Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
So were you wondering how to help Vermonters still struggling post Irene?
Buy this CD....
Thursday, December 29, 2011
a photo from this summer
p.s. i envision slaying the MonSter (MS) like this picture of the Knight slaying the dragon. a girl can dream.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Blowing in the cold
out with any warmth,
cold front is coming.
Did not want to write about the cold,
normal years we would be hardened off by now,
used to the blowing sting,
the biting wind,
chewing at our faces,
We knew it was coming,
there would be the day,
when the cold front hit us
with a snap, a lashing,
Still the weather,
slow to come 'round,
in the end,
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
A cold sunny day in the north country after Christmas celebrations,
food and gifts.
Fred making split pea soup.
The cats exhausted too,
Me napping and awakening thinking it was tomorrow already.
Relief it was not.
The wrapping paper put away
and tree watered one more time.
Back to work tomorrow,
leftovers will sustain us
and I wish I had time to read everyones' journeys.
Where did the day go?
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Link to a beautiful concert.
had intentions of creating a post but chose instead to follow Judy's lead
to post this link and let this wonderful music keep you in the Christmas mood 5 minutes longer,
10 if you repeat .
Saturday, December 24, 2011
We wrapped gifts and cleaned the house and hurried past the chocolates
lest they call to me again.
Christmas eve is the time I always remembered since I can remember, the darkness,
the lights of the tree piercing the
Hunter & parents came for dinner & presents.
We gratefully received treasured gifts of merch Janet selected from Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble stuff like the poster she had framed. Then the story of the great staff at Levon's who made it happen in time.
Hunter enjoyed his new stretch of railroad track options and the mini 4020.
After they left,
Levon's CD at the Ryman went back in the stereo, we listened awhile
The Street team went to bed.
thanks janet, for an awesome job framing and picking the right one...
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
it has been a weirdly mild winter so far in Vermont.
I wanted to post a photo of a crazy quilt I made but it simply cannot be captured (by me) on film.
Keeping up with friends blogs this week have had to take a back seat to candy making and
other Christmas planning or just relaxing from exhaustion without the sun to motivate me.
The shortest days only seem shorter because the sun goes down so early,
one yawns, one stirs some supper up and the cats curl up by the fire.
The dreams people are having seem more extreme, like my weird dreams about war and these weird tall spiked Prussian-like helmets. Google was no help on that one. I could not find a helmet quite as tall as the ones in my vivid dreams. The army on my front porch, taking Fred and I knew I was next. Sometimes I look at that front porch, oddly a pivotal point in many of my feelings about this place.
Hard to explain without you being there.
That is how dreams are.
Have a great shortest daylight day and enjoy the light as it slowly returns to re-energize.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
i believe image by john spencer. when I went to hubble to look for the site to get credits,
i had a hard time finding the exact one. hubble is a great telescope and worth it to see photos like this one. mary
Monday, December 19, 2011
because some stories need to be repeated,
***and with the departure of C.H. who did not believe,
oh what a passing that must of been, did he cross over into nothingness?
or was he greeted by a benevolent spirit?
I liked this post and thought about it on this chilly VT morning.
made 200 crock pot chocolates yesterday...interesting!
By Mary E. Gerdt 2008
On the unfortunate opposition to red and white stripes on Charlotte Central School pillars
Allegedly a symbol of something someone found offensive.
There are atheists
And ACLU lawyers
And people who will try to destroy
There are those who say they hate you
Or what you believe in
And how is that so different
You can pray for people who don’t believe in what you do
They probably need it
At the end of the day when no one else would pray for them
People will say what you do represents religious or other beliefs
And it might make you sad or cry
Do they mean to hurt you?
I don’t know
When you do the nice thing
And someone says, “who cares” or “Why” or “You can’t”
Just tell them you are who you are
And they are who they are
And this is a free country so that really works both ways
In fact always.
Your youthful optimism and blind love only a fourth grader could muster
Is fragile and might be squished like a bug
Or you may hold on to it if you try very hard and believe twice as hard
That people might change or start to believe
Or at least feel comfortable enough to accept that you have a right believe enough to try to brighten someone’s day
Unsuspecting that behind the pillars stood one man who said Bah Humbug
Who tried to negate your good deed
That brought so many joy and a smile.
That is the miracle of the season no matter what you call it, no matter what your beliefs, there is no question that the days get shorter and shorter
until the light returns to shine on us all
Believers and non believers alike.
Don’t let that sinking feeling persist in the pit of your stomach
when you thought
You created trouble or
got in trouble for trying to brighten someone’s day.
You are the shining light we all seek
Believe it or not.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
The tree on the left is the one dad said was the best locust tree. It is the straightest, straight up. I dragged barb wire out of it when we got here and thought maybe the old tree appreciated it. On the right is Dad’s spruce tree he brought home from the northeast kingdom in his pocket. I have been around long enough to remember that.
The chimes upper right we moved several times and Nancy gave us those a bazillion years ago. The sun glass fob was a gift M.R. gave me the Xmas before she axed me. I have forgotten most of my anger about that. She did me a favor. I thought someday it would break, like the wind chime weight before it. This wind chime has been exposed to wind gusts, pummeling rain and snow, heat and cold.
M.R. is gone now, I was reminded of her again as I snapped a random
crock pot chocolate next of the to do list
Friday, December 16, 2011
Oh, Where are you?
The darkness came,
Where did you go?
How to coax you?
Where do you hide
When it all falls apart?
Are you there,
There in the darkness,
I cannot see?
Do you whisper,
words of urging,
to be the best
that I can be?
My own Night Angel,
There is no sound,
I cannot hear you?
What If my ears,
no longer work?
Will you touch
my shoulder softly?
Let me know,
you are alright.
Oh Night Angel,
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sparkling Snow**all rights reserved
by mary gerdt
It happened today,
when I thought some great thoughts,
that peace would come
all hunger would stop
and the sick would rejoice when their pain went away
and the lonely will find a friend and the sad will smile.
The snow sparkled like never before.
Is that a start?
p.s. sorry i posted first by cut and paste and ended up w/ too much stuff.blogger/internet can be irritating at times.mg
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Link to a great article about the 100th anniversary.
I keep looking at my visitor globe for dots on the 7th continent.
Will sit here in the armchair watching all those daring folks brave
one of the most challenging places on Earth.
remember, when the weather looks nice,
don't be fooled you are in for a bad one.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Some have intersting insides, like geodes, with beautiful crystalline centers and dull outsides.
Today's Astronomy pic of the day is a cross section of cosmic debris,
falling piece of asteroid, and not native to Earth.
Could these be seeds of change and evolution?
Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Hap McSween (Univ. Tennessee), A. Beck and T. McCoy (Smithsonian Inst.)
Thursday, December 8, 2011
perfectly coating everything and heavy up in the mountains,
the cold air came crashing in, the sun came up and everything lit up in the snow's reflection, the bright blue sunny sky,
and the dual grips on the steering wheel, gripping ruts of ice with studded tires, and coming to grips with the fact that some photos should not be taken, better to enjoy the view at the stoplight
or behind the school bus.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
A great article about gardening with recycled tires.
kepler-22 found to be the closest thing to earth so far,
see apod=astronomy pic of the day today.
nasa will begin monitoring for alien transmissions,
i want to see the switch that flips on that surveillance cam or microphone or whatever.
i want to listen to the sounds from k-22,
if i can hear them, can they hear me?
well, if they are bloggers,
they are welcome to comment today
or just read about our fascination
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
We were fortunate to see him at Levon's and as soon as I got home I looked him up.
One of the best of all times.
here is a link to his lesson:
What a man...
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
The sun is coming,
must have faith,
it does this every day.
First so dark,
Then just a glimmer,
Then full on,
Oh Here it comes.
And I anger
at life's bumps
and where we are,
how did we get here,
why do we not have more.
And I look at what
I saw as nothing,
and I see
we really have it all.
Love and food,
And as people
shock or hate me
Or wonder who I
I have to keep here
on my pathway,
lit by sunshine
even in the rain.
Have faith that you are
Where you are supposed to be
and if it is a trial,
look for the pearl.
And if you wanted
more than you have now,
remember someone else
has only faith.
And if you lost
the faith of living
may you have another sun.
think it over,
may you see
the sun again.
this is part of the psalms challenge
my sunday school...thanks to robert's weekly Psalms Challenge http://tagein-tagaus-athen.blogspot.com/ and dina http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.com/ for helping me try to
understand the words...keep the faith...mary
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
check him out at imus.com
Thursday, December 1, 2011
(oops, I meant 27 years ago...edited today :) mg)
(for the record, today i finally corrected their ages after some thought
and reminders fr Janet-thanks : >)watching TV,