Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Thursday Theme=Summer

Emily Dickinson

A something in a summer’s Day
As slow her flambeaux burn away
Which solemnizes me.

A something in a summer’s noon
A depth an Azure a perfume
Transcending ecstasy.

And still within a summer’s night
A something so transporting bright
I clap my hands to see

Then veil my too inspecting face
Lets such a subtle
shimmering grace

Flutter too far for me
The wizard fingers never rest
The purple brook within the breast

Still chafes it narrow bed
Still rears the East her amber Flag
Guides still the sun along the CragHis Caravan of Red

So looking on the night the morn
Conclude the wonder gay
And I meet, coming thro’ the dews
Another summer’s Day!

Summer Sun
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy's inmost nook.

Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Theme Thursday=Roof

While I was cruising the Rhone River last Spring we had a tour of the Charity Hospital Hotel Dieu in Beaume France. One of the first things that struck me as we approached the hostital was the beautiful roof. I am currently not at home and don't have access to the pictures I took of that roof, but click on the link and you can see a picture by Levesque Kevin I found on the internet. Multi-coloured Tile roof of Charity Hospital Hotel Dieu, Beaune France.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Thursday Theme=Swing

The Swing
by Robert Louis Stevenson
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside--

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown--
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Theme Thursday=Clock

Tick Tock Goes the Clock

Tick tock goes the clock. Where will the time go? Sixty seconds in a minute, sixty minutes in a hour, twenty-four hours in a day, three hundred sixty five days in a year, ten years in a decade and ten decades in a century. Where will the time go?

Once there was a girl who grew up in a small and quaint Connecticut town. She attended school in the same building from first through twelfth grade and after graduating high school attended nursing school. Tick tock goes the clock. Where has the time gone?

Then she married a man from another small and quaint Connecticut town. There they built their dream house. They became the parents of four daughters and one son. They raised their children and watched them graduate from high school, go on to college and pursue careers. Tick tock goes the clock. Where has the time gone?

Now the children have gone on to marry, move away from the small and quaint Connecticut town and have children of their own. The first grandson entered the US Navy and is now nearing the end of his third deployment to the Middle East, he also was married last fall. This weekend the second grandson will be graduating from high school and will be attending college in the fall. His brother will be doing the same next year. The other six grandchildren are also doing well as they continue to grow and mature so fast. Tick tock goes the clock. Where has the time gone?

The second son-in-law has just finished twenty years in the US Air Force, his retirement ceremony was held last weekend. That twenty years has taken them from Dover, DE where he met my third daughter and where they were married. Over the twenty years I have visited them at the many bases where they have been stationed. Those visits have taken me to Delaware, California, New Mexico, England, Virginia and Massachusetts. However, I missed visiting them while they were stationed in Mississippi. Tick tock goes the clock. Where has the time gone?

Now it has been two and a half years since I retired from my second career as a scientist. I’m now on my third career as a retired person. This present career has allowed me to do whatever I please whenever I please. Needless to say I am enjoying this time very much. I travel as little or as much as I like going wherever I want to go and staying as long as I please. The time allows me to take photos in many exciting and interesting places. It allows me to read as many books as I can squeeze into time allotted. Retirement has given me enough time to make many nice acquaintances while blogging. Retirement allows me to do absolutely nothing and not feel guilty. Tick tock goes the clock. How long will this time go on? Only God knows.