Saturday, June 14, 2008

Summer sounds and sights.

After supper this evening I decided that house work can wait and took a stroll outside. There I found an attempted take over by the weeds, fueled by over six inches of rain this week and extremely hot weather. As I attempted to confine my authority of my domain, sentencing to death a large number of weeds, a neighbor flew by letting the neighborhood know there are lots of ways to entertain ourselves--his chosen toy of the night was a go cart with a motor that produced alot of power. Did I mention he is a father of two daughters? Warm summer evenings and a friend sharing his toy allowed him to enjoy life like a kid. -- I remember many summer days on our go cart as a kids many decades ago.

My cucumber have grown alot this week, as have the tomatoes, including a dozen or more volunteers, some even in the lawn and the neighbor missed them with the lawn mower!! The hanging tomato that neighbor got for Dwight has lots of small tomatoes on it!!! I still have an empty planter that Dwight built that is waiting for soil and veggies to be planted. Still time for zucchini and ????

All the flowers look great. Had five jack-in-the-pulpits this year. A pure white pansy seeded itself and looking wonderful amid the greenery of the violets. Under the pine I have a 'weed' that I have yet to identify. It is some type of fern, flowers are about to bloom. Hope I haven't made a mistake letting grow. It is almost as tall as me.

Looks of blueberries coming on and two of the pear trees have fruit on them.

Guess you can't take to country out of the farm girl.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Children Learn

When we our children were 'children' we had a wall hanging called,

"Children Learn What They Live"
it is great, altho', unfortunately, I was often in too much of a hurry to remember it's teachings. I would love to share it with you and trust that you will allow it to influence you.
(It does shed great insight into ourselves also.)

If children live with CRITICISM
they learn to CONDEMN.
If children live with HOSTILITY,
they learn to FIGHT.
If children live with FEAR,
they learn to be APPREHENSIVE.
If children live with PITY,
If children live with JEALOUSY,
they learn what ENVY is.
If children live with SHAME,
they learn to feel GUILTY.
If children live with TOLERANCE,
they learn to be PATIENT.
If children live with ENCOURAGEMENT,
they learn to be CONFIDENT.
If children live with PRAISE,
they learn to APPRECIATE.
If children live with APPROVAL,
they learn to BE THEMSELVES.
If children live with ACCEPTANCE,
they learn to FIND LOVE in the world.
If children live with RECOGNITION,
they learn to have a GOAL.
If children live with SHARING,
they learn to be GENEROUS.
If children live with HONESTY and FAIRNESS,
they learn what TRUTH and JUSTICE are.
If children live with SECURITY,
they learn to have FAITH in themselves
and in those around them.
If children live with FRIENDLINESS,
they learn that the world is a NICE place
in which to live.
If children live with SERENITY,
they learn to have PEACE OF MIND.