Gray Story

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Found this from searching the term, “gray hair is beautiful”

going gray blog: celebrating the right to choose

Titles of articles on that site;

The Eyes Have It: Eye Makeup to Match Gray Hair

Feeding Your Gray Hair

Gray Hairstyles for Different Face Shapes

yahoo search for images with “gray hair is beautiful”

Here’s good advice on gray

(…)Some people say you should change your hairstyle when it goes gray. I’ve even seen it suggested that you not let it grow past your chin. Horsehockey! Just because your hair’s turning color doesn’t mean you suddenly have to look like your grandmother. If it looks good on you with full color, it can look good without. So come on, ladies. Embrace the silver. (…)

San Francisco Anchor Reports on Going Gray

and Ditches the Dye Herself,

Dana King, emmy award-winning broadcast journalist and current anchor of CBS affiliate KPIX    http://goinggrayblog.com/2011/05/san-francisco-anchor-reports-on-going-gray-and-ditches-the-dye-herself/

Now this is REAL, this is POSITIVE, this is LIFE, this is PERMISSION to BREATHE!

 

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How About Those Tomatoes?

They’re in the jars and the freezer boxes too! Despite not quite enough rain and the early summer heat in the 100’s in June and  July I was blessed with plenty to store for later. I really like the different colored tomatoes, each has it’s own wonderful flavour characteristics.

Color, color. Colour, colour!

Sampling of a day’s pickings including the Pink Brandywines which it turns out really are as big as the package picture! Quite the handful were these.

Yellow Brandywines along with these red beauties.

I kept some separate by color, but also mixed several jars with all the different colors just because………

It was a good tomato year! It made me tired and very happy many summer days to put them away for the many uses we find in our always cooking kitchen.

Happy gardener in straw hat, glad to be all done with this year’s tomato crop, don’t you just love it when you take a fuzzy glary picture like this that reminds you of how young you are inside?

But still there are plenty late tomatoes for everyday fresh eating!

Crepe Myrtle’s Distract with Gorgeous Magentas and Pinks

Magentas and Pinks in these Crepe Myrtles we encountered at the grocery in the parking lot. The last of Spring has been invaded with Summer Blooms of early Crepe Myrtles. I guess this is the year of early flowers.

 

Funny, I didn’t even notice them until we came out of the grocery, then they just burst out at me!

Ooooooooooh! Crepe Myrtles in the Parking Lot!

Intensity!

 

 

 

Now I think here’s a reason to draw out my little purse sized camera. Can’t pass these by without snapping them, you never have a chance to catch things the same way again.

Am I in a Tropical Paradise? Now I am Totally Distracted from Helping Load the Groceries into the Car-trunk

Look How Complex the Blooms

And the Bark, How Lovely is the Bark!

Step back for the long shot and show off their geometrics, the way Crepe Myrtles grow is so elegant!

The Linear Branches Grow Vigorously from the Pruned Trunks and Present Arrays of Magenta Splendor

Now Myrtle, Smile! for my Little Camera, You Know You’re Beautiful!

 

My world close to home is full of the Creator’s unsurpassed elegance. Crepe Myrtles (Crape, if you so please) are hardy and grace many different growing zones through out the country, I wonder do these grow in other countries?  I was blessed to have seen these luscious long bloomed harbingers knocking on the door into Summer. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

Rainy Day Drive

The blessing of mostly gentle rain showers on the past two rainy days kept my family out of the garden and gave some of us an urge to take a long rainy day drive.

No Worries with our Handsome Driver at the Wheel

Fill ‘er Up! Lowest Price Gas in Town

A House I Like

Haven’t Eaten There in Years, Look at the Rain Clouds!

Top Gas Price, Glad We Already Topped Off the Gas Tank

Clearing Sky Between Showers, Grass Grazing Cows

Rains Green the Pasture

Dusk after Rainy Day, Moonrise

Foggy Moonrise

Moonrise Fog

 

 

 

Little Bit by Little Bit, Day by Day

Little by little, day by day, sums up how life is lived. Every morning our task is to get out of bed and get back into our daily business and prepare for the random surprise occurrences, the special events, or accidents that come into all our lives.

 

My husband’s nephew has suffered a one auto accident that caused him to lose his left arm and the past week has been a series of visits to him in hospital and wonderings about him and his family’s welfare and how to help them. The family is rallying around him and watching prayerfully. Complications  from bruising, plastic surgery, and possible internal injuries aren’t ascertained completely even now a full week later. We had dinner with some of the family last evening and appreciated that we have each member to hold us up in good times and bad.

 

We just enjoyed  those comforts and blessings and quietly conversed about these things and casual daily doings while we ate meatloaf, mashed potatoes, fresh green snap peas, cooked greens, and fresh salad, and kraut and wienies, with a choice of fresh baked 50/50 wheat bread and blue cornbread, and a payday type cake for desert, some of which the guests brought to make dinner into the banquet it always becomes whenever we get together. It was a serious bounty of plenty and we all were hungry for both the food and togetherness. After a long while of talking at table after dinner we moved to find more comfort in plush chairs and sofas in the living room where we continued our conversations unwilling to part, yet being sated with savory foods and some of us (me as hostess in particular) being  a bit drowsy.

 

Gazing at one of my paintings of cut grapefruits and sea shells my sister-in-law, my husband’s brother’s wife, asked  how I painted something to appear so lifelike as to be able to pluck it off the canvas. That’s a very basic common question that always causes me to ponder how to succinctly convey the entire process in a couple of easy sentences at least some of the method of artistic portrayal. I try to answer according to my perception of the questioner’s level of interest in making the inquiry as we all do with such questionings, no need to teach a seminar from the idle question.

 

But she was genuinely curious and likes my work enough to be proud of the painting I gave her for her living room.  So I just said,  “Little by little, just looking and painting little bit by little bit, day by day.” Of course that didn’t tell too much technically, but she would know more and asked, “Yes, but how do you know what to paint and how it looks, do you have something to go by? Do you take a picture?”  I replied, “Yes, and yes, I take a picture after I study the subject.” I didn’t elaborate. Her interest does mean a lot to me  though and I thanked her for her questions.

 

I woke up this morning thinking of “little bit by little bit, day by day“, and how the important things are so hard to explain in few words to most of us. Writers are gifted with the ability and the rest of us try to break the barriers of understanding to share these passages of common times, surprises, events.  Then I prayed and opened up the bible the Word of God to;

 

 Isaiah 40

King James Version (KJV)

40 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

 

I read through chapter 42  then moved over to other readings in the New Testament, received no earth shattering direct wisdom but the general principles therein, and then I began to appreciate a bit more how it is just  little bit by little bit, day by day, God is training us to observe Him in all things and helping us to see with our eyes and hear with our ears through the power of the Holy Ghost through submission to the Father through the Son when our prayers are tempered and enabled by the Word when we remember to read it.

 

Grapefruit and Lightning Whelk Shells

 

 

Just as the paintings are completed and then become mysterious yet self evident  finished works our lives are an evident witness of God’s creation and perfecting grace that are hard to break down and explain succinctly. It takes little bit by little bit, day by day walking in the Spirit with Jesus.

 

Breaking Down Walls

I’ve been pondering how to be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, cousin, and Holy Spirit containing believer in Jesus, how to communicate His light, how to be a candle upon a hill and not under a basket, neither freezing out nor scorching others who come near me.

Fellow blogger, The Mystery of the Ages, wrote a lovely post here; http://theincrediblegift.blogspot.com/2012/01/can-your-family-be-saved.html  

As this applies to all of us all the time it helped bring into focus a few things that have been on my mind  to try to improve in this still new year. Here they are;

Open the lines of communication and take down the roadblocks that hamper it. Disconnect from distracting pursuits and mindless entertainments to allow the quiet spaces necessary to know each other.

Put the phone and electronics aside to be a listener. Sit, work, or walk together without interruption. Be present physically and mentally for those you are with and not off texting or taking calls while they are talking with you.

Especially ask that children put away games and phones to teach them how to look you in the eye and read body language and tone of voice. These are habits that are vital to all of us if we are to be fully aware of the nuances of the complete meanings being conveyed.

Read aloud together, reading current events or informational materials that you think will appeal to them, pausing within the reading for comments and discussion to see their reaction and feelings. Personal anecdotes often flow from identifying with events and stories.

Throw away the ideas of age segregation. Break down the illusion that people are different because of modern lifestyles and share the generations. All people have the same needs to be heard and held as worthy of attention. It’s wonderful to get older and younger to talking after a little practice and so vital to strengthen the ties that bind us together as families. Our time is limited, we want to leave lasting impressions of love and hope. These are treasures we can lay up in heaven.

Deuteronomy Chapter 6 especially verse 7 comes to mind.
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.