"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Just Thinking


This is my standard picture when I am become ruminative (hopefully like Rodin, not a cow.)  Taken at the rear of the Rodin Museum in Paris, six or so springs ago - a wonderful trip with a few friends and my sister.

It is hard to post when much is going on (though I've read all my favorite blogs in the meantime.)

 Best of times, worst of times things.
My daughter's sudden blindness took its toll - living from hour to hour; worrying far too much, which is just me.  She is seeing again, though still has problems, but hopes to be back with perfect vision in a few weeks. Truly a blessing.

I looked at a blog today and saw that the author died in April.  Such a shock.  Another has been injured and yet another lost her beloved husband recently.

Such is life I guess.  I did find out yesterday that my son and his wife will have a new baby to love by Christmas.  Hope big Sis, Penny Lane, won't conk it with her toys.  Enjoyed loving on Penny this weekend.  

Oh well, enough of this.  Finally have a sunny day after so much rain and cool weather.  Off to tend the garden.

30 comments:

  1. Donna, the photograph from the Rodin Museum's garden is a perfect choice to aid ruminating.

    I am so glad to learn of the expectation of a new grandchild, and also that your daughter continues her recovery.

    So many ingredients have been added to our lives this year, not all of them at all welcome, that I've been giving more thought to the truth of the aspects associated with the Fire Rooster Lunar Year. Might be something to it. xo

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    1. Selfishly, I cannot even consider 'it' and what's to come. I agree with your thoughts on the Rooster year though. We're in for a rough ride. And, thank you about my child and littles. They have been the center of my universe since I was twenty.

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  2. Thanks for the good news about your family. The crazy world that we currently live in is certainly challenging. How could life change so quickly and drastically in a relatively short time seems to be the general consensus. Some days it feels more challenging than others. Hope your presence in your garden will give you a little respite from all the thoughts that we all to often let distract us from all the beauty in the world around us. Happy Day to You.

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    1. Many thanks Mary. And a happy day to you also.

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  3. I too love the photo..and you must know me by now..

    What if? Miss What if?

    Analyzing every possible outcome..

    it used to be you focused on seeing everything rosy and it did become that..
    well..it's not true.

    You have some really wonderful joyful things happening right now personally..hang on to them:)

    I would love another baby here;)

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    1. Yes, Monique, before I knew what it was, I called it being prepared for all eventualities. I guess as we age we see more, learn more. To see my son so happy and be the best father I've ever known, it does make me joyful. You need many more babies - no grand mere better than you. I hope I didn't just call you a big sea.;)

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  4. So glad to hear all of the good news! Congratulations on a new wee one. I'm going to state the obvious that life is a big mix. My heart goes out to the ones suffering losses today. I have gone way more micro in recent months. Trying to appreciate more each day up close and personal. You have to keep the antennas tuned to events, but a tighter focus on the immediate joys is helping. And now it's May!

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  5. It is all too much input for me so I lose myself in books and the garden. Oh I keep up but try to tip the scales toward the positive as much as possible. I watched my Mom live a very negative life and I know I'm prone so I fight it. I worry about all the blog friends who have disappeared over the years and wonder at times how I will walk away one day. Fade out or announce?

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    1. Someone posted on her site, that after a 3 month cancer diagnosis, she had passed away. Just like that. She just wanted us to know. It is a struggle sometimes in life. I want to remember all the good stuff only, but the painful times are trying.

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  6. Life can be a complicated and confusing mixture can't it? Love your positives. I too turn to the garden (and the birds) and books when it all gets too much for me. And I spend a lot of time with all three.

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    1. All the animals were waiting for me to get home and feed them. The geese brought their babies and the squirrel family waited for their nuts (I'm terrible), the ducks that want to bathe in my pond and live in my garden, peeked around the tree as I filled the bird feeders. Even the fish and turtles come when I feed the waterfowl. All are fearless of me; they even look through the windows.

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  7. The photo is fabulous. I would have a small one on my desk to calm the rocky days.
    There is so much turmoil in my life right now much of it of my own making. I am really out of control. Off to the doctor #1 right now and next one looming. So confusing.
    But...
    So happy your daughter's, eyesight has/is returned. and their will be a new little one to brighten up all our days through your blog.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Oh thank you Parsnip. Now I am worried about you (and always Ham.) Some days, well, you know. They make the good ones that much sweeter.

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  8. Hello Donna,
    Sorry you are going through so much right now. I am delighted to hear the positive news concerning your daughter. I pray that she regains full vision.

    I loved reading about all the wonderful animals who are depending upon you.

    Helen xx

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    1. Helen, you are such a sweetheart. I have so much to do, I really don't have the time to overthink everything. Wondering if you are finished with your television shoot? Can't wait for that. Now that is exciting.

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  9. It certainly has been a tumultuous time for you. So happy to hear of the wee one on its way, they light up our lives.

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    1. Eight weeks and they already think it will be another girl, because of the rapid heartbeat. It's a new day in babies. Daughter-in-law's mother already asked if they were going to name her Abbey Road to go with Penny Lane. It is exciting.

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  10. I remember it well as I was herding a group of Minnesota high schoolers down the sidewalk across the street. There beyond the low hedge...the Thinker. We had many such surprises during our wonderful days in the City of Light. That was some twenty years ago now...:)

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    1. Oh, that made me smile. It is such a wonderful place. I've been twice and doubt I'll ever return. Missed so much though. Needed much more time to do everything.

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  11. Another sweet baby to love - lucky you!! Glad your daughter's eyesight continues to improve. I spent last week saying goodbye to a friend who is in the last stage of Alzheimer's. Only 67 years old - once a vivacious artist. Now in Hospice - it is a matter of days before she leaves this world. Another dear friend, even younger recently diagnosed. So difficult to understand and watch them slip away. My friend held tightly to my hand while I was with her - I think she knew I was there. Getting old sucks:(

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    1. Yes, I think this might be the last one. Alzheimer's freaks me out. And you've known two friends with it. That is so sad. I put three antique whirligigs in my booth today and could not remember the name and had to write old wind garden ornaments!!!! Thanks Ry for your good wishes. Good health is really all that matters.

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  12. Life can be so fragile. I have seen 3 Thinker castings,including the one pictured.

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    1. Yes and it can turn on a dime. Now I'm wondering if that's the old saying. That shot was taken quickly out of the car window.

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  13. glad to hear your daughter's eyesight is improving. and yay for the new grandbaby.

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  14. Firstly, I am so THRILLED your daughter's sight has returned, this must have brought you a good deal of peace and thankfulness.
    Having followed blogs for several years, it is painful to watch as so many of my blogger friends have lost husbands, at least 4, and another lost a daughter to an accident.It awakens me to the fact that none of us have perfect lives, and sorrow comes knocking on our door with frequency.

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    1. Thank you Jeri. Yes, such a terrible time, but now nearly over. So little we really know what goes on in our blog friends' lives. Hopefully mostly good.

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  15. I always retreat into the garden or by the sea when things get to much. I'm glad you have had some better news from your family. Sarah x

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    1. Oh Sarah, you are a sweetheart. I can only imagine how beautiful your garden by the sea is.

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