Friday, August 30, 2019

Grace for the Moment.

I was just writing an email to my sweet friend Roxy, at Living from Glory to Glory, when a post started swimming in my head.
I told her I was sitting in front of the glass sliding doors watching the sun bouncing off the water, and reflecting off the bottom of the boat across the canal from us.
I love this time of the day.
So I grabbed my camera, zoomed in on the boat, and took a shot.
It won't be long when the boats will come off the hoists, and moorings for the season.

While sitting, and watching the sun and water, you can hear someone mowing their lawn. The sweet fragrance of freshly cut grass wafts by on the breeze.
This is the time of the year when the hydrangeas are laden with heavy blooms...pulling the branches almost down to the ground.
It's too early to cut them for drying. So it takes patience not to get out the cutters, and clip off the gorgeous bloom too early.

The Monarchs are here in abundance this year!
Fluttering from one Blackeyed Susan to the next.
We have several patches of them growing around our yard.
It's a happy flower that kind of wraps up the Summer gardens.

As I enjoy the gorgeous day, my kitchen is a busy place.
Two blueberry pies cooling, one in the oven, and one more ready to bake.
Pulled pork in the slow cooker, and a variety of cold salads waiting to be potato salad, using all of those boiled potatoes on the counter.
The picnic for the Lion's Den is here this weekend.
Jim has been cleaning up the yard, while I am inside doing the things that need tending to.
This time of the year usually brings sadness....the end of Summer is difficult for me.
Today has been a joyful day. I've felt His presence in everything around me.....Grace for the moment.
Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Summer's End.

Summer is coming to a close here at the lake.
I'm never ready to let go of my favorite season of the year.
I enjoy Spring and Fall, yet Summer is the greatest time of the year for me.
As the weather cools, the roses will come back and bloom until the first frost.
I will gather as many as I can to dry and use in wreaths.

Having gorgeous pieces by Christie Rapesy helps keep visions of Summer alive during those long, harsh months of Winter here in the Mid-West.

Working on miniatures will also keep my focus off from the cold, and blowing snow that seems to last way too long during the Winter season.

I think the living room is finally finished in my first 1/12 scale dollhouse.
I will be working on the bakery this Fall, once it's too cold to work outside.

I haven't started decorating the "real" house yet, but it looks like the dollhouse is transitioning over to Fall.
We're planning a picnic on Sunday with the people from the "mission" where I teach Bible Studies, here at our home.  It will close out a great Summer for us here at the lakehouse, with lots of food, fishing, swimming, tubing, hopefully some music, and a campfire. 
I hope that your holiday weekend will be fun, and safe.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Dragonflies, fireflies, and fairies.

Wow....can you believe it's August?
The season of dragonflies, fireflies, and fairies.... fluttering around the treetops,  lily pads, and flower gardens.

You might not see them, but they are around.
Sprinkling their fairy dust on the them that last bit of summer energy for a sudden burst of bloom and color before fall arrives.

This wee cottage looks so sweet in the evening light, when the teeny lights look like fireflies dancing in the treetop.
The dragonfly is battery operated, so the wings open and close...looking amazingly real.

This tiny cottage is a 1/48 scale, so it is VERY small.

It's fun to add a little whimsy to your d├ęcor.
A blogger friend, Vera is a master at decorating her home with fascinating pieces that catch the eye and warm your heart.
I received these sweet pieces in the mail this morning from another blogging friend, Faye Schilling. She thought they would look nice in the bakery I am making in miniature size(previous post).
I cannot say enough good things about the friends I've made here in the blogging community through the years. Kindred spirits.