Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hot, humid August

Hello Folks ~ It's been almost a month since my last post. Our summer heat and humidity totally drains me of all energy. I went out this morning to mow and weed wack. I restrung my weed wacker, but evidently didn't do it right as a few minutes into doing it's job, the spool head and spool blew off. I found the orange top, but didn't find the spool yet, it's black and somewhere in the hedge. I looked some, but was bummed and frustrated, so decided to start mowing while I felt like it. I did the little front lawn, up along the driveway and started into the back area, but just couldn't do anymore. I was soaked and needed to stop. I had taken small water breaks and was out there for around 2 hours. It was 81 when I started with real feel being 94, when I stopped the temp was 88 but real feel was 106. YIKES! I will look out in the hedge again when I can for the black spool as I don't really want to spend the $ on a new tool. This has worked just fine for years and years. 

We have had lots of stormy weather down here, wind, black rain heavy clouds, thunder and lightening, scary stuff. The sky is darkening as I'm typing now.

Early on the morning of the first, I looked out the window here beside my chair and the clouds in the sky, drew me outside. The coloring of the sky, sort of golden.

I went outside and this is how it looked from standing in the driveway.

I went on up the driveway and when I got to the turning point, this is what I saw, and gasped in delight. I thanked God right then and there for nudging me with the view out my window to go outside with camera to see this gift He had for me.


Working with dear Bea is going along nicely. She's a character. We both are thankful for each other. 

This is just a short post to let you all know I'm still here. I have up and down days. Our 50th wedding anniversary is coming up on the 8th, so there are a lot of memories rumbling around in my head and heart. I have much to be thankful for.

I've been reading posts and you all are busy with summer activities and I pray for continued blessings for you. I pray for our country and world, times are rough all over. In spite of all the bad that is going on, there are good things to be thankful for. There is still much beauty and love in this world.

Ok, that's it. Love, hugs & prayers from FlowerLady

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Hot & steamy, blooms, part-time work

Hello Friends ~ It's been just about a month since my last post.Time is zipping right along, each week is gone before I know it.

Remember the dead raccoon? Well, there was another one, which makes me think they must have been poisoned, because it was at the same time. The smell for the most part is GONE and that's wonderful.

I washed and hung out a load of laundry this morning, then cut back some overhanging limbs into the driveway, did a little other trimming that needed doing, bagged it up and put it and limbs out to be picked up tomorrow. Put tools away, came inside and checked the temp, 89, but with the humidity, real feel is 96. I am sitting here drinking water.

By the way, am using little a.c. again, as for some reason the water has clogged up in my Friedrich's again so that even though it was draining very good to the outside, it started dripping on the inside. This is very frustrating to me, to say the least. If my husband was here, he would have fixed the problem by thinking outside the box. The a.c. man does what he knows how to do and is good at it, so I don't have a complaint there, and he doesn't charge me. It will get fixed one of these days, for now, I'm not going to stress about it as the little a.c. is keeping it cool in here, maybe not as cool as I would like, but it is comfortable, and I am thankful.

Tuesday morning my Srs. Bible study had a bday brunch for one of our members who turned 92. I made a sausage gravy biscuit casserole. Found the recipe here.: Biscuits, sausage gravy casserole. It was easy and a big hit, no left-overs. I need to make it up for myself and freeze it in small portions.

We need rain again. I mowed last week won't have to do it this week.

In spite of little rain, things are still blooming. I do hand water and use my sprinklers on designated days. Grass does not get watered. I have to pay for water and grass isn't a necessity.  It looks pretty good in these photos. It's just starting to get dry looking.

Here are some blooms happening here. Below is Giant Milkweed.

Photos below are of Texas Sage. I love the silvery green foliage and of course the purple flowers.

This is a pic of 2-3 different kinds of vines hanging off the back shed. I just haven't had the heart to pull them off yet. I will when I have to go into the shed.

Plumbago and Miss Joachim, vanda orchid.

 Tropical Lilac

Cross rocks for GriefShare attendees. I have a few more to make.


This is the start of a little blanket for a sweet baby girl born about a week ago with heart problems and Down Syndrome. Her name is Sara, please keep her in your prayers. She's been hooked up to oxygen also. Found this pattern online, sweet and easy. Here is the you-tube link - part 1.  Beautiful shells blanket

Now, here is an answer to prayer for me, part time work, close to home. As some of you know, I lost the job I'd had for 17 years, 2 1/2 years after my husband left this planet. My boss decided to sell the building we were in and move across the state. That was the end of an era for me. I've been looking on Craig's List, etc. for part-time work. Have checked out craft stores, and other stores, and one of the requirements is to be able to lift 50 lbs. Well, I have to say that is not going to happen with me. Any other jobs I saw as potential, just weren't right. So, I've just been praying about some kind of part time work to supplement my small ss check and trying not to be overly anxious about any of it. God provides and works things out.

This past Sunday morning, I was talking to an elderly friend from my Bible study and she told me how she needs someone to work for her Mon-Wed-Fri mornings doing light cleaning work. She does not want to go to a nursing home. She's very independent at almost 94 years old. So, Sunday afternoon I visited her for 2 hours and yesterday morning I started working with her. We both feel this is an answer to prayer for both of us, we were friends first, and we both just feel happy about this arrangement. She lives 2.5 miles from me. ;-) She crochets, reads, plays games, watches movies, and is quite the character. She's been a widow for 35 years. 

She had people come from agencies to work for her and ended up having things pilfered, and that was discouraging for her. For as long as this lasts, I am thankful. We both are not getting any younger. She inspires this 70 year old with her spunk.  Keep us both in your prayers. We both hit it off with each other when we first met at the beginning of this year and have been telling each other, I love you, for months.

Ok, that's about it from Plum Cottage. I am feeling like getting horizontal for my afternoon nap.

Enjoy each day that you are blessed with. Hug those you love and tell them you love them. Those you can't hug, write them a note, send a text, or call them, but let them know they are special to you.