Monthly Archives: May 2012

Thursday, May 31


  1. When my husband holds Ava
  2. A surprise gift of the new Julia Stone cd, By the Horns (my husband rocks)
  3. Root candles, esp. the titles of the “American Experiences” line. I have “Picking orange blossoms for the kitchen table”
  4. Open-door weather
  5. Quick bubble baths (where’d mom go? ;)
  6. Helen’s “fortunately” list- good fortune indeed!
  7. Ripe, juicy watermelon- can’t get enough of it!
  8. Convenience devices
  9. Returning
  10. This glorious moment

1. God

2. Hannah following through

3. Sorting through books in our library, finding some on fashion, things come around again, like the DIY subculture …

4. And quilted patterns

5. Ice cream

6. Greens

7. Mike’s cat Jack trusts me

8. Rachel acknowledging I made a difference, I think I helped a litle bit :)

9. Clouds

10. Dinner with Cassie before her first business trip

11. Belle’s gratitude and drawings

12. Gratitude theme in writings from Stacey and Amy

13. Discovering Aidan

14. The life of Doc Watson


God’s “fortunatelys”

Very Grateful for~

God’s “fortunatelys”

Unfortunately, our temps reached over 100, fortunately we had air conditioning

Unfortunately, a freak storm knocked out our power and a/c, fortunately this also dropped the temps

Unfortunately the power stayed off, fortunately we had candles and a couple of flashlights

Unfortunately a pipe also burst because of this same storm, fortunately our water dept turns off water without charge

Unfortunately, we had to finish packing the car for our trip in dark, flashlighting, fortunately, we had done a little packing beforehand

Unfortunately, we overslept because the alarm clock was connected to the off’d electricity, fortunately we sill got away by 6:00am

Unfortunately the power was still off, fortunately not at Starbucks!

Unfortunately the first part of the drive was consumed with utility company, plumber, contractor, fortunately we still made it to Tombstone, AZ for the gun fight at the OKCorral reenactment

A hot bath NEVER felt so good!

To live long, live slowly. ~Cicero

1. God

2. Bill G’s offer to help

3. The peonies by my office blooming

4. Peaches

5. Chris’s flexibility

6. Rain

7. Finishing a task

8. An electric fan

9. Light

10. An alarm clock

1. God

2. Running water

3. Party plans

4. Pinks

5. Chasing the kids next door after they sprayed me with a water pistol, glad I gave them some merriment

6. Cleaning up

7. Lindsey

8.Watching a TV program on soldiers’ letters home with Cassie

9. Oliver’s granddaughter, through the window, so happy, following her grandfather around

10. Wind

Memorial Day 2012


  1. Memorial Day
  2. Remembering
  3. Honoring
  4. Loving
  5. All those who helped make our lives what they are today
  6. The history we all share
  7. All who have shared their wisdom
  8. All who have compassion for others
  9. Men and women who listened to their hearts and created, loved, shared, sacrificed for that message
  10. “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” -Isaac Newton

Memorial Day

Very Grateful for~

God’s gift of courage for some brave soldiers
Memorial Day
Decoration Day
flags in front of houses
wreaths to commemorate heroes
a moment of silence yesterday at church
the quiet standing of veterans
old uniforms
medals from moments
choices made by others that benefit me

“I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.” ~Benjamin Harrison

We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. ~Francis A. Walker

Yet, we must try to honor them — not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice. ~President Ronald Reagan, Remarks at Memorial Day Ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery May 31, 1982

1. God

2. Cassie planting impatiens in front

3. Hannah and David helping carry books to the car

4. Donating books

5. Simplifying

6. Dinner outside

7. Colors

8. Irises everywhere

9. Let us now praise famous men (actually I was looking for the souls of the righteous by the same composer but couldn’t find)

10. For those who sacrifice