Monday, February 12, 2018

Sense of Goodness

HOMEMADE

Beat the brown and white sugar grit
with the smooth, soft butter--
"clickety, clack" go the beaters against the aluminum bowl.

Crack the eggshells,
adding each gloppy egg one at a time 
to the mix with a tiny splash of vanilla.

Add the white, powdery baking soda
softly to the bowl as the beaters,
"Whir, whir, whir."

Scoop the fluffy, dusty flour
cup by cup, leveling it with the
back of a shiny, silver butter knife.

"Hum, hum, hum" from the beater
as more and more of the quiet
white powder is added.

Time to stop the whirs and hums
and take to the nut grinder
to pulverize the pecans.

Sprinkle chocolate chips and
pecans over the soft bed of
of the biscuit-colored batter.

A tablespoon chugs through
the dough to combine
the collective ingredients.

Shh!--(licking of fingers)

Plop a teaspoonful of the mix 
onto the time worn tray and bang it
on the oven shelf at 375 degrees.

Door closes and timer set
while eyes begin to peer
through the shiny glass oven door.

Mmmm.........  

Smell the warmth of baked sugar and dough,
leaving the feel of crispy cookie edges
and the taste of chocolate goodness.




Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bit by Bit

BIT

One Little Word for 2018

Fragment by Fragment
Piece
Chunk
Slice
Pinch
Flake
Crumb
Chip
Snip
Sliver
Morsel
Section
Dab
Portion
Sample
Smidgen
Dollop
Dumpling
Driblet
Atom
Portion
Bubble
Snippet
Peanut
Sprinkling
Trifle
Dot
Shard
Stone
Tear
Pea
Piece
Section
Binary
0
1
Morsel
Taste
Small
Speck
Seed

For the love of the thesaurus which I always have had, I want to cover the capacity of one small 3 letter word to convey the magnitude of its meaning and the many small things that can make a difference.

I'm not a person of large accomplishments but feel comfort in the world of miniscule.  I have had no life of grandiose but bits and pieces of love, joy, remorse, and comfort.  

On a small scale, I experience life.  I have been known to compare myself to a mouse--seeing much without being seen, snacking along the way, and feeling the joy/heartache of many.  I just want to plant a seed, not construct a monolith but just a sprinkling of ideas along the way.

I am just a BIT of this universe. 

It's the small things after all that really matter at some point.





Monday, January 23, 2017

Number 7

The One Little Word pursuit began early this year.  I started in December rather than after the new year arrived.

This is my 7th year choosing OLW.
    
     2011-glass
     2012-treasure
     2013-rock
     2014-savor
     2015-define
     2016-be
     2017-strength!

I considered courage, energy, warmth, health, acceptance. In order to enable any word to work for me, I must have strength. Strength in body, mind, and soul.

"Be" has been my favorite OLW so far.  I wanted to just "be."  It was a light and airy word.  I needed a big break from "define."  This word conjured up realities and unhappiness.  I said things I maybe shouldn't have said, but these words and thoughts were always there ready to come out.  So I became myself with "be." The harshness remained but softened.  Now what?

The word "acceptance" seemed like a word that expressed "surrender."  After all the work I had done with "define," I decided this was not acceptable!  I wasn't quitting.  I must continue on from what I have learned and experienced.  Acceptance is what got me in this bind. 

I'm getting older every day.  My mind is not as quick, nor is my body.  Not moving in mind and body is a slow death before the heart stops.

When I do my exercises, I remind myself of walking better to be with my grandkids, shopping when I want, and taking care of myself.

I feel stronger just thinking about my new word. 


Happy New Year!




Saturday, August 27, 2016

"BE"

It's easier than define.
It's positive and free.

Bravely be who you are.

Accept what you cannot change.
Change what you can.

Easier said than done.

Being can come with tears.
It's a reality, an acceptance.

It is what it is.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Black

Never thought of black--
Not in a million years.

But there he was--
Glossy black, cuddly-like, smart.

The angry dog across the way growled,
"Pick me instead."

Black won us over and over.
Soon to be beloved.

"Shadow" became his name--
Chosen in childhood long ago.

Wagging tail, loving nature, and smiles 
As years go by.

Now blind, legs weak,
Soul still full of life.

Walking, boating,
Sleeping by the fire.

Love you, Shadow.
You're one of the best!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Going, Going..............

I know it's not
"Good-bye" to summer yet.
But I feel the pull--

Cicadas chirp throughout the yard.
Crickets fill the night.
Daylight lessens.

The porch sun sits differently.
Flowers go to seed.
Leaves start to fade.

Robins go north to visit.
Sunflowers reach their highest.
Grass grows paler.

I love you, Summer.
Stay with me longer this year and every year.
Love, love, love you, Summer.

Monday, May 9, 2016

The State of "Being"

     It's May already!
I'm not writing much.
Maybe just because I'm "being." (Not a good excuse!)
"Being" is okay for my OLW.

Rather than defining (although it will always be there because that's me!),
I'm trying to enjoy what is going on right now.
I've always thought about what is next, not savoring what is "now."

Life is hard.
Life is good.
Life is connecting.
Life is for the taking.

Too bad so many don't appreciate what life holds
In spite of all the formidable that surrounds us.

Formidable won't go away.

Be in the moment, and be thankful.

Be here.
Be there for others.
Be positive for everyone's sake.

I'm thankful for the positive people in my life
And the small things that touch my heart.

Be in the moment.