Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Quarton Lake..... The Old Mill Pond........








Last week Charli and I went to Quarton lake. It used to be known as the Old Mill Pond in the eighteen hundreds. (I prefer to use that name to this day) It is a very unusual place in that it is so obscure. It is tucked away in the town adjacent to ours. I found it quite by accident about thirty five years ago and have been going there ever since.
The town of Birmingham is situated in a somewhat wooded area next to ours. We don't have a town per say, just a city hall, library, and newly built community center so I have always seemed to find myself gravitating there. I just love the quaintness of being in a town, with all of the activities and opportunities it provides. I would love to live in the middle of a town some day, where you are within walking distance of almost every where you want to go, and you get to know, appreciate, enjoy spending time with your neighbors.
Birmingham used to be a small town with a park centered right in the middle of the town square. There were little shops and restaurants strategically scattered here and there around the outer perimeter of the park. In recent years, the town has gone the way of big cities, growing by leaps and bounds, with high rises popping up all over. However, the park and the shops are all still there, and for some reason, the town has managed to retain it's uniqueness and charm. I love to shop, attend concerts in the park, and have coffee in several of the little shops there in the town, and sometimes I go to tea at the Townsend Hotel.
I love architecture and actually that is how I found the pond. Birmingham is one of those places where no two houses are the same. I was driving through the town one day looking at all the beautiful homes, when I drove over a wooden bridge, and happened upon the pond. It was so strikingly beautiful! Even though it was mid summer it was very secluded and obscure. I saw two lovers, on a blanket, sharing a picnic on the bank where there is a hill that slopes down to the lake, a gentleman fishing off of the dock that goes out some distance into the lake, and a women sitting on one of the benches planted along the old pebble walk way. I will never forget that very first day I saw the pond. There was no swimming, and very little places in which to park, but I pulled over, and was so taken by the place, that I went back time and time again. I went there when I needed a place to think, when I was upset and needed a reprive from my busy hectic life, or when I just wanted to relax and enjoy the day. I would sometimes sit in my car and do my homework there when I was in college, and I would go there in the morning with a cup of coffee and watch the steam and fog lift off the lake. I would also go there when I needed to be closer to God. It's a terrific place to sit and pray.
I started thinking about the pond because of the Tea Blog-a thon. I was thinking about Victorian clothing, and that of course, led to thinking about horse drawn carriages.They used to have horse and buggy rides in the town. My hubby and I would treat ourselves to them occasionally. These rides would take us over the wooden bridge and right down to the pond. It was amazing and so romantic! We would cover up with the blanket that was provided and listen to the horse as he went clump-clump-clump over the bridge and up and down the tar covered streets. We always went just before dusk as the lamp lights were coming on all over the town.
Charli and I both enjoy the pond but for very different reasons. Charli loves the pond for the smells, excitement, and adventure it holds. I love the pond for the peace and serenity. When we were ready to leave last week, I looked down at my little dog, and said, "Charli we have to go home now but we'll come back soon." Charli looks up at me with those big soft questioning eyes of hers, as if to say, "When?"






Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The garden.......











All photos courtesy of www.home-and-garden.webshots.com/
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in the garden,
Than any where else on earth.
Dorthy Frances Gurney, "Garden Thoughts"

Monday, April 28, 2008

Tea, the beverage..... The white, green, black, and herb of tea........


Tea, the beverage.........
The white, green, black, and herb of tea..........



To answer this post the first thing I did was take out my plastic container where I arrange all of my teas for easy access. The plastic container is the one I have now, and have had for many years, but I have always wanted an authentic wooden tea chest. I have found one at http://www.englishteastore.com/ I have enclosed a picture. Isn't it just beautiful! I would love to have it! Maybe I'll treat myself to one some time in the future.............

I love all kinds of tea and I am constantly looking for new ones to try. Today I read a post at www.coffeeteabooksandme.blogspot.com/ where peppermint tea was mentioned. It sounded so good that I decided to purchase some. Peppermint tea is what I will be having this evening. In my little plastic tea container you will find Chocolate Hazelnut, Earl Grey, Peppermint Herbal, Pomegranate Pizzazz Herb, Cinnamon and apple Herbal, Orange Spice Black, Chia, Chamomile with Lemon, and good old Lipton which has always remained a long time favorite of mine.
When I send out get well, or birthday cards, I now enclose a packet of tea. I usually go to http://www.bakingabusiness.com/ and run off one of their little tea packet holders with the sweet little verses on them. Then I put it all together, with a tea bag, and staple it to the inside of my card. Now I ask you.... Who wouldn't want to receive one of those? I originally got the idea from one of the bloggers who participate in the Tea Blog-a-thon, but my apologies, because I can't remember which blog it was.

I prepare my tea in many different ways depending on the occasion. If it is just me, I usually drink it with a little milk, but if I have company I may serve it with lemon, cinnamon sticks, chocolate tea and coffee spoons, or sugar. I always use either brown sugar or little sugar cubes. I have no particular reason for doing it this way other than I think it is more festive. At Christmas I may have a royal tea, where I serve an orange, or chocolate liqueur in antique cordial glasses my mother gave me. I think if you in large the picture below you will be able to better see one on my tea tray. Speaking of the tray...... That is my every day tray I use for tea. It is old, worn, and battered but I love it just the same. I also have a coffee press that I sometimes make my tea in. I use a mulled spice infuser that I purchased at Williams -Sonoma http://www.williamssonoma.com/ I fill it with oranges, or apples, and mulled spices. I let it seep in my coffee press and then strain it out.
I have shared my best memories of serving or sipping tea in previous posts, that have included my grandmother, my Aunt Helen, and my nieces. I also love to serve and sip tea with my sister Marie, as well as, all of my family and friends.
Tea, of course, is an antitoxin so it has numerous health benefits. How can something that tastes so delicious, and is so relaxing, be so good for you too? Isn't it great! There is nothing quite like a warm delicious cup of tea, a sweet bowl of fruit with a little cool whip on top, or some other tasty little crumpet to make one feel like queen for the day..........






Gracious Hospitality-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon




Tea, the beverage...............
April27-May3..........
The white, green, black, and herb of tea..........
This week at Gracious Hospitality we have been asked to tell about our favorite tea. How do we prepare and serve it? Do we use sugar, milk, or drink it plain? What are some of our best memories of serving or sipping tea? We are asked to share a picture if we can. Tell about any health benefits of the teas we prefer. Where do we purchase our tea? Who or where from? For more information on this weeks post please go to www.gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Lilacs.........















All photos courtesy of
In the dooryard fronting an old farm-house near the white-wash'd palings,
Stands the Lilac-bush tall-growing with heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
With many appointed blossom rising delicate,
With the perfume I love,
With every leaf a miracle-
And from this bush in the dooryard,
With delicate-color'd blossoms and heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
A sprig with it's flower I break..............
Walt Whitman
Leaves of Grass 1865

Saturday, April 26, 2008

What a beautiful day.......


What a beautiful day!..............
We are out in the garden but we will be back soon........
Charli and I hope you are having a wonderful day..............

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Booking Through Thursday.......


This week our host at, Booking Through Thursday, www.btt2.wordpress.com/, asks the following questions...........
"Do your reading habits change in the spring? Do you read gardening books? Even if you don't have a garden? More light fiction than during the winter? Less? Travel books? Light paper backs you can put in a knapsack? or do you pretty much read the same kinds of things in the spring as you read the rest of the year?"
My reading habits do change some what in the spring. I do not read gardening books per say, but I do find myself reading more magazines related to gardening, summer party planning, grill recipes, and travel. I like to read books on a variety of different subjects, that doesn't change, but my favorites are always based on history in some way. I do seem to read less in the spring, maybe one book a month, instead of my usual two, or sometimes even three.

Dogs on Thursday........




Our little schnauzer is quite camera shy. It is very difficult to get her to pose for a picture. As a matter of fact, it is difficult to get Charli to do much of anything she doesn't like to do. My hubby and I think her personality is more like a cat than a dog. She loves to crawl around on the back of the sofa and when she was little it was not unusual to walk into the living room and find her sun bathing on the end table..........
After our son Kurt left Charli with us, she latched herself onto me, and would have no part of anyone else. Our neighbor said she would howl and cry the entire time I was at work. When I came home at night she would actually shake, sob, and hiccup just like a baby who has been crying for a long time. It was very heartbreaking to see.
It took my hubby a good five months to win her over. However, she is definitely daddies little girl now. In the beginning though she was just petrified of him. He used to come home from work to spend his lunch hour with her, but she would huddle in the back of her cage, and refuse to come out. He would have to literally drag her out of the back of the cage to take her out. He had to keep her on a leach, even in our yard, because she would never come back to him when he called. If he tried to pet her she would struggle and fight.
After a couple of months my husband felt she was ready to come off of the leach. He took her outside and she ran straight under a huge Lanatana bush that's in the corner of our back yard. He did everything he could to get her to come out but nothing worked. I finally had to call Anne from work. She brought our grandson's over to help. Charli refused to come out from under the bush until my had hubby left the yard. Then she finally walked over to where Michael and Ryan were sitting on the grass and Michael was able to scoop her up in his arms.
After a couple of months my hubby could at least get Charli to come and sit by him if he was laying on the floor. She still wouldn't let him touch her but we felt it was a start. We think part of the problem may have been that she was intimidated by his size. He;s 6'3'' tall.
One day Charli got through the slats in our fence and out of the yard. She proceeded to run up and down our street in a frenzy. Cars stopped. People got out. Everyone was trying to help my husband catch her. Apparently all of the neighbors were out trying to help catch her too. My neighbor Cindy told me later, that my husband kept saying, "My wife is going to kill me if anything happens to that dog." After some time had went by, my hubby layed down in the grass, arms out stretched, and said, "If I'm real quiet she might come over to me." Sure enough Charli went right over to my husband and sat down beside him." My neighbors still talk and laugh about it to this day. They say it was it was one of the funniest things they had ever seen. Here was this little three pound schnauzer and this big 6'3" man laying in the middle of our neighbors front yard.
As I said before, the first year with Charli was a little trying to say the least, but my husband will be the first one to tell you it was soooo worth it........
To be continued........
Charli and I are looking forward to stopping by your blogs though our link, Dogs on Thursday, www.dogsonthursday.blogspot.com/. We hope all of you have a wonderful day.........

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Day God Spilled The Paint!...........






The east side of the Carrizo plain, in the Temblor Range, about 50 miles due west of Bakersfield, California
Photo taken by Barbara Mathews
May 14, 2005

Nothing man can do could ever equal the glory of God's creations.
THE DAY GOD SPILLED THE PAINT!
Sent to me by my friend Sandy...............

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Gracious Hospitality-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon

The-Sweet-and-Savory-of-Yummy...............


One of my absolute favorite recipes is my Aunt Rosie's Date and Nut bread. It not only tastes scrumptiously delicious but has such wonderful sentimental value to me. I bake it every Thanksgiving and Christmas. The entire time I am in the kitchen I think of my Aunt Rose who I loved dearly. She was so much fun and has left such a lasting impression on me.

AUNT ROSIE'S DATE AND NUT BREAD
In a bowl combine:
one cup boiling water
one tbsp butter
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
one tsp baking soda
one cup chopped dates
one cup chopped nuts

In another bowl combine:
one cup sugar
one egg
one tsp vanilla

In another bowl:
two cups flour

Grease or spray one bread pan. Alternate adding date and nut mixture, and flour, to sugar mixture. Bake three hours, or until dark brown, in a 250 degree oven.
The story behind this bread is that it was only supposed to bake twenty minutes. However, my Aunt Rose supposedly fell asleep while it was baking. When she woke up she thought she had ruined the bread, but instead, it was baked to perfection.

This bread is great served alone, or with whipped butter, whipped butter with a little cinnamon, or Devon cream.

DEVON CREAM
4 ounces mascarpone
one cup heavy cream
one tsp. vanilla
one or two tbsp granulated white sugar
Zest of lemon or lime (optional)
Joy of Baking.com


I have also included a picture of my mother's favorite cookie book.......

My mother was known as the cookie lady and it was not unusual for her

to give out over eighty tins of cookies to her family and friends at Christmas. She was meticulous about them and I have to honestly say they were the best cookies in the whole world. My mother said it was because of the ingredients she used. She only used the freshest eggs, milk, and butter. Every year she bought all new spices just for her cookies. She refused to use any flour but Wondra and she melted the very best candy bars she could find to use for her chocolate. Sometimes she would alter the recipes a little. For instance she would only use chocolate for her thumbprint cookies. My mother put a multitude of love and care into the baking of her cookies, right from the very first one she made, to the last one she packed. The year before she died she made over forty different kinds of cookies. We always wanted her to open a little shop but she always declined saying this was her way of giving a Christmas gift to all the people she loved......I think any cookie in this book would make a wonderful tea time treat and grace any little tea table.........

Gracious Hospitality-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon


This weeks theme, in the Gracious Hospitality-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon, is called The-Sweet-and-Savory-of-Yummy.
This week we are asked to "share your favorite tea time recipes for sweets or savories. Tea sandwiches, scones, and dainty desserts all count in this category. Give credit to the originator of the recipe if at all possible. Post a picture if you can, This is sure to make everyone hungry for a delicious tea time treat."
Please go to Gracious Hospitality at www.gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/ for further information.

An interview with God........

This was sent to me by my cousin Ted.......... I thought it was definitely worth sharing.........

http://www.theinterviewwithgod.com/popup-frame.html

It is truly inspirational...........I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.......

Charli is green!.......

Charli is green!...........
Yes it's true! Our little Charli has turned green from head to toe. My hubby cut the grass this weekend and our little one, for some reason, has a tendency to roll in it. I watched her so carefully yesterday but last night she did the deed. We let her out and the minute she came back in we knew something was very wrong. I looked her square in the eye, and said, "Charli! Your green!" She looked back at me with those sad little eyes of hers and I could almost hear her saying "help me. Do something." Well I gave her a bath to no avail and now I am waiting for her groomer to get in. Hopefully she will be able to cut it all off. I just don't understand why Charli does these things. I wanted to get a picture but she will have no part of it. She's very embarrassed and I know she feels her dignity has been compromised.......
Oh Charli.... What are we ever going to do with you?..........

Maxine misbehaving again........



Yesterday I went to the doctor for my yearly physical. My blood pressure was high, my cholesterol was high, I'd gained some weight, and I didn't feel so hot. My doctor said eating right doesn't have to be complicated and it would solve my physical problems. He said just think in colors........
Fill your plate with bright colors... greens, yellows, reds, etc.

I went right home and ate an entire bowel of :










And sure enough, I felt better immediately. I never knew eating right could be so easy!

I received this in an e-mail from a friend this morning. Although I would never recommend this diet to anyone, I thought it was cute, and Maxine's diet sounds sooooo good to me......

Monday, April 21, 2008

Aprons


Received this in an e-mail today and I thought how true..........
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.......
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.
And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
REMEMBER: Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.
Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs was on that apron. I don't think I ever caught anything from a apron................

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Lasting impressions..........


EARLY SPRING..............
Harshness vanished. A sudden softness
has replaced the meadows' wintry gray.
Little rivulets of water changed
their singing accents. Tendernesses,
hesitantly, reach toward the earth
from space, and country lanes are showing
these unexpected subtle risings
that find expression in the empty tress.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Booking through Thursday........




The question this week on the blog, Booking through Thursday, at www.btt2.wordpress.com/ is as follows: What do when you come across a word or phrase that you have never heard of before? Do you jot it down on paper so you can look it up later, or do you stop reading to look it up, or do you continue reading and forget about the word?

If it is a difficult book, where I find I would be looking up words all the time, I usually start a vocabulary list that I refer to. If it is one, or two words, I will stop reading to look them up. However, if my hubby is home I will defer the answer to him. He loves to do crossword puzzles, loves to know the origin of words, and best of all remembers all the words he looks up so I simply say, "Oh honey, what does this word mean? " Now I realize that could be considered taking the easy way out, but hey, it works for me.

A little bit of humor..........

To all of those who sent me the kind well wishes........ Thank you very much.........


****************** A bit of humor ******************

My hubby and I have joined the ranks of those baby boomers out there who are constantly forgetting things........ The story I am about to tell you really struck home..... Funny thing is I just can't remember who told it to me..........

A husband and wife went to the doctor complaining about the fact that they just couldn't seem to remember things any more.
The doctor said "Well you know your both getting up there in age now so the best thing to do is write things down."
The couple returned home.
Later that evening, while were watching TV, the husband said, "I'm going out to the kitchen to get my self something to eat. Can I bring you back anything?"
The wife said "Well yeah you could bring me back some ice cream." Then she said "but don't forget to write it down."
The husband said "I don't need to write it down."
The wife said "Well as long as your going to get me the ice cream could you put some of those strawberries on it?"
The husband said "OK."
Then the wife said " maybe you better write it down."
The husband, who was beginning to get a little agitated at this point, said, "I don't need to write it down. I'm perfectly cable of remembering it."
The wife said "well as long as your going to put strawberries on the ice cream could you put little cool whip on the top?"
The husband "Yeah but don't tell me to write it down."
The husband goes out in the kitchen. He's out there along time. The wife hears pots and pans banging around and she wonders what in the world he is doing out there.
A little while later the husband comes back into the room and hands his wife a plate of eggs and bacon.
The wife looks down at the plate perplexed. Then she looks up and says, "Where's the toast?"

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Dogs on Thursday........

I have been feeling a tad bit under the weather recently but Charli and I didn't want our friends to think we forgot about our Dogs on Thursday post.......

We will see you next week but.........

until then Charli wanted me to post the following question...........






We hope you have a great day!...........

Monday, April 14, 2008

Week five........ Dressed-To-A-Tea..........


Of course any time I am invited to tea I find it equally fun and enjoyable because it is time spent with people who's company I truly appreciate and cherish. To me that is the whole essence of the tea and all of the other amenities are surprising and delightful little bonuses.......


However, if I could choose something I would consider fun to wear to a tea I would have to look back to the Victorian era......
The dresses were all so elegant and beautiful. The ladies and gentleman carried themselves so well. It was a time of romance and chivalry which to me was expressed in the way people dressed.......
I love all the wonderful accessories they used like fans, purses, gloves, and parasols, which added so much to the charm of the day. What about those fabulous high top shoes?





It is very easy for me to envision myself pulling up to Longfellow or Louisa May Alcott's house in my horse drawn carriage, dressed in all of my finery, book of poetry in hand, to sip a cup of tea while discussing the current events of the day.........
But today being 2008, at a tea, you will usually find me in a nice pair of pants or a skirt........ still discussing books, poetry, and current events, but also longing for the hats, the gloves, the parasols, and the beautiful dresses of the Victorian age....

Week five...Tea blog-a-thon......


Week five of the Tea blog-a-thon is here. It is called Dressed-To-A Tea and is hosted by ww.gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/
This week we are supposed to share our ideas regarding dress for an afternoon tea. Our host asks the following questions: Do we where silk? Do we like to have tea in our Jammies? Do we like to go all out and wear hats and gloves? Do we wear outfits with tea print designs? Do we prefer more elegant outfits with ruffles, silk, and fancy hats? Maybe we are a t-shirt and jeans type of girl.
We can also share ways of dressing that we think would be fun. We can share photographs or post pictures if we want. Please go to Gracious Hospitality for further information....

God's pharmacy is amazing...........


God's pharmacy is amazing...........
A sliced carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris, and radiating lines look just like the human eye.... and YES science now shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.
A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.
Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.
A walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. We now know that walnuts help develop over three dozen neurotransmitters for brain function.
Kidney beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.
Celery, bok choy, rhubarb and more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it from the bones, making them weak. These foods replenish skeletal needs of the body.
Eggplant, Avocados, and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female-they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this?... It takes exactly nine months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods. (Modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them.)
Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the motility of male sperm and increase the numbers of sperm as well to overcome male sterility.
Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index from diabetics.
Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.
Grapefruits, Oranges, and other citrus fruits look just like mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breast.
Onions look like body cells. Today's research shows that onion help clear waste materials from the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.
An interesting e-mail from Jerry.......

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Happy birthday Anne.......






HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNE..........

We love you and we hope you have a wonderful day...........

Thank you for giving all of us so much joy......

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Charli and I have decided to join another blog called Booking Through Thursday. If you are interested in books and up to a little challenge please go to www.btt2.wordpress.com/ and join the fun.........
"Pick up the nearest book. (I'm sure you must have one nearby.)
Turn to page 123.
What is the first sentence on the page?
The last sentence on the page?
Now...connect them together...(And no, you may not transcribe the entire page of the book-that's cheating!)"
I have chosen The ghost Map, which is the book I am currently reading......
"The paper also mentioned a theory that maintained that the disease was spread by microscopic animalcules or fungi, though it downplayed it's viability, claiming that the theory "failed to include all the observed phenomena." Even in admitting air into the patent's room or ward, few people ever think, where that air comes from."

Dogs on Thursday......



Charli and I are so excited to be joining this little group. Well at least Charli was until she found out she had to have her picture taken. She is quite the shy little girl, but when I explained to her, it wouldn't be fair for us to read the other doggy stories, and see they're pictures with out them seeing hers, she reluctantly agreed.......



Charli is a mini schnauzer who weighs in at ten or eleven pounds depending on how much she is able to mooch on the side in any given week.......


Actually it was our son Kurt who originally bought her, flew her in from out of state, and named her Charli, but something just didn't seem quite right about her from the very beginning....
For one thing she had severe separation anxiety and would only bond with our son....
I saw Charli for the first time when she was approximately three months old. All of the other times our son had stopped by with her I had been working. My hubby used to tell me how cute she was, although he did say, she wouldn't come near him or leave Kurt's side. When Kurt walked into the house that first time, and took Charli out of his pocket, I immediately fell in love with her. I thought she was just adorable! However she wouldn't come to me either. If I even so much as glanced in her direction she would run right back over to our son and plop herself on his lap. I thought maybe if I got down on her level it might help but nothing did. She would come over to where I was sitting but the minute I looked at her, or heaven's forbid tried to touch her, she would run away again.
Shortly after that visit I had a couple of days off work. Kurt called to see if Charli could come and stay with me. He and his wife Susann were working long hours and he didn't want to leave Charli alone. Her little heart was shattered when he left her with me. She howled and cried in this retched high pitched little voice for over an hour. It was all very sad. I have never seen a dog act quite like that before. Eventually, and with much coaxing, Charli latched herself on to me but still wouldn't go to anyone else. The two days she was with us she didn't sleep at all. She was so extremely anxious that her ears stuck straight up in the air like stiff pieces of cardboard. She would not let me put her down, and when I tried, she followed me all over the house crying. By the time I took her back home I was literally exhausted.........
And then a couple of days later the call came...........
Susann was frustrated and didn't want Charli any more....... I could honestly understand why she felt that way because Charli was definitely a hand full. Kurt said he was going to have to give her up. He asked me if we could take her, because at least that way, he would still get to see her from time to time. My husband loved Charli from the first moment he saw her, even though she wouldn't have anything to do with him either, so we decided to take her..... Then came two more days of no sleep and constant crying.....I didn't know what to do, or how to help her, so I sent her back to Kurt's with the full knowledge that she would go to a dog pound... It was a very difficult decision to make but at the time I could see no other way..... However after Charli left I started missing her.... I knew she was unadoptable. She had to many problems. I started to think about ways in which I could help her. Again, another night of no sleep... I called Kurt at seven o'clock in the morning..... I said I was coming to get her...... He said are you sure?..... I said yes, yes, I'm sure.... THAT WAS THE BEST DECISION I EVER MADE.... When I walked into my son's house and swooped that little three pound dog up in my arms.... That was it...... I had found my new best Friend... It was the beginning of one of the greatest relationships I've ever had...... Charli and me.....
Charli and I can't wait to read your stories. We will continue ours next week.... Until then we hope you have a great day! Please give all of our little doggy friends a hug from us.....

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Lasting impressions...... Bob Dylan wins Pulitzer .........





BOB DYLAN WINS PULITZER...........


According to the Washington Post, "Legendary musician and folk icon Bob Dylan received a special citation from the Pulitzer board for 'his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power'"
About.com:folk music

I remember the first time I heard Bob Dyan. I was very impressed with the lyrics in his song. I happened to be on the way to my brothers, and when I got there, I started telling him about this awesome new recording artist I had just heard on the radio. He pulled out an album, and said, "I think this is who you're talking about." We listened to that album over and over again. It isn't that Dylan is a great vocal artist, although I do like his style, but it's more that he is an incredible and profound poet. Through his lyrics he has been able to express the hopes and dreams of people, they're fears, the turbulence and emotional tone of the sixties, and the social changes of that age. He has made quite an impact on the musical scene and a lasting impression on me. I have several of his songs on my play list, on the side bar of my blog, but I will leave you with another one of my favorites..........


BLOWIN IN THE WIND
"How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
Bob Dylan


Women should know.......


WOMEN SHOULD KNOW........
A WOMEN SHOULD HAVE....
enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even is she never wants to or needs to leave.
A WOMEN SHOULD HAVE...
something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour.
A WOMEN SHOULD HAVE....
a youth she's content to leave behind.
A WOMEN SHOULD HAVE....
a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age.
A WOMEN SHOULD HAVE....
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
A WOMEN SHOULD HAVE....
one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry....
A WOMEN SHOULD HAVE....
a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family.
A WOMEN SHOULD HAVE...
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her quests feel honoured....
A WOMEN SHOULD HAVE....
a feeling of control over her own destiny.
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW....
how to fall in love without losing herself.
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW....
when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY.
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
that she can't change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents.
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
that her childhood may not have been perfect...but it's over....
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW....
what she would and wouldn't do for love or more.
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW....
how to live alone even if she doesn't like it.
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW....
whom she can trust, whom she can't trust, and why she shouldn't take it personally.
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW....
where to go... be it to her best friend's kitchen table, or a charming Inn in the woods... when her soul needs soothing.
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW....
What she can and can't accomplish in a day, a month, and a year.
'MAYA ANGELOU'S'
BEST POEM EVER

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Week four- Tea blog-a-thon.......



Week four of the Gracious Hospitality Tea Blog-a-thon is called stitches for tea.......


In this post we are supposed to share pictures and ideas about tea that includes stitching. We can show our work, or someone else's as long as it is handmade. For more information about the Stitches-for-tea post please go to www.gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/
Unfortunately I have nothing to contribute to this weeks Tea blog- a-thon. I have never had the time to do crafts in the past. I do have several doilies and things like that with a tea motif but all of them are factory made as you can see in the picture I included. All of that is going to change this fall though. I have recently purchased an embroidery book and I am going to attempt to teach myself to embroidery. I certainly hope it goes better than my previous attempt at crafts as noted by the creation of my sad little rabbit Mrs. Glovers. I have been so inspired by all of the tea towels, tea napkins, runners, and table cloths that everyone has posted in their blogs. They are all so unique and beautiful! All of you are so talented! I am hoping that someday I will be able to make something beautiful too.......

Monday, April 7, 2008

Book Tag.....


Book Tag...........
Louise at www.thehomeiswheretheheartis.blogspot.com/ has invited me to participate in a book tag. How fun is that? I have chosen the book I am currently reading which is called The Ghost Map. This book is about the deadly cholera epidemic, of 1854, which was traced back to the Broad Street pump, on Broad Street, in London England. Learn how this epidemic changed the modern world. Learn about bacteria. How it is able to survive and proliferate. Find out about the two men who were instrumental in solving this deadly crisis and how they went about doing it. Who were the night soil men? How has science changed the way we think and adapt in today's world?
To participate in the book tag.............
Pick a book at least 123 pages long.
Open that book to page 123.
Find the fifth sentence and post the next three.
Then tag five other people.
"Nowhere is the philosophy more pronounced then in the writings of the Victorian age's most beloved and influential medical figure, Florence Nightingale. Consider this passage from the beginning of her groundbreaking 1857 work Notes on Nursing:
The very first canon of nursing, the first and the last thing upon which a nurse's attention must be fixed, the first essential to the patient, without which all the rest you can do for him is as nothing, with which I had almost said you may leave the rest alone, is this: TO KEEP THE AIR HE BREATHES AS PURE AS THE EXTERNAL AIR."
I am tagging the following five blogger's.......
Please no pressure.....Only do this if you have the time and are interested.
Have a good day.

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