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Summer Saturday Morning

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A lazy summer morning.  Breakfast on the porch, enjoying the lower humidity.   Music playing beside me, a gentle breeze stirring the curtains.  Birds coming and going as if to make a short visit with me to just say hello.  Blue Jays, Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, Black Throated Hummingbirds, Yellow Bellied Woodpeckers, of course my Crows come for their breakfast and hop around rather humorously following the ducks. Mockingbirds chase the Red Shouldered Hawk that comes by each day to rest in the Cottonwood tree for a bit.   Peaches to be picked, White Angel Trumpet flowers to enjoy for the short time they bloom.  Mullein blossoms to be picked and added to some olive oil as earache medicine.   Sunflowers bow to the ground as the heads dry to feed the birds. Banana tree grows by the hour, its growth astonishes us.  It is a simple morning, uncomplicated, allowing the freedom to enjoy all that surrounds me.  Life is good.

Summer Fun

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Mei-Ling was cleared for swimming and bathing with her collar on, so the pool has been a special treat for the children this week.  And when the sun becomes too hot, Grammie lets the children play in the sink and then we made play dough.  Its been a fun summer day for us.  How blessed I feel to have my grandchildren close by.   We had a special treat today at lunch time, Uncle Steven came by with his lunch to join us !  Its also nice having a son working so close by !

Busy Week

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Emery's birthday party is always a tropical beach theme and this year I filled little pails with pudding, topped with a graham cracker, oreo crumb mixture that looked like sand.  The children were wide eyed as I brought the buckets and shovels to the table.   Were we really going to eat sand ????  The party day was a busy one, preparations and of course time to make some Finnish cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  Its always a delight to have the family around the table, but especially nice for birthday celebrations.

Progress

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Finished one Dala Horse pillow case to go with with the valances in my bedroom.  One more to go !

Quiet Time

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There are times when we just need to sit in quiet, to hear our own heartbeat.  To hear nothing other than old floors creak from time to time.  This morning is one of those quiet times for me.  Time to push away all the squirrel cage thoughts and just do some hand work.  Listening to my needle puncture the fabric as I embroider.  Time to listen to that small still voice that so often guides us in the right direction.   Looking around the room, I feel an overwhelming sense of comfort, the kind that makes you sigh deeply in satisfaction.  Lavender drying behind the wood stove.  A basket of toys by the front bedroom door.  A wooden gnome home next to the couch with sleeping gnomes scattered about and wool felted owls perched on the top floor.  Mail from yesterday scattered on the coffee table.  Sunshine filtering in through the sheer curtains, and providing an almost Renoir sort of view of the outside.  Its a perfect morning.  Its a quiet morning, just what I needed today.

The Simple Life

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Be it fresh bread from the oven, the intricacy of a sunflower or observing the delicate wings of an insect, living simply, allows you to enjoy such moments.  From time to time, I get a bit off track and find myself caught up in this mad rush, instant access lifestyle the world seems to be living in right now, but for the most part, I like to take each day slow and easy, savoring each and ever moment for what lesson can be learned from it.  Of late, I have just about given up on shopping, I have enough yarn and fabric to last the rest of my life I think and going in the store just temps me to buy more.  I need to use up what I have already.  Shopping fills a void for some, the same as eating does, and I have used both activities as a pacifier from time to time in my life but contentment seems to rule these days.  Content to sit on the back porch, listening to the different bird calls, and watch them fly from limb to limb.  Or grab the hoe and weed in the garden.  Such reward for this w…

Re-decorating Time

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We have had plans for nearly 10 years to completely redecorate our bedroom.  We plan to take a wall down and make the room nearly twice as big, doing away with the computer/exercise room.  The problem is, I never could decide how I wanted to decorate the room.  I had two or three plans that I would go back and forth between.  As time has gone by, the house is taking on a theme.  A simple Scandinavian style.  Lots of white, with splashes of color as accents.  I like it, it suits this old simple house well.  Low ceilings, exposed beams, wooden floors and cedar woodwork.   I have opted for an all white bedroom, white walls, white floor but will keep our cherry furniture, although there are days I think I might like to paint it too, but I know Emery would protest since its such beautiful wood.  Last year I purchased a white duvet cover with a simple blue embroidery border around it.  That will work perfectly with the Dala Horse Fabric I purchased for valances for our windows.  Hung over w…

Music of the Evening

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Tried And True Friends of Healthy Living

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This morning I had a discussion with friends about the wonders of Activated Charcoal.  I can hardly remember a time in my life when I didn't use it.  It has been in my medicine cabinet since I was first married.   We use it for so many things, tummy aches, food poisoning, bug bites, infected cuts, to prevent infection in a cut.  Even used it on a pimple or two in my youth.  When I was younger and working, the hospital that I worked at, used activated charcoal as part of the treatment for drug overdoses and some accidental poisonings.   I can only share my personal experience of course.  My son in law was bitten by a Brown Recluse spider a couple of years ago and came to me with a nasty spot on his arm that was turning black.  He knew he was bitten by a spider and was shocked to see that in a couple days it was pretty nasty looking.  I quickly applied a poultice of activated charcoal and had him come over three times a day for a new poultice.   After just a day, the red circle arou…

Summer Help : )

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Sunflowers bright against the blue morning sky.  Grammies little helper, watering the flowers, watering some dry leaves in hopes that they will turn green again, filling the ducks pool and gathering some goodies from the garden.  Then, of course we setting down for some breakfast on the porch, tea and crumpets of course.  A perfect summer morning with a sweet as sugar, visitor.

Monday Morning Ramble

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Summer weather has arrived after a nice reprieve from the heat last week.   Angel Trumpet in bloom, sunflowers reaching way up into the sky.  Happy ducks and singing birds fill the morning with natures symphony.  In the evening, the music changes.  Cicadas sing along with the crickets, while frogs sing bass from  the creek bed near us.  Morning chores done before breakfast time, yet in the evening we wait until the last minute to get them done.   It seems as if this summer is flying by.  Time is racing along at break neck speed.  I would be happy if it would slow down just a bit.  Perhaps the rate of speed is in relation to age.