24 July 2010

Emotion in Motion

Our little daughter dog is a woman of many emotions

sometimes she is most pleasant

even happy

and at other times...

Well you just want to stay out of her way

if you are her brother that is.

Oh, no!

Rendezvous at the Ponds

Every day they meet me in the garden for our little rendezvous...
the dragonflies of red, orange, green and blue.
There they dance above the water lilies and parrot's feather--
landing, at times, on nearby branches of the plants that surround the ponds.
I wonder if they know how happy they make me
and how much I look forward to our daily rendezvous'.
Until tomorrow pretty ones...
Blessings, Aimee

21 July 2010

The Word on Wednesday

As some of you know, and others may have discerned, my mother is not doing well health-wise. In fact, life has changed quite dramatically for her in the last 2 months and they have been rough both physically and emotionally for my mom, and for all of the ones who love her. ---
Times like this really test your faith in God: is it based on getting the answers to prayer that we want (which would be a total healing for mom), or is it based on trust in the ONE who made her and has known her from her mother's womb, no matter how HE chooses to answer our prayers? Do I believe He loves her more then even we, her family, do? And finally do I believe that even in times like these, He is with her...and us too.

O Lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me.
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising,
Thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, Thou knowest it altogether.
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid Thine hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
Psalms 139:1-6 KJV
Whither shall I go from Thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee.
Psalms 139:7-12 KJV
For Thou hast possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Psalms 139: 13-16 KJV
How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with Thee.
Psalms 139:17-18 KJV
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalms 139: 23-24 KJV
May the Lord who truly knows and loves His children bless you,
Photo: mom as a babe (with her older sibling)

19 July 2010

We Interrupt Today's Scheduled Post for Some Green Goodness:)

Last year we had a lot of these...

BUT then all of our wonderful home frozen fruit, including those shown above, went bad when the freezer was accidentally unplugged for many, many hours during the remodeling of our kitchen/dining room...it was not a happy time for me :(

But the new year would bring a chance for a new harvest...
and it soon became apparent that we would have a lot of little green delights.
Visions of gooseberry tarts again danced in my head and I was happy :)

BUT, again, 'fate' intervened just a bit before harvest time...
we had a heat wave here in the PNW.
Aimee and DH spent quality time in our air conditioned home;
alas--our gooseberries had no such luck and became soft and useless
My best friend and I saw our vision of homemade gooseberry desserts going...

But then we each found farms where we could procure some of these valued gems of the garden.
And all was well again in Aimee-Land

So now I bid you all adieu as I head to my refrigerator to --
gather my beautiful green round ones,
to sort and rinse them,
to tip and tail all of the little guys (such fun! NOT!!!)
and then bake me and the BELOVED Farmer Boy--
some gooseberry tarts.

And later I will try gooseberry fool
and maybe, just maybe---
if I feel really brave---
I might try some gooseberry sorbet.

Ahhhhhh! Gooseberries--round, green (and some red) 'yummies' for the tummies:)
Blessings from my green, but happy, world~

Note: Here are some links to gooseberry recipes--if you are blessed enough to have found some! The Foody (of the UK & Ireland) gooseberry fool recipe. From Estonia and blogger Nami-Nami, a recipe for gooseberry sorbet (yes she uses red ones--which I am told are sweeter--but I'm going to experiment with the amount of sugar and see if it will work. If I get brave, that is!) From Healthy Eating Made Easy, gooseberry crisp/crumble, gooseberry information and other recipes.
Gotta go---my berries and pie crusts await me!

Weekend Happenings

It all began with him--
Well, actually, it all began with HIM, my DH--Farmer Boy!
Besides, this is our pesky daughter dog--
not a him at all--
but definitely part of our weekend.
Oh here HE is--part of him that is:)
Now that we have that straight--back to our weekend.
it involved a trip to the town where my grandfather attended college in the early 1900's-
and a very cool park there!
(So cool that, way before my time, they had a swimming hole--
and a little zoo, among other things, there)
Alas--no more:(
But they still have lots of these...
tall, tall trees and cool greenery
many paths--both paved and not; this one with leaf shadows.

a creek down at the bottom of the park
some really beautiful flowers

I haven't a clue what either of them are--but I loved them!
(BTW--if you know what they are pretty please leave me a note)
Oh, no!
It's sunrise!
I'm out of time because
soon DH will be wanting his laptop
and also wanting to know why I stayed up all night and the zillion gooseberries aren't packed away in freezer bags yet.
Only time for 1 more photo--
this is how our weekend ended
(well sort of)

I love this pesky, hormonal, wild dog child...
she reminds me of me:)
Blessings for a great Monday:)
More later!
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