20 March 2010

Welcome Spring!

A BIG welcome to official spring!

(and for those of you still suffering with winter type weather a fervent hope that soon you will see sunnier skies and warmer temperatures)
Photo: our other bleeding heart, now blooming too (although this is a photo from last autumn because I am TOO lazy to connect my external drive right now) :)

19 March 2010

On Stuff

Now that the kitchen and dining room remodel is mostly done, I am left with the task of sorting the stuff to put back in the hutch, the portable island (that will serve as a buffet) and the nice large kitchen island (the other kitchen cabs are pretty well organized and filled now)
As I sort through the items laying on the table, and those stored in a large 'rubbermaid' type container in the family room (I haven't had the courage yet to get to the bunch of 'rubbermaid' type containers stored in the room recently vacated by my oldest son)...
and as I talk to my best friend (currently in the throes of moving) and my sibling (who will soon be doing the same), I moan---what WAS I thinking (referring, of course, to what exactly possessed me to buy 2 of the exact same marble rolling pins)???
Um. Where am I going to put all this stuff?

And then I give a silent TY to my former coworker who, years ago, changed my ideas about buying stuff...(and who BTW doesn't know she did this, because she was talking to someone else at the time. Conclusion: some conversations are meant to be heard by others.)
why didn't I hear this wisdom earlier in life?
And right on the heels of that thought (even though we have no debts and do have some savings & retirement)...
wow, I wonder how much more we would have in savings if I hadn't bought some of this stuff?
Just what was I thinking during my antique, oriental,
Nordic and rubber stamp collecting years?

But sometimes---occasionally---a very pleasant thought interrupts ALL that negativity about things of the past I can't change (OK more then occasionally since I really DO like most of my kitchen and dining room stuff and since I wasn't all bad with stewardship of our resources)
Hey, I'm really happy I get a chance to use these now!
(after unpacking 4 very PNW looking pottery soup mugs)
Wow, I STILL love these!
(on some very pretty stemware bought for our anniversary several years ago and a neat teakettle--1 of 2)
And then 'fear' hits me as I think
-- again --
where am I going to put all this?
Good thing my DH doesn't read my blog;
he wanted to put more cabinets in the kitchen and I said no. Silly woman that I am ---I was going for aesthetics not practicality and thought we would have enough room....
Sometimes wisdow comes with age :)
Blessings from the midst of my semi-organized house,
oriental umbrella
nordic door chime (sans the 'chime' parts which are -- hopefully -- packed somewhere)

A Walk in His Garden: Peace & Joy in the Mountains

What is it within me that constantly calls me up into the foothills and mountains of the PNW? Is it the silence I find there--silence unbroken except for a few passing vehicles or the call of a hawk as it passes overhead?
Or is it the peace and joy that fills my heart as we climb higher into the place I love so much -- the place where my heart feels most at home.
Blessings from the beautiful PNW,
Foothills and mountains of PNW; a recent family trip.

17 March 2010

The Word on Wednesday

“O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving,
and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

In His hands are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is His also.
The sea is His, and He made it: and His hands formed the dry land.

O come, let us worship and bow down:
let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”
Psalms 95:1-6 KJV
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