Wednesday, June 27, 2012


"You owe it to everyone you love (including yourself) to find pockets of tranquility in your busy world."

                                                                               ---------------Georges Bernanos

Friday, June 22, 2012


Time to sit and contemplate.

Time to view the wildlife.

Time to soak in the gorgeous views of the lake.

Time to ponder the glory of what is just an hour or two from our front door.

Time to listen to what the world has to offer.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Over the weekend I walked outside to say goodbye to my girls and glanced over in the yard to find that nature had delivered me a wonderful gift while I wasn't looking...the cactus was blooming in June!

I recently purchased a card that says "May the little blessings that flutter through your day.....decide to stay". Exactly! Each day is filled with tiny miracles, tiny blessings. We just only have to open our eyes to see them otherwise they might just wither and die before we have the time to enjoy them. This is true of every aspect of life, isn't it? Enjoy the tiny moments. They are all we really have, these NOW's!!

I know I don't want to miss these miracles that are right in front of me each day. Expect a miracle!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."    Thomas More

That big rolling pin in the back left of this crock that they are all grouped in was the beginning of this collection. I retrieved it from my grandmother's home after she passed away and it used to sit on a shelf in the center island of my previous home, always reminding me of her. I used it occasionally to roll out pizza dough and sometimes I would use it to smash things into fine crumbs because it is so heavy.

This rolling pin is a tool that my grandmother used much more frequently than I ever did. She baked on a regular basis making sweet rolls, cakes, breads, cinnamon coffee cakes, etc. This rolling pin has memories for me of her hands touching it, gently pressing her arms and body into the flour-covered table and elastic dough mound. Things always smelled good in her home. The moment you opened the door you knew she had been baking.

Things have changed for most people today. We don't make our own dough nearly as often as my grandmother did. We purchase a pizza from a take-and-bake store or buy the dough already made. We have busier lives it seems, although for people of my grandmother's generation, they were busy working each day from morning until evening but at different tasks: ironing, gardening, baking, preserving food, etc. It seems like it was a simpler time but I think in reality, it was much harder. We have become more sedentary with jobs that require many hours of sitting at computer screens.

I'm not saying that one is better or worse than the other but what I do want to remember is the effort it took to perform every-day tasks and what it meant. There was a different sense of accomplishment associated with those. You could go to bed at night knowing that what you had accomplished really felt like something. There is a satisfaction that comes with making things from scratch...from putting your whole body (literally) and soul into these tasks. Simplicity, yes, but like Thomas More writes "important to the soul".

Monday, June 11, 2012


"Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars...and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole of existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any back balance. Look at the flowers---for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are."
                                       ----- Osho

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Night and day the river flows. If time is the mind of space, the River is the soul of the desert. Brave boatmen come, they go, they die, the voyage flows on forever. We are all canyon-eers. We are all passengers on this little mossy ship, this delicate dory sailing round the sun that humans call the earth.

                                                                                                          Edward Abbey

Monday, June 4, 2012


On Sunday we went out to lunch at one of our favorite places in Old Town Auburn-----

The Auburn Alehouse.

Notice the theme between this photo and photo #1?

Love the old brick walls, the industrial look with all the duct work showing,

The yummy "sampler" with all the beers available at the moment.
Notice the "evil eye" I am getting from my son-in-law? I'm not sure if it's because I caught him off-guard or if he didn't want me taking his picture. But most of the samples were already sampled so it could have been that too!

And his Dad? Or should I say "Robert Duvall look-alike"? I'm not sure what that face is all about!

 I do know that we were all having a really good time, even the baby. They make the best cheese bread you ever want to taste. 3 kinds of cheese stuffed into a sour dough round, baked until gooey, and served on a plate with oil and balsamic vinegar and pepper flakes! good. If anyone wants the recipe, let me know!