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Rain, Rain, Everywhere Rain

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I awoke with the feeling of razor blades in my throat. I have not had a sore throat like this in what seems like years. All I want to do is curl up with my quilt on the sofa and watch mindless television. I got a fire going in the stove, made some tea and toast and sat by the window watching the birds try to eat between the rain drops. Made me feel very thankful for a warm dry house. Emery did my chores yesterday and this morning and I know he will do them again tonight, he is that kind of thoughtful man. Last night he ran out to the local store to get me a certain kind of cough drops and came home with a card and a container of Vicks Vapor-rub. I love that man with every single cell in my body. Today will be another do nothing kind of day, which doesn't even frustrate me today, I feel that yukky. I might just watch the birds and mind the fire and call that my "work" for the day. "God takes men as they are... They are not chosen because they are perfec…

The Perfect Dinner Table

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The Perfect Dinner Table
~Edgar Guest~
A tablecloth that's slightly soiled Where greasy little hands have toiled; The napkins kept in silver rings, And only ordinary things From which to eat, a simple fare, And just the wife and kiddies there, And while I serve, the clatter glad Of little girl and little lad Who have so very much to say About the happenings of the day. Four big round eyes that dance with glee, Forever flashing joys at me, Two little tongues that race and run To tell of troubles and of fun; The mother with a patient smile Who knows that she must wait awhile Before she'll get a chance to say What she's discovered through the day. She steps aside for girl and lad Who have so much to tell their dad. Our manners may not be the best; Perhaps our elbows often rest Upon the table, and at times That very worst of dinner crimes, That very shameful act and rude Of speaking ere you've downed your food, Too frequently, I fear, is done, So fast the little voices run. Yet why should table manners…

Dreary Day

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Rain with storms complete with thunder, lightening and high winds made the afternoon one to stay inside. Plus, I came down with a cold yesterday. I had been fighting it for a while now and I guess the cold won.
Everyone was over for supper last night which was so nice, it had been a while since there had been so much going on with Melanie's health and the arrival of wee Yen. Good news with Yen, he only woke up once last night, so Melanie was pretty happy to get some much needed rest. I spent most of the day being lazy without feeling one bit guilty for not accomplishing 100 different things : ) I did get some reading done which was so nice. The cold weather arrives this evening so just got the fire in the stove going. It feels so good. Cozy winter kind of good. Emery is going to do chores tonight as he did this morning. He didn't want me going out in the dampness with my cold. What a good guy he is ! I feel blessed by his deep kindness on every level of his life. Every day I think…

Morning Ramble

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There is a little chill to the air this morning. Its not really cold out, but, still, your hands and your nose soon feel that winter coldness creeping up on you. The sky is full of amazing clouds this morning. I ended up taking about 40 pictures of the sky just on my way out to do chores. The clouds were changing so quickly, stretching and rolling into new and wonderful shapes right before my eyes. They are full of moisture and rain is on the way, you can feel it. The anemometer was spinning like Mei-Lings little pink and gold pinwheel. I thought about rain for a bit while I filled the chickens waterer. The very rain that will fall today or tomorrow, may be the same rain drops that fell on Moses or Jacob. God is the ultimate recycler, and I don't mean that to sound trite or sarcastic, but honest. Rain that falls, goes to our rivers, our lakes, the ocean, where clouds are formed from the moisture of the water. Those same clouds become heavy and raindrops fall. Over and over and ove…

A Couple More Photos

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Some of Our Grand Blessings

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Melanie came over with the children today which gave me the perfect opportunity to get the camera busy. So many blessings in life ! This Thursday, Yen will be 3 weeks old, how time is flying by. Mei-Ling is an adoring sister, who shows nothing but gentleness and love towards her new baby brother.

I have not fallen off the face of the earth, just busy : )

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Life has been busy for the past few days and somehow my blog was the one thing that got put on the back burner. There has been a baby to hold, and a toddler to play with while their mommy was resting or at least attempting to.
And now there is some news in the family that means an increase in the number of our grandbabies ! It seems September will be the month for a new blessing in the family. Someone else is going to be a big sister : ) Life is good, busy, but good.

Sunset

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As the sun sets this Friday evening and we settle in for a quiet evening this is the view from my front yard. I am reminded of this quote that I learned as a child......"The Sabbath calls our thoughts to nature, and brings us into communion with the Creator. In the song of the bird, the sighing of the trees, and the music of the sea, we still may hear His voice who talked with Adam in Eden in the cool of the day. And as we behold His power in nature we find comfort, for the word that created all things is that which speaks life to the soul." EGW

Update on The BIG Cat

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The big cat is still on the prowl and has managed to stay clear of the trap set for him/her. So many of you have written asking about how Licorice is doing, so here is an update on her. Most of her wounds healed without much of a problem, with the exception of her ear, which was so badly wounded. We fought infection for about two weeks and much to every ones dismay, part of her ear was lost. Two huge bites were taken from it and part of the ear simply atrophied. A major vein running through it was severed. Removing the ear would have been a last resort as it would have left her vulnerable to all sorts of things getting in the ear canal and she would have had no ability to shake off insects on that side of her face, so leaving what could be left, in tact, gives her more protection then if the ear had been removed. She has a rather sad looking ear on one side, but iIt doesn't seem to be bothering her and she is as sweet as ever. Getting bigger every day with kids due in about 9 weeks…

A Busy Life Is Just The Way I Like It

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There has been cooking to do, babies to hold, knitting to be done, animals to tend to and yes, a bit of housework here and there. Books to be read, wool to spin, fabric stores to visit, (but I came home without any more fabric, I have enough for years). There are birds to watch, a garden to tend to. Music to listen to. Conversations to have. So many things going on right now and I love it. My life is full and to me that is a huge blessing. If I had nothing else to do but count my blessings, I would be busy all day long !Mei-Ling was over the other day for a bit, so Melanie could sleep when Yen slept. He has been quite the night owl so Mei-Ling got to do morning chores with Grammie. She puts her boots on like a big girl and is ready to get to work. She loves being out there with me and I sure love having her out there with me.
Yesterday Melanie was over here with both children and I caught Mei-Ling singing to her baby brother in the cradle. Life is good ! Life ~Edgar Guest~ Life is a gift…

Gratitude

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It seems the subject of being grateful is one I like. It comes up often on my blog, maybe because I have learned that by counting your blessings, most of life's annoyance's seem pretty small by comparison. Just waking up each morning is a huge blessing, even if you think your life is a mess and full of unwanted drama. Being alive gives us huge options to change what we don't like in our lives or at least to choose how we look at our circumstances. We also have the option to have faith, to believe that better days are coming and will come. At times there are people in our lives that seem to drive us crazy. They may get in your face, or they may just be someone you love that makes one mistake after another and never seems to listen to the voice of experience. Things like that can make us miserable but what really is happening is that we are allowing them to bother us. There is a verse in the Bible that I love, I memorized it years ago and I believe it, but don't always m…

Some Silly Stuff

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Emery and I were being silly and I put my foot next to his, so we could compare hiking boots. I told Mei-Ling to put her shoe next to ours.... I soon realized I phrased that wrong when she took off her shoe so it could be put next to ours. I should have said "foot" instead of "shoe". Toddlers are incredibly literal it seems !

Sunday Photos

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Emery and I took Mei-Ling on a little hike this morning. We saw all kinds of wonderful things and had such a good time teaching her about the birds we saw along with teaching her about the plants and trees. It reminded both of us of our many walks in nature with our girls when they were small. We adopted the boys when they were older so they missed out on this kind of introduction to nature at a young age. I think like many things in life, the love of nature starts in the formative years.