Monday, April 14, 2014

Seven Little Things #5

Memories of 4617 Meadowbrook Drive where I grew up.  Earnie had a million of these Spirea bushes (also known as Bridal Wreath) growing in the backyard.  I remember the sweet smell so vividly.  I picked a few sprigs for a vase and put them in my bathroom to greet me.

Also making their appearance this spring are poppies.

Earnie planted these seeds last year and they are popping up everywhere!

Summer set lip to earth's bosom bare,
And left the flushed print in a poppy there.
~Francis Thompson, "The Poppy," 1891

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Moonriver and Me

Three years ago today, my Daddy went to heaven.  He loved Diet Dr. Pepper, hand lotion, candles, Old Spice aftershave, yellow legal writing pads, cigars, Baby Ruth candy bars, Lance's cheese crackers, cherry-scented car fragrance, Charlie Pride, coconut anything, pecan pie, the mountains, his children, Jesus and Earnie.

One of Daddy's favorite songs was Moon River.  I imagine he and Mother walking in heaven as Andy Williams gives them their own personal concert...

Two drifters, off to see the world
There's such a lot of world to see
We're after the same rainbow's end, waiting, round the bend
My Huckleberry Friend, Moon River, and me.
Here's a re-post of that day's blog entry -- titled To The Moon Raymond

Monday, March 17, 2014

Seven Little Things - Part Four

Easter, next to Thanksgiving, is one of my favorite holidays.  But, probably not for the reasons you might be thinking.  I do love the Easter Bunny, and egg dying, etc..., but the real reason I like Easter is Lent.  For me, Lent is my own personal New Year.  For 40 days, I try to practice sacrifice (giving up something -- in this case sweets) and personal reflection.  I am reflecting on how God wants me to take better care of myself through healthier choices of eating, making time for daily exercise, and using more of my quiet time in prayer.

I have been very good for the last few weeks on taking my vitamins.  As I stare at the bottles I think, if someone could come up with a better way to package the bottles so they were decorative maybe more people would take them everyday.  I can't stand to see the line up of bottles on the counter.

Light bulb.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Seven Little Things -- Part Three

I love to score clearance grocery store flowers.  I was in Kroger's this week and picked up a dozen cream roses for $4.99 and a mixed bouquet for $2.  It's not a huge investment and it makes me happy to see flowers around the house.

The domed pedestal dish is from my friend Mary May. I filled it with the cutest little "Tom Thumb" candies from bestie Julie.  These pretties are in my Ladies Lounge.

The pillows in the background are from Target's spring line.  Pink is one of my favorite colors.  The pedestal dish is sitting on top of some of Earnie's books.  The other pink thing at the bottom of the pic is a passion flower candle from World Market I can't bring myself to burn because it smells so darn good.  I think that's kinda like quilters who like their fabric too much to use it...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Seven Little Things -- Part Two

I gave up sweets for Lent.  Some days it's a real struggle and other days it's not.  Here's a tip on how to satisfy your sweet tooth.

When Williams-Sonoma had their big clearance sale recently, I picked up a jar of their Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. Last night I was feeling like I needed something sweet.  I pretty much cleared out my pantry of anything tempting, but I remembered my cocoa.  It's classified as a drink and by using skim milk, it's good for me and a nice treat before bed.

You simmer your milk on the stove, add a few tablespoons of the mix and whisk till combined.  It was very good.  I finished 3/4 of it, then got up to get the laundry.  When I came back Ruthie, the Weinerful, had finished it off.  Sweet dreams for everyone.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Seven Little Things

I will be posting quick, seven little things you can do to make your day more special.  I am a laundry geek.  I love to do laundry.  I love how the clothes smell after they come out the dryer.  I love to fold clothes.  So, it would make sense that I am a laundry product geek as well.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Earnie's Friend Mary

For seven years my life has been a series of plans.  24/7 my life was centered around being a caregiver.  As I am processing the death of  Earnie since last May I am slowly coming out a fog I think I have put myself in since 2011 when Daddy and my brother, Jim, passed away.  I had to go on with being strong for Earnie.  Life had to happen.  Mr. Bee and Miss Bee needed me. Work needed me. Ruthie and the cats needed me.

I didn't allow myself to fully grieve their loss.  I think I pushed my sadness into an invisable box to deal with another day. Eight months later I am faced with the question, "who am I.  What is my role now?"  I've read that every seven years life presents itself with a re-order of sorts.  Something happens in one's life that changes.   I'm not trying to reinvent myself.  I am trying to fill myself back up with more happiness than sadness. I am empty.  Everyday is a new day for me.  Full of hope and healing.

Last week I received the sweetest card from one of Earnie's friends, Mary.  She shared with me a dream she had had of her own mother who passed away in 2004.  In the dream her mother was telling her she was okay and so happy to be in heaven.  She went on to say that she knew our mothers were having the best time together with Jesus. As I was reading the card, I was trying to place in my head exactly who Mary was.  I had a vague idea and thought it was probably someone from church.

I went to a United Methodist Women's meeting on Tuesday.  Earnie had been an active member of UMW ever since she was a young woman with small children.  The last week of her life she was able to attend the last spring meeting of UMW.  Earnie was excited for me when I became a circle leader.  She would often sit in her chair and look at me and say, "you remind me so much of myself when I was a young woman.  I'm very proud of you."  Attending UMW meetings is hard for me right now, because I am surrounded by so many of her beloved friends.   I miss looking over at her seeing her in the crowd or sitting with her friends at lunch after the meeting.  At the same time, I feel comforted by being there surrounded by so much love.  It never fails that each meeting someone comes up and tells me how much they miss Earnie and what a special lady she was.

I was running late for the meeting that morning.  When I walked into the room there was only one seat left.  I sat down and the prettiest lady seated next to me smiled and patted me on the shoulder.  When I looked down at her nametag, it was Mary.  Mary Johnson.  The very same Mary that sent me the card.

And God winked. And so did Earnie.