Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Rain, Rain... Go Away

It has been raining around here. Like... a lot.  Every day for at least the past week.  Not just a lot.  A LOT.  As in - "maybe we should give some serious thought to building that ark" rain.

With a chance of more rain in the forecast for every day this week.

The first day of the endless rainfall took down our little crab apple tree in the front yard.

A couple of months ago the Female Offspring's boyfriend asked me if the tree was leaning and I said "I don't think so".  Apparently... I was wrong.

I'm sad that it's gone.  This tree was a great tree.  It was pretty when it bloomed in the spring. Or when it was covered in snow during the winter.  It was nice and shady in the summer.  And a favorite climbing tree of both offspring and the grand kid.

The blessing in this story is that it's the smallest tree in the yard.  Too small to reach any of the cars or the house, so no damage was done.

Now, we just need it to stop raining long enough for the Man of the House to be able to cut it up and cart it off.

There has been a lot of flooding in the area.  And just south of here, they were dealing with some mudslides the other night.  Which makes me feel very blessed that one  small tree falling and having to take the long way around to go get my hair cut due to a closed road was the worst we had to deal with.  

Now, I'm just praying for a days of sunshine so the ground can dry out a bit and the river levels can start dropping.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Inspiration: They Never Forget

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A Spirit of Gratitude: May 17

I Am Thankful For:
Stories to tell
Meal planning
A simple dinner
Mother's Day shopping
Brilliant ideas from the Man of the House
Delicious lasagna
Having all the family moms over for dinner
Pretty flowers

Not letting the drama get to me
Leftovers for lunch - and dinner
A chance to get planning done
Meeting all my health goals for the day
A feeling of accomplishment
New blocking boards

Delicious vegetarian meal
Clean sheet day

What are YOU thankful for this week?


Friday, May 11, 2018

Fresh Water

Yesterday morning, I was sitting at the table working on some stuff online for my Etsy shop when the dog walked over to his water bowl and started whining.  There's nothing unusual about that.  He often does it when to let us know that he's out of water and feeling thirsty. 

(He whines about a lot of stuff, he's a very anxious dog)

I walked over and bent to remove the canister portion of the water bowl.  And that's when I saw it...

There was a dead mouse in the dog's water bowl!!!


After screaming - and successfully NOT throwing up - I removed the canister, took the bowl portion outside and tossed the water and it's deceased resident out into the back yard. 

(side note to the Man of the House:  oh, btw honey - I forgot to mention that there's now a dead mouse somewhere in the backyard.  Assuming the crows or some other scavenger haven't carried it off.)

Needless to say - the entire water bowl got a good scrubbing with scalding hot water.  And now has nice, fresh, not rodent flavored water.

Now, I'm off to have a very stern talk with the cat!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A Spirit of Gratitude: May 10

I Am Thankful For:
The morning breeze
Listening to the thunder in the distance
A visit from my mom
A good morning
A yummy new chicken recipe
Waking up early
New shirts for the Male Offspring
When the Man of the House tells me I'm pretty
Going to the movie with my guys
Breaking out of my recipe comfort zone

Listening to thunder in the distance
A rain shower to help clear pollen out of the air
When I do nothing to fix my hair and it still looks good
Reading the Bible when I can't sleep
Realizing I have some extra time to slow down
Healthy dinners

What are you thankful for this week?

With love,
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