There's rosemary, that's for remembrance.
William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Better late than never.....Halloween and Thanksgiving 2010

Steve's carved masterpiece for 2010.

White or dark meat; what's your preference?   Albino turkeys are a cross between a wild and domestic turkey according to the guy that sort of fixed our heater.  He said they are fair game all year long.....but not on my property.  Hope your holidays were happy and your tummy's are still full!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Forever on Thanksgiving Day

The heart will find the pathway home. 

You are all in my heart.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

For my Doodle....

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the human heart can hold. Zelda Fitzgerald

Fuzzy Doodle: 1997-2010. You will always be in my heart.

A terrorist warning......

I want to tell you something.  Something so horrible you will want to hide.  There is a terrorist in our midst....a bad thing, a nightmare.  It is insidious, ugly, it crawls into the earth like a dirty worm.  It harms me, it hurts me and my family, it makes us sad and afraid all at the same time.  I want to burn this terrorist; make a fire so big you will think the earth has exploded.  You have seen it every day, but I'd bet you didn't even recognize sat next to you on the train or bus.  You passed it in the grocery aisle and it even sits next to you sometimes in church.  Oh, don't think God doesn't know about this thing...this awful thing; He does.  I know it's name, it's face, it's voice, it's emails, it's lies, manipulation, stories, excuses.  Be warned......IT is drug addiction; it will destroy everything just like it is in my family and believe me drugs and addiction are alive and on the move.  Don't say I didn't warn you. 

Monday, November 08, 2010

Sachi wears her happiness....

Sweet Sachiko's birthday was yesterday. She is wearing and holding her birthday gifts. She is growing so fast....sniff. I love this little girl so much it makes my heart glow.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Wailea in the morning

The Bacchanal that has been our 25th wedding anniversary celebration has come to an end. We made the most of the date....dinner at Oishi, dinner out the weekend after the actual anniversary, and the frosting on the low fat cake was a mini trip to Maui using points and miles!

We had a glorious time in Maui. It is an absolutely beautiful island, the locals are beyond friendly and then there is Hana. We drove the neighborhoods around the resort, drove to the rain forest, and did the traditional luau feast. We spent one entire day just lounging on the beach.

Something occurred to me a few days before we left while I was going through my frantic antics of packing and getting a 6 page list of instructions together for Delci (who has stayed here before and watched the babies).

We had a friend, John, who has been gone for years.  John never saw a need to go anywhere other than town; not to Coeur d Alene, certainly not to Spokane and not on vacations. Whenever we go away for even a few days I fret about the babies, worry about the house, just worry for days before we leave. Once I am gone I am fine and almost hate to come back home......emphasis on almost.  We had a trip Costco 50 miles away.  I talked Steve out of going....we can find everything we need right here, spend the same amount of money and save the gas.   At that moment I realized I had become a 12 mile radius old woman.  I don't want or need to go to Coeur d Alene, Spokane or anyplace else really.   Everything I need is here.....12 miles into town and 12 miles back. There is one exception.....I need to go to my children and always will no matter where they are.  So, on that weird note, I give you Maui.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

They said it would never last....

25 years ago I married my friend; the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The facts of life....

There are a few people in my life that know me really kids, Steve, a few friends.....and now, I am getting to know myself too.

I dwell on the worst case scenarios.

I dwell on things that have yet to happen.

I vacuum too much time away....dusting and floor washing is in there as well.

I don't think much of a lot of my past behavior or my mothering skills......that might fall under the quotes from my mother..."Some day you will be sorry for what you did and said, rosemary. Remember that I told you so." I remember a lot.

Along with eating all of the wrong foods for years, stress probably more than anything else caused my heart attack. 

Well, it is time for all of that stress/worry/bulls#i! to be over.

I bought two packages of Power Thought Cards because my friend Kathy sent me several quotes in an email...and....while emailing back and forth with my friend Sue she put this paragraph at the end of one message.....

I do not mind drop in company because what you see is what you get. I am not the neat person you are although I used to be. Chip changed all that. I wanted to play with him rather than dust etc and it has remained that way. I do vacuum every day as squirrels make a mess with the seeds and shells and 2 dogs in our little house…Someday when I am on my death bed I am going to be glad I took the time to play with squirrels and probably won’t care if there is dust on the end table. (Sue is a squirrel whisperer...she takes in ill and injured squirrels and has a healing touch).

Here are a few quotes that I might tattoo to my forehead, forearm or my hands...

I have the right to take up space and to exist. I take in and give out life fully and freely

I am the perfect age.  Each year is special and precious to me.  I shall only live it once. I am comfortable with growing old(er).

I am supported by life itself.  I let go go the past.  I trust the process of life. 

No person, place or thing has any power over me, for I am the only thinker in  my mind.  I will choose thoughts that keep me serene.

I don't want anyone to worry that I am going over to a side you won't know, getting all weird and stuff.....I'll still be bitchy and whiny...just maybe not as much.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Have I mentioned that......

....I am now at a 5 incline on the treadmill and a level 4 on the recumbent. Not bad for an old broad with a faulty ticker.

....all of the ferns have turned and the cottonwood trees are dropping leaves like crazy. Rain has been coming down in sheets for 2 days.

....when I did that stress test the end of July I was given a paper that said I was radioactive for 3 weeks after the test.....specifically to show TSA folks should I decide I wanted to take a trip shortly after having a heart attack.

....Steve bought a treadmill for me. It was a surprise...has not arrived yet...and to use a phrase of my dad's "We'll be paying for it over time." Which means he charged it.

....we are going to take up the carpet in the downstairs bathroom, be sure the floor is smooth and even and then put down tile.....all by ourselves. Yup, that's the plan.

...the trip I wanted to take to the East Coast for our anniversary has taken a slight detour. Using miles and points we are going to take a trip to Maui instead. Maui is like Vermont in October isn't it? That house I dream about all of the time could be on Maui couldn't it?

....our Subaru Forester is PAID OFF!!! WE HAVE THE PINK!!!!!

....I am proud of Tyler and Bethany. Both done with high school, are going to college and both have jobs! YAY!!!

....I filled out the application to volunteer at the Library. I will only shelve fiction I told the HR guy Craig. He's OK with that.

....the hummingbirds have left for sunnier spots south. We STILL have those ugly June bugs smacking into the windows however. Hello....June's September. Bubbye.... daughter will be starting a new job in October. She has had the job from hell for the last year and will leave behind a ton of stress. She works in the mortgage business. oldest son and Bethany may be coming for Thanksgiving. It has been a long time since we had anyone other than a cat or dog share Thanksgiving turkey with us.

....all of my petunias have died; too hot, too cold, too much Idaho I guess. friend Molly has the emotional strength of 25 people. Her husband has been diagnosed with bladder cancer after making it through a heart attack and tonsil cancer. Molly, as usual, said they will get through this and come out stronger for it. Amazing.

....I am glad to be alive; glad, grateful, happy, sometimes astounded, and blessed to be alive.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Little girls are.......

.....made of sugar and spice and this one is wearing a summer dress she made with her mommy.  Mommy (Mariko) has a matching blouse and they wore their outfits on the runway at a fashion show for the gymnastic studio where Sachiko will be in a competition this weekend.

 Little boys are much simpler......they are made of KARATE!!!!!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

What we did over summer vacation.....2010

Summer has gone by rather quickly. We really didn't have much time to enjoy it what with "the event" messing with our plans. But, a picture is worth a few bucks when it comes to summers in Idaho so here goes........ 

Mimi Louise slept in the heated bed 24/7.
Fuzzy napped on the back of the couch and kept track of everyone.
Emma spent her days on the clean towels in the bathroom and only ventured off her perch to lay in the cool bathtub.
Guido was outside in the playpen nibbling on grass and catching bugs and then barfing on the carpet.
Wesley and Violet acted like they were BFF's......but they are not.
Steve and I looked at dog butts on our walks every day.
We picked a lot of blackberries....most of these aren't ripe.
We are still watching the peaches ripen.
We watched this lovely lady make lots of ...........holes in trees.
 And in case you have any doubts that Mz. Summer Days has left the area, well, here is what I saw on my afternoon walk today.   

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

It's wonderful, it's marvelous.........

This Labor Day extended weekend was spent laboring and partying. The lawn was mowed, the garages swept, the squirrel feeders refurbished and the lower windows squirted with the hose because I don't do windows. It was also the annual neighborhood get together hosted by the unofficial matriarch of the neighborhood. This matriarch is the mother of the Wonderful remember the Wonderfuls don't you; my former neighbors that are simply wonderful? No wondering why the Wonderful son is wonderful.....his mother is, his kids are and he married the most wonderful-former-neighbor-woman ever.

For some reason I can't explain, I have certain photos of Mrs. Wonderful and the Younger Wonderful Son that up to this blog post I have been reluctant to share. Maybe because when I look at them I cry; maybe because I think of past times with this family that can never be repeated....whatever the reason I am ready to share them now. These photos were taken on the day I had my heart attack; June 15th. Steve called Mrs. Wonderful as he was frantically following the ambulance and asked her if she could come to the hospital and get the dogs. Yup, she could....she stopped her day and drove 50 miles on a mostly under-construction-two-lane-Highway 95 that winds through the hills and mountains and took our dogs home with her. Every day that I was in the hospital and while Steve was there with me, Mrs. Wonderful drove to our house to let the dogs out of the garage and played with the rain. At the holiday gathering Mrs. Wonderful, Daughter Wonderful and Matriarch Wonderful offered to help me through what is turning out to be a mentally challenging heart attack recovery rather than a physical one. Yes indeedy, they are absolutely WONDERFUL.

The photos don't need captions....they speak for themselves..... loud and clear.