No morn - no noon -
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -
Joy is a choice, for sure. We can look on the bleak & dark side and let it suck us in or we can make the choice for JOY! Each and every day is a gift and November is no exception!
Now it's all cleaned up and ready for the winter burning season! Yep, all smooth & easy sailing now....just cut kindling, haul in some firewood, rustle up some paper....more firewood....fill the woodbox....Well, you get the picture!
A very good friend with an exceptionally green thumb gave us veggies from his late Fall garden - great stuff like parsnips & leeks and I added fresh carrots from the Farmer's Market, some spuds, rutabaga, onions & garlic. Beef from our freezer...Oh I DO love those two troublesome steers much better in little frozen packages!
Toss cubes of beef in flour seasoned with garlic, salt & pepper. Brown in shortening of choice in a skillet. Toss into your crockpot. Add a cup or two of water to your skillet to loosen browned bits (cleans the skillet nicely, too!) and pour over beef.
Now chop up veggies of choice! I routinely use potatoes, carrots, rutabaga, onion, garlic and this time I threw in some parsnips and leek because I had them. Cabbage is nice, too.
Slap the lid on that puppy, turn it on low and go to work for the day. If you're impatient, you can turn it on high and eat earlier.
Throw another log on the fire and we're good.
The hills are beautiful year 'round, but I love them best when it snows.
I'm so thankful for this farm I live on and the family that God has given me. I am blessed.
Get your Christmas gift shopping done early and beat the crowds! Plan a party! Dig out the puzzles (I'll take the big easy pieces one......) Where are those games? Start on the holiday goodies and EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS! Listen to Christmas music, write a holiday letter, CALL YOUR MOM.....OFTEN! Take a 'hostess' gift to any gathering you attend! Leave little gifts for the postman, favorite bank tellers, your dentist! (Ok, maybe NOT the dentist.)
Crows were requested, so I've made a trio of them so far. This pesky fellow is getting the most attention.
It's very satisfying to start with a couple bolts of fabric, a little paint, some wire and other misc. stuff and create SOMETHING! I expect that God was quite pleased when he started with nothing and put together Adam & Eve!
I used to draw when I was younger. This is an original 'selfie'! Last time I was in town I bought a sketch pad & drawing pencils and I'm going to see if I can still do a bit of drawing. In my spare time........
Other days I've struggled to focus on the JOYS of life. Grief is a hard path to trod.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18King James Version (KJV)13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
And then I am comforted.
My coffee is cold now so I shall get up, refill and begin another day (it's now about 7am). I've got Christmas gifts to work on and time is going fast! Be comforted! Be blessed! Call your mom.