Sunday, July 19, 2015


I live in a Catskill wonderland ~ surrounded by emerald green giants, rolling mountaintops, flowing beds of water, green garden landscapes ~ all in the midst of quaint little towns. As I drive in to Cairo (sounds like 'care-o') one of my most favorite views appears while crossing Catskill Creek. After a good rain in the summer, the river runs quickly enough to produce a little white water as it flows over the jagged rock bed. Majesty reveals itself as you look down the glen and up to the mountains. It is a quick peek as I drive across and I often wish an Adirondack chair was positioned right there on the bridge so I could sit and drink in the spectacular scene along with a glass of iced tea.

Many times this summer we have seen newly born fawn following their mother from one side of the road to the other. At different times we've had a pair of twins frolicking in our back yard, tagging along behind their mother from our yard to the neighbor's as they graze on clover and wild oregano and everything else growing. What else says natural wonderland than frolicking Bambi munching on clover?

Sunsets along the Hudson, sunsets on the mountain, sunsets driving down Route 23. Pinks, oranges, and purples flood the sky and drape themselves over the mountain ridge. The sights here are limitless and I love being surrounded by them all.

However, I can not say that I am quite as fond of the tiny, pesty critters we are infested with. When I work in my yard, I come in and check for ticks. When we go for a hike in the woods, we come in and check for ticks. If we go camping on the mountain, we check for ticks. If we walk down to the creek, we check for ticks. We have two dogs, we check for ticks. Though we check they still slip by. Sure its nice and easy to find an adult on you, but the larva and nymphs can be tiny and hard to detect.

 So..... Lyme. Not much fun, for sure. Nausea, fatique, aching joints. I am thankful that we caught it early. Hard to miss the huge bullseye on my back. Thankful there is an antibiotic for the infection. Not so thankful that it makes me feel sick.

Lessons being learned now:
I have to slow down for a few more weeks,
I have to pace myself,
and I have to remember that the world is not going to crumble
if I am not doing everything I am "supposed" to be doing. 
the world will not come to an end
 But I AM going stir crazy and I'm ready to get moving again. 
Oh boy, these are hard lessons to learn!

Maybe the best thing for me to do is set up my hammock,
grab that iced tea, read a good book,  
and enjoy that wonderland I love so much.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Is Less Really More?

How do we escape the bonds of food? It is one of my weak spots as I like to cook and bake. Mostly, though, I really just love to eat what I cook and bake. Today alone I baked a batch of banana muffins and two loaves of banana bread, sourdough is rising, my tomato sauce is simmering in the crock, and ground beef that has been sauteed is waiting on the stove for the soup it will marry with in about another hour or so. Of course all of these delectable items will not be eaten today, but my house smells scrumptious and even though I can't possibly be hungry I simply want to eat something yummy! How am I to keep those New Year's promises I swore I wouldn't give up on this year?

Seriously, though, I live in a land of plenty, where moderation tends to go out the window as gluttony has become the banner of all things American. How easily I find ways to reconcile this in a world where I know there are people who live on a dollar a day or less. This fact does not represent the minority. While some are struggling to eat enough to sustain their lives, I am struggling to simply eat less! 

I could laugh this issue away, but really I wonder which is worse: being hungry or being in bondage. Across this great nation we have excess in everything imaginable. Homes, cars, clothes, toys, and food are plentiful and at our fingertips. So often little is not enough and we want more. We become discontent with all that we have, crying 'I need more'. To be satisfied seems a distant concept that disappeared as affluence crept in. Because we can, we do. Because we want, we have. Because we can't wait, we get it now, and in abundance.

How do we break free from this mental prison that tells us it is alright to live this way. As I think back to the question, which is worse - hunger or bondage, I have to think about the way hunger creates a fervency. I certainly do not desire to be among the starving, but I do desire to be fervent and not in a constant state of gluttony that seems to lull me into a dream-filled slumber where I find I am never content with all that I have.

Oh, I do love my food.
I pray, however, that I will be mindful of the world around me and realize when enough is enough. I do not need more than I simply need and just because I may want, does not mean that I must have.
Very often, less is more.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Close Out

is coming to an end and I find myself anxiously awaiting the new year. The thought of fresh beginnings flood my mind along with hopes of great accomplishments. I am not one to make New Year's Resolutions, but I have been secretly designing great master plans for the upcoming year. There are spiritual hopes, healthy promises, and wealthy agendas floating around in the back of my head.

The beginning of a new year marks milestones for many. In our home we look forward to a year that will hail another teenage girl in our midst as our youngest turns 13. My 40th birthday is this year and I am excited to be sharing that day with my nephew who will be celebrating his 1st. Beyond that we find our eldest daughter preparing to graduate this summer and embark on the next phase in her life. It is our 3rd year with Lawlor Family Painting and we anticipate a year of growth and of building great relationships with new clients, all the while enjoying ones we have made in the past couple of years. RiverGlass Creations is getting ready to embark on its next path as well, as I hope to expand outside of the virtual mall and venture into local shops.

At the same time not all desires for the new year are great milestones. I look forward to surviving the rest of this school year and working to better equip my girls for the life before them; to gardening and actually producing a successful crop; to hiking and camping, enjoying the northeast and God's beauty in creation; to being a better wife, mother, daughter, and sister, expressing my love in more definite terms to those around me; and of course to living a healthful life.

Yet all the while, amidst the grand schemes I have prepared for the year to come, I reserve in the innermost parts of my soul the hope of  a year filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. I aspire to showcase a life lived out for God, in service to the King of Kings.

I pray that this new year is filled with great blessings, hope, and love for all of you.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Why RiverGlass Creations?

An integral part of what I do in addition to being a wife and a mom can be seen in RiverGlass Creations. This a format where I can allow my creativity to flow and escape as I leave the everyday things in life and slip into a place where my thoughts are less cumbersome. My focus is on the creation of something beautiful. But that is not the only reason I make jewelry. There is a benefit outside of myself. This is why I ask...

Why RiverGlass Creations?

Nothing speaks more volumes than pictures and these pictures tell you why.

This is what you will see along the banks of the Hudson River.

 From afar it is deceiving but when you are walking along this part of the shoreline you cannot take a step without touching glass. 

RiverGlass Creations has barely put a dent in the amount of glass that we see but we strive to clean this part of the Hudson River and much more.  

I am a firm believer in taking care of what God has given us. The earth has beauty and majesty beyond anything that we can ever create. We have a duty, I believe, to preserve that beauty and majesty, and RiverGlass Creations flows from that ideal. Every little bit that we do is a step forward. Though it may seem like we will never achieve a world with no pollution our endeavours should be to that end.

Please partner with us in our efforts.
Visit our store and see what RiverGlass Creations is doing with the glass we collect from the very spot along the Hudson River that you see above.
We can't succeed without your help.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Changing Seasons

Just as there are seasons in nature there are seasons in life. My favorite season is fall. Though the days of summer may be too short, the warmth of an Indian summer, crisp air, colorful changing of leaves, aroma of baked apples and fruitfulness of harvest time bring a sense of coziness that summer does not. It is a busy time of year as we are knee deep in school work and preparing for colder weather, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas, but I have come to realize every season is a busy one and despite any efforts to slow down and enjoy our time, days slip by almost unnoticed.

In life, seasons tend to change just as quickly as summer disappears into fall, and fall, much more quickly, into winter! Some seasons you wish could last forever and others can't end soon enough. A season comes along where everything falls into place, and then suddenly you don't know up from down and can't find your way back to normal or figure out what is going on or why it's going wrong. Taking things in stride seems like the best thing to do, like rolling with the waves in a storm, but it is also the hardest thing to do because we like control. We like to be the master of the ship, we like to command our way through the storm. 

I find my best hope of sanity comes when I place all hope and trust in God who has promised to be my help in time of trouble, to be my shelter in the midst of the storm, who knows my every need and knows how strong and how weak I am. Although the season I am sailing through may be filled with discomfort, and I may feel unsettled, trying to push ahead onto that next part of the journey, I wait confidently and prayerfully for His perfect timing.

Well...the apples and pumpkins have been picked for the season, the garden is being put to bed, the pool is closed. Soon the leaves will be down and we will be raking, the crockpot will be working overtime, the blankets will be scattered across the living room, and winter will be knocking at the front door. 

 Where will our journey be taking us then?