Thursday, July 28, 2011

One Big Cuddle Bug

This morning I awoke to Molly in the backyard, acting all too quiet, for my rambunctious, vivacious doggie.....

And there was a reason:

It seemed a few of these had escaped in the wee hours this morning!

These girls....oh they are adventurous for sure!! Courageous feathered friends....luckily for them, Molly was rolling in the grass, thinking they wanted to play with her!

All chickens are safely put away, and accounted for. And Molly, showed me once again how much of a gentle giant she really is.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Busy Bees!!!

This week has been one big blur....running here and there, from house to house. My in-laws have been away this week, requiring us to work two farms at once. Manual labor at its best!!! There are 15 chickens and four dogs to be tended to, a few acres, and two homesteads. Life has been full of chores, gardening, watering (at my in-laws, they have a well; therefore, they have not been affected by the drought), feeding critters, laundry, cooking, and bustling about.

I love the hustle and bustle of this, but I am looking forward to a wee little break. In the meantime, I have been clicking away at the keys, working on my next book. I keep hoping and praying that God will bless my writing and allow it to be means for furthering the financial security of my family.

I don't always understand (in fact, I hardly ever understand) how or why life works the way it does. Over these past few weeks, I have come to the realization that I have no control over my life. That the journey I am on may not be easy or paved, but I will get there. One step at a time, one breath at a time, one foot in front of the other.

Life continues to amaze me and scare the bejeezus out of me. This is not the life I expected, nor the one I planned on, but it's the one I got. And this girlie is going to do everything in her power to embrace this life, to love life to its fullest, to squeeze those lemons til there's nothing left.

And then I can sit back and sip that sweet, sweet lemonade.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Right Now

Right now, Molly and I are whittling away our afternoon, staying out of this ridiculous heat. I was up early this morning to do chores, in order to avoid roasting this afternoon!!

Our town is on voluntary water rations right now. The hubby and I made the choice to go ahead and stop watering our lawn and garden. It's sad to think all that work we put in the yard is coming to an end, but we need to do all we can to allot for those who have livestock, pastures, families, etc. So for now, our grass will stay a lil crunchy...ah well.

So here Molly and I sit, soon Daddy will join us. I think a game is in the works today, and maybe some BBQ later.

Hopefully everyone is staying cool as best as possible!!

I pray Fall is around the corner (somewhere)....

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


With the relentless heat here in Texas, I have found myself daydreaming more and more about spiced cider, apple orchards, pumpkins, sweaters, cool breezes, deep oranges and reds as the leaves turn in auburn waves.

My dreams have already turned to the coming holidays, and all those wonderfully delicious days spent baking away in the kitchen, the smells wafting from room to room. Nights spent cuddled up under quilts and flannel pajamas, after evening walks with cool breezes.

I have been planning and pining away after the months that await us. There is something magical about back to school supplies and fall decorations, with hot chocolate mornings that makes my heart go pitter patter. Swoon....

I can't wait for pot roast and blueberry muffins....warm apples drizzled in butter and cinnamon. My heart is full just thinking about it!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Praying for this....

Cooler weather that is......

I wish I had something enlightening to write about or some exciting news for the day, but alas, I am just melting.

Texas has not been this hot since 1895 (just some weather trivia for you), nor has it seen so many consecutive triple digit temperatures since the Dust Bowl. Oy

While some may be enjoying the summer, I am completely, 100%, fully committed to loving my all-time favorite seasons of Fall and Winter.

May you please make your appearance sooner rather than later......

This Texas farm girl is growing weary of working through the night simply because it's cooler.

Gratefully yours.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

As The Sun Sets in Texas

My apologies for my lack of blogging lately.....the heat must be affecting my absentee brain.

Ah well.

Life on the farm never ceases to keep me busy, there are no idle hands around these parts. Although, I have found that with extensive heat comes the desire to slow down in the afternoon and lounge with a good book or a movie. I do believe my afternoon will be much quieter tomorrow (or so I hope!).

I have written two more books that are away at the Library of Congress for the copyright laws, before I send them off to the great beyond, where they will either be readily received or readily recycled.

When my time is not spent working pen and paper, I'm busily doing those chores around the house that never cease to end (ahem, laundry seems to grow daily, but it is a favorite chore of mine!). The garden has come along quite nicely this summer; however, I will not be planting a bumper crop due to the extreme heat here. Watering the garden by moonlight isn't so bad; it's the water bill that I fear more!

And in other news, my husband has a job!! Not just a 'job', but a job that doesn't involve him being gone 24/7. He will be away two days a week, one day being a half day, and the other being a full day. The rest of the work will be done from home!!! Praise God!! My husband and I have been praying for a job that would allow him more time at home. We have the sort of marriage that thrives on time together, while we seem to wither when we are apart. The job will meet our needs, and I have everything I want as long as I have him.

I better hop to it and finish the watering....morning will come early, and with it, the promise of a beautiful day and ample opportunities.