Saturday, April 18, 2015


“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” 
― Francis of Assisi

April Poetry I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, 
Those of the mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong, 
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, 
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work, 
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deck hand singing on the steamboat deck, 
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands, 
The wood-cutter's song, the plowboy's on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown, 
The delicious singing of the mother, or the young wife at work, or the girl sewing or washing, 
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else, 
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly, Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs. 

Walt Whitman, 1860

Friday, April 17, 2015

Goals for Week of April 19 - 26, 2015

     Daily Bible Reading

     Sit and Be Fit
     Healthy Breakfast and snack

Quilting: Block #21

     The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
     H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald 
     Vincent Van Gogh: A Life by Philip Callow
     The Second Chance Dog by Jon Katz

     Roast Chicken and Vegetables
     Baked Fish, Carrots/Thyme, Corn
     Chicken Marsala, GMP, Asparagus
     Steak, GMP, GB 

     Clean windows and blinds in garage
     Move plant stand outside
     Get estimates for interior painting

     Manicure & Pedicure ( I have never had a pedicure before. We shall see how this works out...)
     Lunch with P&W&C&B 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Around OakMeadows

Around OakMeadows

About 15 years ago I injured my right shoulder.  With rest and a couple of cortisone injections, my shoulder mostly healed.  But as I have aged the shoulder became stiff and painful. I treated it with ibuprofen, a heating pad, and sleeping with pillows propping me just so.  And I just assumed that I would just have to live with it.  Well, several months ago I bought a Sit & Be Fit exercise DVD.  It is all very gentle movements to improve flexibility, strength and coordination. What a difference those exercises have made on my shoulder! Totally unexpected.  My shoulder started improving within the first 2 weeks and now, other than some morning stiffness, is perfectly normal. 

This year we have had almost no hummingbirds migrate through. I don't know why but I suspect habitat loss.  Currently, we have only one pair of hummingbirds feeding on our salvia and the one feeder we have up.  I suppose this is to be the new normal.  Children will grow up not ever seeing the masses of hummingbirds as they pass through. It is the same with my generation who never knew the great masses of passenger pigeons. 

Does anyone else get up early to clean house before the housecleaners arrive? I do. But they can't clean the kitchen counters if they are all cluttered up and they can't vacuum if there is stuff on the floor. And I keep the litter box in the tub in the guest bathroom so I need to get that out so they can clean the tub. I love my cleaning crew because there are 2 guys and 2 women and the guys can move the refrigerator or the washer and drier to clean twice a year. And they are all the nicest people. They have cleaned for me for over 10 years now. 

I have started watching House of Cards on Netflix DVDs.  I am hooked.  I absolutely loved the British House of Cards several years ago and this one is every bit as good. What, I wonder, does that say about my own character that I love to watch Machiavelli in action??

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April Meditation

An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

April Poetry--April Woods: Morning by Wendell Berry

April Woods: Morning  by Wendell Berry

Birth of color
out of night and the ground. 

Luminous the gatherings
of bloodroot

newly risen, green leaf
white flower

in the sun, the dark
grown absent. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

April Goals

     Sit and Be Fit
     Healthy Breakfast and Snack

Quilting: Block #19

     Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith
     The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
     H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald 
     Vincent Van Gogh: A Life by Philip Callow

     Stuffed Wieners, Corn, Salad
     Chicken Parmigiana, Salad
     CB hash, Broccoli 
     Chocolate Chip Cookies

     Clean out next section of closet

     Order new exercise DVD