Saturday, May 28, 2011

I understand that rain must fall

Yes this was first posted on the 25th blogger bugs have hopefully now it is debugged

But I'm sorry too much of a good thing becomes a flood. Living in Minnesota the birth state of the Mississippi, I've walked  and swam across it, up here it isn't all that hard to do.  I've seen how wide it gets the further south it flows, all the way to the gulf of Mexico. Having heard it called the Mighty Mississippi it doesn't often seem so mighty from all the way up here.

Last year Summer came first then we had our spring and then back to Summer, it was like Mother Nature just wasn't able to make up her mind. Fall came with Winter and the temperature took a dive, way below the averages the ground wasn't even frozen, when we got a foot of snow, before Fall was over we had five feet of snow. December came and by it's end we set the all time record for the most snow fall that's not easy to do up here. January and February are normally the coldest months of the year, it gets so cold it's just too cold to snow. This year was different even though the temperatures show it was too cold for snow we got a lot more snow. Here we don't get above 32 degrees for three to four months in winter. Most of the snow is still here until spring and what melting gets done is only from the sun. The spring was cold we had our last snow fall the first week of May and last weekend was the end of having frost. Now we are getting the spring rain that should have started in March, right now I'm glad it's waited so long with all the flooding that's happening down south. To see the Mississippi river turn into such a deadly and costly force isn't something I've ever seen before or want to see again. I pray for all affected by this spring weather that's been so deadly as well as fierce.

Some have said the weather doesn't have anything to do with what the human race has done! To me it seems are they really that blind. Just look at the foot print we have put upon the earth and on the seas as well, is it that we just don't want to see. For all we've taken from this rock that we call home, there maybe a price we need to  pay. The world it's self is changing and maybe it's time for us to do the same. Hopefully we will see we need the earth to live and realize it has no need us at all and as it's stewards I think we have failed miserably. Well that's the way it looks to me.

Now maybe comments can be added sorry blogger bugs.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mother, Grandmother, Auntie and Friend

By Adele K. Mennenga
Written by Mary K. Mennenga

The love she's given
Has always been unconditional and never waived
She said, "I don't love anyone the most
I've only loved them longer, that's all."
She never felt qualified to judge anyone
She has always known
"You've done the best you could with the hand
You've been dealt and that
Your best has always been good enough for her"
The love she shared reminds us
Life is a journey we haven't taken alone
So just take it as it comes and enjoy it
Remembering that dying is just the last piece
Of living we'll do and life goes on
The accomplishments she was the most proud of are:
Shooting 100% in basketball. All the children she taught to tie shoes could. She had something good to say about everyone. No has always meant No and it never ever meant maybe! She would give advice if you used it or not, all she wanted was to give you more options. She used cliches to teach life lessons. When hearing them repeated to the next generation, she knew we had learned the significance of keeping it simple.

We wrote this together shorty before she passed away. That basketball shot was from the top step going in our back door, the basketball hoop was 15 feet away and it was nothing but net, after she made it she was asked repetitively to do it again, her reply was; "Why? I can't improve on perfection now can I!" It was the first and last time she ever shot a basketball, no matter how hard we tried over the years to get her to she never would.
She didn't want me to be sad about her passing it's why life works you see is what she always said to me. Still I hear her words and wisdom coming from deep inside of me, more so when I'm being a bone head of course!  

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

#18 Reflections An ending maybe or not

An ending maybe or not
By Mary K. Mennenga

Then someone we love dies
The effect they had on us is a part of who we are
How  long we knew them isn't important
What we've gained having had them in our life is!
Each time we let our heart touch another
We get a chance to see life from a different perspective
It's a gift we gave each other for no one sees the same
Realizing the heart is capable of holding a lifetime of loves
And it always has room enough for more
The person isn't truly gone when
You've made a place for them within your heart
And as you walk your path through life
Your heart will help to guide your way

Friday, May 13, 2011

I just didn't realize I would live to be this old!

Now I'm forty nine and just when did that happen? Oh yes, it was last Sunday, I guess I'm really not all that old!

Having lived this long and having no real regrets, knowing I'm not the same person I used to be. Realizing I've done the best I could, the choices I made were the best options for me at the time I made them. Second guessing the choices I made and the things I did isn't of value. Admitting there is nothing I can do now that could change the past and having no plan to try rewriting my history. It seems life is about learning as you live it, growing into the person you think you should be takes time and it's painful at times. Believing that everything will work out the way it's supposed to in the end.

Looking back helps me see how far I've come and how far I still need to go, to be the person I want to be. Some life lessons take longer to learn, it's a good thing I have a lifetime to learn.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

#17 Reflections To the few who feel the help given wasn't much help

This is for the few who feel the help they've given
Wasn't much help at all
By Mary K. Mennenga

Thinking you didn't do enough or feeling you failed
To help a friend is something many have felt before
Each person reacts differently to feeling this way
Many will accept they did the best the could
A few will feel they should or could have done more
Dismissing all they had done that had helped
It is to the few that I would like them to understand
Your choice to take action was from your heart
It did more good than you may  know
You took the time to show you cared 
What a difference that's made for me
To see your light of hope shine through
The darkness I'd gotten stuck within
Because of your actions I've renewed my hope again
With hope comes faith and you've shown love
That means a great deal to me