"Don't wish me happiness I don't expect to be happy all the time....It's gotten beyond that somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor. I will need them all." Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Sunday, 28 April 2013

4 things you can do with a box and a baby (from baby's point of view)

1. Mommy can put it over her head and play peek-a-boo with me. 2. Mommy can put my toys in it and I can take them out. 3. Mommy can put me in the box and slide me around on the kitchen floor. 4. I can chew on the box. That was months ago. Now the list looks like this: 1. I can get in and out of the box by myself. 2. I can put my toys in the box. 3. I can pull the box around with my toys in it. 4. I can chew on the box but I'd rather not. I've already done that.
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Friday, 26 April 2013

Order among chaos

When I look at this pebbled beach the ocean has moved the larger pebbles higher. It reminds me there is a order where there seems like none. One march day I watched through my binos the surf scoters (a large black and white sea duck migrating north) I timed them on my wristwatch; forty second dive, followed by twenty seconds up. These seven ducks repeated this rhythm for at least the half an hour I watched them. As I contemplate the subtle patterns that have emerged from beach pebbles and feeding ducks a line from Christina Rossetti comes to mind, "Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you: but when the leaves hang trembling, the wind is passing through."
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Monday, 22 April 2013


There are many reasons to knit and hand knit socks is one of them. I'm fine tuning my pattern...although it could have helped if I would have found my latest revisions before I was done. Sigh. O well guess its another reason to make another pair. I got a couple of other ideas I would like to try....
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Friday, 19 April 2013

Its hard to wait

Everything is fine at the killdeer camp. When the sun is out it keeps the eggs warm but the pair is always around the beach watching. For whatever reason they stick it out. They do not give up on their eggs which are on their own schedule and cannot be hurried. Waiting isn't something most of us do very well. In our world we want everything now. We expect instant results and instant action. We want people to understand now. We want people to change now. We want answers from God now. But if a bird can have that much patience then why can't we?
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Monday, 15 April 2013

11 degrees sunny day with east wind

I just finished reading The Mommy Book by Karen Hull. I found my copy in a thrift store. It was published in 1986 and it's a nondenominational christian book with advice from 40 plus mothers and fathers. The book focuses on infancy to age three. One thing not mentioned is the value of singing to your baby. I started singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (all 5 verses) when I was six months pregnant. Very quickly after birth I learned more lullabies, children's songs, and anything else I could think of. The singing comforted her and it probably has helped me at times to. This spring on our way back to the island I was driving a heavily loaded truck. I had been driving for about ten hours and we were on a busy freeway in fast moving traffic when suddenly a windstorm hit us. It was all I could do to keep the truck on the road. Babygirl started wailing. I started to sing Jesus Loves Me in a loud and strong voice above the roar of the storm. She got very silent and when I could I glanced worriedly over at her. She had fallen asleep. Not everything in the book I could agree with but there was enough in there that I found myself marking pages that I wanted to remember and refer back to.
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Monday, 8 April 2013

Killdeer nest

With the necessities done we were on our way, with the wind as our companion. Stopped to find the kill deer's nest ~take pictures and show them to Babygirl. If there is a season closest to heaven it is spring.
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Friday, 5 April 2013

Building a birds nest

I made this living wreath out of wire, moss, viola's, sahal sticks (a beautiful red) and grass with a piece of dead bracken fern. The free nest is currently available for occupancy.
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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Periwinkle blossoms...... there was some hanky panky going on with the killdeer... its neat to know there will be a speckled egg somewhere on this pebble beach tomorrow. I hope she has an umbrella, there is lots of rain in the forecast.
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Monday, 1 April 2013

The air is filled with birds and spring. I am outside all day. My hair smells like wind and warm sunshine. I ask if daffodils were any other color would they have the same effect? I watch my daughter picking up cones and dropping them into her blue bucket and I wonder what she is thinking and and does she feel it to?
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