Thursday, June 23, 2016

Strawberries and Good Fences

 Strawberries from our backyard

 Mr. C. came in carrying a little bowl of berries for me during an especially frustrating time last evening when I was having trouble with my laptop that seems to have all sorts of issues right now, (I mean Really! It's one thing after another) and something as easy as printing out a shipping label became a multi-problem, big deal task. 

I've not been blogging as much, as you may have noticed. If I could post from my Kindle, I'd do it, but haven't figured out how.  Anyway, I've missed you all and I'm going to try to get to posts today. We'll see how it goes.

I wanted to try to get a couple fence pics in here and join in Theresa's Good Fences. There's something about barns and fences that always appeals to me, and evidently to others as well.

 Granary-turned-garage and red board fence.

Fence and out buildings in the Westby area
(I don't remember if I posted this earlier or not. Unfortunately, I'm not out and about getting new photos, so I'm dredging
 the archives.)

The Strawberry Man just popped in with a refill, but I passed on it and will eat the berries for breakfast tomorrow instead. There's nothing like fresh strawberries that have been allowed to sit on the vine in the sunshine long enough to get sweet. Amazing taste!

Speaking of amazing taste, a friend stopped in today, bringing with her a treat of watermelon. I don't even remember the last time I ate watermelon, but boy was it delicious! Summertime: strawberries and watermelon. Can't beat 'em.

I'm thanking God today for good friends, a kind and thoughtful husband, animals we love, and delicious summer fruit.

Have a wonderful Thursday, everyone.

Linking to Theresa's Good Fences.

My little pal Tuppence, always nearby.
She's such a sweet kitty!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hodgepodging in the Photo Archives and Good Fences

Do I look comfortable?

My sitting time is limited, so I'm not sure I will get through this blog post. Blogging will be sporadic for the foreseeable future.  Thank you for your nice comments on Monday's post. I so appreciate everyone's kind words, well wishes, and prayers. 

 Join Joyce and the Gang 

She writes the questions;
we write the answers.
Plug them into your own blog post
and link up.

1. If you could sit beside and/or jump in any lake in the whole wide world today, which lake would you choose and why?

If I could lie beside any lake in the world, it would be Lake Chetek, because it's the only one I might have a chance of reaching with my walker, given a few days and a good shove in the right direction.

Beautiful little red barn on Asbury Ridge

2. What's your favorite 'fruity' drink?

The only fruity drink I drink is black raspberry ICE, not every day, and only half a bottle at a time because otherwise it gives me a headache. One half bottle gets me through two bowls of popcorn. It works out pretty well. 

 Jake's sheep.

We'll pretend that I was trying to take a picture of that gate.
3. I read a list here of thirteen things to do right now to simplify your life. They were-

clean as you go, re-evaluate your relationships (cut toxic ties), unsubscribe (too many blogs and websites), de-clutter, write down your daily goals, reply to emails right away, forget multitasking, create a morning routine, re-evaluate your commitments (which hobbies and responsibilities are most important to you), say no, clean up your computer, and plan your day ahead

Clean as I go is one I kinda tend to do, and I like to reply to emails right away except don't always get around to it. I don't necessarily always plan the day ahead, but usually do, and I am a pretty good planner. I always plan tomorrow's dinner a day ahead so I know which meat to move from the freezer to the refrigerator and which additional ingredients I will need to have on hand, etc. I want to eat dinner at 5:30 PM, not be standing with the refrigerator door open, trying to figure out if there's anything in there that could be turned into a meal.  I need to de-clutter and bought a new book titled, 'The life-changing magic of tidying up.' I hope I implement the concepts in it in another couple months. I have great hopes to do so.

Which of the tasks listed do you currently find most helpful in keeping life simple? Which item on the list should you adopt in order to simplify your life this month? (see above)

Beautiful bridal wreath spirea, birdhouse, and fence
near Westby (in May)

4. What did you do the summer after you graduated from high school?

You're asking for my very long-term memory to kick in here. I'm not sure, but it might have been the summer that I worked for the turkey hatchery. That's a very long story, full of gobbledygook.

Blurry blackbird perched on a fencepost.
Tile silo.

5. Are you a fan of podcasts? If so what's a favorite?

I like the Rick Steves podcasts and N.T. Wright. But you can also find both on YouTube, which is handy.

Sign near the Vernon County Landfill

6. Do you think today's fathers have it harder, easier, or just different than fathers in the past?

Judging by our sons, fathers have it very different from fathers in the past. I think they're much more engaged in their children's lives and household chores than their grandfathers or maybe great grandfathers were.

I don't think my husband has it any easier or harder than my father did. They both had to deal with me. They are both good men. Neither is a quitter. Both feel a strong sense of responsibility. Both live their faith in Christ.  The Spirit of God is exhibited in the lives of both my husband and my dad.
(My dad is now with the Lord)

'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.' Galatians 5:22-23

 An April photo that I didn't get posted earlier
Old brick schoolhouse and flowering crab

7. Tell us one way you're like your father? Or not at all like your father if that's easier?

I am very much like my father: You can blame him for my sense of humor, love of theology, faith in God, and often being preoccupied. Sorry, what was the question again? I was thinking about something else.

Our youngest son and his little boy, Oliver

He is a REALLY good dad and we're so proud of him.
However, if I had been there, I would have insisted suggested that BOTH of them wear shirts out in the sunshine. A cool breeze or even a cloudy day can be very deceptive.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

 Anyone else remember these?
Please tell me all about  in a comment!!
This is still on the outside of my old high school building

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This post is also linked to Theresa's  GOOD FENCES . 
I think if you try really hard, you'll find three fences/gates in the photos above.



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