Monday, September 6, 2010

The chill of September, has come upon us.

This was an old picture Ben gleaned from his trip up north{1986-before we were parents}Still pressing on, by God's grace 27 years later.

Now here we are in 2010 ;)

Ben is home from the North country. The funeral was very sad, I hear. But, the family enjoyed gathering together, in NJ. He is back now with the news from the broader Walker family. We sat around and listened to his tales of the trip and then it was time for mommy to go to bed.
I have grown my first season of okra and they are a wonder to watch and eat. I never ate okra, before my father-in-law introduced me to this winsome and delicate vegetable. Now, I delight to go outside and pluck 5 or 6 off the plants and put them in (sneak them in) some goulash or other. I like the taste and I think it staves off the seasonal colds. Yesterday there was a green grasshopper pretending to be an okra and he almost got tossed into the goulash, except that he winked at me to let me know that he had eyes. My okra has no eyes, that I do know. He was exactly the color of my okra. I have about 10 or 12 still coming off the plants, and then I think that the season will be over. I am not sure, though.
My okra patch is very small, but the children tease me and say, do you want me to go out into the fields and pick some okra for dinner. They call me the plantation slave driver. I guess I am, too.
As an aside, but still on the subject of the slave driver. I got to be the boss at church, since Ben was in the "Northlands". I milked it for all it was worth. I looked at them after service and said, if you guys are not at the car, when I get there, I am leaving you.(Who does that sound like--{shame on me}) Well, for the first time ever, the children were all in the car, when I got there after Sunday school. They know that I am fearful of driving "Fretful carriage" more than just around the corner, so they humored my tyrannical commands. Next week they can socialize when their Dad is doing the driving. But, it haunts me so, that I sound like my Dad.
The cool, low 80's are a welcome temperature, these back to school days. We had to wear sleeves, to church. I hope that you are having a happy holiday weekend.

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Title- The Studious One!

Title-  The Studious One!
artwork by Elyse

Of biscuits and syrup

Of biscuits and syrup
tasty treats

Happy Saturday!

Happy Saturday!
a day at the Raptor Center.

Widdle Emmie in outer space school

Emmie jumped on the bus and off it flew out into the atmosphere. There was a set of clouds with turbulence right above the house and it took a few minutes for my Emmie to buckle her seatbelt. They hit the bump hard and it knocked my Emmie out of her seat and she bumped her head. The video camera came on and the monitor looked through and stated, Ms. Emmie, where are you? You are not in your seat. Where are you? I am alright I fell because I hadn’t buckled correctly. Well jump up Emmie we have a long way to go and you have to be buckled there is entirely too much turbulence in the stratosphere for you to unbuckle now. As soon as we are through this weather system there will be straight sailing but right now you must buckle. Emmie scrambled into the seat with intensity and purpose now. She watched every cloud pass her window and her nose was pressed to the window trying to see the top of the house as it drifted slowly out of sight. Soon they were not only out of sight of the house, the sun came out brightly and just as quickly they were putting on the atmospherical breathing apparatus and the outerspherical lights. The ABA and the OL. These precautions were to make them appear to be satellites to the radar as they were out in the ionosphere. Emmie knew all about this now. She had gone to the orientation and had a good breakfast and it took them 20 minutes for her to get out past the atmospherical pull and to feel the zero gravity. It would be 15 minutes before the gravity simulators would take effect, a glitch in the system which was being worked on. Until then, they enjoyed the couple of minutes of floatation, while being connected to the seats by belt. The first thing they saw everyday was the strataflotsam. The items which had been dumped into the atmosphere by earlier generations. What would their generation do about this ecological waste area that remained floating above their heads? This was a question for the generations. For now it was the area that they had to guide through on the way to school.

Midnight at the OASIS

Midnight at the OASIS
Sunset in Huntersville

My little Emmie

ran to the bus on the first day of the last year of school. 2 buns on the side of her head. She kissed me and ran at dawn to the bus. She was starting the adventure of a lifetime. I would never see that little girl again, she was going to woman school!

My Father and I 1989

My Father and I 1989

to the tune of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme


Are you going to Mary Immaculate?

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

Remember me to the one who lived there,

He once was a true love of mine,

Tell him to buy me an acre of land,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

Between the muddy Hudson in Jamaica Bay,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine,

Tell him to sow in it seeds of pure cream,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

And build Ice cream mountains and buildings of whipped cream,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine,

Tell him to reap them with sickles of M&M’s,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

And chew bubble gum and eat till we’re done,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine.

Tell him to run it off down the motor parkway,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

After your done 50 pushups

and jog down the West Side Highway,

Then he’ll be a true love of mine…

(Don’t wait for me today dad, The kids are sick again, My tummy’s bulging again, My heart is aching again, And now there’s no love there…)

He once was, a true love of mine….So, Girls, I do beg you don't miss your Daddy,Apricots, Chocolate cherries and Pie,You have one short chance to see him on this side, Go visit him and let your light shine.