Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Moody Blues Concert

 We had killer seats for the concert. Right up front, the stage was 6 feet away from us! I absolutely loved the concert, the music sounded great as ever and they are by far my favorite concert!

We go every year, to me, they are sort of our "fall in love" music. Wildest Dreams, I Know You're Out There Somewhere, Question, all made me think of my honey. And now here we are, together for the rest of our lives.

And you know, he's my Knight in White Satin :)

"...And in the end... The love you take is equal to the love you make." ---The Beatles
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Hawk

Yesterday in the middle of the afternoon I had the pleasure to step outside to walk to another building for a meeting. It was GLORIOUS!! Blue skies, white puffy clouds, bright sunshine, low humidity, plush trees and a hawk seamlessly soaring overhead. The hawk’s flight pattern was light and whimsical. He seemed so blessed to be flying in the beauty of the day. In and out of the tree tops, rising up and up then turning and gliding down and down. Absolutely free!!

I was reminded of God’s glory and love for all creatures. He provides for each one of us in so many ways. He tells us in Matthew 6:25 – “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”

Just like the hawk, so free, dipping and rising, enjoying the wind carrying him through the sky, that’s how I feel sometimes. At times, I feel like I am soaring through life, confident that I will dip and rise, carefree knowing that my needs are being met, I feel peaceful with the perfect peace that can only come from God, the peace that passes all understanding. Even when my circumstances are challenging, I don’t waiver in my faith that God will carry me through the rough times as well as the good times.

I have become politically opinionated and when I used to look at the insanity around me, I would find myself getting anxious and worry would try to creep in, but much of the time, I lean on God and trust Him that he will find a way for everything to work out for His good. I mean, we will face higher taxes, higher healthcare costs, higher energy costs and our disposable income, if we’re lucky enough to have any, will shrink and shrink. We’ll have less money to save and invest for a retirement future. But I have to trust that when He told us to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s that if we follow His word, we will be like the Hawk – free to trust that God will meet our needs.

Free……free as a bird……free to love God…..and trust God……free to be me.

"...And in the end... The love you take is equal to the love you make." ---The Beatles
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Life & Death

The last 2 weeks have been quite a ride of emotion and life events. It started with my husband in the hospital. He's got a terminal disease, PKD - polycystic kidney disease. And even though it's our reality with dialysis, a huge regimen of drugs, we don't really think about death on a daily basis. Or at least we don't talk about it. But when he was in the hospital our mortality was in my face and I'm really not ready for it.

But since then, I've been to a baby shower - such a blessed celebration of life! Then to a wedding of a dear, old friend. Another wonderful celebration with family and friends! Both events were lively and fun, filled with laughter and love.

Our lovely Lyrikah had her first swim in our backyard pool. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time in the garden, digging in the dirt is so therapeutic - but I got stung by some unknown assailant in my flower bed - enough that I actually had to go to the Dr! 

My ex-husband and I have actually figured out how to have a "friendly" relationship and our kids are overjoyed! I really have to thank Beka for reminding me how much she loves him even with all his flaws. As a result my house is getting a facelift and paint will be going on the walls starting today!!

A friend of mine's daughter, Shelly, is exactly the same age as Jake, 25, born the same day. Shelly's daughter, Melanie, was 6 years old and died in March due to cancer. Shelly had such a hard way to go herself, because I have learned she too, has cancer. Things escalated and she had to have surgery last Thursday. They removed the tumor, think they have it all and now will face chemo and radiation treatments. The prognosis is hopeful.

After all of those events, the final curtain has fallen on 2 people that I know. My friend, Steve's dad, Al. He was elderly, lived a nice long life and died in his sleep. Very restful way to go. He had some health issues, but refused treatment because he was ready to go and wanted to go at home. Blessings to his family - the funeral is this Thursday night.

But the shocker of the week - my friend Jeff who painted my house in Reading when I was moving to California. Jeff was a great gardener, my inspiration for learning organic gardening. He knew everything about growing anything. He was only 48 years old. The sad part for Jeff is he was an alcoholic, druggie guy. We all loved him anyway, because we didn't have to deal with the aftermath of his addictions. But his Mother will have to bury him and Jeff didn't have anything. So, this will be a sad sad day coming up.

2 little weeks in the life ... and see how many things have happened!  It's a constant reminder of how precious life is. Love, laugh and live!!!  It's gone in a blink.
"...And in the end... The love you take is equal to the love you make." ---The Beatles
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Saturday, June 05, 2010


I've just spent the last 3 hours outside in the gardens. I got up promptly at 6am because Lyrikah spent the night and I wanted to get my work done before she woke up. And thankfully, the plan worked. I even have time to spare to blog this morning!!

My vegetable garden is looking good. Everything seems to be staying alive and I have very little weeds so far. If you recall, I used the method taught me by Wes as Marvin's Organic Gardens in Lebanon, Ohio: raised beds - 8" of compost - 10 pages thick of newspapers - topped with cold compost (grass clippings and chopped leaves mixed).

When I planted I made cuts and holes the size of the plant. Now I'm wondering if that was a big enough slice in the paper. I am going to email Wes and ask him. Here's what I see happening, the tomato plants are getting fruit, but they are not growing very much, not getting much taller. A few other of my plants are doing the same thing. Now, some are not - like my beans are going crazy, peas are coming up and growing, Okra is booming, eggplant is too. But tomatoes, some herbs, greens (chard, kale) and pepper plants don't seem to be thickening in stalk and growing very tall. It's only been a few weeks, but I would have expected to see some growth.

In the front, I have a flower bed under my living room windows. It's a nice size and the guy that sold us the house planted some small bushes there. They are actually pretty nice, keep their shape and are very green. So, in front of them every year I plant some annuals. I've tried impatiens, marigolds and none have done so great - so this morning, I got up, weeded the bed, turned over the dirt, and planted zinnias and wave petunias. I picked white, yellow, orange and lavender zinnias and filled in with purple petunias. I hope they flourish out there.

We think that this is the last year for this bed as is. Next year, we are considering making a kidney shaped raised bed in the front yard further out near the street. I'll get top soil and compost brought in once I know the shape and size. Then we'll transplant those bushes, hoping to get a good transplant. In between the bushes, I'm planning on flowering perennials. Some very colorful with large flowers. I'm going to try to plan it so we have flowers all growing season from different plants. This will be a fun project for sure!

Hubby will fill the bed with tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinths bulbs for early blooms. He loves bulbs!! Then he will consider summer bulbs, but he has to investigate more. Since he's lived in California most of his adult life, he is used to being able to leave the bulbs in the ground. Here in the midwest, you have to pull them up in the fall and store them in a cool, dry place - basement. Then replant them in the spring. This is primarily why I never bothered with gladiolas and the like. Too much work!! But, we'll see what he decides. He may convert to perennials!!

I still have 3 flower beds to weed, but it's getting ready to rain and Lyrikah will surely wake up soon. So, for today, 3 hrs in the garden is probably enough for me.

"...And in the end... The love you take is equal to the love you make."---The Beatles
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All Turned Out Well

Hubby is recovering nicely. Dr's decided it was a viral infection when all the test results came back "normal". And as we all know, "Normal is GOOD"!! He's been recovering at home since Wednesday night. I think today, he's finally feeling like is "normal" self or at least pretty close :)

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. God is good and answers our prayers!

"...And in the endThe love you take is equal to the love you make."---The Beatles
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