A poem by J.F. Conant

He who loves an old house never loves in vain. How can an old house used to sun and rain, to lilac and to larkspur and an elm above-ever fail to answer the heart that gives it love?

Monday, October 31, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

oh yeah!!!

Introducing...

PFC Benjaman Victor Pollhein fresh from Army Boot Camp at Ft. Jackson, SC!  

I grew up on Army bases. I have always been enamored of soldiers. Heck! I married one! But having a child who grows up to be a soldier is a whole other ball of wax! A mixture of pride, awe and sheer terror! LOL

But it was all pride and awe this week when Joe and I went down to Columbia to attend family day and to watch Ben graduate from boot camp.  My baby boy all growed up! And how!  In 10 short weeks, he is more physically fit, more confident and more determined then ever to follow his dreams.

So thank you to everyone at Ft. Jackson for all they do to build up our children into American soldiers. The best Army in the world and the folks we have to thank for preserving our freedoms! God bless you each and every one!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sonnet by Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)

I am in need of music that would flow
Over my fretful, feeling finger-tips,
Over my bitter-tainted, trembling lips,
With melody, deep, clear, and liquid slow.
Oh, for the healing swaying, old and low,
Of some song sung to rest the tired dead,
A song to fall like water on my head,
And over quivering limbs, dreams flushed to glow!

There is a magic made by melody:
A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool
Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep
To the subaqueous stillness of the sea,
And floats forever in a moon-green pool,
Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thinking of a family portrait before the holidays?

I want to do a family photo as soon as Ben gets a free weekend and can come home.  These "color schemes"  will help us coordinate what to wear. I am leaning towards the grey and gold, but I  will have to consult the family first, I suppose.


Here's another idea: have the family hold picture frames IN the picture. In our case, it would have to be more then one frame, but I think it's a cute idea. Don't you?
Whatever we decide, I will certainly share it with you!
When's the last time you had a family photo made, by the way?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Be vewy, vewy qwiet....I'm hunting wabbits....


I'm not really. But I could. Friday and Saturday Matthew and I took the NY state Hunter's safety course at our local conservation club. It was 2 days (12 hours) of study and then a written test.  It wasn't horrible, though my butt was sore after sitting on those hard, folding chairs.  Much of the course was actually very interesting and I even learned some things (did you know that the reason you do not shoot at birds sitting on water is that bullets can ricochet off of water?)

Anyway, I did pass the test and now I can go buy a hunting license if I want.  I don't want right now. But I COULD.

Hunting has gotten a bad rap from the holier then thou types in recent years. But it is neccessary to keep animal populations at a level where they can maintain their habitats without overcrowding and over feeding. So why not harvest the meat and feed people too? To me, that's a win/win.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A change of plans for me and a very STRONG suggestion for those of you with young daughters or granddaughters

I was going to brag on my son Jim today. Last night he sacked the quarterback not once, but twice!  I am so proud of him. I am so proud of all my boys and I love them with all my heart.

But, I have a daughter. She is such a joy. She is the light of my life and I try to tell her that every day.

This morning I read a children's book that I picked up from the library. I had heard about it somewhere and wanted to read it.

OMG! I read it in bed. I put the book down and with tears in my eyes I said, "WOW". 
My husband, who was laying next to me said, "Wow what?"
I handed him the book. He read it and with tears in his eyes he said, "You should get this for Gilli for Christmas".   And I am going to do just that.

Go get your hands on this simple beautiful love letter from a mother to her girly, and when you're done weeping at it's beauty, I'll bet you will be buying a copy for that special girl in your life too.