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There has been a lot of progress around here this past week.


The most significant was getting our vegetable garden planted. This yearly project is a lot of work, but the payoff is well worth it. We enjoy the “vegetables of our labor,” and so do our guests that come here for a retreat. Because we live in the mountains we have deer, elk, javalina and other critters wander into the backyard, so it’s necessary to animal proof the garden. My husband and I put up a netting across the top of the garden to keep the squirrels, raccoons and the for mentioned animals from munching on our produce. Putting up the netting took us six hours this year.  I was on a mission to get the garden finished by Wednesday because of the forecast for the next day, I wanted the seedlings to receive the God water called rain. Fortunately it did rain and the plants are off to a good start.


While doing outdoor projects like planting the garden, I often force myself to listen to the music of the forest.  I enjoy listening to the wind whistling through the tall pines, leaves rustling, the finches, hummingbirds, hawks, woodpeckers and the whinnying of horses close by.
And then there are times when I drown them out by putting on my headphones while listening to my favorite music.  Music is an escape and a mood altering drug for me. Old romantic crooner music and uplifting praise and worship christian songs are my favorites. It calms me when I am feeling overwhelmed or I want to agree with the words I am hearing.
I often see young people with earphones on and wonder what they are listening to.  Is it uplifting music that helps motivate and inspire or music that robs the spirit of morality by shouting profanities, racial slurs and violence?  I hope for the positive.
Music has a powerful effect on the listener and with all the different types of genres, has come a long way throughout time. Memories come to mind when I hear certain songs and for this I am usually thankful. Below are some quotes I found and one of my own. Enjoy and have a great weekend.




If music be the food of love, play on.

 William Shakespeare

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

Maya Angelou

Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.

Ronald Reagan

Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.

Martin Luther

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Music moves me. Music inspires me. Music soothes me.

Candy Marie Bridges

I was inspired to write this blog post after seeing the video of the man in the nursing home found here:  Man listening to music in nursing home


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