Thursday, February 25, 2010

At the Dog Park

It's fun to go to the dog park!
You can meet your friends and catch up on the latest news.
You can play with the big dogs! (Little Maggie--below--loves to run with the big dogs)

You can drink lot's of water...and ask, "Can I stay longer?"
Odd balls are always interesting.
And if you're lucky, you can close the place.

Recently we visited Mozart's sister and husband in Bakersfield. We enjoyed getting out into the open spaces and slowing down, and visiting with one another.

When we got home from the park, the dogs stretched out on the rug for a rest, and Mary and I went outside to see her sugar snap peas. Their growing like little 'Jack in the bean stalks' up and over the fence.

And that was Valentine's weekend...

Mary and Ken

Mozart and Me

Have a good weekend!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

On the Road

No. It's not a ship on the sea. It's a farm in a grove of trees...on a sea of sleeping grapevines.

Last weekend Mozart and I traveled to Bakersfield to visit his sister and brother-in-law. We headed out of Los Angeles, climbed over the mountains and descended into California's fertile basin.

I snapped the picture at dusk, as Mozart drove 80 mph. The open spaces of land were impressive to me. It was a breath of fresh air for this city-dweller. Bakersfield, however, is quite built up...much like home. But one can drive a few minutes and be out into the flat spaces.

I'll post some pictures next time. Today I have to practice EXCEL. I'm taking a class in the evenings.

Have a nice weekend.

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Wheat and the Tares

Is this a sign? No more rain?

The temperatures are climbing into the 70's. Snowball (below) is returning from a gopher hunt.

It's a beautiful day, but in the midst of beauty, my heart is sad about the tragic Luge accident in Canada...and the shootings in Alabama. There is such heartache in this world. How does one think about a world that offers both beauty, and pain—goodness and violence...existing side by side?

I sometimes contemplate the parable Jesus told about wheat and the tares growing side by side. The servants wanted to pull out the tares, but the master said, the wheat and the tares must grow side by side——the good and the bad, "lest while you are gathering up the tares, you may root up the wheat with them." (Matthew 13:29) He went on to say that at the time of harvest he would separate them, and bind the tares into bundles "to burn them up" and the wheat would be gathered into his barn.

Although the passage doesn't answer all my questions, it sheds a little light on the dilemma. One day we will fully understand, and one glorious day, there will be no more tares.

Friday, February 5, 2010


It's raining.
Don't have to be at my school job today.
Went to Writer's Critique Group.
Was very happy to see my writing friends.
Edited 2 manuscripts.
Discussed teens, God, atheists and pot.
Played 2 scrabble games with Letty and dusted her house while listening to Susan Boyle.
Dinner: Tuna Melts and Chicken Fajita Soup.
Evening: Spent way too much time on the computer.

Tomorrow is coming.
Plan to stay off the computer (unless I'm starting a new article) and spend more time in the WORD.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Glimpse of Spring

This is my friend's "tulip" tree. (Magnolia)
...a reminder that Spring is not far off!