"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Monday, November 21, 2016

The days have still been pleasant enough to take long walks


and to see many creatures enjoying the 

warm sunshine.....
this spider is amazingly large.....
and to me..........looks like it stepped out of  a
Tim Burton movie.......don't you think? 
This is a Golden Orb Weaver and is not harmful. 


The last of my flowers........one is the ..Butterfly Weed........
is certainly living up to it's name

it is attracting many butterflies

as is the morning glory     

and Chrysanthemum 



and it is still warm enough to bring out what I am not fond of

these past few weeks rattlesnakes have been everywhere .......
on the patio, on the front porch, in my flower beds......at my shop steps

and a den was in our storage shed.  They certainly make me nervous.
Yet they have their own beauty.

Now......let me introduce you to my newest hobby adventure...........
Gus and Tex
(GUS)

I have been wanting to raise miniature chickens for a while. As you read in my last post
my old rooster died.  I have 3 regular size hens left .......
and now I have found these wonderful tiny roosters..........they are only 10 inches tall
They are Wheaten Old English Bantams 


(TEX)
I love they way they sound when they crow........almost like a squeak toy.
I bought these at a flea market........they are a year old.  The lady who was selling them did not have any hens left.............so she is supposed to have hens for me next month. 
Now Thanksgiving is upon us.  
Here's wishing you many wonderful things to be thankful for on your Thanksgiving day .......
and every day beyond that!
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thursday, November 3, 2016

This old lunch belonged to my husband's grandfather

back in the 60's..........I am not sure how long he, himself used it..........
but I can tell you that it has been used every working day.......by my husband 
for the last 25 years. He has been offered new , larger, zip up type of lunch boxes......
but no........he has enjoyed this one

My husband loves the way I cook..........and he loves the left overs from the dinner's I make.
Those left overs would go into his lunch box for his next day's lunch at work.

I tried getting him to like "hot pockets" and frozen burritos..........but no
he wanted what he had the night before..........
and there would always be a buffet .........stuffed into this box
fried chicken, chicken fried steak, enchiladas, and so on..........
with all of the sides to each  main dish to go with it................plus dessert......such as pie and cake.
I used all sorts of containers and bags.............and carefully stacked and squeezed until 
the lunch box would almost not close.......
there would also be a container of tea, a plastic drinking cup, paper plate, napkins, and fork and knife.

Now.......the lunch box has not been used since the last of September.........
it is on a shelf........in retirement...........
my husband's workplace closed it's doors..........and now my husband
has a new life.........of early retirement.........
with no more lunches to carry to work.

For him at this moment...........it is odd to not be prepared to start
the day fast and hard to get work done
Lord knows........he has plenty to do here at home .........
and he is starting to enjoy the slower pace of life

for me...........it is a whole new chapter of our life together.
I have been used to living my life ...........alone......much of the time.........
and now..........it is like starting all over again......
getting to enjoy my husband's company at any time of the day!
I enjoy looking forward to each day of what we will do together.
A lot of home projects.........maybe some travel........
mostly......just enjoying.........
together.



Sunday, October 16, 2016

There are two reasons I named a feral cat Houdini

One, because I tried to trap him............because he was fighting
my other outside cat, Homer. 
(I had plans to take him to the local humane society. )
When I actually trapped  this wild grey striped tabby,
he broke my trap and escaped.........
earning the name Houdini.
Reason two,  I have never been able to get
a photo of Houdini, 
every time I aim my camera at him,
he hurries away, disappearing.

But as the months  rolled by, I slightly earned his trust by feeding him, 
and he stopped being so aggressive to Homer.
Still not trusting me enough to pet him.
These past few days, however, he has not shown up for his meals.
I found him yesterday,,,,, dead in my flower garden.
It made me so sad. This cat has had such a hard life to be dumped out 
into the predator filled woods and then to live out in the elements.
How I wish everyone would think twice before dropping off
 a cat or dog, hoping someone would give it a good home.

Also this week, my old rooster Norman died........
He had taken care of his hens very well.......even losing one eye in a rooster fight for them.
Over the past year, he acted a little wobbly now and then,
and in a few days be running with his hens.......
and a few weeks later, be wobbly again.
Now.......although I still have a handful of hens,
the grounds are quite and absent of the sound
 of a rooster crowing.
I knew I would miss that sound ...........
and I do


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Flowers don't worry about how they're going to bloom.........

 They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful. 
Jim Carrey
The morning-glories on the wall
Fling out their purple trumpets to the wind,—
~Elizabeth Chase Akers Allen (1832–1911)
"October," c.1866

Thursday, September 22, 2016

It was just like a family reunion.............

when I finally pulled out my cookbook collection
that has been stored away in the hall closet.........
for too long

for years, I have collected vintage cookbooks from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s...
I love to read them..........I can read a cookbook.......just like anyone else can  read a romance novel......
and I also like to try the recipes from them

but I also love to collect books that have stories that go along with the recipes........
my favorite cookbook author is Jane Watson Hopping.......
she tells of her life growing up with all of the old family recipes and 
of her life with her husband on her farm and of those recipes........

the reason my cookbooks have been stored away is because I moved them and the shelving they
were on .........to make room for this old cabinet.........it is a wonderful addition to my kitchen.
However, it left me with no place for my cookbook collection...
so for months they have been stored away 

I finally fixed shelving and found a perfect corner with a perfect chair to read them.
when I started re-shelving them..........each one was like a dear friend or family member that
I have missed and was delighted to see and hold again!


and yes.........there is one compartment in the vintage cabinet 
for the cookbooks I use frequently in cooking...........
how about you?
Do you collect cookbooks? If so, what kind and how old?
I would love to hear

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I'm not rushing Summer out the door...................


I'm welcoming Autumn in!...............

I have been gathering my small harvest 

of fairy tale pumpkins

and decorative gourds


of all shapes, sizes, and colors

and placing them everywhere on the porches

my potted marigolds are still young at the moment but I hope 
they will soon grow and fill out the pot  more.
How about you?  What is the weather like in your
corner of the world?
Are you soggy with rain?..........hot and dry?
or are the days feeling more like Autumn?
I would love to hear!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Damaged Meadow Update

Many of you have asked about how the situation over the damaged land
that I once called " my meadow" has been .......
I posted about this January 31st of this year (see link for the whole story)
 For the first few months........I got upset every time I went to look at the land.....
so I have not posted about it
It has been months of different occurring issues 
that has stalled the final negotiations and settlement 


but the company that has caused the damaged has stepped up
and patiently worked on resolving and repairing......as best they can. 
At last......the land is healing itself.

The company sowed the natural grass seeds early on.....
we had a lot of rain.........
but nothing sprouted.........
however.....a large patch of sunflowers found their way onto  
this barren land

who can complain about sunflowers?


if you look closer to the ground.......there are still bare
and barren places and traces of tire tracks.......

the company also placed a sturdy and long fence all the 
way down on our property.....
to prevent any more treading upon the grounds
and there is that one lone tree.....with a few more small ones around
I have hopes that this mesquite tree will grow and stand out on this land
as time goes by. I have been gathering all kinds of the wild flower seeds 
here on the grounds......and in late fall....I will scatter them ......
here.......reclaiming........
my meadow

looking out across from our land, the farmer's fields 
are tall and green in cotton

The issues have now been resolved......the negotiations agreed upon
and  once again........I take long walks with Sophie......and Homer
and I can resume  my usual cheery, butterflies floating.......
flowers blooming.......wild critters drinking..... posting...........
also.......you have asked about my spider bite..........
it is healing..........still slightly painful........
but healing.
Thank you , dear readers.........for always asking.......and 
always caring.
Here's wishing well for all of you
wherever your " meadows" lie