Yesterday saw me back, first time in forever, to my normal homemaking schedule.
To say that it felt good and right, would be a very big understatement. Contentment is the word I would use, utter and pure contentment.
I'm not opposed to change, I actually welcome it and deal it with it pretty well, unlike some of my family and friends. My husband for example, detests change and gets quite frustrated and stressed about it.
But as much as I don't fight the change, it does feel good to get back to a comfortable and normal routine and with the craziness that has surrounded me for so many months, it was something I was very happy to embrace again.
Hope you're prepared for a photo heavy post, it's been a while since I did one of those, but I want to take you along on my day and show you what I was busy with.
Breakfast, of course. Cup of coffee, toast with real butter and some orange marmalade. I do think this is one of my favorite breakfasts ever.
Laundry, because it's never ending. But I will tell you that I'm enjoying it a lot more now that I have such a cute laundry area. I have to take pictures of each room and show you around the house, I keep forgetting to do that.
Took a break to check the mail. I don't know what it is about mailboxes out in the country that really make me smile. There's just something about them.
My favorite cleaner and of course, Lavender scented.
I gave the whole house a really good cleaning, just have to work on the bathrooms today. I have 3 bathrooms to clean, oh boy.
While the laundry was going, I grabbed the camera and headed out to the back yard. The other day I was in the front, walking around and seeing what I could find, but I hadn't yet checked out the back yard, not all of it. And I still haven't seen it all, it's that big.
But what a huge surprise I got when I came across this tree. I was snapping pictures of the crape myrtle below and noticed something to my right. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. We have a Pear tree in the back yard. Oh my word, I'm excited!!!
I don't know if there are any other fruit trees out there, I need to get exploring more, but the grass is tall again and needs mowing and with the last two snakes we found in the yard, I am a little freaked out and not exactly comfortable walking around out there.
One thing that our property has a lot of, are crape myrtle trees and they sure are gorgeous.
Lots of flowers too, so far I've spotted Black Eyed Susans and Honeysuckle.
Open fields, lots of open fields and barbed wire fences. I really do get the sense of openness and country life, I couldn't be happier here.
Also have a lot of weeds, different kinds and big and small. With the property having been left alone for so long, they have set roots and pretty much lay claim to the yards.
I think we're going to have quite a battle on our hands getting rid of them all, or trying to at least.
There is so much to see out here, things that for some may seem inconsequential or boring, but for me, a person who loves nature, it's been absolutely wonderful. I don't know how many times I've been out in the yard and saw or felt or smelled something that took me back to my childhood and reminded me of the times my brothers and I would go to the fields behind our neighborhood and walk around, pick flowers, roll down the hills and just enjoy being outside.
I've never been a city girl and I don't think I ever will be.
As the day died down, I got busy in the kitchen with dinner.
Friends, for someone who loves cooking and hadn't really been able to do it in months, this was a big deal. Felt so good being able to cook a meal for my family.
As we prepared to sit down to dinner, I said a silent prayer, thanking the Lord for the food, for the house and for the moments we get to spend together.
And really, how can you not enjoy your meal when you have these views to keep you company?
Mexican Lasagna is what I made, it was so good, so filling and the family were thrilled to have a home cooked meal in front of them.
There's only so much take out a person can take and I am frankly sick of it.
If you want to give the Mexican Lasagna a try, I've already posted it on the food blog, go on over and take a look or just follow this link.
Alrighty, I have tons to do and so I must get cracking. I'm baking a Magic Custart Cake at the moment, recipe will follow later. Also need to make some curtains for two of the bathrooms, so yep, lots to do.
Have a wonderful rest of Thursday and I'll see you all tomorrow :)