Archive for December 11th, 2008

Two Terrific Awards

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Today Storyteller of Small Reflections
shared this friendship award with her readers.

And lovely are the blossoms

That are tended with great care,

By those who work unselfishly

To make the place more fair.

And, like the garden blossoms,

Friendship’s flower grows more sweet

When watched and tended carefully

By those we know and meet.

And, if the seed of friendship

Is planted deep and true

And watched with understanding,

Friendship’s flower will bloom for you.


You are welcome to take this award also if:

  • You consider yourself to be my real-life or bloggy-life friend. If you’re taking the time to read my humble blog, you qualify!
  • You will kindly link back to me when you post this award on your blog

My bloggy friend Storyteller has another blog, Happily Retired Gal. On that blog she introduced me to her other readers with these kind words:

Joyce of Mom’s Musings lives a very busy life. Another working mom (and grandmother too), her attitude is always upbeat & cheerful, and her posts are thoughtful & uplifting.  She leaves wonderfully supportive, encouraging comments on the blogs of others and always responds with friendly emails to those who comment on her blog. Her joy in the Lord shines consistently.

In keeping with her kind words, Storyteller gifted me with The Lemonade Award
(as in ‘If life hands you lemons, make lemonade!’).

If you would like this award for yourself, please comment on this post. I’ll do another post in which I talk about your blog, and present you with this lovely commendation.

Here are the (real) rules for passing on this award to others:

  • Put the award logo on your blog or post.
  • Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
  • Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
  • Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
  • Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Thank you, dear Storyteller, for these kind awards.


Thankful Thursday – Timely Fruit

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Hosted by Iris of Grace Alone

This picture, taken a couple of weeks ago by my daughter Laura while we were walking on our road, got me thinking. Look at all those good apples, just gone to waste under a neighbor’s tree.

Here is a series of four tanka poems that came to mind as I thought about that fallen fruit:

Sweet fruit on the ground.

Time of harvest neglected.

Autumn’s bounty lost.

The tree was planted; fruit grew,

Yet no one ate of it: Why?


Were they too busy

To notice present blessings?

Were they too lazy

To harvest this sweet bounty?

This gift was given, not received.


Each day is a gift.

I will live it, treasure it.

Each moment matters.

Whatever the challenges,

I will thank God, and live it.


Life has its seasons:

Spring, summer, autumn, winter.

Each with its own work.

If I live each day wisely,

Good fruit will come, be enjoyed.


This reminds me also of an old nursery rhyme about using time wisely that some of our children learned when they were little:

Sixty seconds in a minute:

How much good can I do in it?

Sixty minutes in an hour:

All the good that’s in my pow’r.

Twenty-four hours in a day:

Time to work and sleep and play.