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Archive for January, 2011

winter mirror

hushed

silent

reflecting a leaden

tracery of

desolate branches

forlorn stubborn leaves

laid over

dull pallid sky

infinitely deep

blackly sheened

hidden in a hollow

only the wary ones

who watch

behind a hemlock screen

know

waiting, hushed

till

the icy echo

shadow face

looks to the somber sky

and stares into

my eyes

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Along about this time in the winter, we start to feel a bit trapped in a monochrome world, all angles and non-organic lines, silent and still.

I don’t know how this house would work in Minnesota, but I would love to retreat here, to a world of swirls and light, color and summer green.

This house was built by designer Javier Senosian for a couple in Mexico City.  It’s meant, in his words, to be “dominated by smooth surfaces, spiral stairs and natural plantings that makes the inhabitants feel like they’re living inside a snail who swallowed the entire contents of somebody’s back yard.”

All I know is, if I woke up to a house like this every morning, I’d never get the winter blues!

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Fields of Gold

You’ll remember me when the west wind moves
Among the fields of barley
You can tell the sun in his jealous sky
When we walked in fields of gold

So she took her love for to gaze awhile
Among the fields of barley
In his arms she fell as her hair came down
Among the fields of gold

Will you stay with me will you be my love
Among the fields of barley
And you can tell the sun in his jealous sky
When we walked in fields of gold

I never made promises lightly
And there have been some that I’ve broken
But I swear in the days still left
We will walk in fields of gold
We’ll walk in fields of gold

Many years have passed since those summer days
Among the fields of barley
See the children run as the sun goes down
As you lie in fields of gold

You’ll remember me when the west wind moves
Among the fields of barley
You can tell the sun in his jealous sky
When we walked in fields of gold
When we walked in fields of gold
When we walked in fields of gold

.

she heard the call

of golden grass

whispering siren songs

of warmth and memories

of love

she could close her eyes

and see him

tall

sun-haloed and

smiling

a breeze brushed

fingers across her face

lifted for a vanished kiss

.

they were young

life would be forever

love would never

wither

and grow old

and

die

.

so they loved

in the sun-warmed stretch

of golden fields

barley crushed

and springy

smelling of bread

and promises

.

and now

the room disappears

with the scent of

heated grain

and she knows again

the golden touch

that melts her

years away

and she dances

free of the husk

of life

slipping through

fields of

gold

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frantic

dashing here then

there

forgetting

remembering

being professional

smiling

tired

watching the week fly by

trying to catch it

not able to

.

friday afternoon

too early

the sun slips away

stop

running

stop

doing

stop

working

stop

worrying

.

just be

a person

a wife

a child

of God

let it all go

relax

sigh

breathe

and be

at peace

.

I am a Seventh-day Adventist, and I observe Sabbath from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.  We don’t do any work during that time — it is a time to be with family and friends, and focus on what is important — our relationship with our Creator.  (See Exodus 20:8-11 and Mark 2:27.)  As I get older and busier, each week I rush to get “ready” for Sabbath, and then sigh as everything slips away for 24 hours.  It is a wonderful feeling not to have to worry, to be commanded to rest.  I think God knew we’d need the command.  I certainly do. 🙂

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One of my favorite cross-stitch designers posted an in-progress mockup of her newest design on Facebook today.  Her name is Martina Rosenberg — Chatelaine Designs — and her claim to fame is designing gorgeous mandala-style gardens from different places and eras.  They have Swarovski crystals and are stitched with silks, and they are usually around 25-28″ square, although some have been a little smaller or larger.  Truly works of art, with great attention to detail!


One of my very favorites is Japanese Garden.  It is delicate and beautiful, and shows a Japanese-style garden in four seasons.

The one she is designing now is Chinese Garden, which will obviously be a companion.  I’m excited!  It already looks beautiful and she’s not even done yet!  And I *love* phoenixes.  Like so many of hers, this will be a must-have.

It’s not finished, and only a computer-generated mockup, but I think it will be mine!!!

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