The only “unhappy” spot in my house is the location of my kitchen sink…my window-less kitchen sink.
I need to go to some contractors’ meeting one day and tell every contractor around that no one should ever build a house with a kitchen sink that doesn’t have a window in front of it to look out of… (Of course I realize that having two units in one house pose some problems but with a little creative thinking…I do believe my house could have been rearranged to accommodate this situation.)
Call me crazy…true confession time…but I have been lugging dishes, pots and pans and silverware from my kitchen to the B&B side to wash over there so I can look out the window at my garden and watch the butterflies and bees flitter throughout my sanctuary.
I, also, watch the grandchildren’s trees grow…inch by inch and change colors. I see the moon flower vines finally climbing up the magic moon gate and the passion flower vine adding more buds each morning.
I get so caught up in God’s “Playground” outside the kitchen window I forget I am even washing dishes…if I finish too soon…I grab some dirty dishes out of the loaded dishwasher and wash some more. See…I told you I was nuts!
Actually there is another and more logical reason for lugging the dirty plates and utensils over to the other side beside nature….as much as I love it…my hot water heater died a few weeks ago.
Since I am blessed to have two sides (within one house) with different units and appliances…I have been showering and washing dishes on the other side. This has led me to the conclusion that no one should ever have to load a dishwasher or wash a few dishes in a kitchen sink without a window…there is something really aesthetically incorrect with that situation.
Monday I finally broke down and called SCE&G to come put in a tank-less hot water heater…because the heat got to me. ( I don’t run any electricity on the other side unless someone is staying over there…and it was getting too hot…even in the early mornings to stay over there for very long.)
So now I am the proud owner (scratch that…the proud “indebtee”to SCE&G for the next several months) of a tank-less hot water heater…sure hoping that it saves as much on monthly bills as I have heard from numerous people.
So now that I am no longer ping-ponging back and forth with towels, washcloths, extra clothes, and dishes…I decided to add some new sayings to the shelves on my side so, at least, I have something fresh to think about….like:
“Once in a while…right in the middle of an ordinary life…Love gives us a fairy tale.”
and “Live the Life You Imagined.”
I think I will change the messages periodically to keep me pondering new thoughts and ideas.
Part of the reason has to do with the story behind sea glass and the beautiful light and sound it makes when mounted as chimes.
I got so caught up in the story…that I ordered a sea glass chime and hung it from the moon gate…now in the early mornings and late evenings…I sit on the deck or in the garden and listen to the chimes and remember some of the memorable quotes from the larger-than-life character… Loralee in the book.
Scroll down this website and you will see the trailer to “Loralee’s Journal of Truths“- *You will get to hear some of the funny and wise thoughts of Loralee that she wishes to leave for her ten year old son one day.
From the novel I, now, like to think about sea glass (called the mermaid’s tears) …pounded and battered at the bottom of the sea… until one day the glass rides a wave onto the shore…(and though mishapen and discolored)…it still shines and bring joy to the world through its beautiful light and music… if transformed into a chime.
So until tomorrow…let us remember that light does shines on brokeness, like the sea glass, but it also reveals the perseverance, strength, and beauty within each of us.
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
* Anne returned from Oregon so it was time to replace Boo’s Garden jar with more flowers…and I took a “pot luck” dinner over…(which might put me in the Guinness Book of Records for going the longest period of time without cooking…it was a pot roast with all the fixings/potatoes/carrots….rice, butterbeans and mac and cheese.)
(The way I see it…if you are going to cook…make a lot of it!)
Anne said a package had arrived from Lucy, her sister, (who came to see the garden while here and we shared dessert together) and the package was for me….
*This is what was in the message and envelope…too funny. (Decided to wear it like a pin!)
It was a miniature “Tinker Bell” fairy for the garden…Lucy was so funny…she said the little fairy had been in a planter on her window sill…and had asked to “relocate” from Ct. to SC….so here she is….will introduce her to all the other garden fairies tomorrow. Thanks so much Lucy!!!
Anne picked some more daisies for me to return home with and then went over & kissed her morning glories….Oregon was beautiful, she said, but there is nothing like home…the lowcountry and her morning glories.
* Anne just found out (yesterday) that her sister, Nancy, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and in addition she is in the process of running tests to check out some nodules discovered in her neck. Obviously Anne and her family are quite concerned waiting to hear back from the test results and would appreciate any prayers offered for her behalf.
Wednesday night must have been “Dinner with the Princesses”…looks like Eva Cate got to meet them all! Way to go girl…work that room!
When I went out on the deck last evening…everything had started cooling down after the quick but wonderful rain yesterday afternoon…there was a nice breeze blowing, the sea glass chimes were tinkling and I just said “Thank You God” as loud as I could. Don’t you just love life?