Three Degrees of Leo

Gangie and Miles, April 2006. It's my mom's birthday today and I want to wish her a happy day full of laughs and the feeling of being adored. She may not like this picture, but I chose it because it seems to convey how joyful she is about Miles. They have quite an affinity for each other. Mom was in the delivery room (the bedroom) when Miles emerged and was a great source of strength for me as I gave birth to him. I like this horoscope for her because it emphasizes her creativity, and love of family. Happy Day, Mom! (That is my dad reaching in with his rocky road.) The 20 lightening fires are still burning, outside smells of smoke and pine trees. My delicious forest of Los Padres has lost over 1000 acres at present. None are out of control, as the wind is mellow from last night's humidity. Our neighbor Jeannie came tapping yesterday, "Yoo hoooo! Pixie?", to deliver over five different kinds of lettuces and a large bunch of basil from her organic garden. Living next to a culinary arts graduate certainly has its perks. I love that a relative stranger will reach out with such ease, to share abundance. On a grander scale, it reminds me of the hope that in a world oft wafting with confusion, kindness will find her way adeptly through the dark. I'm reading more these days, in an effort to be still. Revisiting a thoughtful old favorite and trying something savory and new. Being still is refueling for me, as all fire needs a gust of help now and then.


Anonymous gangie said...

sweet child o mine--that was the best birthday gift of all and I thank you! You have just put the whipped cream and cherry on top of this Sundae Tuesday Birthday. As for the picture--it's not too bad. That sweet sugar baby draws the focus off of the falling dentures. I love you a holot.

7/25/2006 10:39:00 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

OK...I've got my Miles fix. This one should hold me for a bit, though the hunger will set in before long. Miles and ice cream...what could be better?!?!

(and hooray for neighborly neighbors)

PS- Happy Day, Gangie!!! I too, am in love with your grandson.


7/26/2006 03:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a wonderful picture. Happy birthday, Pixie's mom! The internet waves and sends kisses. :)

7/26/2006 09:10:00 AM  
Blogger Swirly said...

Miles gets cuter every day!!

7/26/2006 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Bday to your Mom! kiss that sweet baby and get me some icecream!

7/26/2006 02:10:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah e.Smith said...

Hope your mom has a fabulous birthday! It has to be scary being so close to the wildfires, i hope they can contain them soon! Wow, it would be great to have a neighbor who is in culinary school, my hubs and i love to cook so we would be picking thier brain all the time :) hope all is well!

7/26/2006 07:12:00 PM  
Anonymous gangie said...

many thanks for the heartfelt birthday greetings. how very sweet of you all. i wish you love, laughter, and butterfly kisses.

7/27/2006 08:19:00 PM  

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