Lord We Thank You by Raymond A. Foss

Lord, We thank you for this day,
for the joy of the morning,
the love of this family, waking from slumber
in this house, this home you have provided,
going out into the world, to college, to school,
to work, into the world, not of this world,
for you have touched our hearts and our lives,
have cleaned some of the grime of this life,
some of our scar tissue, to give us peace.
Grant us peace this day Lord, watch over us
be with us on the path you have laid before us
this day we pray our creator and sustainer
help us focus on what we must do today,
help us be satisfied, gratified, with what we do
in your name today Lord.
Give us strength for today and rest tonight Lord
so we may do your will and your work
today and the rest of our lives as individuals
as a family in your name

September 13, 2007 10:52

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For: Nurturing Thurs – Thank You!, Creativity Challenge Day 4

Poetics: Our garden through the years

garden full of life
of butterflies and bees
the scents of flowers

look at the garden
peace and tranquility
wonderful feeling

garden through the years
canvas of memories
brings us joy and hope


the English Garden
taking clothes off in summer
the feeling of freedom

All winter long the garden is cold and bare
With the coming of spring, everywhere is lovely
Trees unfold their leaves, flowers bloom with flair
Apples blossom, all white and pure with such beauty
And the smell of wonderful rain and freshly cut grass
Don’t forget the symphony of spring with birds singing
The spring peepers chirping call chorus with such class
The dandelions, lilacs, tulips, hyacinths, all blooming

For: Poetics: Johnny’s Garden by kim881.

Also for: Nurturing Thurs – Where We Are! by Becca Givens

Sonnet 141: In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes by William Shakespeare

In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes,
For they in thee a thousand errors note;
But ’tis my heart that loves what they despise,
Who in despite of view is pleased to dote.
Nor are mine cars with thy tongue’s tune delighted,
Nor tender feeling to base touches prone,
Nor taste, nor smell, desire to be invited
To any sensual feast with thee alone;
But my five wits, nor my five senses can
Dissuade one foolish heart from serving thee,
Who leaves unswayed the likeness of a man,
Thy proud heart’s slave and vassal wretch to be.
Only my plague thus far I count my gain,
That she that makes me sin awards me pain.

For: Nurturing Thurs – I Am

NaNoPoblano – Days 1, 2 and 3

Hello everyone! I’ve just signed up for the NaNoPolano so I’m doing three days in one. I promise to post one a day this month.

What makes me smile? Lots of things make me smile. As some of you know, I’ve just got back from our holiday in Catalonia, Spain and it was brilliant. It made me smile a lot. I went with cousins from Cologne and Dubai and we met in Barcelona. Our 5 days holiday was full of sight seeing of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Battlo, Cathedral, La Rambla, Gothic part, etc. We also went to Girona, Figueres and Montserrat by bus/train. We had lots of fun, tapas, seafoods, Cava and Sangria.

What’s my zodiac sign? I’m a Sagittarian and I think it fits me well.
I’m a Sagittarian through and through
I love adventure and excitement
I’ll do anything to make my friends happy
I’m always there to give them a hand
And never expect any favours in return
I have this old policy of “live and let live”
I want to explore the world, rivers and seas
I look for things to do, to gain wisdom and learn
In turn, I seem to be guided by good luck
The downside, I can be reckless and stumble
Frequently because I jump at something new
Before thinking of the pros and cons
Love me or hate me, I’m me – a Sagittarian


Are you messy or neat? Does it matter to you? I must say I’m in between, sometimes messy sometimes neat and no, it doesn’t matter to me. What matters is I’m enjoying what I’m doing, probably clean up afterwards. As I always say, there is order in chaos, too.


For: Nano Poblano Official Home of the World’s Least Official Blog-Everyday-November Challenge. Also for: Nurturing Thurs – Flaws, IKEA Do You? – Echoes of my neighbourhood



Weekly Smile Week 43 #weeklysmile

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all fine. Lovely smiles from me this week. I’m packing my bag to go to Barcelona – viva Espania!!!! I’ll be meeting my cousin from Cologne and the other one from Dubai and we’ll stay for 5 nights, how cool would that be? Three girls with lots of things to talk about, places to see, tapas to eat and Cava to drink. It’s going to be great, can’t wait!

Also Him Indoors has just bought tickets for Beethoven Symphony 5 and Chopin’s concert and the other one for Amadeus (film with live music) at the Philharmonie Munich. They are our early Christmas presents for each other, not to mention the first lot for New Year’s Day for Beethoven Symphony 9. Cultural overload for me! I love them all!

Got to go now. I’ve got to carry on packing. Cheers everyone and smile!

For: Weekly Smile Week 43 #weeklysmile. Also for: Nurturing Thurs – Believe in Yourself


Weekly Smile 42 #weeklysmile

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

Hello everyone! It’s cold in here and I’ve just got back from my class. Today’s the first day in the language school and I’ve got 9 students, 3 new ones! It was nice to see everyone again. We just talked about what we did in the summer. A big smile from me. Here’s a nice picture of one of the houses near the school.


Last Saturday, Him Indoors made this meat and pasta bake and we had it with green salad and a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Then we watched Strictly Come Dancing and X-factor. We enjoyed our night in.


Last Monday, I met my friend and went for Japanese again (we’ll never get tired of it!). I had green tea and a Bento Box of salad, seaweed, spring roll, salmon and chicken teriyaki with rice – it was delicious! The weather was lovely and we walked around town, here’s a picture of some buskers in front of Marienplatz.


What made you smile this week?

For: Weekly Smile 42 #weeklysmile, Three Things Thursday: October 20, 2016, Nurturing Thurs – Allow Yourself, Shh! Silence. I’m Working – Echoes of my Neighbourhood

Poetry Prompts Day 13 – OctPoWriMo 2016 – Flowing


Stridently trickling down, chasing waterfall
Sound of the fountain of life, answering to the call
Cleanses the soul and spirit, but it’s not a cure-all
Drizzling onto me, hoping nothing dodgy befall
A force of nature, who am I to scream and squall?
Both beautiful and brutal, flowing, and I feel small
Splashing like pearls, refreshingly good for one and all*

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

* A Monorhyme is a poem in which all the lines have the same end rhyme.

For: Poetry Prompts Day 13 – OctPoWriMo 2016 . Also for: Nurturing Thurs – Your Happiness


Autumn in the Garden by Henry Van Dyke

When the frosty kiss of Autumn in the dark
Makes its mark
On the flowers, and the misty morning grieves
Over fallen leaves;
Then my olden garden, where the golden soil
Through the toil
Of a hundred years is mellow, rich, and deep,
Whispers in its sleep.

‘Mid the crumpled beds of marigold and phlox,
Where the box
Borders with its glossy green the ancient walks,
There’s a voice that talks
Of the human hopes that bloomed and withered here
Year by year,–
Dreams of joy, that brightened all the labouring hours,
Fading as the flowers.

Yet the whispered story does not deepen grief;
But relief
For the loneliness of sorrow seems to flow
From the Long-Ago,
When I think of other lives that learned, like mine,
To resign,
And remember that the sadness of the fall
Comes alike to all.

What regrets, what longings for the lost were theirs!
And what prayers
For the silent strength that nerves us to endure
Things we cannot cure!
Pacing up and down the garden where they paced,
I have traced
All their well-worn paths of patience, till I find
Comfort in my mind.

Faint and far away their ancient griefs appear:
Yet how near
Is the tender voice, the careworn, kindly face,
Of the human race!
Let us walk together in the garden, dearest heart,
Not apart!
They who know the sorrows other lives have known
Never walk alone.

For: Nurturing Thurs – Your Choice by Becca Givens

Weekly Smile 39 #weeklysmile

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

Hello everyone! Hope you are all fine. Allow me to share my weekly smile – as Trent said in his post, they are not just big smiles that require travel and so on. I’m smiling because the weather here in Bavaria is lovely, our Indian summer! We have just been swimming this morning and it was brilliant. I’ve hanged clothes outside to dry and the tortoises are happy in the garden. We’re also happy sitting in the garden, drinking our fizzy drinks and admiring the flowers. I have taken lots of photo, as usual, of the flowers, of the leaves changing colours, of the falling leaves, of shadows and other stuff. This morning I’ve video-called my mother. She’s getting better in using the tablet and she rang me herself, how cool is that! In social media, I’ve greeted my cousin, who celebrated their 25 years wedding anniversary and they have renewed their vows in the same church where they were married. It was nice to see them, together with their 6 children and they were all lovely in their white dresses and suits. My friend from Iran is now back from her holidays and we agreed to see each other next week. And tomorrow, Him Indoors and I are going out for a Chinese, the one where we used to eat when we first arrived here. We’ll be cycling there tomorrow evening. So that’s my smile this week. Cheers everyone!

P.S. the sky tonight’s so heavenly!


What made you smile this week?


How Happy is the Little Stone
by Emily Dickinson

How happy is the little Stone
That rambles in the Road alone,
And doesn’t care about Careers
And Exigencies never fears —
Whose Coat of elemental Brown
A passing Universe put on,
And independent as the Sun
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute Decree
In casual simplicity —

For: Weekly Smile 39 #weeklysmile, Nurturing Thurs – Hello Fear!, Three Things Thursday: September 29, 2016, Riding at the front of the Train – Echoes of my neighbourhood