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.



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!!



Friday, September 9, 2016

A Peek into my Week . . .

Today . . . September 9, 2016

Something from my playlist . . .  Just because I adore, Dean Martin . . . so smooth!

Mother Nature . . .   It's a beautiful day!  It's a bit on the chilly side, but I like it that way.  The sun is shining, there are a few wispy clouds in the sky and the breeze just makes it feel like autumn, it 's beautiful!

On my mind . . . Well, I have so many things on my mind!!  But I will just choose a few things.  We have had the most beautiful sunsets here in Idaho, seriously, they have been just amazing.  I'm not sure why, but I just have a passion for sunsets, they make my heart skip a beat when I see them!

This picture was taken when we were camping...  the next three were taken from my own backyard.

While we were camping, Averi turned 14!  She is so adorable, and loves to go camping.  Averi is truly the most amazing child, she makes me laugh, she makes me cry, but mostly, she makes me happy, we love her more than words can express!!

Crafty me . . . I haven't been very crafty, but there are a few things that I want to do, here are a few of them.

These are so adorable, I would love to hang them on my mantel!!  I found the pattern here.

This beautiful little Indian princess is my next pen and ink art project.  I haven't used my talent for a long time, and you know what they say, "Use it, or lose it", so I'm going to use it.  Can't wait!

Just Sayin' . . . This is me to a tee . . . 

Have a wonderful week-end!



Monday, September 5, 2016

More of this and that. . .

It's hard to believe that September is here already, I can feel it in the air, and hear it in the trees.  I don't know what it is, but when the weather starts changing, the sound of the leaves change as well, even though they are still green.  

 A few weeks ago, we had a terrible fire in our area, one of many that were burning here in Idaho.  This fire started about 15 miles from my home, and burned over 53,000 acres.  

In this photo, you can see the huge smoke plume from the fire just over the hill.  This fire was very fast burning because of the dry conditions here.  Two cabins were destroyed, but, thankfully, no lives were taken; it was a miracle that more homes were not destroyed.  Many of the farmers, used their tractors to disc fire lines, saving many, many acres from being burned.  It was the seventh largest fire that was burning in the country at that time.  Very scary!  I am happy to see cooler weather and some rain.

This picture was taken from my driveway, right after the fire started.

We put raised beds in the garden this year, and the tomatoes have really done well.  I have a big bushel full in my garage, waiting to be made into chili sauce.  That will be on tomorrows agenda . . . today we will play! 

It is my son's birthday today, he's old, just sayin'!  He is my only son, and we love him to pieces!  All of my children and little's will be here to help us celebrate, we all love a good party!

I pray that everyone will be safe, take a few pictures, and enjoy these last few days of . . . Indian Summer.   



Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hello, It's Me . . .

I can hardly believe that it's been almost 3 months since my last post!  I have been busy, and I have had some health issues that have kept me away from my computer, but hopefully, I will be back in full swing before I know it . . . I'm feeling better as I type!  I will keep the commentary short and sweet because of the overload of photos.

I guess I should start off from where I left off . . . June . . .  camping, we just can't seem to get enough of that at our house.  We had such a fun time, the weather was beautiful, the girls were adorable; kids and dogs always have the best time!

July . . .  Ahh . . . Baseball and fireworks, what more can I say.  It was a fun night, with a beautiful sunset!  I just seems like the all American sport, and perfect for the 4th of July.

August . . .  We always try to have our family camping trip in August, right before school starts.  This year it was so much fun!  It would have been even more fun if my son and his family would have been able to join us . . . but his work load just would not allow his family to be with us this year.

Here we are at our favorite spot!

The boys decided it would be a good idea to clean out the fire-pit.  It has been dry here in Idaho, and the last thing we needed was an out of control fire, so they dug it deep, and we were very careful!  Looks like dad has lots of help.

After all that work, Nathan decided he would try his hand at the hula hoop, and he was really good at it!!  Tanner does not look impressed...

So he gave it a whirl . . . love that mischievous grin, and just adorableness!

One day Jess and her family decided that they would clime a big hill behind our camp.  You can barely see them in the middle, they look very small.

They made it to the top!!

We had to have a camp fire, because after all, we were camping...but we were sooooo careful!  My daughter made a fun little, fire thingy (I don't know what it's called...) with a piece of hose and a copper tube, that you put in the fire what it is burning.  It made the fire look amazing, I wish I could have captured it better, it was so beautiful!

One of the days we were there, we made tie dye t-shirts, even the little boys had fun!  They turned out so cute, and they were really fun and easy to make.

Of course we ate good!  A few of our favorites were, Mountain Dew Chicken, Peach Cobbler, and Sourdough Pancakes, yummo!

I think it's fair to say that nobody went hungry.  One thing we all know how to do is cook!

They skies were just too pretty not get get a few pictures of them.  The lake was also pretty as always. Can you see why we like it here.  Not a lot of trees, but also, not a lot of people.  We are able to enjoy, God's beauty without any hustle and bustle.

A few random pictures . . . Card playing, cute faces, bees, sun catchers, sleeping babies, handsome boys . . .

These are all memories that I have written on my heart . . . these moments will never come again, and they will be grown up and move on way too quickly . . . I hope they remember these fun times that we had, and remember to take me when I am old!

More to come . . .