Wednesday, January 22, 2020

{ Working together }

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Well hello everyone, it's been a few days since I've sat down and composed a proper post for you.  Truth is, I'm sick with a nasty cold and it's left me quite exhausted and devoid of any energy.

Even Dayquil is making me sleepy and knocking me out.  The past 3 days, by 6pm I am passed out for the night, sleep all night long, and wake up feeling like I could sleep another 3 days.  It's been interesting to say the least.

I am not one to sit around, and I usually feel guilty if I'm in one spot longer than 5 minutes, but I have not been able to do anything or go anywhere.  I'm only really starting to feel slightly better, tonight.

I do hope that by Friday morning I am 100%, because I have grocery shopping to do, errands to run and a daughter to take to work and pick up as well.

God willing, this crud will be gone.


I've been able to still help my husband, a little here and there.  Not as much as I want or I will, once I'm over this cold, but enough to not feel completely helpless.   I do have an amazing husband, I must say.

We have moved on to our second project since buying the house, and this one is an outside project in anticipation for Spring and Summer.

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My dream has always been to take the back fenced in yard, and turn it into a series of areas with specific uses.  A covered patio for entertaining family, grilling and just relaxing.  Nothing fancy, I don't want these super expensive mansion looking patios, I want a plain cement ground, short cement walls, a very simple roof and hanging flower baskets all around.

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A chicken coop in one corner.  A greenhouse with a surrounding vegetable patch, brick walkways, tons of fruit trees and gorgeous bushes and flowers sprinkled throughout the yard.

It all sounds like a lot of work, but when it comes down to it, it IS our forever home and we are able to finally start working on these dreams, little by little.

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The first thing going up is my greenhouse.  Curt has already begun building it in the garage, and I have helped him in every single step of the way.  I am not a woman that shies away from work, whatever it is, and I do really enjoy working together with my husband.

We love being in the yard, digging, planting, building.  I find that if you actually work as a team, everything that you create takes on a new meaning.

It's our home, our dreams, and we want to build on it together, every brick, every nail, every brush of paint.  

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While I've been sick the past few days, Curt has been working on laying a foundation for the greenhouse.  We've put down some bricks which will be set in place later, after the ground has been leveled and the brick pavers spread out to our liking.

They will make a walk way from our patio to the greenhouse.  A wall will be built around the greenhouse (eventually) to close in my vegetable patch which will run along the side of the greenhouse and the whole area behind it.

It's hard to describe and as you look at the photos above, it will make no sense whatsoever.  I see it all in my mind, but unfortunately you will only be able to understand it fully, once it's all built and working and I can show you.

There are numerous projects inside the house that will be addressed too, and many more outside too, after all, we are now owners of 3 acres of land that we intend to fully invest in and use up. 

I wish I could snap my fingers and it all be done, but alas that is not how things work.

Just can not wait to see the greenhouse working, my seedlings growing, my vegetable patch brimming with all sorts of yummy goodness and gorgeous colorful plants all over. 

For now though, I need to get back into bed, take more medicine and pray that this cold leaves me as soon as possible.

Monday, January 20, 2020

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 01/20/2020 }

Good morning dear friends, how was your weekend?

It is Monday morning, we are very quickly moving towards the end of January already, which is a bit unnerving isn't it?

Nick and I are again sick with a cold.  Blimey, we just had a cold beginning of December and here we are again.  I've been hitting it as hard as I can, especially with all the talk of flu going around.

Right, new week, blank slate.  Let's leave behind all the nonsense from last week and focus on putting forth a positive outlook and attitude towards the week before us.  Deal?

By the way, I apologize for having to moderate comments, but I've been getting so many spam ones lately.  I honestly wish Blogger would enable us to block certain accounts from commenting, but unfortunately we are left with having to either put up with an influx of horrid comments, or turn to comment moderation.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I've had to turn it on, at least for the foreseeable future until these spam comments calm down a bit.

Now that we got the business part out of the way, let's see what is happening in our Happy Homemaker Mondays.   



♥♥The Weather♥♥
The craziest weather.  Plain and simple!
Rain for two days, super chilly days with fog and 20 degrees, followed by 75 degree days.  I give up lol   It is currently 29 degrees with a high of 56 for today. 

Monday - Sunny, 56
Tuesday - Cloudy, 51
Wednesday - Rainy, 48
Thursday - Partly cloudy, Showers, 57
Friday - Sunny, 56
Saturday - Partly cloudy, 60
Sunday - Partly cloudy, 63


♥♥How I am feeling this morning♥♥
Well, like I have a knife stuck in my throat.  Very congested, and tired.  When I can't breathe through my nose, I can't sleep so last night was interesting to say the least.  Hubby is taking Jasmine to work this morning and has ordered me back to bed.  I am so blessed with the husband I have. 


♥♥On my mind♥♥
Just trying to get through this cold and thinking about ways to hit it even harder.  Also thinking about the work we are doing out back, we've moved on to our second project since buying the house.  I'm so excited. 


♥♥On the breakfast plate♥♥
Currently sipping on a hot cup of coffee with Vanilla Creamer.  I don't know what I'll eat, breakfast is not on my mind and honestly the way I'm feeling, I can't imagine eating anything at all.  


♥♥On my reading pile♥♥
A Sister's Courage by Molly Green.
Morning and Evening Devotional by Charles Spurgeon
Book of John in the Bible


♥♥On my tv♥♥
Still catching up on shows, and have finished a few more. 

Mercy Street
Jamestown
Witcher

This week I'll be watching:
Turn
The Last Kingdom


♥♥On the menu this week♥♥
Will be grocery shopping on Friday, so only have meals planned until Thursday.

Monday - Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad
Tuesday - Feijoada (Portuguese Bean Stew), Rice
Wednesday - Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli
Thursday -  Sweet and Sour Pork, Fried Rice
Friday -
Saturday -
Sunday -


♥♥From the camera♥♥
I love curtains blowing in the wind, and this weekend, I was able to enjoy just that.  The temperatures were warm enough to open the windows and there was the most gorgeous breeze coming in.



♥♥Looking around the house♥♥
I gave it a good clean yesterday, so it's not needing my attention today.  Thank the Lord, because I really don't feel like doing any sort of cleaning. 



♥♥Chore I'm not looking forward to today, or this week♥♥
I need to wash my windows, they look awful, but it is not a chore I particularly like.  Not looking forward to it at all......that and the carpet cleaning.  Guess I have two chores I'm not looking forward to this week. 



♥♥To relax this week, I will♥♥
Read and crochet.  I've been enjoying working on a new blanket, nothing that requires too much thinking. 

♥♥On my prayer list♥♥
The President, our country.

My son and I with our colds.
There are many others I pray for on a daily basis, people I know, people I don't know.  I think if I were to name them all, we would be here until next week.


♥♥Devotional/Bible Verse♥♥

I saw this quote and thought it was so simple but yet so effective.  Thought you all would enjoy it too.  




Friday, January 17, 2020

{ Non stop rain and contentment where you are }

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I promised myself that I would read my Morning and Evening Devotional, first thing every morning, and I've stuck to my promise.  The evening one, I will say has been harder to stick to, I tend to get everything done by evening and then fall into my bed and I'm out like a light.

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What I've been doing is making sure to read them the next morning along with the morning devotional.  That kind of defeats the purpose, but it will do until I fall into a proper habit.

I've also been making my way through the book of John, and loving it.

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It really does come down to making an effort and sticking with it, because life tend to throw all sort of curve balls your way, sometimes impeding your best intentions.  There's one thing that I find has always happened to me, in all my years of trying to get closer to God.

The minute I start reading the Bible on a consistent basis, the devil will make sure to throw something in my way to get me confused, distracted and end up leaving my Bible reading habit, because you know, as humans if something happens often enough that it becomes a pattern, and is not something comfortable or joy inducing, we steer clear of it.

However, this time, I've stuck with my resolve and have dug my heels in.  I've rebuked the devil and will not allow him to steal this joy from me again.

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We've had the most glorious of rain, the past two days.  It has been consistent, the pitter patter constantly falling on the rooftop, creating this wonderful rhythm, that induces states of sleepiness and a calm like no other.  I do so love the rain.

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Even though we've had a cold front move in with these storms, I have enjoyed numerous moments of propping the windows open, letting in the fresh cool breeze, watching the curtains blowing in the wind and listening to the rain outside.

I've spent equal amounts of moments, sitting at the window and watching the view.  The field behind us with horses and cows.  The fields in front of us filled with trees of all shapes and sizes, a small river running through, the occasional deer or family of deer leaping around.

As I have sat and admired God's beauty, I've thought about all the different homes we lived in, in different States and different views.

Every house had a favorite window, with a favorite view.   Even the house in Arizona which was smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood, on a busy Air Force Base.  Same with the house at Mountain Home AFB, where I first became a wife and a mother, and where I later took up blogging.

Each house had something beautiful to offer.

Our first house, was in Mountain Home AFB where we lived from 1998 to 2007, didn't provide much of a view at all.  We lived in a Cul de Sac, surrounded by other military families.  The front door provided a view of the neighborhood children playing outside.


We had a tiny front yard, shared by the neighbor.  See the tree, that marked the halfway point of our yards, so when I say tiny, I mean tiny.

Our backyard on the other hand, was awful.  Nothing we did could make it better, there was hardly any grass, just a ton of mud, it was tiny, and behind it was the base Fire House.


And even so, every night, out the kid's bedroom windows, we had the most beautiful sunsets.  They were partly covered by other houses, the firehouse and the base itself, but nonetheless.


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If you want to better see what our first home was like, take a look at this post, I had taken a couple of pictures and now looking back, I miss that house so much.

Our second house, and third AND fourth, were at Luke AFB in Arizona.  We lived in 3 different houses on base, during the 6 years we were stationed there. 

Without a doubt, the most breathtaking sunsets and sunrises I have ever witnessed, were captured in Glendale, Arizona.  I was in love with the sky, morning, noon, night, I couldn't help but take my camera, head to the back or front of the house and capture as many pictures as I could.

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In 2013, Curt retired from the Air Force and we made our way back to Idaho, back to Mountain Home.

Our fifth house, was in Mountain Home, Idaho.  This was our first country house, sort of.  It was at the end of a rural road, we did have neighbors but we also had an acre of land behind, with the most spectacular view of the mountains.

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Once again, I had the most gorgeous views out of my windows and I completely indulged in every single moment that I could witness God's hand at work.

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After one year, and after being told we could buy the house, the owners decided they wanted to move back, so once again we packed out belongings and moved.

Our sixth house, was also in Mountain Home, on the opposite side of town.  I used to call my Amish Farmhouse.  It was nowhere near a farm, or anything like an Amish house, but it just reminded me of their homes.

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Once again I was surrounded by neighbors, not a field in sight, and my first thought was that I had lost all my beautiful views.  But as always, God knows best and He provides. 

Sunrise

Early Morning

In 2015, we moved to Texas. 

Our seventh house, which is now our forever home, is in the country.  3 acres, huge field for crops or whatever we choose to do with it, fields in the back, fields in the front, a small river nearby, deer, trees, all kinds of birds and nature.  Our dream home, our dream place to live.

Again, we have been afforded the most gorgeous of sunsets and sunrises, and views in general. 

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By this time, you are probably wondering why I'm talking about all of this, and why I'm sharing all these photos.

Simply because I want to talk to you about contentment and finding the joy wherever you are.  I wasn't always like this, matter of fact the reason I'm sharing all this is because I used to think that the house I was in was the end all, be all.

Every time we moved, I would feel so sad thinking that I would never have views like the previous home, there was no way that I could see anything more spectacular.

And then I would move and be surprised.  Every house had something to offer, every view was beautiful, because even though the walls were different, the cities were different, even the States were different, one thing remained the same.......our Lord. 

So he kept providing me with the views he knew I loved so much, bringing me right to this specific moment in time.  Beautiful view, our dream home!

Contentment at it's best.

So next time you are faced with change of some type, whether it be a new house, growing older, a new job, a new pet or whatever it may be, just go with it, don't hold back thinking that nothing will ever be like the previous one because although that may be true, it almost always turns out to be even better.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

{ Dense fog, a new Bible and devotional }

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There is beauty in everything!

Fog is often thought of as scary, dark, dreary and usually used in horror movies, or movies to show impending doom.  While that description might be true, to a certain extent, I find foggy mornings to be one of the most beautiful.  Right up there with Spring mornings when the sun is is just rising and bathes the land in a golden glow.

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I can't say that I particularly enjoy driving in dense fog, but to look at, there's nothing quite like it.

We woke up this morning to some dense fog.  Cold as it was, I slipped on my robe and stepped outside with my camera in hand.  I believe that we need to enjoy every aspect of our lives, every moment, every day, every season, for they all bring beauty in their own simple ways.

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Pottering around the house on days like these, is quite possibly my most enjoyed moments.  I rely on the light flickering from candles or a simple warmer in the corner of a room, bringing soft light but also a sweet fragrance to the air.

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I'll usually put on a documentary on my laptop, or a turn to a playlist on Spotify, something medieval, or instrumental.  Soft tunes that will blend right in with the slow rhythm of the day.

I have been in deep thought since the year turned to 2020.

There is so much going on around the world, in our own backyards and even inside our four walls.  I have prayed, I have talked, questioned and given it all to the God.

Maybe it's the beginning of a new year, or maybe it's the winter season, whatever it is, it is all that is needed to get my thoughts going.

Most times they are consumed by daily tasks, whatever I have going on that day, what needs doing, am I forgetting something, do I have dinner under way, what time do I need to pick up Jasmine from work, is Nick getting all his lessons finished in time?

But there are times where my thoughts go deeper, deeper into what I don't like about myself, what I wish was different, what I want to change or what I want to focus on bettering.  In those moments I turn to God, but I also take a walk down memory lane and start thinking about my great grandmother and the kind of woman she was.

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She was not a religious woman, she didn't attend church, but she prayed daily, had a very strong faith and devotion to God, and above all, a love for her family.  There are numerous things I admire in her and wish to emulate but there are others that I want to expand on, especially the Christian side of her.

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As I threw all these thoughts and wants at God's feet, asking Him to help me and give me a sign as to what I need to do, or should be doing, a thought came through loud and strong, repeatedly running through my mind.

Spend more time in my word.  Read my word.  Devote a moment each morning to Me and I will set your mind at ease.

So I am listening and I'm going to start doing just that.  It won't be easy at first, it is all about creating habits and as you know it takes about 21 days for a habit to be created.  My issue is not even so much feeling like I can't do it, and I certainly don't have a problem reading my devotional.  My problem comes in reading the Bible.

You may not know this about me, but I have always struggled to read it, especially the old testament.  I find it extremely dry and difficult to read, too many names and explanations, things that don't keep my interest for long.  I've struggled and I've hated struggling with it, because I want nothing more than to be one of those faightfully strong women who read their bible and understand it.

I've never quite known where to start, so I did a big of digging around, 4 books in the bible seem to be the most commonly recommended, for someone who is starting from scratch.

John, Romans, Psalms and Proverbs

I've put it off long enough, I am opening the book of John today and not looking back.

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I am fully aware that this is going to be a life changing journey, and I don't quite know what I will learn from it, but the thought of drawing closer to God is all I need to get me going.

So I'm here to tell you, if you're wanting to start on this journey too, don't hold back, buy that new bible, pick up the new devotional and just start reading.


Monday, January 13, 2020

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 01/03/2020 }

Good morning everyone, hope you've had a good weekend.  Mine was good, although I have a sick husband.  He doesn't get sick very often but when he does, it hits him pretty hard.

I am hoping the sickness stops at him and doesn't spread through the household, so there's lots of hand washing, hand sanitizing and so on.

All the reporting about the flu this year, makes me a bit uncomfortable, so praying it doesn't hit us like it did two years ago.

I wish you all a very good week ahead, let's remember that every day is a blank slate, a fresh start, and go into this week with an open heart and soul. 


♥♥The Weather♥♥
Very chilly the past few days, and we did see a tiny bit of snow.  The mornings are very cold here, but by the afternoon it usually warms up to the 60s and even 70s.  We have quite a warm week ahead, save for one day, and looks like some rain coming our way too, which always makes me happy. 

Monday - Partly cloudy and windy, 65
Tuesday - Mostly Sunny, 68
Wednesday - Mostly cloudy, 67
Thursday - Showers, 49
Friday - Rain, 67
Saturday - Sunny, 54
Sunday - Mostly cloudy, 50


♥♥How I am feeling this morning♥♥
Cold, but otherwise well.  I did hit my left hip on a door knob yesterday and it's hurting something fierce.  I swear at times I can be quite clumsy.


♥♥On my mind♥♥
The week ahead.  Jasmine is not working a lot this week so I intend to make full use of it, get some good homemaking in, finish all the painting in my kitchen, do some DIY's and continue blogging. 


♥♥On the breakfast plate♥♥
I've had a cup of coffee with Vanilla Creamer.  I usually have a cup with my husband, around 5:30 AM, and I'll eat breakfast around 8.  I think today, I'll have another cup of coffee and some cheesy toast. 


♥♥On my reading pile♥♥
A Sister's Courage by Molly Green.




♥♥On my tv♥♥
I have managed to catch up on all my shows, this past week.  Most of them I only had either the last season, or a couple episodes left to finish.

Poldark
Charite
The Spanish Queen
Catherine the Great

This week I'll be watching:
Jamestown - The last season
Witcher
The Last Kingdom


♥♥On the menu this week♥♥

Monday - Pepperoni Penne Carbonara, Homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks, Salad
Tuesday - Corn Bread topped Sausage Pie, Mixed Veggies
Wednesday - Ham and Noodle Bake,Salad
Thursday -  Arroz a Valenciana (Portuguese Paella Rice)
Friday - Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed potatoes, Gravy
Saturday - Feijoada (Portuguese Bean Stew), Rice
Sunday - Sausage Florentine Potpie, Salad


♥♥From the camera♥♥
I'm often asked what kind of style I want my house to be in, is there a theme, what do I like?  I don't have a particular theme, other than I love a simple house with simple decorations, but I guess if I had to pick and give it a name, it would have to be country/primitive/farmhouse/rustic.  All in one.

With that it means that I love simple decorations that remind of the old days, so a dried orange garland and some hand dipped candles, are right up my alley. 




♥♥Looking around the house♥♥
It is early morning, the sun is just starting to rise so it's quite dark in the house.  Through the bedroom windows, I can see the fog rolling in through the fields.  It is absolutely beautiful! 


♥♥Chore I'm not looking forward to today, or this week♥♥
I would have to say finishing the painting in the kitchen.  Much as I like painting, I am quite over it hahaha 


♥♥To relax this week, I will♥♥
Read, crochet, gather ideas for decorating the house. 



♥♥On my prayer list♥♥
Going to leave this one here, because I think it is imperative that we gather together, no matter what affiliation, to pray for our country and our President.
My husband is sick with a bad cold, pray for his quick recovery.


♥♥Devotional/Bible Verse♥♥
I have a new bible and devotional arriving today, and I am sooooooooo excited to show you.  I hope to start sharing the devotionals with you all, from next week. 

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