September

September

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Glorious Morning


Today is just a glorious morning. It feels and smells like the beach. I love when we have a weather system dropping down from Alaska. It brings such nice weather with it. The wind is blowing and we have clouds. Great but gray looking clouds. Its so nice to have some weather and a break from the sun. I have only a small bit of my last flowerbed to clean today. I am taking out my Black-Eyed Susans today. They get so filled with grass its just easier to take them out and start over.


 I have a few white pumpkins. I am hoping for some more. I don't know if we stay cool. I do have some orange ones though. It will be time to take out the garden soon. Its all very tired. It will be nice to turn my attention to house things for awhile. Like cooking. I found out something yesterday. I love carrot muffins and carrot cake. I just never like the shredding of it. I read yesterday to take your carrots and cook them and mash them. It worked so nice. I used all the carrots I had. I think I want to make pumpkin muffins today. I have been experimenting trying to get a gluten free baking to turn out. Without using Xanthan gum.
So far I have been disappointed. Except make cream cheese frosting and slap that on and it makes everything taste better. Its a little like learning to cook all over again.


The leaves are beginning to change. I think the poor things are just tired of the heat. Its so nice to hear the sound of the ocean in the cottonwoods. I think that is my favorite thing about cottonwoods. They won't change color until about 18th of December though.

Have a lovely day,
~Kim~


“He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”
― Jim Bishop

Friday, September 15, 2017

A Evening Post

I normally write my posts in the morning. I have had a busy day. I need to write this so I can sleep, when I haven't written in awhile, posts wake me up in the night begging to be written. I have been gone awhile from the date of my last post. The heat lasted so long, I just didn't have anything to say. But then Wednesday night we had a lovely storm that blew the humidity and the heat away.


Thursday it was cool finally. The sky was blue again. The dust was quieted down from the cloudburst. I could breathe. The leaves were finally able to shimmer in the golden light. I walked and looked at everything from a different vantage point. One that welcomes fall with open arms. I started by washing windows and porches and moving furniture. I have cleaned flowerbeds and it has been glorious. To be outside and to not be depressed from hearing the steady drone of the air conditioner. I am thankful for them don't get me wrong. But the sound of the birds singing and the wind in the trees is such a comforting sound and I have missed it this summer.

I did think that fall would never come and summer would last forever. When I got pregnant with Kessie. I really was not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I just kept getting bigger and bigger. I had such weird ideas. I have no idea why, like since I was going to breastfeed, did I need to poke holes you know where so the milk would come out? I thought my Mom was going to hurt herself she laughed so hard. I also made this terrible mistake. I just kept getting bigger so I thought I would never be able to fit in my old clothes. So I took every single stitch of clothes I owned to Goodwill. So when the baby came, I had one old dress that I had missed in the back of the closet. We couldn't afford new clothes for me, so I wore that dress over and over.

So that is how I thought this was this summer. I would always be miserable hot and my chickens would always live in the back yard. Having two days of cool weather has been such a healing balm to me. Weather can change and I can get sit outside and the sky is blue again. I can be happy I live here and how pretty it is when the breeze blows in and I am once again thankful for the experience of waking up in the morning and going outside to fresh air.

I am thankful for summer. I am thankful for rain. But fall coming next week, is just the best of all. I guess I can understand how all of you who get buried under all of that snow and it feels like winter will never be over. Do you remember that play called Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? I started quoting lines from it every time I went outside. I was starting to crack. We have at least a week of cool weather, so I might have time to get back to normal. At least be able to hook again or sew again.

Have a delightful weekend,

~Kim~

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”
― Humbert Wolfe

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Now I Can Write


Our heatwave has finally ended. 67 days! Over 100! Normal is around 33. I really did sit down a couple times to write a blog. It was all so complainy and whiny that I just deleted them. It really started to get to me. Saturday and Sunday it was humid and 111 both days. We had thunder and lighting and wind and rain. Very Midwest feeling. We lost a huge tree on Saturday night.


It is really big. To me it is an answer to prayer. Ron was going to cut it down when it got cooler. The trunk doesn't look that big from this angle but it is a huge tree. Now all he has to do is cut it up. Then Sunday we had an even bigger storm. We lost two more trees. Two of our Liquid Amber trees. The wind was so severe that it just picked those trees up and snapped them off. Like toothpicks. We lost lots and lots of limbs from other trees too. I will be cleaning up for awhile. I am ready for some fall weather. Even 98 will be nice if all of the humidity will just pack up and go as well.

I hope everyone had a lovely Labor Day weekend. I didn't do anything that I planned. Hopefully I will be able to change that now that it might be cooler. I just couldn't stand to hook.

I have a few pumpkins. I thought I would show you.


The little white ones. The ones I found when I had to look to see. Most of them are white. I have a few orange but none of the other ones have made it. I am hoping I still might get some as it is going to be in the 90s until mid September. Its getting to the end though. Just having a few makes me happy.

I hope you all had a nice weekend. Ron came home on Thursday sick and stayed that way for all four days. I am keeping my fingers crossed I stay well.

Have a lovely new week, I am praying that Irma looses her intensity and decides to go out from whence she came. Nothing is impossible with God, right.

~Kim~

"The world was particularly tranquil after the storm. The sun had a clarity and brilliance and the sky was very deep and pure. The drenched earth glittered. Even the garden, with everything battered and drowned, had a peaceful look---all passion spent, as it were."---The Book of Stillmeadow-Page 240 Gladys Taber

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Summer Is Winding Down


Summer is winding down. The mornings are cool, even if the afternoons are not. I am glad we are coming into the last week of August. August is going to end here the way it started with temps from 101-110. I have stopped reading our local weather. Texas of course is in my prayers. Can you believe Labor Day is coming up? I am looking forward to Fall though. What a summer. Though, never as bad as last summer when they were putting in the road. All in all its been a nice summer.


I am really enjoying the D.L. Stevenson books I have found at the library. As Ron says, " You only like books where the people go around and talk to everyone." Its true. As the back of the book I was reading, Music in the Hills said," D.L. Stevenson writes about a tempest in a teacup." Just nice peaceful books in nice settings. I haven't turned on Netflix all summer. I just haven't had the patience. Or the inclination. I haven't even gone to the movies. Which is so weird because one of the summer time things I like to do is just that go out to dinner and then go to the movies.


I am still working on my embroidery stitch book.  I am working on page four. That has been so much fun for me to do. I really am glad I decided to do it. I really do enjoy hand embroidery and learning new stitches.
It nice to try different things. I am ignoring my pumpkins. I try not to give them too much attention. I am afraid I am going to jinx them. I sort of glace at them and I have seen a few pumpkins. I know I have one vine with a bunch of white Jill be Littles. I have some small orange pumpkins. But other than that, I am not looking. I want to be surprised. I know if I look too close, I might want to pick them. I am going to ignore them until the end of September and then I hope I am pleasantly surprised.


 One of the dogs next door continues to get out every day. He is a very dumb dog. Not a mean one, just a lumbering kind of dog. He is a mix breed of some kind and just gal-oops around. He is a puppy really. When you look at him you can see that he is missing not just one taco from the combination plate but the whole plate and the kitchen. I really don't want to complain any more to these people so I decided I would just ignore him. So when I am out walking he just runs ahead of me like he is my dog. Sasha stays in the yard. She gets so embarrassed when he comes up to ravage her, If she didn't have a furry face it would be beet red. She doesn't seem to mind not being out with me and staying behind. He doesn't seem to notice my chickens or cats. He did run after some doves that were eating and stood there looking puzzled when they flew off. 

There is so much going on in the world, that I really try to live at peace with all men as it lies with me. 
I would like to be nice all of the time. Sometimes I can. It just takes too much energy to be unhappy or upset. I just don't have that energy anymore. Last week, I was able to walk 14-16 thousand steps everyday. 
I finally hit that place where It feels so good to be getting that kind of exercise. I try to get 10,000 in the morning before nine. That helps my steps the rest of the day. It nice to see my progress. I got my badge for walking all of New Zealand. 900 Miles. 


Its time to go get my next dot. I hope you have  delightful day. I have already finished my work outside, so I will be inside today except for taking care of my poor hens. I lost one yesterday. It broke my heart. She laid her egg and then keeled over from the heat. She was one of my new little girls. I tried to save her by putting her feet in water and all of that but she just closed her eyes and was gone. Her name was Red. I know I am inventive right? So I will be spending lots more time outside with them during this next heat wave. I will never be good at loosing animals. Even if they are just chickens.

Bye for now, thank you for stopping by today. 

~Kim~

Life starts all over again When it gets crisp in the Fall.---F.Scott Fitzgerald.