Monday, July 17, 2017

Snippets

 Hi friends,

A few snippets of the past days  have looked like this.
Spending mornings on the back porch.
Coffee and Jesus.
Well; til I start to melt that is...
Really getting hot here!

 --Also reading back  through a Summer study that I've done before
but since it's an online group this time I've been enjoying
it... all over again.  Even actually did the collage I'd put off, and glued  it inside my 
traveler's notebook.


It's kind of crazy the things on our journeys that on a given day;
something clicks anew and we can get  new perspective.
Things that maybe we feel like we're going through the motions and yet
the living of it out... is bigger than we know.


After a morning devotional,  I started ripping off pieces of washi tape
and sticking them onto a journal page.
Funny how we humans so often compare ourselves to others- but I'm  glad....  we're are not all the same.
That God gives each one  unique gifts and created us
for special purposes.
While thumbing through my old notebook, I came across a list.
It was my fifty things list that I wrote out around my 50th birthday.
It was kind of  like a bucket list only... things I would have loved to have done
before the very "next birthday."  It was written  almost three years ago now.  
Reading back through my list; there were so many  things I didn't do.   
Really cool stuff too; that I would still love to do.
Like learning more about photography for one!
After seeing that on my list; I got my camera out and
charged the batteries.  She's going with me more often.

Growing new things is also on my list.  
This season has had a lot of trial and error of that.  
But you don't know if you don't try right?  
Like trying new corn seed... some worked and some not so much.

I learned pollination and privacy fences are not a very good match.  
So adding to my new 50 things  list is finding and creating a  new site for a corn patch.  

Shucking and blanching corn sure didn't take long this year.
Least myguy will have a few meals to enjoy into cold weather.
I'm not a big corn eater like he is... so
those frozen bags are all for him.   

Some of you know; we've been working on old fences a lot.  
  We got a little start back into cattle and it's been time for a bull. 
When we went to pick one out Myguy tried to get one that he thought would be 
about the right size.  -- Happily; he seems about right.  He's young
and not crazy either so that helps.  Hope he stays home! 
As soon as he finished his grain he walked off checking out his new boundaries,
and had a new girlfriend.  They are all doing so well and so far he hasn't 
chased me or anything when I've been out walking.  We've had mean bulls before that
would chase you right up a tree.  We do have a heifer that I don't trust at all.  
She's usually fine; and won't go out of her way to get me but once in a while if she's feelin froggy; she'll start chasing 
our corgis and then when she gets in that mood; she throws her head down at me
too like ... "old lady... let's see you run."  
One day I was near the woods and she started with that and I had to get a big 
branch off a tree.  lol  When she came trotting at me... I smacked her in the head 
and yelled at her and that really made her mad.  lol  
Now when I'm out walking if I see her... I turn around and just go the other way.  
I wonder what she'll be like when she has a calf one day.  

They've all warmed up to eachother now- forgot to mention,
We brought this cow/calf pair home as  well. 
I absolutely love the Momma cow.  
I'm so glad Myguy loves cows so much!  

Well, I was just in for a break from mowing,
but better get back to it.  
I leave yall with a scripture picture.

This beautiful bunch of peaches was a gift from our son's future Mother in law.  
I'm saving the pits and will plant them in the hopes they grow!  
Have a wonderful day,
xoxo

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Savoring The Sweet

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 Hi friends,

Hope yall have had a great week ... 
Those of you who have shared with me that you too are trying to set goals and make
healthier habits; I hope it's been a good start!  
If you've struggled at all yet... 
give yourself some grace and keep trying! 
I'm cheering you on!  

So far, so good; getting back in a  walking routine for me.   
My new hikers are making my feet happy and that 
means a whole lot to me.  
I wouldn't recommend wearing your seemingly  comfy cowgirl boots every day
all day; like I have in the past few years. 
I'm just sayin, coz could be you hit 50 something and your feet might
start griping about it like mine.  
Argh!
Alright... movin on, thought 
I'd share some of life since I last wrote.


 I know many of you are my garden buddies.  
Well here; I picked the first corn that was ready.  
This was  Myguy's supper one night.  Well... that
and some sloppy Joes.  
This corn looks pretty in the picture but honestly the 
patch is a big disappointment.  
I'm not sure if it's because I changed corn seed or..
if it's because of the privacy fence we put up near the patch but it's really
not doing so hot.  Maybe too shaded?  
Next year I'm moving it all.  
And... unless things change and the ears start growing better on the rest of the stalks,
I may change back to my preferred seed.  This is kandycorn but my old faithful seed
is from Gurneys.  
Time will tell .... 
I've learned to not give up on corn.  
A storm can come through and lay it all down and
three days later it can start standing back up again.
I've seen it happen.

After checking  sweet corn,
I ran up to the postage stamp garden and checked Indian corn.
Opening the first ear... this was what I found!
The seed is called Painted Mountain and I got it from Bakers creek.  
Who knew all that was going on inside those covered cobs.  
I opened a few to see inside....
The donks were in the front pasture and came to beg
at the fence.  I give them sweet corn but this corn
is for keeping til Autumn.  'Sorry Spirit.. not this time ole boy."


 I didn't open very many but the colors... 
are so vibrant and pretty!

 Would you not wear these as beads around your neck and wrist?
I sure would.  
Since it was all ready and starting to dry at the bases I plucked them up;
rebuking chiggers and copperheads the whole time
The grass had gotten quite tall in there and I couldn't see what I was stepping into.  
It was kinda scarey.  Who am I kidding.... there was no kinda... - it was flat out scary.
Especially since I've killed a copperhead at the wellhouse,  and found snakeskin at the edge of the garden there.  (man I hate snakes; chiggers too)  Soon as I got home I got in the shower and
scrubbed with a loofah and tossed clothes straight in the wash.  
If any of you have ever been "ate-up" by chiggers before;... you understand.  If you haven't...
well, I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.   
 Before we wind up the garden things; here  is yet another favorite of mine.
It's called Moon and Stars watermelon.  
The little yellow speckles (moons and stars)
makes me so happy.    
I have hopes for  this  little baby to ripen and 
grace a pioneer woman bowl.
 The  roses from David Austens are still doing faaabulous!
Look at these ruffles yall.  
I've not cut any to bring inside and probably won't this year. 
But next year after they're better established; I hope an antique 
Cross Jar will be  spilling over with them on our table.  
Every time I walk by these, they say, "Come smell me."    
 This rose- AspenRose; was happy to ride shotgun 
in the olde 66 chevy to get her hair done.  
Funny; I haven't spent a nickel on my  own hair at a salon in almost two years,
but our dogs... get the royal treatment.  
Poor Aspen was about to roast in her wooly coat of many colors.  
It's gotten sooo hot down here and she just gets miserable.  
She has her own fan in my art porch and keeps 
 herself plopped right in front of it.  
Now that she's shaved I aim to take her walking with me a lot more.  
She's such a chunk ... and you know what they say...
 we start resembling our pets.  
Oh Aspen Rose... let's go hikin.  

 Our fourth of July was fairly quiet.  
Myguy was off work, and got to be home for the whole day and that alone made mine.
We'd gotten matching patriotic tshirts at Cabelas last trip we were there 
and I love being his twinkie.  

 One set of our kids came over for awhile.
It was a fun and  relaxing afternoon.
It  was also our little firecracker's first fourth of July ..ever!  

Grampaw tried pullin us together in the wagon, but ole
Granny was ...um.... a load.  
It was a good day.
So much to savor. 
That word "savor" has been on my mind so much lately.
I'm trying to be more mindful to savor the sweet moments
in even my ordinary.  
A nibble of something....
A cowkiss....
A smile....
A giggle....
A breeze.... 
So much of life gets ...rushed right through.
Time is so fleeting and .. mysterious, isn't it?
The older I get the more I think of it.  


Well I sign off with a new scripture picture. ...     

Until we meet again, 
LeaonMary


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Day One Goal Setting


Hi friends,
Thought I'd jump on here with a few shares today.
I've been setting some new goals for the month of July; anyone else?  
One- was  getting to the shed here and sharing a scripture picture!!  
This is one of my walking trails and this verse 
speaks to me today; especially the tiny word "all." 

Another goal is to make some new healthy habits.  
At close to 53 years old; I've been finding my joints giving me fits lately.
It's possible it's from medicine I've been on; but maybe not too?  
My doctor is  making me an appointment to see a joint doctor after they 
did some bloodwork  so I'm getting my butt back on track.  
I've really slacked off.  
I do love  walking and hiking for exercise so ...
for the month of July I'm hoping to make it a healthy habit again. 


I've been taking so many photos lately.
So another goal is to share a photo a day, whether it be here
or Instagram, 
Photography has become one of my favorite things.  
Photos of sunsets always get me... but 
recently I've been noticing clouds a lot.  
Maybe it's a whisper to keep 
looking uP.  
My God is with me always!
 This photo was a sweet moment captured of 
Ole Violet flashing her pearly whites.
It was an unexpected surprise and
I have a hunch that a sweet lassie from Scotland will especially like this one.
Had to share it tonight.
Maybe it will make someone smile?  

  Part of my goal setting decision this month included joining
the Reset Girls Summer Camp.
It's perfect timing for me!
Today I thought through my planner dividers, and 
 personalized them for my own "walk."  
Walking in love,
walking in the spirit... 
and walking in truth.  


 For added encouragement "walking," 
I got a new fitbit.  
I'm hoping it helps with the physical side of walking.
I had a different brand but it had the heart rate feature and it bothered my arm a lot.

Here's another divider I made today using a photo of
a very small blooming cactus for the health section.  
It may seem odd to some but ... for me it's meaningful. 
 Here's another I'll share.  
My soul section.  
A long time ago I started a face in my art journal and 
this was the beginning of her.  I found myself staring at it 
and I couldn't pick up the brush anymore and add anything to her.  
Everytime I looked at her I thought of the word soul.  
So she stayed just like this...  and she's soulful.  

Other sections I may share further down the road.  
They include some dreaming, and how I perceive truly ... living!
My thoughts about "living well" from back in my 20's to now.... way different!   
Anyways, I prayed long and hard this morning about it all.  
I'm excited... hopeful and day one is starting to wind down!  
 Today was healthier.  
The sour cream and onion chips didn't happen like usual. ha 
Instead... cucumbers.  
Gotta have crunch right?  :)
Day one!  A victory.


Alright friends,
Thanks for visiting the shed today.
Until we meet again, 
xoxo
  

Friday, June 16, 2017

Growin Up


Walking past this rusty ole washin machine behind the house tonight;
I could relate to it.  Maybe because I'm feeling very domestic tonight and in a 
very warm and wonderful way.   

The day started in the word.  
My verse is out of Ephesians:  "but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things unto Him who is the head--Christ"  Ephesians 4:15
I know you have to read the verses before and after it to get the context of it all but 
15 is the verse that stood out to me and that I recorded in my documented faith journal.  
Yesterday, during morning pages, I remember writing about growing uP.
It's pretty cool how God will repeat things to us in special ways and 
continue growing us.  In my life, He's used so many unique people and things
to get my attention.  
Even the row of small bottles in the photograph that's pictured ontop of my bible.  
"Small things."  
The little things... 
And how it's  the little things that often are  the big things after all..
or becoming the big things and we just don't even know it yet.
All of this is connected for me...  
Maybe  some of you as well?  


 The rest of the morning was spent in the gardens.
Here; I drove the olde 66 Chevy up to the postage stamp garden
and picked cukes and zukes.   Oh also a few forgotten yellow squash
that grew too big.  They went to the compost bin.
They grow so fast.
Some of the zucchini were like baseball bats again.

 The compost bin grew quite a lot today as well.
It looks so colorful here.
-22 cups of grated zucchini went in the freezer, and four loaves of 
zucchini bread got  baked.  Everything discarded went here- peels,
big zuke seeds, eggshells... etc.

If we keep getting lots of cucumbers, I think I'll can a few jars of  
dill or bread n butter pickles.  That'll be next.  

The raspberry plants grew like crazy but there aren't near as many berries as last year.
But the big thornless blackberry vines are loaded.  They're next too... 
I've already seen one of our sons out there picking a few.  
He likes to go to the berry patch on his lunch break and have a couple big handfuls for dessert.
There will be plenty for several pans of  cobbler by the looks of it.   

 During evening chores;
I saw something at one of the hydrants.
Had to get my camera out to record it.  

 A button.  
Can't imagine where it might have come from?  
I'm not missing any... and where it was...???  just plain--crazy.
Some of you reading this don't get the significance but ..
it was a God thing.  

Well it was a good and productive day.  
I leave yall with the sunset I watched this evening. 


Blessings and sweet dreams,
xoxo

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Growing Through

Hello friends,

For this evening's post, I thought I'd record a quote I love.  
There's  a tab for them up above so as time goes on I'll keep adding them 
there.   Feel free to share your favorite in a comment if you'd  like.
You never know; -- sometimes what we  share could  inspire someone else.  

Today; mine is this:

Grow through
what you go through.  
I wish I knew who said it but I don't.  
This one is meaningful to me because 
sometimes when we go through hard things it's easy to get stuck awhile.
It's easy to get down or stunted by circumstances.  
For me, my faith is like a shot of miracle gro.  

Earlier today when I was  at the postage stamp garden,
I opened the shed there and inside is another rickety olde
possum belly cabinet.  Opening one of the cupboards was this:
These scrabble tiles have been there for years now.
I'd forgotten them so it was a happy surprise.
The wasp nest ...was another   surprise.  
I snapped a picture and it  also makes me think of the quote.  
Grow through what you go through.  


Well another thing growin on, is last two days I watched the babygirl.
 We're growing  quite a bond.  
This wellspent time... I wouldn't trade for any thing.  

Well it's getting late.  
I had plans to bake up some zucchini bread still tonight.
But not gonna happen.  
Gonna have to wait til tomorrow.  
I  have bagfuls of zucchini to still pick
As you can see Henryetta has started  taste-pecking here and there - But
it'll be okay.. I can cut the ends off and there's  so much zucchini ready to harvest that 
I'll be shredding and freezing a good part throughout  the morning.  
Also checking Pinterest for more zucchini recipes.  

Alrighty friends... until we meet again,