Thursday, July 30, 2015

Coincidence or Not?

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Butterflies have always been special to me, even as a little girl.  I remember right after my grandmother passed away many, many years ago a butterfly, a Monarch butterfly, circled around our house, I thought it was an Angel relaying a message.

Years later, my boss, a dear friend, lost her life while leaving work one day (a long story on what happened).  She passed out in the middle of the walkway at work, and then stopped breathing; several employees’ tried to revive her while waiting for EMS to arrive, she lost her life. 

When I returned to work the next day, I had to walk on the same walkway where my dear friend passed away, in order to get into my office.  While walking toward the door, a Monarch butterfly flew around my head as if to say, “It’s going to be alright”. 

Fast forward eleven years, my Dad was diagnosed with cancer. He was able to beat cancer, but ultimately, the cancer treatment took his life.  Immediately after his passing, and cremation, I returned home to Oklahoma.  The next day, I went out to work in my flower garden, and to be alone; when a Monarch butterfly buzzed my head, and then flew onto a flower next to me in the garden.  What were the chances this butterfly was relaying a message?

Fast forward again, present day 2015, while working out in my vegetable garden. I was thinking about my Dad; when out of the blue, a Monarch butterfly flies toward me and tries to land on my head. The butterfly buzzed my head, and I put my hand out over the top to prevent it from landing on my head.   The Monarch butterfly landed on top of a sunflower.


I was getting ready to clip the stem of the sunflower with clippers, because the birds keep eating the seeds from the flower. I’m trying to save the seeds for next season’s plantings.   What are the chances this Monarch butterfly was here relaying a message to me from my Dad?  Your thoughts……………………..

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Here’s a picture of my very first Pink Brandy Wine Tomato harvested this season from my garden, along with a couple of cucumbers, and a handful of Sunrise Bumblebee tomatoes.



I’ll have you know that Pink Brandy Wine tomato had my name on it.  I love to make tomato sandwiches for lunch, and two days in a row I made myself a tomato sandwich for lunch,  and I didn’t share any piece of that tomato……………….YUM!!!!!!!!!!

This morning, I harvested 3 more cukes, a handful of Yellow Pear tomatoes, and 4 strawberries.  The strawberry plants have started to provide more strawberries like back in the beginning of spring. 
  


Even though I’m just starting to really harvest cucumbers, I’ll need to get my jars prepared and ready to start making pickles.   

30 comments:

  1. I just loved the butterfly story. I'd like to think that those we loved let us know it's going to be OK.
    My mother was cremated. On the day my brother and I were going to spread her ashes per her wishes, it was cloudy and gloomy......a really dismal day. We went to where she wanted to be spread and as my brother threw the first scoopfull, the sun broke through the clouds. It was amazing. It certainly comforted us.

    I'm envious of your brandywine. I wait all year for those---and though mine won't be ready until about 1 week before our first frost ( I usually only get 5 or 6 a year!), hubby and I savor each and every one.
    Enjoy!

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    1. Sue,

      Thank you, and it's truly part of my life. I believe a message is always sent, the question for most do they take the time to receive the message?

      I'm so happy to hear you and your brother were able to honor your Mothers wishes. I can only imagine how comforting it was for both of you when the sun broke through the clouds. Please realize at that moment you weren't alone.

      This was my first brandywine for the season, I'm hoping for more because I see little balls of baby tomatoes still growing, and many other blossoms. These tomatoes are just so amazingly delicious.
      Thank you!
      Hugs,
      Sandy

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  2. It's no wonder Monarch butterflies have a special meaning for you! Could all you've experienced be just coincidence? Personally, I don't think so. Bless the butterflies and their messages.

    My pickling cuke vines are really starting to flower and climb the trellis. I love making pickles and will be doing a big stocking up of them this year.

    Your tomato sandwiches make my mouth water. A good, ripe, homegrown tomato? Heavenly!

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    1. Mama Pea,

      I'm pretty sure you're correct, it's not coincidental.

      Pickles are something I look forward to each year. Granted I believe I have 6 jars remaining from last year, will that stop me from making more.......NOPE!!!! I could eat pickles daily and never get tired. As for the rest of my family, they won't touch them.........and I'm okay with that :-)

      Yes Ma'am, there's nothing better than a home grown tomato sandwich!!!!
      Just Totally Divine!
      Hugs,
      Sandy

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  3. butterflies are special to you, Sweet Sandy - because YOU are a butterfly! i watch the way that you flit and flutter through your blog and through other people's blogs and you always leave comments that a butterfly would leave...and i think of you as a butterfly. butterflies are truly wondrous and beautiful creatures..as are you. i think of how you flutter around our blog, always leaving such beautiful comments, filled with love and joy, and it is the same feeling that a butterfly leaves when i notice one. coincidence? i think not.

    your harvest is beautiful and between the two of us - i am sure that we can get at least one jar of pickles - bahahahahha!

    sending so much love..to you...and all of yours...always! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. oh - i forgot to say that you and jam are the same and love your tomatoe sandwiches - bahahahah! love you gurl! xoxx

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    2. Sweet Kymber,
      Thank you so very much my dear friend. I always try to read and leave comments of blogs I follow. Even if things are bad, I try to be see the positive in every situation. I have to agree with you, it's not a coincidence at all.

      My sweet friend, I'm holding on to the cukes I've harvested already and waiting for a few more before making pickles. I may get about 3 jars right now, and that's okay for now because I know there will be a lot more cukes coming real soon.

      You don't like tomato sandwiches girlie?? They're amazingly delicious with a tad bit of mayo, salt, and pepper...... Good to hear Jam love them too!!!
      Sending hugs and love to you both.
      Your Friend,
      Sandy

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  4. yes, the butters are messagers.

    Have a blessed evening.

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    1. Gail,

      I thought the same, the Monarch butterfly is a gift from heaven.
      You too!
      Hugs,
      Sandy

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  5. Monarch butterflies are one of my favorites just behind the tiger swallowtails. Maybe they are sending you a message who knows but if you think they are then they are.

    Pink Brandywines are great tomatoes. I like them because theya re easy to peel and I freeze mine for chili all Winter too. We started getting our first maters a week ago with any consistency and started having Mater,egg, cheese and bacon sammiches. I love them!!!

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    1. PP,

      Both are amazing butterflies. You see more of the tiger swallowtails than monarch. I do believe therefore, they're sending messages :-)

      Yes, Pink Brandywine are the best as far as I'm concerned. Always the first Brandywine is mine for tomato sandwiches, then the rest are used for sauce.
      Love me a BLT sandwich too!!!

      Hugs to you and Mrs. PP,
      Sandy

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  6. Yes Yes Yes...for me it is two doves..I forget the kind of dove it is called but they are sort of tan/grey like... messengers from the other side! Oh I love your story!

    Beautiful Tomato!

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    1. M.E.,

      You agree about the messages. A pair of doves, I know the type of doves you're talking about. We have a pair that fly in every day, and rest on the lines above the house. They were here last year too.
      Thank you!

      I could be the tomato monster, love my matoes!!!
      Hugs,
      Sandy

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  7. Sandy, that is really neat about the monarch butterflies. That's what I call a treasure of the heart.

    Your garden veggies look so good! So glad they survived your rain and mud.

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    1. Leigh,

      The monarch butterfly is truly a treasure of the heart. I'm very happy a few things survived the storms. I did replant a bunch of other things, and they're finally coming in too.

      Hugs,
      Sandy

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  8. Beautiful, both the butterfly and the tomato.

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    1. Stephen,

      Thanks, I thought so too :-)

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  9. Most definitely. It's so important to be open to messages of love - from everywhere and everything. And what lovely messengers. And that tomato - oooh, baby!

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    1. Susan,
      There's always messages around, I agree with you you have to be open to receive them. Yes, that tomato is just amazing.......I can't wait to harvest more:-)
      Hugs,
      Sandy

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  10. Sandy, the same thing has happened several times in our lives. The most recent -- Jim's mom passed away suddenly, two years ago, reunited with Jim's dad, who had passed a year and a half before that. We were outside on our patio one afternoon, and Jim wondered out loud about them, and right after he said something, two Monarch butterflies made their appearance right in front of us. He looked at me and said, "Huh." It was a great moment. Thanks for sharing yours with all of us!

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    1. Hey Kathi,
      Those two butterflies were relaying a message to the both of you. How awesome was that? Thank you for reading my story.

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  11. What a great story...my Dad passed away unexpectedly in 2001. My Mom had a single dove appear in the yard for days afterward and then disappeared. About 5 years after that, my Mom passed away very unexpectedly as well and a few days after that there were two doves that appeared in our driveway.

    I believe the signs we often search for are all around us, we just need to be open to seeing them...

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    1. 1st Man,

      Thank you, it's part of my life. I'm sorry to hear about both of your parents, please know they will always be with you. These doves are in your driveway for the same reason the Monarch butterfly appears.
      Hugs,
      Sandy

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  12. Hum. I don't know Sandy. In one of his plays Shakespeare has a character say "There are more things in heaven and earth , Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

    If my old boss comes back as an insect he'll come back as a stink bug.

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    1. Harry,

      You're to funny!!!! Love the old stink bug comment.

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  13. Sis I believe you are right about the butterflies. I would add one more story, after Dad passed away the crematorium held their first annual butterfly memorial release. When Mom and I released the first one it flew up and landed on her blouse at her heart. We released one for each of us that time. This year I did the same and the first one landed on my hand and stayed for awhile. I think of him often especially when I see a monarch. Love you.

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    1. Kim,

      Monarch butterflies have their way with relaying messages to family :-)
      Love you too!

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  14. Oh, yes, I believe in signs and in God things. Hubs' dad was very fond of me. I was friends with Hubs' younger sister and whenever Hubs' dad would see me, he'd have to have a hug. He died before Hubs and I were engaged. Years later, not long after we were married, Hubs awakened very early and told me he'd seen his dad, standing at the foot of the bed, smiling! He said he felt like it was almost a high-five from his dad for picking a girl he liked to be his wife.

    I have a couple of funny instances of God's sense of humor and His love for us that I just wrote on my blog last Friday. Do come by and read it if you get a chance, it'll give you a giggle.

    There is so much that we don't know, because we have to die in order to know it, but I do believe if you stay alert you will see signs that those who have gone before us have left, or little messages from God.

    I have had ominous signs, too. One was when I was summoned to go see my mother. My mother was most likely bipolar and she could be incredibly cruel and hateful much of the time. Because of some rather ugly things that had happened in our family I made the decision that I'd be better off if I distanced myself from her. But she had called Hubs at work and asked him to tell me to come see her. So I went. My boss told me to pray for The Armour of God and I was doing so as I drove there, holding the cross that was on my necklace between my fingers, when the chain of the necklace broke! I thought nothing of it at the time, but proceeded to my mother's house, where she told me I was the family troublemaker and everyone thought so, and that none of them liked me, when in truth I had done nothing to warrant all that and in fact had been the victim of some pretty dirty stuff my sister did. I had backed off, said nothing, while my sister put a spin on the things she had done to make it seem like I had been the catalyst, and spread this throughout my entire birth family. I mean, what kind of a mother says stuff like this to her child??

    In retrospect, I have always wondered if breaking the chain on that necklace was a sign that I should have turned the car around and gone home.

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  15. IIene,
    If we take time to receive the message, the message will be heard. Having the cross in your hands, and the necklace breaking was the message.

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  16. butterflies are just as awesome as they are beautiful. The monarchs are out around here and the boys have been on the hunt for the past few days. ...... I got your email, just slow to respond is all.
    Hugs and love to you guys..

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