Thursday, June 26, 2008

Inner Courage

I marvel at some people. I wonder where they get the courage to face the things they do. I have often wondered whether I would have that fortitude to face real challenge. I am usually so frighten of things. Could I face death the way some people have done? I faced some small failures in my life but I have never lost everything. I have never been starving. I have never been homeless or poor.
It does make one wonder........It is said that God never sends one more than they can handle. All we must do is just trust in Him. I wonder.........?

Friday, June 20, 2008

City of Roses

That is Portland's nickname.......The City of Roses. Well, Vancouver isn't doing to badly either. The roses sure are blooming here. We have several rose bushes in our yard and they are all blooming their little buds out. And what colors......
We have red and a sort of dark coral. It is something to see.
I have been weeding again today. I have never seen soooo many weeds and so many different types of weeds. Some are real pretty and others are sticky and others are prickly and some are just ugly but they are all coming out!!!!!!!!!!!
We may end up with a naked yard and you will still be able to find a weed. Pesky little varments. But I am persistant.....I will not give up. Unfortunately, I don't think they will either.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


There are special people who come into my life and sometimes I am just so grateful. This is one of them. His name is Christian Fox and he is Maureen's husband and the father of John, Thomas and Sam. He is a quiet guy and very good with his hands. He has made a beautiful fence around their house, shelves, etc. He has done some helpful things around our home too.
He is kind and gentle. He seems a good father. He
certainly in loving.
Lately, he hasn't been feeling well and now he is wearing a heart monitor. We don't know what is wrong but we do know something isn't right. I am praying for this young man. I hope whatever is wrong can be corrected. I am praying for Maureen and the boys. They need this wonderful man in their lives and so do we. If you are reading this, please add your prayers too.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Can you believe the dogwood is still in bloom?

It is totally amazing to see dogwood still in bloom but here it is. I took this at my niece's house this past weekend when we were there for my great niece's graduation. What a beautiful tree this is. How lovely are the petals, leaves and general shape of the tree. God certainly knew what he was doing when he designed this tree. I am so glad Evie asked me to take some pictures. Now you can all see it.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Two Amazing People

Meet Joe and Carol Coleman.
These are my nephew Joe Coleman's parents. They are two of the neatest people I have ever met. Until recently, they lived in Pittsburgh, PA but now they reside part of the time near Ft Myers, FL. Carol is battling cancer and she is putting up one heck of a fight. She actually seems to bubble. Joe is a sweetheart who tells a great story and loves a good song. I met them for the first time at my great niece's graduation. Carol had seen my pictures because my other niece, Ellie, had shown her "Grammy' and "Pap" her new collection of art. Naturally, I decided to give her one which turn into two. She was so excited that it really gave me joy. I got to know Joe a little because we were watching the US Open together. It was a lot of fun. I am not a golfing fan by any means but I do enjoy watching a sporting event with other people. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know these wonderful people. I hope to see them again soon.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

She Made It!!!!!!

My great niece, Isabel graduated from High School
this past weekend. She is a beautiful young woman, full of promise and we hope she will be off to college in the fall. She has been accepted to BYU for the fall so she will have this summer to work and break with home. The above picture is of her Grandfather Joe Coleman, Izzie, her older sister Ellie, her younger sister Maggie, and her Dad, Joe Coleman. The graduation was lovely and we had a great party on Saturday. Her Mom, Evie, outdid herself with plenty of food, music and fun. It was a lovely visit. Good luck, Izz. Have a ball and make it count.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

One of My Favorite "Aunt " Duties

One of the nicer "Aunt" duties is that of cheering section. This past week, I went and saw Thomas race at his schools trackmeet. The meet was with three other schools in the area. The kids were from the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades of each of the schools. There were running races, jumping events, throwing events and tug of wars. Thomas ran in the 100 meter dash and took third place. Check out his expression. He is the second from the left. Now that is determination if I ever saw it. It was a fun trackmeet and the kids were cheered on by parents and siblings and grandparents and oh, AUNTS TOO. I was yelling like crazy and I later asked Thomas if he could hear me . He laughed and said Oh Yeah. Tooooo Coooool
Aunts ROCK!!!!!!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Not This Time

No this isn't Big Brown. In the first place, this is Churchill Downs, not the Belmont. In the second place, it is raining there and it didn't rain in New York and in the third place, he lost today. I wish he hadn't but I had a feeling that he wouldn't do it. He wouldn't win the Triple Crown. He is a great horse and nothing can change that but he is not a Triple Crown winner . We will have to wait until next year.
His trainer guaranteed a win. He shouldn't have done that. Nothing is for certain..... especially a horse race. Anything can happen. They were soooo sure but you can never be sure.
I am truely sorry. I wanted a champion.
I will never forget when Secretariet won. What a year that was. The first horse since Citation back in 1948. That was the year of my birth. When Secretariet won, I was getting ready to turn 25. I will never forget the Belmont. He just ran away from everyone......31 lengths. You couldn't even see the other horses he was so far ahead. What a great horse he was. There will always be a special place in my heart for Big Red.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Early Morning Musings

It is funny what you think about in the early morning. I was looking at my window and I noticed the shadows from the bush outside and I thought I would just take a photo of it. It was interesting. the picture doesn't show the shadows as much as I thought they would but I am glad I saw it.
Elinor is out of town right now so I am on my own. It is not the best situation for me. I didn't use to mind being by myself but lately I mind it alot. I get crazy with my eating. I get lazy. But most of all, I really get down on myself. It is a dangerous time for me. I decided today to set some projects for myself. I went to Curves. I have signed up for the New Curves Plus where you monitor your workouts. All I know is that my knees hurt alot but I keep going because they will hurt more if I don't. I rub them with Bio-Freeze before I go and that does help a little. I am trying not to buy anything and so far so good. Tonight I will be talking with another member of OA. Her name is Darcy. We are going to try and work thru the 12 steps together. I am not her sponser because I don't qualify but I am trying to be a friend and maybe she will be the inspiration I need to stick to this. We shall see. She is a nice person but she has more addictions than I have. She has asked me about Church and I have invited her to mine on the 22nd of June. I hope she will come. I am trying to encourage her and by doing that, encourage myself. We shall see. God helps those who help themselves so maybe this is what I need. I hope so.