Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I Corinthians 16:13, 14 NKJV

Sunday, July 31, 2011

May NOT be a Good Time to Make a Major Decision

My parents got a divorce back in 1980. And since that time I remember hearing my Mother say several times that there were a lot of divorces back in 1980 and she said she believed that the heat wave of 1980 really contributed to that spike in the divorce rate. Well I have been thinking about this lately since we are seriously working towards breaking that record this year. So I decided to look it up and sure enough she was right. Below is a chart that I borrowed from Texas Department of State Health Services page - marriage and divorce. You can go check it out if you would like. As you can tell the dark or black line is the amount of marriages and the light or gray line is the number of divorces.

One of the things that really got me thinking about all of this is the fact that it has been so hot - we are on day 30 of the triple digit temperatures. And there is no end in sight - see:

Well at least for a week or so. Anyway my hair has gotten longer and I really like it long, but with it being so hot - I have to have it up in a pony tail so often and really don't like my hair in a pony tail. So in the past - when it gets this hot I have usually just went and got my hair cut short and then once it cooled off I would let it grow. Well about the time that it got to a nice length it would be hot again and I would get it cut short again. This year I decided I was going to try my hardest to let it continue to grow. And believe me - it has been hard. I have been discontented and have thought about having it cut. Then I started thinking about how this very hot weather really causes a lot of that discontent feelings and that it is not really a good time to make some decisions - especially the really important ones - like to get a divorce.

So anyway that is my point to this whole post - if you are feeling discontent with life right now- don't make any major decisions unless you really feel moved by God to make those decisions. Because there is a really good chance that those discontent feelings are just being brought on by this heat wave. Pray and ask God to lead in your life and pray for contentment. He can answer that prayer as well. And while you are at it could you pray for rain! Thanks :O)

The Importance of D

Vitamin D...That is!

This week my MIL got results back on her blood test for Vitamin D. The nurse called and said that the normal levels were 30-80 and my MIL number was a 7. Yep- a 7. That is low. The Dr. put her on a prescription of vitamin D for 3 months and they will do a blood test again to see where the level is then make adjustments to what she is taking.

My Mother had her levels tested several months ago - so I asked her what her levels had been. She eats a very good diet and gets outside and walks almost every day. She said she had been taking a Vitamin D with Calcium tablet for a year before she had this blood test done and her number was a 28. So just under the normal range. I think that the Dr wanted her to double what she had been taking.

Well this is just one more reason why it is important to spend some time outside getting sunshine - of course getting fresh air and exercise is also very important.

I have done some research and come to find out that it is important to have a good level of Vitamin D - when your levels are low -your chances for breast cancer and colon cancer increases.

And of course when your levels are lower - your chances for osteoporosis increases.

Oh one more bit of information - my Mother-in-law was measured and come to find out, she had shrunk 2 inches.

My Dr. told me that she tells all of her female patients that are over 35 years of age need to take a Vitamin D/Calcium combo. My Dr. told me to take one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

So from all of this - what is the take away? Be sure and get plenty of sunshine when available and when you are over 35 it is important to take a Vitamin D/ Calcium combo daily. Be sure and take care of yourself. You are worth it! :o)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Mail Call

Look what I got in the mail?!! Yay!

This evening I finally had a little time to sit down and enjoy looking through it. As I looked I was able to find a lot of the pieces that we have. And as I looked I realized that this bell was also from Avon - 1990.

I thought that was cool! This book has about 670 pages in it. It has been amazing to look through it and see so many cool things that Avon as carried. At the beginning of the book - it has a lot of history of Avon. Lots of cool information!

Oh and I was able to get the book for a little less than $9.00 with shipping and handling. Yay!! And it is in excellent shape!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Please Pray For Rain

Today will mark our number 27th day of temps in the triple digits. Yes - we are getting tired of it. But most of all wishing for some rain. Please pray that we actually get some - we have seen the chances of rain on the forecast in the last couple of months - we just have not gotten any. So please if you would - just pray for some rain! Thanks - we would SO appreciate it! :O)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Eight Health Laws - Choices

As you all know it has been HOT here. I mean seriously, our lows are in the 80's. Due to these high temperatures I have had no desire to get out and walk. However, this morning I decided I was going to go walking. I really need to get back into my healthier health style. I had already decided that this week I would work harder to get to bed at a decent time. It is hard to get to bed at a decent hour when it is still light outside at 9pm. Well like I said this morning I decided to go on a walk. I got to the park later than I had planned on - I got there at 8:45am. I was pleased when I felt the slightest coolness in the breezes ever so often. It was actually refreshing.

I have decided that I will be trying to get to the park to walk 3 - 5 times a week. I really feel better when I follow the Eight Health Laws:

1. Eat a healthy diet of nutritious food. Try to get plenty of fruits and veggies and eat at least some raw fruits and veggies each day. (I like to say that I eat a plant based diet)

2. Exercise adequately - at least 30 minutes - 1 hour everyday -if you can not exercise this much at one time split it up into 3 sections of time of 10 minutes at a time. Something IS better than nothing.

3. Rest properly. (7-8 hours of sleep is ideal) (Trying to get to bed by 10:00pm)

4. Try to get at least a little sunshine each day - when the sun is out.

5. Drink at least 8 glasses - or more of water each day.. sodas and coffee are actually a diuretic - which means they can not be included in the 8 glasses.

6. Get plenty of fresh air every day.

7. Live a balanced life

8. Trust in God. Good Spiritual health really does contribute to good physical health.

When I follow these guidelines, I feel better, I am happier and I have a better outlook on life. So even though my carnal self - keeps fighting against doing the things that keep me healthier - I am choosing to claim these verses below:

"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit in you, whom you have of God? And you are not your own,
20 for you are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Corinthians 6:19 - 20

My body is the temple of God and my desire is to glorify God. And the way that I can do so -is to follow the 8 principles above.

So now my part is to continue to ask God lead me and to give me the strength to make the right choices. And when I fail - not to give up but to get up and try again.

Here is what our weather looks like for the next week:

And I will be getting out early in the am - while it is still in the 80's to try to get a good walk in. I hope you all keep cool. :o)
(written Sunday pm)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Number 23

Friday was our Anniversary -23 years. My husband was so sweet. He went to a nearby Antique Mall and found some treasures to add to my Avon Collection. These first two photos don't do them justice- they have cute legs on these containers. I love them! Aren't they beautiful?!

This next one will be displayed by my log cabin bottle. Even though this is larger than the cabin. lol :O)

I am posting two photos of this next one so you can really see it. Isn't it sweet?

Yes - he gave them to me the night before our anniversary. He could not wait. I think these are a great addition to my collection. Oh there was one more but it does not photograph very good. It is a silver pear. When I try to take a photo - all you see if is a mirrored affect of what ever it is sitting on.

Well it was a good thing that our presents to each other were a hit(I bought him some fishing stuff). We were going to try to go to a new aquarium in our area - well it was over an hour drive there and when we got there we were told - Oh we are sorry we don't allow walk up visitors. Apparently you HAVE to buy your tickets on line. What a bummer. What makes it worse is that we had to drive through some big towns and traffic was not so fun. I got a cool photo to share with you all though.

I missed the best photo is what a plane much closer to use but did not get my phone out in time. This one was a few minutes later.

Before we headed to the Aquarium, we stopped by Cracker Barrel for lunch. I love that place. My husband bought me a jar of blackberry jam - with seeds - my favorite!!!
I love the landscaping of this place. I wish I had have taken a photo outside, when we were done. My husband and I only wished that this was located on a lake - like just beyond the landscaping and on the lake we would love a peer - so that when we were done eating my husband could go fish and I would love some shaded area nearby with tables so I could take a book and read and write. Now wouldn't that make a great place to go?! But for now I will just have to dream. :o)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Reminder of Yesteryear

Yesterday was half price day at Goodwill. Well I had to work so was not able to get by any of the Goodwill's in the area. Well today I worked too, but after work I ran by one of the Goodwill's that was on the way to get groceries. I was just hoping that maybe there was a treasure. And sure enough I found an excellent treasure!!

It was only $2.00!!!

You should feel the stationary seal. It is quite heavy.

I love this set. I want to try to find out what year it was made. Oh and I have found it on the Internet a couple of places for - $9.60 -$12.50 oh plus shipping. I got a great deal! :o)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Making Progress

Yesterday morning, my husband and I replaced the tarp over the chicken pin. I am so glad to finally have this job done. We had put the tarp on several years ago and through all the weather - it got really damaged. It is so much better to have a tarp over this pin. Not only does it block out the sunlight, but if we ever get rain - it makes it a lot easier to maneuver through the pin. One year it got so nasty in the pin that I ended up slipping and falling - landing on my butt - one one of the concrete steps. My tailbone hurt for a very long time after that. Still hurts now and then.

Well we are still in our stretch of triple digit weather - with no end in sight. And no rain either. It will be a happy day when we get some rain. :o)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Does Not Want to Break This Record

Ok - I am reposting this because I need to edit some information. That is the only problem about getting information off of the internet - you don't know for sure if it is accurate information. While I was watching the 5pm news - I saw the actual information that caused me to come and edit this post.
Ok - it was 42 consecutive days of weather 100 or more. With a total of 69 days of 100 or above temps.

Well you all know how hot it has been around here. Hot enough that I have lost 2 chickens due to the heat. We have had no rain in like forever, it seems. I have also shared how we were already in second place as hottest summer in like 113 years. I think I also said that I would not be surprised if we broke the record this year. Well I think I was wrong- after seeing the information below - I am praying that I was WAY wrong.

WEATHER SCOREBOARD as of July 19, 2011
Number of Days of 100 degrees or higher in DFW in 2011: 25
Consecutive Days of 100 degrees or higher in 2011: 18
Consecutive Days over 100 Degrees in 1980: 42
Total Days Over 100 in 1980: 69

And here is the forecast for the next week:

Don't let the chance of rain fool you. In the area that I live - we have gotten nothing. Yesterday, when I was leaving work, I felt a few sprinkles. That was amazing and if it had not been 102 degrees outside I would have stayed out and enjoyed the sprinkles for a bit.

We are still praying for Rain. I had heard a sermon on Elijah and how he had said that there would not be rain and James 5:17 tells us it did not rain for three and a half years. That would be miserable. When you are in the middle of a severe drought that really hits home for you. It is bad enough that we have not had it for a couple of months.

I continue to praise God for our AC that works and keeps us cool. And I am also very thankful for running water. With out these two things, life would be miserable. Sometimes we take for granted things because we have always had them. We need to be thankful for the many blessings that God has blessed us with. And when things are tough - that is the perfect time to start listing out those blessings. May you all have a blessed day! :o)

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” G. K. Chesterton

"Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted." ~Aldous Huxley

Sunday, July 17, 2011

And Now - Only 17

Here is a photo of my chickens enjoying the water that I am running through their dry creek bed. As I have shared before, I do this at least once a day. Sometimes I need to get the chickens fresh water in their containers so those days I do it more than once. I am doing everything I can to help my chickens make it through this hot, drought that we are having. But even so, on Sabbath morning- when I was letting my chickens out and feeding them - I found one of my buff chickens dead. :o ( Both my husband and my son were gone for the week-end - so I had the not so much fun job of getting and disposing of it. We are now down to 17 chickens. My Brother and Sister in law lost a chicken this past week too. So I am not the only one. I pray that this is the last one that we lose this summer. I am also praying for some rain. We need some desperately.

Adding to My Avon Bottle Collection/ Learning Something New

On Friday I went by a local Goodwill store and found two Avon bottles to add to my collection.

These two Avon bottles I was actually able to get free. How did I do that? Well when you spend $10.00- you get a stamp and once you get 10 stamps - you get $10.00 off of a purchase. So I was able to get these two bottles free plus a cute little stool. Score!

Next I drove up the road about a mile or two to an Antique Mall. And I would like to tell you about a treasure that I found there. While looking for Avon bottles I had noticed some perfume bottles from California Perfume Co. in the mix. And I had wondered what that was all about. Well I got my answer today. While at the Antique Mall - I found this beauty:

This next photo, I actually borrowed off of someone selling it. Anyway - I only paid $3.00 for mine. And that is great because I have seen it on the Internet for $10.00 - and even up to $25.00. Now I did not get the box with the one I bought. But I wanted to share this photo below because this perfume is an Anniversary Keepsake from 1978. And this box explains why I keep seeing Avon and California Perfume Co 0n stuff - and like the perfume above - Avon is actually on the glass bottom of the jar - as is the 1978.

California Perfume Co. was stated in New York City in 1886 by David H. McConnell. In 1939 the business was renamed Avon Products, Inc. So there you have it. That is why I have seen these two names used.

What makes me mad - is that I wish I had have known this fact a couple of weeks ago. I was at a local thrift store and saw this:

At that time - I thought it was pretty, but just did not know what I would do with it. Now I am thinking - Man....I wish I had have bought it. Cause I know exactly what I would do with it.

We are working towards getting our sun room done. We had to put it on hold for a while - due to my husbands surgery and hospital stay. Anyway we are hoping to get it to a good point this next week. On Thursday my husband was able to get some shelves put up up towards the ceiling on 2 sides of the room. So we have plenty of room to display our Avon collection. My husband is kind of excited about it too - since half of what we have or more actually -are masculine type bottles.

I found one more treasure at the Antique Mall. And I only paid a dollar for it.

So for about $4.35 - I was able to add 4 bottles to my collection. I hope you have enjoy learning something new today. I know I sure did. :o)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Trying to Beat the Texas Heat

Yesterday we got our newest electric bill. On our electric bill it always tells an average daily high. Guess what it was this past month? 107.2 I told you it had been hot here.

This summer I have finally figured out how to handle it better. I have spent a lot more time in my sewing room than I usually have been able to. It has been fun to be able to get some projects done that have been just sitting around waiting to be done. It has been fun. I have even tackled a project that has intimidated me for a while. It felt good to figure out how to put it together.

Here is a photo of what I was finally brave enough to put together Well I have sewn on the squares to make the pockets, but I have not finished it out yet. I need to get some fabric for the backing. I am so proud that I was able to figure out how to get the the squares sewn on.

Good news is that I have plenty of projects in my sewing room to keep me busy for a while! :o)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Vintage Perfume Bottles - part 2

I am going to warn you all - this will be a very photo heavy post. I finally got the rest of our vintage perfume bottles down off the shelves and cleaned them up so that I could post the photos and also now I have a folder on my computer that has photos of all of our perfume bottles in it. I am feeling a bit more organized. And that always feels good.

Most of these perfume bottles came from my husband's Grandparents house when they passed away.
This one goes nicely in our living room, where we have decorated with light houses and such.

This one also came from the Grandparents. We are thinking it might be a wiskey bottle instead since it does not have a screw on lid, but more like a cork was in the top of it. It is still a special bottle to us.

My husband was able to find a site on the internet that told of the time periods that some of these bottles came out. This one is said to be from 1968.

This green lantern has perfume in it and it actually smells pretty good still. That is surprising.

This soldier and the lighthouse below - actually sy that they are from Old Spice. My husband says he remembers getting these for his grandparents for Christmas. They are also in the living room.

This penny is said to be from 1970-72.

This "Weather or Not" is said to be from 1969 - 71. It is also in the living room. We actually have two of these.

It says this man's head bottle is from 1968-71.

This car is called straight eight car and we have two of these. It is said to be made in 1969- 71.

This stein is actually an Aqua Velva product. When you open the lid - there is a plastic bottle of the perfume inside.

I love this blue car. It is said to be from 1971-73. I think it is so pretty.

This log cabin bottle - I found at a local thrift store for $1.00. I love to find deals like that!

This phone also came from my husband's grandparents. Some of the gold paint on the bottle part of the bottle is flaking off so I did not clean it first. Trying to be careful with it.

Well I hope you all have enjoyed part two of my Vintage Perfume Bottles post. :o)

Ranked 2nd, For Now

Well I just wanted to touch base this morning. It has been Hot, Hot and Dry. Yesterday there was a fire in a nearby town - this was got a bit too close for comfort. One of my friends lived in the area that the fire was and I was worried about her. Praise the Lord - it got within a half mile or a bit closer but did not get her place. And another miracle - the firefighters were able to get it contained and put out. In these dry conditions - that is a miracle. A house was lost, but if I heard correctly, it was vacant.

Last night I heard something on the weather forecast that did not surprise me one bit. This summer only ranks 2nd Hottests year in 113 years to the summer of 1980. And believe me with how hot it has been and it only being the middle of July - I will not be surprised this year takes over the number one spot. I am guessing I will be posting on that in the next month. But I guess I need to keep in mind that even though Texas weather is usually the hottest during the end of July and August - I need to keep in mind that a miracle can happen about our weather too.

The weather man said that the last time that we got rain in a trace amount even, was June 1st. We have cracks that are getting bigger and bigger. And I noticed a few places outside where some of the cracks are sinking. I will be praying for some rain. It will feel good to the earth as well as to my soul. And I will continue to praise the Lord for an AC and all His other blessings. You guys stay cool, as much as possible. :o)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Steps to Knowing Him More Fully

The last couple of months, I have been reading through the gospels. It has been a real blessing. I have not hurried through them, no, I have savored each word.

It has really amazed me at how many times I have seen Jesus use phrases such as:

"...If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also." John 8:19b

"If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also. And from now on you know Him and have seen Him." John 14:7

"Jesus said to him, Have I been with you such a long time and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father. And how do you say, Show us the Father?" John 14:9

Jesus says over and over - if you know me - you know the Father.

We are to know our Father so much that people would know Him by knowing us. What a large order that is to fill?!

We can look at the life of Jesus in order to more fully understand what it takes to truly know our Father.

Many times I have also read that Jesus went to a secluded place to pray. So Prayer is very important in our quest to get to know our Father. And maybe also some quiet time in order to hear if God wants to speak to us. Too often our lives are so busy and noisy that there is hardly a chance to be able to hear God when he does speak to us.

I also believe that we really need to make sure that we take time daily to spend reading the love letter that Jesus left for us - The Bible. There are so many precious gems for us to find - if only we take the time to look.

"Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit." John 12:24

I think it is very important that we die to self. This is an area that I am beginning to understand more myself. We want things our way and we hold on so tightly to our dreams that we are unable to surrender our will or our lives over to God. When in fact, there is no better place to be - but in the will of God.

WWJD? What would Jesus Do? This is really a good question for us to ask ourselves.

"Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in Me? The Words that I speak to you I do not speak of Myself, but the Father who dwells in Me, He does the works." John 14:10

Allow Jesus to dwell in our hearts. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can live our lives in such surrender that others may see a glimpse of the Father in us.

Dear Lord~ May we be willing to surrender our lives and our wills over to you. And allow you to work through us. Not my will be done but yours. Amen.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

So Dry

Well this morning I went out and weed eated the small areas that were some what green and growing. Our yard is pretty pathetic right now. It is sad when it is easier to go weed eat than to mow the yard to take care of growth. This is the second time that I have weed eated the areas in order to keep our yard under control.

It has been SO dry here. I know I have said that before but it is sad to see the large cracks in the earth. And not only that but to see the animals that come to where I put water out for my chickens. Last night on my way to shut the chicken up for the night - I saw a opossum - he had been getting a drink.

As I was working on weed eating the yard this morning, I was wondering how much rain we would need to get just to fulfill the earths need for water right now. And then my mind wandered to the fact that when we go with out our time with Jesus - that our souls begin to get dry. And that there is a place in our hearts that only Jesus will fill. How many times do we try to fill that spot with other things? And all along our souls cry out for the rain of our soul - Jesus.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

What A Promise!

"Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me.
2 In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, so that where I am, you may be also.
4 And where I go you know, and the way you know."

John 14:1-4

Friday, July 8, 2011

It's Hot

Today on my way home from getting groceries, I noticed my thermometer on my car read - 109. Well by the time I got to a turn and was able to take a photo to show you all - it was down 107. Still super hot!
I think it has been 100 or more all week long maybe even longer than that. And it will probably be in the 100's for the next week or so. I am praying for some rain. I know right before July 4th I heard on the radio that 236 counties in Texas were under a burn ban. And there have been and is a wild fire going right now. They have it 75% under control. Sad thing is that a fire fighter was killed yesterday fighting the fires. And then another one a 39 year old (I am thinking that you all may have heard of this one)one was at a Rangers game and was trying to get a ball for his 6 year old son, that was thrown to him by Josh Hamilton and he leaned too far over the edge and fell 20 feet.

When they were loading him up into ambulance he was moving his arms and legs. So you can imagine how shocked we were about 10 minutes later to see that he had died.

Such a sad thing. My heart goes out to the family - of both families that have lost a loved one this week.

Well I am one tired girl. It has been a busy week. It will feel good to lay my head on my pillow in just a little while. Ya'll have a great week end! :o)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

See - I Told You...

that it was HOT!

My Busyness is Catching Up To Me

Hello everyone~ I hope you all are doing good. I am doing ok. I am very tired though. I had a lot of work to do today - at work and then had to run some errands after work - ending with getting groceries and did not get home till about 6pm. I don't know how ladies that have to work full time do it - being away from home all day long every day. Maybe they are just wired differently than I am. I love to be at home. I have slowly been working on getting more organized and so I have a few jobs that I would like to be able to spend some time at home to do.

My Mother-in-law will go to the Dr on Monday afternoon. We are hoping that she will be released on Monday to come back to work. I have totally enjoyed doing the office work. That part has been so much fun!! Of course, I have had a lot of extra jobs in the kitchen to do and with my own jobs, plus working the grill - all my jobs this week have kept me busy.

And this evening I am feeling tired. It is so sad - it is 8:15pm here in Texas and my temperature gauge says it is like 99.7 degrees still. Earlier, when I got home from grocery store - it said 105.4 degrees. It has been hot here. And since I am trying to see the positive in things - the positive is that we have not had to mow in a couple of week. There is an area in the front yard when our sprayer sprays that needs to be weed eated (I weed eated it about a week or more ago) and thought that we might have to mow by the end of that week -and now we have made it to the end of the next week and still - the grass is not growing much. It has been so hot and dry here.

Earlier in the week, I finished a Christmas present. I have figured out since it is so hot and I am stuck inside most of the time - I might as well work on a few projects that I have. And it feels good to get them done and out of the way. And believe me - I have plenty of projects to work on.

I better get off of here and get a few more things done around here. :o)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bean Salad

I am reposting this recipe. This recipe has become a staple for me lately. I love this salad. It is easy to make and it is nice and cool and a great meal.
This recipe was found on page 86 of "The Optimal Diet" Cookbook. Lots of great recipes in here as well!

Bean Salad

1 - 16 oz can cut beans, yellow(I have never found these so I use Dark Red Kidney Beans)

1 -16 oz can cut beans, green

1 -16 oz can kidney beans(Light Red Kidney Beans)

1 -16 oz can garbanzo beans

1/2 cup green bell peppers, diced

1/2 cup red bell peppers, diced

1/2 cup celery, sliced

1/4 cup parsley, minced (optional)

1/2 cup onions, finely diced

1/3 cup lemon juice

3 T. olive oil

1/2 tsp. salt

1. Drain and rinse beans.

2. Mix beans, peppers, celery, parsley, and onion together in a salad bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together lemon juice, olive oil and salt.

4. Pour dressing over bean mixture and mix thoroughly.

5. Marinate in refrigerator a couple of hours before serving.

Chef's Tip: You may choose to use 1 1/2 cup measurements of home cooked beans in place of the canned beans.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Finishing a Project/ And the Dry Conditions

I finally finished hand sewing the ALL the binding onto this quilt and yesterday I washed it and hung it on my clothes line to dry. The sun was so bright - I think it distorted the colors a bit, but it is close enough.

So I want you to notice something else about this photo. We need rain! Can you tell? Our grass is about brown except for the areas that our aerobic system(like a septic system but it cleans it all up and sprays water out onto the yard) hits.

At the top right hand corner is our burn pile - from all of the work that I have been doing in the yard. This past week or two I have not been doing quiet as much as I had been there for a while. But I have gotten weed eating done and weed eated a lot of tall grass from around the burn pile. I am also trying to keep up with watering my trees and flowers and my chickens too.

It is so dry outside we have cracks in our ground that are like almost an inch wide in places. That is so sad. Yesterday afternoon we started to hear thunder and the wind picked up a bit. I even went and sat on my back porch because I did not want to miss it if we got some rain. Oh! but first I went and got my quilt off of the line. My cousin let me know that it was my fault that we did not get rain - he lives about a mile or so down the road and it seems that around us got rain but he did not and we did not either. We were very disappointed.

Not only because our grass is brown did we really want rain, but the fact that where we live a lot of people like to shoot off fireworks and we really do not want a fire. And believe me with the grass being so dry it would not take much more than a spark or so to start a fire that would quickly get out of control.

Yesterday it seems that a lightening strike started a fire just outside of a nearby town. That too is a bit scary when it is this dry. But we pray and ask God for protection.

Oh and I heard on the radio the other day that 236 counties in Texas are under a burn ban. Now that is pretty serious stuff right there.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

I Only Thought I Was Busy

I shared how my Mother-in-law- who is also my boss, had a procedure last week. Well the Dr had told her she would need to be out of work for just a few days. Well on Friday we get the news that she has to be out of work till after her next appointment which is July 11th. So that means that I will be working about every day from now to then - doing my job, working the grill and doing the book work, making the deposit every day and then a few extra jobs in the kitchen as well. I decided to get a piece of paper out and write each day of the week and what all I need to do each day. There is a lot of extra stuff and I don't want to forget anything.
I have a list of things that I need to take care of for my own family and my own home. So I have made that list as well. And I am hoping if I use my time correctly maybe I can get it all done. This past week was a lot busier than I thought it would be. June was full of so many different extra Dr. appointments and dentist appointments and I really thought that once we had all those things taken care of that maybe things would calm down. But it seems to me that things have only gotten busier. God is in control and I trust that he knows what is best. And that there is a reason why I am being kept so busy. Although I thoroughly enjoy the days that I am off and able to take care of my own home and take care of the needs of my family. And I will be looking forward to having one of those days off to take care of my home again, but for now I will try to look on the bright side and remember that I LOVE to work in the office and to do the book work and deposit and so that will help balance out having to do all the extra things that I really do not enjoy doing.

I hope you guys have a wonderful 4th of July week end!!!

Sabbath Praise