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Winter garden spot

Monday, January 19, 2009

Here is a typical picture of what our winters are like here. Usually cloudy, foggy, wet and cold. Not the freezing type people up north have but the kind that seeps into the joints.

Well I have to say this winter has been different. It has not been wet at all. We have had really cold night below freezing but the days have been dry, cool and sunny. In fact we are supposed to be having some rains this time of year but not this year. We are now in a drought. Heard on the news that there is a burn ban statewide which seems to be unusual. We need these rains. I'm just hoping and praying that we don't get our winter ice and freezes up into the spring when the fruit trees are blooming or set fruit. Last 2 springs we had a late cold snap which killed our grape vines one year (and statewide also) and last year it got all our fruit tree blooms. Only those that bloomed late had fruit.

We tend to like things our way and all to fall into place like it should but the natural world doesn't work that way. We need to take care of ourselves just as we take care of our gardens. With alot of patience!

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ANGORA4 1/24/2009 2:47PM

    So true. Nature isn't "fair", or logical. It is full of surprises and wide swings. We expect average, we usually get everything but. The secret is learning to roll with it, as you said, with patience. If you don't get any peaches this year, they will be twice as appreciated next year! (Or maybe the year after that. . .haven't had cherries in several years due to the spring freezes.)

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Digital Scrapbook of Baby Molly

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I had bought a digital scrapbook program last autumn and had planned to use it to make DVD's for the kids for Christmas with photos of their kids. Well I have Windows Vista so had to get a program that was compatible with my program so wound up getting Polaroid My Memories. First time I used it I locked up the album and could never reopen it. I got so frustrated with it. I had gotten a free trial of Smilebox back in June so decided to check it out again. I found out you can burn your scrapbook to DVD so I went ahead and purchased it and made a digital scrapbook of Molly. I wanted to share it with my friends and so figured I could put it on my regular blogspot for all to view. I hope you enjoy it.


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WOLRAB 1/20/2009 12:05AM

    Oh my gosh, that was just the sweetest album every! Such a beautiful little girl, this brought tears to my eyes and warmed my heart. Thank you for sharing!

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LIZAKABETH 1/19/2009 9:04PM

    Just a beautiful family.....brings smiles to my heart! May the Lord bless this little one with love, joy, comfort and health so that she can be as sweet as her Granma! Hugs, Lizl

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ANGORA4 1/19/2009 12:34PM

    Amazing program, you did such a great job!

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MYMISSY 1/19/2009 7:55AM

    Barbark what great work you have done, that was wonderful I really enjoyed it, Molly has a talented Grandma. A great way to share such a bundle of joy. Loved it. Lynne

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Bluet
by James Schuyler

And is it stamina
that unseasonably freaks
forth a bluet, a
Quaker lady, by
the lake? So small,
a drop of sky that
splashed and held,
four-petaled, creamy
in its throat. The woods
around were brown,
the air crisp as a
Carr's table water
biscuit and smelt of
cider. There were frost
apples on the trees in
the field below the house.
The pond was still, then
broke into a ripple.
The hills, the leaves that
have not yet fallen
are deep and oriental
rug colors. Brown leaves
in the woods set off
gray trunks of trees.
But that bluet was
the focus of it all: last
spring, next spring, what
does it matter? Unexpected
as a tear when someone
reads a poem you wrote
for him: "It's this line
here." That bluet breaks
me up, tiny spring flower
late, late in dour October.

We have the tiny southern bluet flowers in our entire yard. It seems they bloom all year round. I thought maybe the last 2 days freeze would end them until spring, but noticed more blooming today as it warmed. They must be extra hardy as they don't mind the cold or the heat and they don't seem to mind being trampled on. Such a tiny flower has so much beauty and you would think they would be fragile.

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ANGORA4 1/19/2009 12:28PM

    Our northern bluets only bloom for a very short period in the early spring. They like the areas of poor soil, and full sun, where other things don't compete as well. They are one of my favorites, so tiny and delicate--such miniatures here, with tiny tiny little leaves and clumps.

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ZSAZSAJANNY 1/17/2009 7:18PM

    Bluet? Les bluets? I saw your post's title and thought, "blueberries?" teehee I think it is the french word for blueberries. I'm not 100% certain and my french is becoming foggy with age. My bilingual DD is not around for me to ask.

The photo and the poetry is beautiful. It's nice to seem something growing and alive.
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Friday, January 16, 2009

My computer comes with Mahjong solitare game and I've learned to play it. I enjoy it better than solitare now and feel it challenges my brain much more as well.

We need to challenge our thinking everyday. It is how we keep our brain healthy and young. Our brains need to exercise as much as our bodies.

I also read alot. But I try to read things that teach me something or builds up my inner man. I rarely read novels. When I do they are usually mysteries. What we put into our minds eventually comes out so we need to be careful what we read or what we watch on tv. I still watch tv a little. I try to get the local news and weather in the morning but much of the national news is pretty depressing, so I usually don't waste my time with much of it. I do like NCIS and CSI as they are mysteries. But then those you can get as reruns so usually stay busy doing other things.

Remember our minds are as much a part of getting healthy as watching what we eat and drink and how much exercise we get.

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REDBUBBLES 1/17/2009 12:57AM

    It's addictive - I got into playing in 1994 and have been playing ever since.

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ANGORA4 1/16/2009 11:31PM

    So true! I have other puzzles I try to do each day, just to keep the brain challenged. A book of variety puzzles and a book of logic puzzles by the bed, my treat at the end of the day is I get to do a puzzle before bed. Calms me down, takes my mind off other things. Plus a few I like on the computer.

There's a color block matching game called Cubis, and my son figured out how to program custom games. He programs games for me for fun. So each day he makes me a new level. He has fun creating them, then I have fun trying to beat the game. They only take a few minutes to play, but it is such sweet escape for those minutes.

We don't watch regular TV. Actually, I saw a few episodes of Numb3rs, and really liked it. First new show I've seen in years. Guess it's sort of like CSI, in that they use science and reason to figure out the mystery. Haven't seen it at all this season, but did rent a season of it from the library.

That's what we do mostly, since very few shows are child friendly (even if it is a kid's show, the ads are awful!) We rent things from the library to watch. The Teaching Company (http://www.teach12.com/teach12.asp
x?ai=16281) has videos and audio CDs available on a variety of topics. We can get them for free from our local library, they order them from other libraries for us. We're doing one on music fundamentals now. They use classical music to explain the different parts of music. For homeschool co-op, they're using the Chemistry series.

And we really like the history series with Linwood Thompson. He is a high school teacher that 'becomes' a character, real or imagined, from each time period, giving insight into life in that time and place. Couldn't believe that a guy in a cheap costume in front of a blackboard could be interesting, but son actually asked if we could rent that one again! He loved the one about the Vikings actually moving their ship across the hill to the next river valley to escape.

We also rent old TV series on DVD, no commercials! Lets us pick and choose what and when we watch. We use the newspaper, and the radio and internet for news. TV news is far too sensational for family viewing, it gets my mom all upset. So we skip that!

It is amazing how much you have time for when the computer and TV are turned off!

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Miracle of Birth

Thursday, January 15, 2009

We had an exciting morning. We got a call at 7:30 that they had broken Carmen's water and were getting ready to do the epidural. Then around 9 we got another call that she was dilated to 8. So we started out for the hour drive to the hospital. We have been through 6 grandbabies before Molly so we figured it would be sometime during the afternoon when she was born. Well Molly made her appearance at 10:13a.m. We missed her birth but we did get to see and hold her within 30 minutes of being born. I have to say she is beautiful with gorgeous coloring and she seems to be sweet tempered. She was hungry so was sucking her fist. They finally gave her a bottle even before they had bathed her. She seemed to know what to do right away.

My youngest son, Sean is the usual beaming dad (his first) and the mother is as happy as she can be.

Ah the miracle of birth!!!

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WATOGA17 1/18/2009 7:57AM

    Congratulations, Barb! The photos are beautiful. You look great!


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ANGORA4 1/16/2009 1:49PM

    So beautiful! Such a miracle!

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BARBSIDDIQUI 1/16/2009 10:13AM

    Congratulations, Barbark! A grandma again! I hope you get to see her lots and lots. Nothing to keep us young like those new babies being born alert and healthy. So happy for you!

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BLUESTARMOM 1/15/2009 7:21PM

    Congratulations! Molly is absolutely beautiful and I love that name. I know you are excited. Grandkids are so special. Enjoy!

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MAMABIRD777 1/15/2009 7:19PM

    emoticon Congratulations !!!!! The miricle of birth is awesome!!!! emoticon

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