"…By what stretch of arrogance do you think a life form that looks like you is more important than a life form that doesn’t?”Joel Salatin

Nothing is more beneficial to your wellbeing than to look for and acknowledge those parts of everyday life that you enjoy.

"If you are happy where you are now, why does it matter how painful it was to get there?" -- Abraham

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -- Bilbo Baggins a.k.a. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play in your hair." -- Kahill Gibran

“And forget not

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Day with Seth and Samantha

Water in Peg and Joe's cove

Saturdays have always been "play time" in our family.  Ronnie and I both worked long, hard hours for many years in order to get to a place where we could have weekends off. We always had plans for fun stuff on Saturdays -- movies, estate sales, craft shows, car shows. Not so much anymore.  Saturdays come and go without much notice.

I slept a little later than usual this morning.  I meditated.  I worked on THE BOOK.  I had a question for my sister-in-law, Becky, so I sent her a Facebook message.  She was already on the road to Wichita Falls, so she called me instead of texting. I met her, her husband, Aubrey, and their grand daughter Alyssa, at IHOP for breakfast.  We had a nice visit, then I headed home -- wondering what I might find to do that would be fun -- and productive.

When I got home, Deidre was busy.  Andy came in with sweets from Margies.  I sat down at the computer. The house was awfully quiet, so I got up and walked to the kitchen. Deidre was still busy on her computer.  Andy was looking at his phone.  Some ninja turtle movie was on tv and Seth was trying to do headstands but he looked bored as hell.

Sami's pockets
When I returned to my room, my phone alerted me that I had a message so I checked it. My sister had sent a picture of her 2 1/2 year old great granddaughter, Samantha. I cropped it to show why my sister took the picture.  Sami had her animals stuck into the waistband of her pants because the pants don't have pockets.  They find all kinds of stuff in her britches.

I hesitated to invite myself and Seth out to play with Sami because our last "visit" hadn't turned out so well. In fact the kids got into a fight.

Seth is 4 1/2.  He loves to play with Legos.  He builds all kinds of things -- which I can't tell what they are -- but his imagination is keen.

Sami tears up his creations and it makes him so mad he could chew nails.

So I asked him if he'd like to go play with Sami, that she was out at Aunt Gigi's. His eyes lit up and he nodded.  So I reminded him how mad he got at her the last time they were together, then I talked to him again about the fact that she is younger than him, that little kids don't build things yet, they tear them up.  I suggested that if he wanted to build things with her Legos this time, he should think about building things for her to destroy.  He seemed to be open to that.

So we packed up a bowl of chicken and dumplings left over form Widder's Movie Night and headed to Lake Arrowhead.

Sami is always so excited to see Seth and it reminds me of feeling the same way when my cousins Mike and Ron would come to visit.  Ron was older and usually wouldn't play with us but that's beside the point.

We heated the chicken and dumplings as soon as we got there and had lunch, then we headed outside.

campfire just getting started

We started out on the sunny porch, but it was one of those days when the sun is still too hot and the shade too cool, so we moved over to where the fire pit was already smoking from an earlier fire.

I love the smell of a campfire.  It always reminds me of good times -- my mother cooking breakfast in McKenzie State Park in Lubbock and at Lake Texoma when I was a girl; Ronnie and I cooking breakfast at Lucy Park and roadside parks when our kids were little.

Piers no where near the water.  Sad state of affairs

Neighbors came to visit around the campfire, but the little ones were getting rambunctious, so I took them on a walk down by the water's edge.

We walked under the piers where we hope sometime soon, the big catfish will be swimming again.

We saw a flock of tiny birds moving in formation around a big pile of wood. It looked like a "murmuration".  The kids were excited about it. I thought I got some of it on video, but I didn't.

Seth and Sami

We spent a while throwing rocks and mussel shells into the water.

And drawing stick figures and smiley faces in the sand.

We carefully maneuvered around a chilly wasp and the many big fire ant hills.  I asked Peggy what would happen with the invasion of fire ants when the lake starts refilling and she said last time, they could see the ants swimming.  So I guess drowning the mean little rascals isn't going to happen.

cold wasp

After their company left, Peg and Joe joined us for the walk back to the  house.  Thanks, Joe Selder, for mowing the trail we walked on.  (It reminded me of a neat trail my friend Lanore's husband,  J, mowed on their property in Blum, Texas.  It meandered through the tall native grasses and a few trees so Lanore could have nice place to walk and study outside.)

Seth the Dino Blaster

We returned to the campfire and that's when the joy began.  Seth finally got possession of Sami's assault rifle and they turned into "Dino Blasters".  Pretending the two dogs, Ben Johnson and Sigh Beau, and the cat, Redford, were dinosaurs, they ran all over the place, blasting dinosaurs and protecting the rest of us from the dangers inherent in living with dinosaurs.

There were stickers, minor injuries and brief power struggles but all in all the kids played very well together.  They seemed to have a lot of fun.

At one point, Sami had a sticker in the end of her toe.  She wasn't crying until we started trying to get it out.  Seth put his hands between us and her, saying, "No! Don't hurt my brother!" Lol! He so cute and funny.

I hope they will continue to be close, to enjoy one another's company. It sure makes family functions more fun if the kids have a good time together. It makes life more fun to have friends -- especially when they are your cousins.

Did you know that fun, cooperation, and collaboration are all elements of love?

Setting sun at Lake Arrowhead,  November 8, 2014