Monday, May 21, 2018

Change, Conflict, Courage and Fear

Interesting where life takes us and more so how we react to it.
Been running into these words all weekend in talks, lessons given and attended at church and in life's situations. CHANGE-always a constant even though sometimes we'd like to push the pause buttons  on those moments of joy and happiness that seem to be so rare. CONFLICT always a surprise when it rears it's ugly head whether it comes from outside us or inside our own head. COURAGE-needed to go forward with faith in the plan for growing and becoming. FEAR always there and doubt as we listen to negative beliefs and actions that fill our lives. CHOICES are always there before us each moment and each day how we will act or if we will just REACT.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Time to get away from the city and see nature-trees, streams, mountains again. We took our annual trip in early summer to feel coolness of the forest and enjoy nature with a picnic lunch.

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Happy Mother's day to all mothers in our families: Tina, Nedret, Rachel, Deborah, Alicia, Katherine and Sarah for their efforts in raising their children. And thanks to all their mothers and grandmothers who came before us.

L-R Emilee and Heather, me in the mirror reflection
I became a mother in 1966, let's see that makes me a mother for a total of 52 years...AMAZING and a grandmother for 19 years. It's definitely easier to be a GRANDMOTHER! Here I am with my amazing twin grand daughters who stopped by with their family on their way to So. California.

Thursday, May 10, 2018


Our spring flowers especially roses are in FULL BLOOM, but summer's heat is sneaking up on us. It was 98 degrees yesterday which isn't springlike at all. Oh well, we live in the high desert. Summer always feels like the LONGEST SEASON and spring and fall just commas.

Hubby pruned the roses and they are blooming like crazy
Yellow roses of Texas are lovely
Too many on one stem to cut for flower arrangements inside
Rose plants from Walmart are doing well
Honeysuckles smell so swet plus Oleander bushes are blooming
Then there is our sad garden with onion bulbs going to seed
Little 4 ft peach tree has lots of fruit this year too.
Grape vines are growing back after their massacre!
Tall tree was suppose to be a sage bush, it will have purple blooms
Front yard has volunteer desert marigold and more roses

Sunday, May 6, 2018


It's been 1.5 weeks since my fall and my body is slowly healing and my patience is getting another test. Pains here and there can be masked with pills, but the ache within to be productive is wanting out. Sitting lots and sleeping lots makes for long sleepless nights with lots of thinking. Wondering how best to use the time I have each day and determine my PRIORITIES is so important. Time is like a maze, each decision we make determines our path eventually.

Having no REGRETS means making each experience negative or otherwise COUNT as in teaching us a lesson or molding our character/personality into something better. Taking time to look back through old JOURNAL pages can bring insights into growth that we've made and also to obstacles or blocks that are still in our way. Life is an ADVENTURE of choices to be made each day. I CHOOSE to love, forgive and go forward.

Monday, April 30, 2018


Spending lots of time home, relaxing in my recliner recuperating from my fall while outside a female hummingbird is building a nest on our outside patio fan which turns slightly in the wind. It's fun watching this event take place and learning more about the process. According to the internet-the source of all wisdom and knowledge, the hummingbirds mate then the female makes the nest prior to laying her eggs and in 5-6 weeks they will hatch. This isn't our first hummingbird family to nest in this exact place. See

It's quite the process to make the nest with many trips required to bring materials in her beak to build a foundation to stick to the chosen spot then add to the nest with found materials including spider webbing which allows the nest to expand with the eggs and babies growing. I love how she sits in the nest and works on the outside of the nest adding height to it and volume.

Thursday, April 26, 2018


A moment ago, I was on my feet
now I find myself flat on the ground
Splat, didn't see the cement lifted
in the sidewalk as I walked by.
But it saw me hurrying along
and did its thing, tripping me.
Too quickly, I'm down-looking up
at shocked hubby and bystanders.

Who ask...are you okay? Definitely
not, I think but quickly reply...YES!
Except for blood dripping from somewhere
only a small cut on my wrist but...
I hit my arm going down, missed
breaking my fingers, shoulder or hip.
I only have several bruises here
and there now purple, swollen and sore.

I'm FINE, just disgusted with growing
older and forgetting to SLOW DOWN!