This year has flown by for me! I don't even know where August went. Here we are the first few days of September. Between the extremely hot summer we had with many days in the triple digits, I survived it! My poor garden and flowers lasted as long as they could! I guess there are a few fall plants and flowers coming...and then Spring.
I'm beginning to feel the shift from Summer to Fall, even though Fall doesn't officially start until Sept 22. In case you haven't noticed, I AM NOT A SUMMER PERSON :-) I love cool/cold weather. I'm a polar bear! haha. So here we are between two seasons... summer, about to turn into fall, and I’m happy! When new seasons arrive, I look forward to all the different changes they bring. BUT, Fall weather...oh how I love thee! Another thing that makes me super happy is motorcycle riding prime-time weather is here!
August finished horrible with Hurricane Harvey. Some good, but mostly bad. The rain for central Texas was needed, even though we had to deal with flooding. As most of you know, the folks down on the coast suffered the worst of it. Lives lost and homes & dreams shattered. I just received news about an old friend who was killed. They found her drowned, floating in water inside her house. I don't even know what to do with these feelings....yet, I do know that God is good. As hard as it is, Thank you God for letting me experience losses because they are a reminder that You are my greatest gain. Their absence on this earth keeps my heart longing for heaven.
Tragedies certainly bring people together and brings out their best. I have seen such benevolence & outpouring of love from all parts of Texas, and beyond. Our church did a huge donation drive for 3 days and then delivered the items to Houston this past Friday and Saturday to some very needy and thankful folks. God is good all the time. Here are a few pictures from church.
Hope you had a happy July 4th celebration. I'm so glad to live in a free country ...especially when you consider the rest of the world! -and this year, more than ever, I'm especially aware of our freedoms in comparison to the lack of freedom which so many others don't have.
Even with the extreme heat, the summer is flying by quickly for me. To date, we've had 25 days of 100 plus degree days. Ugg, I will be glad when Fall arrives! Since we are talking weather, let me tell you my 'how hot is it?' one-liners. Some true, some not! I have more of them ~ too many. LOL & hahaha!
How hot is it?
*the cows are giving evaporated milk.
*the chickens are laying hard-boiled eggs.
*I saw a dog chasing a cat and they were both walkin'.
*hot water now comes out of both taps.
*you actually burn your hand opening the car door. you only need two fingers to steer the car. *you're not sure if that's a seatbelt buckle or a branding iron.
*you realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
*the birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.
*the potatoes cook underground, and all you have to do to have lunch is to pull one out and add butter, salt and pepper.
I'm trying my best to hang on to my few growing herbs and vegetables and keep them alive during this heat. I'm learning a little about teas and have realized several of the herbs I'm growing make useful teas. I decided to grown catnip just for fun to make a few cat toys and have recently discovered it makes a wonderful tea that will relax you and give you a peaceful night of sleep! My interest in making teas is fun and will continue!
Hubby's birthday was this month. Instead of gifts, we try to go somewhere for the weekend. Between his busy work schedule and us working at the coffeeshop at church on Sundays, a weekend of relaxation is very welcomed. I found a wonderful little 'bed 'n breakfast' place. It was tranquil, quiet and so remote! The cottage came with it's own friendly kitty (and hot tub!). They delivered a nice breakfast to our door. We had a good weekend there. Here are a few pics...
OK, so it's June and summertime! Triple digit days are upon us. Most of you know I love complaining a little about the heat and humidity! Lol. So I’m going to be positive and tell you some simple things I love about this weather. Watermelon, farmers markets, a cup of crushed ice, grilling, iced coffee, longer daylight hours, fireflies, growing a few vegetables and herbs, driving my truck with the top down, and riding our bicycle built for two in the neighborhood with the hubby. No matter how tough things are, I make it a habit to celebrate small things. There is always something you can celebrate and be thankful for.
“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...”
I am trying to simplify my life. It seems like people everywhere are so stressed out and probably for good reasons or maybe not. Oh life & its demands. Work, emails, performance. That’s all necessary, but we sometimes forget how to relax. What happened to living simple? I am working on this too. (we are all a work in progress).
Trying to remove some things from my life, to simplify, declutter…on purpose! Just the real things that matter are what I want to take up my time. Sure I know there are things you HAVE to do to live but.... it’s good to eliminate those things that don’t much matter.
Here are some things I’m working on: MORE SLEEP...I’m more productive and feel better. Also, I like to take a few minutes before I begin my day with a little meditation/prayer. It just puts me in the right mindset. FOOD...Good nutrition is important but people obsess on healthy diets nowdays and overload on different eating plans & a ridiculous amount of information to the point of being confused all the time...been there, done that. Just balanced healthy real food & moderation.
PERSONAL POSSESSIONS, Stuff! ...I'm truly enjoying the process of getting rid of things that make no difference in my life. If its not meaningful or functional, get rid of it! haha. Such a cleansing feeling. ~ Life is short! Simplicity is better. Clutter sucks.
Enjoying the weekend at the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels
Additional Note: Sending prayers and love to my sister Katie, as she is in rehab recovering from one surgery, waiting for the next surgery a few months down the road. May God encourage you and give you strength as you heal and improve.
You are in God's care. The Lord is your healer. He cares about every detail of your life...for every part of your body. He made you and knows you. You are His child and His love for you is limitless. May each day bring new strength, new hope, and a new knowledge of just how deeply you're loved and cared for. "I am the Lord, who heals you." Exodus 15:26.
Love you sweet sister.
It’s FATHER's DAY MONTH. James F. Jenkins my dad, is gone but I will always especially
honor him on this day. He was a contractor/carpenter and worked hard to give our family
a decent life. He was a man of integrity. He was also humble, sweet, silly & funny.
Here is a very old picture of him being silly. He’s the one in the middle. Haha.
I miss him so much. Happy Fathers Day, Daddy!
This will be a short post this month. The days have flown by fast for me this month! How about you? I can't believe May is almost over. It has been a good month overall. My hubby won a trip to Cabo San Lucas Mexico from the Auto dealership he works at for being in the top 20 auto dealers in the Nation. So proud of his diligent hard work. We feel so blessed to receive this gift. (It was an all expense paid trip...the gratuities were even paid by his company.) I wanted to share a few pictures from our 4 day get-away. It was so nice to have such a peaceful relaxing trip. Wish I could have taken all of you with me! :-)
Despite my dislike of hot weather…or, at least my preference to cooler weather, I celebrate Springtime and the arrival of warm weather. I do enjoy wildflowers, motorcycle riding, the smell of fresh cut grass, fragrant flowers, a little gardening, singing birds, baby animals (I'm seeing lots of rabbits!), outdoor dinners on the patio, farmers markets, and more daylight. I love the feeling of change and expectancy in the air! The changing of seasons and God’s transforming power…wow.
This is a very busy month for me at church in the coffee shop, getting the inventory and supplies ready for the Easter church services. Yes we have a coffee shop at our church! LOL. This year, we have a service on the Saturday night before Easter and 3 services on Easter Sunday! My church is large church with a normal Sunday attendance of 4500-5000 folks, but we will see about 18,000 folks attending on Easter Weekend! People go to church on Easter that never attend any other time... My prayer is for them to come to know the love and goodness of God. Praying that as we all enter into 'Holy Week', we are thankful for the resurrection of Jesus and the promise of eternity in heaven.
I am in the beginning and slightly overdue stages of getting my small and humble garden together. Just some tomatoes, onions, jalapeno and a few herbs. All the makings for Salsa :-)
I have cleared a small spot outside in front of the kitchen window. It will most likely be the week after Easter before that’s done! My month will be quickly consumed by all these busy tasks. I thank God for the strength to do what I do.
I've managed to have a couple of hillcountry motorcycle rides recently. Our wildflowers and bluebonnets have been beautiful this year. Seeing them by motorcycle is so much better than by car! There's nothing more satisfying to me!
**Happy Birthday April 22 to my youngest sister, Amy! Hope it’s the best one ever!
Love you all so much!
A ride to Luckenbach Texas! What a fun place.
The cooler time of the year is my favorite, so I welcome March as the last fairly cool month in Texas. I am working on my yard and doing some preparations for a small vegetable & herb garden and hoping to be a little more successful with it this year :-)
I've recently had some losses of friends and pets in my life and have learned some things about grieving. I've learned to be thankful. Here's what I mean:
Thank You, Lord, for the losses I have experienced. They have been a reminder that You are my greatest gain.
Thank You, God, for the tears I have shed. They have kept my heart soft and mold-able.
Thank You, God, for those people & pets in my life whom You have called home to be with You. Their absence from this earth keeps my heart longing for heaven.
Thank You, God, that I have an inheritance in the heavenly places...something that this world can never steal from me and I could never selfishly squander.
~It's always a good idea to try to remember to be thankful through difficult times... I am learning this.
Here are some things I Love about March!
My sister Mary’s birthday. Happy Birthday Sweet Sister!
Daylight savings time and more daylight.
Spring begins Monday March 20th.
A season of rejuvenation and renewal.
Flowers, wildflowers, gardening.
Coffee at Mozart's Coffee Roasters w/friends.
Saint Patrick's Day!
Great motorcycle riding weather :-)
I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.
The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day He created Spring :-)
Love you all
I love this fun little month and enjoy some of the different holidays in this month - Random Acts of Kindness Day, Cherry Pie Day, Love Your Pet Day, National Gum Drop Day, and the more popular, Valentine's Day. I enjoy some of these 'different' holidays...sometimes we just need to remember to be simple & silly at times and enjoy little things. Its a crazy serious world out there.
This month has also brought some tragedies with the passing of my sweet old Aunt Lois and also a long time friend. Also some major surgeries and set backs for family & friends. They are all in my daily prayers.
So! One of the fun events this month was a Valentine Tea & Bake Day I had with a sweet little 6 year old friend, little miss Aryana. Since I have no children, she is my 'adopted' granddaughter. Her gracious mom 'loans' her to me once in a while and we have so much fun! Here are some pics of our day together :-) Hope you enjoy them.
Love you all!
RIP precious little Brownie
Towards the end of this month, something very sad and terrrible happened...
Tragically, my sweet little friend Brownie who I have always loved so dearly has passed away, after being viciously attacked by 2 large dogs.
She so bravely tried to live & hang on. She survived so many other injuries and overcame so much, I hoped & prayed she would make it.
Brownie was not my dog. She belonged to a neighbor, but Brownie adopted me and I adopted her. She was like my own and we were the best of friends.
Gone too soon.
I have a broken heart and no more words...only tears.
I miss her so much.
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
Hi. This is basically still January (1/25/17!) so I wanted to get a quick post in here to start the year off right. Hope you had a good Christmas. We had a fairly quiet one, but it was good. As I get older, I seem to appreciate those more & more :-) As January began, I decided to start my year off with a fruit & vegetable cleanse to feel better after all the holiday food I indulged in. No New Year resolutions here but just want to be a better version of myself. The hubby is working hard at his job. Their company built a new building which includes an additional larger parts, service & body shop! So he is busy getting that going, hiring a whole new parts dept. staff and maintaining the old location, as well. He is busy! I'm trying to keep him healthy with good food. He is doing well. I'm still actively involved working at the coffee shop and continue to enjoy it. I have learned so much about coffee!
So all in all, Life Is Good. No complaints.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my awesome sister, Katie! Love you.
Here are a few pictures from Christmas.