Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Yes, we've still been going on our walks. It has been so hot out that we try to go as early as we can. We like to stay inside the rest of the day (except for a few brief forays outside) until it cools off in the evening. That wrecks havoc with my shows that I have on in the evening and want to watch, but when you wait all day to be able to go outside, you kind of have to go outside and just tape the shows (tonight it was So You Think You Can Dance, Farmer Wants a Wife, and She's Got the Look).
So there you have it. Not enough time for me to show you all the pictures I've taken lately, to comment on my tv shows, to tell you about finally having our garage sale (my cousin and I), or to even give you the good news about my husband's new job. I'll get back with you soon!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
This is serious air sniffing. Her whole body is focused on it. I wonder what exactly she smells. Food wafting? Scent of other dogs? People? I think their noses are so much more sensitive to smells than ours. I love her focus. She is totally in the moment. After we've been outside for a while and we go back in, sometimes I'll bury my nose in her fur and smell her. She'll smell like earth (and probably I do, too) and I love that smell. It speaks of growing things and living things and just life.
So don't forget, in your busy life, to stop and put your nose in the air and give it a good sniff, just relishing the moment and the feeling of being alive.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
These were taken on one of our walks a few weeks ago. It seems like I take 50-60 pictures at one time, then I download them. Depending on when I get them off my camera is when I show them to you!
Not much happening today. We did go out for our walk in the early afternoon (because I had to go to Wal-Mart for groceries this morning). While there, I realized Brownie's harness was in the vehicle Pooker took to work, so picked up a new harness (size medium). After I got home, I took it out and realized that a medium must be for a Yorkie. So, had to drive to the other Wal-Mart near me and exchange it for a size large harness (much better, but even then, it is at its limits and she is only a 37 pound dog). After doing that and eating lunch were we able to get out for a bit. We both had cabin fever from a weekend with no walks and it raining Sunday and most of yesterday. We needed to get out and walk and sniff and feel free for a while.
Today, Janet Evanovich's book Lean Mean Thirteen was released in mass market paperback. I know that Fearless Fourteen was also released today in hardcover, but I like to read paperbacks so after devouring Thirteen today, it will be a long Stephanie Plum'less year for me. Thankfully, I only recently discovered her books. I say that because after I read the first one (and loved it), I had to run out and scour the used bookstores to find all of them. I found and finished them all in a few weeks. If I'd been a fan from the start, I would have been reading for 13 years! Nah. I feel fortunate to just now be having to wait the obligatory year between books. And as soon as I get a little extra money, I'm going to order a T-shirt from her website, but I just can't decide between the two men in Stephanie's life. Am I a fan of Morelli or Ranger? If I'm a Morelli fan, then the shirt will be a black V-neck with "Cupcake" embroidered in purple on the left chest. If I'm a Ranger fan, the shirt will have RangeMan embroidered in black on black over the left chest. (Cupcake is what Morelli calls Stephanie and RangeMan is the name of Ranger's company.) I think I'm kind of leaning towards Ranger. When I get my shirt, I'll take a picture of it so you can see which one I chose.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
We seem to be seeing lots of beautiful wild flowers lately on our walks. Our neighbor has some gorgeous orange ones, but he was home this morning and I didn't want him to wonder what we were doing in the corner of his yard. Maybe I can take a picture of them when he isn't home!!! I don't think he'd mind, but.... A girl and her dog standing in the corner of your yard would make you wonder.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
These were taken on our walk yesterday morning. It was overcast and coolish, so it felt really good. With as humid as it had been, I was getting a bit too sweaty on our walks (which is why I am going to have to make the effort to get up and out earlier). I seem to enjoy it more if my armpits don't stick to my shirt.
When it finally did stop (in the mid-afternoon), Brownie and I went out so she could relieve herself (after holding it all night and all morning--not because I make her, but because she won't go out in the heavy rain). I crouched down and looked under the trampoline and loved how the light and sky and fence were reflecting off the water and had to run in and get my camera.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I thought about it and in some ways, I am a bit like Monk! Mine doesn't tend to do with furnishings or groupings of furnishings or whether a picture is hanging straight on the wall or not (pictures seem to naturally shift a bit), but with things that should be a certain way. Like blinds hanging straight. And like the little ball topper things on my trampoline around the safety net. They all had some breakage on them, but only one had fallen completely off. I went around the other day and removed them all. I couldn't have one not there. It just felt too off balance. Yet, I think I could handle it if at my square dining room table I only had 3 chairs. Or if my pepper shaker broke and I was left with only the salt shaker. Or if none of my dishes matched. But leave my blinds hanging lopsided and I wouldn't be able to get anything else done until they were evened out.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Brownie really loves the water, especially when the "waves" are rolling in. She chases them and "bites" at them. It is really cute. I let her play in the river three times on our walks last week. I took some video of her playing that I will try to post on here at some point. I don't know when that will be as I'm trying to get ready for a garage sale, doing my part-time work, working on get my Father's Day cards made, and trying to get some more paintings done.
The great news is I sold 4 paintings last month! I also am a finalist in the writing contest I entered earlier this year and will find out exactly what that means this weekend (of course, I'm hoping for 1st, but actually to place is affirmation that, indeed, I am also a writer!). I took 3 little paintings to a local used bookstore that also has gifts/artsy type things to sell (on commission), but I'm believing they will sell quickly and it is also a way for me to get my work out there. All in all, I'm excited by all the possibilities that are in front of me and am believing for blessings (and more) in every area of my life.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I have no idea why his shell is so lichen-covered looking. What do you have to get into to actually stain your shell so badly? Is it just because he is a different kind of turtle? Such a slow mover that moss actually grows on him? I don't know, but his sweet little face looks friendly even if his shell isn't too attractive.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
It is almost getting too hot to wait until 8:30 am to go for our walk. Plus, it is getting light at 6:30 am (or even a little earlier now, but that is when it is shining in my window, waking me up). I'll have to seriously consider going for our walks at 6:30 or 7:00 now as when I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep, we went outside and it was beautiful. Not that we can go for our walk this morning as I have some errands to run and some work to get done.
We have a chance of rain later today, so if it is cloudy and cool, may consider going for our walk then. We both sure enjoy it, but yesterday, I was hollered at by a strange man. I ignored him and kept walking because I couldn't imagine what he wanted from me (Me? Money?). I wasn't going to find out and really didn't care if he thought I was rude for ignoring him. I was thinking to myself, "For all you know, I can't hear well, so go holler "Say, little mama" at someone else."
Monday, June 2, 2008
I took home all Mom's Fisher Price items over Memorial weekend. She loved them! She is very excited to get her toy room painted and fixed up so little kids can start playing in there. I'll try to get pictures of the room when it is finished with all her vintage Fisher Price on the shelves!
Sunday, June 1, 2008
We are fine. Only strong winds and rain passed over our house. But even if it had been more, our house and property are safe and protected, in Jesus name. No weapon formed against us will prosper.
I'm thankful for the rain, but dislike being stuck indoors. I want to feel the sun on my face, the breeze in my hair. Too long without the sun and I get a little stir crazy. Hopefully all this rain won't affect our walk tomorrow. We (Brownie and I) sure need it!
While it was still raining (but after the rainbow), the sun was setting. With the heavy clouds, the sun reflected off them and kind of highlighted them with brilliant color. My brother and I got in his pickup and drove around the trees surrounding the house to get a clear view. I sat in his pickup and took these out the window. What a truly spectacular sunset!!
With everything that is going on in my life and with the things on my heart, I took that double rainbow as God's promise to me and to my family of double blessings. He sees us, he placed these things on our hearts, he will make a way, and now is the time of blessing in every area of our lives. Hooray for the blessings!!!!
I think almost all flowers are beautiful, even though I know some flowers are really part of weeds. In our yard, we used to have the pretty purple flowers. And this year because the lawn service we use hasn't done a good job, we had some pretty yellow flowers. When I showed this picture to Mom, she told me it was Bindweed. Then, she noticed the wheat (I hadn't known it was there when I was taking a picture of the pretty white flowers). She said farmers hate it when bindweed gets in with the wheat. I guess maybe it chokes it out and keeps it from producing what it could.
Isn't that just like something that is not in our best interest to be all dressed up in a pretty package? Sometimes you don't know it for what it is until it is choking your life of the truly good things. Recognize it for what it is. See beyond the pretty white flowers to what is beneath. If it is not in your best interest, let it go and let your life be full of things that will enable you to produce a bountiful, full harvest.