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

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The farm grounds are in line with the migratory

path of the Monarch Butterfly
who travel all the way from South Dakota..........on their way to New Mexico......just to feed, lay eggs, and die. They have a life span of only 90 days.

For a few short days,they fly in by the hundreds to rest among the crooked Mesquite trees here on the grounds.  One can walk underneath the trees and the butterflies swirl around as they take to flight. It is a wonderful sight witnessed each year since we moved here.............so many years ago.

The cool weather drop and the rain showers have brought life to the flowers in the garden............

The Zinnia are so cheery that I had to capture that in my embroidery this week.

How about you?  What wee creature has made it's path to your door?
Wild geese in flight perhaps.............or maybe a colony of ladybugs?
I would love to hear!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Just a thought

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful;
for beauty is God's handwriting ~ a wayside sacrament.
Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower,
and thank God for it as a cup of blessing......
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, September 17, 2011

This handmade life

is the path along my journey that I have chosen to take.
It may not be a life full of riches, ...........
.it may not be the path others would desire to walk..........
for each must find their own path .
But this handmade life is full of treasures ..............
 happiness, simplicity, ............peace.
In this handmade life I feel blessed............
that is enough for me.
How about you?
In your journey, what path have you decided to take?
I would love to hear! 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The sound of splat, plat

as I write this , is coming from outside................we are getting
RAIN!!!! and lots of it!
Thank you, thank you, for joining us Texans in prayer!

It started last night and is still going on. Stopping for a break now and then.

The Cosmos seem to look up at me excitedly as if to say  "it's raining!"
By the way, Cosmos is another flower I have started growing here at Pleasant Prairie.
They seem to grow better when plant in late summer and they bloom throughout the fall.

The rose, which has weathered the harshest dust and heat, this summer, is still blooming and happily wearing it's raindrops.

This is a good time to stick a large pan of baked spaghetti in the oven. This is full of the goodness of onion, mushroom, bell pepper and tomato. If you would like the recipe ,just visit my cooking blog! My Country Kitchen

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I'm Too Sexy For My Coop

A drop from the extreme heat down to a pleasant cool temperature,  has put my hen  Gladys,
along with the other hens, into molting stage.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Please Pray

Isiah 41:10

This is a prayer for rain in those dry areas of America
As evidenced by people living in Oklahoma, West Texas,
South Texas, and New Mexico. . . also ever-increasing areas in other parts of the country,  

the drought condition is reaching critical status;

cattle are being auctioned off; crops have burned

 up; and drinking water is becoming a concern. 

Lets make this one of the largest prayer circles ever.

 Please join us in this prayer circle.

Dear Heavenly Father,
You said whatsoever any two or more come together
and agree and ask in Your Son's name it shall be given.
 We come to you, humbly, and ask that you bring down the rain to our parched lands.
 Our farmers and
ranchers need it desperately, as well as our firefighters.
We ask this all in Jesus' name. Amen.
Thank you all who have asked about our safety and who are praying for all of us. Blessings,Kathleen

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A cool spell has swept across the prairie

allowing the days to be pleasant enough for long walks along mesquite filled ranch land and barbed wire fences. A time to slow down.........enjoy........and to be grateful.

And in between that "slow time".............. I stitch.
The past few weeks, I have been stitching on this "Seasonal Clothesline set"  There is a stocking filled with colorful leaves for Fall, a colorful mitten filled with greenery and berries for Winter, an apron with a pocketful of strawberries for Spring, and a whimsical bonnet full of white daisies for Summer. A delightful little bluebird is featured in each design.  
One set for me........I have wanted to stitch it for years..........and the other set is to sell in my Etsy on line shop.  To see more on this pretty design set, you can visit my embroidery blog
Yesteryear Embroideries, by clicking onto the link below.
 How about you?
Is this a slowing down time for you..........or is this the busiest time of year?
I would love to hear!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The late afternoon and nights are getting cooler

and this is the time of year that I clear the grounds
of weeds and start to till up the hard packed earth of the garden spaces.........
getting them ready for next year's planting season. Although the grass will be removed, I still love the way the seeds look as if the grass is dressed in pearls.

The Zinnia beds and other flowers are enjoying this relief from the heat and starting to look vibrant and full in vivid color.


 Some plants are just so lacy and dainty, that it is a shame to call them a weed.........
don't you think?

I am being supervised by a wary horned toad, as it watches me destroy the thick cover it was hiding underneath. There is so much to be done........it will take me all the way up past fall to finish.
How about you? Are you still enjoying the bounty of your gardens or are you getting the space a time ready for rest?

Labor Day is upon us............I have a delicious recipe for the creamiest fruit salad for a Labor Day picnic. The recipe is on my cooking blog...
My Country Kitchen
Just click on the link to go get the recipe.
Have yourselves a restful holiday weekend!