Friday, July 21, 2017

Five Minute Friday-Collections

Joining 5 Minute Friday today for a writing challenge. 
It's been a long time. Glad to be back. 
Writing from a prompt for  5 minutes. No editing. No planning just 5 minutes of thought.  
Five Minute Friday :: Collect
Go. . . 
Collections
I think of things that are important to me.  But it's more than just things.  The most important to me are my kids, The Cowboy our
family.  
And so I collect memories. Memories are important.  Whether 
good or bad.  Memories are good.  But memories can be bad. 
I choose to focus on the good.  Sometimes bad memories 
can be collected without our even realizing it. 
Let's focus on whats good.  Let's collect memories that make us smile. That carry us through the times that maybe aren't pleasant.
When part of your family doesn't live near it's hard to collect memories.  So it's (I think) important to make memories where you can.  Collect their memories from photo's and cards and letters. 
Text message with a photo or a thought about what happened in the their day.  I collect them all.  
I work to make events and things memorable to send presents and little trinkets across the miles to make a memory to add to our/my
collection.  
Stop. . .
And I could say more and maybe I will.
Linking with:
Five Minute FridayShare Your Warm HeartThe Art Of Homemaking

Flower Friday-My Walk To Work Part 1

Welcome
Today I am joining a party I've been hearing about for awhile. 
I love the idea of sharing flowers and beautiful gardens. 
Today I am sharing my walk to work . . . 
I love the walk.  I work as a housekeeper/house manager. 
This is the property.  You will probably think I am crazy but
when I pass by this side of the house I am reminded of the 
San Antonio river walk.  I think it is the different bushes and the walk . . . 
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It brings back many pleasant memories that I'll share another day.   
Today it's about the beautiful walk I take a few days each week.
I love these ferns.  I think they are really what remind me of 
San Antonio.  
Look closely there is a surprise . . . 
Do you see it?  There is a tomato growing up amongst the ferns.
I noticed it a couple of weeks ago as I was inspecting the property.  Part of my job is to make sure the yard crew is doing their job.  
I made sure to tell them to leave the volunteer tomato.  I have to laugh about it.  How did it get there?
    
Earlier in spring just beginning to bloom . . . 
Each time I see them they have more and more blooms.
They are gorgeous!

The shady path is on the north side of the lot. The south side is
very sunny . . . 
I am glad I got this shot a few weeks ago of this amarrills. 
I didn't realize it wouldn't last long.  I work at this property 
on Wednesday and Friday.  Sometimes on Monday or Sunday 
if I am in the mood to go and take Monday off.   I took this pic on a Friday.  When I returned on Monday it was spent. 

I have a few more pics to share.  I take a few each time I am at work.  Stay tuned. I'll be showing you the pond next time!  

Thanks for visiting and walking with me to work!
Did you know I have a new link party?
It's all about things that warm your heart.  Feel free to link a heart warming photo or story.
This week's party is over here.
Linking with . . . 
The Art Of Homemaking,  The Fabulous Party, Share Your Cup, Create With Joy, Amanda's Books & More, Grammy's Grid,  Let's Be Social, The Homemaking Party @ Classical Homemaking, Link It up Wed @ Raven WouldParty In Your PJ's,
Dagmar's House, Share It One More Time, Home Matters, Saturday Sparks,
Peaches + Salt, Flower Friday






Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday

Joining Michelle for Thankful Thursday . . .
Today I am Thankful for simple things
Today I am Thankful for Summer
Today I am Thankful for summer fun like . . . 
     Watermelon
     Water Parks
 Cool summer nights
    Okra
Sonic Milk Shakes
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Enjoy your day
Enjoy your summer
Be Blessed


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Warm Your Heart With A Story, A Photo Or A Smile- A New Link Party

Welcome 
Warm Your Heart w/ a Story
begins here today!
I hope you'll join me and share posts that maybe . . . 
Make you 
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or maybe 
Make you
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Or
Must be a warm heart
Maybe it melts your heart!

Feel free to write a story.  Or post a photo.  Anything that makes you smile, giggle or warms your heart!
This is a family friendly blog so family friendly stories please.   Wordless photo's that you share at the parties are o.k.  If it Warms Your Heart.  Please no DIY's, recipes etc.  Unless it is a story about a project or recipe.  
Here's the linky share your Warm Heart

A Photo and Story Part 1 and Part 2 God Provides. In God's Timing

AY, APRIL 6, 2016

A Photo And Story...And a surprise. . . 

I originally wrote the below post to share at Wit and Wisdom hosted over at Senior Adventures.  Sadly that party isn't
around anymore.  I have been missing it along with Warm Heart Wednesdays originally hosted by Jenny Matlock.
So to honor these two parties which I miss and I am sure others do as well.  
I am announcing the beginning of 
Stories That Warm My Heart 
The party will begin tomorrow and will run all week.  Feel free to link posts/stories that Warm Your Heart. See the post tomorrow for a few rules and details.  

And now here is the story that Warmed My Heart and inspired the party . . .                 
 Originally posted in 2016. Update 2017 in blue. . .                   T:
Once upon a time a young boy looked at a white fence surrounding an arena filled with sand.  He sat on the fence watching as the tractor moved around loosening the sand just right to provide the perfect footing.  The sand had to be soft not firmly packed.  Slightly deep.

The boy watched and dreamed of one day being the one riding the tractor getting the arena ready for the rider.  

It wasn't his only dream.  He had much bigger dreams than sitting on the tractor.  He dreamed one day he would ride a horse.  Not just any horse and not just any kind of riding.  

He dreamed one day he would train a reining horse.  He dreamed of going to a futurity.  (a special competition for young horses)

So he got off that fence and he began to work.  He worked hard.  
He mucked stalls and filled a truck with horse manure and hauled it away.  Everyday after school he went to the barn and cleaned up. 

Everyday he watched other teenagers riding horses while he cleaned the stalls.

He built a library of books and magazines with information about reining and breeding.  And he studied.  Soaking in the knowledge that he hoped he would someday be able to use.  

He made it to that futurity with his horse. (which he had bred and trained himself)  He worked hard with that little filly.  They were constant companions.  

And then one day his eye wandered.  He noticed a filly of another 'sort'.  She captured his eye and his heart.    And then his dreams began to change.   

He never forgot his first love.  Even  though he began to chase two legged youngsters.  He never forgot his dream of  sittin' on that tractor. 

And then many years later.  It happened.  It wan't expected.  
Someone remembered that young man and the horse he rode in that futurity.  

The opportunity presented itself.  And now he's sittin' on that 
tractor.  Makin' that dirt just right.  

       And now his little girl is walkin' in that dirt and dreamin'.  
                           (photo taken by that filly that stole his heart)  update 2017...the horse that he planned and bred and took to that futurity he lost for awhile.  10 years later.  This past fall he found his horse.  That two legged filly that caught his eye managed to find his horse.    It was a 'God' thing.  And 'she' came home . . . 

This photo taken the day Speck stepped off the trailer when she came home.  
The first ride minutes after stepping off the trailer . . . 
When Speck came home last fall.  i wrote a post.  i had forgotten i had written the post in 2016 for Warm Heart Wednesday and Wit and Wisdom share a photo and a story.  I ran across that post a few days ago and thought it fitting to finish the story.  
But the story doesn't end here with Speck home and part of the family. The story continues.  A few months ago our son was able to breed Speck.  Because she had been to the futurity 10 years ago  he was able to get a breeding from a very good horse at a very good deal.  
And so next spring the plan that he had all those years ago will be fulfilled in God's timing. 

Linking part 2 @ Thankful Thursday, The Art Of Homemaking,  The Fabulous Party, Share Your Cup, Create With Joy, Amanda's Books & More, Camera Critters, Eileen's Camera Critters, Grammy's Grid,  Let's Be Social, 
The Homemaking Party @ Classical Homemaking, 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

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Welcome to a new week!
I have a few plans to share and a little of this and that . . . 

The Weather . . .Thankfully it is stayin the upper 90's.  The triple digits just wear me out!

Right Now I  Am . . .Thinking that I am glad the weather isn't getting too hot too fast!

On My Reading Pile . . .My reading pile is always pretty hefty.  I enjoy reading. Here are a few I'll be getting into soon
   Image result for as a shield by danny pelfreyA couple christian suspense 

Little Girl Gone  I'll be reading all these for reviews. 

Something fun to share . . .Last week I accidentally posted the linky for The Fabulous Party here at My Journey Back.  I think it might be fun to keep it here at least for awhile.  I've been working on a button 


I am thankful for . . . The Cowboy is seeing his mother after 8 years of estrangement.  He is hoping and praying that it will lead to a unified family.  His sister is not very open.  I know it bothered him but he never said much.  When he visited the other day his mother said 'I love you'. When he left.

In the garden . . . sadly not much.  It it getting hot. But the cucumbers are producing.  My fun test of climbing beans for a teepee is growing though.  I am hoping to get some kind of flowers this week.  My one pot of marigolds it growing nicely.
I would love to divide them and put some in the ground but I am afraid that they would die.  

On the menu this week
Monday--Fried Catfish, left over Crawfish and Shrimp (we had a boil on Sunday yum.yum.)
Tuesday--Hamburger helper Stroganoff, Fried Green Tomatoes Salad
Wednesday-- Chicken Pot Pie, Salad
Thursday -- Kid Friendly Hot Dog-Adults Grilled Steaks
Friday -- Beef Tips, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Salad

In the kitchen
 Hopefully trying a couple of new recipes this week . . . 
EASY, Wonderfully tender, Homemade Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy (without any “cream of” anything!) is richly satisfying, comforting and flavorful and the perfect make ahead meal for busy weeknights! I also love serving it for special occasions or holidays because it is so easy, make ahead and super easy to double or triple the recipe!       The Ultimate Chicken Pot Pie:  A light and flaky puff pastry crust is what makes this pot pie the ultimate. It's a great way to turn leftover chicken and veggies into a whole new and delicious dish.
found here      Hope this is as good as it looks.  The recipe is here

Fabulous Features
 Today I am welcoming my friend Fabby back.  She was always a visitor when I began the Fabulous Fall Party the last 2 years. 
She joined last week here at the party.  
Always a gorgeous table at her house.  Click here to visit.

Fabulous Feature
 
Oh so yummy. MiMi of Tray of Bliss wrote a delightful post about low cost Vacations/Holidays.  Click here to visit MiMi.

On of my simple pleasures
Memories . . . Weekend brunch.  The above photo reminds me of times back in the day when the Cowboy and I went out to breakfast on Saturday.  Those were some special memories.  

From the camera
I don't remember if I have shared this photo and tip before.
But it's actually kind of funny and silly so thought you might enjoy the smiles . . .
When peeling onions apply tape to your nose.
Devo./ Scripture
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you: Throughout this search Deep in my heart The slow dance swirls and bows. One step closer to my God One step closer to me Until we meet toe to toe - See more at: http://ourshelteringtree.blogspot.com/2012/09/near-to-his-heart.html#sthash.tocBDJvZ.dpuf
This was a lovely photo and beautiful scripture I shared on my Simple Sunday post.  I found it on pinterest but sadly the blog is no longer active.  

I hope you've enjoyed a look at my weeks plans and a little of this and that.  
I am linking with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday and a few of my other favorite parties! Click here.
And a few others . . . 
The Fabulous Party,  The Art of Homemaking, Share Your Cup ,
Create with Joy, Dagmar's Home Party, Party In Your  PJ's
Enjoy your week!

Friday, July 14, 2017

My Desk In July

Welcome Friday!  Are you as happy as I am it's Friday!
Yea!

Today I am sharing a brief post.  I haven't shown you my desk this month.   
I've realized that I can really be really messy so I'm on a journey 
to keep myself tidy.
It's simple this month.  Only a few things.  I'm loving the Zinnia from my garden.  I used the blue candlesticks that make perfect
vases.  From Pier One way back in the day.  Before it was so 
cool to shop there. 
Thy hydrange is from a clients garden.  I picked one for her too...
My lamp and pencil holder stays.  I kept the little bunny on the side.  He was perfect to hold this photo of the Cowboy . . .
His professional photo from back in the day.
I stumbled across it in some old files. 
Thought it was fun.   
My desk space is simple and clutter free.
Right now.  
I am trying to keep it that way.  
Now the rest of the room.  Well I won't show you that today!
I want you to have a Good Day!
Sending you a Smile and a Hug!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book Review-A Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd


A Letter from Lancaster County

About the book (provided by Litfuse)
A Letter from Lancaster County(Harvest House, July 2017)
Two sisters get a second chance at life and love
Angela—Her mother’s untimely death, a struggling marriage, a strained relationship with her sister, Rose, and regrets over what might have been haunt her. Despite being a wife and mother, she feels she has little to show for her life.
Rose—Still single, she longs for a husband and children. But Angela has all that and still isn’t happy. Rose wants to be closer to her older sister, but she and Angela couldn’t be more different. Both strong women, will their sibling rivalry ever end?
* * *
When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit Aunt Silvia, their mother’s Mennonite sister, in the heart of Amish country. This vacation could provide the opportunity both sisters need to sort out their issues. And yet instead of finding a new way of connecting with each other, Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose’s romance with a new beau.
Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.
To learn more and purchase.  Click here

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About the author 
Kate Lloyd
Kate Lloyd is a bestselling novelist whose books include "A Portrait of Marguerite" and the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy. A native of Baltimore, she enjoys spending time with friends and family in rural Pennsylvania and is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. She now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.

And I thought
This was my first introduction to Kate Lloyd.  I've seen a few of her books in the past but never had the opportunity to read one. 

I have a suspicion that A Letter from Lancaster County was a little different than some of Kate's other works.  

The story(s) of the two sisters writing letter back and forth will keep the reader thinking and on your toes trying to keep up with the story.    

There is friction between the two sisters because of their different 
'beliefs'.  One being Amish and the other living in the 'English' world.  Meaning someone that is not Amish.  

I always like a story about hope and redemption.  It's refreshing to read stories that are fresh and clean and leave me with a happy heart.  

I look forward to the chance to read more books by Kate Lloyd. 

I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse.
This review will appear on retail sites where available.
This review will appear on Good Reads.



Thankful thursday

Today I am filled with sadness for my blogging friend B. J.  
But I am filled with joy and hope . . . 

Thru The Gate....


My precious Mr. Sweet went to his Heavenly Home
early this very morning.
7/11/2017

I am not closing comments on this post
but please understand that it will be awhile before I can visit. 

Love to all, bj
I am thankful that Mr. Sweet is in the arms of Jesus.  
Please pray for B.J. and the family

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Add a caption _________
Linking with my fav's 
and 
the Wordless Parties
Have a good day!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wanna Borrow Some Time?

Borrowing bits and pieces of  to write just a few words that will maybe give you a bit of encouragement today.


How has your week started?  I am hoping it started great!  My Monday was wonderful but . . . I started Monday already behind on things I needed to get done.

Sometimes I feel like my time with God is borrowed.  I have to stop an activity to just take a brief moment and be thankful.  

I am thankful that God is patient with me.  I am thankful he understands that I/we get ourselves so caught up just in doing life that sometimes we forget just how 'this life' came about.  I am thankful that even when I don't think about God he is thinking of me.  

And, he is thinkin of you.  I am gonna 'borrow' some time today . . . wanna join me?

Have a great day.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

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The Weather . . .We've had rain ever couple of days.  Keeps things cooler and plants happy.  Should be about 95 today and sunny

Right Now I  Am. . .Behind schedule! I usually write this post on Sunday night but didn't get to it.  Monday's are super busy here!

On My Reading Pile  I am just itching to read these two for reviews scheduled later in the month . . . 
Image result for dark deception nancy mehl   Image result for detecting duchess kate parker  And a couple more I got 
free I don't have to review but I will . . . 
With This Ring This one I got free from the author for signing up for her newsletter.


Something fun to share
My something fun to share goes with what's on my reading pile. 
Have you heard of KOBO it is a place you can buy E-books or 
get them free.  Totally free.  There is an app for your phone or you can read on your computer or tablet.  You can use on Kindle too but it is a little tricky to do.  If you purchase a book you get a $5.00 credit.  Go over here and check it out.

On My To Do List
I need to start thinking about sewing again. I have a couple of quilts I want to make for Christmas and winter.
Organize my crafting space

I am thankful for
 My work day is done.  Yea.  I can finish up my post do a little around the house and then relax!
In the garden
 My tomatoes are slowing down.  My pumpkin seeds have sprouted!
On the menu this week
 Monday- Kilebasa, Red Beans/Rice Biscuits
 Tuesday-The Cowboy is frying chicken.  I am making mashed potatoes, Corn on Cob and homegrown tomato
  Wed- Fetticini w/ Clam Sauce for Cowboy and Goulash for me
(for my thursday leftover lunch. My long work day)
  Thursday- Kid Friendly Mac/Cheese and Adult friendly some kind of pork 
   Friday -  I've run out of ideas!
In the kitchen
This Lemon Zucchini Cake is so moist, undeniably delicious and topped with a lemon glaze that will keep you coming back for one more slice.
Never seen this before looks good.  Zucchinni Lemon cake.
Click here.

Fabulous Features
 Each week I choose a couple of features from the link party over at my blog Our Holiday Journey. 
Modern & Natural Garden
Carol at Comfort Spring shared a post on gardening.
Click here to visit.

On of my simple pleasures
 A peaceful afternoon with nothing to do but relax and write on my blog and visit!

Devo./ Scripture
Zephaniah 3:17 ~ I love this verse.  lots of great scripture prints for kids on this site!

Thanks for visiting my Happy Homemaker Monday post.  
I hope you have a great week!  
 Linking with 
The Art Of Homemaking
Create With Joy
Share Your Cup 
Our Holiday Journey