Mother Nature is not a happy soul here in Ashland. Tonight the loud rumbles of thunder and the giant flashes of lightning are also frightening! We even had hail to enhance the experience. Many storms are plaguing the South and they've left tragic destruction with loss of lives due to tornados. A tornado warning was issued in the last hour for Mansfield..a town about 15 miles from here. I grew up in the Midwest and this is nothing new for this time of year. You learn to keep a look out for funnel clouds. You make sure there's a place to run when the warning siren goes off. When we lived in town it was easy to hear. Out here in the country it's still loud enough to hear, but the windows are closed and the sound of the wind and rain can drown it out. When these things happen at night it's really a challenge....no way to see the sky and sleep can make you miss the warnings. Tonight Jack had a meeting in Canton. I'll feel better when he finally gets home. I'm sure he will too. I'm betting it's a steering wheel gripping night for driving in the heavy rain and strong winds. So even though this weather is expected this time of year, it's still enough to have you say "Whoa....I'm heading for the basement!" Thankfully the power is still on. Obviously, since my computer is working....and I'm thinking I probably shouldn't be on the computer during a thunderstorm....Yaya, signing off!
Friday, April 25, 2014
In March Spring arrived on the calendar. The days were lighter later and now the mornings are again lighter. Snow still fell silently reminding us to not get too antsy in the pantsies when it comes to welcoming warmer weather. The last few weeks have found us in a rollercoaster of April weather changes. A few days in the 60's and many nights in the 30's. Easter found us sunny and mid 70's. Today rainy and 40's. But through it all the little signs of Spring have moved in. Almost as quiet as a whisper, the changes are happening here at the Pines.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
If ever there was a day that I would love to gather and savor the memories...put them in my pocket to take out for a smile when I need it...that would be today. The weather was perfect from beginning to end. Jack and I were up early to go to church in Akron. It was our Stake Conference weekend and the music and talks were really good and the drive was smooth and easy. After arriving home we put the finishing touches on our Easter meal that would bring the kiddos and Grandkiddos over. I had prepared most of it yesterday and felt ready for the fun to begin. Our temps reached 75 and we decided to eat outdoors on the deck. We don't have the top of the gazebo on yet, but the deck shaded by the time we were set to eat. It couldn't have been nicer.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
I did something a bit out of my "box". A friend of mine belongs to the Presbyterian Church in our little town. They were doing something they had never done before and she invited me to go with her to experience it. They put a labyrinth in the middle of their Sanctuary and after reading an article about it's meaning and how to navigate it, we walked the labyrinth together. It was interesting and certainly a time for meditation and reflection...along with prayer. The newspaper did a little paragraph about it: "The procedure of labyrinth walking is divided into three phases: the journey inward, a pause for prayer or meditation at the center and the return journey" We went in and read some instructions on how this was to be done and some history about labyrinth walking. The church was lovely and the music was very angelic. (Although my friend didn't enjoy the music as much as I did!) I liked the music because it kept me focused on prayer and meditating. My mind wanders so much when I try to meditate in a quiet place! (I think I probably have some alphabetic disorder.. ADDHXYZ...or something) So the music helped! We walked quietly and reverently. I'm betting this experience meant more to some than others. I think many people are looking for "something" in this world. Whether it's a spiritual experience or answers to prayers or help in life, people will seek out these opportunities in many different ways. I can't say I had any huge awakening to my soul, (I'm very happy in my own religion of choice...The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints) but taking time to ponder and pray is always time well spent....especially this week before Easter. I have a strong faith and love what my Savior, Jesus Christ has done for me. I love the Easter season. I grew up Catholic and also celebrated "Greek (orthodox) Easter with my Mom's family. It was a special time of traditions, fasting, prayer, and then the big feast. No matter how or what you may believe, or if you even take this time to celebrate Easter, I wish you peace, happiness and love. Here's a photo of the labyrinth.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The weather is amazing this weekend! I have waited a long time to say that! It's been a week since I've blogged so I really want to put this up today to prove that it's not all gloom and snow here at the Pines. (Well, snow is coming on Tuesday but I'm trying to block that out!) It's been in the mid 70's and yesterday I finally got to the yard work that needed to get started.
Monday, April 7, 2014
We actually didn't really wander at all this weekend. It was more a weekend of "pondering" I guess. It was General Conference weekend and we stayed home Saturday afternoon to listen to the talks from church leaders out in Salt Lake. The messages were all good and I felt many directed at me! (I mean, it's all about me isn't it?...That's an inside joke!) Saturday morning was all about getting chores done and errands run so we could sit and ponder the messages in the afternoon. Sunday was more of the same. Jack usually has early morning meetings at church on Sunday so he was able to sleep in for once. We took a nice leisurely walk in the Creepy Woods with Eddy and then put the finishing touches for our dinner that afternoon. Our oldest son Jack was coming over with his kiddos and his girlfriend, Evelyn. We had only met her once before and we had a lovely time getting to know her better. She's a sweetie and I know we'll have many more times to get better acquainted. Again, the messages were spot on and the music from the Tabernacle Choir was awesome. It was a quiet, but lovely weekend.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I can remember turning 30. For some reason I struggled with that milestone. I know I've mentioned it on my blog before. I got over it and moved on. I even went so far as to have a baby the next year. Which brings me to today. 30 years ago today I had my youngest son, Jordan. He is at the milestone that took my breath away and somehow I just have to shake my head to realize how fast time flies and how it stands still for nobody. Jordan was my buddy when he was little. He held the "baby of the family" status. He and I spent a lot of time in the car together...in the store together...in the house together...in life in general together! He's a good guy. He's the one who gets the "Hey, I'm moving, can you come and help?" call...and he always comes and helps. We got him a tee-shirt that says "Big Ape Moving Company". He's hard working, loves animals (more than people!), has a very quick wit and has his own opinions and views on life that suit him just fine. He doesn't ever want to marry or have kiddos....of course that can change with time and the right woman to trap him...I mean change his ideas on that subject! He's done some stand up comedy. He wanted to challenge himself to get out of his element. I was surprised because he's really a quiet guy..sort of. He enjoyed it a lot and I think he would love to make that his life's work. Someday perhaps...right now he'll keep his day job! He's been living with us for the last couple of years. I guess he fits the term I heard the other day..."boomerang kids". He's saved his pennies and paid off all debts and is looking to buy a house for himself and his dog, Eddy the Boxer. We'll miss him and Eddy but I'll be happy he's not the sterotype of a 30yr old living in his parents basement...even if he does pay rent for the privilege! So a big Happy Birthday to you Jord. Glad you weren't born on April 1st...your Dad wouldn't allow it! You had the last laugh weighing in at 10lbs, 8oz and making me have a C-section for the 4th and last kiddo! Here's a few of my fav pics of him: