Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Just returned from errands on this cold but sunny day.
Heart here in this cottage but it is good to see other people.
One in the local grocery, hugged me and commented every time
he came to this store he ran into me and some people would say we
were meeting on purpose.  At another store a compliment was received.
So as I was driving home the continual thought surfaced that even though
I like being alone, people, hugs and smiles are needed.
Was so nice to see an email from one in California telling me that we had much in common.
At this very moment
life is good
God is good....

It never fails that when I pull down the long gravel road that thankfulness for being allowed
to return to these special wooded acres almost overwhelms me.   There is Callie sitting on the
cold earth in the wheat field.   She sees me pull in, I blow the horn and she begins to run
to me.

So, this one, accept where you are on this journey of life, accept that you are doing all you know to
do.   Maybe the new inflammation capsule that includes 10 herbs will help with this inflammatory problem.   Prednisone, you were so good and I appreciate the months of being pain free but I do
not want your brief visit again.  
So going to make some spaghetti sauce and sit in the old rocking chair where 4 babies were  rocked years ago and enjoy the sun that is streaming through the window....

The following words I typed several weeks ago.  Was going to delete
but will add to what has just been shared....

lately this is a word that goes over and over
in my mind a lot.

Accept all that has happened on your life journey.
Some you would change if you could.
Realistically you cannot change
history or people
then or now.
It was a different time and place.

You have moved on through the years
and grown in many ways
Stop following thoughts back through the
years to times you wish you could change or erase.
Stop them in their tracks, give no time
to visiting these times and letting your
imagination run unleashed.

This is a good time, a different time,
a time of continued learning, blessings,
keep moving forward.

life is a journey
to learn and grow
You have so much to be thankful for
and life is good
in these present years.

On this day
Accept and
 no more denial
no more thinking you can do what has been done in the past.
This life journey is in the last years.

There will be burst of energy
enjoy them
there will be times this  disease will attack you.

You have done all the research
now is the time to accept this is not going away.
Miracles happen but  in these 70 plus years
this is here to stay.  

Be wise,
do all you know to do
rest, diet, handle stress better  and enjoy
the remaining time on this earth....


Sallysmom said...

A beautiful piece, Ernestine. Love to read your writings.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Oh Ernestine, this was beautiful and just what I need at this time in my life.

Thank you. I wish I could hug you physically, but I can't, so here is a cyber hug from me to you.


the wild magnolia said...

acceptance is sometimes very hard. i believe though, it is a key to many changes.

sending prayers.

good post!

Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and writings. You have wisdom to share.

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Molly said...

So much wisdom here! And hat a blessing it is to have a place you love to come home to...

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Sallysmom, Lorene, Sandy, Nancy and Molly, thank you.. Some snow flurries today and I thought Spring was here :(

mel said...

Peace be with you, my friend.

Wisewebwoman said...

yes, I accept. it took a long time to accept everything. Now I do.

Our posts are similar in a way that shows how peaceful we are.

Love and hugs.


Blondie's Journal said...

I just found your blog through Balisha'a (thank you, my friend). I am so drawn to your writing, your insights and wisdom. I read your last five posts. Although we are at different times of our lives, I feel much the way you do about family, aging (I'm 53), health, solitude, mindfulness, oh, so much! I know I am going to enjoy following your blog.


mermaid said...

I'm so glad I stopped by today to read your Acceptance poem. Rich with years of shoulds, coulds, maybes, and OKs.

Accepting this heart as the space where everything takes place.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Kaveri, as always thank you and your words always make me smile.
mel and blondie, thank you also.
Wisewebwoman, we have a lot in common :)

Friko said...

Your wise words apply at any time of life, I think. We must always accept what is and cannot be changed. It makes life a lot easier.

I hope that your remaining years (and may there be many of them) will be peaceful and contented and that pain and hardship don’t visit too often for you to bear.

Sharon said...

Your poem is beautiful and your wisdom appreciated by this woman who is still finding her way to acceptance ~

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Sharon and Friko, thank you...

Nan said...

Such beautiful writing. You've expressed what so many people feel. There's a yoga dvd I have in which the person says: 'the past is gone, the future is yet to come. be here now.'

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Dear Nan, I miss your sharing and thank you so much for checking in with me :)

Laura said...

it is strange how these autoimmune diseases rise to a crescendo softly drift away only to rise again (always at an inconvenient time, for no time is convenient for illness)... I'm having one of those perplexing days myself. I started the morning with a walk in the woods... a few hours later can barely walk or talk. Just how it is.

sending you love and courage to continue this journey one small gentle step at a time...always remembering to hug yourself when having a difficult day and there is no one else to put their arms around you. or a hand caressing your heart in small circles... I find that deeply comforting.


Nan said...

I began writing the blog again earlier this month.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Laura, up in the middle of the night and reread your comment.
Thank you so much for your friendship. Yes, at the moment I need a hug and will attend to this heart..
Nan, have missed you :)