Alicia Lopez’s Musings

Archive for August 2009

Two weeks ago I began a new page in my life; I decided to start a painting project which my hubby and I had put off for a year because of his declining health.  He loved to sit by the window and view the many changes of the day, from dawn to dusk.  He always said “We’ve got to paint the deck, it really needs it”.

All these home upkeeps we did together, me being his assistant.  So it is no wonder that I learned the fundamentals of  building, carpentry, plumbing, painting.  I decided to put this small knowledge to good use and start with the deck.

I assembled all tools required, as I remembered them.  I could feel his presence urging me on when I became discouraged, such as forgetting to have a rag handy for wiping off drops of paint, etc.  Once I stepped on such a drop and had to quickly take off my shoes and clean them before I went in the house.

It has been two weeks, and today was the day I finally put the second coat of paint on all that wood!  All that is needed now is to put the sealer.  I did have some help for the past two weekends, my daughters from Dallas and my sons in law flew in to give me a hand, and of course I always have the presence of the one son who lives locally and always watches over me.  Without them I would not have progressed this far.  I am so lucky to have five children who are always willing to help in one way or another.

I had quite a conversation with some neighbors who dropped by while I was painting.  They were  four deer who stopped to eat some leafs from my trees, and did not mind that I was there.  They continued to feed their bodies while I continued to feed my soul.  I spoke to my husband and asked his opinion on my painting.  I knew he would say that I was doing very well, but was a little bit on the messy side. Those had always been his comments while alive, so why should they change with his passing?

I have started to learn the art of living alone;  I am not quite there yet and still have my moments, but they are beginning to be further apart.  I had never watched daytime television, but I now find myself watching the game shows, such as “The Price is Right”, “Deal of no Deal” etc.  I sometimes fantasize appearing on the shows and winning all that money; I might try it someday.  I don’t think I will act as crazy as some of the contestants, but then , you never know.

My little pooch and I walk the trail around one of the local golf courses every day, and it has turned out to be good exercise for both of us.  We meet all kinds of people and pets, and take the time to speak to them.

So life goes on,  and I am floating along with it.

Hasta la Vista


Pardon me if I feel a little queasy and unsettled today.  The state of the world just seems to have shifted in my mind, all because of a program I watched on television’s  “History Channel”.  It was about the possibility of weapons being developed for the near future which could basically destroy mankind, using laser beams.

If you are any kind of a reader of comic books, science fiction, or even just an interested by stander to films in the genre of “Star Wars”, you have seen ultra modern weapons  used extensively in efforts to destroy their enemies; all in a world of make believe.

Well, get ready, the above mentioned program went into detail of all the tests that have been conducted  for weapons using even microwaves, which could possibly be ready for use within the upcoming twenty years.  It is very scary, dealing with bigger, better, and utterly destructive weapons that can obliterate the world.

Think atom bomb; these are more effective because they can be used by any human being with two hands, not requiring rockets for launches, huge  airplanes or ships.  They will be made to be handled as any gun used today.  Any country could easily take command of the world after destroying most of the people who inhabit it.

Surely, I was thinking, this can not possibly be true; but scientists appearing on the show had assurances based on facts and tests that, indeed, this could come to be.   Can you imagine such a happening?  The pessimist in me shuddered and reared up at the thought.

I immediately went outside and contemplated the beautiful world around me, made by a God who loves the people created in his image.  He gave us minds to use in perfecting this world, souls to use in loving one another and in helping those with most immediate needs.  Surely we can use our brains to rein in mavericks who would used laser powers for their own devilish deeds.

The trusting deer appearing in my yard gave me hope.  The hummingbirds chirping for their food calmed me, and the bluejays flying around hinting for their peanuts all helped to restore my soul.  My daily walk through the forest revived my drowsy optimism to a full alert status. Good can indeed triumph over evil, alert scientists can circumvent the ruinous features of the lasers, right can defeat might.

Thank you Lord for this day.

Hasta la vista.



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