"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, May 24, 2021

The early morning air is still cool............


but there is now a fragrance in the blowing breeze, coming from the fields and road sides 
that are covered in vibrant, multi-colored wildflowers. 
As the day warms up, the fragrance gets stronger.........
it is May.
Recent, welcoming, rains have brought life to the grounds and to the surrounding 
woods. The mesquite trees, which were ragged and bare just a few weeks ago,
are now fully dressed in their vibrant green leaves.  The woods look dark
and cool with all of this greenery.  

At this time the mesquites are covered in blooms which look much 
like fat, yellow caterpillars.  They are soft as such, and have a sweet fragrance.
The large cactus bushes that I selected to remain for my dry garden
are in bloom, 

They have large cabbage style flowers in vibrant yellow with
rose colored buds. They are at their prettiest this time of  year.
The month of May has awakened not only the flowers and plants,
but rabbits are selecting their hiding places for their nests of
warm tiny bunnies,
and the  same kind of wild bird, with the long beak and vibrant orange
eyes, has come back to build a nest  in the old metal tub 
that hangs on the wall of my vintage dishware shop. 


No matter how much activity is happening in and around the shop, 
it feels perfectly at home. 
Speaking of my shop...........
I have spent these past weeks working at rearranging 
shelves of vintage dishes and glassware for display.
I also painted and designed the floor. I hope to 
open to the public for sales, now that the virus has
seemed to be calmed down.  I have a tour of my shop
if you would like to see on my embroidery blog. You can visit by clicking onto
this link     Yesteryear Embroideries


I want to thank you all for still checking and leaving comments......
asking about how our son Zack is doing.  He is doing very well. 
He is back at his work and feeling like his normal self. 
He has been very humbled in knowing how many of  you have asked about him
and have prayed for him........he and I both say 
"thank you" 

May is also the start of "stormy season"
Sometimes the clouds give the sense of 
hope and relief of welcoming rain...........
sometimes they give the sense of dread
of hail and high wind coming.
Here's wishing for you....... pleasant weather and with pretty things
growing in your backyard. 






















Sunday, April 18, 2021

It is April

 

now that the wild winds and dust storms are over...........
I open the doors and windows to let in the fresh spring air, and along with it come the melodic sounds of the wild song birds.......all drifting delightfully through the house. 
(yellow headed blackbird)
The feel of the coolness and the sounds of the birds, make me want to go out and either take a long walk amongst it all  with Sophie or to get my garden tools and to find a spot of earth to create a lovely haven..........somewhere.  
 Taboo has even been enticed from his perfect napping spot by the lure of the birds chatter and the smell of fresh earth and grass.  He looks out and chatters back to the birds.

No matter how dry and crackled everything has been through this particularly harsh winter,  there is nothing better than the outside awakening to life after a spring rain. 
The wild flowers are starting to cover the grounds
and the antelope are lingering in grassy places among the fields to graze.  They are amazing graceful animals.  I see this group almost each time as I head to the post office. 
I have named this fellow Pharaoh. 
He stands proud and majestic with his flock of females as I stop to take a photo. 
This pretty weather also makes me want to work on garden spaces in the dry gardens.  I am all excited about the process at this time of year..........then as the cool weather turns to heat and dry ground........I am less energetic to proceed.  So I get busy and hope to get finished before that time gets here.  
 I picked a perfect hot day last week and worked with my cement ideas.  I have previously made cement planting bowls to make the gardens of cactus more welcoming.
I have been wanting to make spheres for these garden spaces. I am thrilled at how these turned out. 
 I used cement dye for the colorful ones. 
 Now I am trying to figure out the perfect spot for each one. 

I am not sure as to what I want to plant along the grounds and flower beds of the house.........the ground squirrels, also being awakened,  have made their presence known.  They are a challenge to me and eagerly rid my gardens of any thing I am successful at getting to sprout.  They have ruined each pumpkin patch I have tried to get going for the past 3 years.  However, I am not giving up.............. I am working with containers this year.....hoping to be able to grow things and to keep them growing this way without pests bothering them. 
For this time, I am simply enjoying nature and freshness of the new earth pushing up the colorful wildflowers.
I hope this finds the spring rains and fresh air have awakened you to days filled with the beauty of nature and the energy to get out amongst it all for a walk to just linger and enjoy!  
 









 









Saturday, April 3, 2021

Wishing you a blessed Easter

 

See the land, her Easter keeping,
Rises as her Maker rose.
Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping,
Burst at last from winter snows.
Earth with heaven above rejoices...
Charles Kingsley


 

Saturday, March 27, 2021

All Is Well

 We  made it home late yesterday afternoon.........with Zack. It is amazing at how no one stays in a hospital after serious surgeries these days! Even brain surgeries. We learned that brain surgery patients go home usually after 3 days.  The doctor felt that there was no need for us to stay in Dallas with Zack at the hotel, because he would heal better here at home. Zack was very much in agreement with that . LOL  He traveled well......and instead of sleeping all the way, he chatted more.  He is the same Zack we have always known........the surgery did no damage. He has a good while to heal and to recover, but so far , he is doing well.  We are so thankful! And we are thankful to you all for your thoughts, prayers, and comments of supportive words..........

from our hearts.............thank you

The hospital  itself was like an art gallery.  

The building was beautiful and each floor had it's walls covered with art from artists who donated their works .  
Along each piece was a bio telling about the artist and how they created their piece.  I spent some of my time walking the hallways looking at the images and reading about the artist. 

The drive to and from Dallas was nice.  We traveled through some of the prettiest countryside with large hills, foggy meadows with ponds and cattle grazing. 
Although Dallas was a busy and loud city .........as any other city.......to me it was still pretty.  The trees, the landscaped streets..even the tall buildings, had a charm to them.  I would not like to live there..........but I can see how one could find their own piece of heaven there..........they may have to work a bit harder at it. 
I had such a sense of relief and gratefulness leaving Dallas, when the 5 lane turned into the 2 lane and the skyscrapers turned into green pastures of grazing cattle.  It was so good to pull into our drive and to be home. And although, in Dallas,  we had a nice hotel and we slept well..........I  slept so much better last night in our own bed and the quiet of our house. 

I had left my tulips in my vintage shop to stay safe from harsh
wind and weather while I was away

They were just beginning to bloom
What a cheery welcome home I got 
when I found them all in full bloom
in different vibrant colors! 
 There have been so many storms across the county........
I hope this finds you 
enjoying pretty and peaceful weather.
Stay safe and happy









 










Thursday, March 18, 2021

Memories

 

Our family room wall is covered with photos from the 
years of all of our lives.  From our wedding, fun family times,
babies being born, 
milestones as the children grew and then into
the wonderful adults they have become. 
It is the first thing I see as I start my day......with the not 
quite risen sun casting it's early morning glow
onto ...........our memories.
I hope......with all of my heart.......that there will 
be more memories to add to this wall.
I first want to thank all of you for your supportive words,
concern, and prayers for our son Zack.
As you read this........we are traveling on our way
where Zack will be having his surgery in just a few days.
My faith is strong...........but my heart is full of dread , 
anxiety.......and worry.  Not knowing what the outcome of this surgery will 
be has been just as hard to wait for  as the wait for 
the surgery process to be finalized has been these past long days. 
Still not sure how long it will be before I return to post here.
But I ask for your continued prayers for Zack's surgeon 
and for Zack.
Enjoy and love all those you have around you,
and take time to enjoy everything with each day you 
are given.  Hope to return here soon with
much happy news!  
Kathleen



Monday, March 1, 2021

A dark cloud has come over our lives this week..............

 

Our oldest son, Zack,  (only 33) has been having some issues these past few months 
which led him to have an MRI.  The MRI has shown that he has 3 tumors
on his brain and that he will need surgery as soon as possible. 
We are in the stages of awaiting word  and getting things lined up
with a neurosurgeon.  
The worry and heartbreak from this devastating news
is all that we can bear........as we do not know what the outcome of this 
serious surgery will result in.  
We cling to our faith and are thankful for the comfort that supportive words and prayer
from family and friends has brought to us.
It may be awhile until I return back here to post..........
hopefully with happy news of Zack's recovery.
Your well wishes and prayers are always appreciated
and we thank you.
 



Thursday, February 18, 2021

Only 3 degrees in Texas, and power is deliberately shut off

 


The aroma of a Butterscotch Bundt cake is swirling throughout the "now warm" house from the oven, for which I am beyond grateful that I can use today. How comforting this simple scent can make me happy and feel as if things will turn out okay. And how much I realize I take for granted in an " every day simple life", when things stop working and make a simple life .......difficult.

As most of  you know, my husband and I live in Texas.  And if you have been watching the drama unfold on the news, we among the millions were unpleasantly "shut off" from electricity during one 
of the most unusual and frigid nights known to Texas.  Snow, ice, and the temperature dropping down to 3 degrees on Monday(the 15th)  made us grateful to be in the warmth of our home and sound asleep in our bed...........when at 3:00 AM I awoke and  realized the house was freezing and in pitch black. 
I hurriedly made a fire in the fireplace and we were trying to wonder why the power had gone off. 
Thank goodness for our fireplace, although the rest of the house was freezing, we had comfort in our living room from the constant fire.  
 The next morning, the realization that this power outage had been done to us on purpose by the power company,  left us in shock and frustration. 
We knew this terrible cold storm was coming and had made preparations by gathering wood and placing a space heater in our well house to prevent our water from freezing.  Because of the outage........our well and inside plumbing froze.
Power did not come back to us until Wednesday.........for which we are grateful...........but we are still without running water........... We still have snow on the ground and the ground is rock hard frozen.  It will take days for it to thaw out......along with the worry of busting pipes. 

To hear of how the power companies have failed us and to learn that they now plan to charge us and astronomical fee because they are privately owned..........makes it even more stressful.  I do not know how we will be able to pay such a fee if these rumors are true.
However, through this all.........we had fireside coffee..........and I made many treats and meals at the fireplace and we enjoyed talking.........about" whatever" with the absence of politics and the news of calamity on the television. 
  Before the snow, the sleet and ice came......... the trees dark from the moisture and frozen in layers of crystal ice looked as if they were caught in a black and white scene from an old movie. I  always think the woods are lovely like this.
A spider's web looks like a large snowflake caught on the twigs




During the day with no light, I sat by the large dining room window , which provided bright light for me to work my embroidery.  I stitched and watched the wild birds and deer come up for feed.
When we got our power back on,  I was so grateful to find emails and messages from dear friends wanting to know if we were okay.  Words of encouragement and prayers said did my heart such good!
In spite of the frigid cold, I took a walk to capture the sunset on the ice and snow, which made the sky in soft colors of pink and the landscape in soft lavender. I have never seen a winter sunset like this before.
This brought to mind the words of Gladys Taber...........
"There is, I have found, at least one good or lovely thing in every single day. Everyone has sorrows, endures difficult times, but loveliness abides if we look for it."
I hope this finds you in comfort and warmth and with something good or lovely to
enjoy with your day!

*************UPDATE 2/19/2021******
Thank  you all for your words of encouragement and just wanted 
to say that today was sunny and almost all of the snow has melted. 

To answer Beatrice P Boyd's question on how I made the cake without
water?  We are stocked up with drinking water and I used that 
for the cooking and baking. 

During the cold snowy days, I went out each day and scooped up fresh snow. 
I then melted it, stored it and have used it for dish washing, cleaning, and flushing.

Hopefully by this weekend our well will be thawed and we 
will have running water