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

Monday, April 28, 2014

Trees, Special Guests and Old Cow Bell

 John Muir (1924)
     It has been said that trees are imperfect men, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment rooted in the ground. But they never seem so to me. I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!

I thought of this poem
through out the stormy night.
Current off for 7 hours and was a delight when it came back on.
Will be a all day of rain.

I told my son that I had flashlights in every room and keep a drawer
full of fresh batteries for occasions like this.
He made the comment that he was accustomed to this kind of
weather as it rained and current problems were frequent in Thailand.

At this time it is still raining hard
and I welcome this stay quiet and inside day that is beginning.

Special guests yesterday, a nephew I had not seen in years, his wife and
handsome 5 year old son.  A wonderful time of family sharing.
Billy has shared much of his genealogy search over the years and along with
my second cousin Ronnie who are such a value and joy to me as I document much for my
children and grandchildren.

I gave a farm bell that hung on the family cows neck of my grandfather's
and this would be his great grandfather.  Have pointed out this large brass
bell to children many times and no one seemed to be interested in it :)

I did not realize that my nephew birthday was the same day as mine
in October.
Did I know and forget or never know.....


Balisha said...

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time getting together with family members. It's so important for the older members to tell their they are not forgotten and can be passed down through the generations. I know my kids and grands love to hear things from the past...funny things, sad things anything that pops into my head. The old stories that have some humor are told over and over...we do laugh a lot in my family. Some may think us silly...but it's "our way."
Have a nice visit...we have flashlights and batteries everywhere too.

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

Balisha, once again
we are much alike :)

lil red hen said...

I can tell you're having wonderful visits with your son and other members of your family. So nice of you to give the cow bell to him. I have things to pass down but I'm not sure who would want them. So what will become of them? Maybe passed on through an auction someday, people picking over things that were precious to me. I just have to not think about it.

Tabor said...

What rich visits and what memories get stirred. The items we hang onto because of our memories are not always easy to pass on to those who do not look into the past very often.

Wisewebwoman said...

I love that quote about trees. Your nephew loves the bell I'm sure, what history in it:)


Judy said...

I put names on the bottom of my "things to pass down"--hope they want them--my kids are pretty good about loving the ancestor's/family things. So happy you are having such a wonderful time and glad you were not alone during the storms.

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

Tabor, so true - beginning to pass on items and trying to be aware of anything that is special to someone.
Charlotte, WWW and Judy, thanks for visiting.