Friday, October 21, 2022

Chilly weather ;-)

Good morning Friends ~ Here it is another gorgeous day in s.e. FL. We've had a cool front move over us and it has been wonderful. Wednesday morning the temp dropped to 63 in the middle of the day and basically stayed there until the next day.  This morning it is 66. 

I've got some work to do along driveway fencing, clearing out all of the plant life I can, leaving some to be trampled, and leaving what I personally can't take out myself. The old driveway fencing is going to be replaced. I am thrilled to say the least. I want to get out there this morning to get started. I don't know when the fencing work will begin. I did collect some 4 o'clock seeds from plants along there yesterday, hope to find more this morning as they are the light pink variety. Some of the stuff will grow back because of tubers, etc.


Here are before pictures running north to south. This first picture is at the northeast corner. The night blooming cactus is on part of a fallen pine tree that fell into the fencing. I will save some of that. The blooms are fascinating.

Trees hanging over fencing are from the neighbors, which I keep having to cut back as much as I can. Asplundh tree trimmers came out for FPL in April to cut back limbs from power lines, and it looked great, but this stuff grows back fast. Dear hubby used to take care of all of this. Sigh!!

I keep it in check as much as I possible can, using a pole cutter and hand clippers. So, keep me in your prayers as I 'turtle' along. It will be worth it in the end. I'll keep you posted.

Another blessing from God is I am receiving a lot of yarn from a friend, who no longer is in need of it. She and her husband live down here, but also had a house up north, which they sold. She was heavily into crafts, hence the yarn. She said she has LOTS. So when she is ready to empty pods and have me over, I'll be visiting her. So exciting! So surprising!

Don't give up on trusting Jesus to work things out in your lives. When you least expect it He can/does meet our needs and sometimes desires. Not always when we want or maybe the way we think things should happen, but He knows what is best, for us and His honor and glory. He isn't a magic genie where we can just ask and get. He is our loving, heavenly Father and He cares deeply for us, and wants to bless us, from little things, like heart shaped rocks or leaves, to bigger things. I am thankful for it all. I am thankful for lessons learned when I have to wait. I am learning contentment along the way, in down and up times. We are to be thankful in all circumstances. He has a plan in our lives, He uses others to bless us, uses us to bless others, giving Him all of the glory and praise.

 That's it from Plum Cottage. My stomach is telling me it is time to break the fast, then I can start work for the day.

God bless and keep you.

Love, hugs and prayers




Lynn and Precious said...

Lorraine, what a work project you will have. You must have gotten our
cold weather clear down there. We have had 4 or 5 mornings of 28 to 31 degrees so the annuals are all gone. The yarn gift will just make your fingers itch to do inside crafting when you can't get outside. And a visit
to a friend is always a gift in itself. Hope breakfast was good and don't work too hard. Lynn and Precious XX

Linda said...

yes our heavenly father sees all and loves us over the moon

Deb J. in Utah said...

Hi Lorraine. Glad to hear that all is well with you. That is nice that your friend gave you some yard. I know you enjoying crafting and creating. Thank you for sharing your testimony of how God takes care of us. I hope you have a good weekend. See you again soon.

M.K. said...

Amen, Rainey! The most important thing we must do is WAIT, and trust :)
You're right about that fence. After seeing the photos, it does need help! It's a good thing you enjoy yard/plant work, because it looks overwhelming to me. Stay safe! I'm so glad your temps have cooled so much.

Morning's Minion said...

Gardening in Kentucky after years in New England--and then 12 years in arid Wyoming--what a change for us. Our growing season is long enough with heat and humidity to keep unwanted vines and weeds flourishing. The wildflower garden I'm trying to establish is looking more 'wild' than 'flowers'--and my stamina is not what is needs to be! As frosty nights move in, each late rose or aster is a great joy.

ellen b. said...

Oh, that is a lot of work to trim overhang like that. Hard on the shoulders and neck. Hopefully you can get some help, too. Things are looking lush at your place. Praying for God to sustain you in your chores!

Red Rose Alley said...

Lorraine, thank you for your words today. They were greatly needed. I am supposed to take a road trip coming up, and do not like driving the freeways, so I have been saying prayers daily. You have done so much work around your house. And it looks great! I like to do outside work as well, but we have lots of squirrels up here, and I'm not too fond of them. So nice of your friend to give you all her yarn. You know, I love just looking at different colors of yarn in a bunch, even though I don't knit or crochet. ; )

Wishing you beautiful November days, Lorraine, and it's always a pleasure to visit with you.


Terra said...

Dear Rainey, you are so right about our heavenly Father and His care for us. I recently learned that Abba really means Daddy, Abba is one of His names. I like to think of him as daddy, he created us and cares for us. You are able to work a lot in your cooler weather, don't overdo! Our gardens call out to us, the work is without end, but gives us beauty.