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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....


November 14, 2016

Last week was a blurrrrr...  I am glad it is over.  I must admit I was exhausted after the election.  I needed time to absorb all that happened.  I needed time to talk things over with God and to settle myself.  I needed to do what I said and that is to do the things that I can control. Remind you I was hoping for a President that was intelligent, sensible, had lived a good life, carried no old baggage, was respectful of others and had the ability to make good choices and decisions.  

I would have felt this same grief whoever won but the exhaustion was much worse than I expected and for my husband as well.  I felt like each day we have been going to a horse track and watched the same two horses running a unusually long race.  They went around the track so many times I felt sorry for the horses and did not know anymore who I wanted to win the race.  I just wanted someone to stop racing these horses.  I am not upset with the horses, I am upset with the people that decided to race these two horses.  I am just glad neither horse keeled over and died.

So after it was over I had to adjust my emotions.  This past week I went outside to be with nature in our yard. I had to do the things that I can do. I transplanted some herbs that were in pots.

We started eating some of our satsumas for energy.  My husband was just as exhausted as was I. 

I was behind on many things because I had no energy so slowly I started getting caught up with laundry, dishes and floors.

My husband built us a gate for our secret garden.  He used the limbs we trimmed off our plum tree. We were trying to get our creativity back.  We were healing.

I did some sewing.  I started making a new camisole using an older one for a pattern.

Focusing on nature by noticing the small things such as this bee drinking water from the bird bath can truly help lift our spirits.

A Cardinal flew in and was quite entertaining...

He pecked around the leaves looking for bugs... The male cardinal normally feeds the babies.

He got a drink at the bird bath. I watched him and thought about how he does not worry about things as we do and isn't that we are suppose to do?

The birds like this bath because we keep a slow drip of water going so it does not dry out.  If you look closely you can see the drip just about to splash in the water.

A long time ago we started picking up old wood and building things in the back yard.  It makes it interesting for us but the wild life love it the most.  Whenever we add something new such as the new gate they will come and check it out.  

Our birdhouses are getting very old now.  This one has a large old nail for a stove pipe.

This one we made with an old barn roof tile and old fence boards. Remind you we live in the city and have a small yard yet we try to give our yard a feel of living out in the country.

The one by the arbor gate has been altered by the squirrels.  They made the hole larger because they are very curious.

I sat in a chair with my feet propped up, my fuzzy warm sweat pants on and I noticed how interesting my garden shoes are getting.  They are now so comfortable that I just cannot get rid of them.  I forgot I had them on one day and wore them out.  I am surprised no one offered me money. :)

My distraction has kept me from being able to do my normal post so I thought I would just talk to you as if you were visiting me here at home and I am walking with you around our backyard.

The onions are coming up...

The garlic has sprung up too.  Remind you we are in fall now, soon to be Thanksgiving.

Another visitor to the birdbath.  I will close now, I hope you have enjoyed your visit here.  I wish we could have had a cup tea or coffee together.  Grandma Donna

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