Thursday, July 31, 2014

July

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
~E. B. White

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July has been a pleasant enough month. I had three outings: the 4th of July with family at the ocean, a Portland Headlight Day with my daughter and grands, and a day with my sister searching for that elusive four times great-grandfather.


This is my favorite photo of July and may become my favorite photo of the summer and may even become my favorite photo of 2014. 


Here lies the 
multi-great-grandfather with his second family. He and his second wife lost all three children before they turned five. What a heartbreak. His first wife (my four times great-grandmother)died young. I think we'll be looking for her grave next. (I'm not as interested in the other graves here since they are the second wife's family.)



There were only three truly hot days. About half the days in July we ran the AC; the other half have been temperate and pleasant, more like early autumn.


Documenting only...it was an awful month for Japanese beetles. No roses, no astilbe, no mallow, no strawberries, no blueberries. Hope that I can rescue the phlox.

And I celebrated seven years of blogging this month. Hmmm...gives one pause. Wish I could give you a prize for reading this long. You certainly deserve it!

 
Oh well, it is time to focus on the good and lovely things and leave the rest behind. It's really the only way to live!

Thanks to Cheryl at Thinking About Home who hosts this monthly gathering of moments. You can link up right *here.*


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hodge Podge Wednesday

1. "Summer is like childhood. It's full of warm memories and gone too soon."~Kellie Elmore  
Agree or disagree? Share something you loved about the summers of your childhood.

Whether I agree or disagree depends entirely upon the summer. This year, I think I'll be agreeing. 

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The thing I loved about summers of my childhood was the freedom, not only from school, but also from the constraints of
home. We had the freedom to roam the woods and have adventures. (Yes, there was even a stream.) It was a different time and my parents were not overly 
concerned if we didn't arrive home for lunch. Supper was different; we'd better be home for supper!

2. Are you a fan of auto racing-NASCAR, Indy, Stock, Grand Prix, etc?

No I am not a fan. I don't dislike it; I just don't have an opinion about it either way. Sometimes I watch because someone else in the house does have an opinion.
 
Ever been to a race in person? 

Yes, my hometown is next door to a race track that has hosted many events, including rock concerts. I used to attend 
stock car races as a teen when my mother worked the concession stands.

Any desire to do this? 

Not one 

Do you know a lot about cars? 

Almost nothing 

Do you notice particular makes and models when you're out and about? 

No, the only thing I notice is that when 
a friend or family member gets a new car, suddenly, I see that model all over the place.

3. What's something you think is too serious to be joked about? 

There are many things too serious to be joked about —
the death of innocents comes to mind. 
Or do you think anything and everything is fair game?
 
No, not everything. That said, I'm not a PC kind of gal and I can find humor in many things that others might find offensive.
 
4. July 29th is National Lasagna Day. Are you a fan? 

Yes. 

Do you have a great recipe, and if so where did it come 
from? 

I do have a great recipe and it came from my Aunt Jan. I had never eaten lasagna before 1970 and had no idea what it was until that first delicious bite.
 
If given a choice would you choose a plate of lasagna or 
a plate of spaghetti? 

Depends, however, I think lasagna would be my first choice.
 
5. What's a simple pleasure you'd miss if it were not a regular part of your life? 

Morning devotions with John


6. If you could be the CEO of any company, which would you choose? 

Oh no. I have no desire to be a CEO of any company. If
the question is which company am I a fan of then I have a number. I am a fan of Hobby Lobby. I am a fan of Chick-fil-a. I am even a fan of Wal*Mart because their prices have made a profound difference in my budget.


7. August is just around the bend...bid farewell to July in exactly seven words.


Goodbye, July, it's been nice knowing you.


8. Insert your own random thought here.
 
My readers, trying to give my gloomies a boot in the ask, gave me many
ideas for beating the blues. Here they are in no special order:


— Read a Book
     -Tudor History
     -blogs
     -Bible
— Play Music
     -Sunshine Songs like Here Comes the Sun
     -soft piano music
     -Irish music
— Take a Nap
— Bake
     -a new recipe
     -bread
     -cookies
     -brownies
     -apple pie
— Drink
     -tea
     -coffee
— Talk
     -call someone
     -chat with a stranger
     -give yourself a good talking to
     -ditto
—Sew or Craft
     -look through craft supplies
     -make an apron
     -make some cute napkins
     -make some greeting cards
— Take a Walk
     -around the house
— Geneaological Research
— Watch a Movie
— Eat
     -cherry ice cream cone
     -36¢ worth of chocolate
— Introduce Variety
— Make a List
— Plan a Trip
     -Italy
— Do something for a friend
— Write
     -send a card to a friend
     -prayers
     -poetry
     -prose
     -a letter
— Redecorate or spiff up the house
— Turn on All the Lights
     -burn candles
— Count Blessings
— Pamper Oneself
     -bubble bath
     -manicure
     -pedicure
— Imagine
     -being an Austen character
—Create a tea tray 
    -add a bit of greenery to it
— Visit a library and sit near a window with a view
— A drive in the country
— Get some vitamin D

Thank you! I might have been a bit confused doing all of them, though I did take a walk; I did stay outside for a lot of the day; I did spiff up the house; and I counted my blessings and you were right there on the list. 

Please check in with Joyce at From This Side of the Pond for more Hodge Podge Wednesday offerings.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Not Feeling So Chatty

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
 ~Psalm 42:11


There's just so little to chat about. I usually can count on a posy or two so I went out to take photos of the garden. Beyond sad. It is. That's because the hordes of Japanese beetles descended and have pretty much wiped out any hope I had of roses or mallow or astilbe or anything. I didn't even plant morning glories this year. So the garden is out; here's a windowsill instead.



Then there's the house all dark and gloomy and rainy for days on end. Out.

Then there's picnics and bbqs and fun summer activities. Not so much.

Retail therapy. Nope.

I can see that I am going to have to change my attitude right off quickly — Little Susie Sunshine I am not. 

What do you do on days when it's dark or gloomy and it seems as if the sun will never shine in your spirit? I think I'll go for a little walk. The air is fresh and fine and cool. The humidity is very low. I'm off to the river and I promise that I'll not throw myself in. 

So what I'm looking for are little cheery day brighteners that require going nowhere, doing nothing special, and that are absolutely free. Have one?


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Our Hope is in Him


When life is going swimmingly — the bills are paid, one's health and the health of one's family and friends is good, the tomatoes are ripening, relationships are peaceful, the weather holds, and there's food in the pantry, it is easy to praise God and thank Him for everything. If life is going less well, then where is God? Is He still in His heaven and all's right with the world? 

God is forever the same. He loves us with a never ending love no matter what we are experiencing today. He is working everything out for our ultimate good. Every day and each circumstance is a wonderful time to praise God.

We must put our hope in Him. 

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given us the ministry of reconciliation...

II Corinthians 5:18



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