Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A "god" called food

I finally did it! I've been reading "The Miss Rumphius Effect" blog for a while now, and I kept thinking that SOON, maybe, I'll write a poem for the Monday Poetry Stretch!

This week's topic was "FOOD". Here's my "first time try". It's a limerick about food. Enjoy!

There once was a "god" I called food
It always brightened my mood!
I'm upset, I'd say;
take this feeling away
quickly, or I'll come unglued!

Ah, sweet was the feeling of peace
that filled me after each feast!
What it did to my waist
as I gobbled in haste
Dare I say it? The word is obese!

Now I'm learning to say
take that darn stuff away!
I've had enough
of that fattening stuff;
I'll FEEL my emotions today!

So now food is back in its place
I'm no longer stuffing my face!
I eat what I need
and enjoy it indeed
slowly, for life's not a race!

Monday, April 28, 2008

The economy is hitting home....... sigh

The economy is hitting home.

In the "big picture", this may seem trivial. In my household, it's not.

My daughter is graduating from high school this June! YAY, Cindy!

Her Aunt Martha (my dear sister!) was planning on flying down from Massachusetts to join in the celebration. Everyone was so excited! Cindy and her boyfriend were going to go camping with Aunt Martha after the graduation. What fun!

Well, to make a long story short, the stock market's woes have hit my sister and her husband in the pocketbook. The good news is, she has found a job! The sad news is, she won't be able to come to the graduation as planned.

My darling daughter has had WAY more than her share of disappointments in life. It was so hard for me to see her disappointment again. What did she say? "It's nothing new".

So, how do I "light a candle" and bring some joy into this picture? Hmmmmm, that's going to take some prayer and some creative thinking.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Running out of gas!

Today, I just have to share a story about my son!

I am posting early in the morning, which is VERY unusual, because I awakened at 5 a.m. to go pick up my son from work.

Why, you might ask, did he need the ride? On second thought, maybe the title of the post was a clue. (You've gotta remember that it's EARLY!)

My son chose to go to work on an almost-empty tank of gas. The only thing he didn't think about was gravity! As he was climbing up a tall bridge................. sigh.............. he ran out of gas. Then, he made the decision to walk the rest of the way to work, so his car was towed! Ah, the wisdom of a 21-year old with much growing up still to do.

As we were driving home, I told him that one day (probably by the time he's MY age!) he'll LAUGH when he remembers this day. He's not laughing today.

I read an on-line post this morning about solitude, and how important being "face-to-face" with myself and my feelings is so important. For me, taking the time for solitude, and connection with God, is just as important as keeping gasoline in my car! Coasting along through life, I might get by without it for a while. I just NEVER know when I'll run into a steep hill I need to climb. When the unexpected gets here, I definitely want some gasoline in my spiritual tank. :~)

Monday, April 21, 2008

A pair of sneakers, and Spring cleaning!

This weekend I learned that a simple pair of sneakers can make a huge difference in my day!

I'm housework-challenged, to say the least. I've been receiving e-mails from FLY-Lady, and THINKING about putting some of her ideas to the test in my life.

One of her suggestions is to put on a pair of sneakers and tie up the laces. The suggestion goes on to promise that I'll be amazed at the improvement of my efficiency! Hmmmmmmm, I said. I can't imagine how THAT will make a difference; and I'm so much more COMFORTABLE without my shoes on.

Well, upon returning home from a walk yesterday, I started cleaning my house. I went whizzing from one task to the next with amazing speed. I didn't even REALIZE until later that, yes, I still had my sneakers on with the laces tied!

So, did the sneakers make me more efficient? I can't say for sure. Maybe it was a coincidence. I guess they put some "bounce" in my step! :~) I'll have to test that theory out again! Thank you FLY Lady!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Celebrating Friendship

It's Saturday!

Today I'm celebrating friendship in so many ways.

One friend, who is starting a new chapter in her life, needed help moving this morning. So, another friend from work and I helped her pack up and bring some things to her apartment. Arriving with some of her cherished items, we had a mini celebration! This afternoon, other friends are helping her get settled when the moving truck arrives with the rest.

In a little while, I'll be heading to another friend's apartment, where the "fearsome foursome" are getting together for some friendly games and a meal. I'm SO grateful to have found a group of friends who enjoy the budget-friendly entertainment provided by sitting around a table and playing games!

When I finish blogging, I'm headed to the library to pick up a book of poetry for 4 voices. I'm hoping I'll find some friends at church who will agree to put together a performance of one of the poems for our upcoming talent show for a good cause. :~)

Friendship is one of the most wonderful gifts I've been given. Today, I'm grateful for friends. What's the best way to have a friend? B-1!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The more you relax, the more you feel

I'm feeling absolutely THRILLED to be a part of the blog world right now.

I was about to give up on finding the "thing of beauty" for today's post.

"Miss Rumphius Effect" has a Monday poetry stretch each week, inviting blogging poets to share write a certain type of poem to share on Thursday.

One of today's poems was JUST what I needed to read...............
The more you relax, the more you feel , posted by Jeannie on her blog "Things that make me say". This poem certainly qualifies as my daily "thing of beauty".

"When I grow up" (LOL -- really now!) I want to write poetry half as well as Jeannie writes!
Each day, as a person who's in recovery from "stuffing my feelings", I hope I can remember to relax, and FEEL!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Better late than never!

Wow, has it really been almost a month since I posted here?
Time truly does fly!

Better late than never, here I am again! Whew, the candle is getting dim, isn't it?
Just in time, I opened my e-mail the other day, and found some encouragement to keep writing. Thank you, Jayne! :)

A quote I read in "Body + Soul" magazine today:
"When you commit your dreams to paper, you give them a place to take root."

I'd add that commiting my dreams to the "blog-world" is giving them a place to take root, too!
And, as challenged as I am with keeping up with paper............ I think that in the blog-world, I'm much more likely to be able to find those written-down dreams again!

Not too long ago, I didn't have any dreams for myself........... just dreams for my kids.
Now, I'm beginning to have dreams for myself, too!
One of those dreams is writing poetry. I'm beginning to think that to write poetry, I need to develop an "eye" for the simple beauty in life.

Today, the simple beauty I noticed was some music on Public Radio. I looked on the playlist, and it was called ANONYMOUS: Sonata Chiquitana. It was a simple piece, with just a few instruments........... a flute, an oboe, maybe a clarinet, and a couple of others. The music lifted my spirits, and brought a smile to my face.

I can't wait to find out what beauty I notice in my little corner of the world tomorrow! Maybe it will be a sight, maybe a sound, maybe an act of kindness that I notice. I've heard it said that we usually find what we're looking for!