Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Just A Country Girl


My garden is coming in fast and furious now.  Squash, peppers, green beans, tomatoes, and soon corn.  That means that canning season is here and believe it or not I love it!

I come from a long line of "country girls" and I couldn't be prouder.
I was taught from a very early age about growing my own food, making my own clothes, and using what I had been given creatively.  My Mother, MawMaw, and Aunts were all great examples of just what it means to be a true country girl.  Self sufficient, self motivated, patient, intelligent, and energetic are all adjectives to describe my mentors.


Today was a long day but also very satisfying!  Last night my Dear Hubby picked the green beans and broke them.  This morning I got up bright and early to start the canning process.  While the beans were cooking I started cutting up the vegetables to make squash pickles.  My Hubby and Dad love these with beans in the winter.


During the down time while things were cooling I finished knitting a dish towel.  I love the bright color!  If you have never used a hand knitted dish towel you are missing out.  They are great!

Next up was blueberry jam.  Yum!  My blueberries are producing like crazy this year so I may be making this again.

Then down to the sewing room to cut off a skirt that is at least 25 years old but back in style....just needs a little redo!  Looks good now!

You can see what I mean.....busy, busy, busy!  I couldn't be happier!  It has been a few years since I have had the ability to truly put on my country girl hat.  I didn't realize how much I missed it. 

I am so thankful to have had these wonderful women to mentor me and show me how to do so many things!  Thank God I'm a "Country Girl"!   Blessings!





Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Up And Down Or Round And Round?!


Up and down or round and round?  Obviously the shortest distance between two points is up and down.  If you are climbing a mountain perhaps more should be considered.

On Sunday my dear hubby and I decided to go on a little adventure.  We haven't been on a vacation this year and thought we deserved a day of  rest and relaxation.  Hiking was what we choose to do and my hubby decided where the perfect spot was.  I was raring to go!

We packed a picnic lunch and hit the road.  When we arrived at our destination it was obvious that many others had the same idea but it was a LARGE mountain so there was plenty of room for all!

There were  four trails to chose from.  My dear hubby had hiked this area several times with Boy Scout groups so I depended on him to pick the best route up the mountain.

"This is the easiest and best for a beginner".  A direct quote from the old hubby.  I questioned why so many others were opting for the lower path that seemed flatter and "more picturesque".  He assured me that it was a much harder path.


It started out innocently enough but quickly turned into a straight up climb over the LARGE mountain.  Now there were some who were actually running up the path.....but very few.  I made my way slowly and deliberately.  Let me assure you that I did make it.


The view was beautiful and I was very proud of myself. I had a smile on my face and so did my dear hubby. The next day when I did my daily walk it was easy....really easy!

Tomorrow we are returning to the mountain.  We will try another trail....one that goes round and round. Up and down or round and round?  Which is best?  I will let you know!  Blessings!







Friday, June 20, 2014

I Am Ready For The Rain......In More Ways Than One

A couple of days ago I attended a fun event.  It was one of those things that you thought about doing and then almost let it pass by.  Thank goodness I went!  A local bookstore sponsored the author Dorothea Benton Frank discussing her newest book, The Hurricane Sisters.  I have read many of her previous bestselling books and knew that this would be good too.


We all met at an Italian Restaurant... myself and 60 of my closest friends. :-)  We all enjoyed a delicious Italian feast! Dessert was included of course.  I met many new people and enjoyed catching up with old friends.  After the meal Dottie (that is what she likes to be called) brought us up to date on her life and the process she followed to write this book.  She is a delightful speaker!  Funny but also serious about her writing and the subjects she tries to incorporate into her books. 

I haven't started the book yet.  I am waiting for a rainy day.  I have it all planned in my mind. Sipping tea while quietly reading the day away.  A girl can dream! :-)

Door prizes were given away at the fun even.  When I first saw the press release about the event one thing really caught my eye.  The publisher had several umbrellas like those on the front of the book to give away at each book signing.  I wanted to win that umbrella!!! 
I even dressed to match the blue and white swirled beauty! 


Guess what!?  You are right!  I came home with one of those beautiful umbrellas!  I love it and it looks perfect with my outfit! Don't you agree? 


So now I am ready for the rain in more ways than one.  A good book and a beautiful new umbrella....bring on the rain!  The only thing is I'm not sure I want the umbrella to get wet!? :-)  Blessings!












Sunday, June 15, 2014

Faithful

Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?  Proverbs 20:6

Faithful is defined by Webster as "having or showing true and constant support or loyalty: deserving trust: keeping your promises or doing what you are supposed to do".  I am blessed with a Father who exemplifies the word faithful.

My Dad is and always has been faithful in the small things.  Living his life not for fame, fortune, or popularity but living day to day doing what is right.  Both of my parents lived their lives by example.  They always taught my brother and I that if you do the right thing others will notice.  No need for words.  Actions speak far louder than words.

Even when nobody is watching my Dad is faithful, to God , his family, and his friends.  He does this because of his values. He always does what he thinks is right regardless of the consequences. 

I watched my Dad care for my Mom this past year.  I can assure you that it was probably the most difficult thing he has ever had to do.  He was faithful, even when it was difficult.  He talked to me about how his own father (my grandfather) had cared for his mother for 9 months.  Like my Mom she required full time care but according to my Dad my grandfather never complained.  Dad definitely followed my grandfather's  example.  I witnessed just what true devotion and love look like.  No one could have done a better job. 
 Faithfulness because people are counting on you and of course because you love them is something that was demonstrated over and over.

Because of the way my  Dad has conducted his life he is respected and loved by many.  No one loves and appreciates my Father more than me.  I have watched him face many trials with strength and dignity.  I am stronger because of him and the example he has set.


This is my favorite picture of my Dad and I.  Obviously taken at my wedding....just a few years ago! :-)

I am a gal who is twice blessed.  As I have said, my Dad is a wonderful Father, but I also have a wonderful husband.  Like my Dad, he always puts his family's needs before his own. He is a loving and faithful father and husband.

Happy Father's Day and thank you to the two men in my life!  Thank You for being a living example of what faithfulness is.  I love and appreciate you both more than words can say! Blessings!


Friday, June 13, 2014

She Said Yes!


I am finally back!  Sometimes "life" gets in the way.  Many projects have been completed and lots of work has been done.  Of course there is still plenty to do!  When you are the Domestic Designer, new projects take the place of the old very quickly.  If you don't believe me just ask my Dear Husband! :-) 


I do have some really big news!  My son is now engaged to a lovely young lady.  The whole family loves her!  My hubby and I hosted a brunch at our home for both of the families.  We all had a great time! It was the first time my son had been home since moving to the west coast so a celebration was definitely in order.  It was great to have grandparents, my kids, my future daughter-in-law and her family all together for a feast!  This is the photo they posted on instagram.  It is my favorite pic because it truly captures the excitement they both felt!

 Each person left with a bag of homemade cinnamon raisin granola.  I even tried my hand at calligraphy on the name plates!
I used calla lilies for the centerpieces and then planted them in my garden.







Muffins, breakfast casserole, hashbrowns, fruit, and french toast were all on the menu.


The favorite seemed to be the biscuit bar.  Homemade biscuits, gray, honey, butter, and jam!  Yummy!


The best part of the entire event was having all my kiddos together....and yes that includes the doggie!


Of course the most exciting news of the weekend was the fact that "She said YES" and now we are adding another wonderful addition to the family!  Blessings!









Monday, March 17, 2014

Celebrating A Saint



Today we are celebrating St. Patrick's Day.  This year, probably for the first time, I actually researched the origin of this special holiday. What I discovered was that up until this year I have been celebrating the wrong thing.

I have always worn green, ate the "right" foods, looked for a four leaf clover, and thought a Leprechoun was somehow involved in the whole process.  Boy was I way off!

The holiday is actually a celebration of the life of Saint Patrick.  He was born and raised in Roman Britain.  As a teenager he was captured by Irish pirates and enslaved in Ireland.  He escaped but returned to the country after converting to Christianity and becoming a priest.  His calling was to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Irish. He built schools and monasteries. He was belittled in the country but continued his mission.  He used the shamrock to teach the people about the Holy Trinity.


It gave baking my shamrock cookies a whole new meaning today.  I gave some to friends and told them of the things I had learned.  They were also surprised to find out the true meaning of  the holiday.


I suppose that like many holidays things become commercialized and the true significance of the day is lost.  I am glad that I  took the time to get my "facts straight" about this special day.


Gracie and I want to wish all of you a Happy Saint Patrick's Day! We both still wore green and  ate the "right" foods but now we know that today is about celebrating a Saint who sacrificed so much to spread the Gospel.  Blessings!


 






Sunday, March 16, 2014

Seesaws.....A Childhood Memory




Recently my thoughts were taken back to a simpler time.  The many hours spent on the church playground.  I was fortunate that I grew up going to a church that was directly across the street from the town park.  I spent many hours with my best friends swinging, sliding, running, climbing, and of course playing on the seesaw.  Now the "old fashioned" equipment of the past has been replaced by the modern plastic playground of today.  Supposedly the new designs are safer than that of my childhood.  The funny thing is, I don't remember anyone getting hurt when my friends and I played.  I only remember the great joy we found being free just to run and play. My children also enjoyed spending many hours playing at this park.  Easter egg hunts, church picnics, and family gatherings are all a part of my fond memories at this wonderful space.


My son recently sent me a picture of himself on a seesaw in Oregon.  Apparently it is still OK to seesaw there.  :-) As you can see...happiness happens when you are on a seesaw!  Oh I can remember having tricks played on me and I played a few myself. :-) You know what I mean.....jumping off and causing the other person to land.....hard.  Mean yes but all done in fun not to intentionally cause harm.  My son told me that this seesaw has an old tire placed in the ground so that if you should go down unexpectedly the landing is much softer.  Good idea!

Whether you called it a seesaw or teeter-totter the joy that you felt going up and down is the same.  Ironically that is how life is too.  An up and down journey that often leads to a hard landing.  Just like the seesaw hopefully we remember that there are also those moments when you are high in the air and grinning from ear to ear....just like my son.

What about you?  Did you ever play on a seesaw?  By the way I plan on visiting my son this Summer and having a go at the seesaw is on my list of things to do.  I promise to take a picture!  Blessings!




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