The rain has been so needed and I'm glad its come at last. Here you see my small 'zen' garden where tranquility soaks into my bones when I sit on the bench and just relax. When we get more flagstone I want to fill in the left area more. I am such a happy woman just now for a very specific reason. My son helped me with the sidebar and its a roaring success. That means I have "Big" feelings of happiness about it. Not only will it be nice for you to use, it will mean you are only a click away from me now. *Smiles*.....My daughter is on the way here, and I must get the front window cleaned and the back porch cleaned. I am so relaxed lately....its wonderful!! When I turned forty,( I am now 58, I can hardly believe it 'lol') I started to laugh alot more than usual...I figure it was the Lord's way of compensating me for some other things that come with age that I can't control. LIfe keeps changing, ever so slightly but there it is, you have to keep re-adjusting your self right along with things. I think as I slow down, I reflect more and am thus more thankful and oh so thankful to know God had redeemed my soul. We have a 16 (then) year old in heaven, can't wait to see her. All of a sudden, I could write a journal I feel so mellow. How I wish this 'mellow' state could last the rest of the year. Thankyou for all the lovely comments you have left on my blog. You are sweet as can be and I appreciate each of you and your blogs immensely. I consider it a privelege to be blogging with you. Just turning on the computer and finding a comment can bring out the sunshine, can't it! Have to go now, the 'swiffer' awaits me. (thats the dust-mop with the swivel handle). Oh, did I not tell you today what I got done around the house yesterday?...let me think a moment...folded some laundry.....finished my book.....embroidered, and visited Mom at the nursing home (loved hearing about your Moms by the way). By the time I came home and cooked, made a zucchini casserole...made cookies, I ended up on the couch napping. Before and after the nap I watched the History channel where they were showing documentation that Japan was also making an atomic bomb and we had more resources and beat them to it. What if we hadn't..(shudder).My father was a gunner on the aircraft carrier the U.S.S.Hornet. He told me some scary stories that he lived through. I'm glad he lived to tell about it.About 25 years ago he passed away, brain tumor.But... I do love to see the elderly people that lived through all these terrrible times, who are alive to tell their stories. They are precious...they seem so rock-solid and comforting to me, because they lived through it and are here to tell us about it by God's grace. Thats the way I'd like to end my life. By keeping the faith and standing by the stuff, or as God puts it..."Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord" I Corinthians 15:58..... Blessings to you, hope your evening is bathed in contentment. Guess what just popped into my mind? "Happy trails to you, until we meet again" wasn't that Gene Autry that sang that wonderful song?