Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Summer begins

This is what it looked like outside my window this morning.  I thought of all the kids who are at last on summer break. . .expecting the weather to be hot, hot, hot and ready to go to the pool.  Poor kids.  Poor moms!


  This is one of the (many) times during the year that make me wish my kids were still in elementary school.  Summers back then meant long days at the community pool, reading books for the library summer reading program, breakfasts on the back porch, and weekends spent camping in the mountains.


I've said this before, but I'm hard pressed when it comes to choosing a favorite season.  I love them all, and my favorite is the changing of one season to the next.  The way the air changes and the light is different. . .it would be hard for me to live in a place where I didn't get to experience Winter, Summer, Fall and Spring.


Summer mornings still call for breakfasts on the porch, usually just me and my journal and my two furry companions.  Always a second cup of coffee.  We gave up camping a long time ago. Even though I don't miss the crick in my back in the mornings, I sure do miss the smell of the campfire.  




Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday musings




For Today. . . May 6, 2013

Outside my window. . . Cool and overcast, but the grass is soooo green and trees are just beginning to bud.  A big fat robin is sitting in the tree outside my window.



I am thinking. . . of how we are all created to be in community with one another.  Relationships can be fulfilling and challenging.  They require constant tending.

I am thankful. . . for the mentors in my life.


In the kitchen. . . Luke is coming for supper and I'm making his favorite -- chicken broccoli casserole, salad and garlic bread.

I am wearing. . . yoga pants, t-shirt and bare feet;)

I am creating. . . that darned slipcover.  Still.  I finally finished it!

I am going. . . to see my nephew this afternoon.  He's 8-years-old going on 30.


I am reading. . . "The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope," by Rhonda Riley.

I am looking forward to. . .dinner with girlfriends on Friday.

I am hearing. . . a dog barking, Darius Rucker singing on Pandora, a lawn mower in the distance.

Around the house. . . still Spring cleaning; getting ready to have the kitchen floor refinished and some new carpet put in.


A favorite quote for today. . . 
"There is never a time when your life is not 'this moment.'"
~~Eckhart Tolle

One of my favorite things. . . a new app for my iphone called Random Gratitude.  It pops up once a day, at random times, and asks,"What are you grateful for at this moment?"  I love it.  No matter what is happening in my day, it helps me think of something positive.

A few plans for the rest of the week. . .  take the dogs to the Vet, paint the bathroom.

A peek into my day. . . I can't seem to go to the store these days without picking up another pot of flowers or some kitchen herbs for the garden.  


I love writing the Simple Woman's Daybook.  Thanks to Peggy for hostessing.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

April

I've neglected my little blog here:(  April came swooping in, I blinked, and the month was already out the door.  It was a weird month in terms of weather here in Colorado.  It snowed four weeks in a row.  Big snow.  Eight to ten inches or more, each time.  And then it would all melt and the next week we would start all over again.

In between snowstorms, the grass got greener and the family of bunnies that lives under our porch would come out into the backyard to inspect my poor little daffodils and tulips, all bent over and trying to straighten themselves up to reach the sun.  Robins flocked to the bird bath, bravely dousing themselves in icy cold water.  Then, when the next snow fell, they all ran for cover back under the porch and under the eaves.

This morning, our town is sponsoring a Spring cleanup.  The entire neighborhood is in spring cleaning mode.  It's funny to look outside and see the street lined with old mattresses, broken office chairs, bits of lumber.  As fast as people are putting stuff out to the curb, a lot of it is being picked up by others who see it as treasure for flea markets and recycling.

I've been in Spring cleaning and major decluttering mode for the past month. Son #2 moved out and left behind 80% of his earthly belongings.  He and I are so much alike, it is hard for us to part with things, so it has been a slow, painstaking process for him to sort through 20 years of stuff.  His old room now consists of piles of Stuff to Give Away, Stuff to Store, and Stuff I Don't Know About Yet.   My goal today is to gather some items for a benefit garage sale later this month and to encourage him to make some decisions about that third pile.

Besides that, April was a busy month.  We went to a wedding, I celebrated my birthday, read this wonderful book, went to the first baseball game of the season, and stuck to my goal to write more letters.

I'm going to try to get back into blogging again more regularly, but I'm not going to stress myself out if I don't.  I love keeping a blog, for many of the same reasons I like to keep a journal.  It helps me focus on what's important in life, stay positive and live more intentionally.  It's so hard to keep life in balance, isn't it?  It's so easy for me to take something that started out as fun and pleasurable, and turn it into a "have to".  I don't want my blog to be something that I feel I have to do a certain way, a certain number of times each week, organized a certain way.  I used to feel like that, but so much of life is that way. . . so bear with me (or not! -- but I would miss you) while I keep it free and easy:)