Showing posts with label friends. Show all posts
Showing posts with label friends. Show all posts

Friday, November 18, 2011

Haiku My heart

The Season's arrived
Gathering family and friends
Gratitude abounds!

There's turkey and rolls
Sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie
Best by far the hugs!!!


We'll be traveling to Charlotte, NC next week to share the love, joy and presence of the Creator and give thanks for all the treasures that abound in our lives with kids and grandkids.  Take time to reflect on the treasures you have been granted.  Mine are to-many-to-count!!!

I want to dedicate this post to Spadoman Joe.  He is a delight.  I treasure his visits each Friday.  Praying that the Spirit of healing will descend upon him and offer peace, tranquility and love knowing that family and friends have a treasure in him.
Thanks be to God!!!


Visit also Rebecca at recuerda mi corazon for Haiku My Heart.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Joy in Tea Talk

I'm having...English Breakfast tea

My a delicate beauty I found at Mother Teresa's Treasures, our church's thrift store.

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I'm feeling... Excited in anticipation of the next week...should be more excited about the here-and-now but starting Saturday celebrations begin.  Saturday is the Fall play at Memorial High School and my granddaughter is student director.  Then on Wednesday we begin our Thanksgiving journey to Charlotte where we with celebrate with David, Kelly, Maddie and the boys as well as Jimmy, Kelly, and Xavier who will come from Atlanta.  (Yes, there will be two Kellys.)

On my mind...completing my Bible study lesson.  Can you tell I'm having a difficult time staying focused?
Please join Ruth at Tea Talk today.


Today I also join Meri for Share the Joy Thursday.   For I believe we need to find it in my life every day no matter the realities in which we live.  God is Good in so many ways even in times of trial.

She's still blooming.

Thanks be to God!!!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Picture Puzzle Day

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again~~Elizabeth Lawrence~~

Brought this out of the closet, dusted it off and thought we'd play today.  I remember as a child, when it was too hot or too cold to play outside we would gather at a friends house and work on a jigsaw puzzle.  Ours was always in the basement on a card table and when it was finished there was always another to begin.  We'd also exchange and share puzzles.  So today sit down at my card table and lets just relax and  PLAY!

Click to Mix and Solve
Garden Of The Gods
Colorado Springs, CO, 2005

Thanks be to God!!


If you'd like to invite us to visit you and enjoy your puzzle please post you invitation here.  To create you puzzle go to JigZone and they will help you.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

The Joy in Tea Talk

Tea is a cup of life.  ~Author Unknown

I'm having...Celestial Seasons Iced Peach Tea

My a glass full of ice.

I'm feeling...ready for an Autumn breeze.

On my starting back to school next week.  It is so HOT here and they still have football practice and marching band practice.  I'm glad i didn't have to go back to school until after Labor Day.  Those "good old days."

The sunshine today is in the form of my potted marigolds! 

Please join Ruth at Tea Talk today.


Today I also join Meri for Share the Joy Thursday.   For I believe I need to find in my life every day no matter the realities in which we live.  God is Good in so many ways even in times of trial so today this is my joy!


Thanks be to God!!!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

~~Multitasking Thursday~~

Today it seems I must multitask. Not necessarily an easy thing to do for me. But I will give it a try. For you see I have friends who have delightful ways to share who I am. Lisa at Are We There Yet, Ruth at Tea Talk and Tamara at Branch of Wisdom all have given me that opportunity today So let me begin.

There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea. 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims

I'm having...Peppermint tea this morning.  It's really refreshing to awaken to it aroma and taste after stepping into the chill of the house.

My teacup is...My special cup painted by a dear friend who has since gone home to be with the Father.  Every time I use it or look at it I'm reminded of her and what a lovely lady she was.

I'm feeling...oh, so grateful.  The colonoscopy I had yesterday was normal, no polyp this time.  I have to have another in 5 years though because I have a family history of colon polyps.

On my mind...Thanksgiving and the arrival of family for the celebration. 

The Husband Edition

1.  Ron is the most thoughtful of men.  One of the most vivid memories for me, one of many, was when I had to be off my feet for 6 weeks because of a foot injury.  About midway into this recuperative period I remember him going off to work, soon after he had got the kids all ready and to school.  I thought it strange he didn't kiss me or say good-bye.  He just left.  I supposed he was so busy he just forgot.  About 30 minutes after he left he returned.  He said, "Come on we're going to Brown County.  You need to get out of the house."  So with my foot propped on pillows in the back seat he took me to Nashville IN.  We had a wonderful day and all because he knew I had to get out of the house.

2.  Ron is soooo smart.  He can do complicated math calculations in his head.  The irony in all this is he hates computers.  He rather do calculations on his slide rule that use the "thing."  See why he would rather be gold panning that sitting behind a desk?

3.  He is a wonderful father.  I know this because we have 5 beautiful children who will still call Dad just to talk or ask advise.  He's the role model they all look to when they have a problem or want support.  And he's always there for them.

Branch Of Wisdom

And so there you have it! I have oh so much for which to be grateful.

Please visit all!!!   And then you can say...

Thanks be to God

Thursday, September 30, 2010

~~Tea Talk~~

tea leaves
tea loves
loves tea
lives tea
leaves tea?

~Uniek Swain


I'm having...This morning I'm having Irish Breakfast tea.

My teacup is...Boldly colored.  It's eye opening this very early morning.  No picture because cameral is on tripod for celestial photography by Ron.

I'm feeling...refreshed. Yesterday was a day when, although things are not totally completed, I made progress on projects.

On my mind...memories of a summer now passed and gratitude for the pictures to cherish when the winter winds are blowing.

Early Morning
Carter Lake


Thanks be to God!

Now won't you join me and visit Ruth at Celebrate Friendship is hosting Tea Talk at her house?  Share a cup of tea or a cool refreshing drink with us.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

--Tea Talk~~

A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how
strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Eleanor Roosevelt

My teacup is...really a glass of iced tea. I know it's early in the morning but it's already sticky with the humidity outside. Iced tea seems appropriate.

I'm feeling...renewed. I had a good night's sleep and I accomplished far more yesterday than I had hoped! It makes a body feel good!

On my mind...remembering the wonderful time we had over the 4th of July with the kids and grand kids. There was great food, slip and slide, laughter and great conversation.

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Duchess staying out of the heat.

Thanks be to God!!!

Now won't you join me and visit Ruth at Celebrate Friendship is hosting Tea Talk at her house? Share a cup of tea or a cool refreshing drink with us.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

~~Tea Talk~~

Tea was such a comfort.
Edna St. Vincent Millay

I'm having...Apricot tea steeped for just 2 minutes. Just right

My teacup is...I bought this set on a "Girls Day Out" three years ago. We had such a grand day together. One should always have at least one memory of shopping with the girls in the family...daughters, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters.


I'm feeling...excited. There is a grand weekend planned here with Providence Associates and the Sisters of Providence. We gather for prayer, conversation and spiritual growth.

On my mind...Getting pictures downloaded and burned to CD so Ron's web page and be opened.

Thanks be to God!!!

Now won't you join me and visit Ruth at Celebrate Friendship is hosting Tea Talk at her house? Share a cup of tea with us.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

~~Tea Talk~~

Tea and books-Mmmmm, two of life's exquisite
pleasures that together bring near bliss.
Christine Hanrahan


I'm having...Black Cherry Berry tea by Celestial Seasonings. MMMMM (again)!!

My teacup is...another of my teapot/tea cup sets. This was a Mother's Day gift from Wes, Annie and the Girls.

I'm feeling
...rejuvenated. Yesterday, I completed most tasks I set out to do.

On my mind...The Hagemeier Family as they bury their husband, father and grandfather today. He was a grand man, farmer and cattleman. In his 90 years he touched the lives of many people. May God greet Henry and embrace him as he enters the home of his Father.

Thanks be to God!!!

Now won't you join me and visit Ruth at Celebrate Friendship is hosting Tea Talk at her house? Share a cup of tea with us.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Tea Talk

Tea is a cup of life.
~Author Unknown

I'm having
...Earl Gray tea this morning.

My teacup "Tea is the cup of life" cup

I'm feeling...the excitement of going to the annual Right to Life Banquet here. There are nearly 2000 people who participate each year.

On my mind...anticipation of the arrival of the Kids and Grand Kids from INDY this weekend. It's the Spring Musical at Memorial High School and we're all going to see Kellie and Neil perform in ANNIE!

Thanks be to God!!!

Now won't you join me and visit Ruth at Celebrate Friendship is hosting Tea Talk at her house? Share a cup of tea with us.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Gorgeous Blogger Award

Yesterday Therese of Aussie Coffee Shop gave me this award. Isn't cute? So to here I say, "Thank you very much!" And now I will continue.

Here are the rules:

By accepting this award I am required to tell you six things about myself that you don't know and then award it to six other gorgeous bloggers.

1) I have 5 children (I know you know that) born in 4 states, Colorado, California, Oklahoma ("where the wind comes sweeping down the plain) and Indiana.

2) I received my degree in Gerontology at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College at the age of 48.

3) I need to tune my harp and practice...It's getting close to the Christmas Season and even though I am NOT very good at playing, I really should try.

4) I am hoping to go on retreat to St. Meinrad early next year. It is so invigorating.

5) I wish I had a professional camera...probably not a good idea though. I'd probably not understand how to use all the gadgets!

6) Wish I could dance...but the klutz that I am enables me to stumble, fumble and generally look as "graceless" as you can imagine.

Now 6 bloggers to pass this award onto:

In Him I Live and Move and Have My Being


On My Own

The Dutchess

Made for Joy

Mrs. Pogle's World

And three for good measure

Blessings Each Day

Are We There Yet

A Journey Through His Garden

Wishing all a grand day! Will be off to INDY for Halloween with the Grand Kids and a Happy All Hallow's Eve to you. Can hardly wait! [Will be staying home...I have a cold! DRAT! That's why I'm soooo blue!]

Thanks be to God!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Extreme Humility

Last night I was brought to humility again. Yes, my pride got in the way and I tripped over it.

I was a meeting of the team for Christ Renews His Parish. The meeting was nearly over. We had gone over the menu, discussed timing and for some unknown reason (Known only to God) I reread the letter I had posted on Sunday to those who would be participating. I had patted myself on the back for doing it so well, and I was so pleased with myself that I just had to boast about it earlier. Well, imagine my chagrin when I read the dates and they were incorrect!!!!!

Everyone was so kind, understanding, really compassionate. I was sooooo HUMILIATED!!!! Yes, a lesson to be learned again!!! I have been grounded. And God is good. It isn't something that cannot be fixed. The new letters are ready and will be posted this morning on my way to work!!!!!

To all on the committee I wish to say!!!! Thank you for your love and understanding!!! Even today's quote was meant for me. God is GOOD!

Thanks be to God!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Nevada Holiday

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There is a wonderful Chinese Proverb that I read today the really touches the essence of our time with Tom and Kathleen.

One generation planted the trees,
and another gets the shade.

So it is that Ron and I will be indebted to friends and family for the opportunity to "sit in the shade!"

Thanks be to God

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Simple Women's Daybook

I haven't' done this in such a long time I think perhaps I might give it another try. I had such a wonderful weekend that I just wanted to share it with you all. After you visit here please visit Peggy at The Simple Woman and journey along the path of life we all share.

~~Outside my's dark, for it is only 5:00 a.m.

~~I am thinking..."Glory be to God, it's a grand morning!"

~~I am thankful for...Family near and far!

~~From the kitchen...I can hear the kettle boiling for my tea.

~~I am wearing...My robe and nightgown

~~I am creating...The Book of Wit 'n' Wisdom for Jimmy and Kelly's Wedding

~~I am Carson City, NV this weekend to visit brother, Tom, and wife, Kathleen.

~~I am reading...Zapped by Carol Higgins Clark

~~I am hoping...the weather continues to be so glorious.

~~I am hearing...the humidifier running. The humidity is still 75%.

~~Around the house...Ron is putting up the molding on the stairway finished last Fall.

~~One of my favorite to do counted x-stitch. I have a project I trying to finish now.

~~A few plans for the rest of the week: 1) Send out the letters to participants in Christ Renews His Parish on 9/12/2009; 2) have laundry finished by Wednesday so I can pack for the trip; 3) attend group, share and pray with dear sisters in Christ.

~~Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Glorious Color
A Friend's Garden

Thanks be to God!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Valid Question

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Sue from In Him We Live And Have Our Being asked a valid question in my comments for the previous past. "[H]ow would you differentiate between blogging and journaling? I'd have a hard time doing so; it seems that, at minimum, it would be easy to "blur the lines" between the 2."

And so I pondered this question. I agree there is a fine line. And perhaps my best answer comes this way. The blog, A Bit of the Blarney, is my home for public discussion and friendly banter with time for serious communication.

The journal, Provident God, is my way of separating the frivolity from a serious time of reflection. And because sitting with paper and pencil in hand does not work for me. I have chosen to exchange paper/pencil for keyboard/monitor.

And so you see the key word here is "separate." Blog/Journal is my way of keeping separate two different worlds for me, the public and private. The Journal is private in as much as I choose not to add comments to the post and those who wish to comment on a particular reflection may do so by email. The Blog, my public domain, is where I have not placed any restrictions on my offerings.

It seems it's simply a matter of semantics. I have chosen to call these two worlds by different names in order not to confuse me. In one I can focus on the inner me. In the other I can be frivolous, witty (?), and/or serious. Friends may stop to add to the "blarney" and share it with all.

So, Sue, I say, "Thank you," for asking me the difference. And what I have come to see is that my journal is an extension of my blog.

Have a grand day one and all.


Thanks be to God!!!!!

Picture by ihhwild

Saturday, March 14, 2009

the lesson

the lesson
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Five (5) lessons to make you think about the way we treat people.

1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor
gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student
and had breezed through the questions until I read
the last one:

'What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?'

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the
cleaning woman several times. She was tall,
dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leavin g the last question
blank.... Jus t before class ended, one student asked if
the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

'Absolutely,' said the professor. 'In your careers,
you will meet many people. All are significant. They
deserve your attention and care, even if all you do
is smile and say 'hello.'

I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her
name was Dorothy.

2. - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m. , an elderly African-American
woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway
trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had
broken down and she desperately needed a ride.
Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.
A young white man stopped to help her, generally
unheard of in those conflict-filled 60s. The man
took her to safety, helped her get assistance and
put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his
address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a
knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a
giant console color TV was delivered to his home.
A special note was attached..

It read:
'Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway
the other night. The rain drenched not only my
clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along.
Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying
husband's bedside just before he passed away... God
bless you for help ing me and unselfishly serving

Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,
a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and
sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

'How much is an ice cream sundae?' he asked.

'Fifty cents,' replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled is hand out of his pocket and
studied the coins in it.

'Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?' he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the
waitress was growing im patient.

'Thirty-five cents,' she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins.

'I'll have the plain ice cream,' he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on
the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice
cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress
came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the
table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,
were two nickels and five pennies..

You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had
to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a
roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if
anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the
king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by
and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the
King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did
anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of
vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the
peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the
stone to the side of the road. After much pushing
and straining, he finally succeeded. After the
peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed
a purse lying in the road where the boulder had
been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note
from the King indicating that the gold was for the
person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The
peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts...

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a
hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who
was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only
chance of recovery appeared to be a blood
transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had
miraculously survived the same disease and had
developed the antibodies needed to combat the
illness. The doctor expl ained the situation to her
little brother, and asked the little boy if he would
be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a
deep breath and saying, 'Yes I'll do it if it will
save her.' As the transfusion progressed, he lay in
bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did,
seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his
face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a
trembling voice, 'Will I start to die right away'.

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the
doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his
sister all of his blood in order to save her.


This is one of those emails you get from friends that you just have to send along. You needn't forward it if you don't want to. If you wish just link it if you so desire. I do believe the more who read this the more people will find a reason to see the value in one anther! Don't you?


And for Sylvia who sent this to me I say,
"Thank you and thanks be to God!"

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Lemonade in January!!

I've been blessed by having this award bestowed on my by Lisa at Are We There Yet. I have been late in posting this but receiving it makes me pleased to know others think I can "make lemonade from lemons" and not just walk around with "sour" disposition. Life is way too short to allow the "sour" lemons to win! Soooo, get out the pitcher, squeeze those lemons and put in sugar (or Splenda if you must) to taste and the SMILE!!!!! Thank you Lisa!

I now offer this award to:

Christ's Rose

Spreading Joy

Unexpected Journey

Catholic Mom in Minnesota

~UKOK's Place~

Crocus in the Valley


Thanks be to God
Tracy and RoyaltyLady do not despair. I'm thinking about those "6" things.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Simon is ailing again...

Friday, "Simon" went on the Fritz again. Have had the chance to use the computer at work...Miss sharing with all of you, but has offered me a chance to reflect and accomplish some tasks I have postponed. If I don't get him home before Christmas, please know I am thinking about all of you and your families and wishing you all the Blessing that Christ our Savior can offer!

Thanks be to God!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

It's Great To Be Back...

photo by OldTasty

but tomorrow we are gone for the weekend again. Off to INDY to visit and go to the Children's Museum at Christmas! It always a grand place to go. I have to tell you that the glass ceiling as above is just as beautiful as the picture. I am really looking forward to seeing all the Christmas docorations!!! Will be back in the groove soon and will share the trip with you!

I'm so glad Simon is home because now I can travel the world and visit. Missed you all! Will chat soon! I have some catching up to do!!

Thanks be to God!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Health Update...

Simon is on the mend. He should be up and running soon. Has not had a lot of exercies of late but so glat he had a good "doctor." Will be seeing you all soon!

Thanks for all the support!
And thanks be to God!!!!!