Living one day at a time.
Memorial Day–remembering past lives and service of our military, also those serving now at home and deployed. My father is in the American Legion and there will be a service around the flagpole in a local cemetery this morning at 11. Since he is doing part of the service, I need to close work and go.
This past month has been one of those you wish you could–forget, do over, skip past–my Mother has be diagnosed with a renal pelvis cancer. There are some options but at my Mom’s age and weight they are not the choices. I can’t accept that there is no way to remove this tumor, so have spent hours on the Internet searching. Have discovered one method that is minimally invasive and have now spent more hours looking for someplace closer than Japan that does it. We do have an appt. with her Dr. the first of June to discuss this as an option and hopefully a referral to a place. I have printed over 50 pages of info and plan to take them with me when we go.
RJ has discovered the joy of walking where she wants to go, tilts her head in that direction, puts her shoulders back and off she goes in the toddler waddle. Oh the changes that makes in her independence.
The woods behind my house is home to one remaining feral cat. My next door neighbor keeps food out for her and this spring noticed she was going to have kittens. There is a white oak tree about 20 feet from the edge of the woods and like all older white oaks is hollow. This one has an opening about 2 feet up the trunk. Knottie(white min. poodle) was having a hissy fit around and around the base of the tree. Mama cat jumps out of the hollow and takes off for the woods–Knottie right behind barking. Almost to the edge she changes her mind about leaving her kittens does an about face, Knottie yelps in a high pitch about faces and now Mama cat is chasing him. By the time he gets to me, she turns, sits down and starts to lick her paws. He is ready to go in the house.
Have now seen the kittens, there are 3: one yellow and two gray striped.
Whew, spring left in a hurry! The temps have been in the upper 80’s this week. My pansies are getting really leggy so I will be getting my summer flowers this weekend. Also need to get my tomatoes and peppers in my pots. Just have not figured out the best place to put the pots so they get good sun and no breeze off the sound. Found out last year, tomatoes do not like salt mist.
I kept my granddaughter this past weekend and the other grandparents keep HWS, so that their parents could have a weekend to peruse Old Town in SC. Took her to church all dressed in pink and she just wowed her church community. She commented the loudest during prayer, but in a happy way and I know the Holy Spirit understood her.
It is so amazing how love expands and grows. The two lovies above are my grandkids, RJ is 8 months and HWS is 2. They have not only expanded my love but now challenge my memory of childhood rhymes and songs. They make Christmas all the more exciting.
RJ is crawling and pulling herself up on all things, taking those first tentative steps to walking. HWS is learning so fast, and has so many new words(some of them I even understand). His newest(esp. since RJ started crawling) is MINE. This is an important idea to learn, because how do you learn what sharing is? unless you understand mine?
We have “Cookies & Carols” Sunday night at contemporary service, best I can tell is a cross between “Love Feast” and “Lessons & Carols”. The praise team is singing 3 songs: “Welcome to Our World”, “Breath of Heaven”, and “Christ Child’s Lullaby” then asking others to sing 5 carols with us. I will be baking cookies on Saturday and have asked HWS to come help Grandma.
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2. Slept under the stars
3. PLAYED IN A BAND 4. VISITED HAWAII
5. watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo 11. BUNGEE JUMPED
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea 14. TAUGHT MYSELF AN ART FROM SCRATCH 15. ADOPTED A CHILD 16. had food poisoning 17. WALKED UP TO THE TOP OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight 22. Hitchhiked (is my son reading this?)
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping (let’s see, who’s still reading?) 27. RUN A MARATHON (this is not really a goal of mine)
28. RIDDEN in a gondola in Venice (have seen them)
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset 31. Hit a home run 32. Been on a cruise 33. SEEN MIAGARA FALLS IN PERSON 34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. TAUGHT MYSELF A LANGUAGE (do you count Ig-pay Atin-Lay?) 37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen Michelangelo’s David what happened to 39 and 40? uh oh
41. SUNG KARAOKE (yes, I would like to do this!) 42. SEEN OLD FAITHFUL GERYSER ERUPT 43. BOUGHT A STRANGER A MEAL AT A RESTAURANT 44. VISITED AFRICA (Oh, how I WISH!)
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. BEEN TRANSPORTED IN AN AMBULANCE (Thank God!) 47. HAD MY PORTRAIT PAINTED 48. gone deep sea fishing 49. seen the Sistine Chapel in person 50. been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris(and in Las Vegas) 51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling 52. Kissed in the rain (this is a good story)
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater 55. BEEN IN A MOVIE(have been on TV) 56. VISITED THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA 57. started a business 58. Taken a martial arts class (counting kickboxing) 59. VISITED RUSSIA
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies 62. GONE WHALE WATCHING(not on purpose, but have seen whales in the ocean)
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma 65. GONE SKYDIVING (I don’t intend to either) 66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp (Dachau)
67. Bounced a check (and I cried! it cost $8!) 68. flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (from my girls’ childhoods, not my own)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 71. eaten caviar(yuck, tasted like salty fish)
72. PIECED A QUILT
73. Stood in Times Square 74. TOURED THE EVERGLADES
75. BEEN FIRED FROM A JOB 76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone 78. been on a speeding motorcycle 79. seen the Grand Canyon in person(from a small plane and on land) 80. PUBLISHED A BOOK 81. visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car 83. WALKED IN JERUSALEM
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House 87. KILLED AND PREPARED AN ANIMAL FOR EATING– ay yi yi
88. Had chickenpox
89. SAVED SOMEONE’S LIFE 90. sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous 92. JOINED A BOOK CLUB (as surprising as that might seem)
93. Lost a loved one 94. Had a baby
95. SEEN THE ALAMO IN PERSON
96. SWAM IN THE GREAT SALT LAKE
97. Been involved in a law suit(as expert witness)
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee 100. RIDDEN AN ELEPHANT (closest would be a camel)
By May Sarton
“It is a mellow day, very gentle. The ash has lost its leaves and when I went out to get the mail and stopped to look up at it, I rejoiced to think that soon everything here will be honed down to structure. It is all a rich farewell now to leaves, to color. I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of a season, how without grief (it seems) they can let go and go deep into their roots for renewal and sleep. Eliot’s statement comes back to me these days:
“Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still.”
Does anything in nature despair except man? Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain. Sit it out. Let it go.”
Source: Journal of a Solitude
The quote above was published on “Inward-Outward” blog that I try to read each day.
We are entering winter on the east coast, northern hemisphere not just in terms of weather but also in our ecomony. I heard something from my ex this morning I never anticipated hearing. It had to do with debt and the desire not to be so much in debt. That was one issue in the 20 years of marriage that we did not agree. So to hear those words this morning was a, duh, what took you so long to understand that(I just thought that, did not say it). I just smiled and agreed to pull the business inventory tighter so room could be freed in the warehouse for some of his inventory. Discussed how one of the outside rooms could be converted into a showroom, thus eliminating a showroom where additional rent is being paid. He like most of us are trying to get as tight as we can to survive this downturn. Having been in business 24 years now, this is not the first downturn, but looks to be a much deeper way to the bottom.
As the quote above reminds, it is but a season and God is here!
Let Me Rise
By Wendell Berry
When I rise up
let me rise up joyful
like a bird
When I fall
let me fall without regret
like a leaf.
Source: “Prayers and Sayings of the Mad Farmer” from Collected Poems
Remembrance of saints, homecoming at church, dinner on the grounds after church, HWS(grandson)’s second birthday all occurred yesterday. A mix of sorrow, welcome, feasting and unbridled happiness in the span of yesterday which thankfully had an extra hour.
I have pet names for my grandkids, HWS I call my “sugarbear” and RJ is my “sweetpea”. Their costumes for Halloween…HWS was a monkey(only because we could not find a bear costume) complete with the sounds that a monkey makes and RJ was a peapod. HWS was a delight even though he could not say “trick or treat” only wave and say bye. RJ was not happy being confined in the peapod since she is newly crawling and is so delighted with her ability to move to something or someone as she wants.
HWS gives a one finger on one hand and one finger on the other when asked how old he is. We had a cookout and of course an Elmo cake. It was family for this BD. HSW was surrounded by aunts, uncles and numerous grands….Granny, Grandma, Meme, GG, Grandpop and Grandpa…..that he keeps straight.
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You’re St. Justin Martyr!
You have a positive and hopeful attitude toward the world. You think that nature, history, and even the pagan philosophers were often guided by God in preparation for the Advent of the Christ. You find “seeds of the Word” in unexpected places. You’re patient and willing to explain the faith to unbelievers.