Saturday, November 28, 2009

Cover Me Sky Blue

Cover me sky blue!
Fall red, summer green.
Wash over, come into
fill the empty corners,
tuck up tight!
Let the yellow drip dripping
and the grey blend blending
creep up like ivy patterned,
cover my soul.

I See You

Sitting on the curb looking,
I see you
caring for the human traffic
moving by.
You notice the homeless,
humans siphoned of life.
Caring for the human traffic
you cause a swell of giving
offered to the empty man...
moved by the people wandering
and I wonder why.

Saturday, November 21, 2009


My next door neighbors, from Abbeville, Louisiana, showed me something about cooking Cajun rice dishes like Jambalaya, something I never knew. They put in one onion, some garlic, one red bell pepper, one yellow bell pepper, and one green bell pepper and cook it down at the beginning until it is all mush and you can't identify any of it. Sounds unimportant - it is not! I have no idea why and I'm not posting a Jambalaya recipe here but if you are going to make it - any version of it - do this first. It will amaze you. Thanks Darlyne and Walyn! I'm making Jambalaya tonight.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pork Loin

Pork loin, unseasoned and not injected with any solution can be a lean meat, if you have no objections to pork. I have never cooked a pork loin I really liked...before tonight. This is what I did...I had one half of a larger pork loin I bought - used one half and then froze the other - the frozen half made out much better than the first for sure because I think the first half was good enough for my husband to be very silent and then we disposed of it and acted like nothing ever happened...anyway - tonight.
I took the other half, covered it in a paste of prepared mustard, LOTS of minced garlic, salt, pepper and maybe 2 Tablespoons of dried sage , crushed - (the sage came from my plant and from leaves I dried - so much fun) - I rubbed the meat with this mixture, seared it - put it in a 500 degree oven for 10 minutes then a 250 degree oven for 3 hours - it was great. Something that I like about this is that I grew the sage and dried the sage. It really gives me a sense of satisfaction. Very fun, and tasty!

A Full Sentence

It seems that the older I get the more I appreciate things in smaller doses. Doesn't seem to apply to food...(-: ... what I am trying to say is that, for example this morning, in the 15th chapter of John, 1st sentence - I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. I was ready to stop there. How full is that? I am going to think about it for awhile. I love to garden, I think I understand that a bit...anyway, it is a very full sentence.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My Heart is an Albatross Flying

My heart is an albatross, flying
rarely setting on ground.
Free flying,
and me.
My heart is an albatross flying.

My heart is an albatross, running.
Struggling for flight,
looking for updraft,
to be.
My heart is an albatross running.

(the photo is a Frigate Bird, no albatross in the Image Library!)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Prepared Minced Garlic

I blogged earlier last month - when I had just started my blog - about prepared minced garlic - you know, the issue that keeps you awake at night. I have used it ALOT for the last few years. My husband has high blood pressure and I though that globs of this garlic was great in just about anything ....but...guess what? My garlic I use - from Great Value - (I know, I'm sorry!) - has Phosphoric Acid in it. Our not so good of a friend - phosphoric acid...I loved that I could open the jar and just throw my globs of garlic in my food - but I have discovered that...even with what we consider "natural", minced garlic in a jar - this garlic has phosphoric acid all in it - I have to research but from what I can see phosphoric acid in soft drinks has been linked to a problem with dissolving skeletal tissue - Let us just mince the garlic cloves, don't you agree?

Blemished Heart

This morning while reading Malachi 1 - I suddenly understood something - not exactly the text of the reading but you know how you can be looking at one thing, or reading something - even hearing the drone of others talking - and something else is happening in your head? Well - it happens to me a lot - might be a learning disability - haha - but back to what happened this morning - I have been bringing a blemished heart to prayer time - blemished by fear, blemished by trying to protect myself, just simply blemished by less than the truth. I appreciate that insight and I will attempt at better communication for now on!
Isn't life painfully wonderful!

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Waiting at at the corner of our property for the sun...the emerging light, water, clouds, birds, slight wind... something about it all went together in such peace of perfection and I started to muse...and contrast...and want something else besides challenges and weight. I contemplated that desire to exist in a much more peaceful life style and then I remembered Him...His life, His purpose and I contrasted again... no excuse to recluse.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Clouds or Smoke?

Affordable Funerals But I'd Rather Live

It's Saturday morning and I fixed breakfast - not a usual thing. Now I'm surfing the web for information on a new business venture that I want to do - stopped by my blog to see if there were new comments - and saw that Google had added a new advertisement on my site about "Affordable Funerals"...I am not very excited to be associated with funerals but it did give me a new title - I love titles!
To proceed in my attempt to actually write something that goes with this title...I'd rather have an expensive life, slightly out of reach but something to work at and for, than any affordable funeral. Now on to my day...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Bayou Battleships

One of my favorite scriptures is in Habakkuk 2:14 - "For the time will come when all the earth will be filled, as the waters fill the sea, with and awareness of the glory of the Lord". How powerful is that! I have it written at the top of a map of Haiti - I pray for Haiti and I speak those words over that map when I do. Does that phrase describe the present day reality of Haiti - I think not - but the promise is there never the less - for the whole earth, Haiti included.
Today I feel so conflicted for myself - a promise inside myself of my destiny, that destiny unfulfilled, at least in my estimation. After having raised children and been a relatively good wife - (I don't think I get an award for either but I think I did my best) - I sense a truth similar to the promise of that scripture within me, true, but unfulfilled. I bet there are scores of women, and men for that matter, my age, that feel the same. A mid life crisis (or 3/4 life crisis...) - I don't think so - I think a desire for a shift, a change - something else...I have told my sister that sometimes change can be like turning a battleship around in a bayou...
The challenge is your life, appreciate your life and your loved ones...understand change can be incremental - but make the changes in patience and love. Have faith and peace in a guiding hand much larger than your own. Pursue the truth and don't settle for less...for the time WILL COME!