Let's Have Another Piece of Pie

Sometimes life cries out for a nice break from the daily routine …… a pie break, a taste of sweetness.


A Peaceful Place

It is just about three months since we moved to The Burg.  Our house feels like home for us and the dogs and the grand girls who come Monday through Friday.

So, now what? Because of the schedule with the girls I don’t get out and about too much during the week.  So now that we are “settled”, well, what do we do now?  I is so easy to get too settled in the routine of life.  We need different stimuli.  We have met and friended a couple of people and it is always good when we get together and just visit.

Today we got out into the fresh autumn air at The Springs, one of my favorite places here.  The view is slowly changing through fall and soon winter.  This place exudes peace.   When I need to clear my head and heart and ponder……….a peaceful place is for me.  And this is it.

Please enjoy my photos – I know you’ve seen them before in summer view – I walked down along the lake and enjoyed the changing scenery.



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Autumn Continues to Arrive in The Burg

Here we are at mid-October in The Burg.  Leaves are still slowly turning and some falling fast.  Temperatures are pleasant and cool and the air is fresh.

Here are a few images taken with my iPhone while I wait for our maple tree to bloom into bright colour.


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The Sound of Silence

I decided to post ten sounds that I absolutely love.

Here goes……

*  the sound of ocean waves crashing

*  the sound of an owl in the middle of a quiet night – hoot

*  the giggles of grandchildren

*  the sound of rain on the awnings outside my window

*  the sound of food simmering on the stove

*  the sound of music (not the movie – just music)

*  the sound of leaves rustling in the breeze

*  the sound of horse hooves on the pavement

*  the sound of fog ( to me there is a sound accompanying the fog )

*  and my favorite of all time – The Sound of Silence – to me the sound of silence is when a lovely snow is falling and you step        outside and just stand there and listen – it’s a “kind of hush” - a sound of silence.

What are some of your favorite sounds?


cate b



More Around The Burg

An incredible day in the mid-west, USA.  We put the top down on “The Jeep” and the two images of sky is me looking up.  Clear, perfect temps and just plain relaxing!

Enjoy!  And have a wonderful weekend!

cate b


You Are Amazing!

I chose to be a stay-at-home mom many years ago.  I have never regretted that decision.  I loved it.  Yes, there are sacrifices.  Yes, there is less money to live on.  And yes, creativity comes to play in more ways than you can imagine.

I feel that my children benefited from this decision.  Would they have benefited as much if I chose a career also?  YES – I believe so.  Because mothering and fathering is in the heart first of all.

I use to wonder, when I was a very young mother, why women I knew wanted to go to work and leave the kids in another’s care.  I quickly got over that.  I realized, as I watched and listened to them, that some of us humans are bent a different way.  It doesn’t mean they are less of a parent.  I honor their decisions.

Some parents have no choice.  I honor them also.  And yes, some perhaps need to get their act together and their priorities straight.  But they still love their children.

I find myself, in this time of life, caring for young children again.  I’ve talked about this is previous posts.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  After raising my kids – and I did have small jobs now and then as they got older – I went full time into the work force.  It was an amazing experience.  It was a position that I knew nothing about and yet was able to tap deep inside me and see that I could do it!

So, why is the job that women were created to do, physically and emotionally, still so scrutinized in this world today?  Why do so many women feel that “just being a mom” isn’t enough?  Why do mom’s, and probably dad’s who care for the kids, feel they are a bit useless?  Perhaps not intelligent enough for career minded people?  Simply, why is mothering so looked down upon?

Do you know how hard it is to convince a tiny human being that “they are kind, they smart, they are important”? Quote taken from The Help.  It’s a constant battle.  It takes just a few minutes to tell “Siri” what to say and what to do in comparison to telling a baby, then a child, then a pre-teen, then a teen, then a young adult…. and so on.  We are constantly facing things we cannot control that knock us down.  Lies are always coming against us.  Sometimes from actual people and sometimes in our heads.  Programming a computor is that – it is done.  But loving a human through the stages of life – is just that.  Life long.

Then the same question – why is parenthood so looked down upon?  Why is it such a struggle to feel you are doing something amazing?

You are.  You parents, whether you are working outside the home or staying home with your kids, are amazing.  You are doing an incredible thing.  It never stops.  It is continual.

You are doing a great thing!  Do not let others tell you or imply otherwise.  Do not second guess yourself.

You are amazing!  Tell a parent today that they are amazing.








cate b


Exploring The Burg

We had a low in the high thirties last night.  Autumn is coming fast.  Even had the heat on this morning.  I love this time of year!

I saw this pretty little moth on my plumeria the other day.  I have since brought the plants inside due to the plunge in temperature.  But this is a Rosy Maple Moth.  You can read about them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dryocampa_rubicunda

pretty moth

pretty moth

Today we went to the Knob Noster State Park.  I love to say “Knob Noster”.  It reminds me of Punxsutawney  – a place I have never been – but it is the home of Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog weather detector.  I think Knob Noster needs a Groundhog Day Celebration – or an Armadillo Day celebration.

Anyway, the park is beautiful.  Woods and more woods.  Picnicking and camping and fishing.

Here is some of what we saw:


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Another Year

Here we are on September 11, 2014.  Many seasons have come and gone since the day our nation was hit with an unforgettable attack.

The seasons come and go and life goes on for most of us.  But you cannot erase totally the memories of days that broke hearts and minds and lives.

I still vividly remember the day our President Kennedy was assassinated.  These tragedies impact us humans in deep ways.  And we all have different experiences.  Some were involved first hand in the September eleven attacks.  Some knew someone who……..  Some were detached because of their own personal hard times at that moment.  Some were in a foreign land when their homeland was attacked.

No matter where you were or what you were doing, it still affected you.  Simply because it affected our nation; the world.

Hope seems to be trending right now.  I really do hope it continues that way.  But Hope, true hope, is not a wish for something.  I hope for ice cream some days. I hope for good weather and great health.  But those are more wishes. Nothing wrong with wishes.  I have many of those.

Hope has to be deeper or when times come that require a saving, a need for a lifeline, a wish just isn’t enough.

This day, as many of you reflect loss and tragedy or current disasters and upheavals, take time to reflect on what Hope really is.  Where does your Hope lie?  Is it anchored to a source that will truly save you – get you through the tough and heart breaking times – anchored to a lifeline that cannot be broken?

True Hope is a promise……

Hebrews 6:19The Message (MSG)

18-20 We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.

My prayers are for our nation and for our world that we find true Hope.  That we remember those that are hurting and those that are facing great hardships.



cate b


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