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

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The last of the zinnia and bumblebee

 

Come, pensive Autumn, with thy clouds, and storms,
And falling leaves, and pastures lost to flowers;
A luscious charm hangs on thy faded forms,
More sweet than Summer in her loveliest hours...
John Clare, "To Autumn," The Village Minstrel, and Other Poems, 1821


Saturday, September 26, 2020

September has started out

 just the way I love for days to be.  There have been cooler, shady days full of clouds,

slight breezes,

and occasional rain showers.
I am so glad for Autumn to be here.  

The sunsets have been the most unusual
and breathtakingly beautiful.
and the sunrise has been just as spectacular.
With the day being cooler, my walks have been longer and slower.
Sophie and I walked along the back field and I picked a handful
of bright sunflowers.  They were full of bugs and bees, 
and a group of tiny bees followed us half way home, not
wanting to give up the bouquet in my hand.
I found myself in "pumpkin heaven" the other day. 
A store had it's entire front displayed in beautiful pumpkins of 
every shape and color. How can I choose just one??
I picked out a couple of the usual round orange and fairy tale pumpkins, 
but this lovely one  looked as if it was wrapped in lace, 
so it came home with me as well.
They make the small back porch more cheerful and welcoming.
It has also been a fun time for friends to gather 
around a happy table for treats and a time to catch 
up on each other's lives.
I savor the slow down days like this.
Gladys Taber said it right when she wrote
  "As summer wanes, we cherish every mild dreamy day."
I hope this finds you enjoying such days! 














 

 





Sunday, August 23, 2020

The early morning sun sends a golden hue through the lace curtains of the windows and July has melted into August.

The days are still filled with intense heat, but there is a welcoming coolness in the early morning hours.
  After I have tended to my small batch of chickens and have fed the pets, I go back out to a favorite outside chair and listen to the songs of the wild birds,  always so busy at such and early time. 
During the hottest part of the day,  many of the wild birds have started staying in the shade of the large front porch.  I leave water trays sitting in many areas to offer a little relief to these winged visitors. 
We , as well as Taboo, enjoy watching them. 
The morning glories hold true to their name and bloom in colors of soft blue, white, and dark purple.
As sooon as the sun starts to spread it's warmth, they quickly close up their petals for the day
It is the same for the moss rose ( portulaca), a flower I have really enjoyed for it's delicate flowers and lovely colors.
My other favorite is the lantana.  It is always a favorite place for butterflies and it always reminds me of my grandparents home of long ago and the large lantana bushes they had in the front of their porch.
There is a favorite spot I like to sit , underneath the canopy of the mesquite trees, where the shade stays longer and a gentle breeze blows through. As I sit in the stillness, movement catches my eye
I go and take a look to  discover a fairly large bull snake, making it's way across the warming ground .  It stops long enough for me to take photos, but soon gets weary and frustrated when my husband joins in the observation
It coils  up and breathes a long menacing hiss to warn us to leave it be
The past few days a humming bird has flown right up in front of me.... stopping, hoovering. Once when I was walking up the back walk way, and then again while I was watering my back corner garden.  
I am sure the feeder by the walk way or perhaps the water from the hose is why it flew so close,  I however, like to think it is as curious about me as I am of it and it stopped by to say hello.  
Soon it will be time to put the feeders away to encourage these little winged creatures to leave before winter comes
Amongst the constant news flow of uncertainty and turmoil...........happy news has come to our family circle.
Our new great niece, a small tiny bundle , has arrived.  Her name is Tobie Faith.
She has made our  Taylee a big sister and I hope they will alway be close as most sisters are. 
A new baby born is always the happiest of news I think.
Once again, a family of owls have hatched out in the old weathered well house out back.  A constant reminder that we have got to get the hole in the roof fixed to start keeping out the constant flow of wild critters. 
It never fails that a young owl always falls from the rafters and can't quite get back up to the nest.  With gloves 
I gently pick up the scared fluff of down and pen feathers and up the ladder we go.  I gently scoot the baby up toward the 
nest.....and I hear the warning hiss of it's mother..........sounding much like a 10 foot dragon instead of a bird of only feathers and bone.  
I have been asked whether the mother takes the baby back........yes, .......they always have in my experiences.  I always use gloves and try to not handle the baby much.  
In just a few weeks, we were outside, star gazing, and we heard screeching noises out past the old well house. 
Our flash lights shone on 4 owls , all sitting in a row on the corral fence.  I suppose they were taking their flying and food catching lesson for the night.   
Now the well house is once again vacant.  And we need to move fast and make repairs to keep another brood from moving in.
No matter how wonderful it is to see wildlife, they are better to find a more natural home than one's well house.
With the  days being as hot and long as they have been , I have found myself content to sit in my sewing space and stitch the hours away on my latest project.  I finally finished this piece......you can see more and read more about it on my embroidery blog at this link
Also, I keep everyone happy with the usual home cooked meals and baked treats. 
If you would like a great crispy cookie to go along with your iced tea on the  porch.....stop by my cooking blog for this
easy and wonderful cookie recipe at this link
Another sunset is about to end this month......and soon September will come along with my favorite season of all......
fall.
I hope this finds you with pleasant days and relaxing summer afternoons.










Saturday, July 11, 2020

It is now July..........

 fluffy clouds gather in the sky, in some of the prettiest pastel colors, along comes welcoming rain showers
The hot, hard packed ground, with a great thirst, soaks it up......what remains are puddles that invite the wild song birds to drink and splash.
I love the way the golden color of the  summer sun spills into the windows and onto the shelves of old dishware, giving the kitchen a warm and comforting  glow at the end of the day.
Vintage glassware beams with a new life as the light shines through.  
It has also been a happy time, as some of our scattered children come home for a visit. They are a  bright ray of sunshine that brightens up these dark troubled days, reminding me that there is still such good.......... away from this world of turmoil.   Fresh cups of hot brewed coffee and long conversation melt the minutes away up into the wee hours of morning as we catch up with each other's lives . How blessed I feel for moments like this. 
 Independence day arrived with  a morning of hot sun and heated wind blowing.  I still kept my plans to cook our holiday dinner outside on the grill........by the time I had it all cooked and on the table, I wondered what was grilled more..........the food.....or myself?
The day ended with a firework display that we could see from our back property. In the distance from over the field and pasture, the dark sky was filled with glittering of red, gold, and blue.   We enjoyed and appreciated the selection of lovely fireworks  that our distant neighbor chose. As soon as this display was over, as if on cue,  the full moon came out from the clouds and lit up the rest of the night. 
Although we have gotten rain, this is the time that triple digit heat is on us.  It has bounced from 102 to 105.  It is predicted to get up to 110 next week.   Despite the heat, it is a cheerful, noisy, place with the wonderful sound of different chirps , tweets, and calls.......... for the water bath in the front yard has attracted many wild birds.  Quail come running down the long graveled drive with their many offspring  following close behind.  Some are still so tiny and they look like little ping pong balls as they roll up to the water bath.  They eat some of the feed I have placed out, and enjoy drinking and splashing in the water.  Then with mother, they all hollow out the ground, nestle close to each other and take a rest in the shade of the tree.
.  It's not long that mother quail gets up and her little ones follow her back up the drive and back to their home tucked away somewhere in the woods.
Other creatures seek out water during this time.  I am always surprised when I gently drop water from the garden hose , in front of the tarantulas, as they walk, their bodies are just above the hot dry ground.  The water drops form a tiny puddle and they instantly stop and dip down into the water and drink.
Lizards come out and drink droplets from the flower leaves that I have watered 
and graceful dragonflies dart in and out of the water sprinkler and land on the wet stalks
The large black witch moth.......although it is brown.......stay in the shaded corners of the house.  By the way.........where do these names come from?
Don't you agree that  this moth deserves a much prettier name? 
The heat has not slowed the egg production of the chickens that my friend has.  She comes for a visit and brings a bounty of wonderful home grown vegetables from her garden and  the most wonderful large eggs in the prettiest colors. For her,  I have a small batch of my very  tiny eggs that my Millie Fleur hens have laid, and a starting of some plants from my flowers.   We enjoy a visit, with chatter of the latest happenings and always chicken talk, over coffee.    Time passes too quickly and our visits never seem long  enough.
( just in case you are wondering?.........it is never too hot or too late for a fresh cup of comforting coffee)  don't  you agree? 
My friend will set the tiny eggs from my hens underneath one of her large hens that is wanting to sit , and in just a short time, she will have these delightful tiny " Millie" chickens, newly hatched.
For me, with all of this bounty of fresh eggs, a homemade angel food cake will be a perfect thing to bake.  I have posted this wonderful recipe a long while back on my cooking blog, so if  you would like the recipe, just click onto this link.  
The rest of this month, I expect things to be without change and to go about in the same peaceful manner it has been from  day to day.  I will be dragging a garden hose constantly behind me, trying to keep what I have growing ,protected from the scorching heat.
  I sit out in the early part of morning, when it is cool, underneath the shade of the canopy of trees....... collecting my thoughts and plans on what I need to do, and then, I head inside the rest of the day, avoiding the heat. 
    In the late afternoon,  the temperature has dropped slightly, the loud ringing of the cicada has quieted and the noisy chatter of the birds dies down to just a coo of a dove, drifting over the trees from the woods.  The days seem to go so quickly, even in this "slowed down" time with the current virus and before I know, July will have soon melted into August.
So tell me.........what kinds of birds and creatures are visiting  your back yard? 
Is the summer casting down it's heat or are you enjoying cooler temps? 
I hope this finds that these July summer days are bringing you much  peace and contentment.








Friday, June 26, 2020

I still have eggs in my pocket........

with a chick, chick, here

and a chick, chick ,there,

here a chick,

there a chick,.......(and.....a rooster or two) 

everywhere a chick, chick ........

and the wonderful sound of an early morning crow! 
and in case you are wondering........yes.....there is always a needle 
in my hand. 
I have been making very tiny hand stitched quilts.
You can read about these on my embroidery blog at this link
Have a wonderful day!