Good morning sweet friends. Hope you've all had a great weekend.
I thought the week before last was difficult, but without a doubt, last week was worse for me. I am not doing very well mentally, I think the constant stress of the past year and a half, has finally started affecting me.
I've always considered myself a strong woman, optimistic and positive, always looking at the silver lining. Unfortunately, I feel that all seems to be dwindling, and I'm finding it harder to deal with life in general. To say I'm struggling is an understatement.
I held back tears during church service yesterday morning, but the minute we got in the truck, it all came flooding out. My poor husband didn't know what to do with me.
If you don't see me posting much, just know that I'm trying to take care of myself, and get back on track. Sometimes we need to step back, and put our health and well being first, before we can be there for others. Hope you understand!
My blog used to be my refuge, the place I would come to chat and get away from stress, but the unkind comments the past few months, have also contributed to my mental health decline. It's sad but it's the reality.
So, bear with me, while I try to find my way through the giants facing me at the moment. I will be fine, and I will be back to my happy self in no time.
Have a blessed week friends, and be kind to each other. This world is lacking kindness and compassion.
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Woke up at 4 am to a Tornado watch. Thankfully it's been removed but we do have a severe weather warning for the next few hours.
Monday - Thunderstorms, 85
Tuesday - Partly Cloudy, 93
Wednesday - Sunny, 98
Thursday - Mostly sunny, 99
Friday - Partly cloudy, 103
Saturday - Mostly sunny, 96
Sunday - Partly cloudy, 94
On my reading pile:::
Finished "It is What you Make of It" by Justin McRoberts.
Also reading in Mark in the Bible, and I've picked up Corrie Ten Boom's The Hiding Place, again.
On my TV:::
Been watching a few more Holocaust Documentaries on Netflix, as well as Survivor Testimonies on YouTube.
Although they are difficult to watch and listen to at times, I think it's so important to know what took place. As one of the survivors said, without History we have no Memory, and without Memory we repeat the mistakes again. watch.
On the menu for this week:::
I'm back to posting regularly on the food blog, so if you're looking for some new recipes to try, go on over and take a look.
We managed to stick with the menu the whole week, which hasn't happened in a while, but I've been enjoying my time back in the kitchen, it has helped me stay focused the past week.
Monday - Grilled Garlic and Pepper Jack Sausages, Potato Salad
Tuesday - Carne Guisada com Massa (Portuguese Beef Pasta), Salad
Wednesday - Zucchini Casserole with Bacon
Thursday - Instant Pot 40 Cloves Garlic chicken, Rice, Salad
Friday - *Grocery Shopping*
On my to do list:::
Yard - We have been working really hard on our property. We made a small parking area for visitors. Built a wooden fence, installed lights and put down driveway gravel. It's a lot of back breaking work laying down all those rocks, but Curt and I love it and we tend to use work around the house, as a distraction when life is stressful around us.
Garden - My blueberries and raspberries came in. My roses are doing really well too, and all our fruit trees are growing and thriving.
Home - Just the usual housework
Doctor - I have my OB appointment all set up.
Vet - Need to call this morning to set up Marley's follow up appointment for the end of the week.
What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Still working on the Sweet Blossom Blanket from Sue Rawlinson of Sweet Pea Crochet.
Kids are asleep, but as usual Jasmine will be up soon. Curt is about to leave for work.
Looking around the house:::
It is really dark due to the rain outside.
Marley just came running into the bedroom with the cat close on his tail. These two are like real siblings, annoy each other and then also lay together and share food and treats.
I've opened the curtains and blinds in the house, and the back patio door (screen is closed of course), to let in some fresh air, and of course listen to the rain as it comes down.
From the camera:::As I said above, been cooking a lot and sharing on the blog. This was one of our faves this past week. So good.
Something fun to share:::
I thought you may enjoy visiting Northern Japan. So today I bring you yet another great video from Angela's Simple Life. Hope you enjoy ♥
On my prayer list:::♥♥ Our Marley. The Apoquel has helped him a lot when it comes to his allergies, but unfortunately the swelling has not subsided. Back to the vet it is, until we can pin point the real issue and fix it. Please continue to pray for our boy.
♥♥ My sister in law Hayley is going for her biopsy on Wednesday afternoon. Please pray for her.
♥♥ For my mental health and well being. As I said above, I am really struggling lately.