Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving Thanks...


 
#GRATEFUL         

'It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;'
Psalm 92:1

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sunrise, Sunset...


6:30 this morning...
4:40 last night....
Edited for Instagram...
 Upside down sunset from 4:50PM last night...
This morning I opened my eyes @ 6:30AM to this, as if last night's sunset was not enough of an eye full!!

'They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.'
Psalm 65:8

'Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears...'
Fiddler on the Roof

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Best Laid Plans....


On the drive home from the Vet...
She is warm and resting...the Girl..
  So, we are sitting in this ba-rutally frigid air mass, it is 1 below zero, feels like minus 7. It is snowing 'lightly' and it looks like a snow globe. Very pretty. My plans for today were to stay in, catch up on some correspondence, do some more cooking, nuzzle in. Really no need to be outside. However, it started yesterday. Edward and I both noticed that The Girl, Little Kitty was 'off '(more than usual, lol). She was not her usual perky self, she did not want to eat (something is definitely wrong). She seemed really wiped out. We figured that we would keep a close eye. As the evening progressed, I got worried. When she was around 1-ish, she ate almost 2 feet of ribbon, the kind w/ the thin wire in it, so it stays put when you shape it. Well, it (the wire) showed up crystal clear on the x-ray that day in Providence. Let's just say, that after that life saving surgery, she used up about 6 of her given 9 lives. We have been vigilant, all these 13 or so years later, at keeping strings or other interesting edibles out of sight, but, apparently, she found 'something'. I made the call, and off we went to the vet at 9:30 this AM. Her x-rays showed no major anything, thank goodness. All organs looked good, but, there was one part of her intestine which was a little 'bunched'. The good news is that she does not need surgery. They treated her there, gave her some IV fluids, did some blood work, gave her some anti-nausea and pain meds, and 3 hours later, we are all back to Plan A. We love our Girl Whirl, well, Edward and I love her allot. We'll be keeping a close watch, now that the best laid plans have taken a detour, and brought us back home to 'start'!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday

'Who is like you, LORD God Almighty? You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.
You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.'
Psalm 89:8-9
 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

12 Mile Stables


Sweet volunteer w/ one of the horses...
My new Friend w/ the braid...
that face....
Grazing, w/ Denver and the Rockies in the background...
Friends....
I have seen them from the house, they have literally been on the other side of the fence on more than one occasion. However, yesterday was a 'sweater weather' kind of day, and my first day of walking w/out flip flops. Yes, I put my sneakers on.(This is rare.) I knew it was the day I was going to meet the horses. We crossed through another path in the park, which took us to the back side of the 'Dog Off Leash Area'. We are greeted by enthusiastic, energetic, happy dogs of every size, shape, 'variety'. Lots of unexpected kisses and licks and then, they quickly move on to the next adventure. We love this. The horses, the '12 Mile Stables', are right there; separating the dogs from the horses is yet another fence. We have to leave the dog park and walk up the dirt road to enter into the stables. It feels so so quiet. There are about 30-40 horses, I think. I was met by a sweet young lady, who volunteers, and she gave me the green light to wander, take my time w/ my meet and greet. Many of the horses were around a couple of different watering holes, and/or grazing on some well placed grass or feed. The white horse w/ the braid stole my heart. We spent some time sizing one another up, and in the short run, I think it was a good first meeting...she came very close, and kept a steady gaze. I wish I had some apples or food to give her. Maybe next time. This is a perfect time of the year to ride, when it is not blazing hot out. We simply have to call, and make a reservation. So, next time, some pics from the saddle. And, great news, my back is better. Most thankfully, pain just ebbed away...moving right along....

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Giving Trees...


 
 
 
 
So, it was bound to happen. After all the dismantling, packing, wrapping, lifting, pushing, pulling, hanging, unwrapping, mantling, more lifting, pushing and pulling, my back went 'out'. I can almost mark when I crossed my personal line, when in conversation w/ myself, 'Amy, you really should not lift another thing'. But I did, and now, as I sit w/ icepack carefully tucked in, I wish I had listened to myself. I have become 'one' w/ the heating pad, the ice pack and icy/hot patches are my new friends, along w/ ibuprofen, a homeopathic pain tincture and eucalyptus spray...did I forget anything? I am finding some relief w/ gentle stretching. Sitting proves difficult. However, my best position, is vertical and walking, which is good, because these October days have been so gorgeous. Yesterday afternoon, the Boys went to the movies (walk in w/ a pillow and ice pack or heating pad...I think not), so, I chose to take the longest walk possible in the park, take my time, and appreciate the foliage, w/ camera in tow. The trees, some really big, old trees had my full attention, and in return, they gave and gave and gave.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Settling In...


Cherry Creek State Park...snippet of the walking/biking path...
Storm on the move...
Sunset...
Sunset...just last night!
Soft tall grass in the late afternoon sun...
Well, it has been 3 weeks and 2 days since we moved north and 1500 feet lower in elevation. It feels longer. We are hardcore homebodies, so we tend to nuzzle right in to a new house once we get there. This move has taken us just a bit longer than 'usual', but, we are almost there. I can't quite put my finger on it. All of our 'systems' are set up and running, offices in working order, kitchen pantry is full. Edward has a huge space of his own to spread out and pretend that we don't live here (lol), most pictures which we want hung, are hung...maybe it will be when the first frost hits and we feel the house engulf us. We have been loving sitting outside in the early evenings and watching the sunset w/ the gorgeous vista which is set before us. Anywho, the lower altitude feels so much better. This is a great thing.

The state park is our back yard. We hear coyotes @ night singing their songs to one another, and it has afforded us a continual eye-full of such incredibly beautiful landscapes. (I already said that...worth repeating). The walking paths are welcoming and from our windows we can see the daily array of bikers, walkers, and horses. There is even a large area set aside for dogs and their owners. We have enjoyed every inch, thus far, of where we have placed our feet. There is so much more to see. With Autumn upon us, and the cooler weather approaching, we know that the park has more to give, so we continue to look forward! On my list of things to do, is taking pics of the horses who live right here!!!!

We are also loving being so close to Denver. There are so many choices of where to eat and shop, along with discovering the beautiful cities which hug Denver from every side. In essence, these City kids have the best of both worlds right now...we are just getting our feet wet.

Grateful would be a huge understatement, but grateful....

 'It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High;
  to show forth thy loving kindness in the morning,
and thy faithfulness every night,
  with an instrument of ten strings and upon the psaltery,
upon the harp with a solemn sound.
For thou, O Lord, hast made me glad by your work;
I will triumph in the works of thy hands.

  How great are thy works, O Lord!
  Thy thoughts are very deep!'
Psalm 92:1-5

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

1889, oil paints
Arles, France
Vincent Van Gogh


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Feast of Trumpets

 
Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה‎, literally "head of the year") is the Jewish New Year. The Biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah, which means shouting/raising a noise, or the Feast of Trumpets. It is the first of the High Holy Days or, Days of Awe, which usually occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere. Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of Tishrei. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram's horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a "sweet new year".
 
The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn, which also represents the trumpet blast of a people’s coronation of their King. The cry of the shofar is also a call to repentance, for Rosh Hashanah is also the anniversary of man's first sin and his repentance, and serves as the first of the “Ten Days of Repentance” which culminate in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Another significance of the shofar is to recall the Binding of Isaac which also occurred on Rosh Hashanah, in which a ram took Isaac’s place as an offering to God; we evoke Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son, and plead that the merit of his deed should stand by us as we pray for a year of life, health and prosperity. Altogether, we listen to one hundred shofar blasts over the course of the Rosh Hashanah services.
 
 L'shanah tovah, a sweet and healthy New Year!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

So, We Moved...Again!!!

 
 
 

It seems that the challenge of living 7000 feet in the air (originally I thought 6000...I was wrong. We were situated @ the highest point of The Springs!) has been too much for me. I just never acclimated to such thin thin air. So, we have kissed Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak good-bye, and said hello to Centennial, which is 1500 feet lower in elevation. It can only help! I did not think that the beauty could get any better, but I was wrong about that too. We are sitting facing a state park, hence, the 180 degree vista is waaaaay more than I could have imagined. These pics are from Monday and Tuesday nights' sunset, respectively. There is much more sky, the sunsets seem to go on and on and on, and then on even more.

We are so so grateful to be here, although deeply exhausted, looking forward to yet another new chapter...it begins...the Centennial house!

  'And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud to lead them the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, to go by day and night.'
Exodus 13:21

ps. The kitty's and the  frozen pesto made the hour journey North w/out issue....whew on both counts!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Way Way Back Thursday...Russia

 
The Schwartz Family, Russia, early 1900's
This is the earliest picture that I have, passed on to me from Mom's old pics, probably from her Mom, my Gram. This is a photo of my Grandmother's brother's wife (with Maury in her lap), and, at the time their 3 children, Maury, Sophie, Esther, and the nurse. That beautiful little girl had 2 daughters and a son. Ann, the eldest of the 3, just passed away a few short weeks ago at the age of 92. Had this family, and so many many others not left Russia when they did in the early 1900's, many of us would not be here, we would never have even been born; as within the 6 million murdered in the concentration camps were their parents and their parents parents. We would have to physically go back to Russia to find records. I know they exist. However, this is the story of a vast number of Jewish families who left Russia, Europe and Eastern Europe before WWII. Even so, there were 'Pogroms' already in place wiping out entire towns in Russia. The famous 'Fiddler on the Roof', written originally as a story in 1894, about the poverty stricken Tevye, a dairyman and his family, by Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich or better known by his pen name, Sholem Aleichem, depicts the beginning of the anhilalation of Jewish families in Russia. The history, the ancestry is rich, and most thankfully, still living on....
Cousins, Ann (daughter of Sophie in top pic), Mom and Ellie, Ann's baby sister, NYC, around 2008

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday


'Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.'
Isaiah 40:30-31

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Daniel...(Again)



I painted (copied) the Prophet, 'Daniel' in 1987 (mixed media, I used everything) for an off Broadway production on his life, called 'El Shaddai'. El Shaddai is conventionally translated as God Almighty. According to Exodus 6:2, 3, Shaddai (שַׁדַּי) is the name by which God was known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The name Shaddai is again used as a name of God later in theBook of Job. 

For all these many years, I had this, the printers copy of 'Daniel', safely tucked away in my portfolio. However, recently, like a burst of light, that small voice said, bring it out, this is frame worthy. So, after some trial and error, I found that I was able to have beautiful copies made at, of all places, Kinko's. And into 2 frames 'Daniel' landed. One for me and the other for the author of 'El Shaddai', C.B. Murray 4th.

 'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.'
Matthew 5:16

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Grace upon grace...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

August, So Far!


August 1, 8:15PM
August 2, 6;50AM
August 5, 8:30AM
August 5, 8:01PM
August 9, 7:50PM
 There are wars and rumors of wars, children are dying on mountainsides and in cities, close to home and across the ocean, planes are falling out of the sky, people are sick w/ deadly viruses, not to mention cancer and other terrible diseases. There remains such frightening gun violence in this country, so many injustices. This is really too much for the central nervous system to handle. However, the sun still rises in the East and sets in the West, the moon still has phases and quarters. So from sunset of August 1, to last night's Super moon, I am extraordinarily grateful to have captured some of the beauty of the rising and setting of the sun, the crescent moon, turning, just a week or so later, into a Super summer moon, and the true gift of a double rainbow...the Promise lives!

This is a song we sang every Sabbath evening @ camp in the Berkshires. I was there from the time I was 5 until I was 15, for 2 months, every summer. I was taking a long walk the other night, and these beautiful words came welling up, and out of me!

'The Lord of all does reign supreme
Ere yet this world was made and formed.
When all was finished by His will,
Then was His name as King proclaimed

And should these forms no more exist,
He still will rule in majesty.
He was, He is, He shall remain;
His glory never shall decrease.

And one is He, and none there is
To be compared or joined to Him.
He ne’er began, and ne'er will end,
To Him belongs dominion’s power.

He is my God, my living God;
To Him I flee when tried in grief;
My banner high, my refuge strong,
Who hears and answers when I call.

My spirit I commit to Him,
My body, too, and all I prize;
Both when I sleep and when I wake,
He is with me, I shall not fear.'