DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> Tossing Pebbles in the Stream .comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Life Feels Good These Days

For those who have been following my brother, Richard and his wife, Carol, on their hiking of the Appalachian Trail you can catch up to their adventure by reading the latest entries in their trail journal. Here is their last entry. http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=307048 From here you can back up to the point where your last read in the journal and then read the new entries. If you have not read any of the journal you could go back to the first entry. There are also some photos to access on the left. I do not know if they have been updated. They are now at Damascus, Va. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damascus,_Virginia I hope they are enjoying some lovely weather and some less physcially demanding sections of the trail ahead of them.

* * * * * * * * * * ** * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ** * * * * * * * * * * * * *

I have been neglecting posting in my blog lately. I feel badly about that. My excuse is that I am very busy and when I think I would like to compose something for the blog I am too tired.

I am busy with doing things around my house and getting ready to go away to Belgium and Northern France for a couple of weeks with my friend, Lynne. I leave this week for Toronto and after a few days there we fly off on May 11.

I have had to oversee my tenant, June, move out. I have finally made arrangement, which I am comfortable with, for the care of Heidi while I am away. I will give my few remaining chickens to my neighbour and the cats will be OK on their own outside with a neighbour coming by to feed them. I have even made arrangements to be transported to the train to Toronto. Now if I can only decided what items I should take with me.

I did purchase a Journal, I hope to write in daily while away. I doubt I will have access to a computer to record my adventure. I hope to take lots of pictures and write about about my adventure. I have even been reading up about Belgium and Northern France, particularly the war memorials I hope to visit and the art of the Flemish Masters. It is going to be a good experience for me. I think I may even try a beer in in Belgium and of course lots of chocolate.


I have been enjoying a renewed interest in my hous, which has kept me busy. Besides the usual inspiration of the Spring which lifts my spirits and finds me with more energy I am able to enjoy my house since my tenant, June, has moved out. Her continuing to live here had become untenable for reasons I would not discuss here. She and her husband, Dave, who died not long ago, were here for four years, For the most part, it was good and I willingly gave up a large part of my house to them in order to help fullfill Dave's desire to live on a farm in a house once more before he died. I feel good about being able to do this for him (them).

I am enjoying being able to use my whole house. Dave and June occupied four room in my house. June had two of the bedrooms on the second floor and for Dave I gave up my library and office room on the ground floor. Unfortunately, they never fullfilled their agreement to rationalize their two households; only bring what they needed to live here. As a result, I ended up giving up my wonderful attic room, which I was trying to construct into a living space. It became the storage space for much of their stuff. I also had stuff in the basement and my front porch often looked like I was having a yard sale. Over they years, June came to store some of her arts and crafts materials in my last remaining guest bedroom. I did manage to keep her from invading my room with her stuff although I had retreated there with my things to give my bedroom the feel of a college student's digs, with TV, books, computer. etc.

Unfortunately, June did not leave gracefully. I had asked her to leave having come to the conclusion the arrangement was not meeting the needs of either of us. What was to take a day to move out took three days and in the end she just abandoned some of her stuff and left every space she occupied in a mess. It took me three days clean out the remnants of her life including her three pet rabbits, most of her arts and crafts stuff and lots of her gaming toys as well as some piece of furniture and some personal items I figure she will miss some day. I found homes for her pet rabbits and gave away some items and the rest I trucked to the dump.

Now the house is all mine, (which I share with Heidi and my 8 cats). It once again has a spacious feel with my Spartan decor. One of the bedrooms and my library I have reoccupied with my things. I have yet to decided how to use the office room off the library and the other bedroom. I may actually go back to finishing the attic room which I really like. With large gable windows and two skylights it is bright and airy. It would make a wonderful artist's studio.

Heidi has taken to going into the new spaces she was not able to enter before and looking around with a sense of wonder. She has enjoyed lying on the rug in the libary and I saw her trying out the new bed I set up as if she was considering abandoning the bed we share in my room. Fickle females!

(click on photos to enlarge)


















My recovered bedroom, no longer a cluttered sitting room and rabbitry. You can still see the wall stained from one of the rabbits. I have yet to wash all the walls although I suspect I may have to repaint.



















Heidi checking out the uncluttered verandah just after I repainted the deck.



















This is the south end of my library. The TV June left behind was one of four she had. My Salem rocker I got out of storage. My mother bought it for me years ago. I suffered from back pain not unlike President Kennedy. She said she thought I should have one like he apparently had.


















This is the north end of my library. June left the reclining chair, which I guess I will use for now.
My record player I was able to move from the kitchen.

Having my house back has inspired me to do some things with it. I have repainted, not only the verandah deck but also the library floor and I am about to paint the kitchen floor. I have also cleaned out some closets and even put down some linoleum in two of them. I have cleaned my kitchen cabinets putting shelving paper in them and washing all the dishes before putting them back. I even washed the windows. I have plans to do a lot more; but, first my trip to Belgium and Northern France.

This morning it was warm enough for me to sit out on the porch swing and have my coffee, stress free, Heidi lying on the swing next to me. It is going to be a lovely day . Could life get any better?

Oh, yes! Last evening, I was sitting out on the porch swing having a coffee and watching a bear which had come out of the bush in front of my house. I guess life can always get a bit better.


Posted by Picasa

49 Comments:

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I kinda liked the tour. Enjoy the space.

 
At 5:25 PM, Blogger edifice rex said...

well, I hate to hear things with south with June but glad to see you have your life (house) back. I'm like you as far as preferring sparse living furnishings (and books!). If I had to share with a hoarder I think it would drive me to a nervous breakdown.
Enjoy your trip abroad and yes, eat lots of chocolate!! and a beer!

 
At 8:39 PM, Blogger John and Carol said...

Glad to hear you have your whole house back. Living in clutter that isn't of your own choosing is very unsettling. Have a great trip to Belgium.

 
At 9:32 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Philip,

Your house is looking terrific. I'm sure you're enjoying every inch of your new space. Heidi and you will be much more content.

Be sure to take lots of photos on your trip. Sounds like the adventure of a lifetime.

blessings,
Mary

 
At 11:07 PM, Blogger KGMom said...

My, you are industrious.
Careful, or you will attract visitors from your many blog readers--what will all the space, the inviting river, and summer on the way!

Enjoy your trip--you will have loads of blogging material, should you choose to write about it.

 
At 11:17 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

I'm getting excited for you with your trip just days away. Make lots of notes and take pictures so you can share when you get back !!

 
At 5:03 AM, Blogger Gattina said...

What kind of tenant was that ? A primate ? Your pictures are very nice you did a very good job. It's nice that you have your house for yourself again. Sometimes living together is very difficult.
You can try over 2000 kinds of beer in Belgium ! I published today a few pictures of the royal park in Laeken and on tuesday for "My World" I have a lot more also from the Royal Palace. Once a year in April/May the Royal Greenhouses are open to the public, so I could stand in front of the Palace and take pictures.

 
At 7:54 AM, Blogger Cathy said...

Hello Philip
Welcome back - lovely to hear all that has gone on in your life. Even tho its been done as a result of stressful circumstances maybe the clear out and painting etc will be the start of something good for you and Heidi
Enjoy your European trip - come back refreshed - and don't forget to post some photos. We promise not to fall asleep when you show them to us lol
Take care
Cathy

 
At 7:57 AM, OpenID goodnightgram said...

Phil, loved the photos of your house space. Thanks for sharing them. I hope you have a wonderful time in Belgium. Take care and have a safe trip!

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger Loretta said...

I can feel the relief you feel having your home back again. You have had much more patience than I would have had. Your a good person, and did your best with June. I hope she is happy where she is. I know you will have a wonderful vacation. You deserve it!

 
At 10:07 AM, Blogger Peggy said...

Have missed you in blogland but I so loved seeing photos of your home. It looks warm, comfortable and inviting so beware you don't have people knocking on your door to move in. LOL Love love love the library!

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger amelia said...

Your home is beautiful and it must be a huge relief to have it back. Too bed things ended badly but we can't always control what happens. I know if we could, my life would be different!!

I'm looking forward to a visit from you when you are able, you have my number I think.

In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday and I hope you travel safely.

 
At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

generic valium valium dosage 30 lb dog - purchase generic valium

 
At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

diazepam synthesis buy diazepam online europe - does diazepam high feel

 
At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

order ambien online overnight ambien side effects elderly - buy ambien cr no prescription

 
At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

diazepam for dogs diazepam drug forum - diazepam dosage im

 
At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

xanax online no prescription xanax doses - caffeine pills xanax

 
At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ambien zolpidem zolpidem tartrate dosage comprehensive view - can you buy ambien over the counter

 
At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

xanax 0.5mg buy xanax prescription online - buy xanax online no prescription canada

 
At 12:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

diazepam contraindications diazepam recreational use dosage - buy diazepam generic valium

 
At 2:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

xanax mg easy buy xanax mexico - cost of 1mg xanax

 
At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

buy diazepam without prescription diazepam 5mg many can take - diazepam online no prescription usa

 
At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

purchase ativan ativan side effects elderly - buy lorazepam sublinguale

 
At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

buy ambien online best price generic ambien - ambien generic teva 74

 
At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

cheap generic soma buy soma in georgia - buy cheap soma online no prescription

 
At 1:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

generic valium online buy valium online prescription - valium generic pictures

 
At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg carisoprodol controlled - buy soma cube

 
At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

cheap soma carisoprodol erowid - 7 panel drug test soma

 
At 2:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

buy ambien online legally ambien side effects bloating - ambien and pregnancy class

 
At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you buy ambien online ambien generic form - purchase brand name ambien

 
At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

valium without prescriptions valium 053 - valium side effects pregnant

 
At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

soma carisoprodol 250 mg side effects - carisoprodol dose erowid

 
At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

soma pills soma 250 medication - buy soma online without rx

 
At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

buy valium in uk using valium for anxiety - valium 5mg 10mg

 
At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogger: Tossing Pebbles in the Stream - Post a Comment buy carisoprodol online no prescription - buy soma online without prescription http://www.emprendiendoideas.com/#buy-soma-online-without-prescription

 
At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, cheap propecia - buy finasteride online http://www.bigdocpoker.com/#order-finasteride-online

 
At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, furosemide no prescription - lasix price http://www.jacksbackyarddallas.com/#lasix-price

 
At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duration Cocaine Drug Test cost of lasix - cheap lasix http://www.sunflowerocity.com/, [url=http://www.sunflowerocity.com/]lasix online no prescription [/url]

 
At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

clomid 100mg vs 50mg | buy clomid cheap online - clomid 50 mg for men, clomid and other fertility drugs

 
At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is clomid used for | [url=http://ordergenericclomid.webs.com/#59096]clomid 200 mg[/url] - buy clomid online usa, vwgh how to take clomid for men

 
At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2, finasteride sale - purchase finasteride online http://www.propeciagenericforsale.com/#buy-finasteride-online-no-prescription , [url=http://www.propeciagenericforsale.com/#propecia-pills ]propecia sale [/url]

 
At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

stb nolvadex online pharmacy - nolvadex tamoxifen citrate http://www.nolvadexspecialprice.net/#nolvadex-tamoxifen-citrate , generic nolvadex no prescription

 
At 6:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3. generic isotretinoin - buy accutane online no prescription http://www.isotretinoindiscountonline.com/#buy-accutane-online-no-prescription , isotretinoin no prescription

 
At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

x90, Maxalt Pills - maxalt no prescription http://www.maxaltonlinerx.net/maxalt-online-pharmacy.html#Maxalt-Pills, Maxalt Pills

 
At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

диеты для похудения , http://www.best-dieta-2013.ru/#ShousDesDuh диеты эффективные

 
At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

диеты похудения , http://www.best-dieta-2013.ru/#ShousDesDuh диеты эффективные

 
At 5:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dieta , http://www.best-dieta-2013.ru/#ShousDesDuh диеты для похудения

 
At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2, order furosemide - cheap lasix without prescription http://www.lasixordernow.net/, [url=http://www.lasixordernow.net/]furosemide without rx [/url]

 
At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1, [url=http://www.maxaltonlinehelp.net/] Maxalt For Sale [/url] - Cheap Maxalt - order maxalt online http://www.maxaltonlinehelp.net/.

 

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home