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, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Woodhaven - Spring Arrives
I will handle more by phone instead of driving up and down the road 100 miles a day. I will continue to take more time to rest. I will continue my constant prayer for wisdom concerning every matter. I will not try to make this piece of wilderness look like my city garden in a matter of weeks. It may take a year. I pray the Lord will allow me to spend some years at my country home and will bring a buyer for this home soon. But whatever he does for me is really fine with me. I will try and lower the standards I set for myself. I have lived a full life and forgiven much in my lifetime but will stop expecting something from others that they are just not capable of giving and just accept them as they are. There are no surprises concerning what is going on - guess it is just I am older and I seem to be driven with a passion to this land. So no scolding just warm thoughts sent from your heart to mine. My life has gone through my mind like a film over the last several days. I still have a bucket list. Just a few simple things but life is not like it use to be. Everyone is so busy. It seems in my family there is no time just for simple pleasures.
I was not going to share my condition at the moment but how can I not when you are traveling a part of my life journey with me. I promise I will not just disappear. Thought of that yesterday.
You who correspond with me have become friends. You listen, you encourage and by writing to me - the most important thing is you spend time with me.
Written on Monday
What a difference 4 or 5 days make. Last week there were hardly any green leaves in my wood's. Today the woods look magical.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
One Hundred Roses
One Woman's Rose bush
Monday, April 27, 2009
To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather then luxury, and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich;
to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart, to study hard;
to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never;
in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common --
this is my symphony.
William Henry Channing
Thought from One Woman this early morning
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Perfect City Day
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
One Year City Garden
Monday, April 20, 2009
Spring is Arriving
My country property where I am now building is covered with trees. Trees that are big, small, old, young, perfect and scarred. Many just there on the ground where a storm or past timbering has left them.I love walking in the woods among them. Sometimes I will just sit on a stump or a log on the ground. With my building progressing there has been some clearing and cleaning up. I do not want to cut down anymore trees and with the many logs on the ground I am having thoughts of just leaving them. All the gardens I have created in the past have been so tidy and manicured and I am thinking that this new garden at the edge of the woods will have a more natural look.
Maybe like One Woman in these years of the 70's that I am traveling. I have been young and now much older, small, a little bigger, perfect and now scarred, a full home and now it is empty except for one soul. I am always thinking, planning for the future and reflecting on the past. The time has come to be still and empty the mind. Now is the time just to be. A time to enjoy nature and the simplicity of the lifestyle that I yearn for.
Interesting thought from "What Matters Most" by James Hollis
"We are not here to fit in, be well balanced, or provide examples for others. We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our selves to the great mosaic of being. We are here to become more and more ourselves"
Some early morning thoughts from One Woman
Saturday, April 18, 2009
One by one they arrived at her son's home across the street. She noticed the the genuine affection of the way they greeted one another. The slap on the back and the hugs. This made her smile. These boys, young men (in my eyes even though they are in their 40's) They have been friends for many years and went to school with one another. I can remember them coming by our home when they were in the 3rd grade and up. I would say this is rare that they still all keep in touch. It warms my heart.
Usually my son and these special friends all meet in New York for a weekend in the Spring. Because of the economy they are meeting in Nashville. They arrived from Thailand, New York, Texas, city near by and Nashville.
My daughter called a while ago to share that the Morel mushrooms I shared about are $29.99 a pound at a local upscale market. Oh my I thought - if I could risk the ticks - maybe I have a source of income. LOL.
This morning a young couple from Florida looked at my home with their realtor. Also noticed there were 3 pending signs within blocks of my home. So maybe real estate is looking up in this area.
I am truly weary today and have been home except for leaving for the viewers of this home. Three days in a row driving to the country was too much for me.
My little granddaughters are on the way to spend the night with grandma. Mama and dad need an evening alone. So--- I do not feel like cooking or preparing the simplest of meals - I just ordered a pizza. This I have done the times you can count on one hand.
All still going well at Woodhaven. The first thing to upset me is that the Hardy Board man kept telling me his construction plan and I was not to pleased when my son spent a special day with me yesterday - and this man never arrived!!!!
Enough said on this early Saturday evening.
An entry from One Woman on some happenings on her journey through this life
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Also learned to download and post online. An accomplishment for this aging soul.
I look longingly at the wonderful photography talent of many sites that I read. The images are magnificent. I have the thought "how could anyone think my attempt at this is pleasing" but I am enjoying the learning process. I might add that one of the reasons for me wanting to relocate to my country property are the opportunities - hopefully - I will have for nature photography.
I have been using a Kodak camera and the images have been pleasing to my beginners eye.
I have had thoughts of replacing it with a Lumix.
I shared previously that I dropped my camera on Easter Sunday. I replaced it yesterday quickly with the same camera that had been upgraded over the last year. Not sure if this is what I want. I will decide over the next few weeks.
Any suggestions out there for this novice photographer?
I am acknowledging that as time goes on it takes me longer to learn anything new. Several I know have commented that they want no part of what I am doing. It makes me smile that some seem to enjoy reading about my journey through this life. What in the world would I do if I did not do this and also my gardening, reading and create homes.
A very few years ago I never thought I would have a computer, be writing, downloading images, and have a printer and scanner sitting on my desk and I never thought that past the age of 70 I would be building another home and planning on relocating.
Some early morning thoughts from One Woman - who needs to get busy and head down the road to the country.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Losing First Tooth and Broken Camera
Sunday, April 12, 2009
A special gift this morning was finding my pastor of many years with a journal online. He is the pastor of the church I attended for many years in the small town where I plan to return.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Love These Pictures
My daughter in Michigan sent me this picture of a garden Angel she saw in a store.
Maybe I can find her.
She is beautiful and looks like she belongs in my new garden.
A late night entry from One Woman
It is noon and there are severe storm warnings out for the city and where my country home is being built. I just returned from grocery shopping. Stopped at Walmart garden center - and there she was - my Angel. She is about 3 feet tall and is laying on the back seat of my car.
Soon she will be in the country in my beginning garden.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Friday and Weary
My sister passed away last September and my heart goes out to him. His soul mate of 55 years no longer with him.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Update on Woodhaven
Seems winter returned for a few days and more rain and this made my visits not as pleasurable. I loved it when it was sunny and warm and I would sit outside with my lunch enjoying the view and all that was going on.
The roofing, plumbing and electrical work was finished last week. An electrical inspection yesterday means that the insulation will happen maybe tomorrow. Today there was inspection for a drywall quote that I will probably receive tomorrow. Last week talked to a Hardy Board representative. I have had frame, vinyl, brick and a rock house. In the beginning I wanted to go to Western Cedar but because cost have sky rocketed for this material I changed my mind.
Also was concerned about the wood bees and woodpecker damage on the wood.
The city area where I now live is an old neighborhood that is being revived. Small old homes being torn down and big homes being built on small lots. Most of these homes are Hardy Board.
It looks like the old fashion frame homes and comes in many colors. It is as durable as brick and according to what has been shared it is fire proof.
So my country home is going to be this material. I am going with a taupe-gray color. Difficult to describe but it looks like the color of the bark of a tree. It will blend into the woods wonderfully.
I want it to look like it has always been there and not jump out visually when someone is driving down the country road.
At least this is my plan at present - but anything could change. This siding may be installed in the next week or two. After that dirt can be filled in around the house and I can begin to landscape. I am planting rhododendrons and azaleas in front. Will also add about 4 or 5 flowering trees surrounding the house for color.
The majority of the woods surround me are mainly just big old green trees. A lot of poplar. There is a sprinkling of a few dogwoods and red buds. Truly excites me when I see them.
I have a small area at the edge of the woods where I have been taking pieces of my plants.
The dirt is so good and this makes a wonderful garden spot. Everything is thriving and they do not act like they have even been moved from the city. In the future this may be my special meditating and prayer garden. One Woman has a vivid imagination. Guess anyone that reads my rambling already knows this. I want a small vegetable garden. All of my desires may be too much for this spring.
In front of this home will be a soybean field in a few weeks when the fields are dry enough for them to disc and plant. I want very little lawn as I have cut a lot of grass over my years of homes and gardens.
Tomorrow I will make a trip to pick out cabinets and I know I want something that fits into this nature scene. I do know I will have glass doors.
I will have wide pine floors in this home. Everything I am doing is very economical. In the beginning this was to be a cabin. Then I added a loft and then a attached garage.
All the other top of the line stuff I have had in the past and I want this home much simpler and building very cost conscious.
So that is an update on what is going on with One Woman's late life creation.
Again all is going well and the big desire at this time is for this current home to sell as quickly as possible so I can move on to another dream in what years I have left on planet earth.
I will also share the there are two things that I wish I could have that will not be a part of this home. Wish I had running water near. There are ponds on the adjoining property where I lived in another lifetime. Also there is a creek at the back of the woods that is full when it rains a lot. During the summer it is usually dry. Also wish I had a woodburning fireplace. I have had these in the past and I can no longer carry in wood or want to go through the cleaning process. Fireplace with gas logs will have to do.
I have memories of many blessings in my lifetime but I am asking for special favor and one more special blessing from my Heavenly Father. I would like to spend whatever time I can on this loved property and I want a buyer quickly for this city home.
Desire is a powerful force that can be used to make things happen
An entry from One Woman this sunny but very cold Wednesday afternoon
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Storm In The City
To think I am a little sunburn from working yesterday in my city garden.
My middle daughter - my Beth - rode with me to the country to view progress on country home.
All of the plants that I am transplanting to a waiting area at the edge of the woods are doing great. These plants have memories and will go in my future country garden. It has been a good day and I will see what the continued night turns out to be.
Enough said this evening by One Woman
Monday morning - The television made you think we were going to be blown off the planet.
There was no storm in my area and no rain.