Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it! ... Robert Motherwell
"All great art is expression of man's delight in God's work, not his own." John Ruskin

Monday, September 17, 2007

Black & White, Preparing for Winter, and Young & Healthy Bones

1. It has become a ritual (of sorts) that early each morning, just before the sun creeps over the mountains to illuminate the day, I step out on our front porch. I like how the steam from the cup of coffee swirls up around my face as I slowly sip on it. Here is where I begin my day in prayer and listen to the world around me waken. The past few weeks I have watched a woman walk by rather briskly every morning. I know it is part of her "new weight loss routine" and if I had the nerve to speak to her I would tell her "You go, girl!", but it is actually dark at that time of morning, and I fear that if I spoke to her from the front covered porch, I might actually frighten her, so I don't. This morning, I saw her coming up the street a bit slower than usual and I wondered if she was losing her "spunk" or if perhaps she had injured herself. I was thrilled to see that it was not an injury to body or spirit, but tagging along behind her was a new little black & white puppy, no bigger than a teacup. I was glad to see that she has acquired a walking buddy!

2. My mother and I were out running errands a few weeks ago and while in a store, she wanted to look at the selection of puzzles. She told me "Winter is coming and I want to have a few on hand" Well, to my delight I found a collection of puzzles (88, to be exact) in the home of a friend who is just as delighted to part with them as I will be to take a few off of her hands. So, dear Mother, I will be bringing you a winters worth of puzzles!

3. When I begin to moan about my aches and pains, I just observe those around me who really have physical ailments that cause them pain and suffering and then I see my complaints with new perspective. In the past 3 weeks, two of my dear friends have broken hips! Oh how blessed and thankful I am to be young and healthy!!!!!


Helen Read said...

I spend each morning (until winter) on my screened porch too - watching the morning wake up ... reading scripture, praying, journaling, and being with the natural world before I take off at 7 am for a day inside at work! I really miss that in the winter. Great way to start the morning :-)

Leanna said...

Yes, Helen! It is the best. There's something about the quiet of morning... Thank you for reading!