Dreaming

It seems lately that the dogs get me up well before dawn. In my struggle to fight boredom and to dream a little, I have found a web site where I can watch the cruise ships come in and dock in Fort Lauderdale.

It’s been a while since we have cruised, but I have always said that for me, cruising is the best way to actually vacation and relax. No meal preparation, no clean up, and no dogs. I simply show up every day and get spoiled.

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It will be a long time until I can cruise anywhere. With my surgery and recovery, and physical therapy, I will need to be close to home for a while.

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But I can dream, right? Dream of all those places I have been, and would like to visit. How does a 15 day cruise to Hawaii sound? Or a 7 day cruise in Alaska and a land trip of another 5 days?  Or what about a cruise down the Rhine River? Or one around Australia and New Zealand?

Yes, watching the ships come into port allows me the chance to dream. And somehow dreaming about all of those places gets me through the pain.

Dreams

I’ve thought a lot lately about dreams. Those sleepy private moments in my mind. When I was young, the dreams were silly and didn’t really make much sense. I remember that one reoccurring dream, was that I could fly with no plane. Just me thinking about flying and off I would go. I would keep thinking about flying because if I didn’t I would start to go down and as I neared the ground, whoosh, I would never land, but wake up.

As I grew up and began to experience the loss of loved ones, occasionally they would come to me in my dreams. Having tea with my Grandma Honey and Papa Fred, or sitting in my Papa Sam’s lap listening to Barbershop Quartets. All dreams, of people that had left me.

Now as a middle aged woman, I dream of my daughter often. I watch Katie playing in the snow, or at the beach. I see her apple cheeks and bright red curls. I know it is a dream, and I try to make the little dream visit last. Sometimes I can, and sometimes it ends as quickly as it starts.

Since my parents passed away, I have started to dream of them too. Little glimpses. It’s like they come back to say hello, that they are with me, they smile and float off.

My Aunt and Uncle come too. It’s funny I can’t recall that any of them really say anything, but they are peaceful, happy and I feel loved by them. I guess I feel peaceful too.

Dreams are wonderful things aren’t they? Do you dream like this?

A Great Movie

I watched The Bridges of Madison County today, and I’ve decided that this is my favorite love story movie. If you haven’t seen it recently, watch it again. If you have never seen it, plan an evening, sit down and watch it. Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood are at their best. This movie tells the story of what real love and sacrifice is all about.

Here is a short clip.

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Candied Pecans, Feta, and Craisins

First a very Happy Birthday to my friend, Bernie! Hope it is a happy one and a good year ahead!

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Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Candied Pecans, Feta, and Craisins

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Yield: 6

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of pecan pieces

1 tsp of white sugar

Pinch of cardamon

(I’ve also used raspberry vinaigrette)

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3 cups of baby spinach

2 cups of romaine lettuce, chopped

1 cup of sliced strawberries

2-3 tbsp feta cheese or goat cheese

2-3 tbsp craisins

Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette (see recipe above)

Directions:

Make the Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette then set aside.

Heat a small skillet over medium low heat. Add the pecan pieces, sugar, and cardamon. Stir often until the sugar caramelizes and sticks to the pecans and the pecans are toasted. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Combine the spinach and romaine lettuce to a large serving bowl. Top with sliced strawberries, cooled pecans, feta cheese, and pomegranate seeds. Toss with the vinaigrette and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Flowers

On Friday my blog friend Rude Cactus asked a question on his blog.

The Weekly Hypothetical. You can go backward or forward in time – or just stay put in the present day – with a notebook and a pen to interview anyone for one hour. Who do you interview and what questions do you ask?”

I answered, ” I would go back to 1985 and I would interview my daughter Katie. I would ask her about what she thought about life, happiness and love. I know it wouldn’t be profound for anyone else but me, but oh those moments would mean so much!”

Posted by Maribeth at February 6, 2009 1:27 PM”

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I found out today that I had won a bouquet of the flowers of my choice. So I went over and selected this rose plant. We used to call Katie, Rose-bud as a nickname, so it seemed appropriate.

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Plus I figured that the plant would live for a long while reminding me of Katie and of my friend.

So, thank you Chris, for this. It means more to me than you can imagine. By saying what you did and by supporting me over the years, you help to honor my daughter.

Thanks!!!

Tagged…

My good friend Fabulously Out There tagged me today. I am supposed to write a list of seven things I approve of. I am almost hopeless when it comes to making lists, but because “Fabulous” asked me, here I go…

1. I approve of love.
2. I approve of snuggly soft pajamas in front of a warm fireplace, while sipping a hot cup of my favorite tea, and all of my doggies beside me.
3. I approve of dark chocolate!
4. I approve of people helping each other, just for the sake of doing something right.
5. I approve of acts of gentle kindness.
6. I approve of dancing under the stars.
7. I approve of lots of laughter!

I tag anyone who wishes to join me in this. Think of the things you would like to approve of if anyone asked you!

5 Wishes

I’ve been tagged by Becci . Every one else has 5 very nice wishes, world peace, world love, etc….but I think I’m going the other way…5 things I really REALLY would like for Christmas!

1. Health for my family and friends.
2. The ability to learn and create new things on the computer.
3. Another healthy litter of pups.
4. A laptop that works flawlessly.
5. People to leave me MORE COMMENTS!! LOL

I tag whomever would like to be tagged

Fruits & Vegetables

We went for a ride today in search of another fruit tree for Hubby’s small orchard. Well, it once was a small orchard, but since he has expanded, it is now a medium sized, back yard orchard. Although not all of the trees are productive yet, many are, and in a few years we will be functioning as a small fruit enterprise. I can see Hubby packing up his fruit for the town’s farmer’s market and all of this done with the biggest of smiles on his face. He really loves the care of the trees and the harvest of the fruit.

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Our Orchard now has:

3 MacIntosh
2 Cortlands
3 Empire
3 Macouns
2 Golden Delicious
1 Gala
1 Spy Gold
2 Winesap
1 Cox’s Orange Pippin
1 Red Stayman
1 Enterprise (A surprisingly good Apple that has a long shelf life)

1 Stanley Plum (I love to make jam with these!)
1 Castleton Plum
1 Mount Royal Plum

1 Moonglow Pear
1 Clapps Favorite Pear
2 Red Bartlett Pear

1 Lapins Cherry
1 Stella Cherry
2 Bing Cherry
1 Black Tartarian Cherry

2 Reliance Peach (My favorite)
2 Finger Lakes Super Hardy Peach
1 Elberta Peach
1 Richhaven Peach

Wild Concord Grapes (The best for Grape Jelly!)
Seedless Concord Grapes
New Hampshire Reliance (A hardy canadice type) Grapes

In any case, we didn’t find another fruit tree. My man knows what he wants to see in his fruit trees and apparently he didn’t see anything that made him happy, but we did see two flats of tomato plants for the garden, so we got those and brought them happily home.

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The tomato plants

These tomatoes will join my cucumber, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, butternut squash and corn plants in my garden. Currently they are all sprouting in the green house until we are sure that we’ve had our last frost. Usually that is Memorial Day Weekend, then we will be replanting everything outside except the tomatoes, which I will continue to raise in the green house.

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My seedlings

We were out longer than we anticipated and so we stopped at a small restaurant and we got two orders of fried “whole bellied clams”, coleslaw and fries. The lunch was so good and we enjoyed the brief stop. Then we headed back to the house where our puppies, all four of them awaited us.

We walked them in the yard, I watered my vegetable plants and Hubby watered his fruit trees and then he headed off to the store to get the weeks groceries. Although I am doing really well, I was feeling a bit tired, so he volunteered to do this without me. I have no worries at all, as he is one of the few men in this world who can do this job as well as I can.

Yes, I’m a lucky girl!

Chocolate & Wine = Heaven

Lately it seems that the movie channels have been replaying the same movies over and over again. And since regular TV has started it’s rerun season somewhat early, this means I am watching the same “chick flicks” over and over again.

Now for the most part, I don’t mind. I have found that there are certain movies that are like old friends. You know, “Father of The Bride” (Steve Martin edition), “As Good As It Gets”, “Legally Blond” and “Somethings Gotta Give”.

But I recently have added a few new ones to the list. “The Lake House” with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, “What Dreams May Come” with Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding, and “The Parent Trap” (Lindsey Lohan edition).

I like these movies for various reasons. Some I like because they are funny, light and familiar. Others, like the Robin Williams movie “What Dreams…” because it reminds me of what I hope is true.

There is a line in that film where the daughter asks where her dog will go when she dies. The mother replies, “Where we all go, Heaven”.

I like the idea that my dogs will all follow me to my little slice of Heaven (that is, should I get there). Can’t you just see me in a large field with all my doggies around me?

I can. I can see me with the laughter and the smiles and the wet face from all the kisses they will shower me with, and the tears I will shed after I am reunited with them.

I’ve also decided what I would like my little slice of Heaven to look like.

It will have a field on the side of a mountain with wild flowers and lovely shade trees. It will overlook a large ocean that will go on for as far as the eyes can see. I’ll have a large Indian blanket to sit on (no ticks or bug will be allowed in my slice of Heaven) and I will have the best picnic one can imagine with all my favorite foods (especially dark chocolate). I will sip Tokaj (A fine Hungarian wine), and the sun will shine warmly on my face, and it will feel really good.

All the people I love will be there, and all my animals as well. Life beyond will be even better than anyone could ever imagine.

I like movies about love, whether they make me laugh or they make me cry.

Love is what it’s all about, right?