Thursday, December 20, 2007
I am ready for the drive as well as the visit. I love to see the US. There is no place like it on the earth. The drive should be calm and relaxing. Scott takes the countryside part and I the cities. He is better at avoiding animals (although he IS the one who hit an elk) and I love busy traffic in the big cities. Really, we are a good team.
Why does the song "The weather outside is frightful. The fire is so delightful. And if you've no place to go. Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow." keep going through my head?
Friday, December 14, 2007
We survived the ice storm of 2007. Knowing that we could live without power for three days makes us know that we would not like to live without it for three months!
Monday, December 10, 2007
And my grandchild? There will always be summers on the farm- paints and wood and tree houses. If his schooling is not sufficient where they are at- I will seriously consider moving where they are and helping to school (even if it is "after school school"). Our time is all about our children and now our children in law and grandchild(ren).
I already miss them all- and wish they lived MUCH closer- but they are better for living away and establishing their lives before they someday return home- to Kansas.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
It goes to show me that humans never really change. They want the biggest and the best with none of the consequences. Those of us who do save are messed over when their poo poo hits the fan.
I am put in the position of hitting the ground running. We are so close to retirement. Now, I am not so sure. UG!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Do not think that he is abandoned at his home. His mother works the swing to make enough money to keep them in a safe house. He loves her for it. It is obvious that she must love him a great deal as well.
I am thankful that God puts these young ones in my path. They need my guidance and caring to become the adults who will lead our world with gusto in the future!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
In the Navajo culture the first smile is celebrated like the actual birth of the child. It is a sign that the world is going to be all right and happiness will be within the tribe.
Nicholas began to smile this week. He seems to love to be content in his swing after hours of being held by his mommy and daddy. I cannot wait to see that smile myself!
The Navajo are correct- a baby's smile does bring great belief that all is right with the world. It is a calming thought and a wonderful way to view the place we all call home.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Dad gave me so much- and I took all I could get.
Frank Loyd Wright, Mayan architecture, color splashes, mosaics of the Madonna, swimming, working with the homeless or the house bound or the single mothers without a job, Sedona, Oak Creek, fishing, colorful rustling leaves, the rosary, reading the Mass reading, singing, listening to classical music, travel, big swings, motivation to work on committees to change things, organization of people to do the common good, gentle poetry, soft talking, boisterous clapping, race track attendance, pro games of every sort, volleyball in the front yard, amazing people at the dinner table, politics, caring about the environment, carefree attitude about money (although I am much more thrifty and he was much better about making it), , an eye for a bargain, encouraging artists who were just starting, hiking, cruising to Mexico, skin diving, Hawaii,Hawaii, Hawaii, trying to fit into a family, recognition of a strong leader and a weak one. He, with my mom, helped me write some pretty difficult letters and reach some pretty closed people.
Dad gave me the opportunity to explore my spirituality and did not dwell on the religion when he spoke to me. He made sure that I read the great writers of our shared religion and did some foster care on my spirit though some pretty dark times. He never told me to quit. He pointed to our Lady and reminded me of the deep loneliness of her life when her Son was killed. That was a loneliness that I think he always felt and never knew how to share. He always told me to hang on to my family- no matter what it took- look for the positive (although he knew that was one of his downfalls).
I miss him terribly. I think I will go to Mass on Wednesday morning and say the rosary that I did not get to say at his wake. He always believed that his soul would be stuck in purgatory for a very long time- I guess it is my time to get off my tush and start helping him out of there!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
We live about 15 miles from town. Going to town was a daily event, sometimes twice a day. Now we conserve trips, using the smaller car for small outings and the truck only for the hardware/ feed store.
Thinking three or four times before opening the car door has given me a chance to catch my breath and think. Driving used to be a passion for me. It helped my clear my head and gain perspective on whatever was happening. "Free spirit, rule the road" is now being fulfilled by driving with the top down from school instead of around the lake. Fire up the gas hog for a ride doesn't thrill me as much anymore. Instead of the twirl around the lake, the farm's grounds are looking more inviting every day.
We are rarely going to the next city for Mass anymore. It is a 50 mile round trip. The celebration is much more joyful, but the temptation to cruise around to different stores is more than the gas tank can spare. Simple Mass on post has become a mainstay for me.
This Christmas we will drive to see our family in Maryland. It looked so cost efficient four months ago- price of air tickets+ car rental+dog kenneling. Now, not so efficient.
The other thing gas has definitely effected is the price of food. It is astounding how quickly food is rising. Noticing the small things is what our living in Kansas has produced for us.... Sometimes noticing them makes me wince.
Simplicity is the word used around here a great deal these days. It is why we moved to Kansas. Gas is causing us to really get into it!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Are You Living The Wrong Life?
I am 22% off track (it must be my lack of hobbies....)
This one kept me humming along.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Sky Blue- remember? Sky Blue - it is Kansas.
So, we are off to the Farm and Feed store for a midnight madness sale. What shall I buy? New potting soil for the spring, a bucket to feed the turkeys? I am really the same girl who wanted a big diamond from her guy when she was just 17?
Maybe- except the diamond I now want is the one that will keep the pictures of my family clear as Scott and I grow old together - here - in Kansas.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Laughter is a gift from God. I need to use it every day.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Our son in law had arrived a week before. He had slowly settled into a routine and seemed to relax with this second set of people- parents in law- heck I don't know what he thinks of us. He tolerates our words. I am sure he is ready to spring forth and get the heck away from us:>) but he survives.
And then Nicholas- hard to believe that in two days he will be two weeks old! He is an amazing baby. Crying only when being changed or hungry. Beside his parents, he settles down best with Scott. Scott is amazingly tender with this dear child. He lays with him for hours on his chest- chatting and playing. I remember him doing the same with ours when they were little- but he had much less time then.
Teaching and I see eye to eye- less and less. Working with children who need help is so rewarding- and so draining. I am constantly ready to quit one day and dance in the next. Being in my particular field I do not have to worry about standards- I have to worry about getting them to the classroom so that others can worry about standards.
I am counting down the days. I truly am considering something else for next year- but what?
Confusing- but an easy jump!
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
It is amazing how God provides for his youngest!
Friday, September 28, 2007
There is a large, old rose bush outside our front door. The thought of cutting it down crossed my mind this summer since the limbs seem scattered and brown. Resisting the urge, pruning instead, it lay dormant for a period of time.
About two weeks ago blooms began to appear.
Monday- after Ryan arrived at our house to be with his bride of nine months for the birth of his son- a shoot about four feet tall produced the most perfect pink rose I have yet to see. It is slowly unfolding.
It has a perfect stem to be cut.
Below it there are a half dozen roses ready to explode- but they seem to be waiting.
Both my dad and Scott's dad were gardeners. I have no doubt that God has permitted them to be a part of their great grand son's life by providing their grand daughter with a perfect rose for her delivery room and a set of roses for her return to their temporary home- our house.
And then the funeral
Suddenly a shower in Monterey- is Jen really getting married?
Then the wedding- in all of its beauty and love
And now- our baby Nicholas will arrive- probably today!
The circle of death and life- amazing stuff.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
As my daughter and son in law begin to make some serious decisions about their lives together- or apart- I think about my decision making process.
Never being comfortable with decisions- I often left before anything became complicated. I left decisions instead of making difficult choices- that would often be a better decision.
Why is this?
My Dad had the same job for many years.
My mother never worked outside the home.
I seem to change jobs and lifestyles like they are clothing.
Now my daughter seems to be taking after me. I don't really view that as a good thing.
How to help her not follow into my "things are better somewhere else" trap is difficult- at best!
Monday, March 19, 2007
Jennifer will need help if she and Ryan are both staying in the military. I am afraid that she will opt out of the military to stay home with the baby (what I probably would have done). Instead we are encouraging her to stay in and finish her enlistment. This will enable her to finish college in three years and have many more options for her future.
Scott is good with kids (although I am better). My job is fantastic. Scott's has burned him out. So what to do?
Scott is going to move to Maryland for the first six months that our grandbabby needs day care. This will give the support that we think will enable Jen to "Airman on" and Ryan to "Marine on". I'll be busy earning the extra pay to help us in this endeavor. LOTS of people think we are crazy. My opinion- what is MORE important than our child and grandchild?
This should be interesting (my kids say that I say that a lot these days).
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Anything else happening?
James got engaged to HIS Jennifer. They called us to tell us. I am SO happy for both of them. As you can see by the picture, they are great together.
Well, the school I am working at is in danger of the feds stepping in. Who knows what God has in mind for me next year. It better have a paycheck. Babies and weddings are EXPENSIVE:>)
Friday, February 09, 2007
Clothesline – Absolutely- all the linens and towels- then into the dryer for a soft spin
Donuts – Have you ever made them?Never
Every day – One homemaking thing you do every day:HUmmmm- nothing in particular...
Do you have a separate deep freeze? Yes- upright and I live it.
Garbage Disposal – Yes
.Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource?The internet
Ironing – Love it or hate it?I like ironing, but I only do it very occasionally.
Junk drawer – Y/N? Where is it?Every drawer in the house at times....
Kitchen: Design & Decorating?Not my thing- SInce I have lived in so many I just do with what I have. Not curtains is a main thing for me. I love to look out the window.
Love: What is your favorite part of homemaking?Doing the dishes, cooking
Mop - Y/N?Yes.
Nylons - Wash by hand or in the washing machine?I don't wear them
Oven - Do you use the window, or open the door to check?I open the door.
Pizza - What do you put on yours?Corn and mushrooms- lol
Quiet - What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?Read, look out the window Recipe card box - Y/N?No.
Style of house -Ranch with a walk out basement and a massive barn
.Tablecloths and napkins - Y/N?Nope
Under the kitchen sink - Organized or toxic wasteland?It's organized toxic waste!But will be cleaned up with a grandbaby on the way.
Vacuum - How many times per week?About every three days - only where the dogs are....
Wash - How many loads of laundry do you do a week?Maybe three
Do you keep a daily list of things to do and cross them off?Nope- fly by the seat of my pants.
Yard - Who does what?The tractor- with my dh on for the ride.The Green house goes up in three months!
Zzz’s - What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?Turn off the lights, t.v. computer etc.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
We started with about ten turkeys visiting us on a semi daily basis when we moved in. Later in the summer three hens taught their chicks how to fly off the wall in front of the picture window. For those of you who, like me, did not know that turkeys fly...They do! The herd continues to grow by the month. We have had some frigid weather in the past week. We saw one look out turkey in a tree (covered in ice- but still on guard). The rest seemed to be hanging out somewhere else. Today we looked out to spy, not the normal 50 that we have counted lately----but 72 turkeys making their way to where the corn normally is! Scott has not put out corn for a week- but went out with a bucket to feed today. They walked away- a few being brave enough to come up to grab a piece. Turkeys- just another part of living in a safe place- here in God's country- Kansas.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
It is so peaceful here- just life off the road. We touch base with our three- who are living in the fast lane. I appreciate what they are doing, but do not desire it for myself. I am a bit lonely for children at the house- but I have more time for God and turkeys.
It is our home- Kansas.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
It has been fast and furious. The Bride was lovely and giggling on her way down the aisle with her father. The Groom beaming. They took their vows, got some wonderful advice from Father and came to the reception to enjoy their family and friends who had gathered. It was WONDERFUL!