Thursday, December 31, 2009

I didn't get out to take any pictures today, but this one of three of my girls is good. These are three ewes ... who like each other and enjoy spending time with each other.

I intend to spend 2010 with folks who I both like, and enjoy spending time with. I also hope to attract new folks who fit into that category ... and maybe even influence a few to become that kind of person.

Life IS good!

I wish my family and friends ... heck everyone ... all the best for the coming year.

NEVER forget that 'Life IS good!"

... feel the Light within and around you ... and find the Peace that both surrounds and fills you.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wednesday, December 30

I LOVE my messages from the Universe ... :-)

I've got a feeling, Bill, that 2010 is going to be your kind of year. That you'll be happier than you've ever been, laughing harder, smiling wider, standing taller, walking lighter, dancing crazier, hugging longer, living grander, loving louder, and if you want, selling the pictures to a tabloid to raise money for your new charity.

Can you feel it, too?
The Universe

I really needed to hear that message today ... Thank you Universe!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Missing Gene

I'm not sure why ... likely it is the season (the end of Christmas) ... likely it is because I am alone tonight ... but ... I am REALLY missing Gene. I know that he is happier and more comfortable ... and that it is a good thing that I miss him. I just wish that I didn't HAVE to.

Each Christmas that we were together, Gene had to listen to the John Denver Christmas CDs that my daughter made for me so that I'd feel more connected with Christmases past. Gene was NOT a John Denver fan, but he humoured me ... because of my love for my family ... and because of the love that he grew to have for them as well.
These are the lyrics to an old John Denver song that sums up what I hope Gene knows ... nah ... what I KNOW Gene knows. The title is a link to YouTube with the song being sung by artists that Gene would more approve of ... :-)

Perhaps Love
------John Denver

Perhaps love is like a resting place;
A shelter from the storm.
It exists to give you comfort.
It is there to keep you warm.
And in those times of trouble,
When you are most alone,
The memory of love will bring you home.

Perhaps love is like a window;
Perhaps an open door.
It invites you to come closer.
It wants to show you more.
And even if you lose yourself
And don't know what to do,
The memory of love will see you through.

Love to some is like a cloud;
To some as strong as steel.

For some a way of living;
For some a way to feel.

And some say love is holding on.
And some say letting go.
And some say love is everything.
And some say they don't know.

Perhaps love is like the ocean,
Full of conflict, full of pain;
Like a fire when it is cold outside;
Like thunder when it rains.
But … if I should live forever
And all my dreams come true …
My memories of love will be of you

My 'memories of love' will ALWAYS include you Gene. I miss you ... :-) (the link here is John Denver singing it as it should be sung)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

We're Having a Bit of Mild Weather!

Clyde ... working. He gets so much muddier than the other two dogs!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Family Christmas at Kate and Tim's

Jamie's first Christmas
beautiful Will
Anna, Princess of the World
Will and Grandma
the Beckenham's tree
Anna and Will
Anna hard at play
Will reading

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

joy ... light ... love ... peace ... laughter ... family ... friends ... good food ... magic

... Wishing you all of this, and more!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wednesday, December 23

Each person in your life is there for a reason, Bill, and that reason always has something to do with love.

Like me,
The Universe

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesday, December 22

What people rarely give themselves credit for, Bill, is that their giving continues giving, even after they've forgotten giving, and even when they didn't know they were giving, forever and ever and ever.

At least I'm keeping score,
The Universe

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mon., Dec 21 ... the shortest day of the year!

When driving down the road of life, Bill, rarely do you know how good you have it, until you see it in the rear-view mirror.

Which is not to suggest that you should look back now, but to remind you that where you are today is more awesome and amazing than you probably realize.

The Universe

Friday, December 18, 2009

My Christmas Tree Isn't Straight ...

awww ... like that would bother ME! ... hehehe

Isn't it beautiful!

A Day With Friends ... At Willow Garden ... :-)

I had a GREAT time hanging out with my friends at Willow Garden today. It was cold and crisp ... but the sun was strong and there was no wind. My friends seemed to enjoy our time together. I sure did. I LOVE my farm and the animal friends who share it with me. Here are a few of them ...
Barnevelder Hen
Blue Splash Silkie Hen
Thomas, my Red Bourbon tom
Scott, my Narragansett tom
Holiday, Columbo, and Red Velvet
Some of my girls
ewe lambs beside the house
Chuck Roast
Marvin, the magnificent ... My hope is that Marvin will provide a HUGE prime rib roast of beef for my 60th birthday celebration this summer ... :-). I doubt that this excites Marvin to the same degree that it does me, so we don't discuss it around him. If you get to meet him ... shhhhh
Madge and her daughter, Mary ... Mary is taming up nicely, but has 'spirit' ... which is a good thing!
Bonnie and her best friend, Marjori

Life is good ... :-)

Friday's Message From The Universe.

In case they look at you funny, Bill, when you tell them of your loftiest dreams, goals, and successes, all you have to do is turn your head sideways, raise an eyebrow, and slowly say, "I... have... connections...."

Because you do.

The Universe

My daughter says that I should 'stop with the weirdness'. I seem to have lost one 'follower'. Maybe she is right ... but ... just one more can't hurt ... :-)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

From Tuesday

Sometimes, Bill, it's the ones you love the most who are the best at pushing your buttons.


The Universe

From The Universe Today

Most people will find the following very hard to believe, Bill, but, there is nothing, ever, worth being unhappy about.

Because no matter what happens, it
will add to you, you'll still live forever, and our love affair will remain tabloid fodder in realms far, far away.

Thank you.

Earth rocks,
The Universe

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Each weekday, I get a message from The Universe. I'm going to start posting some of them here. I suspect they apply to us all ... :-)

Just wanted to remind you, Bill, that sometimes success is better measured in smiles received, giggles heard, and hands held, than in dollars earned, deadlines met, and kilos shed.

And I must say, you've done well for yourself.

Yeah us!
The Universe

Life is good!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Life Is Good!

Today, Pete and I went to "Vickie's Veggies and Friends Busy Hands Craft and Gift Sale". It was wonderful, as always ... and a great chance to re-connect with friends and to make a few new ones.

Last year when I was there, I saw my friend Terr-Lee for the last time. I met Terri-Lee when I moved to the County in 2000. At that time, she was living with cancer. Through all of the time that I knew her ... she was LIVING with cancer. And boy did she live! Always ready with a quick come back and always ready for fun and an adventure ... :-). And she was also an absolutely amazing teacher!

A year ago at this sale she gave me the biggest and hardest hug imaginable from someone so thin. I will remember that hug forever ... and that smile ... Thank you Terri-Lee ... *sigh*. Terri-Lee passed away last January ... about a month after that hug. I am so blessed to have had her in my life ... as are all who knew her.
Today, friends were selling some of her knitting and donating the money to a local charity that Terri-Lee supported. I saw this sweater ... and immediately thought of Anna! Her 2nd birthday is this coming weekend and I intend to give this sweater to her. To think about my granddaughter being excited to wear something so beautiful ... made by a beautiful friend, who would have loved to see Anna in it ... well ...

Life is just GOOD ... but I wish that I had been able to buy this from Terri-Lee.

Friday, December 11, 2009

In Need of a Re-Charge ... ;-)

Well ... we did put Anna to bed, but didn't dare let her sleep too long. It was already 3:45 and she normally goes to bed for the night at 7:00. We let her sleep for just under an hour.

She wasn't fully awake ... so we let her ice one of the shortbreads.
She liked that! ... and had enough energy to make it through until her Mom came at 5:15.
What a wonderful day!

Life is good.

After The Chocolate Wears Off ...

Well, Anna, Princess of the World had an hour and a half nap today ... but a nap without sleep. She chatted with her toys, sang 'Itsy Bitsy Spider', called out our names, and giggled out loud. We finally gave in and let her get up to bake more cookies. I thought all was well ...

... but ... she IS closely related to her Uncle Chris. She 'passed out' the same way that he does. These pictures don't show the head bobbing or the fact that every now and then she'd say something as if she really wasn't asleep.

She is sleeping in her Princess of the World bed right now. We finished the 'shape of' shortbread cookies without her ... :-)

Life is good.

A Strange Friendship

I have been having 'issues' with my two female LGD, but since I have a no-breed group, I just put the younger female in with the lambs. I also have a yearling heifer that is in that same group as the bull is in with my two cows.

Marjori, the Dexter, is not thrilled about living with ewe lambs ... but an amazing friendship has developed between her and Bonnie, the LGD. These pictures don't show it all that well ... but, they even sleep together.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Pictures From Will

Will and his beautiful Mom, Kerri ... headed out to 'trick or treat'.
Will ... reorganizing ... a skill that his Grandpa has also yet to maser ... hehehe.
Will cooking ... a trait passed down through the males in our family.
Will, hanging out in the chicken coop with some fat old man ... :-).
And there you have it ... pictures of the most perfect little boy in the WORLD!!!

Life is good.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

A December First Tradition at Willow Garden

It happens every year on December 1st ... I turn on the Christmas lights for the sheep. Actually, the same extension cord gets used for the water trough heater and I hook it up on December 1st ... but we let the sheep think that it is all just for them ... :-)
It has been so mild thid year that I almost forgot to do it ... but the lambs had heard all about the 'event' from their moms ... and wouldn't let me forget. They've also heard about Christmas Eve and are anxiously awaiting their treats and their story ... hehehe.

My livestock guardian dogs on the other hand ... have heard NOTHING about these coloured lights that are in a place where they weren't at any time during THEIR life on the farm. They are barking madly and doing their best to keep the sheep safe from ... whatever these brighly coloured objects are ... hehehe

Life is good!