Thursday, May 03, 2007


Well, my husband plumb walked my little legs off yesterday. He'd invited me to come with him to school in Oliver - 20 minutes away, and promised me a walk with 'pretty scenery' at the end of it... Usually I walk with my Becks on Wednesday, which I missed, but a date with my hunny is tops on my list as I know it would be for Becks and L. We just loves our husbands as our best friends!

Well... I anxiously awaited the afternoon session to finish at school (1-3) anticipating the walk, polishing my lens on my camera, making sure I was ready for the great photography and the relaxing visit and walk. Little did I know it would actually be a mini-marathon... we walked for miles and miles and I would have mere seconds to snap photos and I would return to school with a damp, sweaty & smelly self...

I did get a FEW good photos though, which I will share tomorrow!
I received an email yesterday from Janet Barclay who's list (featured in House and Home magazine and which I put in Wednesday's blog) of which documents you should/shouldn't keep when spring cleaning... Janet sent this comment:

"Thank you for sharing my tips for managing personal documents! It's important to note that these are only guidelines, and appropriate government/institutional authorities should be consulted for specific policies and regulations. "


We arrived home late, after school and the drive home and I checked the mail. What should I see in the box, but that bright red tag with a key that says there is a PARCEL in there... I'm getting more parcels at this new home than I got during our nine years at our old home - you think the postal people were just saving them up for me over the years? (LOL!)

It was a parcel from my sister Nina - a GOODIE PARCEL filled with special treats! Included were two nice coffee mugs (she sent some last Christmas but one BROKE in the mail :( ), some lovely scented candles (now distributed about the house and in the linen closets and EVERYWHERE, some special Vancouver Island teas and some Anna's biscuits - they taste like almonds and oranges and look like flower shapes! Ohhh Neens, thanks to you and your family for this... you sure spoil! And you sure know what I like! (HUG, HUG!)


I'd asked our daughter Melanie to buy me a pair of gardening gloves from a discount store... and she did. Later, she phoned and asked if she might use them to plant a little garden of her own... I was tickled and said YES! She sent this photo of her little garden plot, from her cell phone. Its so sweet - she included a big catnip plant for our little Grandcat Winston. We want photos of the Grandcat with catnip Dear... by the way, your not getting our Grandcat hooked on anything are you???


Don't you just love their names? These are our two nieces who just got to do every kid's dream - got to Disneyland. Its funny but my sister-in-law Judy and I picked the exact same picture for our blogs - great minds think alike, right Sis? These are two cute girls and you can load up on pics and news of them by visiting Judy's blog by clicking HERE... (yes, this is who the kit is named for!)


It rained all day yesterday - we even got a good thundershower... it was awesome to cozy up in the house all morning, getting some indoor chores done. I feel safe in our sturdy new home, watching from the windows as the wind lashes the waves across the lake. It's a good reminder to me that it's like being under the wing - God is my shelter, while the storm rages all 'round. I 'specially love the peace after a rain, when the sun comes out and lights up the shiny clean earth... I feel the cleansing deep down within!

Every valley drinks,
Every dell and hollow:
Where the kind rain sinks and sinks,
Green of spring will follow.

Yet lapse of weeksBuds will burst their edges,
Strip the wool-coats, glue-coats, streaks,
In the woods and hedges.

by Christina Rossetti

"he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth."

2 Samuel 23:4

My friend Bonnie compiled a list for me of things she might do on a typical afternoon on the property - she has allowed me to share it with you:

April 19, 2007


Picnic lunch in my Grotto (special place, peaceful area set aside for self)

Watered my trees and Boston Ivy

Picked up garbage along the lakeshore

Salvaged all the driftwood I could find

Re-enforced all my beaver barriers

Pulled out noxious weeds - digging roots up with a piece of bone I'd found

hounds tongue


Found large rocks to re-enforce barriers at the base


Cranes (Sandhill) flying north above me

Ring-necked Pheasant up in the bush

California Quail sneaking through dry leaves and underbrush

Waves gently lapping along the shore

tiny Frog, croaking


Deer tracks

Pair of nesting Mallard Ducks

Pair of common Merganzer Ducks

American Coots in a larger group - sticking together for protection from Bald Eagles


My "Lonely Loon" who comes every year

Osprey hunting for fish

many cobwebs, all spotted with tiny black flies

A cluster of mushrooms, the tops were cup shape, facing up, rather than down.

Saskatoon bushes in blossom

Sumac, starting to bud at the tops

Choke Cherry blossoms starting to form

Poplar leaves all new, shiny and sticky

Cave-like open area at base of old tree trunk, cherry pits covering its floor

Blue sky above me, with grey puffy clouds - to the NW & E, dumping intermittent showers


no people. no one around or on the lake


The calmness of being alone with nature

Grateful for who I am, where I live & what I have

The release of toxins from negative emotions; anger hurts, resentments & frustrations

Grateful to God for all the healing environment he has provided me.

Have you, like Bonnie, ever used nature and being alone to help you rest/relax/heal? Would you care to share? Why not send a comment and share your experience! You can comment or email me directly at

Today in History:

1765 - 1st US Medical school opened

1797 - Jamaica discovered by Columbus

1830 - 1st regular steam train passenger service starts

1898 - Camp Merriman established at Presidio

1919 - America's 1st passenger flight (NY-Atlantic City)

1923 - 1st nonstop transcontinental flight (NY-San Diego) completed

1952 - 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole

1971 - Natl non-coml Network Radio Begins Programming

1971 - Nixon administration arrests 13 -000 anti-war protesters in 3 days

Birthdays of Note:

1874 - Francois Coty, perfumemaker

1892 - Sir George Thomson, demonstrated electron diffraction (Nobel 1937)

1941 - Nona Gaprindasvili, of USSR world women's chess champ (1962-78)


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  1. TY so very much for the awesome glass beads!!

  2. sounds like your are so enjoying your new home and getting some awesome pictures to share ....and sounds like Nina knews how to spoil you girl...hehehehe

  3. GORGEOUS beads, thank you so very much for sharing!! Have a great day :)

  4. Glad you had that energetic walk - we visited with Ed & Judy lastnight at their beautiful property till way too late. Oh to have a piece of property like theirs. Amazing!

    I's sleeepy today :)

    Yes, I need to spend time in nature to rejuvinate my soul. In fact, if I don't get out & do it soon I may crack from the office pressures. Need to find a place to hear His still small voice & find my center again!

  5. OOOH! I love these beads! Very nice! Thanks!

  6. Good Afternoon Barb:)
    I love the beads you have for this kit.It is becoming bigger all the time:)Everything is soo cool.!!Thank you so much for sharing.:)
    My Son and DIL came by for a couple of hours today.We had a nice visit.:)
    I will try to put up a few pics of our yard tomorrow.It is nothing fancy.We used the rocks we dug up to make the pond etc.We need to get fresh pinestraw and chips for this year.It doesn't take long for last years to disintigrate into the ground.:)We worked really hard on it year before last.I will try to tell a little about it too.:)If I remember.LOL
    Thanks for coming to see me and leaving such sweet comments.:) I love your visits.:)
    It is overcast a little today.Not so sunny right now.

    Have a fantastic rest of the still have three hours to catch up to me.LOL


  7. Thanks for the very cool beads!

  8. HI!
    I love you! Okay, just dropped in for my daily smile. If you need one I posted photos of Emma's first ever hair cut. So cute.

  9. AnonymousMay 03, 2007

    Hi Barb, Thank you for the newest addition to your kit... I've enjoyed the reads you provided today. Rosemarie

  10. Lovely beads - beautiful details.

    I loved your observations on nature - sometimes we are so busy we don't take time to stop and listen to nature, or even to hear God in silence.

    Search your hearts and be silent - Psalm 4 v4

    I love to walk by the sea near our holiday cottage on north coast of Northern Ireland (near the Giants Causeway) - crashing waves, seagulls, the noise of crunching over shells and sand, the smells and sounds of the sea.

  11. Good Morning Barb:)
    How are you today? Must be busy.LOL
    Just wanted to let you know I posted photos of my yard today.:)

    Gotta go get something to eat before I pass out.LOL


  12. AnonymousMay 04, 2007

    Judy Blue is fantastic! I'm oohing and ahhing each time I open your blog and see the newest addiction. Think this is my favorite of your kits - so far. Hugs

  13. Thanks so much for the beautiful beads. And all the info in your blog. :)


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