Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Summer Sunset

Well, just happened to be home from work, and wanted to update my OTHER blog, about my art, and accidentally signed in to this one.  So I decided to update this one as well.

It's a lovely soft summer.  The days have been easy and everything is going along simply.  One bird has flown from the nest, and the other is hovering above the nest, hopping in and out but mostly flying on his own.

I've learned some things about myself.  That I really like to be alone.  I believe this is a strength, not a weakness.    And I really don't count Thor in the alone/not alone equation, because we are as one :)

But I do like a bit of social interaction occasionally - but if it is on a very limited, shallow level, I'm fine.  Work is social enough for me.  Work's been really good, and I'm finally adjusting to the idea of it.

On the other hand - it's not too far off until Thor and I head off into the sunset ourselves.  But surprisingly to myself, I think when we retire, I'm still going to try to find a low-key job of some kind.  Something temporary, that I can up and quit if we leave on an extended vacation.

Mostly, I want to sit in the woods or on the porch, and read, or paint, and listen to the birds or the music.  And watch as the sun sets. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

And a year later

It's quite a lovely spring day again today!
The flowers are blooming and the sun is shining and all is right with the world!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The first blush of spring

Spring is flirting with us.  It's been cold for so long.  Flowers come out and then the frost comes back. 

I keep thinking of negative thoughts about global warming, but NO.  I just want to be positive for the moment and enjoy the beauty of the weather and the world.
Happy Earth Day.

Before and after, so far

I love to take photos of the progress at the cabin, but I don't want to keep posting photos on Facebook, I feel like I'm bragging.  But since hardly anyone ever looks at this blog anymore, I can put them here :)  The blog is more like a journal than Facebook is.  Facebook is more like a conversation with your friends and acquaintances.
Kitchen, before
Kitchen, after
There are a lot of differences, but not a lot of differences.  We haven't spent that much money on this place.  We are using hand-me-downs and cast off stuff, and repurposing things.  A lot of the improvements might not be noticeable - we started out with no electricity and no water, and now have electricity AND hot and cold running water!  Woo hoo!  That makes a huge difference! 
Kitchen, before
Kitchen, after.. a little messy :)
Some of the "improvements"- knick knacks and decorations - aren't really that great.  What can I say, I collect stuff!  It makes it feel more homey to me, at least.  But it's not everyone's cup of tea.

Fireplace, before
Fireplace, after
My parents bought us both the wood stove and the kitchen stove :) which was a lovely thing for them to do.  Frank moved the stairs and added the railing upstairs because we thought it was MUCH SAFER that way... did the previous owner really have no railings?  Wow...

This end was painted this weekend.  It makes a HUGE difference.
Living room looking towards kitchen, before
Living room looking towards kitchen, after
Bathroom, before
We didn't have much to do in the bathroom... except for plumbing and a new hot water heater... and I like our "new" cabinet more than the old one that was in here.  And we are adding an outdoor shower too...

Bathroom, after

Bedroom, before
This is also something that got painted this weekend.  We still have a lot of painting to do upstairs.  Free paint is good paint!!!  I really like the way it looks, nice and cozy!

Bedroom, after

Bedroom, before
Bedroom, after
Bedroom, after
Bedroom, before

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Don't ever change?

A little late for that, isn't it? Change happens every minute. The creek is never the same two days in a row. The water flows on.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


When I hurt someone... unintentionally ... but because of the choices I made,
and I'm really sorry, and I apologize profusely, and I feel deep regret,
it still doesn't make the other person feel any better.

What is regret?  What is forgiveness?  What is redemption?

I have to remind myself "forgive me my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me."
And the other important quote, "Judge not, lest ye be judged."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's a hard sun

It is bright and it shines a hard light.   And it can blind you if you look right at it.

What is true?

There is more than one side to any story.  There is probably even more than two sides to every story. 

But truth is truth.  And there must be at least one person who KNOWS.

That person isn't me... I only know one side.  My side.  But you - YOU know, don't you? And now, you can live with it.

You must be uneasy whenever the hard light shines in your eyes. 

Thursday, April 03, 2014


Starting now.  I'm in bed already.  I've been looking backwards a lot through old posts and old photos and old thoughts. 

Right now, it's pretty warm.  I can hear the tv on downstairs and the sound of the rain in the gutters, not exactly a heavy rain, but it's there.  I can hear a vague murmur of conversation. 

Right now, I see my messy room in the dim glow of the lamp that was my grandmothers, when I was little it was in her bedroom, and now it is in my bedroom.  Even with one missing piece of glass and one cracked piece of glass in the shade, it is one of my most prized possessions. 

Right now, only the tip of my fingers on my right hand are numb, and really, nothing much hurts. So that's a good night, because it isn't always like that right now.

I've looked back a way, and found that a lot more time has actually passed than I feel like has passed. 

Time passed, and was never seen again.

It's time to restart Now.