So a while back I decided to not pay the $100 a year to keep my Cascadecountry blog as big as it was. I deleted old post and pictures and thought it would be no problem. BUT!! Once that went through it was as if I no longer had control over the blog. I could NOT figure out how to access my desktop! Praise the Lord! Today I was finally able to figure it out! I am one grateful girlie!!
More to come but just for now here is a picture I took of our resident eagle sitting in his favorite tree across the river! One grateful girl checking out!!!
Here are some pics from our hike to Blue Lake a couple of weekends ago:
Sammy Hiding in the Shade of Big Rock
Majestic Pine trees
Indian Paintbrush with Penstemon
Indian Paint Brush with White Flowers
Shooting Stars Galore
This weekend marks the 5th birthday of our grand baby, Judah, who passed away 7 days later. God is faithful to heal and though tears still flow when remembering his short life here on earth, it is such a comfort to know that we will one day get to hold him and hug him and tell him how much we love him. Our prayers are with Sarah especially during this time.
It has been SO SO SMOKEY here! There are small fires all around us but the big fire is in eastern Oregon! It is hard to even want to be outside. Yesterday I stayed in ALL day (and that’s tough to say when it is glorious summertime!). I did get the financial books done for Harvest Frontiers, which is a VERY good thing!
We went to church in Horseshoe Bend this morning and enjoyed the service there!
Not much more to post other than to say I am learning that being grateful also means not finding fault or being judgmental. I have lived for a long time in the land of Criticism where I made myself the Supreme Court Justice. I have fired myself and will not get severance pay! I don’t think I will miss the payments of bitterness and guilt that I received for my service to the court!!!
I am going to go bake something with rhubarb . . . and lots of sugar . . . got to sweeten myself up somehow!!!
Peace – Out!
What have we been up to??? Well fourth of July came and went:
A Grass Fire Works
Just Dandy! A mini fireworks
A Clematis getting ready to bloom!
Cascade 4th of July parade! Sent to me by Kelly – photo bombed big time!
Next I had a much looked forward to girlie campout – Forty Going North
Montage of Campers by Kelly, my camper mate!!
Stare Down at Breakfast
We had a murder mystery: Trailer Park Murder. I made trailer trash sushi (just a pickle wrapped in ham spread with cream cheese and sliced!)
Me, Susie Ann!
My daughters, Missy Ann (left), Sally Ann (right)
Some of us had to play boy parts! It was a hoot!!!
We each brought old junk from home, laid it out on tables, drew numbers and then went down the line getting to choose one item at a time. Always a hit!
Yard Sale Line Up
Waiting for their number to come up!
Vintage Western Night
Dancing in the Party Barn
And finally, last night, we went to a Shakespeare Play, Hunchback of Notre Dame. It was phenomenal!!!
At Shakespeare Play (shared by Marty)
We also hiked to Blue Lake on Friday but I will post those pictures later! Here are just some random pics!
Sarah and Talayla in Wales! He is the “new man” and probably “the One”!
A crazy Loop-de-doop grass head.
Current Leaves Turning
I hope your month of July has been full of fun like mine!!!
“Accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be.” Unknown
Dainty purple daisy
Purple shooting stars
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart” (Winnie the Pooh)
Close up of penstemon
“We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.” Earnest Hemingway
Unknown purples flowers
Short purple lupine
Tall purple lupine
“I’ll never fit in. That’s one of my best qualities…” Terri Willingham
“Know this: You can start over, each morning.” Unknown
“Chin up Buttercup! You have people that love you no matter what!” Unknown
Dark purple iris
“Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are.” Unknown
Poppy! Orange you shocked?
“The smarter you get the less you speak.” Unknown
Proof of frost in late June
Frost on the car this morning 6/28/17.
Inside unknown flower
Unknown flower type
“Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded.” Unknown
Pink bleeding hearts
Dark pink iris
“When you arise in the morning think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breath, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius
Queen Anne’s lace
“Your Soul doesn’t care what you do for a living and when your life is over neither will you. Your Soul cares only about what you are Being while you are doing whatever you are doing.” Unknown
“Insert pictures of your flowers without any weeds to be seen and all will think you are a great gardener!” Kim Meyer
Love to all!!!
This morning I walked around my yard and tried to capture the tiny moments of joy that came as I saw the beginning of my flowers starting to poke out! It has been a long cold winter and spring so everything is behind a little! I know they will still make quite a showing before summer is over!
I can’t remember the name of these darling little pink flowers but I love them!
Old Fashioned Lilacs
Choke Cherry Blossoms
Lily of the Valley
Johnny Jump Ups
New Growth on Little Pine Tree
I read this sentence out of the Victoria Magazine, April/May issue, page 15: “To have humility,” observed Dag Hammarskjold, “is to experience reality, not in relation to ourselves but in its sacred independence.”
I thought long and hard about that. In other words: “The world doesn’t revolve around me!” And “I am not responsible for everyone’s happiness.” Or maybe the world is bigger and better than I can imagine. I also thought that it is too bad that often when I am talking to someone I am too busy thinking about what I want to say to listen to what they are saying.
Here’s to trying to get perspective on life. Wanting to be humble and at peace. Hoping that for you as well!!!