• Think Spring

    While spring has been officially here for over a month, my yard has yet to realize that fact.  As I look out my window this morning, snow permeates every corner of the garden and surrounding trees.  Even today wisps of snowflakes are falling and my deck sparkles with the newly fallen snow.  It would be a pretty picture if it were December or January – but the end of April?  It is most frustrating.  I should be looking out at new shoots of growth and a garden waking up for a new season. My garden seeds lay waiting on the kitchen table.  With my new greenhouse I had high hopes…

  • Hopes and Dreams

    Currently we have two of our children looking at making the big purchase of an acreage.  It is exciting to listen to their plans as they consider their options and evaluate the possibilities each place can bring.   Their talk is strewn with discussions of mortgages and insurance, home evaluations and locations, possible renovations and even raising animals. As these young couples start out they have much to learn as far as the realities of owning their own property goes.  But for now, they dream of what could be.  Their excitement is contagious as they investigate their options and ask for our input.  We know the great joy having your…

  • Being Perfect

    A quote recently came across my desk – “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”  Anna Quindlen I am not a perfectionist in all aspects of life, but I tend to be quite demanding of myself in certain areas.  Usually these are domains where my public persona is affected.  If I take on a job or task, I want to do it to the best of my ability.  I can spend many hours making sure that things are done just right and that no details are missed.  It pretty much becomes a pride thing –…

  • Faith and Family

    It was a sight to behold.  Two women, lives long intertwined, rejoiced in time spent together.  Hearing challenges made communication difficult at times, but the bond of love between the two was strongly evident.  Although these two women live in the same city, physical ailments, paired with relying on others to transport them, makes getting together difficult and infrequent.  They were so happy to have the opportunity to be together again. My aunt, almost 100, still exhibits the same spark she always has.  Her sparkling eyes showed her delight in having company and time with her precious sister.  My mother, 87, forgot her back ailments for awhile and truly enjoyed…