Saturday, April 28, 2007
A couple of blogs that I read are written by some wonderfully diverse gals.... our lives really have little in common in the day-to-day reality. But upon a bit of digging, one, in particular, has more in common with mine than imaginable. Their blogs offered up a bit of whimsy the other day and I, sitting here with my Saturday morning cup of Joe, have decided to entertain the whimsy myself here. What you do is type in your name along with 'needs' into Google. Google graciously supplies you with what you need... whether you knew it or not! So Sadie and Jolene, thank you for the folly!
*Carol needs a nickname - (you're looking at it already.... given name is Carolyn)
*Carol needs to be developed for future advancement - (well, hate to tell you, but I'm NOT going after my doctorate. Checked into it and decided 'no!' If Google is thinking more along the 'personal' design, let's talk!)
*Carol needs to find local vendors - (I do?? ... I must admit that it's been hard to find some things around here...such as cute garden stakes, rainbow-colored popcorn and nice antiques from the mid-west)
*Carol needs Assessment Information Request - (I'm not sure what I'm assessing here)
*Carol needs to lighten up - (I TOTALLY agree with this!! In so many ways! Where do I go for this?? Sign me up!)
*Carol needs to be grounded - (what did I do wrong??)
*Carol needs teapots - (sure, if you have one you think I should have, bring it on over! I'll makes us some scones and lemon curd)
*Carol needs your advice - (like I said.... I'm all ears!)
*Carol needs to get over it - (I'm trying....really, I am)
*Carol needs to be alert during and after delivery - (oh, trust me on this one...I was!! I wasn't about to have 8 pounds of baby pulled out of my body without knowing what the hell was going on every second!)
As complete as the list might appear, no where did Google mention the following:
^Carol needs a serious road trip up to the mountains on the back of a Harley.... (hmmm, I'm still perplexed why this wasn't the first thing that Google mentioned....
^Carol needs an hour-long foot soak with lavendar and rose petals followed by a long foot massage and some reflexology - (this is a given, but not mentioned, either....)
^Carol needs a gift card to some of her favorite haunts to spend without worry or care (ok, perhaps a bit greedy, and definetly more of a 'want' than a 'need')
^Carol needs to sit on an Italian terrazzi sipping lemoncello as the sultry sun begins to sink behind the arched back of a vineyard below...and the moon begins her roll across the Mediterranean night sky... (Freud would have a field day with this one!)
^Carol needs front row tickets to a John Mellencamp concert (I'm not sure that he's acutally touring, so I'd settle for an empty chair at his next jam session)
I got to this point of my post, and in crept the 'serious side' of me... I typed in how, in all seriousness, I am so very grateful for my friends, my home, my job.... but it became too serious, and that really is something that I agree with Google on... sometimes I need to 'lighten up'... and I deleted it. So in the 'Google spirit', I am not going to mention how grateful and blessed I am to have such wonderful friends in my life who mean the world to me on a daily basis, nor am I going to go into a big ol' diatribe about how blessed I am to have a home, food on my table, gas for my car or the best job in the world...or healthy kids whom I love, ... or any of the other wonderful facets of my life.
I'll save those for another time...
pondered by Carol Dunton at 10:16 AM
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Just a few notes to scribble from the week... I've been trying to move photos from my cell phone to my laptop, but no luck at the moment, so as of now, the post is photo-less...
I had dinner with Miss K of Simplicity Wins Wednesday, and let me tell you... it was just one of the best times ever! Miss K's home is exactly what I would want for myself... a bit shabby-chic, country and stylish! I love her eclectic collection of decorations, yard art, antiques and goodies in every nook and cranny! I always, ALWAYS feel so comfortable in her home...and I always find it a treat to visit her! Her back yard simply charms the pants off of me! A flagstone 'patio' with dicondra peeking through the cracks, a $5 wall water fountain (Miss K is the QUEEN of bargains!), a garden of pansies, roses, vines, a fig tree, tomatoes, peppers, allysum and the most fertile garden dirt of compost ever! We dined on warm rosemary sourdough bread dipped in olive oil, a wonderful salad of pearl tomoatoes, little mozzarella balls and cucumbers drizzled with a perfect light dressing... flank steak rounds stuffed with feta cheese and spinach, strawberry topped jello with whipped cream, wine, wine, wine and refreshing cucumber water! It was so good to visit with her...she inspires me always in some way after visiting her. So today, I sprinkled a bag of Starbuck's coffee grounds in my gardens because of her! : ) Love you K...and thank you for dinner... always the best of times!
Last night was super fun because my ya-ya's, a bebe ya-ya and my wonderful friend (and boss) got together for some 'nectar of the gods' at Nando's for a much needed happy hour. I've wanted these three lovely and oh-so important in my life! ladies to meet each other...and this was just a great way to do it! It was a wonderful way to end the week.
Today, was a hodge-podge of chores...changing smoke-detector battery, restringing lights on my 'life tree', laundry, gardening a bit, cleaning up the kitchen, my bathroom and bedroom, some computer work, and a bit of organizing.... it was the perfect day to stay home and do this... cold, cloudy, and wet from a night of sprinkles. My kind of day.
pondered by Carol Dunton at 6:36 PM
Monday, April 16, 2007
A hummingbird whistled by on its way to the tulip feeder hanging from the bough of their first Christmas tree from 12 years ago. Christmas was packed up and the seasons had come and gone while the little Aleppo pine grew into a tall, stately and strong tree. She loved this tree, for it reminded her of childish days spent up in the boulders and pines of Iron Springs at Grandma and Grandpa’s. Whenever the breeze blew strong enough, the sound of the pine needles bracing against the wind took her back to those days of jumping rocks and summer nights.
The sun rays of the morning played a maze among the branches of her English Garden. This was the middle of the Sonoran desert outside of Phoenix, but to her, it was an escape from the reality of sand, cactus, sticks and brown. The Aleppo definetly held court in this corner of the yard, but others had their reign. There was a weathered white arbor at the beginning of the flagstone surface. Red climbing roses made their way up each side, one with more success than the other. Pieces of a whitewashed fountain dotted the surrounding garden. A sundial face with the words “grow old with me, the best is yet to be’ sat atop one of those pieces. She loved it because of the oak leaf and acorn design casts into it. Snapdragons played ‘hide and seek’ among an arch of what use to be the bowl of the fountain. The white wire fencing along the backside of the garden was woven with the green leaves of a snail vine; the purple ‘snails’ inching their way along the aimless vines intertwined. To the right, a weathered porch column held up a bird house with two wooden birds inviting all to stay here past the garden gate. The column has been a find during a quick antiquing trip in Moline, Illinois during a visit to bury her ex-husband’s father. It was a mild relief to an otherwise somber trip. The white, lead laden paint was releasing its hold on the column, revealing a previous owners penchant for green. Around the base of the pine, old insulators of white and turquoise encircled the trunk. She was the eternal optimist when it came to planting and her latest folly included irises, freesia, calla lillys, lavender, English ivy, roses, unruly mint, columbine, a sunflower or two and disheveled catnip. These all provided the setting to the little green iron table with four matching spring chairs that played center stage. A small khaki market umbrella provided additional shade along with a jacaranda tree and a lone almond tree.
This was her paradise. It was her sanctuary. It was sacred to her. It’s where she had her morning coffee on those rare days when she could indulge in the morning revelry. Often she would bring along the two new kittens to scamper among the garden. Bella and Gambit would stalk and attack with kitten force; one pouncing on top of the other from the kitty rock of rose granite. The sound of baby wrens from the under eves of the roof filled the morning air with a cacophony of song. Occasionally a butterfly would flutter by. She wondered if this was her mom’s way of saying ‘hello’. Her mother’s death a year and a half ago still was fresh on her heart. Her biggest struggle with it was the fact that she never felt like her mother was ever with her anymore. Others have said that they can ‘feel’ the presence of their lost one, but not her. Hers seemed to be a solitary grief. Perhaps that was due in part to the wall around her heart. Sometimes it served her well, while other times it seemed to keep out the good, as well.
The Vaseline pitcher of lemonade made for the perfect setting in the garden to sift through the mail by. Bills, a favorite magazine’s newest issue, junk mail and a letter. Typical fair. However, the return address on the letter caught her attention, and her breath, when she saw it. Payson, Arizona. Ahh… Payson. The gate to the land that she loved. Payson was about 75 minutes (65 if Bob Seger sang the whole way) away and oh, what a place it was. Nothing fancy, mind you. A sleepy (but growing) town built in the Ponderosa Pines on the Mogollion Rim. She had made many a trek up there; either going through to another mountain destination, or simply to get away from the desert for the day. Payson was part cowboy, part country. Quaint, slow moving, un-commercialized of the big name stores…mostly. But that probably wouldn’t be for long.
It was on one of these trips that she had caught a rock in the brake drum of her burgundy Tahoe. Oh, don’t mess with her Tahoe! She loved that truck! It was her own world and provided many a soothing mile for music, reflection and adventure! Her friends knew of her love for her Tahoe, and it was humorously respected. The rock had lodged so that it made an awful, metal sound while driving into town, so she stopped at what looked like the first reputable garage to see what damage could be done, and would be done.
The young man behind the counter had dark hair and was hardly older than her 23 year old son. He was pleasant enough and gave the obligatory “We’ll have to take a look at it to see.” Okay, fine. So while the Tahoe was up on the rack, she walked on down the sidewalk to check out the buildings doting this main street. A little café, a museum dedicated to Zane Grey, a sewing shop and a book store. All charming and small town.
Returning to see what had been found, she was met by someone different. He introduced himself as the owner and said she was in luck – a rock had caused all of the commotion and had been removed. As soon as the boys put the wheel back on, she was free to continue on her way. “What do I owe you?” she asked. He gave her a quick study, looked down briefly at the grease-stained floor.
‘Oh, great!” she thought. Probably $50 just for a dumb rock!
“It’s on the house.’ was his reply.
"Are you sure?”
“Yep. I’m not about to make a profit off of your bad luck.”
pondered by Carol Dunton at 10:50 PM
You're looking at a Painted Lady.
Really, you are....
My class and I just finished raising 30 Painted Lady caterpillars through the various stages of the life cycle of a butterfly... from baby caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly... My class and I anticipate this unit from the first day of 1st grade and we patiently wait almost two years for the big moment. Last Friday, ya-ya N came on up to school and took some amazing shots of our 'big release'! Each kiddo had their 'own' butterfly which they had lovingly nurtured since day one. We gathered around our library's garden, and I gently took a butterfly from the butterfly 'cage', placed it in my kiddo's hand and they whispered a wish to their butterfly... then... they gently opened their hands and this is a resulting photo. Some chose to immediately fly away...others chose to sit, such as this one.... and let us admire it's awesome beauty before lofting up to the sky. It's always a cherished moment when we do this... and I'm always amazed each time I teach this unit as to how this chubby, black, slow-paced caterpillar takes a nap and emerges totally transformed! In every way!
It's hard not to get ketchy here and toss a bunch of metaphors around about how people go through similar transformations, spreading their 'wings' and taking off!! It's hard not to do that. Partly because I see it happening in those around me. Take my cutiebug friend, Simplicity Wins. Over the last year, she has transformed, changed, emerged into a spirit that is more centered, content, focused. I can not ignore Miss S, whose path over the last 2 years has gifted her with such a beautiful emergence of spirit AND body!! (fly and sassy, I tell ya!) Our other gal pal, Miss D, walks a new path with humor, charm and love... and she is an absolute beauty, inside and out, as she moves!
These are but a few... for when you ponder it, do we not all go through some sort of change? Some type of transformation? Have you? Think about it...
What transformation, whether it be grand or small, loud or subtle...have you gone through lately?
Yes... it is hard not to make the comparison... so maybe it's meant to be made.
... fly ladies, FLY !
pondered by Carol Dunton at 4:43 PM
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