Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Lessons in the Fault Lines

At about 7:35 this morning, I was lying awake in bed, trying to get a few more of the proverbial "winks" before starting the day. Eric and the girls were already up, eating breakfast and starting on their math assignments. I closed my eyes once more and then I felt the bed shake, like someone had rammed into it. I thought that was odd, checked for large animals, and wondered if a space shuttle or rocket had landed at Edwards Air Force Base, about 110 minutes from Ojai. The space shuttle sometimes lands there and we can feel the earth shake as the shuttle meets the ground. I had meant to ask Eric if he had felt anything but forgot as I started my day. Later, a friend told me that there was a 4.8 earthquake off the coast of Santa Barbara, less than an hour from Ojai. That explains it.

I was thinking about the earthquake again this afternoon. For me, the quake was a not-so-subtle reminder of how little control we have over this earth, over our lives. We may think we have control, and we may do things to try to gain control, but this earth, our lives, are in control of the One who made us, the One who created the earth. I would do well to remember that the next time I try to plan out my life.

I didn't do it!

Yesterday Amber, Autumn and I were at Trader Joe's doing a little grocery shopping. The girls were eager to help me shop, maybe a bit too eager. As they rushed over to the bread section, they tripped over each other and went sailing into a freestanding display of boxed cookies. About a dozen boxes fell off of the stand and went sliding across the linoleum. As the girls re-stacked the boxes, a little boy, about 4-years-old, looked up at his mom and said, "At least I didn't do it this time!"

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My Man!

Two days. One speargun. Three big game fish. Halibut. Yellowtail. White sea bass. Can you say Barbecue? Sashimi? Delicious!
Eric's 2nd biggest halibut.

Yellowtail. White Sea Bass.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Green Greetings

In my spare time, I make cards and journals to sell at a local coffee shop, Coffee Connection. I use the tag line Green Greetings, because about 80% of the materials I use in the cards and journals are recycled (old postcards, photographs, jewelry, buttons, books that are falling apart, etc.) I even use second-hand envelopes that I get from thrift stores and garage sales. I sold several Valentine's Day cards, so I decided to do more specialty cards. This month, I made Mother's Day, Father's Day, congratulations, anniversary and, of course, birthday cards. For these, I used an old children's story book that I found at a free book exchange cart we have in town. The book was so old that the pages were falling out, but it was a treasure trove for me! If you live in Ojai, go to Coffee Connection and check out the cards. While you're there, buy a cup of the best coffee in town.