Friday, April 11, 2014

Oh, These New Days

"To everything there is a season, a time and a purpose under Heaven."  (Even Winter...) ..... Ecclesiastes 3:1


You saw this photo last year, but yesterday in the blowy sunshine--and after speaking with Robin, our neighbor, who also survived this winter-- I put my porch back together like this. I lugged down that chair and table from upstairs (after locking Sammy The Cat in the bathroom so he'd not sneak outside and after Skyping with Naomi who called just as the table and I teetered at the top of the stairs), but of course, this photo is ever so much greener and pleasant than one I could take during our present Still Grey time.

To me, this past Winter did not seem long or harsh, really, but even so, I wonder if springtime would feel so dreamy if wintertime were only a quick and easy blip on the calendar. After living in snow country for 37 years I've seen how we snow folk can become all loopy-celebratory come April, providing a giddy type of energy so we can rake-up those leftover leaves, haul-in garden soil bags and prune and plant and water during all those weeks ahead. A type of gratitude energy, I think, great enough to carry over inside the house for Spring cleaning and projects dreamed-up on snowy afternoons (like that closet upstairs which I will wallpaper next week).

In fact, years ago I stopped calling Autumn my favorite season because in Spring you have many months of gorgeous weather ahead. But in Autumn? You have Winter looming around the corner with his icy teeth ready to bit you you-know-where.

And I must add--again--that this year, Magnum P.I. brought early springtime, no Summer, even, to my living room as well as my heart. Tom and I are nearing the end of the series and we'll always be grateful to Netflix for providing this seaside-y beach show, Hawaii in our living room, just when we needed it most. 

It's like I've seen that, when we desire God's leadings, we find ourselves at just the right places, at perfect times and He's constantly surprising us in custom-made ways. He's that good, that completely understanding of us, not to mention that He has the awesome advantage of seeing ahead, unlike most of us who can barely understand the miracles in front of our own faces--alas!

I'm so looking forward to the return of green!


The opposite of gratitude energy? Complaining depletion.

“Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won't make us happier.” 
― Randy PauschThe Last Lecture

"Not my will, but yours be done."   ... Luke 22:42


For my many readers who love all things retro, you'll enjoy this which Naomi sent to me. A 96-year-old woman is selling her home which she impeccably decorated in the 1950's and 60's. Wow. Tom and I step into lots of estate sales in homes stuck-in-time, but never ones so pristine!


Oh, I'm so slow sometimes. Only yesterday did I see the feature at which allows me to read the first chapter (or so) of books in my Kindle Cloud Reader so I can sample the writing style, etc., without having to buy them, first. (On the book's page, on the right, click on Send Sample Now.) I'd seen the Look Inside feature (on just some books) for years, of course, but this is better. Or is this a new thing? 

Whatever, it helped me choose to buy a dreamy book yesterday, one perfect for garden and house repair inspiration. You'll find it here:  The View From Mary's Farm.


“She turned to the sunlight
    And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
    "Winter is dead.” 
― A.A. MilneWhen We Were Very Young


Did you see this about Doris Day's 90th birthday party?


Storybook Woods said...

LOVE your porch. We have glimpses now and then of spring but still running the wood stove. I will be glad for some warm days xox Clarice

La Tea Dah said...

A lovely post --- all the way around! Thank you for encouraging thoughts for spring. And thank you, too, for inspiring me to get my porch back in shape so I can enjoy it this spring and summer. It has been on my mind...

Anonymous said...

We are staying now in our "new" apt by the sea. I am liking it already...spring is a good time to make some changes. I hope this stay turns out to be the best one yet!! (In spite of all the things hubby has had to fix, and more yet to do!! There was not even good enough drip pans on the stove to be safe to cook we had to make a couple trips to town today to fix THAT! Imagine...we used to be landlords...and we tried our best to make things as good as possible!!). Oh well, I am happy anyway, ha!!

I will have to see about that book...looks interesting!!
Elizabeth in WA

Deborah Raney said...

Debra, I told my husband the exact thing last week: autumn, gorgeous as it is, is no longer my favorite season for all the reasons you named. I LOVE spring. I'm enjoying it in the Santa Cruz mountains in California, but spring will have sprung in Kansas by the time we get home.