Monday, September 24, 2018

Fall in My Home

Fall decided to let its presence known by ringing the day in with much cooler temperatures. Awe... what a relief that was after our string of hot, humid days. For the first time in several years I put more then a mum out front.  It was fun!  Enough chat, lets get the tour underway.  

As you walk up the sidewalk you are greeted by this display before you turn to step up onto the porch.  
Once to the door you are welcomed by a door that is wide open to let the natural light into my home.  I love doors and curtains/blinds to be open during daylight hours.  Besides letting the sunlight in, it makes a home feel welcoming. 
On top of the hutch I put together an array of fall items.  
The display box on the entertainment stand was updated with seasonal decor. 
My scent of choice for this season.  It smells wonderful! 
I generally use my decor from year to year.  This year I added two pillows to the couch.  
A banner that greets you as you walk from the living room into the kitchen. 
My table centerpiece.  
The thankful container is a new add this year.  I put small pine cones in the jars and then added a candle.  I tucked in a vine with berries and mini pumpkins.  Then placed a couple of real mini pumpkins in the center.  I plan to make a mat to go under my centerpiece.

Now for the window above the kitchen sink.  This is an area where I spend a great deal of time.  I hung the harvest banner I made several years ago. The only change is that this year I wove a strand of bittersweet berries through the top of the swag.  
I added field corn, gourds, and mini pumpkins to my vintage scale.  The window was finished off by adding the autumn blocks I previously made and Megan's small pumpkin.  I'll enjoy standing in this space as I watch the season change.

As small plaque that hangs off of the cabinet that disguises my Kitchenaid. A great reminder as I putter around the kitchen cooking, cleaning and schooling. 
A couple of small touches on the back porch.  I added mums to the hanging baskets.  I am able to spy these from the kitchen window.  
The finishing touch was to change out the flowers in my little wagon.  I usually have inpatients here that last until the first frost.  This summer wasn't a good growing season for them.  As the weather cools I enjoy sitting out here with my Bible and a cup of tea in the morning. 
I'm grateful to live in an area where I am able to enjoy all of the seasons.  Welcome Fall! 

 May you find joy in the journey as you chase your life!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

Dinner prep for a pot roast.
How we torture our child! Ha!
Thankful for a cool day to spend time outside without feeling like we were in a sauna. 
Our current read aloud. 
"Threshing" the wheat that she grew.  Soon we'll mill it and make bread. Yum!
After a showing a town 70 miles southwest of us we made a stop to visit the Gus Grissom memorial. 
Not the best picture as it was a day of clouds, drizzle, and periods of pouring rain. 

My niece, Katie, has been a busy girl.  She graduated from college in May, started a new job as a special education teacher for 1st and 2nd grade, and then bought a condo.  I left this sign on her new door while she was at closing. 
Monthly grocery haul.  Hard to believe it won't be long before a new months and another grocery run. 
A dinner out with my niece, Kayla.  Cousin love! 
I've been having a terrible time keeping up with my blog.  Almost every time I go to upload photos the internet is super slow and times out.  Ugh!  Our internet provider has been in the area installing new fiber optic cables so I hope this issue will be solved soon.  All is well with me.  I'm feeling good, just busy with school, home, and enjoying the outdoors. 

May you find joy in the journey as you chase your life!

Saturday, September 08, 2018

In the Moment

The past week I feel like I am on a one of those Tilt-a-Whirl rides and can't seem to get off!  Labor Day weekend was spent moving my niece.  She bought the cutest condo!  Two family members went to their heavenly home. (my brother-in-laws mother and Chuck's great aunt) Chuck has continued to work overtime, plus had a few evenings away from home. Then the van broke down.  We think it has a transmission issue.

Monday is the funeral for Chuck's aunt and then I hope, hope, hope that things will settle down.  It has been crazy and I don't like crazy!

In the mist of all of this happening there has been good.  I was able to talk about Jesus to one of my nieces while comforting her.  Aunt Audrey was surrounded by those she loved when she went home to Jesus.  I had some quiet time Friday morning and I was able to pray for many things.  I prayed for rest for my weary husband and I saw that prayer answered.  Chuck was told there was a problem with parts and he didn't need to work Saturday.  Thankful for that answered prayer!

Speaking of Friday morning.... I spent some time tending my petunia containers.  They had been neglected and needed to be dead headed.  They also needed to have some dead vines cut out.  As I started tending to them I was thinking of all the things that needed to be done. 

After a couple of minutes of that I thought no more.  The chores will always be there.  I started to think about how I want my life. If I truly want the life that is simple, slow, and full of joy in the journey then I need to live in the moment.  That is exactly what I did.  I blocked out the other things.  I prayed, listened to sounds of the morning and went about my task with joy, living in the moment. 

All of the other things like laundry, cleaning, bringing the checkbook up to date, making plans to go out of town for a funeral and so forth will still be there.  They are task that will need to be thought about and tackled but why fret about them when I can't do everything at once.  Stopping and realizing that living in the moment is best changed my entire attitude.  Instead of fretting about a difficult week and my to do list I started to enjoy my task and I honestly say I found joy in that task.  

Life will bring us difficulties and there will always be task to complete.  It's the decision to live in the moment and tackle one thing at a time that can make a difference in our attitude, gratitude and stress level.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34

May you find joy in the journey as you chase your life!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

W is for...

Wednesday. Also known as the downhill slide to the weekend or hump day.
Working on school work.
Washing machine.  A servant to make homemaking easier.
Wiping out the refrigerator.  Preparing for the monthly grocery haul.
Windows wide open.  We were blessed with two mild, wonderful days.  Heavenly!
Watering flowers.
Wendy's frosty for an afternoon treat.

May you find joy in the journey as you chase your life!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Noodle Makin'

 I supervised Megan making noddles one morning. 
 If you haven't tried your hand at this it is fairly easy. 

You'll need:

2 cups of all purpose flour
3 eggs
1/4 tsp of salt

That's it.  See I told you, easy!

Make a "well" in your flour/salt mixture and add the eggs.
 Using a fork start beating your eggs and gradually adding flour into the well with the eggs.
Once it is fairly combined then you use your hands to mix and kneed the dough. 
 On a lightly floured surface you need to roll, turn, roll, turn, roll. 
This step take quite a while to thin out the dough.  If you don't have a noodle maker then you keep doing the roll and turn step until you get the dough to your desired thickness.  
I'm not a huge fan of pictures of myself.  Megan has found her "selfie" love so I suck it up and smile with my girl.  I figure at least people will know I really did exist. Ha!

One Christmas I was gifted a noodle attachment for my Kitchen Aid.  I ran strips of the dough through twice to thin it and then ran it through the noodle cutting portion.  

Again this is not necessary.  Until I had this attachment I would roll and roll, then use a pizza cutter to cut the noodles.  
Place your cut noodles on a floured towel, cover and let dry until you are ready to use.  If you don't need them all you can also freeze them after you had let them dry a few hours.  
This batch of noodles was used to complete our chicken and noodles dinner.  Yum! 

May you find joy in the journey as you chase your life!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

I haven't picked up my camera much in the last month.  These are random shots from that time.  

I found a cute picnic hamper on the clearance shelf at Tractor Supply.  I can't wait for the weather to cool down so we can lunch in the park. 
 It's hard to see Megan's new friend, Stanley.  He is a praying mantis.  
 I was reluctant to say yes, but am glad that I did.  He is actually fun!  He likes to watch TV and when a tablet is placed on top of his enclosure he will bat at the bugs on the screen.  Funny!

I received a call from someone saying they were stopping by and would I like a tea.  Yes, please.  I expected a cup not a gallon!
 Megan saved her money a purchased a pocket knife.  The first thing she made was a set of knitting needles.  I'll be the first to admit that I was less then excited when my tom boy daughter bought a knife.  The knitting needles took the sting out it quite a bit.  I love them! 
 Celebrating my mother-in-law for her 68th birthday. 
 I'm slowing getting back into the kitchen.  
 I splurged at the grocery and bought this mix.  I love Cracker Barrel pancakes.  I hope that Chuck comes off of his overtime soon so I can make them. Working six days a week, leaving the house at six-thirty and returning at seven in the evening, means few meals are shared. 
 The petunia planters on the back porch are still going strong.  Most of the other plants have given it up due to the heat.  We've had a hot, hot summer.  
I never know what random shot I will find when uploading pictures.  
We did have a couple days of cool temperatures.  Sadly we are back under a heat advisory.  The sight of the turning leaves reminds me that it won't be long before it cools down and the season changes.  
I don't know about you, but I'm ready for the change.  Summer hasn't been my best season and I'm looking forward to fall.  It generally means things slow down and I'm ready for cooler days, slower days, and comfort foods simmering the day away. 

May your day be filled with joy in the journey!