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

Friday, February 26, 2010

A career in blogging....let's vote.

Steve and I were talking yesterday about my blog. It all started with seeing Pioneer Woman on one of the morning shows. Steve said "You should do that, know write about living in Idaho and make lots of money." and I said What do you think I do now; write about Florida?  He pointed out that I posted photos of bear poop, moose butts and talked about turkey poop.  His point was; no one could possibly find those photos/topics interesting and might find it icky. SO................let's see a show of hands.  Who liked the poop post?  My point exactly....everyone.

I told him when he wrote an award winning blog that was turned into either a movie or a TV show I would follow his lead and try to do the same.  Let's see a show of hands.....who wants to read a blog about Steve's tractor, how much snow he plowed, biscuit joiners, drill bits and what's in the sale papers of every local market, Staples, and Home Depot?  Again, my point one (sling, your vote doesn't count.....because you would probably side with Steve.) 

Thanks for your show of support.  You are all brilliant. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Does a bear......

....poop in the woods? Well, yes he does....and on the way to the woods he poops in my yard. I know you all are just thrilled with these photos......bear poop in Idaho is called scat and while it may be icky to look at it is important to see it.

So who cares about scat? Well, I do because at least one bear is out of hibernation and was busy looking for food in our bird feeders that are no longer outside. Along with bear scat there is turkey poop e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.  It is just plain old poop and giving it a special name would not change it. We have at least 17 turkeys wandering around the yard scratching at the ground where the feeders used to hang and making a HUGE mess.

Then....the doves returned, we had two geese in the yard probably totally confused about the month/time of year, and Blossom the barn kitty was sitting in front of the pole building right in front of a squirrel that was squawking.  Winter is confused, Spring is waiting for the curtain to go up and only God knows what is going to happen to summer!

I didn't think anything could top all of this, but what should appear in the yard Sunday.......Baby moose.......

.......and momma moose close by.  Happy Winter and Spring all wrapped up in February!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cat faces.

Who said cats don't have emotions? Emma expresses herself in many ways. She talks to me and "makes faces"...honest.  She is a free spirit, spunky and opinionated.  See for yourself.

 Here we go, look cute...sigh.

I heard your apology.  However, that was my tail and YOU were in my way. 
I know you're busy, but....Umm, about dinner. Please don't mix the corn with the mashed potatoes; I like my food separated.
Mother.  You closed the dishwasher.  I wasn't finished.
Ahem; that dog smells.  Keep him off my window seat. 
Do not ever spray me with that thing again.  I have claws.  Remember? And it scares me, mom.
What? You want to sit in my favorite chair?  You're a visitor?  Leave.
I don't like that food.  Get a different brand.
I don't like sleeping at the foot of the bed.  Either get a pillow for me or move your head.
This napper needs to be de-haired before I can nap here. 
Hello; it's 10:30 in the morning; open the drapes!
 There's the camera again. 

 Told you.....emotions, opinions, faces. 

Monday, February 15, 2010

On life....A Fairy Tale?

Their routine never changes....although they do sleep in a bit later.

She prepares breakfast; he takes the dogs out, feeds the wildlife, gathers the newspaper.

They read the paper while eating and engage in a little conversation. 

He goes into the room they still refer to as the office; she cleans the house.

Lunch is a rather quiet meal and then repitition of the morning routine.

Late afternoon is a difficult time for both of them; it used to be a time to unwind and become a family of two after a day of work.  Now, it is a time of remembrance for what used to be.  Add a walk to divert thoughts; add a bike ride; take the dogs on the trails.  Volunteer someplace; anyplace. Stay upright.

Dinner. Dishes. TV. She reads. He falls asleep on the couch.  They both think of his father and step-mother; living this exact life.  Family is far away. This is not the way their silver years were in that fairy tale.

Some people are made to relax, others are made to keep busy.  Not keeping busy, having relaxation forced onto someone, only makes them bitter and sad.

She is bitter; he is sad.  There is no solution; there is only time.  It is called "The Economy." 

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Tucked into a heart.

My Christmas photos from Gil came a little late this year.....some glitch or a snafu. But when they arrived there was this little family smiling at me from beautifully framed photos. The top two photos are similar to the ones I received.....and then Gil sent me the link so I could view all of the pictures that were taken. Mariko's whole family participated and I wish I could post some of those special moments but I would need dozens of OK's so can't do that. Take my word for it.....great photos.

As I was browsing through all of the shots what should I see tucked in at oh, numbers 34 and 17 and maybe 248 but the photos below. The photographer captured something in Gil and his family that I think is amazing.  I don't want to sound arrogant or overly boastful...but I will.......if these photos don't almost move you to tears then you need to polish your heart. See.....makes me want to cry....and I am.

Then added to my heart..... that was swelling up like a Valentine balloon, I got a call from Gil telling me that Sachiko won an award at school for her "Reflections Art" creation.  THEN, add to that the request of her principal..... she asked Sachiko to "gift" the painting to her so she could hang it in her office.  Yup, this is my kid, my daughter-in-law, my granddaughter and my grandson.  Life is full of blessings in the dark of winter. 


Friday, February 05, 2010

I can see God....

Have I ever told you the full moon is beautiful? In Idaho? When the sky is clear and the moon is round and perfect I feel like I am in heaven....not looking at heaven but there....right next to God. 

When the sky is clear and the stars are bright if I had a ladder I could climb up and touch the stars.  I could reach up and take one for my pleasure.  I could roll it around in my hands and I know music would begin.  I just know it. 

Have I told you that once when the moon was full and I was driving home I turned off my headlights and could see the road perfectly.  There was no one else on the road, no danger, because it was as if I was driving on the road to heaven....really into heaven. 

If I could I would sleep on the roof every night and put my feet up in the Big Dipper; I would tickle the moon and make that man smile, I would listen to those stars making music.  I would if I could.....because I am closer to heaven in Idaho.  I am. I just know it.  I can see it, feel it, hear it......right here in Idaho. 

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Oh where, oh where has my little blog gone.....

It seems that a nasty virus spent a lot of time nibbling at my computer, Annie.  She is so cranky now I can't stand her and I am the Queen of Cranky.  I took her to Gina's Computer Emergency Room (I'm not going to link Gina because she almost never blogs and most of my visitors are friends with her on Facebook) and she performed a virusectomy and did an anti-virus transplant.  Annie is virus free now but is just slow and well, cranky.

I have changed the name of my town...a few weeks ago I lived in Sandpuddle.  Now I live in Swamp-point.  It is just soggy, puddley and rainy. Every. Single. Day. The only bright spot in the last few weeks was Chris' visit.  She brought her friend Alise and the house was alive with fun and laughter.  My daughter has a wicked sense of humor and she managed to bring Steve out of his grumpy mood the moment we picked her up at the airport.  She needs to move here....permanently.

Here they are snowboarding at Schweitzer (Photo stolen from Chris' Facebook page). And below that we are all at Starbucks having lattes before hitting the little shops on the main drag through town.  Their favorite place to shop? Cabin Fever.  Alise bought a pair of boots, jeans and a tank top.  Chris and I just browsed and contained our urge to buy anything.  All in all it was a great time and I miss my girl more than I can express.  Kiss, kiss Christine Marie.