Friday, May 27, 2011

Stormy Afternoon Thoughts

I thought I would write on this quiet and peaceful afternoon,
but as I retrieved my pen and paper and situated myself to
write, my weather radio started going off and distant
rumblings were transformed into a veritable tempest outside.  
And now I'm being serenaded by pounding rains and raucous reverberations.

I have always loved snuggling in on a stormy day, with pen in hand,
enjoying the contrast of the peace within and the storms without.
However, such enjoyment seems presumptuous, even arrogant,
in view of the tragedies of April and May across our nation.
These very storms are the remains of those that began 
last Saturday, spreading terror and tornadoes 
as they marched eastward.

My heart has ached this week as images of 
such terrible devastation have inundated 
the airwaves and newspapers.  
It has been almost too much to process.  
So many lives lost; so many left in shambles.
In times like these, good and evil, faith and fear, 
the rational and the irrational, all seem to collide inside me.  
My faith is strong, but my understanding 
is so limited and fallible.

Perhaps I should have picked up my pen this morning,
when my world was filled with flowers, serenity and sunshine...


How Can I Not Rhapsodize?


This Week's Treasures on the Porch

Friday, May 20, 2011

I Love Being Married to a Plant-Man in the Spring!

Allen came back from Apopka yesterday
bearing two yellow rose bushes
and two white mandevillas
for our front porch.
The jasmine drapes our porch year round,
although it is almost bloomed out now,
but I still have my gardenias, 4 rose bushes,
a coral dahlia, a deep pink geranium,
and now white mandevillas.
My oasis grows more charming 
thanks to my husband.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

On the Prowl Again at the Golf Course

Finally, a Hawk!
Not a perfect shot, but it made me happy.
My how the Lord decorates His creatures!

Friday, May 13, 2011

It's not a Hallmark Card...

My 89-year-old friend and beloved correspondent,Velma, 
fell and broke her wrist last Friday.
Hallmark doesn't make a card that exactly expresses 
what I wished to say, so...
I wrote and mailed this ditty to her today.

And this was what I hand-stamped on the front
of the envelope I sent her.
She has a great sense of humor!
(That's me lamenting Velma's fall)

My Friend Velma and Me
Photo by Jessi Beth

Saturday, May 7, 2011

A Conversation With Aly When She Was Six

She's eight years old, now, but Aly has always been quite smart.
Smarter than her grandmother, obviously!
Photo by "Mama" 2008

Wednesday, May 4, 2011