Tuesday, December 29, 2009


One green thing left - the basil that Reve gave me for Christmas.

Another Reve gift for a birthday a while back - a tiny jam spoon.

I opened a big bag of worms! They're soft. They're chewy. They taste wonderful. Uh oh.

So many options . . . movies to watch, hats to knit, books to peruse . . .

Pencils to play with . . .

Books to REREAD. This one a joyful favorite!

Oh yeah. Papers to grade.

The last of the Christmas goodness. The tins that must be taken down to the basement. Bye bye, Christmas 2009!

Bill and I keep looking out the window like two sad little kids who can't go out to play.

I stepped out onto the hard cement this morning.

When I came back in, I looked at the map. Next week at this time Bill and Jeff will be in Cambodia for our friend Pyneath's wedding. See how far away it is?

Jeff captured this darling young man when he was in Cambodia some time ago. Now he looks at us from the wall in the living room. Beautiful.

Jeff's been shushing me while he reads Les Miserables. Yesterday he came home with the film. I wonder if we'll watch it today.

Jeff leaves books of poems around the house and I picked up one of them this morning. I found these truthful words:

"This is the age of science, of steel -- of speed and the cement road. The age of hard faces and hard highways. Science and steel demand the medium of prose. Speed requires only the look -- the gesture. What need then, for poetry?

Great need!

There are souls, in these noise-tired times, that turn aside into unfrequented lanes, where the deep woods have harbored the fragrances of many a blossoming season. Here the light, filtering through perfect forms, arranges itself in lovely patterns for those who perceive beauty."
~Roy J. Cook, Editor of One Hundred and One Famous Poems (copyright 1958 by Reilly & Lee)

Aren't you thankful for your eyes that can see beauty? I am also thankful for the way others see things - it gives me new vision for the every day stuff. I never tire of candlelight, books, pictures, things that grow in the earth, color, writing - what it looks like, how fun it is, and what it can DO, warmth, friendship, and on and on and on. Bless you today, warm soul. Time for a handful of worms.



Hi Pom Pom

I'm so grateful for some quiet peaceful time to pop over and visit. I love your red curtains and blog background. It's always refreshing to have a change

I am excited for 2010 ... so many "little" plans and things to look forward to, nature's blesings, friendships and creativity

Sending you blessings and good wishes for a wonderful 2010

Dana and Daisy said...

oh my! I remember reading Les Miserables in Monsieur Becknell's french class in high school. It was torture for me! ;)

Thank you for visiting and I would choose either knitting or colored pencils!

Anonymous said...

Your posts are always interesting and thought-provoking. Your positive outlook on life is a tonic to me dearest pom pom. xx

(pass me a worm please. xx)

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

There's IRONY in our communication today. You see, I'm time traveling in VietNam...exactly 40 years ago my husband was spending Christmas there, and today I have started a scrapbook project of that time in our life. It's been a long time coming and a difficult time to go back to...talk about opening a can of worms. Funny title...glad it was gummy worms and not fishin ones! Stay warm!

Greyhaven Pines said...

I agree. Beauty adds so much richness to our lives and it is everywhere, every day.

Warm wishes,


Jenny Campbell said...

Bring some of those worms over here!

Deborah said...

Mmm, fresh growing basil in winter. Heavenly. Now I know what the title means too :o). You could make a worm cake. My children would happily help you eat it! I went and had a peek at Jeff's pictures the other day. If they don't stir a person's soul I don't know what will. They're beautiful!

Enjoy the coziness of home, dear Pom Pom. (I still have marking to do too, oh dear)!



ps. I just had to pop back for another look at those fluffy pink slippers! Cool!

Pom Pom said...

Welcome Grey and D and D! I love reading my sweet blog friends' comments. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your dear, specific words. (HUGE HUG!)
Jenny, I'll save you some worms. Promise!

debbie bailey said...

I just love your blog's new 'red' look. Rosamunde Pilcher is a favorite of mine. I think I'll reread Winter Solstice. Thanks for the reminder!

Bradley Maston said...

Wonderful times. Les Mis and A Tale of Two Cities are two of the greatest stories about grace ever. Love love love it!