Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Thanks to all of you for leaving me comments and encouragement while I was off visiting with our parents. It was a treat to check my email the few short times I did. Speaking of encouragement - my friend Kat lost her Grandmother over the weekend. Its not so far from my Grandma's loss that it all comes flooding back. Won't you find a few moments of your day to encourage Kat in her sad time? You can find her blog by clicking HERE.

Mom and Dad are headed home now - they truly enjoyed their visit, Mom even said it reminded her of the farm they ran when Miles was a boy. Our friends Roman and Bonnie invested some time into our folks, answering their questions on how the farm is run etc... and coming for coffee and a good chat. Thanks to you - you made our parents feel right at home! I know it gladdened their hearts to see that we are good friends too!


We all know AMY! Now, for a profile photo - this tells us a great deal about you, Girl! Amy has used my hair and glasses elements to bring some fun to her photo... thanks for sharing Amy, you brought a smile to me. You can always request a 'do' of your own - the style and color to match your own special project... Make sure you slip over to Amy's Blog to pick up her free Memorial Day Kit which is also featured in her profile!


I'm still making my way through the book on colour - yep, I've had to check it in and out a few times, but its worth the long read. I've made it up to yellow and and am currently learning all about saffron. It used to be that most saffron was grown in Spain, but nowadays Iran is the biggest producer. Iranian saffron is redder than Spanish saffron is purer and redder than Spanish. Saffron is the world's most expensive spice - being it takes so many to make plants to make any small amount of the actual spice. Saffron is grown from shallot-like bulbs called corms. The purple flower blooms in one day and then by the end of that day, is gone! The saffron is harvested from the middle of the flower (I think its like the stamen) It takes 170,000 flowers to make one kilo of saffron - and it has to be harvested by hand. Being so lucrative, saffron is often prey to being adulterated - so there are stringent testings done to assure quality before it ever reaches the consumer. One kilo of saffron sells for $700 usd - but it's not so expensive to use, as you only need a tiny bit! Besides being used as a spice, in the medevil days, it was used in manuscripts, as an inexpensive alternative to gold leaf.

After our folks left, I spent the entirety of yesterday 'trimming the trails' ... I've never done this 'pruning thing' before, so its all a bit daunting to me. However, after the first 800 yards I really got into the swing of things, and by the end of the day had most trails done... and it looks simply beautiful. Isn't it funny that sometimes things we would not have chosen to learn, which scare us a bit to learn, turn out to be empowering gifts? It was good for my soul to spend the day outdoors in the sun and wind, listening to nothing more than the wind in the trees and the birds singing. One bird in particular which kept me highly entertained, was the ever varying call of the 'cat bird'... does anyone know the proper name of this bird?

Have you ever discovered an empowering gift of your own - by having to jump in with both feet? I would love to know! I have to share this writing with you, which touched me after my day out-of-doors...

Brown butterflies in happy quiet rest

Upon the blooming ragwort's golden breast,

Giving unto the mind a sweet employ

That everything in nature meets with joy.

Ah sweet indeed! For trifles such as these

Full ofthen give my aching bosom ease,

When I am in little walks my mind employ

Aright - and feel those happy reveries

That nature in her varied lessons tend

To bring our thinkings to a happy end,

And in her varied moods for ever tries

To mkae us that great blessing comprehend,

That spreads around us in a fond caress

Emblems and moods of future happiness.

- by John Clare

Being outdoors puts me closer to God - away from the daily distractions... it centers me in a way nothing else can. Can I encourage you to find a quiet spot to enjoy today, too, some special place where you can appreciate the creation of God's hand?


3. When I consider your heavens,

The work of your fingers,

The moon and the stars,

Which you have put in place.

4. What is man that you are mindful of him,

The sun of man that you care for him?

5. You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings

and crowned him with glory and honour.

6. You made him ruler over the works of your hands;

you put everything under his feet.

7. All the flocks and herds,

and beasts of the fields.

8. The birds of the air,

and the fish of the sea,

all that swim the paths of the sea.

9. Oh Lord, our Lord,

How majestic is your name in all the earth!

Today in History:

1453 - Constantinople falls to Turks (Signaled end of Middle Ages)

1660 - Charles II restored to English throne after Puritan Commonwealth

1721 - SC formally incorporated as a royal colony

1848 - Wisconsin becomes 30th state

1849 - A patent for lifting vessels was granted to Abraham Lincoln

1919 - Einstein's light-bending prediction is confirmed by Arthur Eddington

1951 - 1st North Pole flight in single engine plane - CF Blair

1953 - Edmund Hillary & Norgay of NZ become 1st to reach top of Mt Everest


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  1. TY so very much for the beautiful frame!!
    AmyW is awesome I seen it yesterday & it couldn't get over how cute & different it was!

  2. Missed you and sounds like you had a wonderful weekend!! Thanks again so much for the links & freebie!! Have a beautiful day!

  3. AnonymousMay 29, 2007

    Have been working a lot these days but will take some time tonight to bring the kids to the park. They enjoy it so much. I sometimes miss YOUR mountains .. thinking of them (and you) make me feel good! Thank you for your kind words. PS : Looking at the pictures you post for us is always a treat to me. Love Valerie

  4. Good Afternoon Barb:)
    It has been a busy weekend for me too.Not quite as busy as yours..but I didn't have as much computer time as I usually do.:)
    Thank you so much for your wonderful clipframe.How cool and so pretty!:)
    Doesn't Amy look sweet?:)LOL It would be so funny if we all decided to do that to our profiles.LOL Then vote on the goofiest one.:)Sounds like something right up your alley.LOL

    I missed you while you were ignoring me.LOL Glad to see you are back.:)


  5. AnonymousMay 29, 2007

    Thanks so much, Barb, for your generosity in offering us these freebies - I love the Metal Clip Frame and know I will be using it alot!

  6. love that picture of Amy ...and love the frame element ....packing is going slowly...but I am glad to hear you guys had an awesome time with mom and dad....way to go...on the trails ..can't wait to see them ...love ya sis

  7. Barb (((hugs)) Thank you my friend!

  8. Lol! I wonder if Amy has seen it yet! He he! Too cute! Love that blue hair!Lol! Thanks for the freebie too!

  9. AnonymousMay 29, 2007

    Thanks for the pretty frame!

  10. AnonymousMay 29, 2007

    Love the frame! Thanks so much.

  11. AnonymousMay 29, 2007

    HI From Mal [ you Know who]
    Frist of all i have miss you on hello. I know that you have had your in-laws visiting you guys also have miss your blog too.

    tell your frined Kat I also know how it feels to lost a Grandmother and my is more recint then your's you can till her the sadness of her passing will go away but you will aways will have a bit of sorrow for they are not here on earth with us any more.they are not in pain or suffering any more enther. Someone told us after my Grandmother pass away that every one that go's to Heaven all becames 30 again, so she can think that her grandmother is back in the prim of her life olny in Heaven it has geven me some peace to think that my grandmother was back in her prim of life even it is in Heaven and not her with us all.

    here is some thing for you yes you are righ to think that you are closer to God. You are always closer to God in a Garden. Here is a pome for you to use in your blog if you would like.

    The Lord God planted a garden
    In the first white days of the world,
    And HE set there an angel warden
    In a garment of light enfurled.

    So near to the peace of Heaven,
    That the hawk might nest with the wren,
    For there in the cool of the even'
    God walked with the first of men.

    The kiss of the sun for pardon,
    The song of the for mirth -
    One is nearer to God's heat in a gerden
    Then anywhere else on earth.
    By Dorothy Frances Gurney
    Love you and Mr. Miles HAHA


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