Monday, July 16, 2018

My Daybook . . .


LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW...It's hot, hot, hot outside, but, I love these warm summer days, they remind me so much of when I was a teenager.  When I was young, we didn't have blow dryers, so, on hot summer days when the wind was blowing, I would go outside and dance around in the wind.  My hair was dry in no time!  My flowers are also loving these warm summer days, they are blooming and growing like mad.

I AM THINKING . . . I have been trying to simplify my home, and my life, so that has been on my mind lately.  The other day I took two garbage bags full of "stuff" out of the main bathroom...and I'm still not finished!  It's amazing how much you can put in a large cupboard!  But the satisfaction factor is wonderful.  I plan on taking one room at a time and go through every nook and cranny until it's all done.  I know it's an awful thought, but I don't want to leave a mess for my kids to have to go through when I am gone...not like I'm going anywhere soon... ;0)


I'M THANKFUL FOR . . . On Father's Day (wow, that was a long time ago!) all of my kids and grandkids were here.  What a blessing it is to live close to them.  And, I only see one cell phone!!  I'm also thankful for my husband, who is a wonderful father and grandpa.  


ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS . . . Well, you know me...storm clouds and sunsets.  






I AM WEARING . . . Jeans and a t-shirt, my usual summer uniform.

I'M CREATING . . . My husband gave me this wonderful journal/tablet/art paper for Mother's Day.  It's full of wonderful thick paper so that I can start my "Junk Journal".  I may even use it for pencil sketches.  I can't wait to get started!


I'M READING. . . flight of the Sparrow, by Amy Belding Brown.  I just started it and so far it's wonderful.  


I'M LISTENING TO . . . Just about anything from, Katie Melua.  Right now, it's this beautiful song from the movie, Miss Potter...  


FROM MY KITCHEN . . . My son gave me these beautiful beets from his garden.  When he pulled them out of the ground they were the most gorgeous magenta, and when they were cooked they were golden with pink stripes...gorgeous and delicious!


I'M LEARNING . . . To take life one day at a time, to simplify where I can and not worry so much about the rest...life is good. 

WORDS TO LIVE BY . . . 


SHARED FROM MY PINTEREST BOARD...

photo by, Jens Myer

A MOMENT FROM MY WEEK . . . 


The most beautiful thing in the world is, 
of course, the world itself. 
~Wallace Stevens~


Hugs and Love,

Barb









Friday, June 22, 2018

Photo Friday . . .














It's been such a busy June, so I thought I would just share some of my favorite June photos...some of the photos that I take when I'm outside. 

The top photo is a picture of a handcart my Activity Day girls helped with.  They stained the cart, and helped fill the pots with plaster of paris and silk flowers.  It sits at a beautiful historical park in our little city. 

The other photos are just photos of the beauty I find in my own back yard. 

Have a wonderful week-end and be safe sweet friends!

Hugs and Love,

Barb


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Going to the hills . . .


One day before Bob and I were married, he asked me out and told me that we were going to the hills.  Now, I knew where the hills were, I had looked up at them all of my life, but to be quite honest, I had never really been very far into the hills.  His family homesteaded these hills, there's even a creek here named after one of his relatives.  His great uncle had a large ranch in the hills, where Bob actually worked after we were first married for a short time...so we lived...in the hills.  His family also had a ranch that they ran their cattle on when he was young.  He and his brother, used to stay in the hills for weeks at a time taking care of the cattle.  He was 8 and his brother was 10.  Can you imagine sending your 8 and 10 year old up to the hills to take care of a herd of cattle?!  He loved it, and has some very fond and maybe some not so fond memories of that time in his life.


I know that some people don't like sagebrush, but I happen to love it.  I love the contrast of the willows, the sage brush and the pine trees.




This time of year is just gorgeous, the wild flowers are in bloom and the sides of the hills were just covered with wild daisies!



There are always cows in the hills, we would just walk around them and they would just ignore us.  But these old gals didn't trust Cole very much...they just didn't realize that, Cole loves cows and would never hurt them!


Cole also loved the creek and jumped right it!  He was giving me a look like, "Don't you dare tell me to get out of the water".  I think he was wet the entire day.


I love this particular spot!  When our children were small, we used to come here and camp in the exact spot that our truck is parked.  We usually went with his parents who had a trailer, and eventually we got our own little house on wheels.  I can so clearly remember Bob's dad calling and telling us that he wanted us to get ready and go to "the outlet" with them for the week-end.  That's the only name we knew this creek by, I honestly could drive there with my eyes closed!  We never let the kids get in the water, but one day I caved.  After about 10 minutes of splashing around I heard a scream, and my daughter was jumping out as fast as she could because there was a leach on her leg - it was horrifying!  They never asked to get in the water again. We used to catch some very nice fish in this creek.  Oh my goodness, the memories!


As we were driving home we saw this mama moose and her little baby.  She also had her last baby with her, since moose only have a baby every two years, the two year old calf was still tagging along.






Not too far from where we saw her,  we also saw this guy.  He's not very big...yet.


On our way home we were reminded that we were still in the 21st century.  They do a lot of dry farming in the hills, and we were lucky enough to get behind this tractor.  They're very polite though, and pulled over as soon as they could to let us by. 


It looks a little hazy in the valley, and I'm praying that we don't have a dry hot summer.  Bob just told me that there is a fire burning not too far from here...welcome June!

Be Safe  . . . XOXOXO


Hugs and Love,
Barb