Sunday, March 9, 2014

Quiet Gift

 This is the first day for posting along with Floss's A Pause in Lent.  If you are visiting from there, please feel free to scroll down.  Otherwise, my friends, I wanted you to see that I set the table with polka dots so we could have a cup of tea. Please bring along your little ones, too.
 As I continue with my regular random ramblings, I share with you this gorgeous Colorado sky!  So welcoming!
 I've shared before about how much I adore The Borrowers.  This book is a collection of Mary Norton's writings she sold to Woman's Day for $1000 per story.  
I am fascinated by writers' lives.  Her daughter's preface explains her literary habits and I am reminded of Madeleine L'Engle's writing routines (upstairs with the door closed for hours).  Tantalizing info, I say.

 We have eggs in the house.  So smooth.  So rich.  I also bought a chocolate bunny to eat when the urge arises.  She's in the fridge.
 It's GREAT walking weather.  Do you see the mountains?  When the pioneers were coming west, they saw the Rockies and thought, "Hmmmm.  We must be almost there." Not so much.  
 And now for my Pause.  I am reading a book that I've had for a while.  Leslie at Wayside Sacraments suggested it one Easter (maybe last Easter, I can't remember).  Someone gave it to Bill THIS year and he's been talking about it a lot, so I am reading it this Lenten season.
I am trying not to minimize the message with  my particular brand of summarization, but the gist of what I've read so far:
There are 2 givens:
1. We are built to commune with God.
2.  We will all meet death.
 "Union with God is not acquired but realized."
"Exterior isolation is overcome in interior communion."
"Only when the mind is held by silence does this open field of awareness emerge as the unifying ground of all unities and communities, the ground of all that is, all life, all intelligence."
I want to journey into the silent land.  

I need a table to write to Jesus and I've been sitting in the wing chair, balancing books and tablets.  I am going to stay at the table as I look toward Easter.  

 I have all kinds of associations with tables.

 In Colorado, we have erratic weather.  One day we get a snow like this (Friday!) and today the temperature will climb to a balmy 60 degrees.  

 I shall remain mindful of God my beloved homeland. Thank you for reading my Pause.

 I was eating a pear yesterday and noticing how perfumed the flavor of a pear really is.  Why is it "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" and not "a pear a day keeps the doctor away"?  Anyone know?  
And this spring, I wish you asparagus.  What a beautiful and elegant vegetable.  I used to steam it, but now I cook it with olive oil and a bit of salt.  It's a true gift.
More than asparagus (smile) I wish you quiet.  May it enlighten your heart and soul.


cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

Oh yum...I have some asparagus in the frig, think I will cook it the way you just mentioned. Neat blog today and pretty pictures of Colorado skies and snow. Walking down that street and seeing the mountains is picturesque. Quiet times with God are always special, especially in this noisy world!!! Have a great week!!

TexWisGirl said...

you have a lot of beauty around you. :)

Attic Clutter said... peeing
oh my .ugh I hear ya on that one
Love the darling table setting pok a dots(:) red
whats not to like (;)

Debi said...

Your polka dot tea set is so sweet. I had a dear friend who lived in Colorado and I was always amazed and a tad envious of her erratic weather. Sadly, she passed away in June. I love asparagus... roasted with olive oil and garlic... yum! Have a great week!

Lisa Richards said...

The books look wonderful and you've awakened a hankering to read about writer's lives. I'm currently reading "The Writing Life" by Annie Dillard, but the ladies you mentioned sound very intriguing. The book about contemplation sounds right up my alley.
Enjoy your wonderful weather!
I have to dash out the door RIGHT NOW and go to work.
Have a great day! XXOO

Farm Girl said...

A beautiful pause today. I love your reflections. I also love your red polka dot teapot and cups and saucers. I love your friends that are at the table outside they are so cute.
Not to mention, I love the picture of the little house with snow on the roof.
Could you do a little watercolor of that?
I love your art work. I pinned some today that was done in embroidery because I thought it looked like your artwork.
Have a wonderful Sunday with your visitor. ;)

Fiona said...

Thoughtful post.

wayside wanderer said...

I've already eaten a whole bag of Cadbury eggs...those with the crunchy shell. I simply can NOT buy any more. I have no self control around them. I've eaten a lot of asparagus, too, which I wished cancelled out all the chocolate. Why doesn't life work that way?

Maggie said...

I love all your photos! I also love your red polka dots. Yes let's have tea! Xx

Meggie said...

We are having the same kind of weather here in Texas. It was in the 70's last week. Yesterday the cold blew in with heavy rain. Now we are looking at 39 degrees. Go figure....

Kit said...

Quiet, pears, asparagus and the good Lord. I will take them all. :) Have a great week! Kit

Left-Handed Housewife said...

The picture of your little chocolate eggs made my mouth water. So many! I steam asparagus, but now you've made me want to cook it with oil and garlic. Yum!


Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

I love your red polka dots tea set PomPom. Your grandchildren must have loved joining you for a cup of tea the Choc eggs are so tempting, they're calling me! I might have one or two 😊😊

Thank you for sharing your beautiful town. Hope sunshine will come your way soon.


ann said...

You set a lovely tea table. And the mountains are beautiful, more snow than what we have seen in years. And more snow on the way tomorrow. Have a sweet day.

Nancy McCarroll said...

I'll be having some quiet today as we will have nice warm weather Monday, but rain tomorrow.

You have chosen good books to contemplate, PomPom.

Anonymous said...

Always so much bright cheeriness when I visit you! :)

Have a lovely Monday!

Betty said...

I like your pause in Lent Pompom, I am not posting this year but will be reading and soaking it up - I need to settle down, say nothing, learn some, read a lot, pray a bit, focus on my Maker and just 'be'. The mother of my sons friend has terminal cancer, when I asked what I should pray for, she said 'peace' - that's all - how full of grace and acceptance she is, I have learned much about grace from her. Blessings to you Pompom and all who stop by your blog to be nourished by your message. Betty

M.K. said...

Thank you, dear. It's so important to have quiet, to think and unthink and rethink.
I also balance my laptop and my Bible and often a book, on my lap, in my favorite chair, but I really need a better area, a better surface. Your mention of writers' habits makes me cringe -- I ought to, really ought to, have a writing habit. I don't at all, and that's why I write so little for long bouts, long lulls of no creativity in that dept. Shame on me, truly!

Kezzie said...

Hello dear Pom! All lovely thoughts here!! Yes, communing with God is something to realise not learn. True.
I don't know about the pear except I know I like them! X

Deb said...

Thank you for your lovely post. Great thoughts to ponder.

GretchenJoanna said...

Today I have eaten both a perfumey Bosc pear AND asparagus. So I feel very connected to you :-) through this post.
Being in the silence of God's presence, now that is where we would be most connected. I will try also to go there. Love you, Pom Pom!

Sara said...

Thank you Pom Pom. Your "Pause" is inspiring (looks like a wonderful book for the Lenten season) and your regular rambles as delightful as always. I've been missing out on my regular blog reading for a long time.

Lisa Richards said...

Thanks for reminding me! I had meant to link to Thistle Cove Farm for that William Morris quote as well as giving William Morris credit! :)
I'm still going to look up these books on Amazon!
Have a great week! :)

Angela said...

Lovely post. And thank you for your kind words on Floss's blog. Bless you xx