Elizabeth Melton Parsons

Writing~Art~Life


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Christmas Downsized Makes Precious Memories

Flashback in time to better days. Post from 2011

Elizabeth Melton Parsons

Another Christmas is over and the New Year fast approaching. With the economy in such sad shape, our family looked for ways to economize this Christmas. We gave more generously to the Salvation Army and Goodwill, making our budget smaller, but knew that as small as our budget was, others were much smaller if not non-existent.

My teenaged son is pretty cool. He never asks for much and is always happy with what he gets. Which of course makes me as his mother want to buy him more. But he didn’t get any of the high-tech items on most kids wish list. The only electronic gadget he got this year was a new cell phone and he wouldn’t have gotten that except that his old one had a bad screen. He was so thrilled with that phone. And that made me happy I splurged on it. My husband and I went to a used DVD store and…

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Giving Thanks

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First Holiday since my husband passed so I’m not in a celebrating kind of mood, but I do give thanks for my sons who will be with me today. I couldn’t let Thanksgiving go by without also giving thanks for all of you. I’m grateful. For all those celebrating Thanksgiving today I wish you a joyful day and for my friends in other countries not celebrating Thanksgiving, as always I wish you the very best. Love you all. ❤


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I Never Lost As Much-Emily Dickinson

I Never Lost As Much

I never lost as much but twice,
And that was in the sod.
Twice have I stood a beggar
Before the door of God!

Angels, twice descending,
Reimbursed my store.
Burglar, banker, father,
I am poor once more!

– Emily Dickinson


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Nature Preserve and Metal Art Photos

Hi everyone. Hope you guys are having a fantastic summer. I don’t have time for a true post, but wanted to update a little around here. Thought I’d post a few photos of the places I’ve visited recently. Hope to see you all soon. 🙂 You can click the links to check out these great places.

Rothrock Mill Bridge

Rothrock Mill Bridge

Hayswood Nature Preserve

Hayswood Nature Preserve

Hayswood Nature Preserve

Hayswood Nature Preserve

Airplane-Eric

Airplane-Eric


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For Claudette

Once again I’m posting my remembrance poem in honor of a lost loved one. First I’d like thank all of you for your beautiful, thoughtful comments and prayers. I’m taking this week, then I’ll be back. ❤

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Claudette

Remember Me

Remember me_

not as a date or time,

but as a person.

Remember me_ 

I was weakI was strong.

I was afraidI was brave.

Remember me_

I had wantsI had desires.

I had needsI had goals.

Remember me_

not as an event in history,

but as an individual.

Remember me_ 

I lived I loved,

I laughedI danced.

Remember me_

ÓElizabeth Melton Parsons


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Tis The Season

Christmas Wallpaper

Tis the season to be jolly. Unfortunately things have not been especially jolly around here lately. If I believed in curses, I’d swear someone had put one on me. Seems as if anything that can go wrong has done so. But having said that, I am jolly all the same because I had a fantabulous Thanksgiving!

A house full of adults talking, laughing. Kids running around and being silly, the dog going nuts from excitement, The food was perfect. Of course that could be my own biased opinion, but since I received many compliments even from those who are not above telling you exactly what they think, I’m pretty sure it was okay. I was very tired (a happy tired) from cooking for two days, everyone ate too much except myself. Unfortunately I must watch my diet even on holidays, so while everyone was rubbing their tummy and moaning, I was feeling smug. It was wonderful. 😀 That is until I began slicing the pumpkin pies I’d made and realized I couldn’t have any. Then I was the one moaning. 😦

Eventually all the guests left and Eric headed back to IU. So now I’ve been decorating for Christmas. I’ve finished inside and will start outside as soon as the atrocious weather clears a little. Hope all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a day as wonderful as mine. I’m trying to work through my list of return visits to you guys. I have a lot to make so it will take a few days, but I promise to visit you all asap. Many hugs from me to you. ❤


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving, a day of thanks for all our blessings. Last year I wrote a list of a few things I am especially thankful for and that list still holds. I’ll be busy baking all day today and tomorrow I have guests coming so I won’t be around again until next week, but wanted to come on here and wish everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving a glorious holiday. And a very happy, peaceful day for those of you in places not celebrating Thanksgiving. Since I’m pressed for time I’m re-posting one of my old Thanksgiving poems. Love you all! ❤

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Thanksgiving at Grandma’s

Grandma’s pumpkin pies

Cinnamon, ginger, all spice…

the scents of heaven.

The old farm house…

filled with family,

filled with love.

Grandpa saying grace…

Giving thanks for family, friends…life.

The crackling of logs on the fire

bringing warmth to the chill of Autumn.

Grandma’s smile…

bringing warmth to our hearts.

Bowing my head with the others

I give thanks…

For Thanksgiving at Grandma’s.

Poem Copyright: Elizabeth Melton Parsons

Beautiful Graphic from: http://justsomethingimade.com/


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Thank-you! And Some Snow Photos

Wow, what an outpouring of support all you wonderful bloggers offered. I doubt I could ever thank you enough or explain just how much it means to me. Normally that kind of nastiness doesn’t get to me like that or make me so angry, but I’d been terribly stressed over a number of other things. I had my annual cardiologist check coming up and I didn’t think it was going to go well. But, the most important thing was worry about my brother. Most of you know I’ve lost two brothers and I cherish every moment with my remaining two as well as my sister.

The brother I’m closest to has spent the better part of two years in the hospital due to complications from surgery. He seemed to finally be on the mend, but then this autumn he’s had four bouts of pneumonia and called me from the hospital with even more distressing news. They’d done an MRI and found a spot on his lungs that had grown considerably bigger than it had been two months earlier. The doctor said it could possibly be scar tissue from the pneumonia, but he didn’t think so. He suspected cancer and wanted to do a biopsy. I told my brother not to worry because I was sure it was just scar tissue. I said it and I meant it, but that didn’t keep me from being totally freaked out.

I was trying to stay positive and one of the the things I do to de-stress is to come on here and see what all you guys are up to. And as usual I was offered a smorgasbord of beauty, inspiration, and humor. I was feeling pretty good until I read that comment. It was not the right time for me to deal with it and I became angry. Very angry. Thus my Goodbye post. And at the time I meant it. My brother’s biopsy came back 98% not cancer. Thank God. They will check it again in two months, but for now it is good news. My doctor visit went well. Much better than I was expecting. I still have other huge stresses, but at least those two are behind me for now. And when I saw all the wonderful, supportive comments, I decided to change my mind and continue blogging. So again thank you!

Now here are some snow photos I took yesterday. It was beautiful, especially when the sun came out with the white trees against the blue sky. They sparkled like crystal against the vibrant blue. No way could my phone capture such beauty, but I wanted to share them with you. I appreciated the beauty, but it is way too early for this much white stuff, not to mention the 10 degree temperature this morning. Burrr…..

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