Wednesday, January 28, 2015

inspired by

you never know when
it will strike

yesterday
while watching
Weather Channel's
Jim Cantore


giving credit
where
credit's due

he not only
reported
 on
winter storm juno
with the gusto
that is 
Jim Cantore
he strapped on some
snowshoes
and hoofed through nearly
two feet of powder
playing
exercising
oh yeah...
and working

in the past
i've seen him
ski while working!
this man 
loves what he does
loves the great outdoors
you can read it in his eyes
totally in his element
it does a heart good
to see
a perfect balance of
passion and career choice

more than that
 he got me
looking out my window
with
sunshine and temps
in the teens


and the long shadows
began
 calling me

the list can wait
time to play

a proving it
 selfie

a nearby metro park
was James' choice
and since he
agreed to my madness
i gave him that

we may not have been hit
with the blizzard
here in the Midwest
but there was
just enough snow on the ground
to provide some 
resistance training


James 
such a good sport
 always willing to join me

we'll call it phys ed


other than our breath
the crunch of our boots
and the occasional
conversation
there was
 quiet


the kind of quiet
that can only 
be heard
in
 winter woods

alone
without another human in sight
we enjoyed
the peace


that blue sky
confirmed it

this day was meant
to be 
encountered

with silence on that scale
every sound 
had us turning
imagining
something
someone
was watching us

and oh
they were


keeping a very 
close eye
on us

as we 
kept ours 
on them


just woods?


take a closer
look


the final leg of 
our two mile jaunt
had us
crossing
Shrek-like bridges
and quoting lines
while James
had it swaying


"there, there donkey...
there, there..."


we were most definitely
not alone
on the 
Big Woods Trail


with a
 good day
send-off
we completed the walk
and had such a story
to share

so
 thank you
Jim Cantore
for inspiring me
to get my butt off the couch
and 
experience it

after all

life is a gift...
experience is the
beauty.
--yogi tea 


Get out there
and
experience the
beauty.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

table tops

as winter firmly
establishes
itself
time is increasingly
spent
indoors
life happens
within the four walls
of home
and how that time is spent
is told 
by what the 
table top
holds
music
songs studied
and learned
songs written and sung
ambitious endeavors
that seem less daunting
during January days
when determination 
is strong
studying
speaking
and dreaming of
a boot worn
on the Mediterranean Sea
an endless tournament
like a lady in waiting
encouraging
 in its silent way
to sit together
to play a game
when the television
seems more like an
intruder
than 
a guest
and the table
 tells all
computer time
Italian time
reading
 magazine-ing
and once again
dreaming
about trying new things
 cross-country skiing
 trail hiking
so much learning
before settling in
for another Netflix movie marathon
but
not before
gathering 
around 
the table
with family
and sharing a meal prepared
by your sweet daughter-in-law
and son
providing the space and garlic bread
 a glass of wine
oh
what a treat
to be treated
to pray together
catch up
and
simply
be
during these long winter
days.

What does your
table top
have to 
say?


Monday, January 12, 2015

for the love of complaining

Like salt
in an exposed
wound

"Fiji...
you've never been?
...when my plane lands
I shed all my clothes
 and for a week
 I gallivant around the island naked."
--Mad About You
"I said YES to a big adventure...
and just this week
booked a flight
to Bali!"
--Amanda Soule
"We're going to Mexico
in February...
why don't you come?
I bet you could still 
rock a bikini."
--D.B. @ the Christmas party
after a few beers
For the last two years
I have been 
burdened
with a work trip
first to Dominican Republic
and then
Antigua

Always on the back of my mind
while holiday feasting
and cookie baking

come January I 
had to
rummage through my
meager 
though growing
summer attire
and
search through clearance sites
for a new bathing suit

Oh 
the bother!

2014
with its record snowfall
and bitter temps
proved to be difficult
for the housing industry
and so
my husband did not make quota
i.e.,
Aruba will not be seeing us.

What a relief!
Right?
Wrong!
For I remember...
the dread was immediately
replaced with joy
when the plane went from cold to warm
when my feet hit the white beach
warm balmy breezes caressing my body
clothes traded in for a tankini
and a hot cocoa dumped for
  an 
island surprise
ahhh...
in a word
lovely

the only thing that could have made
it better...
is if we were
all alone
without co-workers
(who are great people
but still...)
just Rudy and Jenny
being
Rudy and Jenny
other than that
damn near
perfect

not that I wouldn't be posting
a sad tale if the situation
were reversed
mind you
I'd have to share my woes
of having to lose 10 pounds in 
3 weeks
or
finding a suit for my body type
in the middle of winter
with skin
whiter than snow

oh...
boo-hoo-
hoo! 
and I discover
a sorry truth
about myself
I love the snow
I love the sand
and boy oh boy
do I love to 
complain!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

winter blue

If each month were assigned
a color
January's
 would have to be given
blue


i did not take this picture

the closest i could find
in winter landscape images
that resembled a moment
that found me 
without my camera
regardless
i knew at the time
all the shades of blue
the denim of my jeans
the slate interior of our ford pickup
driving through fresh snow
reflective of the glacial cloudless sky
perfect lighting that only nature can provide
couldn't possibly be fully captured
with a mere photo

at the time
i said aloud to James
this is what winter looks like
winter blue
and we started a conversation
on how we wished we could
"capture"
such moments with a camera
alas
knowing
how fruitless
the attempt would be
for us at least
amateur photographers

its the essence
the feelings
the complexities
the whole of it
not just a small snippet
rather
the completeness

i think it's closely linked
to the emotions
that are stirred in you
a memory that is created
while at the same time
with years to go by
a memory tapped into
a reference
that was cataloged
for the very reason
you found yourself digging in
your purse
coming away with the realization
that you left both your camera and i-phone
home

so with a blink of the eyes
 a prayer in your heart
because you are wise with those years
the hope
that this memory will be there
to hold onto 
as a reminder
of how beautiful
January
can be.



Thursday, January 1, 2015

a new year

With the blissful blur
known as December
behind us


the work parties
the gift finding
the wrapping in colorful paper
the decorating with jewels from the attic
bringing to mind
Christmases past
the remembering
the snicker doodles 
peanut butter cookies with blossoming
chocolate kisses
pecan roca candy
the card sending and receiving
 the feeling of joy when the mail is brought in 
a little pile assembled
opening each with a smile
the stressful moments
which I had hoped would pass me by
finding me
 right on time
the Christmas Eve family service
singing of carols
two special girls at the alter
listening to a story with
growing impatience
the family gathering
smaller than usual
just as sweet
with all the trimmings
that make it
our Christmas


with all that behind us
we settle down
for a quiet night
alone
just the four of us
with plans for game night
traded in for
 Netflix 
binging on
Blue Bloods
tending to a 
Christmas cold
that some did not avoid

game night will have to wait


instead
the warming by a fire
drink at hand
a pizza and Greek salad
celebration
the falling asleep
on a couch that bears my imprint 
the wakening with a shake at midnight
to welcome in the new year
sharing of kisses
and wishes
and a secret
that you have a feeling
a hunch, actually
that 2015
is going to be
a very good year.


quite possibly
the best year yet...

and that my friends 
is my simple wish

my prayer
for each of you.

Happy New Year.

Monday, December 1, 2014

a joyful greeting

with the turn
of a
page



i've gone from
not only
november to december


but
duck to goat
:)


earthy golden hues
and
lively 
oranges


to
reds and greens
silver and gold
 glittering lights
and
 big velvet
bows


let the 
festivities
traditions 
snow 
and 
song
fill the days ahead


greetings
dear friend
so good to 
see you
again.



Saturday, November 29, 2014

thankful, outrageously

in the spirit of
giving thanks
we often look at the biggies
life
love
health
for which i am truly blessed

we may look to the small
often overlooked 
beauty



nature's bounty
of sunrise and sunset
flower and fauna
clean air and water
for which i strive
to consciously
give due notice

and then
there are those
glimmers of perfection
that almost take your 
breath


like that first
taste of the turkey
that has been filling your home
with roasting goodness


and it is declared 
delicious
by all who sample


 gathered around
in the smallest room
to be together
for those last minute preparations
rolls in the oven
gravy made to utopian standards
(thanks, susie)
the traditional sides
kept warm
and plated for serving


why
 even the dogs
know
that something great
is about to happen
and they stay
close


while mom and sue
help every step of the way
cutting and chopping
stirring and tasting
providing the necessary dose
of laughter
sons who graciously help
wherever needed
a husband who not only carves
but cleans the dinner dishes 
as well

wow
a time for
thanksgiving
indeed


good food
good drink
good company
fun words
served up with the 
pumpkin pie
and 
after dinner coffee


wishing it wouldn't end

that we could stall time
just this once
then
as if in answer
the snow began to fall
temperatures dropped
cold enough to store beverages outdoors
making room in my 
crowded frig


road conditions worsened
and just like that
the fun was extended with
an overnight guest 

holding onto this time a bit longer

we watched a movie
drank a hot toddy
before
finally giving in to sleep
waking with mom
  enjoying her morning presence
over a coffee and a 
big
breakfast

remembering childhood dreams
prayers
that a day
could somehow last
forever

and like any prayer
God answered
and granted a memory
that will do
just that.

amen.