Sunday, August 17, 2008

Changing Seasons

There's a hint of Autumn in the breeze flowing off of our small mountain range behind the house. And as I have my daily reading from Hal Borland's Sundial of the Seasons with my morning coffee, there is a tinge of excitement for the delightful Fall days ahead, even as there are feelings of sadness... nostalgia... a sense of how quickly time is passing... run quick, seize that moment, that feeling of childish delight, bask in the sunshine and run barefoot in the grass... because how quickly it all can change---the Seasons, right along with your feelings---and your life---from one minute to the next. Doc McConnell, my dear 'Social Director' Hannah Rose's dad, slipped away to another place where there are always gentle breezes and just the right amount of sunshine on his shoulders, where the hours that he can spend doing his storytelling are as long, and the audience as varied, as he could ever want. He was a giant within his own right, and will be so sadly missed by soooo many people...and he has left Hannah and Maggie and Guerry (his wife) to continue on with his storytelling legacy. And in the blink of an eye, one heartbeat to the next, the slightest of breathes...Seasons change...life changes. So dance as if no one is watching...and dear dear Hannah, always remember "always blessings...never losses". "Step right up and hear the famous Doc and see his medicine show..."

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Working for a Living

well, maybe not for a living, but for the first time in about 6 years, I spent the better part of last week in an office. Man, am I out of the habit or what!! Just filled in so they could go on a vacation, and all I had to do was show up, answer the phones, tell everyone who called or popped in to call/come back next week, and get caught up on my blog-reading. ;) Totally exhausted me! :D Seriously tho, it was good for me to brush up my rusty telephone skills and just having to roll out of the bed and be somewhere at a certain time. On Friday, my DH sent me flowers! Wasn't that the sweetest thing! I do love getting flowers and it's been a long time. I told him I may just have to go back to work in order to receive flowers more often. ;) The weather has been beautiful the last couple of days!! In the mid and upper 80s, low humidity...just gorgeous...with just a hint, in the mornings, of Fall which is just around the corner. On Friday, I did so wish I had taken my camera with me to work. The sky was breathtaking! The clouds were flung in artistic style against the most vivid blue sky. It was really one of those rare 'blue and green' days. Soooo vivid and beautiful! I have really let the weeds take over my flowerbeds while we were in the midst of those high-humidity-90-deg.-heat days. If this coolness holds, and we were to get a shower or two (which are NOT in the forecast), I really have to move my carcass out there and do some weeding. I know there are some blooms out there SOMEWHERE---I just can't see them for the forest, ummm, weeds! :) I have been knitting. Have made some washcloths, have two shawls in the works, and another shawl that I want to start. I also started a shoulder bag in wool for felting yesterday. I really was a slug yesterday...so many chores waiting for me, and I had absolutely no energy to deal with any of them. Maybe today, right? :) Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments about Barbara. The world is a different place now for us Graham girls. For 52 years there were the '6 Graham girls'---now there are only 5 of us on this plane. I can't begrudge Barbara leaving us first, tho....she had a rough life, and I do so hope that she is happy, and free, and one of those butterflies flitting, floating, from flower to flower. We love you, Barbara, our dear 'seester'!

Friday, August 01, 2008

My sister, Barbara, died at Noon today. I will be away for a few days. Thank you so much for your kind words and friendship. It means more to me than you will ever know.