Thursday, April 30, 2020

But Still There Is Much That Is Fair

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

I love this Tolkien quote.  Though we live in difficult times, we can have a new appreciation for even the smallest aspects of our lives.

The wakening spring is lovelier than I remember.  The colors of the flowers and budding leaves brighten the dark places.  The cheerful bird song scatters the shadows.  The soft breezes whisper new beginnings.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

For Despair Is Only For Those

“It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

My last post was not written with despair.  For as Gandalf says “It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.” My last post was written with sadness over the immensity and complexity of our current circumstance.   There is most certainly hope.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

One Person's After Is Another Person's During

Life is full of befores and afters.

There is life as a child, before one is an adult, and life as an adult, after one is no longer a child.  There is life before one is married and a life after one is married. There is a life before becoming a mother (when one thinks they know just how to raise a child) and then there is life after becoming a mother (when one realizes how very little one knows on how to raise a child).

Monday, April 27, 2020

So Do All Who Live To See Such Times

“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

 I have not had the heart to post lately.  I have spent a lot of time reading, thinking, and praying.  And I have come to the conclusion that life will never be what it once was.  Now I certainly could be wrong and I hope that I am but I don't think so.  Time will tell, I suppose.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Gentle Art of Cloistered Cooking

The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. ~Thomas Moore

-a place of religious seclusion, as a monastery or -convent.
-any quiet, secluded place.

In this time of seclusion, I have discovered the gentle art of cloistered cooking. The very act of preparing a meal is a prayer of thanksgiving and praise.  Peeling potatoes, cutting up vegetables, and turning it all into a supper of substance is a beautifully meaningful act. Because of the times we live in,  this very ordinary act doesn't seems very ordinary at all.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Whom Shall I Fear ~ God of Angel Armies

I wanted to share two videos. The first short video is the amazing account of how this song came to be. God is working always.  The second video is the song with lyrics.  May we see God's angel armies. Amen

Friday, April 3, 2020

Introducing Miss Lilah Rose

My little dog, a heartbeat at my feet.
~Edith Wharton

Some of you may be familiar with my Lilah Rose and some of  you may not be. I thought I'd introduce her once again.

Lilah Rose is a rescue (for her & for me). We adopted her when she was three months old.  We had no idea what mix she was so we took a dog dna test and discovered she is part chihuahua, part dachshund, part terrier, and part who knows what.  She has a sweet face and chihuahua ears.  Her body is long like a dachshund and her legs are very long like a gazelle.  She is very fast.  I thought perhaps she is part Italian greyhound.  She is all love.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Giving My Groceries a Time Out

The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one. ~Unknown

This quote has quite a very different meaning nowadays.  You can go into the store wanting bread and come out with nothing.  I think the odds are better than three billion to one.

Do you give your groceries a time out? We recently started doing so. It is wise to be as careful as you can possibly be.