Hello, September!

The first flash of color always excites me as much as the first frail, courageous bloom of spring. This is, in a sense, my season–sometimes warm and, when the wind blows an alert, sometimes cold. But there is a clarity about September. On clear days, the sun seems brighter, the sky more blue, the white clouds take on marvelous shapes; the moon is a wonderful apparition, rising gold, cooling to silver; and the stars are so big.

Faith Baldwin

Today I am Thankful

  • Heading into fall, my favorite season
  • A good night sleep
  • So grateful for the people I love in my life

Have a lovely day.

affectionately yours, Laura

Hello, July!

I have hope

in who I am becoming.

I have belief in every scar and disgraceful word

I have ever spoken

or been told

because it is still teaching me

and I have hope in who I am becoming.

They say it takes 756 days to run to someone you love

and they also say that the only romance worth fighting for

is the one with yourself

and I know by now

that they say a lot of things,

people talking everywhere

without saying a word,

but if it took me all those years to learn myself

or teach myself

how to look into the mirror

without breaking it

I know for a fact that it was a fight worth fighting.

I stood up for my own head and so did my heart

and we are coming to terms with ourselves.

Shaking hands, saying ”let’s make this work

for we have places to go

and people to see

and we will need each other”

So I have hope

in who I am becoming.

It’s July

and I have hope in who I am becoming.

~Charlotte Eriksson~

affectionately yours, Laura

Women Not So Well Behaved

This has always been one of my favorite quotes. It is often mis-credited to Eleanor Roosevelt or Marilyn Monroe.

It was written by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, a Pulitzer Prize winning historian. Her original quote was actually “Well behaved women seldom make history.”

Today, 600+ women were arrested protesting for the reunion of parents and children who have been separated at the Mexican border. Women willing to take a stand to have their voices heard.

Today I am thankful

  • My tribe.
  • Home.
  • The view out my window.

I give thanks to all the women not so well behaved raising awareness and making history.

affectionately yours, Laura

Royal Wedding Wishes of Happily Ever After

 

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PA photo credit: Yui Mok

I was one of almost 23 million and counting worldwide who watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Like his mother and father, Diana and the Prince of Wales, and Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it did not disappoint in its pageantry. No one throws a royal wedding quite like the British.

 

Several things were very different from Harry’s mother and brothers weddings — it was filled with multi-cultural touches and a great deal of physical contact between the bride and groom. A first on many levels for the monarchy.

Yet, no surprise really for those of us who have watched Harry grow up. It makes total sense he would choose a self-identified woman and do it their way.

I found some of their ceremony quite humorous as the cameras panned the faces of the ranking royalty as the bishop gave his sermon and the choir rang out in a soulful rendition of Stand by Me. They truly looked bewildered to the point of giggles, they didn’t know what to do.

Meanwhile, two people very much in love glowed oblivious to it all feet away.

The wedding was all wonderful and entertaining. But it looked stressed.

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It was later that evening when they emerged from Windsor Castle in their evening party clothes that stole my heart. He, in a black velvet jacket tuxedo, she, in a white silk column halter dress AND she had on Diana’s iconic aquamarine ring. They looked happy, relaxed, and were laughing.

That scene to me was an amazing multi-million dollar one. The Duke and Duchess driving off into a perfect sunset of their happily ever after.

Today I am thankful

  • A new week with a few goals I need to accomplish.
  • I have wild turkeys in the forest beyond where I live. Initially, their early morning sounds were quite annoying. Now I am growing fond of them.
  • I am incredibly grateful to look out my window and see the landscape of green.

In a world with a headline of such political bullshit, an inept president, school shootings, volcano explosion, a plane crash, this royal wedding was a welcome relief.

I look forward to watching this power couple — not just them — I anticipate seeing what both of Diana and Charles’s sons and the strong women they have chosen as their partners do in the future.

Already the Princes Royal Foundation is on the world stage and taking a leading presence in mental health, wounded veterans, and relief in third-world country’s. I, personally, am very excited to add the Duchess of Sussex to this mix. As an advocate for women’s rights and a known feminist, it will be intriguing to how she uses her new world status at Harry’s side.

Are they pregnant, yet? LOL. I’m such a fangirl. #royalwedding #harryandmeghan

affectionately yours, Laura

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome, May!

“At last came the golden month of the wild folk– honey-sweet May, when the birds come back, and the flowers come out, and the air is full of the sunrise scents and songs of the dawning year.” Samuel Scoville Jr, Wild Folk

Today I am thankful

  • Fantastic day .. sun and blue skies.
  • I am happy to get a doctor appointment done for my bad knee.
  • What a wonderful feeling to be ending this long winter and heading into spring and summer!

Enjoy your day.

affectionately yours, Laura

Udder-ly Robotics

I just read the craziest article about milking cows. 🐮 I actually reread it twice to make sure I had read it correctly. Then I Googled it just out of curiosity.

Farmers have started new automation for milking cows. Betsy, Daisy, and the girls are being milked by robots.

The cows can now roam around the barn which has hay and ground covering for their comfort. When they are ready to be milked, they head to an individual stall.

Each cow has a code, and that code is scanned when they enter the stall. Based on the cow, a determined amount of particular feed that is actually molasses pellets (cow candy) is dispensed to get them in position.

(Which ensures if Daisy just wants a cow candy snack, and is not ready to be milked, she won’t be given a treat.)

Once in position, their udders are sprayed with disinfectant. A laser then begins to scan their udders to direct the machine where to attach the suction tubes for the milking.

The milk is then funneled into a large holding tank.

This can all be monitored by the farmer’s cell phone through computer and cameras throughout the barn.

Wow — huh? At the risk of aging myself, I still held on to the image of going to the farm and seeing the farmer on a stool, chatting it up with Betsy as he gave her a good milking.

Today I am thankful

  • The snow is melting. Yay!
  • I have animals coming to the feeder outside my living room windows. It’s a beautiful scene.
  • I started my new Lenora Bell book.

From the cow perspective, they are conditioned to a Pavlovian response. I guess it isn’t so bad, you get cow candy, although I am not so sure about the whole tube suction action.

From the farmers perspective, the days of getting up at three-in-the-morning to milk the cows are over. That has to be a freeing feeling. Also, it might attract new farmers to the profession if there is a bit more farm freedom.

All of this is just moving with the technology of the times. That, and with workers not readily available to do this manual, labor-intensive work.

It is a thought to ponder that what we survive on comes from land which orchards and farms utilize to grow nutrients and care for animals.

Land that requires clean air, pristine water, and to be free of debris to thrive healthily. Yet, very little value is placed on that. As well as, the priority to assist the farmers to keep them doing the long hard days.

It makes you grateful for what you eat. It all started from a farmer somewhere.

As for Betsy, Daisy, and the girls .. enjoy that cow candy. I hope it doesn’t flavor the milk eventually. Maybe they could feed them chocolate pellets? I’d be down for that.

affectionately yours, Laura

Then Do Better

Today is one of my favorite people’s birthdays, Maya Angelou. Her life, writings, and quotes have inspired me at different times in my life.

Recently, I wrote this quote of hers down as a reminder; when we know better, we do better.

I am very good at beating myself up. Often to look at me, you wouldn’t know I was solid black and blue on my insides. I can be my own worst enemy.

Many situation that have haunted me are ones where I just didn’t understand or know better at that time.

Times I didn’t have the skills I needed to be a “better” me. Or the situations that I hadn’t learned lessons to handle what life had dealt me with more finesse.

I carry my past into my future in lessons that I never want to forget.

Today I am thankful

  • A beautiful blue sunny sky.
  • Being out and able running errands.
  • I heard from a dear friend. That is the best feeling.

The gift of life is that at any moment we can change our life direction. As Maya points out, once you know better, do better.

I don’t believe people set out to intentionally hurt people or make bad choices. I keep that in mind in my own life. There is always a reason behind a behavior. It makes for a more forgiving person.

affectionately yours, Laura