My Field of Dreams

My Field of Dreams

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Beautiful Day

To get to here sometimes, I am amazed at how many twists and turns the week made. No wonder sometimes I feel like I slide in sideways. All of the things I worry about just don't happen. The storm that was supposed to hit my daughter and her family, was a big non event, as she said. The truck was fixed and was no big deal. The air conditioner quietly hums away for the first time ever. Today we finally have cooler weather. It will only last for two days, but it is better than nothing.

I was listening to a man talk about choices and attitudes the other day. He said that things we say and do and even post on Face Book can affect the world around us. He was a man who does statistics and what he found was that we can affect up to four people or more with positive or negative comments. I think why it jumped out at me, was earlier that morning I had to take the truck into the shop, I also needed to go to the grocery store, I needed to be back home before the car shuffle began. I was in such a hurry. It was so early at the store there was only one checker. I noticed that everyone behind me had one item. I had a basket. I let three people go ahead of me. Not a single one made eye contact. Not a single person said thank you.

It was early. I know everyone was tired. I was in a hurry too, but I decided that I was going to pay close attention I was going to have a teaching moment. Standing behind me were two more people with one item.
There was a girl directly behind me and she was counting change, dimes and nickels. I asked her if she wanted to go ahead. She kept her eyes down on the palm of her hand, and said, No.
There was another lady and I asked her and she went ahead. Finally the girl with the change looked up. What I saw was the extreme exhaustion. She was so tired my heart jumped. I told her to go ahead.

 She handed the checker her change, and the checker began counting it. The checker said, " You are twenty cents short." The girl said, " Oh, no, I can't be, that is all I have, I need two dollars, so I can catch my bus." The terror on the girls face, just broke my heart, without thinking I said, " Oh, goodness, I will give her twenty cents, just a minute." so I grabbed my wallet. (I take my change out of my wallet normally and put it in a change can) but I had exactly twenty cents in pennies, nickels and dimes.

The girl took her two dollars. She never looked back, she just went on out the door, she still had that slump in her shoulders. I know how far she had to walk to the bus stop. If I could have found her, I would have taken her where ever she was going but she was gone by the time I was finished. There was such a look of brokenness on her face.

The checker who saw this, had been rather grumpy. But then she became all smiles. She told me thank you, because I had made her day.
It wasn't something I even thought about, but then I listened to that man talk about attitude and choice. I thought to myself, that no matter what I am going to continue to be nice, I will let people go ahead of me.   Because you know why? Because of that nice man who fixed my air conditioner. Doing the right thing really matters and in doing so, it restores my hope in life. So what goes around, does come around. I even tell you this because I felt I learned a powerful thing in my life that day.

I finally finished up a little counted cross stitch. I don't know if I am just getting slower but this thing took me so long, but it was very fun This one is called  Gardener Goode Witch by Country Stitches

It helps me get in the mood for fall which begins next Tuesday. So glad this hot dry summer will be put to bed, well here maybe by December.

Have a lovely day,

" Lord deliver me from the urge to open my mouth when I should shut it. Give me wisdom to keep silence where silence is wise.
Remind me that not everything needs to be said and that there are very few things that need to be said by me.
(Elisabeth Elliot---A Lamp for my feet, pg 42)
My constant prayer.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weather and Stuff

When my oldest daughter and her family moved to Arizona, about all I knew about it was it was hot.
I had gone through there on my way to other places. I always feel really good in Arizona. I love the way the air feels. It smells really good too. The sky is so huge and blue.

I didn't know about the monsoons. I didn't know that they get so much rain. Today they will be getting hurricane Odile. They just had Norbert last week. They get thunder and lighting. This storm looks like it will be a big one and as the weatherman says, right where she lives to expect from 3 to 6 inches of rain. I can't even begin to tell you what it feels like to know my daughter and my grandchildren are in the path of a hurricane. When they moved there, it was a huge God thing. She moved to an apartment that her Mother-in-law picked out for them, in a town they didn't even know. It has turned out to be such a nice place, and yes, they get rain, but it isn't the flooding that some of the other areas get in Arizona.

 So I always do this ritual. I know that God has a plan for their lives. I know that He picked the place where they live and He will keep them as He has done, and will continue to do today and every day. I always go through and open my hands and give  them back to Him. I always want to hold them tight and shield them, but God always quietly asks my heart, " Will you trust me?"

I wanted to tell you about the air conditioner. Also a lesson I have learned. First the lesson. When things break, I am not going to complain. because it is a good thing. I know I didn't realize how bad things are until they are fixed.

That air conditioner has been so noisy. I constantly hear it all night long and all day. I had learned to live with it so I really had put it out of my mind. Then the guy fixed it. It doesn't make a sound now. I have to go right up to it to listen to see if it is even on.

This is the good thing/ bad thing that happened. The man that came to fix it I want to say, was professional, and went above any repairman I have seen in a long  time. He explained things to me and worked so hard. It was hot yesterday and I felt so sorry for him. He had taken the part of the air conditioner with the motor out to his truck to do something, when he got to the driveway for some reason the motor just fell out on to the cement and broke.

He came in to tell me, and as he had already been here a couple of hours, my heart fell into my shoes. I asked him how much would that cost, and he looked at me like I was nuts. He said, " I dropped it, it was my fault, there will be no charge I will replace it I just wanted you to know because I have to go buy a new part."  I kind of stared at him like he was crazy because the companies I have had out here before would have charged me for the part and then left and not came back for three days. Or if they did come back the part wouldn't fit and they would just make it fit. He left and was back in about 20 minutes.

He continued working and finally when he was finished he came to tell me and I couldn't believe the difference. He even said he cleaned our other units and didn't charge me for that. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and the unit upstairs didn't for the first time run 24 hours a day.

Maybe there will be wool in my future. I do wish I prayed more and worried less. Now off to the repair shop for the truck. I know that when it gets back it will be nice and fixed too. Or I hope. It really is true, that " the more things you own, the more they own you."

Have a lovely Wednesday,


" I guess that is what usually happens to parents,
When you're born they have to do your thinking for
you because you can't do too much of that yourself,
and then they get into the habit. They keep trying to
think for you practically all of your life."
---Banana Blitz, Florence Parry Heide, 1983

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Just Chatter

I was hoping that we would make it through summer without having to call the air conditioning repairman. No such luck. He is here right now and he told me that it will take him about 4 hours. The air conditioner unit is in various pieces out on the lawn. Since it is the one that works the hardest because it is upstairs, it gets the most use. You know how when a repairman is about, there isn't really much I can do. But then it will be fixed and when I am in the kitchen it won't sound like a jack hammer is running on the ceiling.

I wonder why things like repairs come in waves. We just had the tractor fixed. Now the air conditioner and one of the trucks have to go in the shop tomorrow.  I had to buy a new vacuum. I must be the hardest person in the world on vacuums. I love this one though. I still never got my oven fixed. I use it a little and it works fine. I am just glad I have two.

I finally finished my wool penny rugs. I can't say they are perfect but they are done. I would like to do another one just because it took me awhile to finally get it.

It was fun to learn something new. 

I am going to post this picture of the rug I finally finished. I have never done a pattern like this so I was very happy with it. Emilie came over that night and took it home. That made me very happy that she was so excited about it.

I finally got out a new pattern and finally got the wool cut for it. Now I have to pick up the hook and hook the first loop. I always procrastinate before I start a new rug. I need to just get over it and do it. I have it on the frame and the wool is cut. I think with the guy coming in and out, I just don't have the concentration. 

You know what will happen right? Fall will finally get here and we won't have to use the air conditioner.

Well should end this post, as Sasha is wanting to eat the poor air conditioner guy.
Have a lovely day, all I can think about is all of the wool I won't be able to buy because of the bill. :) That is how I judge things now, by the price of a yard of wool.


" The Princess looked at her more closely,
"Tell me," she resumed, "are you of royal blood?"
"Better than that, ma'am," said Dorothy,
" I came from Kansas,"
---Ozma of Oz, L. Frank Baum, 1907

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dreaming of Fall

Do you remember when your Mom would say, " If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all." She didn't? Oh, well my Mom would say that all of the time along with the walking a mile in someones shoes. It was 106 here yesterday. 1-0-6. Abundant sunshine all day. It was so hot, that I was going out to water my chickens, my grandsons who were with me and love going to water chickens walked outside and put their hands over their faces and said, " Oh, we live in a desert, its too hot" and turned and ran back inside.

Here all this time I thought it was me being a wimp.

Its hard to write anything nice when it feels like the inside of a oven. I am feeling just a tad grumpy.
My flowerbeds are starting to resemble the Amazon rainforest but without the rain. We got our water bill yesterday. Lets just say that between the electric bill and the water bill, we are going to be wearing clothes made out of fig leaves, unless of course, I can manage to spin straw in to gold. Since the last time I tried to spin, I couldn't even make wool look like string, it will be fig leaves as soon as I find a tree.

My son asked the other day, had I seen any prophets walking around saying that there would be no rain for 3 1/2 years? I looked at him sideways, and said, " No, I don't think so why?" He said, " You know when Elijah said that there would be no rain and he went to live with the widow who was gathering sticks to use what oil she had left for her and her son and then they were going to die?" I said, Yeah, I know that one, well what happened." He said, well it didn't rain for 3 1/2 years, so what do you think? You think maybe we have that going on now?" I stood in the kitchen, staring out the window and pondering that. " I said, I don't know but it could be."  In fact, I hope it is only 3 1/2 years and not the 7 that Joesph had in Egypt.

 This was last year, and I thought last year was dry, I don't know if this tree will live long enough to have fall color. It really is so scary now. There is just no moisture and it is sad to see every thing dying. The smoke from the fires and the poor firemen and their families.

I hope you are enjoying your day, I know I will even if it is hot. I will find lots of things to be thankful for like
clouds. Clouds are very nice.


Teach us Delight in simple things,
And Mirth that has no bitter springs,
---"Children's Song," The Puck of Pook's Hill,
Rudyard Kipling, 1906

See what I mean, nothing nice.