Sunday, May 4, 2014

sisters

There is no better friend than a sister. And there is no better sister than you.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

quail and the hawk

this quail family used to frequently stop by for a meal

 
We have always had lots of birds in our neighborhood and that included quail.  In fact, once in a while we would pull out of the driveway and stop before reaching the end of the block - to let a parade of quail cross the street, taking their own sweet time to safely arrive on the other side.  Lately we've been wondering where all the quail went.  the hawk!  Now it's not that uncommon for him to swoop down and prey upon our birds.  But this, sadly, is more than we would have predicted.  Yesterday he was perched high in our neighbor's tree and was making quail calls.  Seriously!  Did you know hawks mimic quail?  That was a first for us. In fact, I would not have believed it if I had not heard him.  Sneaky creature, no wonder they have disappeared.

 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

saturday at home

 temperatures in the 70's and it's only February!  a day spent outdoors since there is lots of yard work to be done!  must have picked 200 grapefruit and there's still more.  so sweet this year!
hidden in the picture are doves - we've been listening to mating calls all day. they mate for life.





always have to have flowers in the house.  these tulips will soon lose their bloom for the year but how I have enjoyed them.
 

picture reflects a little of our home - candles, candy:  always have it out, even if I no longer eat it!  bible open and glasses on the couch  where the Dutchman has been in the early morning.  flowers.  single rose in a bottle given to me by a young woman I chatted with in line at walgreens the other day.  puts a smile on my face.

Friday, February 21, 2014

the call came yesterday afternoon:

"Hello...Elizabeth?"
"yesssssssssssssss"
"Hi Elizabeth!  This is Amanda!"
slowly & grumpily responding:  "yes Amanda" ....as I settle in my mind this is definitely another telemarketing call.  hang up?  or give enough time to say, once again, take my name off the list!!!?  grrrrr!!!
fortunately I waited long enough to hear:  "I'm calling you back to work next week...."
"OH!  That Amanda!!  Hi Amanda!!!  I thought you were a telemarketing call!  Yay! I'm so glad it's you!"
So it is.......next week back to work for the tax season.  A few things to ponder and settle:
  1. Since September I have had the freedom of spending 2 hours at the gym.  5 days a week.  morning or afternoon.  a luxury.  not only a good workout but the steam room as my reward!  Now it will require a discipline to get myself there outside of work hours.  Especially since I have activities 3 nights a week.  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights cannot be changed.  Neither can a commitment of going to the gym. Message to myself:  make it work beth!!
  2. O  the 5:00 a.m. mornings begin again!!  the older I get, the more I struggle with that early a.m. call!  Message to myself: you can do it beth!
  3. A sedentary job.  that means get up from that computer and move throughout the day.  walk on breaks.  volunteer for jobs that require movement.  Message to myself:  nothing can prevent me from continuing on this journey of weight loss and good health!
  4. Reminder to me:  You do well on a schedule.  Plan your day!  Plan your meals/snacks.  Plan your GB3 time.  Write it out.  Then live it!  And do it with joy!

"Be joyful always; pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 
1 Corinthians 5:16-18





Saturday, February 15, 2014

Carole King & James Taylor YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND Live at the Troubad...


 

 You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am

 I'll come running to see you again.

 Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I'll be there, yeah, yeah,

 you've got a friend.

 

 If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds

 and that old north wind should begin to blow,

 keep your head together and call my name out loud.

 Soon I will be knocking upon your door.

 You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am

 I'll come running to see you again.

 Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I'll be there.

 

 Hey, ain't it good to know that you've got a friend? People can be so cold.

 They'll hurt you and desert you. Well, they'll take your soul if you let them,

 oh yeah, but don't you let them.

 

 You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am

 I'll come running to see you again.

 Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, Lord, I'll be there, yeah, yeah,

 you've got a friend. You've got a friend.

 Ain't it good to know you've got a friend. Ain't it good to know you've got a friend.

 Oh, yeah, yeah, you've got a friend.

Friday, February 14, 2014

to my love this valentine's day and always



annie's song - sung at our wedding almost 33 years ago.  As true of us today.  xxoo

"You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again
Come let me love you
Let me give my life to you
Let me drown in your laughter
Let me die in your arms
Let me lay down beside you
Let me always be with you
Come let me love you
Come love me again
You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again"




Songwriters
DENVER, JOHN (DEUTSCHENDORF)/DENVER


Read more: John Denver - Annie's Song Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Monday, February 10, 2014

how quickly the week has gone - and today it's a tearful goodbye


jayme has long drive home - shannon gets a truck!

two of God's best
 
these days with jayme flew by.  so tough to say goodbye.  not so easy to live 12 hours apart. but the joy when she or any of the others come visit is exquisite.  we created more good memories. cherish them in my heart.
"the Lord bless you and keep you.  the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace"  Numbers 6:24-26