Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy 21st Birthday Miss Claire!!!

Once upon a time
there was a wee little girl
with a button nose and a beautiful halo
of tumbledown curls.
We called her Miss Claire.

Miss Claire and me…when she was a wee little girl.

Her mother (that's me) loved
the times she was able to put her in a dress
and tie a ribbon to her cute little curls.

Miss Claire in search of worms

It was clear from an early age that 
those occasions were going to be far and few between.
Every attempt ended up in a dirty dusty mess.
Miss Claire was far to busy doing other things.
She declared to me that dresses were not for her.
So...I gave in and let her take the lead.
and this is what I got…a little girl
who shouted out "I just gotta be me!"
So I let her be…

Miss Claire..doing her thing

Back in the day..she had one song,
 that she loved, and memorized every word. 
One song that she would sing with all her might.
She took the words to heart and has never given up.
You can listen to the song here.

Wherever she goes…
she believes she can fly…just like 
Michael Jordan in the movie Space Jam.

The following is a photo collage of Miss Claire,
taking flight…around the world.
She turns 21 today and is still shouting
"I just gotta be me!"

Miss Claire…flying around the world.

It has been a wonderful 21 years
and I can only imagine what is to come!
To our "Original" Miss Claire,
Happy Birthday!!!

Miss Claire
Partial lyrics to I Believe I Can Fly

I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
spread wings and fly away

I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly

Hey, 'cause I believe in you
If I can see it, then I can do it
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it
I believe I can fly….

Song: I Believe I Can Fly
(partial lyrics)
(Space Jam Soundtrack)

Miss Claire taking flight in Vietnam.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Life in the Country….with a hummingbird

Hummingbird in flight...Tahilla Farm

The sunlight speaks. And it's voice is a bird:
It glitters half-guessed half seen half-heard.
Above the flower bed. Over the the lawn…
A flashing dip and it is gone.
And all it lends to the eye is this--
A sunbeam giving the air a kiss.

 by Harry Kemp

Monday, July 7, 2014

Living Life in Full Bloom and a Giveaway

from my garden, peonies in full bloom

Moving to a new community is like tending a newly planted garden, it takes time and patience. Groundwork is key, you need a plan, a good plan. From my desk in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where I live part of the year, I travel in and out of websites, adding to a list of all the things I want to see and do, the kind of things to help me get a feel for the heartbeat of the area  I call home in the USA…the other half of the year. I have 93 items on my list to date and they all have a common theme, discovery.
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