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!


  1. Cute photo's... looks like a great summer. It's been hot here too and I'm ready for a change also.

  2. What a resemblance in your FIL and husband.
    In Oklahoma, we’ve had some hot spells but it’s been a cooler and much wetter than normal summer.
    I had no idea a praying mantis could work as a pet. Sounds fun though

  3. I love the simplicity and contentment that comes through in your pictures and blog. Godliness with contentment truly is great gain :).
    Thanks for sharing. By the way...the knitting needles rock!! Great job, Megan.

  4. Hello, my friend.
    I enjoy spending time here.
    Your space is always calm and cozy!
    Have a cozy week ahead with your family.

  5. Praying mantis are so much fun and an interesting study! :-) There's nothing like a good sweet tea on these hot summer days! It was another scorcher today here too and I'm trying to keep all my plants alive as well! Thank you for the sweet comments about my kitchen makeover on my blog. I hope you have a wonderful week!


  6. You sound so much more cheerful. I have been praying for your freedom from the blues.

  7. My husband works nights and I work day so I can relate to few meals being shared. I absolutely love those knitting needles! So clever!

  8. Friend...I am so ready for this summer season to go bye bye. It has been a drought literally where I live and a drought personally. I am feeling a turn around though. Yay! I love that she bought a knife and then made knitting needles. WoW!

  9. Oh...I am envious of that picnic carrier.

  10. I love the picnic basket. So pretty.

  11. A praying mantis? Yikes!! Lol! Oh you are such a blessing to Megan I would have had a heart attack! I am so ready for fall the heat and humidity here in south western Ontario has been oppressive all summer.

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