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This and That

Well, Friday was the big day! 

We signed our paperwork and paid for the Mountain Farmlet.  We were so excited that we wore ourselves out with it all.  We had planned to take ourselves out to dinner, but then didn’t have the energy to go!  But dinner at home was good.  ;)

Tucker is getting better!  It is painfully slow progress, but we don’t have to let him out every hour on the hour now.  In fact, we found out on Friday that he can hold it for over three hours now, and that is a milestone.  However, we will be waiting a lot longer for his fur to grow back.  :(

Now begins the hopefully not too long process of prepping this house and selling it.  We considered renting, but in the end we decided we just don’t want the hassle that goes along with being rental owners.

ANYBODY WANT TO BUY A NICE FARMLET IN HAZEL GREEN?

As for the Mountain Farmlet, well we still have one more week to go.  The Octogenarian is having her estate sale and then will be moved out by the 10th.  I was feeling sad for her to have to go, but then she told us she has plans to go traveling over the next year!  I think this is wonderful, and I hope she has a wonderful journey wherever she goes!

In the meantime  I have been busy making cuttings, and potting up plants I want to take with me to the Mountain Farmlet.  Roses, herbs, bulbs and more.  I started the roses by air layering and it is working FAST and FABULOUSLY!  I already have big, fat root callouses growing in under all that sphagnum moss and tinfoil!   I am taking more than one of each item to ensure that I get at least ONE OF EACH ITEM!  :D

Oh yes, and when I am not puttering and such in the gardens, I have been quietly packing and sorting for the moving sale.

So much to do!

And so, back to work I go!

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OH YES!!!

And today is Bob’s Birthday!

So you simply must wish him a Happy Birthday!

little kids blowing out birthday cake by Foxtongue at flickr(I just love this picture!)

Once Upon a Time in the West: memories of may day

When Bob and I met in high school and began dating he introduced me to his mother.  The introduction would be a fateful one, as over time she would become my “Mom away from Mom.”  (But, that’s a story for another day…)

Her favorite flowers were daisies, so on May Day I made her a  May basket and filled it with, what else?   Daisies.

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Quietly I snuck up to her doorstep, placed the basket near the door, rang the bell and then ran to hide! 

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It was a childhood tradition, the running and hiding. 

She was too fast in answering the door, and caught me.  It spoiled the fun of watching her wonder “Who did this?”  but time would reveal that my actions that morning had endeared me to her.

May Day observance and its meaning are long forgotten by most folks today, but not by me, and not for its original meaning.  For me, May Day brings back old memories of my Mother in Law, a basket of daisies and her love for me.

I loved you too, Mom, and some days I miss you terribly.

Happy May Day!  

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For your interest…

Here is a video which shows a more traditional May Pole dance, which was, and still is, a part of the May Day Celebrations in England.

Such merry-making!

You may like to know that the dance is well choreographed, and when done correctly the May Pole will not just be wrapped in ribbons, it will be laced or woven in ribbons! 

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Image courtesy of Deaf Pagan Crossroads.  Please click the image to be taken to her site and a well written post about the May Pole!

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A Special thanks to Steve Schwartzman of Portraits of Wildflowers as the inspiration for my post today, and also to EarthSky for the information on May Day celebrations.  Both sites deserve a closer look!

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You still here?  Well then, here is an extra tidbit.  If you are on WordPress and write a post that includes the words  may pole dance  you will be inundated by  many suggestions for tie ins regarding the POLE DANCE!  Which interestingly, seems to be promoted much differently than my understanding of the craft.  ;)  That aside, Google made the distinction and offered up useful and germane information, whereas WordPress could not.  ;)

Once Upon a Time in the West: a birthday that took 1,248 miles to celebrate

In the month of April, so many years ago I can’t remember, I was born in Wichita Falls Texas.

Here is how it all went down:

Dad was stationed in Texas at Sheppard AFB.  Mom was stuck in Southern California with my anticipated birth to be sometime SOON.  Now my Mom didn’t want to be alone when I came, so she hopped the bus at eight and one half months into my grand arrival, and we traveled 1,248 miles to be where Dad was!

That was in 1953 before air conditioning.  So you know that was a LONG and stressful ride in her condition. 

What was she thinking?

Well, I was born almost as soon as we arrived.  Now Dad was living in base housing, and suddenly he has to come up with someplace for all of us off  base! Then, two weeks after I showed up Dad got shipped out to March AFB  Which is right back in good ol’ Southern California!

Do you sense some irony here?

This month I turn 60, and for the first time in my life, I don’t believe I am really into the swing of the whole birthday thing.

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Not really.

But hey, check back with me in say another 20 to 30 years, and then maybe I will be so happy to still be here I will want a party, complete with a bonfire  er, birthday cake and a party with all my friends around to cheer me on!

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BTW, Bob asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year, and all I could come up with was the deed to the Mountain Farmlet.

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It really is all I could ask for!

:D

My Window Faces the South

“My window faces the South, and [we're] almost half way to heaven…”

(Please see the notes on this song at the end of the post!)

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Follow me, through the woods…

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keep going!

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Past the pony who’s escaped his pasture.

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Hello, naughty Pony!

Past some pretty new flowers of spring.

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We’ll follow along the creek for a bit,

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and beyond the water pump,

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and the pond,

The pond

to…

The New Farmlet from the back

The new Farmlet!

An antique home (174 years and counting) on 23 acres with a pond for Polly and Frellnick, and that wonderful walking trail you just accompanied me on through the woods and along the creek!

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Looking from the front you will see the rock fireplace, which is where the old log cabin was constructed in the 1840s.  Later, the home was expanded in the 1920s to the proportions you see here.  In 2006, there was an addition of a large bedroom and bath in the back.  All of the wood for the construction over the years came from the property.

I can’t wait to show you the inside, but wait we must until the escrow closes.

I feel as if I am in a dream, and now understand why God said, “No” the first time around. 

We are so blessed!

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I want to thank each and every one of you for your prayers and heartfelt good wishes.  They mean so much! 

May all your blessings be returned to you tenfold!

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NOTE:  The refrain above is from “My Window Faces the South.”  It was written back in back in 1937 by Jerry Livingston, Abner Silver and Mitchell Parish.  I always assumed, incorrectly, that it was a Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen original.  Who knew?  I sure didn’t!  It was made popular by Fats Waller and has remained so to the present day.

CREDITS:  Want to know more?  Go to Community Voices HERE to read all about it.