You think you own whatever land you land on
The Earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name
You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You’ll learn things you never knew you never knew
Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned?
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountains?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?
Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest
Come taste the sunsweet berries of the Earth
Come roll in all the riches all around you
And for once, never wonder what they’re worth
The rainstorm and the river are my brothers
The heron and the otter are my friends
And we are all connected to each other
In a circle, in a hoop that never ends
How high will the sycamore grow?
If you cut it down, then you’ll never know
And you’ll never hear the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
For whether we are white or copper skinned
We need to sing with all the voices of the mountains
We need to paint with all the colors of the wind
You can own the Earth and still
All you’ll own is Earth until
You can paint with all the colors of the wind
Paul Bunyan Trail, Baxter Mn, May 2009
Not a big fan of cemeteries.
I know… really, who is?
Every year at this time I go and clean up around the cemetery plots of my family. I cut back the overgrowth around the marker, sweep, pick up the leaves…. and yes I plant a flower or two. Every year I think at this time that I will be sure to come back weekly throughout spring summer and fall – and I will keep the flowers watered, and I will continue to clean…. but in all reality…. life just does not always allow for me to do this.
So this year, I took my sister Tara’s old wagon out of storage. I put a layer of rock in the bottom, filled it with soil and miracle grow and planted literally a wagon load of her favorite flower, pansies. I then took an old wash bucket, prepped it the same and filled it with zinnias for my mom. I incorporated my dad in all this by digging through his old tool box and finding plane that I used to prop up the wash bucket so it sits at a tilt.
I put both of these items in my front yard with one of the Adirondack chairs near by. This is in remembrance of my family. This I can see each day, care for each day and water as needed. This… I love.
The cemetery I will continue to care for… but I know they are not there. I wait for the day that I will see them again.
I am totally procrastinating on this post…. mainly just because I am tired. With the onset of nice weather comes a list a mile long of outdoor “to do’s” and my ambitious overactive mind has clicked into high gear and I am now in the process of creating a patio, garden spots on the front and back yards, sanding and restaining all our wood lawn furniture, purchasing perennials for long term and annuals for a fre eye catching ideas I have and today I built a compost bin. (No wonder I am tired!)
Anyway – here is last week…
Tuesday was book club and out review of Water for Elephants was even better than expected. We reall had some great insight on this book and I personally enjoyed the whole reference to the 1930′s and the circus. My review here
Wednesday seems like I am almost consistently hitting overload each week now. As our business picks up, the yard needs attention, trying to keep up on my work out schedule, run the office, volunteer and do my study weekly… I am again hitting the breaks and saying “enough”. By the time evening rolls around I am shot.
Thursday worked late and trained in a new volunteer at church. Watched Survivor with Al and could have screamed “YEAH!!!!” when Coach was voted out. (The man drive me nuts…)
Friday garage saled in the morning with Suzette and have no great treasures to report. Lots of sales but nothing that we hit that was fantastic. Took Group Power at noon, went home and did clean up and then AL and I went out with Chad, Amy, Andy and Laura for Laura’s birthday. We ate at Half Moon and then went to the late movie of Angels and Demons. Great fun! My review of the movie here
Saturday was incredibly COLD. Stayed in house and did house tasks until noon then bundled up and started the lawn mowing process - 3 hours and did not finish. Later went to Applebees for Sara’s birthday with Cindy. Then we drove around and looked at garden centers like Mennards…. picked out the patio pavers I want for the patio.
Sunday was church and then came home and finished the lawn. I picked Chance up and we went biking for 10 miles. Stopped at Menards and picked up some Hostas, mulch, stain for my outdoor furniture, a sander, a garage broom, and Juicy Fruit gum to attack the yard gopher with…. really. Worked in yard until 7 and then watched Survivor Finale – yeah J.T.! This ends our tv watching now until September. We watch Survivor, Biggest Loser, and Amazing Race and all 3 are not done for the summer.
Today I did Group Power this morning and then rollerbladed 4 miles on the trail. I made a few comitments to Kia this week to work out with her. I came home and prepped a few things for tonights AFE meeting and then went outside and created a compost pile. Im sure at some point I’ll blog about this and how it is working…. I have pictures.
- Extremely tired the first part of the week… couldn’t shake it. Slept and slept….
- Went to dinner Monday night with Sandi, Key, and Julie…. good time
- Monday afternoon found my new road bike in S.t Cloud at Erik’s bike shop – (Thanks Cuz and Cuzette for all your help!)
- Thursday night went to the movie Seventeen Again (again) with Karol. It was great to hang with her and just laugh. Movie review here
- Friday morning went garage saleing with Suzette…. we had a great time – we found a few deals
- Saturday – Justins 19th birthday!!! AND I finally got my tattoo. Yes – you read that right. Pictures here
- Saturday evening AL and I took Justin out to eat at Grizzley’s. Brad had to work so couldnt come too.
- Sunday Church and then roller bladed 6 miles on the Paul Bunyan Trail
- Monday worked in our office with Al and enjoyed a bit of the sunny day from the deck
I had made a decision to get a tattoo my 40th year on this earth. My girlfriends pitched in… and two years after the commitment… today I complete it.
The girls (or accomplices…) helped me with a date and a place and we all went together. The together part was really fun, Heidi, Cindy, and Sara helped me a lot. I had the basic idea of what I wanted, yet wanted to be open to suggestions too. I wanted whatever I did to mean something personal to me and not be a cookie cutter copy of what everybody else does.
In the end… I think we did great! I did not go in thinking I would be doing a rose, but as the idea came full circle – a rose was perfect… I wanted it to be feminine, but not overly. I wanted it to represent a bit of who I was and why… and I think that was covered well too.
All said and done – I am really pleased with the final product.
Cross that one off the Bucket List! Thanks friends – I felt like Vorizon wireless today with all of you supporting me on this.