Tuesday, March 15, 2011

An aftenoon with Taylor

To touch the past and relish the present
In this temple of earth and stone
colors danced and angels sang
simple lines and shapes tell the stories of long ago
Beauty surrounds us in many forms
we gasp to realize it is found in the simple things of everyday desert living...
A day of beauty and appreciation.
I was glad to share it with you. :)

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Saguaro in bloom
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A beautiful Saguaro Cactus Blossom
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My Mind goes blank

A few days ago someone asked me how I was doing and what was new in my life. I responded with an "ummm"..."errrrr", "let me think"...etc. I just realized that whenever I am asked that particular question; my mind goes blank. I told them, "I can tell you about my grandmother and how she is doing, but as for me...I'm not accustomed to telling others about what is going on in my life." So goes the pattern of the "caregiver", always in tune to the one you care for, but seemingly short on personal stories. All I usually say is, "I'm very busy." I laughed to myself a couple of days ago when asked once again - "so, what are you doing these days?" When I preceeded in telling this individual that I take care of my grandmother, she says to me..."Oh...so you're just hanging out with your gramma?...Wow, I wish I could do the same." I'm long past trying to explain to people that I'm not just "hanging out with my gramma". I get the feeling that sometimes people think that I'm just mooching off her! Ha ha ha! Nothing could be farther from the truth. I just smile and mention a couple more of the hats I wear but it doesn't seem to validate the initial occupation. Oh well...I am resigned to accept that anyone, who has never been a caregiver for an elderly person, will not understand me.

I post more to my family blog because my family is my life. Looking at the blog you would think we were having a never ending party! LOL! We've had many events in the last couple of months, our Traditional song and dance group has been performing a lot, I'm in council meetings and community meetings, traditional ceremony meetings and rehearsals and my June calendar is already splattered with ink of all colors.

The Saquaro cactuses are in bloom and our yearly harvest of Saquaro fruits will be coming up soon and I'm looking forward to retreating into the desert for some R&R O'odham Style...which usually includes hard work...but it's the kind of hard work that you can feel good about and at the end of the day when you hit your pillow, you know that you deserve a good night's rest. Can't wait to open the door of my tent and see the desert as the sun rises and feel the crispness of the morning. Nothing like a cup of coffee brewed over an open campfire!

Friday, May 12, 2006

The Return of.....me!

The night is calm and mildly cool. I spent the better part of the day doing a tazmanian devil impersonation around the homestead. Tomorrow, our family will celebrate HOLY CROSS day up at the beautiful mountain village of Santa Cruz, so there was much to be done and I am hoping that I accomplished it all. My grandmother tells me that this celebration is something she hopes will ring in our memories for years to come. It seems that my grandmother is in fast forward mode...trying to catch up on all the things she didn't teach us while we were young. My brain and my heart are also trying to soak up every detail...and sometimes I get overwhelmed. Last years holy cross celebration was awesome! I am trying not to get bogged down in all the details and the "doing" part of the celebration because that stresses me out. Instead, I choose to focus on the meaning of the day...focusing on the CROSS of Christ and how it changed the world. Here's a few pics from last years celebration...

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Blogger Infidelity!...Oh My!

I admit it...I've been unfaithful... galavanting around with a newer and spicier mix of blogging technology. I'm contemplating leaving this format for good. So for all of you who are looking for new posts or wondering whether or not I'm still among the living...well, let this post be reassurance that I am still hanging around. I have just chosen to publish my stories elsewhere for the past month or so. I've noticed that there is a bit of a glich with this blog...the previous post has mysteriously disappeared! I DID keep my promise to post something...but for some strange reason...the post vanished without a trace. I'm wondering if there is a problem with the template I'm using? Nevertheless, this is the latest update on my blogger absence.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Hold Me To It

I'll blog something tomorrow...I promise. I may actually have some free time on my hands tomorrow to post a few things here and there in the cyberspace continuum.