Monday, July 25, 2016

When the weekend temperature is near 100 degrees and the humidity is high...

When the flowers in your garden look wilted and seem to be crying out for water...

....... we all are so thankful for the privilege of being invited to my brother and SIL's "farm pond" for the day!  Yes, that was certainly the place to be.  All of the extended family (that it suited) headed west, for a day of fun being together.

Young and old alike.  For this little guy, it was his first kayak least on this pond.

Here father and daughter seemed thrilled to be together.

Second cousins learning to know each other for the first time.

I loved watching the older ones taking an interest in helping the younger ones.

Then of course, we are always thankful for our Aunt Lou who kindly makes us her
specialty iced coffee drinks.  They are exceptionally delicious in any type of weather,
but even better in this heat.

We are all most grateful for our host and hostess, and our day at the farm!!!!

I hope you are able to stay cool today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

For years, this nice wooden chime clock sat in the upstairs closet.  The clock was a gift to
my dad, from the company.  Inside, his name and the date was engraved on brass. 
This clock was placed in the closet because we had misplaced the brass
key that was used to wind it each week.  As we were cleaning out the closets, we found
the key.  Now, once again, it sits in our home, ringing out it's pretty chimes, every 15
minutes. Are we happy with the chiming process now?

Well, last week, at the same time, my husband and I both remarked, that the chimes seem to
be ringing constantly.  It is a continuous reminder to us, of how fast time is going, and
quite honestly, we aren't sure we appreciate it.

Recently, we had another stark reminder of the rapid pace of time.

It happened when our daughter and her grandma, sat at the same dinner table, as me and
my granddaughter.  I sat there observing it all, and I can't express to you, how it felt.

How did it happen so quickly?  A blink, and here it is.  And, if I live to see it,
in a few brief years...

I might be sitting with my great-grandchildren, trying to balance them all on my lap, as
my Mother-in-Law is doing here a few weeks ago.  I really like this picture!

These thoughts on time, and the speed with which it travels, clearly remind me of a poem
that my grandmother taught me.  She had it printed and framed in her home;

"The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power,
 To tell just when the clock will stop, at late or early hour.

To lose one's wealth is sad indeed.
To lose one's health is more.
But, to lose one's soul is such a loss
That no man can restore.

The present only is our own,
 So Live, Love, toil with a will--
 Place no faith in 'Tomorrow'--
 For the clock may then be still."

~Robert H. Smith 1932-1982

I pray that the older I get, the more I am reminded of the importance of each minute I have, 
and that somehow I take time to pass on that concept to my grandchildren.

"My times are in Your hands."  Psalm 31:15a.  This verse was one that my Mother
quoted so often in her life:). 

Here is a gift for you today!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by to visit me.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fresh from a local farm, to my kitchen island.  Always a looked forward part of the summer. for me!

Found this recommended recipe, along with many highly favored zucchini muffin recipes on the
Internet.  But, this is the one I tried, and this is one I will keep.  They are moist, flavorful, and
can be frozen.  I doubled the recipe.
If you want to try this delicious recipe, you can find it here;

A few months ago, I visited "The World Market" with my daughter.  I spotted a wall of the cutest
purse gift bags.  They looked so real and were on sale:).  I purchased a few of them, for times
when I need a gift.  Zucchini muffins in a purse...what a fun gift when I need one today.

Placed the muffins on plastic wrap, in a double row, and then carefully wrapped them up.

After all, it is always good to bring a smile to someone, right?

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, July 8, 2016

 Ten years ago today, our grandson was born.  As you all know, years can fly by, and we've had so much fun with blessed to have him as part of our family!!!

His energy, his fun spirit and his outgoing personality, give him a long list of friends.

On Tuesday evening, we celebrated him and all his special qualities, with a big (cupcake) "10"

Here he is now, with a bit of birthday cake on his face, but a most handsome, young man, never-the-less.

He has many who love him, including this little guy, one of his youngest cousins.  With
patience and kindness, he works with him and instructs him. 

We are so thankful for him, and wish him many more happy birthdays ahead.

Monday, July 4, 2016

How about you?  Any unusual happenings in your July 4th holiday?  Anything out of the
ordinary, like perhaps coming face to face with a Peacock?  Did it happen to you?  As you can see,
it did for me.  Twice in a span of two days, I came within a few feet of one of nature's
most magnificent birds.  Actually, I was a bit awestruck, as I studied it's brilliant
colors and exceptional design.

As if intentionally placed, I discovered this bird sitting on the hood of a blue pickup truck
at a nearby farm, that I visited with my family on Saturday.  Proudly he sat there, so still that
I almost walked right past him.

He stared directly at me, and I slowly moved close enough to the car, to lean on it and stare right
back at him. All I could think of as I took in his exquisite beauty, was that God certainly is an incredible designer and artist.  So many brilliant colors and perfect designs covered every
inch of this bird.

Today, again on different farm visit, we encountered another one of the proud, strutting birds, in a
big open meadow.

It did not seem the least bothered by the chickens running around it.

I used my zoom lens, and captured a close up of his uniquely created plume.

There are so many special celebrations for this July 4th holiday.  I assure you, that I am probably the only blogger, that shares her Peacock encounters, instead of festive and patriotic subject matter.  But, it may add a smile to your day.  I do hope it helps you see things that add wonder and amazement to your every day, whether it is a holiday or not. I marvel at God's creations.

The reason for our local farm visits, were because our daughter and family were spending a few
days visiting us, from their home in the Midwest.  Treasured moments for sure.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Wishing you joy and wonder in the week ahead.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

They are in abundance this year.  We think it is because we pruned back our bushes and
trees that were growing around them, giving them more sunlight.  Like me, they thrive in the
sunlight:).  I am so thankful for the beauty they add to the landscape.  Every year without
fanfare, they arrive in the garden.

Did you know?

~Bees are the main pollinators of daisies.
~Name "daisy" originates from Anglo Saxon word "daes eage" which means "day's eyes".
  Daisy opens the flower at dawn and closes it at night (hence the name ).
~Daisy is rich source of Vitamin C.  It has a pleasant taste and it can be used as a part of
salads, soups and sandwiches.  Both flowers and leaves are edible.  ( I did not know this
fact.  I never served daisies on my salad.  Did you?)
~Juice extracted from daisies was used for wound healing in ancient Rome.
~Daisy is used in folk medicine (usually in the form of tea) to relieve cough, to improve
digestion and to slow bleeding.
~Daisy is a symbol of purity and innocence.

~Information taken from

One more interesting thing I read is that, Since the name daisy means "day's eye", and
refers to the way they close their petals in the evening and open them at dawn,
" it is the marking of a new day".

It is a new day today.  God gave us tiny miracles like daisies, to remind us that He loves
us.  It is easier to face the day, knowing that, despite what all the day ahead of you and me,

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Last weekend, we headed for farm country, on our bikes.

It was a 24 hour break from the daily routines of life.   It included 8 friends who rarely see
each other, but relished the privilege of catching up with each other. 

There was time to rock on the back porch and discuss life as we are living it.

Catching up with friends is such a special gift, whether it is on wooden rockers...

...or by the fire pit at dusk.  Four sets of grandparents, from different walks of life, coming
together for a few brief hours.  It was encouragement and inspiration for each of us.

We crossed the road and visited the neighboring family's garden.  What a masterpiece those
gardens were!  With precision and skill, the lady of the home planted each and every vegetable
and flower.  We had never seen any gardens like it, and spent time inspecting it all.

We heard that marigolds keep the bugs away, and maybe the rabbits.  Do you know why she
placed the marigolds between the spring onions?  Maybe just to add color.  So clever!

The basil plant looked so healthy, that one could almost imagine the flavor that would add to
any dish.

Certainly not ordinary gardens.

We liked how she used this old wooden shutter.

She skillfully added color and design to every thing she planted around the old farmhouse.

Along with her gardening skills, this neighboring friend bakes all of her own bread.  Her she
shared a freshly baked loaf with the eight of us.  I can't tell you how much goodness that added
to our farm breakfast, along with my sister-in-law's superb gift of cooking.

 After breakfast, we continued our chatting, some of us in the water and some of us, in the
old metal boat.  You all know, we as women can talk anywhere.  We aren't limited by the
situations we find ourselves in, right?

Before saying our goodbyes and heading back home, we found time for a bit more conversation,
and sampling some amazing homemade molasses cookies, that our hostess specializes in baking.
They always bring smiles to those who eat them:).

We were all grateful to these two, for the privilege of this short, but fun getaway.

As I was doing this post, I thought to myself, that I wish there was a way that I could share one
of those molasses cookies with each one who visited my blog today.  I would love that, and
so would you:).

Since the purpose of my blog is to add a bit of joy and beauty to your day, I hope you liked
joining us in the country for these few minutes.


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