Awakening a Keen Observer

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Little Annie

So I was getting ready to write a new note here to all of you and I look in my lap and Annie is seeming to be reading the blog about the diner. It was really cute. She kept her head resting on the computer looking at the screen.

This little puppy has been a new joy for us especially since our little ChiliPepper, age 16, moved on to a new life. We will always miss ChiliPepper and all the memories she carried for us. Our daughter got her when she was 13. She bridged a lot of her life. Living with us or with her depending on where she lived. ChiliP went to Medical School and really helped. This photo was taken in 2006 whenour daughter graduated from med school.

So we move on...
God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It's really simple

God is great and good!
This we believe

God abides

Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Diner

Hello Grace and Peace

We are getting ready to head west and back home. We will get to see Aunts and Uncle along the way. We are looking forward to visiting with them.

This morning we went to breakfast at Billy's Diner in downtown Bethlehem. We had a fine breakfast and as we were finishing our second cup of coffee a red car pulled up in front.
The driver, an older woman, and I say that with affection, got out and opened the trunk and began assembling a walker for the passenger. It took her about 5 minutes to put all the components together--again. I say again because she did it deftly but it took some time. She lined up the walker, set the brake. On cue the other woman opened the car door and began to step out. The first woman reached behind her and pulled out the portable oxygen tank. They got her up on the curb and she began to arrange her things in the walker cart, purse, oxygen, and she started out. But the brake was still on and they both giggled as the first woman released it. They came into the diner. They both were smiling. It was going to be a good day.
My guess from looking at both of them was that they are sisters. There seemed to be some kind of family resemblance. This was not a new 'dance' they were doing together. It is what you do for someone you love.

It touched me to watch them they were patient with themselves and each other. We all move so fast, or try to move quickly from one thing or place to another.

These two woman danced together slowly and deliberately and I must say beautifully. It is going to be a good day.

God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Grace and peace

Facebook has a link to a game called Bejeweled Blitz. Here's my reasoning why I and several friends like to play this game. Read this with a sense of play...

The idea of Bejeweled is to line up gem colored symbols in threes, (fours and five if you are lucky) and score points the faster you do this.

1. Each turn lasts just 1 minute. You can play one or two times in-between something, or while waiting, or when you just need a break. Good things can come fast and leave fast..Be here now.

2. The idea that lining things that are alike in a row and getting rewarded for that is a lot like my life. I like things lined up. Though my thought process is usually more spiral than linear this is good.

3. If you work hard there are bonus' (boosts) you can use to make your task easier. I think that would be great in life to have those! Can't you see at the end of the day.. You were a very good loving person get these boosts, (super powers) for tomorrow.

4. I usually score big points when I don't try too hard. Sometimes the best things in life come when you are waiting...or in-between...or when you are not looking.

5. There are times when on the board you can find nothing that matches up. Yes, again like life. You expect to be able to do certain tasks, but darn the luck not every day do things 'line' up like you want. Wait, there's another chance coming. Don't panic.

6. It is fun to play with friends online. They may be in OK or KY or TX or UT or... and still you can play together. People from many stages of your life make you a richer fuller person.

7. Every Tuesday the scores from the week are erased and you have an opportunity to start over with a chance to do better this time. Like your 'sins' are forgiven now go live in peace.

8. One tiny right move can often have cascading effects on the board and your score.

9. A mysterious voice says Awesome when you do well. Spectacular also comes in somewhere! You may not be doing awesome or spectacular but you still get encouragement, everyone appreciates encouragement.

10 If you spend too much time planning your next move for bigger points -time runs out and you've not done so well with the game. There are times when flexibility and spontaneity and serendipity win the day in our lives or in a game. "I wonder what will happen today?" Pema Chodron

Add on to this in the comment section.
God abide.
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Friday, June 11, 2010


I am looking out the window to my patio and see the blooms of the mimosa tree. Our whole patio smells so sweet. I always thought mimosa flowers smell like peaches. My Grandmother had a mimosa tree and when I smelled it I knew it was summer and we were with them in Virginia. Now here in Oklahoma it still means summer. Some of the trees in other yards are just totally pink with the flowers. Ours are spaced out a little more. We also called them powder puff trees and pretended to powder our faces.

Those were also the days we would gather lightening bugs, fireflies, and put them in a jar, with holes in the lid and have them in our room for a while. My dad would come in and get them and let them go and then put the jar back in the room and we always thought they'd escaped. He knew they wouldn't do well that long in a jar.

Summertime brings memories back about camp, swimming pool and diving boards, family, picnic, hikes, thunderstorms, playing canasta, jumping rope, waxing the slide at school with wax paper and then flying down the slide, mosquito bites, bee stings, you know like life... some things good some things a little painful...but all of it together is Summertime.

WHAT do you think of in the Summer? What memories pop out when you think of summer?
Let the best of those memories make you smile. Enjoy

God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Thursday, June 03, 2010


I had a really good dream this morning and my Mom was there and she looked and sounded great. It was fun.

Dreams can contain parts of what once was...and a dream is also something that may be..yet in the future.

Dream a little dream with me. What is it in the world that you would most like to change? Is it a justice issue, a religious issue, an end poverty issue, a feed the poor, a pay my own mortgage, find a job or anything else? Well then I ask this question, what are you doing to make that dream happen? Just putting it out there in the ethos doesn't bring it to reality. It has to have some nuts and bolts to it.

A dream can be like blowing on the wispy white seeds of a wild flower and watching them move out into the world. A dream can also be something solid and hard.

"I dreamed a dream of time gone by..." from LesMis made a Scottish woman world popular as she sang on today's version of a talent show.

Being a dreamer however, has not always been a good thing. Perhaps that is when dreamers don't do anything but pile up a bunch of what-ifs or maybes. Let the dream be something you can share in community and work together to accomplish.

Sweet dreams
God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

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