"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, February 6, 2023

February

 

On the wind in February
Snowflakes float still,
Half inclined to turn to rain,
Nipping, dripping, chill.
~Christina Georgina Rossetti, "A Year's Windfalls," 1866

Hello everyone.......how are your February days treating you?  Are you covered in ice and snow? 
Are you enjoying the warmth of a sunny day?  Whichever you have, I hope it is 
pleasant for you. 

We have some days of ice, some days of rain, and many days 
with sunshine.  

The colors of February here are gray, and all hues of brown.
The vibrant yellow color of the Italian Jasmine blooming
catches the eye during this bland time of year.
The fragrant blue blossoms of the hyacinth ......that
jumped into my shopping cart at the store, 
brings some happy color to the back porch. 
Although the landscape may still be in it's winter slumber
the sky does not withhold it's beauty.........in the morning
it is absolutely breathtaking.
although we are still in the middle of freezing temps...........
seeds and seed catalogs are getting me anxious to plant.
Until that time actually comes,........
I can spend my time embroidering the flowers
I want to grow! 
Have you started planning a garden for flowers or vegetables?
How are you spending the cold wet days when inside? 
I would love to hear! 
Here's wishing you pleasant February days! 









 



Thursday, December 29, 2022

The last space of this years calendar

will soon be marked off and a new calendar with serene photos.....
each with a hope filled verse, will be hung on the nail in the wall
for the new year.
I glance around at the still, dry, brown, areas of the yard and to where everything
lies in winter slumber.  In just a few weeks the tiny cheery yellow blossoms of 
the Italian Jasmine will be in bloom and just a few weeks after that, the fragrant
purple blossoms of the stock flower will be growing tall. It seems that nothing 
stays asleep for too long.
The usual excitement and activities that occur for the "sending out
the old year and welcoming in the new" happens all around in the
scattered cities......miles away from our home. For us, the new year arrives as 
quiet and calm as the old year leaves. We may play a game of cards, watch
fireworks and celebrations on the television, and maybe end the night with  a toast and a clink
of glasses when the time arrives.
New years day will have us enjoying a home cooked meal with the
"traditional" side of black eyed peas and we move on with the 
unfolding days with hope of good things to come.
The first days of this new year are predicted to be pleasant and sunny. 
Not too cold with just enough warmth from the short day of sunshine.
We had extreme low temps a few days ago before Christmas and now the trees have
let go of their remaining leaves but still have a winter loveliness with 
their gray limbs and moss patches on their rough bark.
On the bare limbs, I can now see empty bird nests and dried wasp nests that
were filled with life just a few months ago when the weather was warmer.
I reflect back on the year that is almost gone. There has been some 
worry, some sad moments, and some trying challenges.  But there has been
much joy and contentment in this quiet life that we are blessed to know, 
away from the maddening chaos that unfolds in front of us on the television. 
What this new year has in store and what it's days may bring to us, only 
time will reveal.
In my heart there is hope for peace filled days ahead and the prayer
for courage and strength to endure the challenges .....
come what may.
This is my wish for you as well and for the new year unfolding.
Wishing you all a very blessed new year.

" Winter does her own pruning. And I think that, as the new year begins, 
I might well do some pruning in my own life, keeping the essentials, the real values, 
and letting go the part that is no longer contributing to the growing time of my 
spirit."
                                 Gladys Taber







 

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

The colorful lights from our Christmas tree

 

shine through our front window.........giving our home
a pretty Christmas card look..........
although there is no snow........it still looks nostalgic.
We, as probably all of you, are weathering extreme cold
days and nights. 
Wishing you all warmth and comfort as 
these hours fly by into a wonderful
Christmas day.

And, so, Christmas comes to bless us!
Comes to teach us how to find
The joy of giving happiness
And the joy of being kind.
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "There Will Always Be a Christmas," 1940s



Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Now Comes November

The days are shorter now and the skies have been more overcast 

with grey and purple clouds, with patches of blue peeking through. There is a chill
in the late night that continues into the early morning hours all the way
up till sunrise. 

The winged v shape of the Sand Hill Cranes fill these skies,
their calls carrying for miles across the prairie and fields.
These birds always fill my heart with awe...........and I 
really cannot put a finger on the reason why.....
but each time, towards this time of year, my ear is anxiously
awaiting to hear them.  Perhaps it's their arrival that is the final notice that 
summer has left us and that the wonderful days of autumn are here. As if
they pulled this blessed season in on their wings.  I truly love this time of year.
The flowers in the garden are still lovely
and full of butterflies 
and the trees are still dressed in green......although
I do see a hint of yellow here and there. 
As I write about my love for the fall season, I am eagerly
snipping and collecting flower seed with the plans of planting garden 
spaces filling my mind in looking forward to next spring.
I am sure you feel the same as I when I say there is such an excitement
in planting seeds to watch them sprout and bloom.  I place the seed pods
into brown paper bags to allow them to dry thoroughly 
and then I place the seeds into bottles or jars.
There is one "volley ball" size pumpkin still growing on a 
very tired and weary pumpkin vine.  The pumpkin will
either sit on the porch for a decoration........or
it may just be perfect for a pie or two.
Now is the time to enjoy an outside fire on the patio and to 
sit out into the night gazing in fascination
up at the moon or into the star filled dark canvas of the sky.
The warmth of the fireplace inside gives comfort with the crackling
sound of the burning logs as the wind outside howls.
It is also the time for family and friends.......scattered across the miles,
to come and gather in the comfort of food, happy catching up, along with
good memories in the making.
My thoughts also gather upon those I used to know who have gone on
but who have left behind some of the sweetest memories.
Here's wishing you lovely autumn days and a Thanksgiving
full of happy times made with  memories for years to come.








  











 




Wednesday, October 5, 2022

It is October

 The nights have gotten chilly and the daytime sun is not as intense as it has been during the sunny summer..........Autumn..........welcome!

I have noticed that the hummingbirds have not visited the feeder these past days and I suppose they
have taken flight on their journey to their warmer winter retreat. 

 The monarch butterflies have made their way here, rested during their visit, and now they too are gone.
I will miss them all.  They have given us much joy and entertainment on our early mornings as we sit outside to enjoy the fresh cool start of day.
Everything that has been struggling to grow and bloom through the past heated summer days is now flourishing in this wonderful balmy weather. 
I hope the climate stays this way for a few weeks longer so that I can continue enjoying the 
beauty that surrounds me. 
Taboo also enjoys these days.   The grass is sweeter to chew on,  to lie in ,and the morning sun makes it just comfortable enough to catch a nap



It wont be long until my outside work will have slowed down incredibly and I can focus on more things inside that I want to do.   As many of you know well in your own lives......no matter how the seasons slow down one form of work, there is always plenty more things that still need to  be done and to keep your hands busy
Here's wishing you the loveliness of balmy autumn days ahead!






 






Sunday, September 4, 2022

Storm clouds gather

and drop welcoming rain these last few hot summer days. It is amazing how many things the fresh rain can bring forth.
Mushrooms have popped up everywhere throughout the woods,
and on our walks, Taboo and I have met the most curious creatures
A lot of volunteer moon flower sprouted in one flower garden this early spring.  I transplanted 15 of these young plants.....to mostly underneath the large twisted mesquite trees all along the yard. 
They are now all beginning to bloom their large fragrant white blossoms just before night falls.  Hopefully the seeds will replant and the moon flower will all come up next year in the same spaces. 
 Many flowers are in vibrant bloom, 

while some have faded and now it is time to gather seeds and pretty petals.
Do you save and dry special bouquets or clippings from your gardens?
 I save the colorful petals of flowers and seeds when the flowers start to fade and place them in old jars or bottles.
The jars of petals and the bottles of seeds are a cheerful reminder of the season that has  passed and gives hope to think upon the planting season to come. 

It is at this time for my thoughts to gather.....sometimes, overwhelmingly, upon the upcoming holidays.  I think of the recipes and ingredients to gather, the plans, the loved ones and all of the memories.......soon to be gathered .....for now
It's September