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to many fine folk since 1957

Pepper and me ... Seattle 1962

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= Jenny the Pirate =

Hoist The Colors

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I am a Blue Star Mother

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Insist on yourself; never imitate.

Your own gift you can present

every moment

with the cumulative force

of a whole life’s cultivation;

but of the adopted talent of another

you have only an extemporaneous

half possession.

That which each can do best,

none but his Maker can teach him.

= Ralph Waldo Emerson =

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The Black Velvet Coat

In The Market, As It Were

 

 

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Contributor to

American Cemetery

published by Kates-Boylston

A Pistol With One Shot

Ecstatically shooting everything in sight using my beloved Nikon D3100 with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G VR kit lens and AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G prime lens.

Also capturing outrageous beauty left and right with my Nikon D7000 blissfully married to my Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D AF prime glass. Don't be jeal.

And then there was the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f:3.5-5.6G ED VR II zoom. We're done here.

Dying Is A Day Worth Living For

I am a taphophile

Word. Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

Great things are happening at

Find A Grave

If you don't believe me, click the pics.

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Dying is a wild night

and a new road.

Emily Dickinson

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REMEMBRANCE

When I am gone

Please remember me

 As a heartfelt laugh,

 As a tenderness.

 Hold fast to the image of me

When my soul was on fire,

The light of love shining

Through my eyes.

Remember me when I was singing

And seemed to know my way.

Remember always

When we were together

And time stood still.

Remember most not what I did,

Or who I was;

Oh please remember me

For what I always desired to be:

A smile on the face of God.

David Robert Brooks
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 Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

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Keep To The Code

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You Want To Find This
The Promise Of Redemption

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I BELIEVED, AND THEREFORE HAVE I SPOKEN; we also believe, and therefore speak;

Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

II Corinthians 4

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it, have never known it again.

~ Ronald Reagan

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I Knew You'd Warm Up To Me (recent scribblings)
Not Without My Effects

My Compass Works Fine

The Courage Of Our Hearts

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Wednesday
May302012

Bless the beasts and the children. Oh and happy birthday, Erica!

Wasn't that first part a song? I do believe that was the title of a song.

Actually I think it was the title of a book, a movie, a song, and a YouTube.

OK so, that's what we're going to do today. If, that is, you can see your way clear to calling a bird a beast and a twenty-six-year-old a child.

I will if you will.

Back up to earlier this month, when my children gave me a windchime for Mother's Day.

Do you realize TG hung my windchime at least twenty feet up in a low-hanging branch of the front-yard oak? It's a fifty-six-inch Arias church bells bronze and redwood chime. I'd wanted one for years.

I can see and hear it from the window of one of my offices where some days, I pretend to write a memoir.

So anyway, I got that for Mother's Day and TG my hero installed it recently and I've been enjoying it a lot as you might imagine.

BUT you don't even have to open my front door to hear sweet high-pitched noises because wrens continually build nests in the fake flowers in my Southern Living door bucket.

No sooner does a family fly away and I remove the old nest, than another is built and new birds are hatched in it.

No those are not the same critters I pictured in my post of April 11th entitled Occufly Columbia. This is a new set.

Well. When we got home from Fort Jackson National Cemetery on Monday, Stephanie and Joel and their kids arrived nearly on our heels.

There were the usual suspects.

Melanie:

Allissa:

Andrew.

There was lots of food. I made barbecue and potato salad and baked beans. We had a big bucketful of ice-cold sodey pop. And water, if you were feeling virtuous.

My mom brought me a goodie basket, why I do not know, but I have enjoyed it.

The Caramel Creams are already gone and the Biscoff all but gone. Dove bar? What Dove bar?

I was on the fly that day and didn't even set the table. Somehow it didn't hold anyone back.

There was birthday cake, for Erica who turns twenty-six today. Happy Birthday, Little Boo! She was born at two-oh-four a.m. on Friday, May 30, 1986.

For her birthday a bunch of us pooled our racehorses and got Erica a Kindle Fire. It's what she wanted.

Well, she WANTED an iPad 2 (or 3). The KF is a poor girl's iPad. Erica seems thrilled, however. Sat up until all hours last night watching season one of Downton Abbey on it, said it was better than television.

Meanwhile, a certain someone who got a pink tutu bathing suit for her birthday in April ...

... was anxious to go swimming.

But first she had to dance around a bit. And yes, she wears the plastic tiara pretty much nonstop.

Melanie chose not to swim. She's a landlubber, I guess.

Andrew spent time in various willing arms.

Joel has this dad thing down pat, just in time for Father's Day.

But the reason I started this whole account by telling you about my windchime and the birds on my door, is this. It is a tragic tale, so prepare yourself.

I wanted to show my mother my new windchime so she and I and my girls and Melanie and Allissa stepped out onto the front porch.

While we were gazing at the windchime I had the bright idea to take my door bucket down -- very carefully -- and hang it gently on the porch railing low enough so that the girls could see the birdies. From a distance.

The moment I did that, one of them flew away. He flew with confidence out toward the street, where he lit. And sat. Another nearly identical wren sat nearby.

His sibling remained tucked securely in the nest.

OK this is the sad part! A car came down the street and my wren tried to fly away a split-second too late.

He bought it.

We were all stunned because we saw the whole thing and of course I felt guilty because if I hadn't taken the door bucket down he would still be alive.

Audrey went down and checked him out. He hadn't suffered.

Still, maybe, I hoped, the one that got hit was not the one who flew out of the nest on my door, but was actually the one sitting beside him in the street! I said as much.

But no. All the other ladies assured me it was "my" bird that was totaled.

Let it be a lesson to you. Leave the wildlife alone.

Other than that epic fail, a splendid time was had by all here for Memorial Day. I hope the same was true at your house.

Happy Wednesday! Happy Summer!

Reader Comments (8)

Happy Birthday to Erica! She's beautiful, inside and out! Speaking of beauty - so are those grandkids of yours. I can't believe how big Andrew is getting. I can surely see some Weber blood in each of them. :)
That basket looks wonderful - and did you mention Dove chocolate? It would be gone in a minute at our place.
I think I need a windchime like that for our tree in the back yard. I've been drooling over one like that myself.
Such a sad story about the wrens. You were just trying to be a good grandma!

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMari

Happy Birthday and Happy Day to all ;-)

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSkunkfeathers

Your epic Memorial Day made up for my ho-hum one. Jeff is almost to the end of a grueling term and is no fun at all. Come to think of it, my birthday was an epic fail as well. Maybe I should come hang out with you.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue the Hobbit

Please accept my deepest sympathies. And Happy Birthday to Erica. I love the tiara. Sounds like you had a blast, except for the hit and run.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterirene

Happy Birthday today to sweet Erica. I'll be right up to secure me a piece of my favorite kind of cake. Birthday cake, along with any leftovers available. Ha...Put the coffee on!! I absolutely love your windchime, and especially am happy that it is right outside your office window for you to enjoy while you write!!!! Precious Melanie, Prissy Lissy, and Little Big Man are growing way too fast.
And, I am mesmerized by Andrew's beautiful eyes. Would love to get my hands on him!! So, getting around to the tragedy, don't punish yourself too much, I did the very same thing years ago when my grandchildren were little. Family gathering out in the back, I went to show the nest in the large bush, bird flew, and before I got to him the neighbors cat grabbed him and ran. I chased that cat for, it seemed like a mile, but to no avail. I was distraught and now we use binoculars to look at the birdies. From afar, as it were! You are forgiven!!.........G.

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterglenda

OH, Bless your little Heart!!!! I Know you felt guilty but Don't! Everything happens for a reason!
Happy Late Birthday to Erica...Love all the photos and the pink tutu!!!
hughugs

May 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna (Texas)

What a fun post!! Happy Birthday (late) Erica!!! Thanks for sharing all the cute pics of the kids! And loved the bird nest shot! They keep coming, nest by nest for a reason girl! Maybe they just love the vibe your home puts off and they all feel safe;) Never know!

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

That is a beautiful cake! A wonderful family too

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

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