Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday Truism

 Rain is grace:
rain is the sky descending to the earth;
without rain, there would be no life.
~John Updike

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Rant

Being an American is something that growing up, I took for granted.
As I grew older, I understood that being an American is something to be proud of, but also carries a great burden of responsibility.
In listening to the news or getting caught up in Social Media, one can lose sight of the things that make this country great. 
Being an American does not mean we all have to agree with one another. 
How we manage those differing views and how we choose to express our differences and ideas is telling. 
Resorting to name calling and foul language tells one thing.
Sitting down and truly listening to opposing views and taking part in discussion tells another.
It saddens me that some people are refusing to watch the Inauguration today.
The peaceful transfer of power is not something that all countries deem important. 
Ours does.
I have watched every Presidential Inauguration as an adult and I know we watched them as a child.
In those umpteen years, there have been presidents that I would have preferred not be taking the oath of office, and yet I watched this great American Tradition. 
This year will be no different.

Thursday, January 19, 2017


I must say that I have missed having chickens around here. 
While these aren't allowed to free range like our last gaggle (yes, I know they are not a gaggle, but it's a fun word), they are still hilarious with their antics.
They will mow through a cantaloupe like they've not eaten in a month. 
They will approach the feed cup I had set down...first one...then several...and then all.....very quietly and stealth like before one bravely reaches out to peck at it.
They will all then fly and squawk and flap in I drop the camera and duck for cover. (Okay...the duck for cover is an exaggeration, but the rest is pretty spot on.)
SPF has named them all. 
I remember Ombre.
The rest, I know names, but not which one goes to who.
And since my daughter has been in SCICON (A Science/conservation camp) for the week, I cannot ask for clarification.

 While I will be thrilled to have them start laying eggs, for now I am content with being amused...and apparently, I am easily amused.
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fantastic Idea

University students living in a retirement home, rent free. 
The stipulation is that they spend a certain number of hours with the residents as simple friends and neighbors. 
What a brilliant idea!
It must be so rewarding for everyone involved.
We all have so much to share with one another.
Interacting with those who may be different in some way on a personal level, might be the first step to understanding and accepting those differences...whatever they may be.
Take a peek.
What say you?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Still True.

As a country, we must  move forward in the years to come.
We must remember the past...the good, the bad and the ugly in order to not return.
We must learn from and remember, but not dwell in the past.
I think this quote from a brave, strong, faith filled and hopeful man still holds true.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
~Martin Luther King, Jr

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Truism

With malice toward none,
with charity for all,
with firmness in the right,
as God gives us to see the right,
let us strive on to finish the work we are in,
to bind up the nation’s wounds.
– Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Sweet Treats

Earlier this week, the doorbell rang...which living where we do, is unusual. 
As I opened it I discovered my sweet niece and her mama bearing treats.
Fresh lemons and grapefruit.
Now that may not seem like a big deal, but the thoughtfulness of it meant a lot.
It also meant a lot that they then took some to MY parents in town.
I  have juiced and zested the lemons for the freezer. 
I see Lemon Bars, Lemon Meringue Pie and Lemonade in our future.
Grapefruit Jelly is one of my all time favorites and have spent the last few minutes listening to the sweet sound of pinging jars.
This jelly has the most luscious pink color!
AND then....
a couple days later, the same two ladies delivered this.
Fresh Sweet Bread.
I have said before that my Mother in Law made the BEST Portuguese Sweet Bread on the planet.
Both of my sisters in law have been perfecting the art of this treat together.
They are succeeding.
It not only tasted delicious, it evoked memories of the past.
This has been a week of sweet treats.