Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday, late afternoon, on my way home.  The dark storm clouds rapidly filled the sky.
The winds were picking up so quickly.  I was amazed at how it was changing.  A sun filled
afternoon, suddenly turns stormy.

The wash hung on the line, despite the overcoming darkness.

I stopped to take pictures, despite the urge to drive home as fast as I could.

An ominous feel took over our county. Within minutes, the skies opened...

And the rains came.  Heavy rains and strong winds.   Isn't that how life is?  Things can
be going along just fine, and out of the blue, the storm clouds gather.

24 hours later...what a difference!  The sun fills the summer sky.  The white clouds billow
against the blue.  Life is so full of change. 

A picture perfect evening!

I captured these lovely farm scenes, on the back of the motorcycle last evening.  I could not
help but think of what a huge difference 24 hours made, on my two country drives.

Storms come and storms go in our lives.  Some last much longer than others, but they
are never endless.  The sun will come out again, and things will look brighter again.

Monday, June 19, 2017


Part of the reason why I was not posting for a long time, was because I have become
a fan of Instagram.  The reason for that, is because I can have a thought, see a scene
before me, try a new recipe, or discover an inspiring moment, and share it with one
picture and a few words.  But, through this new technical medium, I also realized that
with many of those sharing moments, I found myself stifled by not being able to share
a bit more than one picture and a few words:).  For you who know me personally,
you understand that at times, I can be quite wordy.

Blogging...will now be for me, a combination of blogging and Instagram.  I no
longer feel pressure to have a long, drawn out posts, unless I want to.  But, there will
be some short and to the point posts, with maybe only one picture with it.  That way,
I feel no pressure or time crunching when I do new posts.  If you like my changes,
great!  If not, you can stay with the Instagram way of sharing. 
I feel a new freedom now:).

A few weeks ago, I was hosting a milestone birthday dinner, with the honored
guest being an excellent florist.  Immediately, I felt the intimidation that can at
times show it's ugly head in my thought processes.  What to do to create a pretty
table, without trying to arrange a bouquets myself?  One day, while walking through
the garden section of my local Walmart Store, while looking for a flowers to plant
outside at my home, I discovered an abundance of sweet, miniature bright red and
white roses in small plastic pots. An idea hit me.  Buy them and replant them
in my crystal containers.  And, then, in the same garden center, I discovered tiny
red cactus plants to use as individual favors, tying in perfectly with my red and
white table theme.


I removed the miniature rose from the black plastic pot, and placed dirt and all, right
into three crystal candle holders that I have had for years.  Centerpiece complete.
Inexpensive and colorful!

I removed the individual, small red cactus and placed it in an old jelly jar that I had in
my cupboard.  Favors to send home with the women guests.  Chocolate for the men.
The three tall crystal cylinders on the table were purchased when I moved into our
home, at the Ross Store.

I then planted the few rose plants outside, after the dinner.  On Memorial Day, I
needed another centerpiece.  I pulled out a glass bowl from my closet, added some
water to the bottom of the bowl, placed a glass votive in the center, and then cut
some flowers from the garden, including a few of the tiny red roses.  So you see,
three rose plants can dress up more than one table.

Happy Monday to each  of you!

Friday, June 16, 2017


 Good Evening!  I know that I have been away for a long time.  You are so kind to stop back
and visit me again.  I wish we could sit on the porch and talk in person, but since that is
not possible, I will tell you with a few words and pictures, what has been consuming the
hours of my days.  I am still continuing to take pictures of the sights I encounter each and
every day.  A beautiful filter free farm country picture!

I was so blessed with the birth of another grandson in April.  He and his big brother
live a far distance away, and I am truly missing the growing up stages of their
lives, but I am so thankful for each and every visit.

My husband and I are continuing to treasure the visits we have with his dear
Mother and my Mother-in-Law.  At 87 years old, she could still beat the socks
off of me, in her beloved "games with friends", that she plays with many, on
the Kindle.

I had the privilege of attending two school plays during the last week
of school, for these two dear forth grade grandchildren.

I got to meet the newest little friend of our local grandchildren.  She has stolen all of
their hearts

Riding motorcycle continues to be a favorite pastime of my husband and me!  We thoroughly
treasure our times with many different riding friends.

I find it so enjoyable to spend time in my "new" backyard and discovering the flowers and
plants that grow there.  This Spring, the grass seemed extra green and the flowers extra

I spent lots of time praying for this sweet, brave, and much loved little girl.  She is
our nephew's daughter and has been walking the difficult journey of having a brain
tumor.  Her latest report was another good one and for that we are all most

Yesterday, I spent time with my middle daughter and her family.  Our visits are few
but always filled with laughter and fun.

Mustaches just seems to bring on the endless laughter.  The little guy was
thrilled that the sheet of stick-on mustaches from "The World Market Store", had a
white mustache just like his Paw Pa had.

And, like our last home, I thoroughly enjoy time spent reading on my quiet
porch.  Thank you so much for stopping by to visit me here!  As always,
I only have ...just a little something to share with you.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Why I blog? 

One of the main reasons that I blog, is to share the vast amounts of beauty that I find
in my daily life.  Beauty that needs to be shared, in a world where so much ugliness
seems to be bombarded before us constantly.

On Saturday evening, my husband and I visited one of my very favorite places.  I had
my Samsung phone with me, and captured these pictures.  The uniqueness, the design,
the colors, and the variety was simply too much for me not to share with you today.
Yes, it might be picture overload on the post, but if you visit here at a time of the
day, where you have extra time, and maybe a hot cup of tea, I think you will enjoy
your visit.

This place is owned by "Anthropology", and it is run by many people who seem to
care deeply about it.  It is a gift shop, a greenhouse, a lighting gallery, a café, and
an event destination, all combined in one.  As we walked through it all, with no
time schedule, we were so impressed by all the love and care that was put into
every aspect of the place.  Relax and enjoy the few of the many aspects of the
place, that I captured.

Individually planted pots were everywhere, and exceptionally well done! 

So many types of lighting to use in endless ways, indoors and out.

Succulents in all of their varieties, colors, and plantings.  I thought the little
glass jars were a great idea for favors or small gifts.  I pictured them hanging from
a limb secured to a porch wall.

Glass bowls and canisters were filled with potted flowers and greens.  What a
lovely way to dress up a dinner table, or side table in the living room.  Just beautiful!

The strands of crystals, and old windows, hanging from the ceiling, made walking
into the café, seem almost magical.

The linen section was creatively displayed and every piece was ironed and folded in
organized fashion.  We liked how they used old ladders to showcase the linens.

We never saw a prettier seed packet display!

Did you know there were Will Rogers Zinnias?  I want to grow them:).  I want them
to look just like these pictured on the packet.

But, we must admit, one of the highlights of our visit here, was the pot of warm
bread, right out of the oven, that was served to us, on a wooden slab, with an
old crock of butter, sprinkled with a bit of sea salt.  We cannot adequately express
our memories of eating every single bite of that amazingly delicious bread!
We don't usually eat bread with our meals...usually that is:). 

This evening was the best way for me, to celebrate my 63rd birthday.  I hope
you all like that I shared a bit of my visit, with you here.

I am thankful to God for His gift of another year to me, and I am also so
grateful for the vast amount of natural beauty that He blesses us with, in our world. 
I appreciate you all too.  It is always fun to share things with you.  I feel like
it would be somewhat sad, if all these colorful pictures, stayed filed in
my computer, instead of being shared with you.  I like when you share your
pictures and happenings with us too.

Wishing you moments of joy, in your Wednesday!


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