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

Friday, October 25, 2013

Everyone Is Busy, Words From Retiring Alice Munroe And Incense

My first born granddaughter looking at wedding invitations with her mom, who is my daughter and her future mother-in law.
   What would I do without a computer?
Just think - it was not a part of my life until
age 70.  Then a couple of years later
bought my first camera that I could download
images on computer.
Now I know almost daily what is going on in my family's life
and we rarely talk on the telephone....

Years ago many letters were written and it now seems almost
a lost art.  I have a special drawer filled with all kinds
of stationery and cards and still enjoy using.

A cold morning with heavy frost and I wonder why surrounding this cottage
 there are not any beautiful colors on the trees as of yet.
The majority of the trees still have green leaves on them.
The leaves that are falling are not colorful....

Plants brought in from screen porch, a huge rabbit foot fern and begonia that are about
30 years old.  Someone will have to place them
upstairs in the loft area -  something I did in the past but
with a continual balance issue cannot carry them up the many steps.

My middle daughter has always been a daddy's girl.  He loved horses and this is something she has had
a love affair with for many years.
When she was young they grazed in the fields surrounding our home. 
 At times
they have some really bad disagreements then in a short time he has her heart once again.
What would her siblings have done without her medical contacts
in assisting him to relocate for a short stay in a home health care facility.
She is a good daughter, all daughter's and son good
but because she is a RN was able to do so much for him.
My Beth, I am proud of you...

Some words from writer Alice Monroe
in recent New York Times
age 82 retiring.

"I worry less then I did
there is nothing you can do about it
and its also better then being dead.
I feel I have done what I wanted to do and
that makes me feel fairly content."

"We say of somethings that they can't be forgiven,
or that we never will forgive ourselves.
But we do - we do it all the time."

This practice began again on this cold day
love the scent of the Tibetan healing incense



Wisewebwoman said...

Love your words, they soothe and tug at my heart.

And Alice, she just about saved my life with her words in the seventies. Faint hopes that it would get better.


Judy said...

YES! I just received my pack of 10 packs of Cedar Incense. I so love the smell.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Great post to read this morning, encouraging and uplifting.

A friend went to Maine recently and brought me back some Balsam incense I had told her about. I love this.

Your healing incense sounds good too.

I love the different sages, cedars and other woodsy scents.

Love and hugs to you dear Ernestine, have a great weekend.


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

Oh WWW, you are so far away but your words make me smile...
Judy, it smells so good - almost like I have a fire burning inside
like years ago :)
Lorraine, thank you - and you have a special day and love my gifts from you...

Sharon said...

Ernestine, your daughter and granddaughter look so much like you:) It's wonderful that the three women are spending time together.

I heard Alice Munro had won the prize for her literature. I don't know her short stories and will look for them on your recommendation.

So glad to hear your children's father is getting good care ~

Hill Top Post said...

Most of our trees are still green, too. This year may be a no-show for fall color. But, no matter, the days have been just beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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

Sharon and Mary, thank you for visiting :)

Freda said...

You have made me want to search the incense out - lovely smells...... a special part of autumn each year. Every Blessing Freda from Dalamory

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

So good to see your comment.
I love the scent of my incense.
I use pine, cedar and a special blend of healing incense.

Laura said...

BEautiful advice from Alice... I hope to continue growing into a life in which letting go becomes easier. I love incense too, it is so calming.

Much love to you dear one.

thewiildmagnola said...

I love hearing the words of a wise woman.

I find I need less as I age, more and more I see, many "things" are not necessary.

You point a good path by sharing your life.