Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thursday Thoughts

Today will be my last day of teaching until March 5.  Another round of oral surgery is coming my way on Monday.  I laughed and told my sister I don't mind the surgery so much as I do missing meals with solid foods.  I do love to eat.  But we have a vitamix, lots of recipes for smoothies and soups, I will survive.

Another day with temps in the 80's.  Weather this warm in February makes me nervous.  I can just feel the Gulf of Mexico churning and the Jet Stream building steam.  Both are plotting on where the storms will hit first.  Sorry, we are gun-shy about weather events in this neck of the woods.

A sad day tomorrow, one of our dear friends lost his son this week.  The family is broken hearted and he leaves behind a wife and two children.  They found him in his bed, apparently died in his sleep, probable cause, heart- attack.  Funerals are never how I want to spend my day, but when someone's child dies before them it just seems especially sad.

For our friends who live where the flood waters are raging, stay safe.  I hope you are on higher ground.  May we all know peace and kindness. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Almost Spring

Record warm temps are pushing spring to appear faster than she should here in Alabama.  Not that anyone minds, it has been a chilly dark winter and most who live here  love warm weather.  Few enjoy the fall and winter months as I do.  

For me, spring brings hope.  Hope that the sun will warm the earth, the days will be longer and life will burst forth.  Flowers appear, grass is its greenest, and the buds on tree range in shades from soft yellows to pink to lilac to apricot to green.  Color in the spring is rampant and there are no right or wrong combinations.

The hope of spring reminds me, we can grow our own food, pick fruit from our orchard and feel fresh dirt under bare feet.  Before the heat of summer, which can hit us in April or May, spring caresses with warm days and cool nights.

That hope that spring gives me is why I pick the first flowers and bring them in the house.  They serve as a reminder that yes, there might be more cold and even snow flakes, but spring is coming and she will not be denied.  She will pitch her hissy fits of tornadoes and storms, but she will soothe and be charming with warm days and her bursts of color.

Spring is probably the most transformative season we have here.  It is the  most energetic.  And she is showing her face here on the farm this week.  The yellow bells arrived today.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


A friend shared this quote with me today.  I love it.

" Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention.  So go, love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.  The broken world awaits in darkness for the light that you."  - L.R. Knost

Monday, February 19, 2018


As we walked the dogs this morning, flashes of bright yellow caught my eye...Daffodils, we have daffodils blooming!  Of course I quickly gathered a couple, smelled their unique fragrance and then brought them into the house to enjoy.

Sharing daffodils with you all tonight.  I am grateful.

Sunday, February 18, 2018


My quote today.  Another day without meds, I am thankful.

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little,  at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful."   - Buddha

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Gift

This morning it rained, as we walked the dogs around noon the clouds began to drift apart and soon we could see blue skies and feel sun on our skin.  Within an hour the clouds had returned and with them rain.  It is pouring this evening, but for awhile today we saw the sun.

Today is the first time in over two weeks I have not had to take nausea or vertigo meds.  I hope this is a trend for months to come.  In the meantime my search continues for a neurologist.

Rick and I had dinner at our favorite seafood place tonight.  Wow.  The food is always good on the Gulf Coast but never any better than my Greek grilled seafood platter that I get at Nikki's West in Birmingham.  Simple,  grilled fresh seafood ( crab claws, amber jack, scallops, oysters, shrimp, crab cake) seasoned with olive oil and herbs.   YUMMY!  Greek salad on the side and life is perfect.

With all the rain, we have had wind as well.  Walking the dogs today we picked up broken limbs, that is when I saw the one with plants growing on it.  Isn't it beautiful? Such a wonderful gift.

Tomorrow is Sunday.  May it be filled with peace and much kindness.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Rabbit Hole

Not sure if this is a rabbit hole or not, but every time we walk by it, Taz takes a look and a sniff.
Of course around these parts it could a chipmunk or snake just as easily.
I taught my women's class today, it was awesome, they were awesome.

My head no longer feels as though it might explode or implode, and the vertigo is starting to settle down.  I hope there is light at the end of the tunnel and that I get some answers soon.

I hope there is love and joy and kindness in your lives tomorrow.  For some reason tonight that rabbit hole looks awfully inviting.