Monday, March 26, 2007


Wednesday morning I'll be on my way...

"Mr. Wonderful" and the kids will be home-
so this is more of a vacation than I've ever had! :)

I hope to see Kate while I'm there...even though I'll stil be a few hours from her.

My best friend (for 27 years) is coming with me- we've never done anything quite like this.
It will be a trip we will always remember.

We need to do this EVERY year!

I was going to post a blog about Congress and the funding issues over the war- but I decided against it, at least for now. :)

I hope on Thursday (lounging by the pool?) I'll have time to send some of you a long overdue email~ Until then- I'm focused on getting packed and ready to go.

I can hardly wait!!!


Saturday, March 24, 2007

Solution found :)

Make a list for MENSA man- aka Mr. Wonderful...
That was simple!

I fixed the sink by the way...

And the wood pile has been moved, and the front porch will be
finished by tomorrow-

Good work Mr. Wonderful!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Bye Bye Monster~

Monster told me some very interesting stories...
as you can imagine he would-

He also knew some funny jokes...but I think he got them from Leelee ;)

When it was time to go- he wanted to STOMP in the rocks once more- so he did :) I had to pull him out a few times...but I think he was just pretending to be stuck~

Someone in Florida will be getting the monster soon and I'll be sure to update you when I find out he arrived safely-


I hope he comes back some day :)
Bye Bye Scary Monster- have fun all the places you go!
You always know how to find me-


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Scary Monster visits Mayden~

This past Saturday Scary Monster showed up in my mailbox!

He made a very long journey and we have done our best to make him feel at home during his visit with us.

First I showed him my daffodils :) He was very sweet and tried not to stomp on any of the flowers :)

I think he likes my hair? :)

Then we took him out to dinner to a very nice Italian restaurant-

The children had a wonderful time with the Monster- He is VERY good with kids :)

All we drank was sweet tea! Honest! :)

Our front yard has some very large boulders in it- it's an interesting story...maybe I'll tell it one day :)
But the Monster LOVED them! Said he felt like he was right at home~

When bedtime came hubby said that Monster would have to sleep in the guest room, but I thought he might get I let Amy snuggle with him.

Apparently Amy is not as hospitable as the rest of us. The next night- I made Amy sleep outside.

Scary Monster has been a wonderful guest and I have promised to send him on to another bloggers house at the end of the week... (but I made a photo copy of him to go in a "one day" blog book).

He goes to Florida next! ;)

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Sunsets, Snow, and Bridges to the Past~

The aging lady looped stitch after stich with a crochet needle as she worked on a baby blanket in her favorite chair.

She had buried her sister on Sunday.

She was the youngest of 5 children, and all of her brothers and sisters were now dead. Her parents died decades earlier.

The cluttered and tiny house she sat in was comfortable, and the window across the room from her recliner faced the west. A firey orb of fading sun was sinking behind a line of trees in the distance. The blue cold of that March evening settled in on the farm and it's fields, but not on the warm memories of the days events.
She rocked gently- and looking over at the sofa, she thought of C, her oldest granddaughter, and namesake of her own mother. "Grandma, will you teach me to crochet? I know how to knit, and I have tried to crochet, but I would like for you to show me how you do it."
For over an hour the 82 year old woman, and her 37 year old grand daughter sat on the couch and practiced making making a chain, and then a single crochet, and a double, and a triple. The older woman explained that her Grandmother had shown her how to hold the yarn so that it looped around her little finger, and laid across her pointer finger for taughtness. This crochet secret had made it's way to yet another generation...handed down at least 4 times, perhaps more?
Smiling and putting her needle work aside, she arose slowly from her chair and the beloved Grandmother walked to her kitchen. Inside the refrigerator was a large tupperware container full of slow simmered pot roast, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and onions. A large plastic tub of perfectly seasoned and tender baby lima beans, as well as some fresh cooked green beans only needed re-heating to prepare a perfect meal. Her granddaughter had fixed all this food so that the older woman wouldn't have to cook for the next several days. She laughed when C said, "You'll be sick of pot roast long before you finish it all!"- but it freezes well! :)
She fixed a plate with a sampling of everything and heated it up. The aroma of the tender meat, softened potatoes and delicious beans filled the kitchen and living room. She thought about moving be closer to her son, grandkids, and great grandkids. She thought about the 80+ years she had lived in this area, and about all of the friends and family she'd lost in the last 20 years.
Maybe it was time to go. Maybe it was time to settle in with the living and let them care for her.

She looked around her. This had been her home for a very long time. Could she move? Would she survive such an upheaval? What was the alternative? To stay in that 100 year old house and die alone. Not much of choice really.
She finished her supper in the kitchen, and returned to her chair.
She picked up her yarn and crochet needle and turned on the TV. She nodded off and dremt of her mother, Cora, and her Grandmother, Amanda, and of her siblings, and of her late husband. After a while, she opened her eyes- realizing- that those who had gone on before her would always be with her, no matter where she was.

But the living- her son and grand children- wanted to be with her the flesh, and inside this limited sphere of time that they all shared.
She had stories to tell and crochet patterns to pass on.
She was the last remaining bridge in the family that linked the past to the future~ she was loved and needed. And she knew it...

I am blessed to have this woman in my family- I hope she moves to North Carolina, and that we have some time to foritfy that bridge.

For History's sake-

Amanda Alice Reed married Edward Lewis Stocker in April of 1882 and was the mother of

Cora Stocker, who married Oscar Crill- and they were the parents of my Grandmother,

Mable Lucille Crill- who married John Runkle and they were the parents of my dad,

Mike Runkle- who married my mother Elva Shelia Alverson- and next came me-

Cora Michealle Runkle...

I was tired in this shot...but at peace and felt a gentle spirit.
I had done what I needed and wanted to do...and it was time to come home.

I hope my Grandmother will call this place "home" one day soon.



All seriousness aside now- I do have something funny to tell you~ Guess who I found in my mailbox yesterday???

A very Scary Monster!!!

I have lots more to tell about my adventures with this creature- but it will have to keep until tomorrow! I will say that he arrived just in time- and I have enjoyed his company.

I promise- you will get a big kick out of reading my adventures with my new friend!
He is much better behaved than he wants you to think :)

Friday, March 16, 2007

"Indiana", Gateway to the world?

I have the street signs to prove it~

Mexico? Half a mile?/>
Twelve Mile is where my Grandmother lives, and where dad grew up- it's not far from Logansport or Kokomo (not the one in the tropics)-

It is pretty far from Denver, CO.


But I thought that was south...wayyyyy south!


Grissom Air Force museum-

But not one soldier in sight~ boo :(

Not sure about where this sign leads... (lol!)

Loved this shot~


I took this shot because of the Baron- it made me think of him :)

There's a post coming soon- with actual thoughts and not just photos...but I'm out of time. I hope I can get back here tonight and write about my trip.

So much is sloshing around in my head and heart these days-

James Bond was waiting for me in my chair (the movie, not the man!) and I watched part of it last night. It's funny how on a 60 inch TV the actors look almost life sized!!! I had to turn the fan on in the living room- I was getting a little warm! LOL

Be back soon- next week things should return to normal...whatever that is!

(Oh- and I think I need to look up the word "Haitus"- apparently I don't really understand what it means!)

Monday, March 12, 2007

A "Monumental Day" for Mayden~

Mr. Iamnot made an interesting comment yesterday-
and I wondered, for several hours, what he was talking about.

Finally- I sent him an email asking him, "Was it a year ago today that I developed a cyber crush on you?"

Nooooo- that wasn't it :)

Anyway- I do think it was about a year ago that I found his blog- and we've been friends ever since...but no, it wasn't an anniversary of any sort that he was talking about.

He was reminding me that the new James Bond movie was coming out on DVD tomorrow!

Mr. Iamnot...

I think you are the best :) Thank you for thinking of me...especially now. I hope my hubby has the video cued up and waiting for me when I get home!!! That would be sweet!

Hugs friend :)

(I'm still in Indiana- I will be home on Thursday...hope to catch up with all of you then. I seem to run short on time every night...I miss reading up on you-)

Sunday, March 11, 2007


(I planned a visit to my Grandmother in Indiana for the week of the 12th, but her sister (and my great Aunt) passed away last week and my trip got moved up a few days. The following is a reflection of my day today...before the funeral, and afterwards...about someone I was close to in my early teens- :)

He was dreamy...
Oh my goodness- sooooo handsome!
Over a foot taller than me- with dark hair, smiling eyes, a quiet- but strong personality...commanding, but not controling- he was sweet, he was good looking, he was a few years older than me...
and he was my cousin~


On a trip to Indiana in 1983 I went on my first car ride with a "boy" to Little Ceasers Pizza. Brian was 16 and I was 14, and he couldn't wait to show me his new car. I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world- to have such an adorable 3rd cousin- and to be going out with him- even though it was NOT a date! LOL...

Anyway- Brian and I had been pen pals for least until we got into our late teens. He went to college, and I got married. Many years have passed between us- but I saw him again today, for the first time in 15 years.

Oh- the things I remembered...

He drove a dodge- 5.0- and I still have a picture of it!
He was in 4-H.
One of his sheep gave birth, and he named a lamb after me- "Cora".
However, the little lamb broke it's leg and had to be put to sleep...
He cried when the lamb died- and so did I.

We wrote letter, after letter, after letter...for several years. He was as dear to me as anyone could have been at that time in my life. It was devastating to me that he was almost 14 hours away~

We grew up. We went to college. We married people who were significant in out lives. We lost contact...
And then today, in a funeral home...I saw him again across the room. I walked over and put my arm around him and said, "Hey are you?"
It took less than a second for him to register who I was. He looked bewildrered- so surprised to see me again. He hardly knew what to say...but I could see 24 years roll back- to a time when I was 13, and he was 15. We met in almost the very same spot...a fact he was quick to point out ot me.

"Oh, my goodness- Cora! It has been so long!"

"Yes, Brian, it has. It's been too long."

His wife, blonde- blue eyes...petite...stood in the distance. He didn't introduce me to her...
I wonder why? LOL :)

Oh- much has changed. We are both nearing middle age- both in the middle of lives well lived- both doing what was and is expected of us.
Both of us reflecting on a time when the world was open to us- when all the choices we could ask for awaited our choosing. We chose.
We walk our distinctive paths. We plod along with the past behind us.

But TODAY, we remembered~
And the memory was sweet...

Young, enamored, ready for what life would bring~
Fast foward- and here we are...

He is still handsome. I can see the "boy" in the man he has become.
He is successful, grounded, and married to a woman who could pass for my sister-
except that she wasn't "family".
Lucky her-

And lucky me...
He and I share blood-
and that can not be undone ;)

I hope we might become pen pals again...
I'll let you know how it goes :)

Thursday, March 08, 2007

"Not a a post II" (lol- Phos!)

The Moon recovered from her eclipse~

My Daffodils bloomed in spite of the stange weather~

Storms pass and leave treasure in the sky~


And I smile- because we walk together :)

Thanks for all the ways you've been here- and there- and everywhere~


-I'll be in Indiana for the next several days- but I'm taking my computer with me :)

Monday, March 05, 2007

New Theme song, "The Middle"...not really a post~

By: Jimmy Eat World
Hey, don't write yourself off yet
It's only in your head
You feel left out or
Looked down on
Just try your best
Try everything you can
And don't you worry
What they tell themselves
When you're away

It just takes some time
Little girl you're in the middle
Of the ride
Everything, Everything will be just fine.
Everything, Everything will be all right, all right

Hey, you know
They're all the same
You know you're doing
Better on your own
So don't buy in
Live right now
Just be yourself
It doesn't matter
If it's good enough
For someone else

It just takes some time
Little girl you're in
The middle of the ride
Everything, Everything will be just fine.
Everything, Everything will be all right, all right

It just takes some time
Little girl you're in
The middle of the ride
Everything, Everything will be just fine.
Everything, Everything will be all right, all right


Hey, don't write yourself off yet
It's only in your head
You feel left out or
Looked down on
Just do your best
Do everything you can
And don't you worry
What the bitter hearts
Are gonna say

It just takes some time
Little girl you're in
The middle of the ride
Everything, Everything will be just fine.
Everything, Everything will be all right, all right

It just takes some time
Little girl you're in
The middle of the ride
Everything, Everything will be just fine.
Everything, Everything will be all right.

Friday, March 02, 2007

A thank you, a thought or 2, and Hiatus

I want to take a moment to thank Roxanne for the lovely header she made for me :)
(And she inspired me to figure out how to post a link properly! LOL :)
It was a thoughtful and inspired gift...I don't know if she knew that "hearts" are my favorite symbol- perhaps it was intuition? I was delighted when I found out that "Cora" not only means Maiden in Greek, but in Spanish (as Lux pointed out) a similar name "Corazon" means it was destiny for me anyway!

Thank you Roxanne- and I hope that any bloggers who would like to have a custom header will contact you. I hope you will be wildly successful in this new line of work- I love what you did for me! :)

I wanted to share this with you~

"I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love. You can find it in a simple act of kindness toward someone who needs help.

There is no mistaking love.

You feel it in your heart. It is the
common fiber of life, the flame that heals our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives. It is our connection to God and to each other."

-Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Like my dear friend, Enemy of the Republic, I think I'm going to have to step back for a while. I've got to clear off my desk- and clear out my head, and heart- and try to get through a stack of stuff that I've been putting off for a while.
I'll be around- and most of you know how to email me if you want to ask me something...and quite a few of you have my ph#- and you are always welcome to call me.
I leave you with one last thought- (at least for now!)

"The more you judge, the less you love".
-Honore de Balzac

Love to you all...I will keep in touch~