Friday, December 2, 2016

My Daybook . . .



For Today . . . December 2, 2016.  Where did the time go?  I can't believe it's already December!

Outside my Window . . .  We have snow, not much, but it made the ground white!  It's cold as well, with highs only getting into the 20's.  I do love it when it snows, I just don't like slick roads, but I'm safe and sound in my warm house so I'm happy.


I'm Thankful . . . I'm very thankful for all the blessings that I am given each day, but especially for my family, my friends and my faith.  Each one of these things keeps me putting one foot in front of the other when I wake up each morning.  I'm also thankful for each of you, for all you share,  and the smile you put on my face each time I turn on the computer!

I'm Creating . . . Oh, I have big plans, I promise . . . but not right now . . . :0)  On the other hand, look what my kids gave me for my birthday!  They had it "created" for me, and I love it!  It's a book of  the first year of my blog  I cherish it!


I'm Going . . . I'm going nowhere if I can help it!  But, I am going to show you a few more photos from our river trip . . .



Bob caught the first fish, I was sorry to see that he wasn't very happy about it . . . ;0)  It was a big one, 31 inches, 14 pounds!


I walked down to the river one afternoon and took a picture of the river - so pretty!  I miss it already!


This is a picture of our camp.  There were four couples, boy, did we have fun!


I call this, Indian Head Rock.  Can you see why?!  Every morning I would look at it and smile as he sat on the hill with his, pine tree feather.  I like to think that he was watching over us while we were there.  And yes, the sky was that blue!


And this huge rock, looks like a rabbit - Rabbit Rock!



While we were there, we had a super moon, it was so beautiful!  I love it when I can see the moon in the daytime, and then again when the sun goes down.


This is a picture of 5 of the 8 fish that were caught on this trip.  We split them up so that each couple took home 2 fish.  My husband loves to smoke them, and they are delicious.  We also like to keep some just to broil or grill.  Yum, Can't wait until next year!


One day after we got home, I looked up at the sun and saw this . . . a ring around the sun.  I think it means a storm was coming.  We did have a little bit of a cold front come through the next day, but I thought it looked kind of cool.

I'm Wondering . . . While I am typing this post, I'm listening to Christmas music on,  The Mormon Channel, and wondering why I don't listen to Christmas music all year long, it's just so beautiful!!  

I'm Hoping . . . I'm hoping like everyone else, that I can hurry and get my Christmas shopping done! I love shopping for people I love, but I'm always so happy when it's wrapped and under the tree.  

I"m Remembering . . . Many years ago, I was in charge of a Christmas program at our church.  That same Christmas, our sweet, Averi, was diagnosed with a life threatening illness, so I had to turn it over to someone else.  This sweet couple took it over, and I heard it was wonderful.  A few years later, he passed away, suddenly, at a fairly young age, we were all devastated.  He had a wonderful voice, and sang in a local band.  This was one of the songs that his wife told me he always sang at Christmastime to his children, while he played his guitar. . . I can't hear it without thinking of him.  He is missed.


In the Kitchen . . . I have ham and beans cooking away on the stove.  It just sounded like that kind of day.  I might get busy and make a batch of rolls to go with it.

A favorite Quote for Today . . . I can so Identify with this quote!

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, 
and to have my senses put in order."
~John Muir~



XOXO,

Barb

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

River Trip - 2016 . . .

Another river trip under our belt!  We were gone from the end of October until the middle of November, it was really hard to say good-bye, but I was ready to come home . . . sort of. . . ;0)  It is always so amazing to be on the river, we love it, and who would not love to see such beauty every day.


Almost every morning we would wake up to a foggy world, it was like a fairy land.



And then the sun would come out and change the landscape into a bright sunny world. 






The weather was just beautiful, sunny and warm almost every day.  We had a few days that the fishing wasn't good because of a few days of rain, but we filled them with horseshoes and relaxation.


They look pretty serious don't they?!


I'm not sure these two liked having their pictures taken . . . what do you think?  These boys really were having fun!


Back on the river . . . father and son . . . what a pair!


One day a friend of Mikes, came fishing with his boys.  This is what it looks like when you catch a big fish!

We didn't see as many sheep as we did last year, but there were always elk!  We could always count on getting a perfect shot of them...with the camera!



  
This Magpie just went from one fat little rump to the next, but it didn't seem to bother them!
 


Such a regal beauties!  I love watching these beautiful animals, they are just gorgeous!


On the hill right above our camp we could count on seeing deer . . . this one was a beauty.  He does look a little rough around the edges, but he lived through hunting season, so he's a tough one!


This little mama would bring her baby across every day, so sweet.


If you look in the very top, right hand corner, you will see two sheep, trying to escape my camera.  They were pretty elusive this year, I was lucky to even get this shot!  I thought I missed them, until I looked at the photo later, I guess I got lucky!

More photos of the beauty that surrounded us.


Cove Creek, it's always just gorgeous here.


This was such a pretty little campground that we stopped at for lunch one day.
 


The fall colors were just about at their end, I couldn't resist taking pictures of the beautiful colors before they were gone!

Enough for one post  . . . much more to come.

XOXO,
Barb

P.S.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!



Thank you for the breathe to say,
thank you for another day.  Thank you for the eyes to see, the beauty that's surrounding me.  Thank you for the ears to hear, your message of hope and love so dear.  Thank you for the hands to serve, and for far more blessings than I deserve.  Thank you for the legs to run, the race of life until it's won.  Thank you for the voice to sing - Thank you Lord for everything.


XOXO,
Barb

Saturday, October 8, 2016

October . . .



"October, ruddy-cheeked, comes o're the plains,
And with rustling step it speeds along.
It's feel beats music to the harvest song . . . "
~Albert Laighton~ 

A few weeks ago my husband and I took a drive up to the hills.  We were just in time to see the Mahogany bushes turning red.  It was a little early for all the fall colors, but just in time to see these beautiful red bushes . . . :0)






Some of the Quaking Aspen were starting to change colors, They are always the first to give up their green for gold.


I loved this photo of the sheep-herders horse.  He's standing with the wind to his back.  In life, I think that's what most of us do; we just turn our backs to the wind and let life push us along when the times get tough, and we have some really tough things going on in the world today.

May the road rise up to meet you; May the wind always be at your back . . . hopefully, we will have favorable circumstances in our life like the old Irish blessing says.  I have been praying for all those who were in the way of Matthew... I hope they feel the wind at their backs soon, and feel comfort and the peace that prayer can bring,  


I love this little Sage Grouse!  He's standing right in the road, and I can hardly see him..  What great camouflage!


Speaking of blessings...we had a lot of rain  last week, and this  is just one of the rainbows that I saw.  It was actually a double rainbow, but I didn't get my camera out soon enough to get a picture of it.


Another shot of one of the beautiful sunsets we have had this fall!  Have a wonderful Sunday.

XOXO,

Barb

Friday, September 30, 2016

Breaking some Bad Habits . . .

I have some really bad habits that I'm working on breaking . . . not as bad as you think, but they are stopping me from progressing, and I don't like it!


The first one that went away is, Facebook.  I know, I know, Facebook is wonderful . . . for those who can look at it once a day and put it down.  Apparently, I'm not that person!  It draws me in, makes me forget about all the things I need to accomplish, and that's not good.  I do have a few friends that live far away that I love to connect with, but I can do it in other ways . . . Facebook has become so negative, and there is enough negative in the world, I don't need to bring it into my home by my own doing. Deleted!


Procrastination!  That is the other habit I'm going to try to nip in the bud!  I have so many projects that are half finished, or not even started, that I need to work on - not being on Facebook will help. Does anybody else have that problem?  Wish me luck!

 

Better eating habits - that's going to be a hard one, as you can see from the picture above... :0)  Now come on, zucchini bread isn't that bad!  I really need to eat better, or should I say, pay closer attention to what I'm eating, and where it's from.  I read an article recently about all the food that we get from, China.  This food, especially chicken and fish,  is not processed the way it should be and can be very contaminated.  We need to stay away from any food that has been processed in China!  This is the link to the article, it's pretty scary.  I just think that being a little more aware about where our food is coming from is a good thing, even if we have to spend a little more to purchase it. 
 

The last habit, but truly, I have way  more than three bad habits!  But, this is one I really want to work on . . . getting to bed earlier, and getting up earlier!  I'm a night owl, always have been, but I feel like as I get older, I need more rest, not necessarily sleep, but more rest, (that means I can go to bed and read...). I usually get up around 8:30, because I didn't get to bed until long after midnight, this needs to change.  I love to get up early and get things done, so that will be a habit I will try to commit to.  I love to hear other people talk about getting up early and getting things done!  They have more energy and sleep better at night, a big plus! 

Have a wonderful week-end sweet friends, I will be working on my bad habits!!

XOXO,

Barb