Monday, July 4, 2011

Daybook July 4th Independent Food for Thought

(flea market hat)
Outside My Window
my husband has the BBQ pit going for a simple 4th of July meal that he is preparing.

BBQ chicken and brisket
fresh corn on the cob with butter
frijoles a la charra (pinto beans)
red potato salad (courtesy of HEB- my contribution)
chilled watermelon
iced tea

(second part of my flea market attire: Ray Ban sunglasses)

I Am Thinking… that independence is a treasured quality and that I am
honored and grateful for all that it takes to sustain it
in our country.
From the Kitchen…  I cut up and chilled a pineapple today.  I just ate a chunk while writing this post.
What a simple, delicious pleasure.
(third part of my flea market attire: silver hoop earring and bangles)
I  Am Thankful For…  the independence that my husband has
given me every single day of our married life-
in thought and deed.

Independence in relationships is really
a contradiction in terms-

it is what keeps things tightly bound together.

I am thankful that our youngest daughter is visiting.
As I looked over right now,
she is napping on the couch,
and I reached over to turn off the lamp light in the den.

It is the things unknown that I love in mothering
my 3 adult,
independent daughters:

turning off a lamp,
covering feet with light blanket,
resting a hand on a forehead.

I am creating….  empty (…actually emptier) spaces in my home.

I want independence from things stored.

I am reading….blog posts when living and gardening permit.

So often now, I begin conversations by saying

‘I saw on a blog…’
‘I read on a blog that…’

So I wondered today if my blog posts
create my own blog version of
DIY tutorials,
based on my crazy adventures,
that are really a metaphor
laughing and not taking things too seriously,
above all ,
enjoying simple pleasures that I so love.

I hope so.
I am going… to publish this and then spend
some time on my appearance.

I am wearing… yard clothes… so I have a way to go.


Olive said...

Your Day Book posts are my very favorites Laura and this one is splendid.

Dixie said...

Laura.. your posts are always inspiring to me. Simple and to the point... that's why, even on a busy day like today, I pause and visit my favorite bloggers... everyone else is napping... just here with my computer in my lap... and dropping by for a little inspiration...

4th of July Blessings. Dixie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your menu sounds delish!
Enjoyed your post.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Laura,
Your post is so lovely. Thanks for sharing such a sweet side of yourself with us.


Deb said...

isn't amazing how blog posts come up in normal conversations...I love this post...

Honey at 2805 said...

Laura, you inspire in so many wonderful ways.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I've even been known to say, "A friend of mine...." -- how wonderful to feel such a connection with people I've never met.

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

What a lovely post! I've missed stopping by as I've been "up to my eyeballs" caring for my Daddy. Life has a way of throwing curve balls sometimes and we're in the middle of dealing with one right now, but it's nice to be "blog browsing" this evening. Yours always brings a smile to my face. Blessings!

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Laura, I hope you had a lovely 4th.

Pondside said...

I hope you had a wonderful celebration and barbecue. As I so often do, I found this post to an inspiration - even a sort of comfort.

NanaDiana said...

YEAH! But I'm betting you look cute even in your yard clothes! Your writing today speaks to my heart. We share similar thoughts and actions...and just speaks of me...and I read it on a blog! Wonderful post...your husband cooks? Is he looking for a second wife?..just askin'.....xo Diana

Theresa said...

Sweet hat and it sounds like you had a sweet day! Love spending time with family! I find myself saying quite often, "one of my blog friends said..." I feel so blessed to have so many friends! Have a blessed day, HUGS!


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