Sunday, May 28, 2017

Two Ways . . .


There are two ways to live your life,



One is as though nothing is a miracle.


The other is as though everything is a miracle.



Albert Einstein said that.


I like the idea of being surrounded by miracles . . .


And am grateful every day.


Friday, May 26, 2017

A Very Nice Day


Thursday dawned bright and clear and rather cool -- a perfect day to be outside! Shelia, my friend since 7th grade, was in town and offered to come over and pull weeds.  Shelia helped me with some of my earliest garden projects forty years ago -- and this felt like old times.


But first she had to meet Josie -- who was disguised as a sweet pastel burrito.


Then we spent the morning pulling weeds and doing a bit of pruning while Layla struck picturesque poses.


Could one ask for a better friend . . . or a more perfect day?


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Woke! (And Not Sure She Likes It)


I spent Tuesday afternoon at Justin and Claui's house, mostly holding Josie so Claui could get a much needed nap. When Claui woke Josie to change her, at last I had a chance at a non-sleeping picture


Changing time often seems to come right after feeding time and Josie is not pleased.


As our friend Vic noted, "There'll be times you'll call her Josie Wails." 

And she did but not for long. 


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

And Now for Something Completely Different


A Black Vulture (and a road-kill groundhog.) 

As I was driving to the grocery store on Monday, I saw a flock of these birds, maybe twenty, at the roadside and was amazed. We have lots of Turkey Vultures -- much bigger with red-wattled heads -- but the only place I've ever seen these guys was at Wakulla Springs in north Florida. (Justin tells me that they are common at the compost facility where he works.)

Anyway, I failed to get a shot of the flock but on my way back home this solitary specimen was obliging.


I think he or she is actually kinda handsome.


'Enough is enough,' he or she said.


'Move on. Nothing to see here.'


Monday, May 22, 2017

N_ _ SERY


N_ _ SERY. What's missing, Josie?


If all goes as planned, Josie will be coming home today to the nursery awaiting her. We are all excited!


                                                 Books to be read to our girl. . .

A comfy chair for rocking her . . .


A beautiful crocheted sweater for the cooler evenings . . .

All presided over by a friendly cow!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dream, Josephine . . .


                      Dream of green grass and deep shade . . .
               

                  Of singing water, sparkling in the sun . . .


Of fireflies twinkling in the night
And the sweet smell of honeysuckle on the breeze.

Dream of beauty before and behind you,
Above, below, and on every side . . .

Dream of the love that surrounds you . . . 

And wake, for your world is waiting . . .


Friday, May 19, 2017

Slipping Into Grandparent Mode . . .



                  Yesterday John and I both got to hold Josie! 

She was unimpressed, sleeping through the whole time we were there. 



 The news continues to be excellent -- she has to stay in hospital till she's finished the seven day course of antibiotics -- but she seems to be quite healthy and exhibiting all the proper reflexes for a young lady of three days.


Justin and Claui are getting more and more comfortable with dealing with her -- and we all agree she is pretty much perfect.


If all goes well, they should be able to come home Monday or Tuesday.


I am so impressed by the level of care at Mission -- and the willingness of doctors and nurses to take their time and explain things at length. Had this been an attempted home birth, Josie would likely not have made it as the C-section was performed just in time.

We are so grateful.