Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Tonight I attended a birthday surprise celebration at the Hostaga, a local restaurant. Lisa is a very young looking and acting 80 year old. It is so hard to believe that she is that old. I think the world of her.
I also got to connect again with my friend Bonnie. Bonnie and I developed a bond while I was teaching. She was at a different school and we sent encouraging notes back and forth to each other. I always looked forward to getting those packages in the mail. It seems we thought alike and had similar interests. But with the passage of time our closeness faded and we lost touch. It was so great to see her again and talk. She’s a great gal and I loved seeing her again.
What a great evening.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I’m still getting ready for my company for Easter. I’m so excited about having the family here. Ryan is staying all week so I’ll really get to spoil my little ones. Today was floor waxing day. My whole house has hardwood oak floors. When they are waxed they shine like diamonds. I’ve really been in a cleaning mood. I’m gathering things for a sale in the summer. Every time something leaves the house I rejoice. Isn’t it funny how I spent the first half of my life gathering things and now spend my time trying to get rid of them.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
And what would Easter be without eggs?
This year I made a Spring basket.
And we couldn’t have spring without a bunny.
Easter will soon be here. I am looking forward to having all my family around next weekend.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I’m tired of being cold. The temperature today has been in the lower 40’s and damp. I’m determined not to put my winter coat on again. I’ve been wearing it since November. Six months is long enough to keep putting it on in the morning. Where is spring?
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
When sunbeams warm the skin.
And the air is fresh and the wind so mellow
And the ground still damp with rain.
Soak it in, this glorious day.
Raise your face to the sky.
Feel the heat in the air and the smell of
Let your thoughts explode and wander
towards the energy of the world.
This glorious day.
Placed here at this time just for your
Take it in.
Take it in.
As you can tell by my poem the sun inspired me. It was very warm today and I enjoyed it tremendously. I didn’t even take a picture because I was so busy with cleaning projects and walking Sadie. So here is another one that I made using Photoshop.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
But the one thing I had been searching for finally arrived..a spring flower. The crocus popped up with its bright purple bloom.
Spring must surely be here now giving us hope that more color, buds, and finally leaves would be arriving soon.
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter. Little darling, it seems like years since its been clear. Here comes the sun.
Friday, April 08, 2011
Thursday, April 07, 2011
The continuous snow last night weighed heavy on the trees causing a lot of branches to fall. A main branch of our old crabapple tree out front fell broke off and fell last night. The snow in the woods makes it hard for the deer to find food. There was a whole herd at the neighbor's feeder this morning.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
I’ve been busy since I got home doing household chores. It’s a good day to be inside. I refuse to put up another picture of snow because my sisters (who live in the south) are starting to pity me. So here is a picture of the mug the universe gave me today. The universe has been very good to me in the past. It’s part of the Law of Attraction. Send out what you want and the universe will provide it. When I was in the gift store today I saw a really beautiful spring mug, but knowing that I have more cups than I need I passed it up. From the gift store I went to the newspaper to renew my subscription and for starting up again I got a $15 gift certificate from the Chamber of Commerce. So I took the money back to the gift store and bought the mug……the universe just wanted me to have it!!LOL
I love the universe!!
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
But I have got Spring cleaning fever. It’s a disease that comes over women about this time of year when they feel like cleaning out the nest. I started in my computer room. I’m on the hunt for a new computer desk which will be smaller than the built in one that’s been here since we bought the house. It’s about time for a change. We joke at our house that we move like turtles when it comes to changing things. But little by little we’ve tried to modernize. I am so ready to get rid of things (and you have to be in that kind of mood when you organize). I plan on taking things to a sale in the summer so I’m gathering everything in the house that I don’t want and putting it in boxes to go. Today I decided that I had to give up my old printer. When I bought my new computer the package came with a printer. So I stuck the other one under the desk and kept it as a copier. But I didn’t copy much and the ink dried out and it’s very expensive to keep replacing it in the hopes that it will be ready when I want to make a copy. Do I’m letting it go. (Now I have to find the software that came with it).
I also had Don put a shelf unit right into the back of my van. I’ve had it forever..but it’s time has come. I will drop it off at the Goodwill tomorrow. It was hard to let go of it for some reason..I like storage units…but there is no longer a place in my house for it. I’m pretending I’m on Clean House and letting things go out the door. Are you proud of me?
Monday, April 04, 2011
“When made in small quantities—that is, quickly from the first run of sap and properly treated—it has a wild delicacy of flavor that no other sweet can match. What you smell in freshly cut maple-wood, or taste in the blossom of the tree, is in it. It is then, indeed, the distilled essence of the tree.”
John Burroughs, Signs and Seasons, 1886Homemade maple syrup has no comparison. Don has been tapping trees and boiling syrup for our personal use for many years now. There is nothing better than fresh maple syrup over pancakes. There is a lot of work involved. Wood has to be gathered for the fire. Trees need to be tapped and then sap gathered each day and carried home. Then there are hours of boiling since it takes 40 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of syrup. Then there is finishing, straining, and bottling this liquid gold. It’s four weeks of hard work, but so worth the effort.
Don finishes boiling the sap down in the kitchen, then bottles it. Mmmmm!
Saturday, April 02, 2011
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two month back in the middle of March.
A perfect poem for today. Spring this year is coming slowly but typically April. Today I went to a few church rummage sales and came home with a decorating book. Lots of pretties there, but I’m working on getting things out of the house, not brining more in. My new motto is “Use what you have”. Tonight Don and I are going out to dinner and see the new movie Source Code. (Date night)
This lake view is of Jacki Norton’s lake behind her house.
Last winter we took a vacation and walked along the ocean here.