Friday, July 28, 2017

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ~ Mark Twain It feels like I have a busy day ahead. I break it down: water and harvest in the garden; freeze green beans and whatever else I gather; pick up a few groceries; make dog food; tend to a couple of […]

Thursday, July 27, 2017

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh Many years ago a wise counsellor challenged me to replace the words ‘I can’t’ with ‘I choose not to’. I was, at the time, feeling defeated and overwhelmed with […]

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

“In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.” ~ Alice Walker Gerry and I are off for fasting blood work this morning and, in honour of the occasion, we’re going out for breakfast afterward. Life in the retiree fast lane. # # # It’s heating up again; they’re forecasting 35C/95F for today. Love […]

Monday, July 24, 2017

“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to […]

Sunday, July 23, 2017

“Sabbath observance invites us to stop. It invites us to rest. It asks us to notice that while we rest, the world continues without our help. It invites us to delight in the world’s beauty and abundance.” ~Wendell Berry Today we will gather with our church family and then, perhaps, a lazy Sunday afternoon with […]

Saturday, July 22, 2017

“This world is not conclusion A sequel stands beyond.” ~ Emily Dickinson. Thanks to Plain and Fancy Girl, Marian Beaman, ( for this quote today–it’s perfect. My longing for that sequel grows stronger day by day, and the passing of a dear one only magnifies it. I think often of author Shirley Showalter’s ( personal mission […]

Friday, July 21, 2017

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” ~ C.S. Lewis We are gathering to celebrate the life of my best friend’s husband today–a gentle, quiet man of great integrity and faith. There is sorrow to be sure, […]