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Why Do We Love Children

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THIS IS WHY WE LOVE CHILDREN1) NUDITY I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, ‘Mom, that lady isn’t wearing a seat belt!’2)

OPINIONS On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, ‘The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents.’3)

MORE NUDITY A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women’s locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, ‘What’s the matter, haven’t you ever seen a little boy before?’5)

KETCHUP A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone. ‘Mommy can’t come to the phone to talk to you right now. She’s hitting the bottle.’4)

POLICE # 1 While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, ‘Are you a cop?Yes,’ I answered and continued writing the report.’My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?”Yes, that’s right,’ I told her.’Well, then,’ she said as she extended her foot toward me, ‘would you please tie my shoe?’6)

POLICE # 2 It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me.’Is that a dog you got back there?’ he asked.’It sure is,’ I replied.Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, ‘What’d he do?’7)

ELDERLY While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, ‘The tooth fairy will never believe this!’

DRESS-UP A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, ‘Daddy, you shouldn’t wear that suit.”And why not, darling?”You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning.’9)

DEATH While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cottonwool, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased.The minister’s son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said: ‘Glory be unto the Faaather, and unto the Sonnn, and into the hole he goooes.’ (I want this line used at my funeral!)10) SCHOOL A little girl had just finished her first week of school. ‘I’m just wasting my time,’ she said to her mother. ‘I can’t read, I can’t write, and they won’t let me talk!’11)

BIBLE A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.’Mama, look what I found,’ the boy called out.’What have you got there, dear?’With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered, ‘I think it’s Adam’s underwear!’

NOW IF THIS DIDN’T BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY,GO BACK TO BED AND FORGET IT.

I thought with our days and nights all mixed up right now, we could use a little levity. I found this on Face Book, and couldn’t help changing things up a little! I hope you enjoyed.

I want to thank all my beautiful Grandchildren for helping me out on this blog! I love all four of you!

Thank you for stopping to read Karen’s Stone Soup, see you soon.

LIVE IN THE MOMENT

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A mind is a terrible thing to waste, and our minds are so powerful, we don’t even realize how much we can do with our own mind.

We all have so much going on in our lives, some more than others. I for one am comfortable with my own problems. I know what they are, I’ve resolved myself to whatever it is, and I wouldn’t change with anyone else for the life of me. I’m betting others feel about the same. I know, I know we don’t really want the problems we have, but we have them, and until we fix them, they aren’t going away!

Many of us are anxious, and stressed about what the future brings. What can you do about the future. We plan, we invest, we spend much time thinking about something that is difficult to predict. Yet, we still stress over it, and our health and happiness suffers for it.

Live in the Moment!

Might I suggest that we all try to push the past, and the future aside, and make an effort to go somewhere peaceful, maybe even fun and spend the day with someone you care about. Take a day off from stress, and anxiety, just one day…see how it goes.

Others seem to be fixated on the past. I ask you if you are one of those people? Do you talk about your life ten years ago, five years ago, or in a different marriage? STOP! After the first two or three times, your friends and family don’t want to hear it, and it doesn’t serve you well to hash it over.

What good does that do? We can’t change the past, we can learn from it, survive it, but we never need to dwell on it. It’s in the past, it’s gone….let it go!

Again my suggestion is taking someone special on a picnic, or to an outdoor restaurant for lunch or dinner, or even on a drive. Have fun, and laugh a little, or a lot. Laughing relieves stress, lightenes the mood, and is very beneficial to you. Can we even walk on the beach these days? That’s also something men, women, and kids love to do.

Treat yourself kindly, and everyone else kindly. It feels really good to start changing the narrative in your mind. You are appreciated, and you are loved.

Thank you for stopping to read Karen’s Stone Soup, see you next week. Karen

What we do today is what matters most. The Buddha

It’s Never To Late!

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After sitting and thinking about this post, and what to write, it came to me. In my life I have made many transformations. Regardless of whether you consider them for the bad or for the good, I have learned something from all of them. Actually I’m grateful for the negative experiences, they have made me who I am today. At the time I wasn’t so happy, but reflecting back, some things make me chuckle, and some have made me grow!

As I’ve grown through my life, my ideas and attitudes have changed. There was a time of innocence, a time of testing my wings, a time of my wings being grounded! Then my wings flew once again, and I went through some real growth, I mean real growth! A time of calmer waters, and reflection. Some growth comes from hard times, some comes from quiet reflection. For me this time was one of quiet reflection. Learning why I made the decisions I made, and how I would manage to reverse some of those decisions, most importantly how not to make the same decisions again. Each time, I grew, and reflected, and grew. I grew one more time with the best decision I’d made in many years. This time resulted in being happily married for twenty nine years now. It’s never to late!

Those were decisions. The things I’m going to talk about now are also decisions, however they are internal decisions. The process of Giving myself an attitude adjustment!

Words from Dr. Wayne Dyer

For one reason or another, I won’t mention how I think I downloaded these ideas, but I always thought you had to step on others to get ahead. This went on for many years along with a very negative attitude. At some point maybe forty five years ago, I didn’t like who I’d become and after giving it many hours of thought, decided to change my way of thinking.

I somehow found a little paperback book by Eric Pace. Funny, I remember his name, but not the title of his book. In essence it said to change your thinking, and you’d change your life. It was an easy read, and it rang a bell with me. I don’t remember how many times I read it, but I couldn’t get enough. Just about the same time I was introduced to Wayne Dyer. He said pretty much the same thing, however Dr. Dyer had reading material along with CD’s, lectures, and anything else that would inspire you. I became totally infatuated with Wayne Dyer. I couldn’t get enough on him. Anyone I ran into that was having a problem, I’d tell them about Wayne Dyer. If you don’t know about Wayne Dyer, do yourself a favor and Google him, or look him up on YouTube.

There was so much useful information on those CD’s that before long each time I had a negative thought I’d replace it with a positive thought and I felt better about myself. I was honoring myself, my higher self, and my creator just by those positive thoughts. After that my glass has always been half-full!

You see, negative thoughts pull you down, negative people pull you down, and in the process it’s sometimes necessary to shed the negative people in order to fly like you are suppose to. The shedding process happens all by its self. When those negative energies try hanging around you, they don’t like the change in you, and go elsware to unload their negativity. You may find those people do the shedding for you, they just aren’t comfortable with positive energy.

Make some new, positive friends!

The world is full of negativity, and it doesn’t have room for any more of the same. The world needs positive people to have good thoughts, and deeds. We need each other, and there is a huge group of positive people to be friends with. They will find you because a positive person has a light around them, that negative people don’t have. Positive attaracts positive, and negative attracts negative!

“It’s never to late!”

Spread the light, show others who you were really meant to be, and glow in your beauty. We are all special, and all have that little spark of the devine in us. Let it shine bright, and be a beacon for others!

Much love to you all, until next time. Karen

Big Sky Lavender

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Hello! Meet Faith. She was born at the end of June to Bitterroot Bison in Lolo, MT. According to Native American legend, the white bison represents a powerful medicine woman known as White Buffalo Calf Woman. She is traditionally known as one who brings messages from the ancestors and as a healer who comes during times of crises.
For centuries, Native Americans have celebrated the birth of a white bison as a sign of hope and an omen of good things to come. It is also extremely rare. A white bison is born in 1 out of 5+ million births. Over time, her ivory colored coat will darken and change. According to legend, a true white bison changes color four times in it’s lifetime to represent all races of human beings united as one. Every time I see her I get goosebumps. If you’re heading south from Missoula, you’ll see the bison on the left side of the highway, right before you get to Lolo. And you’ll definitely see Faith if she’s out with the herd.

It goes to show you that all things are possible!


Natalie from Grounded Resources Yoga is joining us this summer for yoga classes at the farm. We’re doing yoga in between the rows of lavender!Our next class is 7/19 from 9 to 10 am and is open to all levels. Being outside in the lavender field is relaxing and a great way to start your Sunday!Please bring your own yoga mat, a blanket or oversized towel to put down between the rows.The cost is $10 per person.You can RSVP and/or email any questions to Natalie at info@groundedresourcesyoga.comYou can also check out her Facebook page here.If you don’t live close by but think you might be in the area this summer, come by and do yoga with us. We have plenty of space for social distancing.


MAN CAVE MAGNESIUM

A quick update on our Man Cave Magnesium spray.We usually sell it in a 4 oz bottle, but our supplier isn’t carrying that size right now. We did find some 2 oz bottles, so for now, that’s how we’re rolling.​​ Here’s a quick recap on why we love magnesium so much:Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant. We hold so much tension in our bodies and adding topical magnesium on a daily basis is an easy-peasy way to feel more relaxed and calm. It’s also an excellent way to relieve sore muscles and keep you moving.We have a friend who was reluctant to try magnesium spray, but after being bed ridden with back issues, used our Man Cave Magnesium and started throwing around words like magic potion and miracle spray. (His words, not mine:)He felt so much better, he could even kick himself in the butt for not trying it sooner.Topical magnesium spray is a simple way for you to feel more relaxed and relieve those annoying aches and pains.That’s it for this week! Thanks for being here and thanks to Faith for being born when we need her the most.
Big Sky Lavender Farms is located in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley, just south of Missoula, Montana. We make all natural, healthy products to help you live your best life today. Share the love and share the lavender. 

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My friend who along with her husband, and brother in law owns, and runs Big Sky Lavender. After reading her letter, I thought the White Buffalo was so rare, you’d like to read about it too. I always love new and unusual things in our world. I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I did. Karen

Change Your Life!

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Many years ago when I wasn’t so happy, in fact I was miserable, I knew something had to change. My life was not going the way I wanted it to go, and I was getting nippy, and nasty. I didn’t like my job, or anything else around me, I didn’t even life myself. I did however love my kids, and looking back I think part of my misery was that I wanted a better life for my kids, and myself.

Believe me, it took a lot of serious talks with myself before I came to a life altering conclusion. It wasn’t going to be easy, but then nothing worth doing is easy. I felt I was out on a limb that was about to break, and it was hanging over a very deep canyon.

Happiness is being with nature!

Somehow I found myself in the possession of a small paperback book. How I got it I haven’t any idea, but it literally changed my life!

The book, if I can remember correcttly was, Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by Eric Pace. I should have a copy in my library, but I must have loaned it to someone who needed to read it. I now have learned if you think you are loaning a book, you are really giving it away. Few of the books I’ve loaned have found their way back home.

Happiness is giving a kiss to a tiny lizard!

This book taught me how to switch my negative thoughts, to positive thoughts. Yes! It doesn’t happen oven night! I was extremely negative, and unhappy beyond words. As I said things had to change.

On day when I was just finishing my house cleaning. My husband came walking into the kitchen with “great news!” So I patiently sat down at the counter, and was gifted with a story he couldn’t wait to tell me.

He told me of this wonderful waitress he had met, and started dating. Because I was such a great wife, understanding, and easy going, he decided against all the warnings his friends had, to tell me about her, and he did! He described her, her personality, and how much I would like her. Really, I’d like her? Actually I loved her, she just saved my life!

This was my golden opportunity…literally. After trying to figure out how my life could be happier, my sweet, dear husband figured it out for me. Some husbands work in misterious ways, don’t they?

Happiness is getting donuts just because!

So my husband, and this little book gave me the courage to change my life. In the process and because of my thoughtful husband at the time I was able to pull my life together, get my feet under me, and start a new life. In the process I was borrowing a car, furniture, and anything else I could find to put my new condo together with my three kids. Fortunately, my boys were in San Dugito Hi School, but my daughter was in Middle School. The boys were self sufficient, and I didn’t have to worry to much about them. But my daughter, I had to be much more protective in the next few years with me. It all turned out alright, with ups and downs here and there, but who doesn’t have those raising kids.

Back to the book…

Each time I had a bad thought, I’d struggle to find a positive was of thinking about it. Sometimes I had to really think to find that tidbit of positivity, but adventually it started to come naturally, and today I find myself with few negative thoughts. I catch myself, and tell myself I can’t do that and be happy. You may think it sounds cheesy, and unobtainable, but it isn’t. I truly appreciate, and love all people. That doesn’t mean I like them, but I see the good in everyone, even if they are not so good. Sometimes good people make bad choices, and sometimes people are bad to the bone. But within each of them is a little spark of goodness they probably don’t even know is there.

Happiness is being by the lake!

I’m not a Saint, nor do I want to be one. I’m just trying to be the best human being I can be!

Thank you for stopping to read Karen’s Stone Soup. I promised a mix of ideas and thoughts when I started this blog, and I’m being true to my word.

Kindness Rules!

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Several years ago I declared my religeon to be Kindness! Does that seem strange to you? Well here was my reasoning….

I was raised in a Methodist Church, so I called myself a Christian. My mother had told me that’s what we were. In my eyes being a Christian was the same as being Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, or any other religeon. I knew each had it’s own way of worshiping, and their differences, but it didn’t matter to me. We were all children of God. I learned that in sunday school, along with Jesus loves me, this I know. Growing up I really didn’t hear about Muslims, or even Mormons, nor even black people, so you might say my world was very limited by my parents choice. I’m not blaming them for not telling me about these differences, I know they did the best they knew how.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more focused of what’s going on in the world, the impact we all have on our enviroment, politics, and each other. I’ve always been sensitive, and an empath, but now after my children have grown, and are self sufficient I have time to pay attention to things that just weren’t that important to a young mother.

My animals seem to be intelligent, they respond to what I say, and I believe they are much more in tune than I ever gave them credit for. All of you know how much I love trees. They facinate me with their graceful branches swaying in the breeze, and the way they seem to breathe in and out on a day when the air is alive with energy. The birds talk back and forth leading me to believe their conversations have meaning, and if I only had the patience to study them, I could most definitely learn every word they were saying, or singing. Their actions are like little people with lives, families, and a social network that amazes me each time I sit and watch them.

People are the same. For the most part we all want the same thing. We want to be happy, have a family, friends, have a social life. We want to educate our children so they may be more successful than we are. We want to clothe, and put shoes on our children, raise them with manners. We don’t want them to wander off in the wrong direction, and get into trouble.

In this busy world, people are not paying attention to the things around them. They work all day, come home, eat dinner, watch a little TV, and head off to bed! That’s it! We all do the same thing. Most of us plod along each day, all year with the same schedule, barely having time or energy to take a vacation, or even play with our kids. Some of us are so busy climbing the ladder, that they still don’t have time for family, friends, or vacations.

Is this the kind of life we really want to lead?

It isn’t any wonder everyone is so preoccupied with their own routine that they don’t realize they are being unkind to others, or teaching their own children to be unkind. Kids learn by example, and their parents are the first people they learn from. They mimic us from a very young age, and it doesn’t take much for them to learn how to be the kind of person you don’t want them to be. We wonder where they get some of this stuff from? Well maybe it’s learned right at home without anyone realizing it. Knowone wants their kids to be rude or insensitive, but they manage to pick it up if not at home by another child who’s parents have no idea they’ve handed it over to their kids, or that they are acting in an undesirable way.

Kindness is my religeon. Budha says the same thing, and to be honest, that’s where I learned it! All it takes is a little mindfulness, and a desire to be a leader, not a follower. A leader will be kind when everyone else is oblivious to others, the follower continues to be oblivious without realizing they are being that way. Together let us be more kind to each other, and to be mindfull of those who really need a kind word or action.. It’s possible they are so down that they only need to know someone else cares. A little bit goes a long way!

Thank you for taking time to read my post. Be kind, and have a great week.

Karen