Archive | July 2014

Thankful For…

Today, I am thankful for…..

 

Wait……

 

It’s coming…..

 

Today, I am thankful for MOSQUITOES!

 

 Calm down, take a deep breath, and read on….      

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It really is a love hate relationship though. They love me and eat me alive, and I hate that they eat me. However, I am thankful for mosquitoes because it reminds me that God sent RAIN. Blessed Measurable Rain!

Hubby & I have prayed and prayed and prayed for rain constantly for a very long time. Little showers have settled the dust periodically for which we were grateful, but one day I asked Hubby, “How many traces of rain does it take to add up to an inch?!” Finally, God decided it was time, and he poured down rain. Not once, nor twice, but several times within 2 weeks. Yes, it stalled wheat harvest and milo planting for a day or so, but I don’t think there were many farmers complaining.

Before the rain, the yard and garden were mosquito free. Now I am constantly swatting at them, which in turn reminds me to thank God for answered prayer. I am also thankful that someone was smart enough to invent bug spray, and someone else figured out how to get it in that snazzy can and come out the nozzle when it is pushed.

Thank you, God for answered prayer, and for little reminders of that answered prayer.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7,8 ESV

 

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Projects

I love being outside. Sunshine and warm temps are like a magnet to me. I’d much rather work, create, play, and relax outside than cook and clean inside. This past month has been busy, busy, busy doing those outdoor things I so enjoy.

Today, I thought I’d share some of the projects I’ve recently completed between gardening and lawn mowing.

One morning, I turned some old wooden hangers into necklace holders.

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My mom requested a wall of planters to transform an eyesore well house into a focal point. Hubby and I teamed together on this project. We used salvaged lumber we had on hand so the hardware was our only expense. Mom purchased the planter boxes and plants.

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Our slatted park bench was not safe to sit on. The boards were sagging and rotting, and the iron ends were paint chipped and rusty. We took it apart, repainted the ends, and replaced the boards with some of the old wood floorboards we had left from a house project. With the boards stained and sealed, I practically have a new sturdy bench.

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The biggest project so far was completed with my daughter-in-love. I picked up this vintage swivel rocker for $10 at an auction. The frame was sound, but it needed the springs retied and a complete reupholstering. Although we are far from professionals, we had fun working on it, and DIL loves the finished chair.

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In our country of abundance and shopping ease, we have become a country of waste. However, junking, taking something old and giving it new or renewed purpose, is the rage right now. This is actually something I’ve enjoyed all my adult life. Recently, I scrounged around for treasures in an old dilapidated house on my dad’s property, and found this old chandelier light. Dad laughed when I picked it up and wondered what I’d do with it.

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My mind was immediately whirling with ideas of turning it into a solar light. With a bit of paint and some solar lights it is perfect hanging from my rose arbor.

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The Grands are coming to visit, so Hubby brought more sand to refill the sand box. To add a splash of color at the sandbox and a bit of musical play, we made a xylophone from some pipe off the scrap pile. I can hardly wait for the boys to get here!

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June is past and July has arrived. Garden harvest, canning and freezing will soon dominate my days, but I can think of a few more projects I’d like to complete.

As I typed this, I’ve been sipping coffee on the patio and enjoying the oriels flitting back and forth, but my cup is empty, and I really must go clean my house!

What projects are you working on?