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

Friday, November 8, 2019

The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play.............

So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.”
Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Do you ever feel that the world is whirling around so fast

and causing you to get tired of the ride and you  want to just 
hop off........preferring to take a slow walk........
away from all of the "hurriedness" of it all?
(This photo ( found on the internet)  reminds of how friends used to
get together........)

With all of the social media that we all try to keep 
up with .........and with all of the technical do dads that
we all need to keep up with the "hurriedness" .......
it is amazing that we can juggle it all.
For me, I don't juggle as much as others.........
but I have noticed.............
with social media............friends don't call 
or email...........they just want a quick chat and 
nothing that touches the heart between friends is ever talked about. 
It is so easy to just type" hello" " I will pray for you"
instead of actually learning about the issue at hand and taking time to care about what is going on.
It sometimes gets to where a person is just a counted number as a 
social media friend .........
instead of being considered a  
friend to catch up with over a cup of coffee. 
The "hurriedness "of life seems to have taken the 
coffee out of friendship. 
I love updated things in this world,
my washing machine, my vacuum, electricity,
and let's not forget........indoor plumbing,....and I do love
some aspects of social media.........
but I think I do  not want to 
 be just  a "social media, head count" friend.
You can find me , however, waiting
with a hot cup of coffee and a listening heart! 



Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A time of busy work.........and then, a time for slowing down..........

..the past few days have been full of work for my husband and I. As you know, I have a small group of tiny chickens..........which I adore. However, when winter starts up.........it is quite an ordeal to move them back and forth from their enclosed kennel and into the big hen house so that they will stay warm on freezing nights.
 Because I can't let them run out in the chicken yard without cover, a hawk can get them and they can get out of the chicken yard fence...........winter comes, and I move them all into the big hen house.......
trying to keep them in and trying  to keep that heavy hen house  door closed without them getting out on me,..........it is a struggle. 
  So one early morning, it was "chicken coop day". My husband and I started to work........stopping only for me to make some lunch, then back out to work...........we finally finished just ......before 5 pm.  We were exhausted.  We took off one panel of the kennel and it slipped perfectly over the hen house.  Then we had to put on the new tarp and cover it all with chicken wire to keep hawks and predators out.
  Now I don't have to chase chickens or usher them into a carrier and haul them into the hen house. They can enjoy their day and go to roost by themselves.

The next day,  I spent re potting plants and large cactus in my collections........and then transporting them all to the greenhouse. I am not as fearless as Ruth Bancroft ( a cactus garden designer I admire). She planted her various collections in the ground to see what would survive through the year........I want to keep  my unique collection a while in the greenhouse.  I did all of this just in time to protect them from the cold front that headed our way that afternoon.  It got down to 35 degrees  the next morning........but then warmed up to the 80s the rest of the week. This is so typical of Texas.  We have a lot of ups and downs before the snow flies.
I dug up some of my rose moss and it is doing so well and is so pretty to see 
in the greenhouse

I also have potted zinnia blooming


As well as my soap aloe.

And my tomato plant is blooming and has small green tomatoes
on it!  It was so worth the effort to move everything!

The next day, my husband trimmed all of the dead limbs from the
mesquite trees that grow around the yard and driveway.
After he cut it all into nice size pieces, we both loaded it and 
stacked it for use in the fireplaces when the weather gets cold
With all of the cooler days and balmy weather, many 
of the outside plants are blooming beautifully.
The rose moss, as I earlier mentioned is so thick at this time.

The wild Prairie Aster that starts in spring, lasts all 
the way through October. 

The 4 o'clock always has sweet smelling blossoms.

The morning glory always blooms better at this time of year.

I love the way the morning glory looks even when it has closed for the day!

The moon flower.....(Jimson weed)
has a sweet scent and so lovely!

my wonderful, sturdy Lantana is also in full bloom.

Which is wonderful because at this time, the Monarch 
butterflies have migrated to our grounds for just a few days.
These flowers will help nourish them and help them along their
way to Mexico. 

There will always be some kind of work to do here........
whether it is autumn or any other season.........
but for now.......
we take an enjoyment from the work of 
the wood gathering and 
sit out and enjoy a late afternoon fire as the 
day goes to slumber.
How about you?
Any snow yet?  What is hanging on in your back yard?
I would love to hear!


Monday, September 23, 2019

Autumn,

 gorgeous in yellow and red,
Is the harvest time, when man is led
To garner the fruits of sweat and toil
From dear Mother Earth, the deep rich soil...
Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "The Four Seasons" (1940s)

Sunday, September 15, 2019

It is getting dark a little earlier,

and the nights and early mornings have a welcomed chill to them.
A balmy and cooler breeze blows.

The cheery little wildflowers that dotted the landscape have dried and lost their color, 
the wild grasses and other flowers are dry and brittle.

Everything is tired, weary, and ready for the ending days of summer.

Some of the flowers in my gardens are feeling much better with the cooler days
and are still blooming.  The morning glory seems to 
do so much better when fall time arrives. 

The tolerant Mexican petunia is still green and vibrant and still blooming
it's lovely purple blossoms. 

I am already in the mood for "everything pumpkin" 
I have pulled some of my favorite fall food recipes and getting ready for my kitchen to fill with the aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, and ginger.
How about you??  Are you ready for summer's end?
Are you already gathering fall decorations to display?
I would love to hear!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The "watering hole" ....

which is really a large tray that I fill with fresh water 
for the wildlife to drink from, 

has been getting the attention of many
colorful and .....most often.....
hard to see visitors.  The wild birds......all in 
beautiful colors, shapes and sizes stay continually
in and around the water, enjoying baths and an escape 
from the harsh high temps we have been having lately.

Even the shy and standoffish bobcat that usually only comes
around in the late, late, evening, has been visiting
in the early day for a relief drink.  As you can see from 
the photo above, it is panting in the 104 heat of the day.  

Underneath the watering tray......there is a little
world......living in the damp coolness and unseen
from the eyes of predators. Hundreds of Pill bugs
are always abundant, but, for these past 6 weeks, 
this young Tiger Salamander has been calling this 
spot it's home


I am surprised to see it.......everyday.......because the salamanders
that I have seen here in the past, usually only come out at night
after a heavy rain. I have only seen them twice in all the years 
we have lived here.  I change the water every day........and 
this salamander was only about 1 1/2 inches long when I first discovered it.

It is quickly growing and is now almost 3 inches long. Salamanders
are very friendly and do not mind to be picked up.  I just wonder how much
longer it will stay and if I will see it when the cold winter arrives. 

Also living underneath the water tray are several baby bullfrogs.
It always amazes me to see bullfrogs here when we hardly 
have any rain or any ponds nearby.  These are not the rain toads 
that we also have an abundance of.  These will grow to be very large with
spots and good jumping legs. 
I spend the early mornings watering what flowers and plants that are
still hanging on in this heat.  The rest of the day, I spend
inside.......grateful for air conditioning and keep my fingers busy with 
my stitching. 
Summer is almost over, however.......
what has your summer been like?
Have you traveled?  Have you had guests?
Have you raised a garden?
What kind of creatures have taken sanctuary in your backyard?
I would love to hear!