Sunday, November 27, 2011
Even though many of us do not have gardens or farms, we still celebrate the time of harvest by decorating with pumpkins, or gourds, straw bales and scarecrows. We feel a connection from our childhood that marks this time, the time before and including Thanksgiving, and the upcoming Christmas and holiday season.
Fall harvest is a time for enjoying the fruits of our labors, and celebrating family and friends. Often this harvest time gave farming folks some free time, as the colder weather approached some of the chores would disappear.
I remember this time as a child, with my family on our farm. We had wonderful apples and cider, fresh grapes, and pies--oh, my! My Mom could bake any kind of pie, and we had apple, and pumpkin this time of year. Thanksgiving was always a bountiful celebration at my Grandparents. Everyone brought a dish, and the food was always wonderful.
Just as wonderful was playtime with my cousins. There was hide and seek in the barn, and tree climbing.
I am thankful this season for our loving family and for our friends. May all of you be blessed with your families and with friendship, also.
Peace to all!
Monday, November 14, 2011
It was one of those days, I had slept uncomfortably last night, due to the impending to-do list in my head.
Morning arrived, I jumped in with both feet to attempt to conquer all that needed to be done.
I was doing good! I walked, downed a liquid breakfast drink and a few almonds. I arrived at my mammogram a few minutes early, and was the first on the list and the first taken in.
Having survived the mammogram, I found that I had an hour before I had to be at work. So, I took my car to be cleaned, and while waiting, went next door to the bank, made the three important phone calls, and walked across the street to the Dollar Store to get a few things.
I saw all of my patients, including one that was worked in where I made an opening by moving a couple of patients up.
Finished! Home I went to treat my girlfriend to soup and salad, and go in her new spa.
O.K., I'm changing my clothes to go to my friend's house. I am taking off the bra when I remembered. . .the bee bees. The x-ray tech had taped them on my breasts before she took the films, one on the right and one on the left. They had remained there all day without my noticing them, and they were taped on!
So much for being on top of things! What is the moral of this story? When you are in a multi-tasking frenzy, you may be missing some little detail; like a bee bee!
Oh, and I left them on my husband's dresser. When he gets back from NC, he will be puzzled!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I believe that there is nothing that compares with nature's autumnal colors. This is surely Mother Nature's jewelry box laid open for all to admire.
We spent a week watching the colors gradually peak. Yellow and green with spotty red and orange metamorphosis to brilliant yellow and fiery orange with radiant red. Timing is really everything--we lucked out with our travel plans this year.
The new house is progressing. We are in no great hurry, now. Things just need to be done right,so time is not an issue.
Here is poem from one of my unpublished books, Naturescapes.
Happy Fall Y'all!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I want to announce a new blog that I have started that features women helping and/or uplifting women. Please visit me at the firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I am now you will surely be
And life is perfected by death
Now I lay me down to die
I pray the Lord will take me nigh
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Hello! Yes, I am actually writing on my blog! The reason being, I have a new eBook that was published this week. The link is: Stranger In A Strange Skin, contains some new material, excerpts from Water Running Downhill!, and excerpts from my next book Empowering Your Inner Cheerleader!
I realize that eBooks are not books in print, although they can be. I am expecting the next book, Empowering Your Inner Cheerleader! to be both.
I also have a new blogger site,the Joan-Zone. With this site, I am planning to host someone, starting with every month, who strives to help women in some great or small way. So please let me know if anyone you know fits the bill!
The house in North Carolina should be finished at the end of the year. We should be moving up sometime in late winter, early spring, I think! I am excited and terrified at the same time!
Let me know if you know a dentist in western N.C. who needs a part-time dental hygienist!
Blessings to you and yours!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
You were kids then
Sizing each other up
She, granddaughter of a horseman
Singing “Landslide” with her cousins
The boys hooting and hollering outside
Throwing a football, laughing
Both of you exchanging looks, rosy
With the first flush of love
Somehow you made it through
The almost grown-up years, then
Into young adults, bonded
Holding together tightly
Love growing steadily into the,
“I’m here for you, always
You can depend on me”,
Kind of love
Today you enter into a new era
She the radiant cowgirl bride
He her knight/cowboy groom
May your wild hearts meld
And beat with joy as two
Become one, taking that first
Sweet kiss as man and wife
Branding one anothers lips
With your passion, as you hear
“Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present
Mr and Mrs. Matt Cross”
Congratulations Heather & Matt!
Joan Ellen Gage
Sunday, May 15, 2011
The construction will take a while, and the move won't be for a while. All these things will become more concrete as the house takes shape.
I treated myself to some quiet time with nature this morning. It was cool enough to sit on the porch and listen to the wind blow. There is nothing like communing with the great outdoors to stimulate creativity. May we all have time for ourselves like this.
May your day be blessed!
Almond eyes filled with canine wisdom
Peer into my soul
Content to be nearby
I rise, she follows
"Where are you going?"
Heart entwined with mine
Live long dog friend
Stay with me, always
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Before the move, I felt that I was so close to success, both Rob and I had good jobs and were financially solvent. We had a lovely small cottage and I had cleaning help for two years after back surgery. I had a wonderful circle of girlfriends who were fun and key in pushing me to write and self-publish my book.
I was in a writing cycle; it felt obsessive, but, now I know that is the nature of creativity. Even though I spent a lot of time on the writing, I had energy from the process that helped me with the domestic chores.
But, life moves on, and changes--that is the nature of life. I have had good times here; they are just different. Success cannot be measured by how much money one makes--it never has and never will be the right criteria.
I am trying to find my imprint at this stage of the game. I look at my image and am not sure who I am just now, not fully. "Joan" is a work in progress--under construction at the moment! I am in the journey, although it is so slow that it is almost imperceptible.
Blessings on you all, today. Do something nice for someone and for yourself, too--and smile!
Joan the Turtle
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Please enjoy this video I made with a program that animates photography.
I was reading my friend's blogs on blogger, thinking, I really should write something, but what? Then bam, the hail introduced itself--quite timely, I thought!
I spent about an hour cleaning some of the mess up. It served to get me outside and moving; that was good! The dog finally quit hiding and joined me.
It is amazing how nature can get your attention when you least expect it. The good part of this was, it served to remind me of how lucky I was to have avoided a worse tragedy.
I have not been counting my blessings every day, so this was a good reminder.
Blessings to all of you!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
It's not a bad way to go; it's free to publish it. They have pricing options to choose from, also. I chose to receive 65%.
I wanted to upload the first book to Kindle, as I have the second one finished. I may skip the publisher entirely and Kindle that book. We'll see!
Joy to you all today (and y'all, too!)!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I like Robins. They are very beneficial birds, as they eat bugs. Robins are regal and very shy.
Along with the migrating birds, we have a return of pollen, ah-choo! I've had to break out the antihistamines, oh well!
It is getting to be time for a spring cleaning of our homes, and the clutter in our heads. I seem to have accumulated more than usual! I think I'll pop open my ear, and let the brain air out!
But, seriously, if one declutters their home, their life can feel much "lighter". According to an article I recently read from Whole Living Magazine, Susanna Sonnenberg sites excerpts from the book Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui, by Karen Kingston.
Sonnenberg quotes Kingston saying: "clutter drags your energy down, and the longer you keep it, the more it will affect you. Sonnenberg decluttered her home with the criteria that you ask four questions when considering keeping something. Kingston's questions were: 1) "Do you like it?, 2) Do you love it?, 3) Do you need it?, 4) Does it bring you peace and easy energy or uneasy trouble"?
Does this pique your interest? Certainly, I have an abundance of "stuff". I love clothes and even though I have spent some time clearing some of them out, I still have more than I need.
What I'm going to start with, though, is paperwork. I have a pile of paperwork that "a show horse couldn't jump over"--a quote from my husband from some unknown source! I'll let you know how the process is going over the next few months.
Meanwhile, back to that spring thing! Embrace it! Grab some sunshine and stop and smell the flowers.
Peace to you!
Stately hops with
Eyes intent, focused
Moving with purpose
Snatches the green beetle
"Gulp"she swallows her prize
Friday, February 11, 2011
So here is a special "I Love You" to my parents, my siblings, children, grandchildren, and the love of my life, Rob. Here is a poem that I wrote many years ago for Rob.
Are the hands
Of a working man
They are scarred and roughened
Through being beaten up
By the elements
They are very strong hands
Strong and beautiful
And surprisingly gentle
They are the hands
Of a real man
Here's wishing you a wonderful day, and a wonderful week. Remember to love yourself, too!
Saturday, February 5, 2011
I cannot believe that it is February, already! But what a winter it has been! I can't complain, as I've been cocooned in Florida for most of it.
Today I want to write about being fearless. Why is that, you ask? Well. probably because I am such a big chicken! Seriously, I have anxiety issues, and I'm basically shy, so it can be difficult to get out of the rut and step out of my comfort zone. In fact, I have to dare myself to do things, like publish a book. How did I do this? I told a couple hundred people about the book. I knew that I would be embarrassed, and often, if I did not publish it. It worked! I got my fraidy-cat self out from under the bed and self-published.
Unfortunately, that is not the end of my fearfulness problem. So here I am dealing with the same issues as I was four or five years ago. I am telling all of you out in the blogisphere so that you can help to guilt-trip me!
I like these quotes from Terri Trespicio, from January/February's Whole Living Magazine: "The path to fearless living goes straight through the roadblocks, not around them", and "Creativity goes beyond sheer artistry: it takes courage to express your ideas." This is good stuff. I think I should post them where I can see them every day, and drill them into my lizard brain.
If anyone has any ideas on transitioning from chicken heart to dragon, please offer your suggestions!
Meanwhile, here is a poem from the up and coming Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader!, my future book! I know, I know!
Peace to you all!
Here I am
Straddling my life's stream
One foot in the "now"
Deeply planted in necessity
One or two toes of the other
Foot have strayed into the unknown--
The unmodeled clay of dreams
Where ideas are scattered about
Like amorphous clouds--almost
Becoming concrete, palpable
Close to conception
Egg of idea and sperm of intention
On the point of action
Nearly communicate, consummate--still
A breath away, a gossamer veil
Of steel separates these parts that
Must be made whole
Determination drives me
I am purpose, hurtling toward
My goal, shape-shifting until
I become the key
Unlocking the possibilities
Arriving at my future
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I have had many wonderful moments with this dog. She is a lover and a cuddler. I can't imagine a truer companion. Long may she live!
Peace and Happy New Year!
Friday, January 7, 2011
We had plenty of food, so no complaints there. Our power went out Christmas afternoon, and we were not able to cook our Christmas dinner. We did have a camping heater and a propane lamp. Hot dogs were cooked on the grill and served with a green salad. That was topped off with pumpkin pie!
The electric came on in the night, and we had lovely hot showers in the morning! I have to say you really appreciate things like running water and heat when you don't have it!
Acceptance is one of the toughest things I struggle with. Being a control person, I tend to want things thus and so--rarely does life go this way, however! Being snowed in, without a way to get out on the roadways, leaves one with accepting that you cannot go out. Obviously, the only thing to do was adjust my attitude and enjoy it!
Below is a passage that mirrors the Serenity Prayer that is used in recovery. I have it posted inside a bathroom cabinet with other inspirational sayings and quotes.
Happy New Year! May we all have a bountiful year in our lives and in our hearts!
Is the answer to all of my problems today.
When I am disturbed, it is because I find
some person, place, thing, or situation--
some fact of my life unacceptable to me,
and I can find no serenity until I accept that
person, place, thing, or situation as being
exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.
Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world
by mistake: unless I accept life completely on life's terms
I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate on what needs
to be changed in me and in my attitudes.