Aging Beauty

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I have seen this old house many times.

Viewed during the day, it struck me as odd but whimsical.

It’s like the naughty younger sister among the stately, pristine white homes on the street.

Three pastel colors with a burgundy and gold leaf trim.

Seeing it in the early morning light transformed it into an image of beauty and grace.

Like homes, women often prefer the softer lights of dawn or dusk.

 

She Walks in Beauty

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

excerpt from “She Walks in Beauty” by George Gordon Byron, 1788 – 1824

 

Photo taken on my Samsung 6 in the wee hours of morning.

I love the quiet and softness of early morning.

Thin Slices of Time

We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

 

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We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.  

 

Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. posted on the wall in the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, Florence, Alabama.  This is a beautiful library.

I like that this quote from Dr. King is very succinct.  It packs a powerful message.

How will I use my time?  How will I be creative?  Will I do the right thing?

I am trying to be more mindful in my life and more attentive to the “thin slices of joy” all around me.

My life is a work in progress.

 

Photo from http://www.pexels.com

Surefire Babysitting Tip #1

After babysitting for three weeks straight I consider myself an expert on babysitting.

So, I wanted to share my number one tip for babysitting.

I find that this tip works like a charm with a rambunctious seven-month old baby.

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Blogging as Therapy

I have kept a diary since I was a little girl.

One of my crushing moments was when my older brother found it and read it aloud to his friends. We were all kids. I was furious then.

Now I smile at the memory. How I wish I still had those diaries with their locks and keys and childhood scribbling!

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Comfort in the Familiar

The old stories comfort me.

The comfort  is the same as when I was a child.

Revisiting old familiar stories allow me to breathe and feel safe for awhile.

But in a different way. Continue reading “Comfort in the Familiar”

Going Where You Have to Go…

“You learn by going where you have to go.” *

I often think that the most important thing we can do is to show up.

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Happy Easter

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My Granddaughter Mabel

Today I learned to make Gifs.  Here is an example.  So easy and so fun with Google.

Mabel is my favorite model.  Gifs are appropriate for her since she is rarely still.

Happy Easter!

Apropos of Nothing

Here is my gift to you today.

I hope you will take the time to watch the video.

It’s wonderful.

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No Time to Smell the Roses!

I live a pretty sweet life in Portland.
I keep busy but there is still plenty of time to linger over a meal.
To stop and smell the roses.
To practice yoga and meditation.
A nice gig!

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Breakfast in Portland.

 

Grandmother Duty

Babysitting my baby granddaughter for a few weeks in Alabama, my Portland life seems far away.   Did I ever enjoy leisurely meals?
Like a fireman I jump out of bed each morning and get dressed.
Off to the kitchen to prepare my breakfast, lunch and a few snacks before her parents leave for the day. I eat on the go with this precious little girl.

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Breakfast in Alabama

Toast with almond butter, a smoothie, a hard boiled egg, some fruit and raw vegetables…I am set for the day. And of course coffee…lots of coffee!

Of course, everything has to be set way back on the counter to prevent Hank, the gigantic standard poodle, from noshing on my food!

Hold me!

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Just the cutest baby ever!

Mabel has trained me to hold her most of the day.

Otherwise, she cries pitifully. She’s clever, that one!

I walk with her on my hip, try to read, let the dogs out and go about the day with this adorable, wiggly, chubby baby latched to my side.

“Peace at any price” is my motto and holding her is a small price to pay for serenity.

We are coming to terms with each other. I can prop her on the couch for short periods while I sip my coffee. Great progress!

Will work for snuggles.

Her newest thing is to wrap her fat little arms around my neck and put her head on my shoulder.

My heart melts. My aching back feels better. I love being with this little angel.

Mabel will be seven months old this week.

During the first seven months of her life I have traveled three times to Alabama to enjoy her and care for her.

It’s hard to believe how fast she is growing up.

Happy Birthday Mabel!

 

 

Computer Scam!

This is serious. Please read.

A few moments after opening my laptop today a “Microsoft” web page popped up.

It came with a dialogue box that stopped me in my tracks.

My computer had been hacked.

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