life’s roses

FullSizeRender - 2019-04-24T164456.974One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. – Dale Carnegie
In my mind, this post was going to take on a slightly different slant, but then Sue sent me this beautiful photo of the old-fashioned climbing rose growing over at the “dinky house”. It is so genuine and gorgeous. Easiest care rose around this place. It grows when it’s time, blooms when it wants; is as happy as punch if you simply remember to water it every once in a while. Brings a smile to my face whenever I think about it. Got me thinking – what else around our farm gets us smiling? Turns out that there’s quite a lot that does! I really need to think about this today. Continue reading

back to normal?

normal12Monday finds us back to normal; as normal as we’ll ever be, I guess. The cow poses an interesting question. What is our normal? I suppose I’d say the part of our life that is normal are the “chore” periods. We normally do chores three times a day: feed, water, gather in the morning, feed, water, gather in the afternoon, put everyone to bed in the evening. That happens every day. without fail. Everything else is a toss up. Weather affects everything we do, obviously. Weather may be predictable, but the forecasters are rarely 100% accurate. So that throws “normal” out the window. We just play everyday by ear – plan as much as we can and make up the rest as we go along. Continue reading

the morning light…

FullSizeRender - 2019-04-19T152734.737…the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise. Sometimes you hear God, via hymns, in the simplest of things. Sue sent me this photo with the title “morning light through the RCW”; immediately “This is My Father’s World” began going round my brain. We’ve been taking an extra close look a our Father’s world this week with my folks. Mom especially. We have been walking over the property and finding little wildflowers that she hasn’t seen before, looking them up in the books, agreeing (or disagreeing on the identification) only to have to look them up again because we’ve forgotten what was decided. Almost the same thing happens with the birds. I do believe we finally agreed that the mama bird taking little tasty treats to the babies in a tightly woven nest build in our porch eaves, is a Cactus Wren. Took some convincing to bring mom over to that way of thinking. We’re always seeing renewal and rebirth around us. Often accompanied by silliness and laughter. Continue reading

wednesday – short day

IMG_4376So, we know that Wednesdays are always short blog post days; I think that today might be even shorter. Sue has been entertaining my folks during the day, until I get home from work in the afternoon. Today they did the round robin of feed store, grocery store, and Walmart. Dad drove, so that was the big outing for today. Mom did the watering for today, it being Water Wednesday, after all. Sue turned on the orchard for an hour; it’s doing quite well. I’ll do the gabion garden right quick in a few minutes. There’s just not a whole lot going on that’s new and interesting to report. I can say that Thumper’s foot is doing a great deal better today. Swelling has gone down a lot and he’s hobbling around on all four feet. I think in a couple of days – if he’s smart about things, he’ll be right as rain. One of the most exciting things that happened this week was Dad’s gifting of “extra” tools that he wanted to get rid of – he sent a list to Sue and she said, “Bring ’em all!” So he did. A scroll saw, little saws-all, drill, two circular saws.  Not bad! Thanks, Dad! Continue reading


IMG_4374It feels like it’s been weeks, but really it has only been one. You’ve just missed us that much! So much has happened… I have no idea where we’ll start. I have no photos; really, I just checked. So I turned around and took one. Hey, that’s Pops! Yes, that is right. The Parental Units are here for a visit – through Easter and, as long as it doesn’t snow any time this week, they’re taking the 5th wheel back home and seeing if my brother will do some work on the water tank and other little things that have been bothering them. Sure is nice to have them with us for Holy Week. Dad asked me what we have planned for them, and my answer was, “Probably more church than you’re used to!” We don’t make them go- but they like to hear Sue play the organ, so go they shall. Anyway, that has nothing to do with the update, more to let everyone back home know that they made it here safely. Continue reading

here we are…

Bite-off-moreIt is late on a Friday night, and I know it seems that we’ve disappeared; however, in reality, I just seem to have bitten off more than I can chew at the moment. This Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, our choir is doing a Cantata at all three worship services, I volunteered to create the slides this Sunday and next. What was I thinking? Well, I’m done with the first Sunday now, so – if you’ll be a bit more patient with me – tomorrow night I’ll catch you up on the goings on down at the farm. (How ’bout all those prepositions?) Thanks much. We’ll be back soon! ‘Night.


IMG_4347We’ve been doing quite a few posts on Spring and how it’s sprung up all over around here. Guess what? We’re going to do another one today! We have something interesting going on with one of the ducks that we want to share and we have more flowers blooming. This photo is of one of the iris I brought with me from California. It is the first time it’s bloomed since we’ve been here. I think it finally bloomed this year because we had a nice wet winter. We’ll also talk a bit about what went on over the weekend, and the current project Sue’s working on. Ready?

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pollenmOK, yes – I skipped a day. It’s always difficult for me to get back on track when I’ve been traveling for a while. We’re on our way to being normal again. I came back home and the landscape was completely changed. Pollen is everywhere! On the wind, on the ground, in the house… everywhere. Rather takes its toll after a while. This cartoon rather sums it up for me. Continue reading

where your heart is

I’ve been away for over a week now and it seems like forever! My plane will get into Phoenix at almost 8pm and I’ll have an over 3 hour drive home. Right now, I am thinking I’ll make the drive home because I can’t wait to sleep in my own bed tonight! While I’ve been away, my mind was often wandering home- especially during the exercises we would do at some of the class sessions. Continue reading

friday update

It’s Friday, y’all! (Can you tell I’m in Texas?) I am still out traveling for work, so am making things up on the fly. How have I been doing so far? It is 5:30 in Austin and I’m headed out to dinner soon. Sue has been really good at keeping me updated on the goings on at home. Unfortunately, the AirBnB that my friend Jeanie and I are staying at is having issues with its WiFi. So, I’m trying to work on my iPhone Hotspot, but my connectivity here in the city is really spotty. So, I think I’m going to have to type this up on my laptop, and then finish it on the phone. Please bear with me. Continue reading