young to be invisible".

It brought to mind what I have been thinking about myself a lot over the past few years. Being invisible would seem to fluctuate at times. Might be where I am at that moment, dressed or how I feel that particular day.

But as time goes by - I am truly invisible. For most of my adult years I was not invisible. Young career woman, active social life, busy wife, mother, active role in family business, enjoying all the upscale places and travel. A divorce and starting over at age 42 was a new journey.

Life has been changing for a number of years and in most ways I like it.

Freedom is what I call it!! The peace and simplicity I have been experiencing at Woodhaven over the last months has been a long time coming.

Will add that when I moved to the big city almost 3 years ago - I was truly invisible. I made this comment to my son - he always has a witty reply: "there are people who spend a lot of money to go places where they are invisible." Now back in my old homeplace I do see familiar faces from time to time and may not be 100% invisible.

Wondered as time goes on - when do others begin to feel invisible? Also the thought - is my feeling more invisible because I am One Woman.

Who knows!!!

You might enjoy Angela's - October 14th entry. Love her self-portrait with the misplaced heart.

http://angelarecada.blogspot.com/

If you visit Angela - also check out "A Note From Your Mother" - mother being "Mother Earth"

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

All Is Well

The Aster in my new header was given to me about 25 years ago. I have shared it with many and have moved a clump to 5 different homes. The first of the year when this home was started I brought a piece of this plant and put it by my mailbox. It never disappoints me. It will bloom - almost until snow falls.

I will transplant sections to other areas around my home after it quits blooming.

Most of my plants have been shared with me by special people. Most of these people are no longer here and when I look at this purple Aster I think of the special lady who shared much of her garden with me. Anna Lee, I miss you.

Callie is doing wonderful. Only ---- she does not like me out of her sight. I bought a crate with the thought that if she would tolerate it, then it would be good for times I am not home.

Well, that did not work and I returned it this morning. I keep her on the screen porch, deck and when I am outside she is loose.

I am not an inside dog person. All dogs in the past stayed outdoors unless it was extremely cold.

So....Callie, please be good.

I do not know if I shared that last week I had heart test. 3 hours of tests resulted from a severe panic attack I had a number of weeks ago that unsettled me.

I was at the city home and all of a sudden I became "overwhelmed". Overwhelmed with all that I have done this year. Building, up and down the road, slowly emptying one home and bringing to another - loading my vehicle and unloading with no help. I remember standing and looking at what is left in that home and also the fact that it is for sale in a stressed economy (I know my children - said - do not do this). Anyway I had a panic attack and thought I was having a heart attack.

GOOD NEWS - nothing wrong with my heart. Enough shared on this subject.

Rained again last night and early morning. Lunch time and it has finally stopped.

Continuing to look forward to seeing my first born daughter and first born granddaughter next week.

The happy heart runs with the river, floats on the air, lifts to the music, soars with the eagle, hopes with the prayer
Maya Angelou

Monday, October 12, 2009

Poor Little Callie

When my children were visiting this weekend - my daughter who has a nursing degree - commented "mama, Callie has a hernia".

So first thing this morning I took her to the vet and it was confirmed. She looked so sad when I left her.

This truly saddened me. I feel as though I am mistreating her. I do not think she has had much love in her 11 months.

Just called and she is doing fine and I will pick her up later this afternoon.

Some stitches broke loose from her being neutered - So they say. Only they know what happened?

Good news there will be no charge.

Callie I hope you heal quickly like you did from the procedure one week ago.

When I lost Sadie a year ago I vowed I would never love another little dog like I did her.

Guess it is happening all over again.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fall Is In The Air


It seems to One Woman that the days were really warm, then weeks of rain and now it is cool enough that I have to have a jacket on early in the morning and always a sweater. Today was a good day and I loved being outdoors in the sunshine.

The leaves are just beginning to turn and I can remember that one year ago at this time I began to have thoughts of building and returning to my country property.

It was a dream that became a reality. It went through several changes. First I was going to build a cabin and just come on weekends. Then as I put more thought into this process I realized I could not constantly be up and down the highway. Could not maintain two homes. I do well at this stage of life to maintain one home and garden.

What materialized was a smaller home then what I occupied in the past and at the moment I love being surrounded by nature and the peacefulness this home saturates me with.

My fire pit is one more item off my to do list. Created from a piece of pipe given to me by my contractor, sitting on stones for ventilation and surrounded it with stones gathered on this property.

I burned it today for the first time and I like it. Sat in my old chair and could feel the warmth of the fire.

My little girls will love gathering wood for it and cooking marshmellows and hot dogs on a stick.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Perfect Evening

Thank you for making a trip from the big city to my small town to take your mom out to dinner. My grandson - thanks to you for leaving the University to make this evening even more special.

Love
Mama and Grandma

Friday, October 9, 2009

Storm Arriving



On a lighter note. Last week I did something I have never done before. As I left a store, I could not find my keys.I thought maybe I have left them in my truck and I carry an extra one in my purse so all will be well.

I was right - there they were in the ignition - horrors - my truck was still running - but door was locked. Good thing it was a quick trip.

Where was my mind? Too much on it "I think".

Anyway, I put a note on my dash - pause - take a deep breath, turn ignition off, remove key - remember.

Sent it to my son and he quickly replied "add - put it in park".

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

No Tears

My daughter just called that my 4 year old granddaughter had an accident at daycare.
Fell off of some kind of old metal contraption on the playground.

A trip to the emergency room, 4 stitches and the doctor remarked he had never had a child so quiet and calm - while he put in the stitches.

So thankful it was no closer to her eye.

Little girl, grandma is so thankful and proud of you.

He Speaks To My Heart

Birthday time is Friday.

Cards are arriving.

Handwritten on my son's card is the following:

When the sun shines, enjoy it,
When it rains, enjoy it.
All things in life, let them come and let them go. This the secret of life that keeps one from getting upset.
The Buddha says that all things in life and in the world are in constant change, so do not become attached to them.

Gyomay Kubose

Callie news - I was so worried about her yesterday as she would not eat or drink. This morning she is herself. Stitches come out in 10 days.

One Woman experiencing her 70's

Monday, October 5, 2009

Impressive

One Woman is pleased the heat is on in this home. It was so chilly yesterday morning and I discovered the unit would not come on. I would not have turned it on for myself but with these little girls visiting I wanted the home warm. Also was given instructions on how to turn on my gas logs - I had forgotten. So guess I am all set for winter.

Just called the Animal Hospital and I will leave in an hour to take Callie for her surgery.

No reason to postpone it.

Yesterday morning the girls were practicing yoga poses from my instruction book.

I was really impressed as I watched them. But then at ages 4 and 7 you are quite limber.

I have stripped the bedding in guest area and it is being prepared for my daughter from Florida
and my granddaughter who is returning this weekend from London and a 4 month internship.

They will be visiting soon.

Needless to say I am excited about their visit to Woodhaven.

Enough shared this early morning I need to be on my way.

One Woman wonders - is this what your 70's are like?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Weekend News from Woodhaven



One Woman has returned from trip to grocery and a hot dog cooked on a grill for a church fund raiser. They smelled so good as I passed by the corner lot on the way to the grocery. After shopping and a man running after me saying "you left your purse on the counter". Thank you Lord - where is my mind. I stopped at the grilling. They had stopped grilling and all were wrapped in foil under the large grill cover. I kept thinking - I do not need a hot dog - but they sure smell good. A man struck up a conversation with me and I babbled on that I wish they had been on the coals instead of wrapped in foil. I preceded to put my hand over the coals to see if they were still warm (see how fussy I am about my hot dog). He told me they were still hot and just finished cooking. As I stood there contemplating this major decision and about to leave he said "the hot dog is on me". I replied "no way -just do not know if I need something I view unhealthy". He went on to share that he was the new pastor of this church and asked me to please visit. A small church with about 200 members in an area that I know well and know some of the people attending. Anyway to shorten this story, I accepted the delicious hot dog that I loaded with all the fixings and thanked him for the gift.

Now home and excitedly awaiting my weekend guests. My youngest daughter and my two little girls coming for the weekend. We will will go to the pumpkin patch, corn maze and see if we are successful in taking some holiday pictures. Velvet dresses are arriving also. Have a few ideas and will see how this comes out. They are excited about meeting Miss Callie.

Jamie, is bringing games and books for the evening. I am still contemplating a television but truly do not miss it. I stay busy with outdoor chores, computer, reading and writing in my journal.

The one in the city I gave to my son as I did not want to move it and also - if I purchase a television want a smaller and newer model.

Callie is doing great. She has a new home. She sits for a treat, with rolled up paper in my hand she stops jumping on me. I am so surprised at how quick she is learning. I let her loose and she follows me everywhere.

Thinking of scheduling her surgery for next Tuesday. I sure do not need any visitors!!

Enough sharing from One Woman on this beautiful Saturday at noon

Thursday, October 1, 2009

She Makes Me Smile

My youngest daughter - wife, mother of my two youngest granddaughter's, writer and editor - never fails to put a smile on her mama's face.

This child was raised as an only child as the others were in high school and college.

Her sense of humor and the way she expresses herself still amazes me.

I think "is this the quiet little girl I raised - in the country - single handed".


Needless to say that mom is proud of her.


http://blondemomblog.com/ Click on The - Southern Humor Post

NEW HEADER - TAKEN AROUND THE CORNER AND DOWN THE ROAD

One Woman entry on a cold October lst morning

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Busy Day For One Woman aka Mama and Grandma

She was up at 4:45 AM. Did not sleep well because Callie was on the screen porch and she kept thinking was anything being demolished. All was well.

She bundled up since it was in the 40's and walked her new friend around the house . First time she had been outside with all the outdoor lights on and she liked it.

Callie secured with cable on terrace and she was fine and seemed to like sitting on the steps.

She has to leave at a little past 7:00 for an appointment and traffic may be a problem.

The idea that Callie would be fine on the terrace she continued on her way.

Appointment and then a quick stop at the city cottage.

Why does this make her sad? I guess like the other 3 homes before this that she created - there is a piece of her in this home.

This home was the finest she created. Not the largest but a lot of details were added that were special. Her plans were to never move again and be close to doctors and hospitals and all the city offers. Also to be near children and grandchildren. She discovered quickly how very busy their lives are and much was not different then when she lived in the country.

A comment from the doctor today made her smile "you do not need to move to the city to be close to doctors and hospitals - you are too alive and healthy".

Her car is once again loaded with some household items and the rest of her winter clothes. She contemplates the one load of furnishings that are in this home but they make it look warm and inviting for viewers. There are a few!!!

She also put her much loved orchid plant in the car. It has been in her possession for about 12 years. It usually sports 16 to 18 blooms after the first of the year. Hope it will like its new home.

She does an hours work in her city garden - pulling up plants and deadheading.

Time to head back to the country. She contemplates stopping for a nice lunch but just wants to get out of the city.

Why such a peace when she finally reaches the country roads?

Callie, hopefully you are fine. Oh yes you are fine and have had a good time winding around a number of plants and digging in the mulch. You are so happy to see One Woman that I think for a moment maybe you have Jack Russel in your veins.

The only way I have been able to calm Callie is to sit and pet her, rub her head and ears and talk softly to her. She is almost wild. Is this happiness to see me - or what.

Trying to understand what is going on. I think she has never had any affection before and is starving for a kind touch. Well it is happening but I have other things to do also. She has finally started barking and will stop when I go to her. So hopefully this will end when she realizes she has a good home and someone that will love her. Also I think when she is operated on this will calm her down.

She was so docile at the shelter and her personality has really changed. If she had been this needy when I first saw her I might not have brought her home with me.

So - One Woman is tired. All clothes have been put up and she wonders how someone that has not bought anything for several years still has such a wardrobe. I think it is because she never changed sizes and in the past always bought quality items. Would shop at end of seasons and pick up things half or less of their original price. Also she has always taken care of her clothes.

Enough of this. I looked outside and Callie has finally given up and is asleep by the doghouse.

The doghouse was moved to an area where she will have sunshine, protect her from wind and she can see who is coming down the drive - plus I can see her from my computer window. No more putting her on my terrace. Hopefully after a week I will be able to let her loose. I do not know and I am aware that with her color a neighbor would think she was a fox or coyote and shoot her.

Guess, One Woman will warm up a bowl of vegetable soup that she made yesterday and her day is done!!!

A final note - Just brought Callie on the screen porch and fed her. She is so content on the rug by the door and can see me going about in the kitchen. I THINK - SHE JUST WANTS TO BE NEAR ME!!! Her personality has changed to very "calm".

Entry from One Woman

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Decision

Meet Miss Callie - my little brown dog.

Every week I stop by the Humane Shelter and look and see what dogs they have picked up.

They are either puppies, too big or none seemed right for me.

I stopped this morning and there is a little girl I am thinking seriously of going back and adopting.

Just a dog, a mixture of many - guess like all of us.

About the size of Sadie and will need no grooming as she has short hair and weighs about 30 or 35 lbs.

She was found chained to a tree and the chain will have to be cut off her neck. Seems her owners - if you can call them that - moved away and left her.

One Woman is operating on a close budget and I had thoughts of a television. I really have not missed having one and am only considering it because my little granddaughters keep asking if I have one - yet. Of course they also ask if grandma has found a dog.

I do not like to think that I have to go this route to "lure" them to the country. They are so busy in the city with school, birthday parties, special programs, soccer, church and on and on.

I put the pencil to it. Adoption Fee is $50.00 She is about 1 year old and will have to be operated on. I called the animal clinic and the fee for that is $150.00 plus other cost for special shots.

So I think I will go the route of "Callie."She will alert me if someone is approaching my home.

She will look at me with those soulful brown eyes and always be thankful that I saved her from
not being on planet Earth in 3 days. Most of all - she will love me and would be nice to have another heart beating in this home!!

Television - you cannot love me like this little creature.

Entry by One Woman

Monday, September 28, 2009

Evening Sunset

Fall is in the air.

Suppose to be in the 40's tonight.

Just captured this sunset picture.

It has been a perfect sunny day. I have never had a deck before and I love the deck on this home. It stays so warm since the sun shines on it most of the day. The view of the woods is breathtaking. Needless to say - My deck makes me smile.

One Woman has experienced one season in the country. She has been in her country home since second week of June.

Now she will see what Fall is like. Then Winter followed by Spring. Wonder what each season will teach her.

"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air"

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Entry by One Woman on a cool end of September day

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sun is Shining



There has been no subject that came to mind for me to share about the last five days. Rain, rain and more rain and several times the thought came to mind "have I moved to a swamp?" It rained all night and up to an hour ago. Guess what - the sun is shining and looks like the rain has left for a number of days.

As I have viewed the towering trees I have felt like I am living at the edge of a rain forest. Every morning just before daybreak I open the door to my deck and begin my yoga. I visualize myself as those towering and strong rooted trees. It is beautiful and peaceful to look at and wish I was talented enough to capture the images that I view and as I walked in the rain under these lush green trees.

When the sun broke through the clouds the birds were out of the woods and at my feeders almost instantly. Was fun to watch at their happiness which is probably the same as mine. There was nonstop activity at the feeders and watching so many flying about put a smile on my face.

I have a vivid imagination!!!

I made a list of what I recognized - 4 bluebirds, a dozen gold finch, 6 robins, purple finches, 2 cardinals, nuthatch's by the dozen, 1 lone dove, 2 different species of wood peckers.

Some of the fattest humming birds at my feeders. Click on and enlarge the one image I captured.

I will have to invest in a camera where I can take better images of what I see. Also need new binoculars. The pair I have were purchased 40 years ago in St. Thomas.

I found someone to cut my grass and he will be returning whenever I need him. I have known this family for years and I am so pleased. It was like a gift to find him so quickly. My lawn looks so lush and green. To think there was no grass in June. Soybean field is beginning to turn yellow. Thought it was to soon for this since they were planted late in their season, then it might be the rain.

I am so pleased the Sun Is Shining.


Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature, and not be thrown off the track by every nutshell and mosquito's wing that falls on the rails ... If the engine whistles, let it whistle till it is hoarse for its pains. If the bell rings, why should we run? ... I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.

Henry David Thoreau made this observation in the middle of the 19th century as he wrote at Walden Pond.

Entry from One Woman on a Sunny Saturday Afternoon!!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Grass In The Country and Poor Mans Cake

I have cut my own grass for years. Loved using a riding mower. Once a month I would have someone come in and groom a little more professionally.

The young man who has helped me for years just called and has to have surgery.

So.....what does One Woman do? Did not want to invest in a mower and weedeater at this time with another home for sale. May have to or hopefully I can find a retired person or school boy to cut my 18 inch high grass. A small front yard and the rest of grass is cut with a tractor about 3 times a year.

Will the rain ever stop. It has rained almost daily for months. I am beginning to feel as though I live in a swamp!!!!

Checking my emails and this is something my daughter sent to me.

Cake looks tasty and thought I would share.


http://milkbreathandmargaritas.com/2009/09/poor-mans-cake.html


Entry on another rainy day from One Woman

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Coffee

I can always remember in my growing up years waking to the aroma of coffee. I loved the smell.

I am not a regular coffee drinker but occasionally like a cup of decaf. When family visit for special occasions - coffee is always on hand.

I usually drink green tea with my breakfast and other blends at times.

This home surrounded by nature and woods just seemed to call for a cup of coffee this morning.

I took out my "old" coffee pot and wondered "will you still perk". I had thoughts that you better because I will need you over the holidays. Just received a message that one of my older granddaughter's is bringing a special friend home with her for Thanksgiving at Woodhaven.

This coffee pot was one of a very few wedding gifts. I think it was from the people I worked with at Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan.

It is 52 years old.

As I looked at it this early morning it brought back a lot of memories. A young woman with rose colored glasses on and vows that took place in a small Methodist church in front of the alter. Only some of my family present.

Guess it was because this was my 23 year old husband to be - third marriage and there was a beautiful little girl with a head of blond curls - in this picture. I became in instant mom.

Enough sharing - this union did create my beautiful children and a number of super intelligent grandchildren.

Wonder how long this coffee pot will keep on perking?


Entry from One Woman

Saturday, September 19, 2009

To a Friend

You entered my life in a casual way,
And saw at a glance what I needed;
There were others who passed me or met me each day,
But never a one of them heeded.
Perhaps you were thinking of other folks more,
Or chance simply seemed to decree it;
I know there were many such chances before,
But the others --- well, they didn't see it.

You said just the thing that I wished you would say,
And you made me believe you meant it;
I held up my head in the old gallant way,
And resolved you should never repent it.
There are times when encouragement means such a lot,
And a word is enough to convey it;
There are others who could have, as easy as not --
But, just the same, they didn't say it.

There may have been someone who could done more
To help me along, though I doubt it;
What I needed was cheering, and always before
They had let me plod onward without it.
You helped to refashion the dream of my heart,
And made me turn eagerly to it;
There were others who might have (I question that part) --
But, after all, they didn't do it!

Grace Strickler Dawson from the book "Friendship"
Compiled by Ralph L. Woods

Friends And A Good Lunch


Went out for an enjoyable birthday lunch for a special friend Dean who is 88 years young. My special twin friends (one of those is like an angel watching over me - she checks on me daily several times).
My special friend has her hands full with a husband who needs round the clock care - and to think she takes time for me. It truly touches my heart and she is a priceless blessing.

This was a special time and One Woman needs more of them. We have decided that we will do this once a month.

A wonderful lunch at a place in the country and the food was superb. I even brought an extra piece of the coconut cream pie home with me.

Good day for One Woman

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Visitors

Looking out my door at lunchtime - 15 turkeys in my driveway. My wildlife visitors are getting closer to One Woman's home.

Picture taken at noon by One Woman

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Old Friend

She was picked up early yesterday morning by an insurance van to transport her to the city.

It was pouring rain and since this service is available she decided to use it.

She smiled when her son called and said he would bring her back to the country.

After picking up a sandwich and eating at the city table he put a number of bags of mom's fall and winter sweaters and slacks in his vehicle.

What pleasure it was to bring her much loved clock. The clock she held in her lap hoping the pendlum would stay secure.

It now sits in her bedroom and loves the comforting sound of the pendlum swinging back and forth.

This clock was a gift from her mother over 30 years ago. Her grandmother learned to tell time on it and it belonged to her great grandmother. So she told her son with a smile that this precious clock was his great great grandmother's.

As she winds it this early morning there are memories of 3 generations of strong women in her past. She will have to remind her daughters they they will have memories of 4 generations of strong women in their past.

The story of the little doll is that about 35 years ago it was bought for her youngest daughter for a Christmas present. Silly - I guess - but she could not part with it. One Woman does not remember ever having a doll when she was small.

So there is a clock that is probably 150 years old or more and a doll that was made in France sitting on a chest in her bedroom.

She is on the way to the dentist this morning. This appointment has been cancelled 3 times before and she cannot - cannot cancel again. Another errand marked off of her to do list.

Entry from One Woman this early morning

Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday Thoughts

An unexpected trip to the city. I have been fighting a bladder infection. One Woman does not like medication and her thoughts were that enough water would wash it away. It has not happened.

I was so fortunate that my urologist would run a culture and in the meantime I am on the "dreaded antibiotic". Hope this will clear it up and I do not have to change the medication.

I was asked to wait in one of the doctor's private office for a short time. I was so impressed with all his books on mindfulness, Thomas Merton and books by Thich Nhat Hanh. It helped restore my peace.

After appointment I made a quick trip to the city house and picked up a much loved old trellis and a laundry basket full of assorted items. Also an armful of cooler weather slacks and sweaters. Just in case I go somewhere "out of the garden". A little nicer looking then my favorite "old old" gardening clothes. They probably all need to be thrown away. I like the softness, faded colors and an occasional hole. "I will not throw them away".

Then headed for the country. Needed to eat and stopped at a new hot dog place. I am not a hot dog person but it was a turkey dog on a great whole wheat bun and covered with slaw. Guess it is half way healthy and I needed something in my stomach. Might add that I ate it driving down the road. It was good......

It will be a busy week. Have two other city appointments - they are just checkups that I have been delaying and they need to be taken care of. I Do Not Want To Leave The Country!!!!!

I did not sleep well last night and it may be because of the infection and not feeling well.

So much of my life went on and on - almost like a film as I tossed and turn.

Maybe that is just a part of the unhappy and painful times in life. They seemed to play on this film more then my happy times. I try to delete - like we can on the computer - to no avail.

I am so transparent and share from my heart. My grandchildren and on and on will certainly know my strengths, weakness, joys and sorrow. I want them to know me. So many things I do not know about my mother and my grandmother's lives and thoughts. Why do people fear to share their hearts. Maybe I am just different - who knows.

A few words from Thursday Poem that I read on "Beyond the Fields We Know", describe some of my thoughts.

"The places of my brokenness, the places of sorrow, the places where grief strung me out to dry".

Also in my journal a few lines from Cate "Rest little sister, it tells me in its hollow voice, rest you now, for all things turn in time, and we too, like the seasons, must await the time of our turning".

Cate is one of my favorite people and her writing and images speak to my heart. I jot down so many lines in my hand written journals.

Then my thoughts turned to
the wonderful times of love and happiness, the times when I created and felt I was a 1000 feet up in the sky, the times of precious stillness and solitude and the times I could and can feel God's hand upon me.

Enough sharing this Monday afternoon from One Woman

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Day In The Life Of One Woman


I headed for the big city early this morning. Service at AT&T was excellent and my air card was exchanged.

I am noticing a slight differance but downloading takes longer then my past DSL. Might be something I have to live with - if I want a computer - and I do.

I headed for the city cottage and did a quick going over the floors. Not being there since moving a lot of items a week ago I felt they needed it. Swifter, you are great.

Packed a few items or rather stuffed them in grocery bags. My son had some items for me to bring to my storage room - just what I need - more stuff. But, there were several nice games and my little girls will like them in time. They may beat everyone sometime soon like they do grandma at checkers.

My new header is a painting that was purchased in 1971. A Marian Cook painting that was also painted in 1971. I love this old barn scene and it is framed in old barn wood. It has a new home in the country and I placed it on the wall beside my computer desk.

My garden in the city continues to look wonderful. The hundreds of zennia's are drying and I will leave most for the birds. Will do some major clean up in a couple of weeks.

I took a picture of a giant Spider Lilly and vine on the privacy wall between my home and my neighbors.

I cannot take an image that does this justice.

Also another dozen tomatoes were shared and a dozen still on the vines. I do not have the energy to prepare and put in freezer.

I am running on empty and looking forwarding to a quiet weekend.

Stopped for a quick lunch and headed home and unloaded car. I unloaded all but a large boulder like stone that was in my mother's garden. My son had someone to pick up my television and take it to his home across the street (since his just went out) they loaded this stone into the trunk of my car - it will stay there until someone can remove it. I cannot!!!!

Also showing a picture of my turnip green patch which was planted a little over 2 weeks ago.
Next week I will be able to begin cooking a serving topped with a hard boiled egg. Now that is healthy eating.

Now, One Woman what do you eat at the end of the day. Maybe just a peanut butter sandwich.

Not hungry but I need the nourishment

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Computer In The Slow Lane

First thing this morning I turned on my computer and a continuation of waiting and waiting to be connected. Then when connected all information is very slow.

So - once again I called Technical Support at AT&T. Probably the 15th call since last Friday.

I was taken through step after step after step - for 3 hours.

3 hours sitting with my pj's on and no breakfast.

Finally the conclusion that my downloading speed is 50% of what it should be.

I am being issued a new air card. I will have to make a special trip to Nashville for this.

I have missed my computer and now that I have it in my home this is so frustrating. Also have been spoiled with the fast DSL access in the city. I was told that I would be pleased with this system and it was very similar. So far it is not.

Fast DSL is available a few miles down the road lol. Wonder how long it will take to arrive on my edge of the woods?

Almost had thoughts during this 3 hour siege of just giving up and not having a computer.

But it has become an important part of my life and I love sharing, downloading my images and the interaction with so many new online friends.

AT&T is calling is Monday morning to see if my computer speed is back to normal.

I truly hope so.

I must add that every individual that I talked to about this problem was so "nice" and "apologetic" but it still did not soothe One Woman's frustration.

I know I need to be more disciplined about computer use. I do not need to get out of bed and turn it on. I need to do my yoga, have breakfast and maybe a few more important task and then turn "the thing on".

Computer problem on One Woman's Journey

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Lunch In The Park

She looked at the clock and thought it said 5:00 AM and started her day. After being up a few moments she realized it was 4:00 AM. She decided to just stay up since she had a 7:30 appointment to go to the shop for work on her car. An engine light had been flashing for several weeks and it really unnerved her.

So she is up and within 30 minutes the current goes off. She looks out her windows and goes out on the porch and there is nothing but "blackness". She has been made aware that she needs to have plenty of new batteries and candles in case this happens again. The current stayed off for 2 hours. Quick breakfast, green tea and off to the shop.

After her car was finished - since she was in the city - she did some grocery shopping. More pads were purchased to put under furniture so her new floors will not be harmed.

Time for an early lunch and she does not want to drive home and does not feel like making a sandwich.

So a small vegetarian pizza sounds good and one is ordered and as she waits she has thoughts to go to the local small park.

She smiles at what she views - a young man with 5 children. One pulling a contraption with her bike that holds 2 little ones. One riding a bike that does not look over 7 years old and the father takes off on a scooter you push with your foot with a little one in tow.

I wanted to say "you sure have your hands full". Helmets on their heads and off they went down a trail.

So, she sits at a picnic table eating her lunch. Thoughts arise that her country property is prettier and has no flies. But for some reason it was relaxing. Just think she would have missed this family on their trail ride.

Also would have missed driving past a 800 sf frame home on a beautiful lot that was over looking the park - priced at $59,000.

No - no - no - One Woman - forget your creative thoughts.

A morning in the life of One Woman