Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy New Year

Out with the old, in with the new. As we come to the end of another year I would like to wish all of you a Very Happy New Year, filled with Blessings galore.. It seems this year has flown by like so many others but when I think about all the things that's happened and the busy, fast paced life we're living in, it's no wonder one might say, where has the time went. A lot of good has happened this year.. I gained a new Daughter in law that I happen to love dearly.. I also gained another little great nephew that is sweet beyond measure... There's so many good things, they out weigh the bad.. I could never list all of them in a million years.. 
Two years ago this month I started this Blog, not knowing a single thing about blogging. And oh the joy it has brought.. So many wonderful friends that I'll cherish all of my days.. You've all made me feel at home in one way or another.. I know.. I get carried away sometimes with my poetry.. I go from one subject to another and  one never knows what to expect. Kinda like my mouth, I never know when to shut I may not get around to each of your posts like I want to but I enjoy them tremendously.. Ya'll have been such an inspiration to me in so many ways... I am eternally grateful for each blessing you've given me and for being my blogging friend.. So I wish ya'll a year filled with abundant happiness and Joy.. May God continue to Bless each one.. Susie

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

When I Think Of January

                                                     When most people think of January
                                                      they think of the cold
                                                      winter's wrath has settled in
                                                      with a powerful hold

                                                      When I think of January
                                                       my heart dances to a song
                                                       I can hear the sewing machine now
                                                       as it hums on along

                                                       All of those quilts
                                                       I patiently piece together
                                                       will surely keep somebody warm
                                                       in January's harsh's weather

                                                       I can't forget those trips
                                                       I take to distant lands
                                                       in my mind I travel often
                                                       with my pen in hand

                                                       With every little poem
                                                        my spirit surely does climb
                                                        and I live every moment
                                                        in every little rhyme

                                                         So when I look out my window
                                                         and see the January snow
                                                         I don't mind at all
                                                         if time is moving kind of slow

                                                         I know it can't be long
                                                         until spring rolls around
                                                         and it doesn't matter one bit
                                                         if I stay house bound

                                                         Susie Swanson, 2012

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. I figured I better get back into the Blogging business or you all would think I'd forgotten you. We had a busy but very nice Christmas, except for a few that's got the crud.. That stuff is really taking its toll on people around here.. It was a rainy Christmas and very unseasonable to say the least.. Here I am complaining about the weather when some of you are having far worse, with the tornadoes and blizzards going on in other parts of the country.. We were in the high 50's yesterday and today we're getting strong winds and snow showers. Go figure !!  A very unusual and curious winter for sure.. 

I posted a while back about the New Year's Eve Possum Drop that's  held in our little neck of the woods and how the Group that call themselves P.E.T.A. ( people for the ethnic treatment of animals ) was trying to stop Mr. Clay from using a live possum at the event.. Well they accomplished their goal some what.. It basically was between the Wildlife Commission and P.E.T.A. The Wildlife Commission was the one that issued him the permit each year to keep the possum in captivity and P.E.T.A. found a judge to side with them and he said no more permits would be issued but it's going to be under appeal.The Event is scheduled to go on without a live possum.. Mr. Clay will not say who or what the guest of honor may be but the Event has been held each year since 1994 . He was quoted in the local paper as saying,  The two questions he hears most, are we going over the Fiscal Cliff and are we Going to have a Possum Drop. He's a hoot, that's for sure.  It started out as a family and community based event and now it's grown so much and so many people attend that they have to park them at a near by Community College and run shuttle buses to get all of the people in.And it's just a little country store with a small stage set up beside it.. It's called, Clay's Corner. They have a Womanless Beauty Pagent and church groups sing and lots of clean fun before the big event and absolutely no alcohol allowed on the premises. Clay makes sure of that.They  come from all over the country, like New York, believe it or not.,  He said , I ain't breaking any laws. Knowing him,there's no telling what he may come up with.. This all started when the Media got involved. The CBS Morning Show and CNN has covered it and I don't know how many more.. Oh well, another possum has bit the dust. He won't get free meals and board. I guess he'll have to settle for persimmons or garbage cans if he's lucky..
I wrote a rather long poem/story about this but I'm planning on putting it in my new book and didn't want to post it at this time..But Mr. Clay plans on reading it at the festivities.. There's suppose to be some P.E.T.A. folks there to make sure everything goes by the book..Ha, Ha, I'll just end with this..........They're not going to be to happy that's for sure.

Getting back to the poem and photos above. I didn't make these this year. I'm starting on a Pinwheel Log Cabin pattern after the holidays if I can get my head on straight that is. Hope ya'll have A Happy New Year.. Blessings, Susie

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My Christmas Card To You

                                                      Every name is a blessing
                                                      upon this list of mine
                                                      somewhere our paths have crossed
                                                      in another place and time

                                                      Perhaps it was years ago
                                                      or only yesterday
                                                      but every person on my list
                                                      has changed my life someway

                                                     A simple hug or conversation
                                                     a friendly smile or meal
                                                     a spoken prayer to God above
                                                     has helped me grow and heal

                                                     Perhaps God went through you
                                                     and wove his magic twine
                                                     in some small or kindly deed
                                                     to touch this heart of mine

                                                     You wished the gray clouds away
                                                     and prayed for rain instead
                                                     I raised my eyes to heaven
                                                     and found a rainbow overhead

                                                    Worldly things that trouble me
                                                     just seems to disappear
                                                     knowing you are always there
                                                     across the miles or near

                                                    You restore my faith, love and hope
                                                     a bond that will never cease
                                                     so many wonderful family and friends
                                                     brings to me an inner peace

                                                    Each day my list continues to grow
                                                    and each name I hold so dear
                                                    each one has brought Christmas joy
                                                    everyday of the year

                                                   This Christmas Card I give to you
                                                   is more than just a wish
                                                   it's a thank you to God above
                                                   for putting you on my list

                                                   Susie Swanson, 2012

I will be taking a break from Blogger until after the Christmas Holidays.. With so much to get done and so little time left to do it in.. I want to wish each one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.. May God Bless each one of you. I cherish your friendship more each day.. With Love, Susie

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Most Innocent

                                                 The most innocent life
                                                 is the face of a child
                                                 who has never known strife
                                                 and only knows how to smile

                                                With a smile so wide
                                                 it can melt any heart
                                                 so much love inside
                                                 can fill a waiting cart

                                                The gentle soul within
                                                 much joy does store
                                                 plenty of happiness without end
                                                 for a time and hopefully more

                                                The calmness of peace
                                                fills an empty soul
                                                comes from the most least
                                                and reaches its goal

                                                An angel God does send
                                                like a flower in bloom
                                                no knowledge of sin
                                                or darkness and gloom

                                               The more innocence lives
                                                the world will surely gain
                                                from what it will give
                                                to a world full of pain

                                               A glorious little life
                                               sent from heaven above
                                               to entertain all
                                               with unselfish love

                                               Susie Swanson, 2012

                                               May God be with them all..



Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I Miss You Mom

                                                     My heart is heavy laden
                                                     many tears I have cried
                                                     since you went away
                                                     my heart is so empty inside
                                                     You were my guardian angel
                                                     my best and dearest friend
                                                     you taught me lessons to live
                                                     and stood by me until the end

                                                     I miss our many talks
                                                     you made each day so bright
                                                     your courage and cheerfulness
                                                     was a gifted, shining light

                                                     The picture of your face mom
                                                     the memory of your touch
                                                     and so many other things
                                                     I've come to miss so much

                                                    You'll never leave my thoughts
                                                     or leave my heart behind
                                                     I'll always keep you close beside
                                                     and forever on my mind

                                                     Save a place for me mom
                                                     I know it can't be long
                                                     when soon I'll join you there
                                                     and I'll finally feel at home

                                                    Susie Swanson, 2012
                                                    In Memory Of My Mother, 04-19-27----12-13-97

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Miracles

                                                    Christmas bells are ringing
                                                    on every corner street
                                                    the little kettle she holds
                                                    against the snow and sleet

                                                    Her wrinkled hands are cold
                                                    on this sacred, Holy night
                                                    she rings her little bell
                                                    under the street corner light

                                                    Her mind wanders back
                                                    to that Christmas long ago
                                                    he held her ever so tight
                                                    and left in the fallen snow

                                                    Her one and only love
                                                    bid her a sad farewell
                                                    with a long and gentle kiss
                                                    while Carolers sang Noel

                                                    No letters did she receive
                                                    years of heartache instead
                                                    for the one she has lost
                                                    she fears is long since dead

                                                    She toils to help the needy
                                                    like every Christmas before
                                                    her home is now so empty
                                                    there's no one to open the door

                                                    She hears the Carolers singing
                                                    the songs she loves so well
                                                    time to go on home
                                                    with sadness she does dwell

                                                    Stepping from the street corner
                                                    the car blared its horn
                                                    laying crumpled upon the ground
                                                    this birthday, when Christ was born

                                                   A bright light did descend
                                                   two lovers did embrace
                                                   they rose towards heaven
                                                   so much joy upon their face

                                                   Two hearts joined as one
                                                   the place where it all began
                                                   where there's love God dwells
                                                   Christmas miracles does transcend

                                                     Susie Swanson, 2012

Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers.. I'm doing lots better and getting stronger each day. I wrote this one before I got sick and I've wanted to post it but didn't feel like it.. I'm sorry if I've neglected each of your posts and it looks like I've got a lot of catching up to do.. Oh how I've missed each one.. Thanks again, Susie

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Strangers Are Friends

                                                     God knows no strangers, He loves us all
                                                     The poor, the rich, the great, the small
                                                      He is a friend who is always there
                                                      To share our troubles and lessen our care
                                                      For  no one is a stranger in God's sight
                                                      For God is love, and in his light
                                                      May we too, try in our small way
                                                      To make new friends from day to day
                                                      So pass no stranger with an unseeing eye
                                                      For God may be sending a new friend by

                                                        Helen Steiner Rice

A quick update to let all of you know I'm still having health issues and trying to plow through some antibiotics . When I say plow through, that's just about all one can do.. They Are Rough..I Suppose to go this week and get some Dental work done and hopefully feel more up to par if the Antibiotics doesn't get me first. I will  visit your great posts when I can and I hope all has a Nice Week. Blessings, Susie