Friday, June 29, 2018

Joy of Gardening

 Hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.

I have enjoyed gardening even as a little girl,  I remember hoeing up any little spot I could find and planting some of my mom's seeds. 

A garden truly does feed not only the body but, also the soul.  

 Working in the garden (even weeding) is so relaxing, it melts away the cares of the day!

Soon will be enjoying the fruits of all the work...

I even enjoy the stray plants that pop up in a garden...

This sunflower plant will definitely be shading some of my plants, but I just didn't have the heart to pull it out :0)

Now I just have to figure out how to control the oats that are sprouting nicely in the straw that I used to mulch some of the garden this year.  

There is always something to figure out in a garden!!

A list of what is planted in my garden...
Lettuce (two kinds) cabbage (early & late) kale, spinach, broccoli, onions, beans (green & purple) peas, peppers, tomatoes (four varieties)  basil, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, sweet corn, zinnias, and a sunflower...

Cultivate the garden of your heart by seeking God.
Proverbs 4:23


Friday, June 8, 2018

A Sweet Companion

A dear friend gifted me with a golden retrieve.
The Lord has provided for my every need these past months, even in ways I never would have dreamed of.  I am so happy to have a dog again. She is so friendly, but I also know she will be a protector if needed.  She is so lovable and such a comfort. 
I have been so blessed!
Meet Dixie

And my God shall supply all your
needs according to His riches in glory
by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19


Saturday, May 19, 2018


 Spring has finally come to stay.
  Enjoying the new life of spring.

My first Virginia Blue Bells, a friend shared a couple of plants last year.

The tulips didn't do as well this year, the 28 inches of snow we got after they were up, broke some of them off. So enjoying what did blossom!

The flowers of spring are so refreshing after a long winter!

My favorite blooms and smell of spring is the lilacs!
The chicks are growing, waiting to see how many hens I have.

Have some interesting color combinations...hoping for different colored eggs!

For, lo, the winter is past...
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come...
Song of Solomon 2:11a, 12a

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest,
and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night
shall not cease.
Genesis 8:22

Thankful the Lord is in control of the seasons and each day of my life. 


Monday, May 14, 2018

Tea Cup Exchange

This was my first time for joining in on the Tea Cup Exchange that Stephanie from 
The Enchanting Rose coordinates. She does such a wonderful job. Thank you so much for all of your hard work in making this so special for each of us!
It was so much fun!

My package came from Debbie over at  She Graces Her Home. Everything in her package was so me, it was as if Debbie had known me for years. Her package came just at the right time on a day I was struggling some, what a blessing her package and precious note was to me.

There was so many fun baking supplies that I have already been using.  Enjoyed the salted caramel chocolate bar and hot chocolate.  Saving my tea for when friends come over to enjoy!
Have been looking through the little recipe book trying to decide what to make to take to the ladies that I visit at the assisted living home.  

 The tea cup has my two favorite colors pink and is so lovely!
I love the Praise Series CD, makes such good listening to when driving and the little dish Debbie sent that says "pray everyday". It's a reminder to walk close to the Lord daily!

My special gifts came in this lovely box! 

I felt so loved and spoiled by  Debbie and have made a very special friend, if only we lived closer, would love to have Debbie over for tea and a special treat!
Thank you so much Debbie for all of your sweet gifts, I thank the Lord for putting us together. 


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Meet My Little Peeps

Over the years I have ordered day old chicks from the local feed store or coop.
This year I had been looking on different web pages of places that sell chicks and discovered it is quite expensive to only order a few chicks...shipping costs are high on small orders.

In trying to decide what to do (need new laying hens) I met a friends neighbor who has banty chickens, they were so pretty!  My friend offered me the use of her incubator and her neighbor gave me banty eggs along with another friend who 
gave me some regular hen eggs. So thankful for old and new friends!

This was my first time ever incubating eggs...I have never had the type of hens that go brood either... it was so exciting to watch them hatch out. 
Ended up with eleven banties and five of the larger chicks.

 It is so fun listening to them peeping!

Now hoping I have some hens in the bunch!!

A fun sign of SPRING... in our not so spring like weather! 
This past weekend we received 28.5 inches of snow and blowing.  
Starting tomorrow and next week the forecast is 50 and upper 60...YAH

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Fruit Salad & Mom's China

Made a delicious fruit salad for Easter dinner that I had seen at  "Home is Where the Boat Is" 
 I will be using the dressing on fresh fruits this has just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of vanilla

You can find Mary's recipe here

 The Easter table was set with my mom's china, a sweet remembrance
of her. I have always loved this china, This was a set that was sold when you bought groceries back in the 70's.

Today my beloved and I would have celebrated our 43rd anniversary, So many precious memories!

My sweet daughter gave me roses today, she said dad would want you to have flowers. Both our kids have been such a blessing during this time, taking such good care of me while processing their own grief in losing their dad.  God is so good!

~ Cheryl ~


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Resurrection Sunday

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The Holy City

 Last night I lay a-sleeping
There came a dream so fair,
I stood in old Jerusalem
Beside the temple there.
I heard the children singing,
And ever as they sang,
Me thought the voice of angels
From heaven in answer rang.

Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
Lift up your gates and sing,
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna to your King!

And then me thought my dream was changed,
The streets no longer rang,
Hushed were the glad Hosannas
The little children sang.
The sun grew dark with mystery,
The morn was cold and chill,
As the shadow of a cross arose
Upon a lonely hill.

Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
Hark! How the angels sing,
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna to your King!

And once again the scene was changed;
New earth there seemed to be;
I saw the Holy City
Beside the tideless sea;
The light of God was on its streets,
The gates were open wide,
And all who would might enter,
And no one was denied.
No need of moon or stars by night,
Or sun to shine by day;
It was the new Jerusalem
That would not pass away.

Jerusalem! Jerusalem!
Sing for the night is o'er!
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna for evermore!

My late beloved has sang this song at church on Easter.

"As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
 and at the last He will take His stand on earth."
Job 19:25

Easter Blessings