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Monday, June 6, 2016

Sunset Skies . . .



Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
~Rabindranath Tagore~

The last couple of weeks we have had the most wonderful sunsets!  One night, I looked out the window, and truly, everything had the most amazing pink hue.  Of course I grabbed my camera and headed out the door!


You can see how everything looked pink!
 


 

 And this is what was left, when all was said and done, the pink skies had turned to gold!

XOXO
 
 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

My Daybook . . .

Old Glory in my front yard on Memorial Day!

Something from My Playlist and Feeling Blue. . . My Playlist is a little sad today, because I am sad.  I would like to ask for a prayer request for two amazing friends, who could really use the power of prayer in their lives right now.  First, for Vee, an amazing blogging friend, who said goodby to her sweetheart on May 28th.  She could use your prayers to comfort her and her family at this time of deep, deep sorrow.

I also have a wonderful friend, who lost her precious daughter last year at this time to cystic fibrosis.  She and her husband had two daughters, both of them had CF.  Her youngest daughter is now in the hospital, struggling to get well enough to go home.  This wonderful friend, also lost her mother this year, and just buried her father on May 27th.  Please send sweet thoughts and prayers for this sweet friend and her family, they so desperately need peace and comfort right now . . .


 Mother Nature . . . It's a blustery day here in Idaho, warm, but very windy.  We are suppose to get into the 90's over the week-end.  That is just simply too warm for this time of year, and it scares me for what the fire season might look like. 

On My Mind . . . My husbands birthday was last Saturday, and of course we celebrated!  We had a cook out with hamburgers, hotdogs and all the fixin's, including grandpa's favorite, cinnamon roll cake!

 

Cinnamon Roll Cake

1 yellow cake mix
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
1 cup sour cream

Mix and pour into a 9x13 inch pan that has been sprayed with and oil spray

Mix together:
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Sprinkle this mixture over the cake batter and swirl it into the batter with a knife, until you can see that it is starting to mix in slightly.  Bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes.  

Glaze:
3 oz cream cheese at room temp.
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
4-5 tablespoons milk to desired consistency.  Spread over warm cake . . . enjoy!



This little sweetheart also had a birthday in May . . . I can hardly believe she is 5 years old, time goes by so quickly!  She is also a pre-school graduate!



I also have to share this cute video of my sweet, Emily.  She was Florence Nightingale for a wax museum at school.  The students would touch her finger and she would tell them all about Florence Nightingale, it was adorable!  


video 

My little Averi also graduated from 6th grade!  This is a picture of Averi and her aide, Renae,  who has been with her for the last 6 years!  She is just like Ave's mom and it will be so sad to not have her by her side next year in Jr. high school. The kids at school just love Averi, she will be missed!


Another picture of her with her teacher, who she has had for the last 2 years, such wonderful women!
 
 

 Just Sayin' . . .  
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XOXO,


Sunday, May 22, 2016

And the Livin' is Easy . . .

Well, the livin' is easy now that we have all the work out of the way!  We have been so busy building fence, putting up gates, getting our yard in shape, making raised beds for my garden and basically, just working our tails off! 

It's been a long process, but we finally got all the fencing done, and the gates up, and that was a lot of work for two oldies. 

We have a post hole digger on the tractor, but you always have to clean out the hole before setting the post.  Thank goodness we had a few strong boys to help us, I don't know what we would do without them, they were a life-saver!


Can I just tell you how satisfying it is to look out my back door and see this fence done?  I love it!

The horses are back in the side pasture . . . and all is right with the world . . . well, sorta, a girl can dream, right?!

I don't know about the rest of the country, but here in Idaho, the Lilacs have just been gorgeous!  This bush was just loaded, and the smell was amazing, too bad they don't last all year long.

 We my husband worked really hard one day last week to get these raised beds done, and I'm really going to love them.  I don't need as much garden since my kids have all left home, and I think these beds will be just perfect to plant a few tomatoes plants in.  I may plant a zucchini, and whatever else they will hold . . . but not a lot!  I guess we still have some work to do - getting the soil in them will be a big job as well, and my husband still has a few braces to put on the corners . . . and, we still need to plant the rest of the garden into grass.

Well, on to the next project, it's always something!  I'm anxiously waiting to have a spare moment to catch up on my blogging, I'm so far behind!  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

XOXO,

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A cute Little Bird and a Wonderful Gift . . .

While we were in Mackay, we saw a beautiful, Mountain Bluebird.  He was so cute hopping around, looking for Mrs. Right I suppose, and he really put on a show for us.  We must attract birds!  I thought he looked too big for a Mountain Blue Bird, but we looked him up, and sure enough, that's what he is.  The Mountain Blue bird, is the Idaho State Bird.  I don't usually see them near my home, but almost always see them in the mountains.  This little guy was especially colorful. 



While we were away, I received a wonderful gift in the mail.  The amazing, Gina, had a wonderful give-a-way, and guess who won!?

 The beautiful teacup has a lovely rose right inside the rim, and the word, "dream" on the outside . . . oh my, I'm in love with it!  She made 6 handmade cards, that are so beautiful!  I have actually already used one of the cards, and the recipient just loved it!  The cards were in a cute little tin, which will come in handy for other trinkets, as I'm not a card maker.  The tea towel hangs in my kitchen with the reminder to . . . Begin each Day with a Grateful Heart.  I think of Gina when I see it each day, I'm so grateful for her friendship.  There was also a beautiful stationary set, under the tea towel, I can't wait to write a letter to someone special on it.  

 Isn't this teacup beautiful?!

This is my favorite card!

I love these fun give-a-ways that so many generous blogging buddies have, I very seldom win any of them, and I was so happy to win this one! Such a beautiful gift - Thank you, Gina!  Much love to you sweet friend!

XOXO,

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Rest of the Trip . . .

Now for the rest of the trip.  After we left our beautiful camping spot on the Salmon River, we headed for the, Mackay Reservoir.   It's another beautiful camp ground, and beautiful scenery that always makes me smile!  We have never stayed here, but I have always wanted to, and I'm so glad we did, it was so pretty!


The water in the reservoir was so pretty and green; it was a little choppy because of the wind, but it was still just gorgeous.

I was sitting on the couch, and just could not resist taking this picture out of the front door . . . I could easily wake up to this every day!  

The campground was so well taken care of, we didn't have water hookups here, because it was too early in the year, but we did have power, and that was awesome!
 
My home away from home!

You can see that there was a storm coming in, and we knew we were in for some rain - and did it ever rain!  You could hear it pounding the roof of the trailer most of the night!  





 This is what we woke up to.  It was so pretty with the fog nestled into the mountains.  I probably took a hundred pictures of the fog, as it would change every few minutes!  It did snow on the tops of the mountains, but we only got rain.  

Another year, another beautiful trip!  We are already planning next years trip . . . and we are dreaming up some really fun ideas!

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
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"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.  Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning"
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
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 ~Gloria Steinem~
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. Gloria Steinem
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XOXO,