Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Lots of Love

I knew what I wanted from this picture but could not get the flag and the wind to cooperate. I enjoy sitting out here when the weather is nice. This week is going to be hot, but we have been lucky and not had too much really hot weather. I did turn on the air in the bedroom yesterday afternoon as it was kinda sticky.

Sitting here checking my email and Charlie walks up and puts his head in my lap. I start petting him, he is so soft and sleek petting him is almost therapy. He looks up and give a big sigh, he would probably stand here for hours if I had the time. Just a little while ago my mind was in a completely different place. There are times I feel like a gerbil on a wheel, running and running and not getting anywhere. Thinking like that spirals me down and I have to give myself a kick to go in the other direction. Why is it so easy to only think of the negative and forget all the good we have. While we are not where I would like us to be, we still have so much. A roof over our heads, food, love and the chance to improve our situation. Our health is good, not perfect but so much better then so many others. My brain still functions, or at least I think it does. I guess what is getting to me at the moment is that there is so much that needs doing, some times I just kind of shut down. The logical part of my brain tells me that it will all come together, just keep plugging. The "pity me" part of my brain looks for all the things that are wrong. Then Charlie walks up and gives me love and all he wants from me is to be petted and he is content. So, shut up Barbara and keep plugging!!

Molly is such a cutie pie, of course that is my take. If Elvira could talk she would have a whole different view, Molly bugs the heck out of her. Molly runs and runs and then flops down and is asleep. Sorry about the background, she could have picked a more attractive spot,lol. She is so soft, even her paws are soft and she still has that baby dog smell. I will try and remember that when she is 75 pounds and huge. I took almost 100 pictures the other day, interesting things everywhere. The digital cameras are great, instant gratification.
The pink and yellow flowers are the ones that my friend Ellen cleared out of her garden. We filled the Pathfinder twice with all she gave me. It was like Christmas, getting new plants for the yard and pots and even some trees. She gave me some small Black Walnut trees, they are supposed to grown quickly which is great. There still are lots of areas that need trees to help block the wind and a bonus for these will be the nuts. Ellen told me people spread them in their driveways and run their cars over them to break open the tough outer husk. Then you take them inside to dry and on days with not much to do you pick out the meat.
Well, off to do some of the multitude of jobs that await, best to you all and thank you for coming to visit.


Karen said...

My grandpa had a walnut tree in the front of his house, and I have so many memories of bbq's and family gatherings there. The nuts covered the ground were hard as rocks. I remember they were covered in a green shell? I wonder if it was your typical walnut tree or some other kind.

I know what you mean about running on that wheel. I have to force myself to just STOP sometimes. Yesterday was like that. I finally stopped everything and took my daughter to the pool. It gave me a whole new perspective.

Have a good day. Enjoy some time on that beautiful porch:)

Nancy said...

Your picture is beautiful, even if the flag and wind didn't wasnt to cooperate. The view from your porch looks so tranquil...just lovely!

I remember eating black walnuts when I was a kid. My dad used to crack them and give us kids the meats. We loved them!

I can relate to the hamster wheel, too. My life is like that every day...I work 2 jobs from home (thank goodness for that), and take care of 33 cats and clean my house every other day! Somedays I don't even have time to eat! I had my yesterday's supper at 4:30am THIS morning when I finished working! I cooked me up a nice juicy burger and an ear of fresh corn! I feel like I am sinking in quicksand, especially the last week of each month when I have deadlines to meet!

Charlie has the right idea...he just takes it easy and wants a human touch and wants to show you that he loves you! Molly's sleeping positions are so cute!!! She's a cutie, too!!! Just can't love them enough, can we??? LOL

(((((( HUGS ))))))

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Barbara,

Your porch looks so cozy and nice. A good place to just sit and dream and plan things. Or just to ruminate.

Charlie is so sweet. He knew you needed some love therapy! :-)

The photo of Molly is cute. Puppies are such a joy.

Of course, there is always so much to do, but it will get done in time. Half the fun is in the planning, don't you think? No sense in stressing about things, it's better to just count your blessings. Slowly, the rest will get done.

That pink flower looks like the purple cone flower. There are some growing along the roadsides around here. They are so pretty.

I have several black walnut trees, but usually don't bother with the walnuts, as there are only a few at this point. It takes a while before they are fully grown and producing a lot of walnuts. At least, my trees seem to.

Enjoy your beautiful homestead.

Hugs and blessings,


violetlady said...

I love that sweet puppy smell. She looks adorable.

PEA said...

Hi Barbara:-)

I so wish I could sit with you on your porch swing and have a chat!! I so understand what you're saying in this post...I think in this day and age there is just too much going on and our brains can't take it all in. That's when I wish we could go back to the much simpler times...I mean, women use to have time to brush their hair and put makeup on before their hubby came home from work! lol

I can well imagine how happy you were to get all those flowers and trees for your yard. I have purple coneflowers like you show in the picture, they're beautiful, aren't they!!

Have a great weekend and see you when I get back:-) xoxo