8.21.2015

Another Laugh

It's the first Friday of the 2015-16 school year! The weather is too hot for me to cook pizza for my crew so we'll have to settle for a joke instead.

Here it is:

Question: What do you call a cow that has recently had a baby?
Answer: Decalfinated!!!


Are you boo-ing us yet? Hey, we're cattle ranchers. What can we say? We have some more good news from Abundance House. The broody hen Rosie has hatched out eight chicks! Yay for Rosie! All eight are fluffy balls of black and/or yellow fuzz. New countrytime adventures are in store for us chicken keepers. As we roll into this first weekend of the school year may you be blessed beyond measure as you witness the loving provision and care of God in your life. He is God. He is good. AND His mercies endure forever.






8.18.2015

How is your summer going?

Good.”  

Did you do anything fun?” 

That’s when it happened.  The mind goes blank.  And I am sure my face reflected that.

Um….” 

Did you go tubing?” 

No.” 

Go on vacation?” 

No.” 

Swim a lot?” 

No.” 

Go to a river? Play in a lake?” 

No. No.” 

A few more questions of possible things I might have done. Same answer from me.

 Nothing fun? Did you just work all summer? ” 


Well, um.. I didn’t not have fun. Just a normal summer I guess. ” 

Do you have any plans? Any thing you are going to do still?” 

No.

None? There is only a few short weeks of summer left!” 

My mind is racing. Surely I can think of something I did that would fit under the category of “fun” to most people. Did I really just only work this summer? I guess I hadn’t thought about it. Or how it would probably seem to others. There it is! A flash into my mind!

We made a giant slip and slide.” 

That sounds really fun.” 

It was.” 

There I thought of something! Relief. I didn’t have to leave that conversation in the awkward “I don’t have an answer” stage.

This was the conversation between my chiropractor and I a couple days ago. Right before my treatment. I may have thought of an answer for the moment, and we moved on to talking about what I had done to put my shoulder out, but my mind didn’t stop thinking. (And if anyone who really knows me very well in real life is reading this you will probably be laughing. Because you know that my mind is always going. And going. And going. It doesn’t stop very well. J And then my friends get strange texts asking random questions. Because well, “I got to thinking and was wondering…..”) How do I answer questions like that? I mean I didn’t not have fun.  It is hard to explain to others though. Honestly, I really don’t think about whether or not I am having “fun” this summer or not! Well, at least not until somebody starts asking questions like those mentioned.  Then as I am thinking it hits me. Fun is really a relative term. Just like the saying,  “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Fun is really in the eye of the beholder as well.  My mind keeps spinning, and the list of “fun” my summer contained just kept growing and growing as the day went on. So what exactly is my fun this summer?

 It’s

  • iced tea
  • sitting on the front porch drinking that iced tea after a long hot day
  • the smell of a hay meadow
  • watching little kids fish
  • the sound of birds, frogs, and bugs all going at once
  • the smell of fresh cut grass
  • watching kittens play 
  • dragon flies and butterflies
  • the first cucumber from the garden. That everyone shares and only gets one slice of.
  • fireworks on the fourth
  • glow sticks
  • a giant slip and slide
  • squeaky tricycle wheels as a little boy races by
  • the beauty of green hills in the setting sun
  • a meadow full of hay bales
  • thunderstorms and watching the lightning
  • dancing and running around in the rain
  • the intoxicating smell of rain
  • growing things
  • rainbows
  • flip flops
  • the roar of the nighttime creatures
  • wild flowers blooming
  • bouquets of alfalfa blossoms brought to you by a little sister
  • bouquets of wild grasses and flowers scattered through out the house in various containers
  • muddy children
  • little boys playing in the sandbox
  • children playing on the swing set
  • clothes hanging on the line
  • the smell of wild roses
  • the look of a freshly mowed lawn
  • little hands full of “treasures” to show you 
  • tans 
  • sun bleached hair
  • watermelon
  • little kid birthday parties
  • hauling out mineral
  • seeing the growing calves
  • random glimpses of fawns
  • finding bird’s nests
  • the first ears of sweet corn 
  • turtles
  • big straw cowboy hats
  • shorts and tank tops
  • little hands filled with creatures for you to take a picture of
  • late nights and early mornings
  • the way the setting sun makes the water drops from the sprinkler shine and sparkle
  • toads and frogs
  • tiki torches
  • the voices of children as they run and shout and play
  • the smell of hamburgers on the grill
  • sandwiches, chips, and baked beans
  • seventeen eggs setting under a broody hen with the excitement of baby chicks in the near future
  • experimenting and trying new bath product recipes
  • new landscaping 
  • growing trees
  • watching hens chase bugs
  • cold showers
  • the sound of ideas, dreams, and plans being discussed in the fading daylight 
  • a cold drink of water out of a windmill on a hot windy day
  • all the sights, sounds and smells that make up summer



My mind fills with all the many, many fun things that are filling my summer. Then the question arises… What does fun even mean? Maybe I am using it wrong. Maybe a different word would be more fitting to describe my ever growing list. So what does fun really mean?

Used as an adjective like we were it means:

- providing entertainment, amusement, or enjoyment

And its synonyms are-

-amusing, delightful, diverting, enjoyable, entertaining, pleasurable

I wasn’t using it incorrectly! Fun really, truly is in the eye of the beholder!

So yes I did have fun this summer! I had lots of fun! Was it what most consider fun? I don’t know.  But to me it’s fun. Fun is all in the little things. The thousand little things that make summer, summer.

Let's Laugh!

A couple of jokes to celebrate the second day of the 2015-2016 school year:


Question: What do you call an alligator wearing a vest?
Answer: An investigator!

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Question: What did the father buffalo say to his son when he left for college?
Answer: Bison (Bye Son)

8.17.2015

Refreshing Rain

Fussy children, sharp words, and tired minds all tangle together in a big ole heap of hot. Then, all of a sudden, in one moment of wakefulness during the early morning hours, it can be heard. The sound of rain trumpeting through the harsh edges soothing the frayed nerves with every delicious ping! ping! ping! Drip after blessed drip chases away the dust revealing forgotten beauty. Hour after blissful hour the rain continues to fall. Random flashes of lightning and distant rumblings of thunder blend with the falling drops of water to create a sleep-inducing symphony of peacefulness. It seems as if the entire world sighs in relief as the rain continues to fall through the night and early morning.

In the morning the news still contains just as many negative stories. Around the world people are still dying and hating, but the rain reminds us that people are also still being born and loving. The morning shower helps wash away the dust of weariness and refreshes the perspective of those who choose to listen and receive it's gift of refreshment. May the rain of the blessed Holy Spirit fall in showers of refreshing across the fields of your life today.

7.30.2015

Simple Summer - Salads of all Kinds

Good Morning! Or is it afternoon? Evening? Whatever time of the day it is I'm glad you stopped in! Here, let me give you a hug. There. That's better. So, what have you been doing this summer? Have you gotten the opportunity to have any simple, homey type days and/or nights? I hope so.

Besides iced tea, salads may be the quintessential summer meal. Salads are a simple no cook summer meal with endless possibilities. If versatility is your thing, then salads are just the ticket. There are so many salad combinations possible that sharing recipes is next to impossible. Not everyone at our house eats salads, but I still have lots of ideas to share. Some of us eat salads so these ideas have passed our taste testers.

When choosing what salad to make, I look at what I already have on hand and go from there. Sometimes it's a pasta night, sometimes rice fits the bill, and other nights it must be crisp fresh greens. Once the filler has been chosen I add meat, veggies, seasonings, and sometimes cheese and dressing. Cooking large batches of pasta and/or grain of choice early in the week makes meal prep even easier.

Thinly sliced steak and cubed roasted chicken seasoned with cajun seasoning are my favorite meat choices. Both work equally well with pasta, grains, or greens. When using a dressing I usually use an italian dressing as it is light and delicious with a large variety of meats. I don't use dressing with the cajun seasoned chicken as the seasonings on the meat are enough for the entire dish. Sometimes I use plain old salt and pepper to season the chicken. Then I can season my salad however the mood strikes.

Possible combinations of veggies, seasonings, and cheeses are endless. Whatever flavor a person desires can be achieved. In the mood for the flavors of Greek cuisine? Use feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, and a favorite greek herb. Perhaps your cravings are more south of the border. Try spicing things up with your favorite peppers, cheese, and/or salsa. A house seasoning of salt, pepper, and garlic powder is my all time favorite go-to choice for most everything I make. Well, except sweets. Another never fail combination is that of steak/chicken, greens/pasta, diced cucumbers, diced bell peppers, and italian dressing. Those who enjoy raw onions would probably enjoy the addition of diced or minced onion. Parmesan cheese also fits in nicely. This salad can be easily prepared in advance by combining everything except the pasta/greens and storing in the refrigerator. Just prior to serving top greens with the meat and veggie mix or mix in with the pasta. Delish! Makes me want to eat some right now!

Let's raise our tea glasses and make a toast to simple, no cook summer suppers!


7.29.2015

Simple Summer - Hide "N Seek in the Dark

Hey There! How's the summer going so far? It's speeding by with lightning speed here! We've had a mixed up blend of hot and cool summer evenings and nights at our house. With such unpredictable temperatures our evening routine has been a bit random as well. Tonight My Beloved and the four older children are in town helping people move so the three youngest and I might have to have some fun by ourselves. If we're not in bed by the time it gets dark, maybe we'll see if we can find and catch lightning bugs.

On nights when it's not too hot or too chilly Hide-n-Go-Seek after dark may very well be the perfect summer time game. If that gets too predictable or boring, try switching it up with a game of after dark Sardines. Don't remember how to play that one? Sardines is Hide-n-Seek in reverse. Instead of one person counting and finding all other players, the person who is "it" hides while all other players count. After counting all players begin searching for the lone hider. As each player finds the one who hid, they each slip in beside him/her. Last player to find the group becomes the one hiding in the next go round.

Hmmm, maybe a game of sardines or hide-n-seek would be just about perfect later on tonight after we've eaten and cleaned up. Better go get the iced tea made for supper. Our cheesy ham and taters is going to need a summer drink just like iced tea. Who am I kidding? Every summer meal needs a drink like iced tea! Better make extra. Our BBQ chicken will definitely need some to go along with it. See you later!

7.25.2015

Christmas in 22 Weeks!!!

Twenty-Two Weeks until Christmas!!! Yes, 22 weeks! Yikes! No wonder so many people begin their Christmas preparations in July! Have a great and blessed week in Jesus! Just dropped in to send this shout out about it only being 22 weeks until Christmas. That's all. Seriously, nothing more.

Love,
Abundantly Blessed @ Abundance House