Tuesday, September 30, 2008

fall is my favorite time of year...

It is a wierd thing to look at a picture of your grown children and realize that you are their mother. I know this seems like it would be obvious, but every now and then, it just seems unreal. The idea that time has passed and somehow the little people you were "raising" are now out raising themselves and often times are giving you encouragement or advice when you need it. It is a wonderful feeling to realize that you "like" your kids. That they are people you would be friends with even if they wern't family. All of my children are young adults now, but they will always be my "little people".

Monday, September 29, 2008

Canyon Drive on Sunday

I found a dollar in the river rocks

Jeff found a katydid
The view from our lunch spot

Beautiful berries...
The Kings River

Rocky cliffs...
Indian Paintbrush blooming along road side wall...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

I want to learn to draw better...

Nature Journaling

I used to encourage my children to keep a nature journal. We would go out into the woods, or down by the Kings River and draw whatever we saw there that interested us. I remember being thrilled by their drawings and the details they saw in a flower or a nest. Just lately my oldest daughter AnnaMae and I were talking about our desire to learn to draw better and also to learn how to paint. She mentioned a book that she had seen on Amazon that she thought would be a good help in this endeavor. It reminded me of a book I had bought years ago, and it was the same book! I also dug out my old nature journal (the one I had begun with my children) there wasn't much in it, but the contents excited me. I am hoping to begin again soon.
I love the idea of looking more intently at what God has made. My husband is a master at this and amazes me with all he knows about our mountains.
By the way, in case your wondering, the book title is Keeping a Nature Journal, Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You by Clare Walker Leslie & Charles E. Roth

Saturday, September 27, 2008

He's just fun to be with

A day in Fresno with Jeff is always fun. Here's our "loot" from yesterday's date day.
1. 2 pumpkin scented candles
2. 2 tuscan herb candles
3. a glass bobble ring
4. a funky green and brown bangle bracelet
5. a long sleeve bright green t-shirt
6. a short sleeve red t-shirt with logo
7. a grey sweater
8. a book on stone masonry
9. 1 magazine (Real Simple)
10. an electric razor (for Edward)
11. a box of salt (we were out)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Lately I have been feeling nolstalgic about my mother. This morning as I got ready for an over-night get away, I remembered this purple cosmetic case hidden in the storage area of the garage. When I opened it, I was surprised to find a small brush (with a few grey hairs in it), a metal nail file and a small tin of Avon's Here's my Heart perfumed talc. My mother was an avid bath taker and always dusted herself with talc when she got out.
In fact, any time we were sick, she suggested a hot bath and always dusted us with talc, when we got out.
when I began to clean up the little case, I was intriqued by the memories that came to my mind. As I wiped down the plastic insides, the smell reminded me of cold shower areas in camping grounds. The ones with damp, cold cement floors and left over soaps on the floor.
I also remembered the day this case was purchased. I was with my mother and she let me pick the color. I was big on purple in those days :) when the sales clerk asked her what monogram she wanted on the front, she gave them mine. EMS for Eugenie Mary Strang.
I think I'll use this case from now on. It has such sweet memories of a mom who loved to travel, who was always thoughtful and had a thing for talc.

Cosmetic Case

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Something New

I have not written in a very long time. I guess my life has been about other things.
Living, more than writing about living. I want to change my entries to appear to be more of a diary of sorts. Daily short chapters of what is going on in my day.
I will begin by saying that my life at this point is focused on learning how to live in a quiet, one child home. My husband has been gone a lot for work, so for the first time in my life, my days are pretty much what ever I want them to be.
This sounds blissful to those of you with little children making messes and hanging on you all day, but from where I stand, it's lonely at times.
I'm not sure what I want to "do" with my free time, and my teenage son is driving me crazy.
I know that God has great plans for me, I just wish He'd tell me what they are. :)