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04 July 2015

Ragged Old Flag...A Poem for the Fourth of July




  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2015

Flag at the Pond .
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I walked through a county courthouse square,
On a park bench an old man was sitting there.
I said, "Your old courthouse is kinda run down."
He said, "Naw, it'll do for our little town."
I said, "Your flagpole has leaned a little bit,
And that's a Ragged Old Flag you got hanging on it.
He said, "Have a seat", and I sat down.
"Is this the first time you've been to our little town?"
I said, "I think it is." He said, "I don't like to brag,
But we're kinda proud of that Ragged Old Flag."
"You see, we got a little hole in that flag there
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
And it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key
Sat watching it writing _Oh Say Can You See_.
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans
With Packingham and Jackson tuggin' at its seams."
"And it almost fell at the Alamo
Beside the Texas flag, but she waved on through.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard, and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on that Ragged Old Flag."
"On Flanders Field in World War I
She got a big hole from a Bertha gun.
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp and low by the time it was through.
She was in Korea and Vietnam.
She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam."
"She waved from our ships upon the briny foam,
And now they've about quit waving her back here at home.
In her own good land she's been abused -- 
She's been burned, dishonored, denied and refused."
"And the government for which she stands
Is scandalized throughout the land.
And she's getting threadbare and wearing thin,
But she's in good shape for the shape she's in.
'Cause she's been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more."
"So we raise her up every morning,
Take her down every night.
We don't let her touch the ground
And we fold her up right.
On second thought I DO like to brag,
'Cause I'm mighty proud of that Ragged Old Flag."

Written by Johnny Cash




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03 July 2015

Time is a River of Passing Events. Horses Crossing the River, Contemporary Horse Painting by Laurie Pace




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The River 24 x 48 Sold  Oil on Canvas.
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"Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away." Marcus Aurelius

Passing Events...   Last week we were still finishing up sorting things for Good Will and cleaning and dusting and getting settled when Terry fell ill.  Three days of massive headache, irritated digestion and wanting the pure silence of dark and quiet.  I was so thankful when he smiled and cracked a joke on Friday morning.  I stayed by his side trying to monitor his progress throughout the days, concerned to be watchful but not worried.

You know that domino effect? Well on Wednesday I had a Doc appt to have my allergy situation looked at. After four months of clogged throat I was ready to see what I had to think about taking. I am a NON medicine type person.  I have not been out yet to pick up the needed meds. After you check with Pharmacist GOOGLE, you realize you should not take anything... too many side effects.  Well so in the midst of this and riding in my Son in law's car... it created a huge back problem for me that is just now clearing up.  More passing events.  

I have clung to my faith, God walks all of it with me. I seek Him before all and try not to allow Stress and Worry to have a place in life.  We went to visit Lady L's possible new school for the fall last week. I was way impressed.  The administrator made a comment about not allowing 'What If's into your life.  That was huge for me.  Is it possible to stop that mind flow of 'well what if..."?  The present moment is the most important one He has given us. Time to be centered and fully aware of this moment.   

Passing events... let them pass and I will stay my eyes and heart on God. Laurie

"Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually." 1 Chronicles 16:11 


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29 June 2015

A Planet without Flowers? Palette Knife Iris painting by Laurie Pace



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Tiny Blue Iris  Size: 18 x 18  Oil on Canvas.Sold
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People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.  Iris Murdoch

A garden without flowers is like life only in black and white.  Flowers seem to reflect every possible color and shade created by God. I could not imagine life without color or flowers.

If we do not have dreams or goals, we are living life in black and white day by day. If we are discontent with life we need an inner nudge..or an outer nudge... to awaken the missing desires and colors from our lives. We often get caught up in the mundane of everyday life and forget about LIVING. Somewhere in you is the urge to LIVE and expand your horizons and find the color in your life. 

Be flexible... Laurie

"When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying "rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost." Luke 15:9 


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28 June 2015

Out of Darkness...Contemporary Horse Painting by Laurie Pace




  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2015

Day Break 40 x 60   Oil on Canvas.
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Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time.  Miguel Angel Ruiz

Have you been thrown any unexpected curves lately?  How do you handle them?  It is your reaction that determines the outcome, whether you can find the good in it or not.  With this new living arrangement we are still on the 'honeymoon' with occasional glitches that make us take cover and want to think about what was ...before.  We are committed to stay this course and continue to find the good in each day with what we are given. So hard for me even at my age to remember God has the full power to transform anything in our lives. 

Often times darkness can mark a new beginning or a time of transformation. Out of what was... something new will emerge. Time in darkness is an important and essential part of the journey and process in our life. We were in darkness in the womb before birth. That had to be traumatic, but we do not really remember it. 

Jesus knew darkness in the tomb following his death.... but from it came the promise of eternal life. So we must learn to move through our earthly challenges...even the hard ones, expecting good to be revealed through the process. If darkness overcomes you seek a new wisdom, find a new way and emerge a new creation.

I can see the light... but the darkness still surrounds me.  Laurie

He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. Psalm 107:14 


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27 June 2015

The Music Made me Do it.... Horse Painting by Laurie Pace




  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2015

 Horses 40 x 60   Oil on Canvas.
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"Vivid images are like a beautiful melody that speaks to you on an emotional level. It bypasses your logic centers and even your intellect and goes to a different part of the brain." Steven Bochco

Every painting has it's own rhythm and voice.  I paint by music. Each painting has a variety of songs and words behind the process. Our lives are no different ... we have our own rhythm and voice.  Each a unique timbre of sound in the melody of life.  What is your melody? What is your life?

Here at the "Lazy Ours" we all have our day to live in the best way we can. Terry is man of all trades between yard, veggie growing, roses, flowers, cooking, helping with cleaning, wash etc. Lady L has her chores...feeding the dog, helping with dishes, clearing the table, picking up the den each evening and often reading to her baby sister. Me... I am suppose to be painting, blogging, marketing etc...but I want to be cooking and cleaning and among the family and NOT at the computer. I miss some of my regular chores and want to find that balance in life again. I love having babies and children around so living with my granddaughters is pretty special. (Week Four)  Our daughter Stacey does her home business work with real estate... as Lauren says she talks on the phone most of the day...'blah blah blah'... make us laugh when she imitates her. Stacey keeps up with laundry folding, helps with cleaning, dishes, errands, some cooking, and shopping. Larry... well he works every day leaving at 6:15 and often not returning home until 6:30 or 7:00 pm. On the weekends he helps with whatever we are doing.  I would say our musical output is more like a symphony in action... everyone coming in to help at the right moment contributing to the household. 

Four Seasons by Vivaldi     Spring

Gotta love it. Each of the seasons is beautiful. This is just a quick Youtube share. 

What is your "music" in life? Laurie

"Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy." John 16:20



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26 June 2015

Lazy Lingering Days, Free of Responsibility... Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace




  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2015

 Opposites Attract  Size: 30 x 30 Oil on Canvas. Sold
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"Aaah, summer - that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It's a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends."Darell Hammond

Can you measure love?  This horse painting from 2008 of two trotting side by side ... made me ponder that question. We often think more of love as an emotion, but it is so much more. Love is measured and maintained by what you give... NOT what you receive.  You can truly love anyone. Everyone knows the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Translated, treat others as you would like to be treated. Love truly is action first and emotion second. 
Lady L helped with picking tomatoes.

In our multigenerational household, we have to show LOTS of love and patience. We knew coming into this that the primary goal was to do for others first and self second. Maybe not the 4 month old... but for the six year old and up. How can you help today? What can you do for someone else in the family to make their day better.  Terry is up every morning at six to make sure there is hot coffee for Larry to have on his way to work. Larry is out the door by 6:15.  That is the start of each day.  At breakfast we have a small Bible study with Lady L and Stacey.  We set a plan for the day to improve our connection with God and with the family. One day is was "Look for the Good".   Lady L took it seriously and she not only stayed on top of being helpful, but was quick to find the 'good' all day long. 


I leave you to "Look for the Good".

Laurie

C.S. Lewis "Though natural likings should normally be encouraged, it would be quite wrong to think that the way to become charitable is to sit trying to manufacture affectionate feelings… The rule for all of us is perfectly simple. Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less… Whenever we do good to another self, just because it is a self, made (like us) by God, and desiring its own happiness as we desire ours, we shall have learned to love it a little more or, at least, to dislike it less… The worldly man treats certain people kindly because he “likes” them: the Christian, trying to treat everyone kindly, finds himself liking more and more people as he goes on – including people he could not even have imagined himself liking at the beginning."




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25 June 2015

Summer means Happy Times... Horse Painting by Laurie Pace


  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2015

Horse 8 24 x 30   Oil on Canvas. Sold
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"Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun."  Brian Wilson

The days are flying past.  Last week we had Tropical Storm Bill move through adding another 8 inches of rain to our garden and trees. With it came a lot of wind. Damage: Two tomato plants blown over; several branches off the Red Oak tree in the backyard.

In the middle of all of this... our youngest son, Morgan, and his wife Kelly, moved in across the street.  She is five months pregnant.  Rain, wind and a uhaul for boxes and I can say it was not fun for them.  The movers did the furniture the next day and we did have sun for that day on Friday last week. 

After all of the excitement I am ready for that summer trip... is it possible? We have the happy times and good sunshine... I can skip the beach; I would rather go north to the Finger Lake Region of New York. Brian Wilson has some good ideas. 

Art... hummm, where do I start.  I have been not busy at the easel with all the unpacking of Stacey's family here and the sorting and trips to Goodwill.  We hope to start our multigenerational blog soon and you might want to follow it.  I may sometimes share a post or two here of the funny ones.  What can you build out of old VCR tapes?  Do you think he will miss them if I toss them?

Just one of the many boxes we have to deal with as our life changes.



Take two semi retired early sixties grandparents... that yes, like to walk around in the buff at any time of the day, sleep when they want to, eat when they want to.... and add in four people, two adults and two children age 6 years and one 4 months and a SCHEDULE. I stopped wearing a watch 15 years ago.  Now I have to keep that robe handy. Terry keeps saying he is vaporizing away... all his stuff, but truly he has too much stuff.  Seems like the women in the family are better getting rid of the old unused clutter. Terry is good at adding to the clutter.  He FINALLY threw out his beta tapes four years ago. We are still lugging around those vcr tapes in the picture above and two recorders so he can watch his tapes.  Makes my head hurt but I love him. He is the number one Man in Lady M's life.

The first night Morgan and Kelly were here, they ended up at our house and we ordered a family size order of Spaghetti from a neighborhood restaurant. Oliva's 

 It was yummy. Equally, fuzzy warm feelings made me smile looking around the living room at the family, laughing, talking and just enjoying life.  Maybe that summer trip is already here... at our home.   

Enjoy your summer days!  We are on the countdown to September here!
Laurie

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 NIV


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