Friday, May 01, 2015

Happy May Day

May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being,
May you walk gently through the world and
Know it's beauty all the days of your life. - Apache Blessing~

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bits of Spring in Northeast Tennessee

This April has been so lush and beautiful.  All kinds of weather.  The last several days have been quite chilly and so very windy.  The winds have finally laid today---and the sun has been shining.  More rain forecasted for tonight and tomorrow.  April has been such a lovely month.  April showers will bring May flowers.  My soul shrivels up for those (places/people) who are in drought.  Sending prayers for nourishing rains to all creatures.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter Greetings and Blessings

 David Whyte
32 mins · 

The blessing of the morning light to you,
may it find you even in your invisible
appearances, may you be seen to have risen
from some other place we intuit and know
in the darkness and that that carries all we need.
May you see what is hidden in you
as a place of hospitality and shadowed shelter,
may that hidden darkness be your gift to give,
may you hold the shadow to the light
and the silence of that place to the word of the light,
may you join all of your previous disappearances
with this new appearance, this new morning,
this being seen again, new and newly alive.

David Whyte: Easter Morning 2015
In Memoriam John O’Donohue
Photo © David Whyte July 2014
Sun Through Gate
Littondale Yorkshire.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 29, 2015 and Still Building Fires

We have had a few days this week that were just wonderful---sunny and warm.  It seems that this has been the longest, grayest Winter that I can remember, so these days were sheer gems and I spent them, whole days, outside.  Then the cold came to visit again and we've had 27 degs and 19 degs the last two mornings.  And so chilly in this house that I have built fires again the last couple of days.  NOW, the sun is out, it has warmed up to 44 degs, a veritable heat wave, and I have been able to turn the blower off on the woodstove.  Totally awesome...

Friday, February 27, 2015


How quickly another birthday has winged its way to its destination.  The day itself lingers no longer than the flighty little Chickadee alights, grabs a single seed, and away it darts with its morsel.  The years are on a lightning-quick trek now too.  One zips into the next so quickly that I have a hard time keeping the seasonal decorations swapped out.  My special day yesterday was just that---so very special.  On the eve of

my birthday, Owls sang happy birthday to me at dusk.  Yesterday, on the day of my birth, the Bald Eagle soared by writing birthday stories and greetings on the wind.  Friends and family, both near and far, both old and new, joined in the merry-making of one very special day, creating memories of shared laughter and delight to be carried into the coming days, and hours, and minutes, to be pulled out and enjoyed whenever this birthday girl needs the minutes of daily life to be a bit brighter.  Really, could any one hope for more on their own special day?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Beautiful but Treacherous

The main difference in yesterday and today is that today we are getting fresh snow on top of the ice---and the winds are 15 to 25 mph---we have been blessed with our power not going off the last two days but today may be a different story with the winds ripping through here. 

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Spring Fever

aand then the clouds and wind came.

Friday, January 30, 2015

One More Day

     and we will be closing the chapter titled January 2015.  We have had all kinds of weather---from bone-chilling, wet cold to sunny, warmer than normal(?) days.  The woodstove is always warm and welcoming, whatever the weather, when one is in January. 
     We have all recovered from the crud that we dealt with for what seemed like an inordinately long time.  We were so happy to usher it back out the door...
     My beloved has been struggling since last October with doctors; seems once that particular ball gets to rolling, it's like a never-ending ball of yarn that was dropped.  You hardly have one appt out of the way, only to glance at the calendar and see that there is another one looming.  The doctors are having a hard time reaching a conclusive diagnosis on him, but whatever it is that is attacking his body, it didn't just start last October.  Diseases such as polymyalgia rheumatica, Giant Cell Arteritis, and even more scary, the rare disorder called Wegener's Disease, are being discussed.  They readily admit that they don't know what causes these diseases, and there is no real cure for them either.  They are treating him with a large dose of prednisone right now, while discussing some drugs that are used for cancer patients.  It is just one day at a time, which is all that any of us has anyway, right?
     The birds have been and are such delightful January entertainment.  They definitely brighten up my days.  They beckon me out and away from the woodstove.  :)  I'm trying to get in the habit of taking a walk most days, and spending time outside in the midst of nature.  My resolve weakens, though, when weather-talk is of the 'teens' and 'wind chills' and I see the tall grass seedheads waving in the wind.  My sister tells me to put layers of clothes on top of layers of clothes, lol, and that I must go shopping for a balaclava to keep my face warm.  And speaking of weather, we have had sleet this morning, and now the clouds are racing across Bluebird-blue skies.  I'm headed outside.  :)