Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

This is a video of all the holiday decorations at the Butterfield casa this year...it's a little long, but worth it!


Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Heartful of Gratefulness

In this warm season of Thanksgiving, I find myself reflecting on the things I am thankful and grateful for. Even in these less-than-stellar economic times, we can all find gratefulness and thankfulness in our lives....



  • I am thankful for 33+ years of love, joys, adventures, and challenges with my life partner. I don't know that he "completes me," but he sure makes me a better person.


  • I am thankful for my wonderful son, daughter-in-law, and angelbaby grandson, who all fill my heart with pride, joy, happiness, and hope.
  • I am thankful for the companionship of Sprocket-the-wonder-dog, who teaches me anew every day to take time to stop and smell the roses.


  • I am thankful for the beauty of nature and the opportunities I have to experience it.
  • I am thankful for the love of good friends...both old and new...and the joy and adventure they bring to my life.

And I am ever-thankful that I live in a country that gives me the right to vote on my government representatives, the right to bitch, the right to praise, the right to try to do better for myself and my family, the right to worship - or not worship - as I choose, provides a military to keep us all safe, and gives me the privilege to be free.

In this season of Thanksgiving, little ones, take the time between all the food prep, the football, the parades, the over-eating, and the family time, to pause and give thanks to the cosmos for those things/people/places in your life you are grateful for.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Monday, October 08, 2012

Fall Colors 2012

I love Fall...the crispness in the morning air, the angle of the sun hitting the Earth, the fantastic harvest moon, the occasional skiff of snow, and most especially the cacophony of colors. These photos were taken in my backyard. Mother Nature has some pretty awesome crayons in her box, don'tcha think?











(copyright 2012 ~DKBB~)

Take the time to see the colors, little ones....

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

For Purple Mountains Majesty

Happy 236th Birthday USA!

Our country and government may not be perfect, but somehow we've managed to survive more than two centuries and we will survive many more. In this election year, when we are being bombarded with negative political ads, it is sometimes hard to keep focus on the fact that regardless of who is in Washington, we will persevere. While at times it seems like the inmates are in charge of the asylum, we need to all remember that WE hold the ultimate power as WE are the ones that vote those inmates in and out. So, while you grill your burgers and hotdogs, eat your potato salad, drink your beer, and enjoy your fireworks (assuming you are not living in a state that burning off the map...no fireworks there, please!), take some time to remember all that has come before and reflect on what will come in the future for our USA. Be thankful for what we have and for those that sacrifice so that we CAN have what we have, and remember that YOU hold the power to make the USA the best it can be; get involved, informed, and VOTE this fall. Happy Birthday America!


Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Of Moments and Milestones....


Life is not a matter of milestones . . . but of MOMENTS.

True that may be, but sometimes the milestones in life are so big you have to take a step back and drink them - and all their associated moments - in. This Saturday our wonderful son will reach on of those milestones...he will graduate from college summa cum laude. It's been a long, challenging road for him and his family, and they all deserve to celebrate this milestone and revel in the wonderful moments it brings.

To say we are proud of him is probably one of the biggest understatements ever. He continually amazes us with the way he has chosen to meet the challenges of his life with determination and grace. While we'd like to take some credit for helping him become the wonderful man, husband, father, friend, and son he is, we know that he is much, much more responsible for that than we are.

This weekend he will be joined by all of his family to celebrate his accomplishments, and we will all revel in the moments of this milestone.

While it is the moments that do indeed make up our lives, little ones, it is also very important to acknowledge and celebrate the milestones...for the milestones define the moments.

Monday, April 02, 2012

But What If I Really Don't Like It?

Say someone recommends a book to you, or you belong to a reading group and a certain book is scheduled for discussion at the next meeting...you start it and find that you really don't like it at all. Do you stop reading it? Do you try to slog through it? Are you compelled to finish it even though you don't like it?  What do you do? 

Personally, when I find that a book I am reading is not to my liking - for whatever reason - I stop reading it. Whether it's a book I've chosen myself or a book club book or one recommended to me, I stop reading it if I don't like it. Life's short, time's precious, so why waste any of your time on something you are not enjoying if you don't have to be doing it? Unless the book is a class assignment in school and you know there'll be a test on it, there's no reason to trudge on through it if you are not enjoying it on some level (and heck, even if it is a class assignment, you can get a Cliff Notes for it or look it up on Wikipedia and get at least a snapshot of information about it that might give you enough to bullsh*t your way through any test questions, right?!).

Reading a book you are not enjoying seems so silly to me. If you find the story offensive, too dark, too light, too stupid...just not to your liking...you have the personal freedom to stop reading it. Put the book down and step away from it. Don't recommend it to your friends. Sell it at a garage sale, give it to a library or school, or toss it in the garbage if you like. There's no need to fret over it, complain to others about "having to read it," or carry on about how awful it is....just stop reading it and move on.

Life is short and time is precious, little ones, so don't waste it when you don't have to. Read what you love, what interests you, what teaches you, what brings you enjoyment, and to heck with the rest!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Do I WHAT?!

I answer surveys now and then that net me points to use towards free rooms at hotels. They are usually about what insurance I have or plan to have, new cars I plan to buy, or consumer products I may or may not use. Well, tonight I got one that started out with some questions about whether or not I had purchased or leased a new automobile or certain brands of automobiles, or purchased a new computer for personal use. I answered "yes" to the computer question. And that led me to....

...questions about toilet paper. In fact, the first question was "Do you, in the course of your normal day, use toilet paper?" Do I WHAT???!!!! I was laughing so hard my laptop almost fell off my lap! I don't know about you, little ones, but for me NOT using toilet paper during the course of a day would make it a quite ABnormal day. The questions just got weirder from there: "Does using toilet paper give you a superior bathroom experience?" Well, using it beats the heck outa not having any available - but of course that wasn't an option, so I answered "yes." "Do you like to be pampered at the end of your bathroom experience?" Ummm, pampered how? Vallet service? Personal massage? Someone cleaning the damn toilet for me? Again, none of those were options, so I answered "no." "Does toilet paper work for you?" Pretty much. "Do you prefer using moist wipes?" Well, no cuz that would get damned expensive damned fast, but again, not an answer option, so I went with just "no."

And just when I thought I was done with this insightful survey I was asked if I had a web cam on my computer, to which I answered "yes." And then I was asked if I'd be willing to engage in further questions using the web cam. Well, that's when I figured things were just getting way too weird, so I answered "no" and ended my survey experience.

Watch out for those surveys, little ones...they can sometimes surprise you. ;)

And now I'm off to spend some quality time in the course of my normal day...in the bathroom...probably using toilet paper.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Soundtracks

I spent this afternoon at a wonderful journaling class at my local library. We got our creative groove on and decorated journals in which we can record whateverthehell we want. It was fun to play and decorate our journals. As I let loose with a little creative flair, I thought about what words I might write in my journal....stream of consciousness? life story? deep, dark secrets? observations of nature? of the human condition? angry tirades? political leanings? Could be any, or all, or none of these....and that's the beauty of journaling.

Then this evening, as I was working on an entry in my Baking in the Backwoods blog, I found myself listening to the 70's Music Choice channel....all of a sudden I was 16 again. And I realized that regardless of the story I tell in that - or any - journal, it will have a soundtrack....for there is not a single time in my life that there has not been a soundtrack to my life...the soundtrack has changed, evolved, grown, circled back, moved into realms that surprise even me, but it's always been there, and it always will be.

I figure that alone works as the best writer's block cure, when writer's block hits...just tap into your life's soundtrack, little ones, and let the journey take you back, take you forward, just let it take you. And, to paraphrase Carly Simon, let the words flow......

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Bright New Day

Another year goes into the record books; a clean, new year stretches out before us. Do we continue taking the same actions as we did in the old year, or do we maybe change directions or tweak our journeys just a bit to veer off the known path? I opt for the latter...I know the outcomes and consequences of the choices I made in the past year, and while much of what I did brought me joy, I am willing to take my chances with new directions that might bring me more joy, but will definitely bring me new challenges.

Opting for the status quo, while the safe route, is not the way to grow. We need to be willing to take the paths less traveled...to make brand new mistakes every day...in order to move forward in our lives, to grow, to learn, to evolve.

So, on this bright new day in this bright new year, I will strive to step outside my comfort zone more, to take on new tasks and challenges, to make new mistakes (I'm already a little too good at making the old ones), to grow....

May the new year bring you new challenges, little ones, and new opportunities for growth.

(Photo copyright ~DKBB~, of course.)