Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Paradise Regained



Hello again, I am fine. Welcome to Mr. Putz; you are welcome to visit my blog and thank you for leaving a comment. To all my friends, I have been reading your blogs, but the lazy way, through Google Reader, so I can’t leave comments; I will try to soon.

I did decide to plant my poinsettias. After a very hot, and I do mean VERY hot fall, we proceeded to break records with our cold stretch (which for us meant temps in the 20s). Before you smugly point out what a wimp I am, may I remind you that we do not have heat in our house, other than one tiny space heater (it's really cute, though, and looks like a little fireplace). I even had to break out my one and only pair of pants! Now, however, the weather is what I call "why I live in Florida weather." Surely you did not expect me to stay in the house blogging about it, did you?

Besides gardening and trying to save what's left of my poor, scorched plants (don't worry, Rosezilla is fine. She's amazing. I mean the rosebush, not me), I have also been painting, since hubby is about to launch another project and the boards needed painting first. He's going to be building a storage closet, of sorts, and he's going to close in my back porch, put lattice up to make it pretty and make a door. Then I can leave my back door open without getting varmints like raccoons, possums, and every stray cat around in my kitchen.

I've been reading "Jane Eyre," which was a Christmas gift, and enjoying it very much. Gonna put the PBS show of it with Ruth Wilson playing the lead on Netflix. I have also been exercising, as promised.

At Bible Study we are in the book of James. I love the book of James. My boys memorized it for school, so since I was their teacher (homeschool), I learned quite a bit of it too. There is so much good stuff in there! A lot of admonition, instruction and comfort. I love James 1:17 "Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow" (New American Standard version).

I have been writing some, but mostly for AC; in part because they are donating money to a relief organization (IRC) for the articles I write about Haiti. Living in SW Florida, we have Haitian neighbors and friends, church family and orphans being cared for by other friends; we have, like most of the country, been trying to do what we can to ease the suffering in whatever small way we can find to do it. One young girl, here on a medical visa, was supposed to go back in January. I am so glad she was here and not there. She's such a darling. The young friend who had the recent motorcycle accident, and has EMT training, was asked to go with a small medical team, but she was heartbroken to realize she was not healed enough from her accident yet to stand for very long. (It turned out both ankles were sprained and she had a hairline fracture on her tibia, so it was a little bit worse than I had first been told).

Another friend is adopting a little child from Haiti. I have been told there were over 900 adoptions that were weeks away from completion when the earthquake hit. First they were all thrown into turmoil, but now they are expediting as many as possible. I leave you with a darling picture, from the Joint Council on International Children's Services, of a caregiver from a Haitian orphanage with her young charges while they waited at the airport for their exit visas to be expedited. 


9 comments:

Sassy Granny ... said...

Sounds like you've had a full schedule, and 2010 is off to a busy start! It's always good to hear what you're up today, and books & bible studies are such a good way to spend one's time.

I hope your friend's Haiti adoption goes without a hitch. God only knows there are so many children needing families!

Blessings,
Kathleen

jenniferw said...

Jane Eyre is my favorite non-Bible book of all time! We just finished watching the Ruth Wilson version again, and it is my favorite TV or movie rendition of the story. She and Mr. Rochester are so wonderful together in the kissing scenes.

Well, I can't help it, Tracie. I love kissing.

Love the book of James too!

Glad you're thawing out. Can't believe you don't have heat in your house! I have it but don't use it much. It's set on 60 now, but there's a merry fire in the fireplace.

Good to see you again!

Protege said...

I have heard about your very cold weather, apparently the orange harvest in also affected.
I think temperatures in the twenties is actually very cold and without heat it must be unbearable. I definitely do not think you are a wimp.;)
xo
Zuzana

daffy said...

I so enjoyed catching up with your busy start to the New year. The poinsettias look amazing.
I wish your frind all the very best with the adoption. xx

nikkipolani said...

Glad you are back, Tracie. Sounds like a busy beginning of the year for you. I can't quite imagine a raccoon waltzing into my kitchen, but I'm glad you're getting an enclosed porch. Jane Eyre has been a favorite book of mine for many years. None of the film adaptations quite do it justice, but I enjoyed the setting for the most recent PBS version.

Cherdecor said...

Welcome back, Tracie. I am glad that you are out planting flowers and planning new building and painting projects. I love all of that! Of course, winter is not over here, but I am doing a little of it inside.

thedailydish said...

My family's in Atlanta - they were up for Christmas, and by the time they returned south it'd gone to deep freeze down. I teased them that they'd brought the cold back w/ them. The 20s are normal up here, but Florida? Crazy! Glad to hear the weather (at least) is back to normal!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I'm glad you're doing well. I've heard about the very cold weather in Florida. I can't imagine living in a house without heat. Or air conditioning for that matter.

I love the book Jane Eyre. I've not seen the Ruth Wilson version. I love the older Zelah Clark / Timothy Dalton version.

Sara said...

welcome back to blogging....you have certainly been busy. Your soon to be new back porch sounds just wonderful, and I'm getting ideas for my So Cal abode!

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