"A (wo)man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of (her)his life in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of beautiful God has implanted in the human soul."- Goethe

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Planting our Garden

We've had such a warm spring, that we decided to try plating half our garden early to get a jump start on a happy harvest. And, lucky for us, we have one of the best gardeners this side of the Mississippi:

I think we don't need to ever worry about having a thinly planted crop with this little farmer around.

Nothing has popped up yet, so I'm hoping we don't get a freak snow storm...although, anything can happen through June, I've learned by experience. I'll just need to keep an eye on the weather so I can cover up anything sprouting, if needs be.

Good luck to all those green thumbs out there!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ghost Town Cemeteries

I shared last week about our visit to a real live ghost town, but an added bonus was the cemetery we found there:

We kind of have a thing for cemeteries, so we counted ourselves lucky to run into such a gem as this little old thing. Most of the graves were unmarked or had been replaced by modern headstones as an act of preservation by a historical society. This place was rich with history and mystery, too! A great combo!

Do you like cemeteries? Do you have a favorite one you like to visit?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ghost Towns

We recently took a trip to St. George with some friends (no kids allowed!) and had a blast exploring the area. We were really looking forward to seeing some ghost towns, and see them we did. The one in the best condition, by far, was a place called Grafton:


These buildings were in much better condition than we imagined they would be, and it's because they are preserved by a historical society. Apparently, there are 2 Grafton ghost towns in the area, and we must have ended up in Grafton 2. So fascinating! I like to imagine what it must have been like to live in the area or how hard it would be to leave a home behind that you invested so much personal time into building.

Then, it got cold and dark. We barely left before the sun went down! So we made a speedy exit in order to not disturb any lingering ghosts in the area because we all know ghosts live in ghost towns. (Phew! Close call!) Actually, I think the feeling in the area was more of sorrow and desperation, not malice or hauntings. It made me feel very grateful for my circumstances. We are lucky to have what we have, you know.

Have you ever been to a ghost town before? What were your impressions?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy is a powerful and tender book that I recently finished reading about a family in India during the 70's :

While it was sad, it was also touching and human. I loved the literary themes I discovered while reading this gem:
  • The idea of individuality vs. oneness and sameness
  • The thought that family members cause internal familial destruction much more than outside forces; destruction from the inside out
  • Loving someone double, or less vs. unconditional love
  • The destructive power of words said in anger
  • Consequences that ripple to innocents and through generations
  • A mother's need for a personal identity aside from the role as mother
Have you read this or would you like to? If you've already got this one under your belt, what were your thoughts about it?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Happy Elephant Family

Here's a cute little painting I made of a cute little elephant family for a cute little nephew:

Cute isn't really my forte, but I needed to make it work for him, so I painted with watercolor then outlined the shapes in black ink to give it more of a childlike appeal. I think it worked.