PINECONES & ROSES


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Saturday, May 21, 2016

My big project.......


Cleaning out the workshop and storage buildings, which I have doing for the past two or three months, has been a real eye opener for me.  It looks like a whole lot of stuff and it is but as I sort and throw things out I see the workings of the mind of the man I was married to for nearly 30 years.  He was thrifty (I already knew that) he was a dreamer,(the things he had from garage sales, hoping to use someday) he was organized in his own way.  He was also impatient at times because he threw things on the floor rather than mess with them and sometimes he was forgetful.  I found a Christmas card that he had bought for me and stashed.  He was either saving it for the next Christmas or forgot to give it to me.  When I found and read it I was brought to tears because I felt like he was thinking of me.  How precious it is.  

I still have such a long way to go but it's a mission of love.  And it will be so good to see it clean.   

                                                    Diane

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Honey Man (cont.).............

Do you remember the post I wrote a while back about the death of the honey man?  Well, yesterday as I was driving past his bee house there he was in his garden which grew below there.  Someone had made a memorial to him and it looks just like him waving to us.  He had a lot of friends and shared his knowledge with anyone who stopped to chat.  It was just comforting to see his jolly wave as I drove by.         Diane  

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Art show..........




  Last Friday night was the art show with art students from the college and I was the guest artist.   Catherine came down from Billings to be with me and many of my friends came to look it over and support me.  I thought it would be scary to have other people reading my journals but it passed.  They really liked them, especially the Bighorn book (the one that's bigger).  Now it will all be displayed in a glass showcase for a month at the senior center.  It was really a lovely time.                               Diane

Sunday, May 1, 2016

It had to happen.........

Probably about 3 lots of woodland about 25 steps from my back gate.  It wasn't mine but I felt like it.  Pheasants, deer, turkeys but even more than that it was a peaceful respite for the senses.  We knew the people who owned it and treasured it and we knew what it meant to them.  They have both died and the only thing was for me to enjoy it while I could.

I knew someone would come along and it would change someday.  And they did, this week.  Ben and Viv's little lilac tree that she insisted they move far enough from the street so it could bloom.  The little apple tree that continued to live even through summers of drought.  Many, many trees that provided shelter for creatures and an occasional person.

The tree  people came and there's hardly anything left but my sadness.


                                                                                       Diane

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fresh peaches............

In Leonard and my book Colorado Peaches are the
best.  I know other people might not agree - ours go back to when the people at neighborhood grocery store made a special trip to Colorado and brought back a truckload every summer and we all just loved them.

The grocery store has since closed but the towns people still grasp for Colorado peaches.

Last summer when Leonard was in the hospital I bought a lug of them and then wondered what I was going to do with them. I brought one out for him as a very special treat.   I didn't have time to can, freeze, or even eat them.  Not wanting to lose any I just stuck them in plastic bags and put them in the freezer.  Now I take out what I want, let them thaw enough to remove their skins (easy) and use them for smoothies, ice cream, peach crisp or what ever I want.  They're delicious that way.  Necessity is the mother of invention.           Diane

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Spring storm..........

Rainy, slushy weather today.  Roads have been closed both ways out of town but they're open now.  This is the time of year we get our worst storms.  It's been a good day to stay inside, take a nap, make some chili and peach crisp for family on the road.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Joy every day........................


I find joy in every day, not because life is always good, but because God is. 

Something wonderful to share with you.  I have been asked to be one of a four person art show.  To tell you the truth, I still haven't quite absorbed it.  It will be the first part of May.  She wants to put my little journals in, a couple of my creations and my 9/11 quilt (which I think you've seen already).  At last a dream since childhood - to be an artist.  

The plum trees and apple trees are blooming and the air is filled with sweetness.  I can hardly believe that spring is here, we had such a mild winter.   The other day when I walked Rascal I heard a frog - ribbit, ribbit, ribbit. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.    Diane