Heather T.

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Well, this doesn’t happen very often.

In surprises on May 31, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I woke in the middle of the night, last night, to a smell of something burning. Of course, it concerned me. We have a fan that constantly runs in the basement to filter out the musty smell (our basement is dirt, rock ledge and wet), so it’s always in the back of my mind.

I came downstairs, wandered around a little bit and found nothing. When I returned upstairs, I realized that the smell was coming through our bedroom window.

This morning, we found the same smell in the air. Ray went outside and the air surrounding our house was full of smoke (looking much like the morning fog). He went for a ride, but couldn’t find the source. A friend called him to see if he knew what was causing the smell and the smoke that was drifting through (a friend who lives just up the road from us).

Well, one thing led to another and I just had to look it up. On to the internet I went, and this is what I found:

A warning for people who plan to spend time outside this Memorial Day: Dozens of wildfires are burning in southern Quebec and strong winds are bringing the smoke to our region. Most of Maine and New Hampshire and northeast Vermont are likely to see some level of reduced visibility and smell smoke in the air today. There are numerous reports of heavy smoke coming from St. Albans, the area around the Bay and other areas in the region. The smell of the fires is in the air around Channel 3’s South Burlington studios this morning.  The winds are expected to shift this afternoon, taking the smoke with it. However officials still warn people with respiratory problems to limit how much time they spend outdoors.  -WCAX News, Burlington, Vermont – May 31, 2010

Here is the latest photo we have to share our view this early Memorial Monday morning:

Historic Photos of Vermont

It’s almost time again…

In Mosaic Monday on May 31, 2010 at 3:24 am

Oh, yeah. I can almost feel the sun shining on my back and smell the sweetness just dancing through the air. Sweet, plump, fresh…strawberries.

Yesterday, I mentioned to Ray that we still had all of the strawberries from last year’s picking, in the freezer on the front porch. He went out to find that we also had a batch of rhubarb, too. I don’t know why, maybe just a little pure laziness, but I never got around to making the jelly last season and with this year’s crop approaching us…I suppose that it’s time to do something with the many frozen berries that I have.

First thing will be a strawberry-rhubarb pie…mmmmm; this I will be making tomorrow morning 🙂

I put together this little mosaic, to share with Mary and friends from the Dear Little Red House…and it reminded me of the goodness that waits for us. Oh, Lord, thank You for the sweet pleasures of summer days ♥

Twenty Questions Answered

In other bloggers, questions and answers, Questions Answered on May 29, 2010 at 11:00 am

I found these questions on Country Girl’s blog last night and thought that I’d play along. Kind of neat, because when I saw the post on her blog, she referred the questions to a blog that she visited. When I visited that blog, the woman there referred the questions to a blog that she visited.

Anyway…here I go:

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought? Funny!! I bought myself one of those little hand held mirrors at Walmart, yesterday. It’s been a long time since I’ve had one that didn’t get broken right away. I used it as I stood in front of the full length mirror when I got home…because…well, I wanted to see what others see from behind 🙂 – And, really, I thought that view wasn’t as bed as I’d expected it might be. Ha.

2. Do you miss anyone right now? All day yesterday…moments reminding me of my mother. Always, I miss her.

3. If you could move anywhere else, would you? If I could? Anywhere? Probably.

4. If you could choose, what would your last meal be? Oh boy! Something that I’ve never tried that looked so unbelievably tasty that I couldn’t help but eat it.

5. What famous person, dead or alive, would you want to have lunch with? Alright, first of all, above all…face to face, oh yeah, this person would be Jesus. And then, I’d ask Helen Keller because I admire her wisdom and strength.

6. What was the last book you read? O.K. I can’t remember the name and will have to poke through my blog or go downstairs to get it…forget it. It was a good read though.

7. What was the last movie you watched? Harry and the Hendersons (my little man loves this movie)

8. What was the last song you heard? This one is kind of crazy, because the last song that I heard came from my own mind…no clue why…but it was…”Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?”  hahahaha

9. What is your dream vacation? Hmmm…to travel with an unlimited amount of time or money 🙂

10. What is the next trip you will take? probably to the bathroom – hahahaha

11. Did you ever go to camp? Not ever.

12. Have you ever been in love? Yes. Oh, yes.  I remain in love.

13. What do you want to know about the future? When, oh when, Jesus, will you return for us?

14. Where is your best friend? My two BFF’s: In my heart {Jesus} and on the couch downstairs {my husband}

15. How is your best friend? {Jesus is GLORIOUS} and {my hubby is BETTER THAN EVER}

16. Who is the biggest gossiper you know? I loathe gossip but find it everywhere.

17. What does your last text message say? I don’t do texting.

18. What are 3 things you’ve always wanted to do, that you still plan to accomplish? Write and publish “the book”, see my boys become grown men who love The Lord and become a grandma 🙂

19. What is one thing you learned from your parents? Appreciation

20. What is one thing you hope to teach to your own children?Through my relationship with God, I’d hope that they could learn how to firmly have their own.

Froggy and I Love Surprises

In blessings, Bus Rides, Frogs, photo moments, school bus driving, surprises on May 28, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Driving down this dead end street and turning the bus around, I approach the little boy with the amazing smile. His face full of freckles (I love freckles) and a little cowlick in his freshly buzzed hair, this little boy is adorable. Every morning, he waits for the school bus with his mother. Not a morning, in the full school year, have I stopped and not received a smile.

This morning, he waits. I open the door to find him with, not only, a smile but an offering; he hands me this most luscious peony. It is beautiful, specially picked for me from his mother’s bush. She was standing there with him and saw my reaction…then, we both smiled.

Lord, what a special blessing little boys can be ♥

Froggy rides with me every day on the school bus, give or take a vacation or two. I couldn’t resist sharing the beautiful flower with my friend…just look at that, I think he likes it as much as I did 🙂

Walk with me for a moment…

In photo moments on May 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir

Just walking in the warmth of the sun, brings the soul a little rest.

A bit of refreshment for your inner self, like cool water on a hot day.

Bending down, just to marvel at the wonder of creation.

Being Critical

In My Thoughts on May 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Firstly, let’s define the word, criticism – the act or an instance of making an unfavorable or severe judgment, comment, etc.

Now that I’ve defined it, how does it make you feel? Do any of us enjoy being criticized? Probably not. I know that I don’t. We see it everywhere we turn, though, especially on television and in the news, on magazine covers…and even on a school bus.

This has been a word on my mind for a few weeks now. I don’t know why that is but I’ve been sifting it through with The Spirit. When words come to mind, over and over again, throughout the days…I tend to investigate. There is a reason, and my first reaction is to self investigate. Am I critical? Do I criticize others? Most often, not. No, it’s true. I learned through trial and error, many things as a teen and young child. Criticism hurts. It hurts the one you’re talking about and it hurts you, it brings you down. It tends to be like a virus inside of your mind, once taken root, it continues to grow until you become a miserable person that you don’t even like. Criticism also leads to gossip, which we all know is even worse than the root…gossip is like the junkiest, most fattening of food. Some people think it tastes good, but just look at it’s effect.

I know that it’s not easy to be happy and light all of the time. I’m not and that’s why I began the self investigation, allowing The Spirit to reveal to me of any moment that I may be judging another.

Do you know what? Most often within my own mind, I am judging me. I am very critical of myself, over anything or anyone else. What the heck?! I wonder if others judge me as often as I judge myself? Although, maybe if more people self reflected more often, they wouldn’t have the time to judge others either.

I get steamy and defensive when people talk down about another. It makes me want to stand up on a table and shout all of the good things about the person being downed upon. It really does. But, I’m not like that on the outside. I’m not an advocate or a very pushy person at all. I usually poke a few “thinker” lines and then let it be, but no one really wants to hear the good or the understanding about the person that they’re speaking of. It usually causes the talker to get annoyed with me…which is okay, if I hurry, say my peace and run. I don’t do well with aggressive personalities. I soak up the anxious aura like a sponge…so I try to go quickly.

Don’t get me completely wrong here. I do have my share of critical feelings toward others (obviously, with what I’m writing here) but the difference is that I try very much to bring understanding into play first. When someone has wronged me or my children, or even the world, I can feel critical about them. I can even get caught up in the talk, especially of unfair treatment; or like at a ball game when the Umpire has the sun shining in his eyes through most of the game (:o>). But, even though I may find myself in that spot now and then, I won’t allow it to root there. I ask of The Lord to change my feelings, don’t let them take root..show me the good here and clean up my attitude. Everything I think and feel is shared with The Lord. For, by Him and through Him and to Him are all things.

Why am I steamed up about it today? Well, the water boiled over this morning and I realized how full the pot was.

I see so many children tend to be very judgmental of one another. A boy on my bus, yesterday, made a comment when another came on. He mentioned something about this other boy “wearing the same sweatshirt every single day…and why does he wear it when it’s so hot, and he needs a hair cut and he’s wearing jeans, again.” Yesterday, it was kept to himself and another boy who sat with him. Today, it wasn’t. Today, he asked the boy these questions as he got onto the bus. These boys are old enough to know better. They are not asking innocent questions, they know what they’re doing.

I turned to him, before putting the bus into gear and continuing my route. I, first, told him to mind his own business (but the water was still boiling over) and I continued with…”What another person wears should not matter to you. It doesn’t affect you, doesn’t harm you and you don’t have to wear it. Mind your own business, sit down and that’s enough!”

I must have said it a little loud. As I looked into my mirror, I saw a few of the older ones in the back listening and they smiled.

Kids need to know this. Adults need to know this. The world is too full of judgment and loud criticism. Granted, there are times when it can be useful – but from what I see, most often, it isn’t. It’s plain hurtful.

That’s how I feel.

So many pictures!

In taking pictures on May 26, 2010 at 2:24 am

Oh my goodness. Would you believe that I have a thumb drive that holds 16gb worth of photos or what other information one might want to keep? It all began with a 2gb, and then that wasn’t large enough, so I moved up to a 4 and then an 8; filling each one.  I scan old photos, keeping many from the beginning of digital photos as well.  They’re important to me.  The biggest trouble is that I rarely print any of them out.  Most of my albums are saved to a file somewhere, rather than on photo paper.  That is pretty darned lazy of me, isn’t it?

Did you know that you can lose bits of your photos when you transfer them over and over again? It’s true, you can. And, apparently, I have. So, tonight…I’m spending a little time uploading onto an online album that I keep. All of my photos will be uploaded eventually; which is too many to count and so many that it will take me days. I really should organize better than I do, but who really has time for it?

 Here is a photo of something.  How’s that for an introduction?!  Really, I have no idea what this is but found it to be a bit intriguing so I took a picture of it as the boys and I were driving through the city in April.  Got any ideas as to what this might be?

Recent of Days

In Just Rambles on May 26, 2010 at 1:41 am

Walking up to the playground, I heard one of the little girls calling out to him. “Lucien, your mom is here.” As I came around the corner, I saw him with his bright orange tank top on, riding one of the tricycles. He looked up to see me and smiled, continuing his ride and knowing just what to do next.

This boy of mine. He is so much like I am. He is thought-filled, observant, to himself but also able to share his thoughts in ways unusual than the rest. I understand him and yet, he amazes me.

He gets off of the tricycle, walks up to me and says, “Mom, today’s a calm kind of day.” Then, he smiles a gentle smile and says “Come on. Let’s go.”

What a kid.

Here, I sit on the bed, looking out the window that holds a tiny fan. Just above the fan is a brilliant moon shining. It’s not a full moon, tonight but the face is looking down on me from high in the sky.

The days have been hot and I’ve been busy. We are all so busy. Life is busy, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be a bad kind of busy. Actually, on the contrary, busy for me isn’t really bad…it’s just full. Days are full, mostly of taking care of others.

But, I’ve learned to take care of myself again…even in the chaos of a busy day. I’ve pushed myself to be more motivated, for the purpose of pleasing myself and feeling good about me.

I’ve not had much interest in the usual lately. I’ve been enjoying the outdoors, reading, exercising for health, tending to the family life and watching A LOT of baseball games.

Once a week, I’ve found myself totally focused on “the book”. I’ve managed to pull together, somewhere around, 70 pages (without editing).

I’ve noticed that so few of my old friends have been writing, probably busy with life and the living; as am I.

When things seemed much larger…

In My Childhood, photo moments on May 25, 2010 at 2:19 am

Just reminiscing through old photos tonight and thought I’d share the first one that brought a thought to mind.  This was taken when I was around three or four years old.  The funny thing is that I can still remember bits and pieces about this pool.

The person next to the pool is my brother.  He would have been thirteen or fourteen then.  Knowing this will give you a more accurate thought of what size this pool actually was.  My guess is that it was only about 36 inches high…maybe a little more.

What I remember is the feeling I had when I was in it. It seemed SO BIG to me, full of water…when in reality, the water was only to my knees (maybe my belly, if as full as my mom would allow).

When I was little, everything seemed much larger. I think of that often as I look at the world through my boys eyes.  I try so hard to remember how I would have felt in many situations that they encounter, but there are times when you just have to live in the moment and be the parent (I don’t like those times).

Oh, Lord, thank You for this big wide world, which continues to be much larger than my little child mind can actually wrap itself around.  I can still be only up to my knees in the lake water and feel small 🙂

Weekend Warmth

In Romans, Spring, Summer, writing on May 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Barefoot afternoon, greet my feet in the warm green grass…

Warm green grass, welcome my girl to rest in the rays of the sun…

Rays of the sun, share your day with the wisp of refreshing winds.

Thank You, Lord, for the beauty of these days that we’ve lived.

† “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved…….Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” ~from Romans 10:8-10; 17.