Monday, May 30, 2005
Sunday, May 29, 2005
Memorial weekend marks the beginning of Oklahoma UMC Annual Conference. It has great meaning for me. Usually I would attend church camp and find out after camp that we would be moving. Once I went to camp, then went to my grandparents for a few days, then went to a new home in a different town. I can't remember which move that was, but I can remember it was traumatic. However, I did get some gypsy in my soul. In my first marriage we moved 17 times in nine years. Four years was the longest I lived anywhere until the children and I moved into the Tulsa house. My next move will be soon. Ron and I will move from 320 to 321 -- right across the street -- in approximately 3 months! That is going to be an exciting move.
Saturday, May 28, 2005
I only have one complaint. Wayne took over my chickens when I ran to Tulsa and now won't give them back. I should enjoy the rest, but he doesn't tuck them in quite like I do and I fear he thinks they are livestock instead of chicken-children. God Forbid!
Friday, May 27, 2005
Can't get much better
Than a perfect card and
A Chicken Sweater!
Thank you sister.
Well, a duster paw and a tractor fan is pretty cool too. And Pot Roast with gravy owed is super.
(Warning, this pattern chicken sweater copyright "c 2005 Design Options, Inc." All Rights Reserved)
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Today's devotional says, "We are to fuel our bodies with good food and properly attend to their care." Well, the food has been "good" alright, but I more think it is to be good as in "good-for-you". Ron, of course, thinks just the opposite.
So, anyone who wants to pray for our attention to right eating and exercise, we will truly appreciate it.
However, you can put the prayers for us aside until you finish praying for Christy and Ethan's wedding. So far there are three horror stories to tell their children.....and someday the stories will be funny, just not yet. Oh, who to feel sorry for? The bride and groom or the mother-of-the-bride???
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Tandy had a house full of little girls last night for Beth's slumber party. He has worked hard all week getting the house ready for this special group. It is an almost given that these girls will go home today having had the time of their lives and Beth will be appreciative of her dad for making her birthday wish come true.
The devotional today says to imagine God as the nurturing mother coming home from work. She sits on porch in a rocking chair and views the goodness of her children working for the well being of others.
This analogy makes me happy on two levels. First to think of God with the face of a working woman who looks on her children with such pride! Second to remember that even God rested on the 7th day. Suddenly I realize after over 30 years in the workplace and playing dual role as head-of-household and homemaker, I can rest in this retirement. Ron keeps telling me it is okay not to always be doing something. He keeps saying that people need to take a course on retirement. We know that he earned his retirement in his over 30 years service.
My course on retirement was learned this morning. I now can see that Retirement is the 7th Day.
Saturday, May 14, 2005
So, what else is that guy and his family doing? Well, the boys have won their last four baseball games and Beth is having her first slumber party tonight. Hopefully you can check Odd's blog and get updates on the party.
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies,
Lord of all,
to thee we raise
this our hymn
of grateful praise.
...Folliot S. Pierpoint, 1864
Standing by an overflowing pond and listening to the sounds of nature after shooing away the baby chickens grouped around my feet, this verse was brought to mind.
Friday, May 13, 2005
Thursday, May 12, 2005
We must take our "good hearts" and wrap them tightly around innocent children who are victims of violence at the hands of repeat villains.
We must take our "good hearts" and harden them toward the perpetrators and predators. We must let the murderers know that they had their ONE chance (not their 6th or their 11th!) and now they must be corralled for the remainder of their natural lives or make them face the executioner. At that point we trust our Creator to judge.
Caring adults can blink and lose sight of their child. Children deserve some freedom, some exploring time, some time to be children. Children need freedom to stretch their imaginations. Therefore we must NEVER blink and take our eyes off known maniacs and deviant predators
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
This morning the chickens are all alive. Last night Macy said,"Ann, are any of your baby chickens dead yet?" "No" I responded. "Good" Macy said, "I sure hope they don't die."
Watching chickens is peaceful and enjoyable. A squirrel joined me to watch. We both sat quietly. I spoke to the squirrel and all the baby chicks perked ups and came rushing to me. They swarmed like bees at my feet. Oh my, I wonder what expectations they have of their mother?
At least the babies have learned about strength in numbers. They now move together as if they are a single cloud.
"All gifts are welcome" the devotional states, "no matter." Wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, judging. Gifts are in varities but the same Spirit.
It is wonderful to be outside. We have big red strawberries popping out. A Big Blue Heron comes to our shallow pond to be nourished on frogs and crawdads. As I listen I hear, drifting along on a gentle breeze. the hammering and suddenly the loud strong voice of my beloved..."G__D___F_____!" end quote :-)
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
This is also a birthday, of sorts, for Boss Hog and the remaining 9 of the dirty dozen. They arrived at our home on this day last year. They were one week old at the time.
The new chickens survived the night. They were all shut in together last night with the babies sleeping below the normal chicken roost and all the big chickens grouped at the opposite end of the house, huddled in fright of the little girls.
It is my plan to go to HMS (Her Majesties Studio) every morning and start my day with meditation, planning and then move to exercise. I must get started really early today because it is going to be a scorcher of a day.
The refrigerator from Tulsa house has been moved into this house and all the groceries swapped out. The Tulsa refrigerator is still like new and it's kind of a fond memory to open it now and reach inside.
I'm going to spend a portion of my day attempting to mentally solve the exclusiveness of this small town. My meditation for today deals with inclusiveness and got me to thinking, that on a much smaller scale, this is not much different than the United States going to Iraq and seeking acceptance. We can volunteer our services. We can provide money for projects. But beyond our stepping forward, we are useless and never approached in friendship. Around here, the Emperor has NO CLOTHES and that is that! Well, I hope to motivate myself to become a fly in the ointment right along with M.H. (My Husband).
Monday, May 09, 2005
This Monday we are reminded of The Spirit and urged to be in touch with The Spirit within us and within those we encounter. Look for the presence. It is a great challenge to carry into this new day, this new week. We should be attuned to all our senses for revelation and release.
The good news -- We purchased new toilet for new house.
The bad news -- Refrigerator broke. (The chickens will be eating very well all week.)
Sunday, May 08, 2005
A beauty that takes away breath
Her ninth birthday is here
Let’s give her a special cheer......
(As her dad plots her future boyfriend's painful death!)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELIZABETH!
Today is special for another Elizabeth
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY MOTHER!
I am so grateful this Mother's Day to have such a wonderful mother.
and another Elizabeth
I am fulfilled to be a mother and mother-in-law and godmother and stepmother and grandmother and enjoy such a vital, interesting and spectacular passel of talented, charming, capable big and little kids.
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Friday, May 06, 2005
Who would listen to me mindlessly chat.
Then with a most loving smile
After I had rambled quite a long while,
She calmly advised, “Oh you should not do that“.
Today is Patricia Ann’s birthday. It should always be celebrated. We are so much better off because she was in our lives.
Jessi and Travis, your mom's split present from me is in the mail.
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Monday, May 02, 2005
Mike was busy hiding in the woods so the neighborhood girls could not find him. They ride up and down the road on their motor vehicle looking and looking for Michael. (I keep forgetting he goes by Michael and not Mike.) I'm sure it won't be long before he stops hiding from the girls.