My photo. Pelican Little Sarasota Bay at Blackburn Point. Florida! 2015

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Sad Comfort

Watching Ulee's Gold, for the umpteenth time, although it is a sad movie. I love bees, and tupelo honey, and north Florida. This movie is a sad comfort for me. This movie is old Florida and the mind of old Florida people. Privacy, keep your family business private, take care of your own problems. Hard hard work. Honesty, always.  I think of my Granddaddy and Aunt Martha Jane, and Uncle Herbert, and Daddy....they were old Florida. Period.  I miss them, one and all.

Pure and simple, this movie gets me thinking, takes me back to my childhood!  

As for Ulee's Gold, a story, a family, it could be your family.
Hard times, bad decisions.
A Father's love, a Grandfather's love
Karma comes calling.
You do what you have to do.
Somewhere along the line, in gentle time, the family pulls together, and rises to their best selves.

We all want to be our best, don’t we?!!!

Have a good day, every single one of you.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Thinking About......There is plenty to do!

The internet for all the problems, has more good than bad, for my part anyway.  I am thankful for so many good things.

So much information at my fingertips

  • Collecting recipes, more than I will ever need.
  • Helpful hints: food preparation; gardening; farming; quilting; photography; holistic animal care, to name a few.
  • Health information and motivators.
  • New programs for healthy food choices and preparations.
  • Clean food (a new concept, or an old concept, with new words).
  • My endless research.
Go to, how to, DIY, help for most everything.


Sending prayers and good energy to those dealing with the wild winter across our America.  Safety for humans and animals.
Sending prayers and good energy to those dealing with the wild winter across our America.  Safety for humans and animals.

Downton Abbey

Until we meet again.

Be safe and warm and healthy.  YaYa!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Motivators and Touchstones

Change, awakened, enlightened, intelligent, common sense, simplicity, peaceful, learning, kindness, believing, live in the moment, we are all one, trust, music, nature, art, poetry, meditation, worship, faith, and God, are among the words and phrases, that catch my attention.

Change can be refreshing.
Awakened may involve a burst of illuminating energy.
Enlightened pushes back the darkness.
Intelligent persons are seekers of becoming their best self.
Common sense is meant to be a life saver.
Simplicity keeps us from going insane.
Peace-ful is a place to dwell, immersed in peace.
Learning keeps us stirred to reach outside our comfort zone.
Kindness to others is our best self.
Believing allows change.
Living in the moment keeps us focused.  Everything we need is in the moment.
We are all one, connected, community, we are all family.
Trust dissolves stress.
Music gives us wings and transports and transforms us.
Nature is all her glories.
Art in its many forms.
Poetry can transport us, give words to how we feel.
Meditation supplies a place to begin and recharge.

Worship is giving back.
Faith is a form of trust, it “involves”us.
God - is my one constant.

These are beginning words and concepts for this year.  My motivators, my touchstones!

1842 version*
..."Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver
Through the wave that runs for ever
By the island in the river
Flowing down to Camelot.
Four grey walls, and four grey towers,
Overlook a space of flowers,
And the silent isle embowers
The Lady of Shallot.".....
"The Lady of Shalott" by Lord Alfred Tennyson
the wild magnolia

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things.....❤

These are a few of my favorite things.......just a few...
My Dearests' - My Family
Until September 2012 I had not met my Mothers Family in Illinois. We were separated and I was raised by my Dads sister. My Shield's family organized a wonderful reunion for us to meet. There were photos and movies and stories and good food and games. Even a fish fry. It was so wonderful.

My Dearests' - My Family
My little cousin Hadlee watching the Snow 2013.
The Fish Fry
"He is the fry master and the hush puppy whisperer." Bev
Molly was so good at the reunion.
There are many good fishermen in the Shields Clan!
Bumble - Boone, NC
Bride & Groom Charleston, SC
North Carolina near Maggie Valley

Happy New Year!