Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Another Simple Daybook!

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               Today is Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Today's Weather Is....warm and sunny

The Clock Says....7 pm

Outside My Window....birds eating bread crumbs under my elm trees, squirrels scurrying through the yard and a lone white dog going through his normal routine of checking the perimeter.  


I Can Hear.... my oldest playing in her room and the sounds of 'Andy Griffith' from the living room.

I Am Thinking....
about moving to an artists community. 

I Am Thankful....
for my family

Am Wearing....
Red thermal henley nightgown

I Am Creating....
designs for cross stitch projects

I Am Going....
nowhere, thankfully
I Am Reading....
  'Make Gardens Not Lawns

Last Book I Finished....




I Am Enjoying....watching Hollywood Game Night with my husband and youngest daughter.

I Am Discovering....
that I need my creative side. To be inspired and to create is more of a necessity to me than any part of my being. Without it, I have noticed, I become depressed and more negative about the world around me.



I Am Learning....
to be more self sufficient

Around The House....


The youngest is watching an anime film on her computer, the oldest is quilting, the husband is watching one of his westerns (for the umpteenth time-don't they ever get bored with them?) and I will go back to my sketching to create cross stitch designs. 

In The Kitchen....

Cats are lying on the table (that I normally use as a work bench rather than a place to eat), youngest has finished making 'mini' salads for dinner and I have a pot of brown rice cooking. 

I Am Pondering....
  how to make a weaving loom




  
Weekly Realization....

That I miss what I consider 'home', in SE Texas, and want to return desperately.

A Favorite Quote For The Day....


Looking Forward To....




Monday, November 30, 2015


Seeking Nature







Lately I've been drawn back to nature. I know, rotten time for it; it's cold (30 degrees here in North Texas) and wet (has rained constantly for four days straight) and just plain nasty.  Well if you are going to be drawn to something, you might as well have it at its worse first. You'll appreciated the better part of it much more. You know....glass is always half full, never have empty. :)

Actually I've always loved being outdoors. My family believed in being 'one with nature'. We had a cabin in the mountains where we would live months on end without electricity and just an outhouse. He was in the oil field business and would spent months away from home in other countries setting up ways that foriegn countries (other than the Middle East) could drill for petroleum such as Russia, Germany and France. One year he came home and announced that he would be taking a job in Scotland and we would all be going. We thought this was great because we were never allowed to go on 'job' trips because of the danger.



This would be different. We were stationed in the most remote part of Scotland...the Highlands. We could only get there by boat. This place would make most survivalist shows on television look like the Taj Mahal.  Water was natural and a good half a mile away, no electricity, an outhouse, and no communication such as telephone.  And we loved it!






We read together at night from the books of the great naturalists and played board games. We learned how to start fires with two sticks, we hunted and learned how to field our catch and how to build what we needed from the materials around us. I became a pro at shooting a bow and arrow and a sling shot to catch small prey and how to whittle. For years, my mother kept my handmade forks and spoons. LOL.




But then all good things must end. We had to move into the suburbs and I watched the spirit of my father die. He had to drive two and a half hours one way for work in Houston. By the time he came home he was exhausted. In time, his spirit was broken.




As I aged, I married a man that knew nothing about living with nature or how to live in it. His idea of roughing it was a Holiday Inn with a black and white television.


But I still yearned to go back to nature. I would drive out where the forests and the wildness was and just sit among be-felled trees and listen to the wildlife call.



I suppose when age comes upon us, we yearn for the days of our youth. I think the calling back to the mountains and the woods is getting stronger in me for I have looking for places to homestead, even at my age. Most don't think of planting this time of year while I am planning out mine and taking courses in solar installations. I'm ordering mushroom plugs for the warmer months and bringing out old copies of 'Mother Earth News'.
Everyone is a seeker. Some think they must fill the void with things like games, hobbies or even the internet. They are just superficial and never what the seeker is truly looking for. One must seek 'within' to feel the emptiness that they are experiencing. The truth I seek comes from a forest, a mountain and the true happiness that only G-d can give. That is not a church or a preacher but the G-d that is in all of us. And not even the angels can grant you what only your heart knows is the truth.

Friday, November 27, 2015


Getting Ready for Winter

Well we finally finished off our summer garden. I still have small tomatoes on the vines but the vines were dying due to the weather, which has become much cooler during the night. I had already started the winter garden and mulched what was left so this is what we had.

Well quite a bit more than this
And last night, we had this



To this :)
For those who are not familar with this Southern delicacy, this is Fried Green Tomatoes. 
Usually the fruit is a bit larger than this but when you struggle keeping the family from going hungry at night, you do what you can and my solution was my garden. 
It was a sparse year for my growing since, at the beginning of the season, we were beseiged with horrible flooding that had me digging trenches (during the rain) to try to save our garden. I was pleased to have what I got since neighbors surrendered their gardens to the torrential downpours. 
I have already begun planting and planning the winter garden with beets, carrots, winter squash and a variety of herbs. I grew tired of the 75% price hike in grocery store veggies (due to them ordering too much and letting them rot) a long time ago. We do our dead level best to grow or barter with others for our fresh fruit and vegetables. 
Yesterday, usually known as Thanksgiving, was quiet as usual. We don't celebrate it like our neighbors do. We are part Sioux and do not condone this method of honoring a murderer, thief and pretty much an all around bad guy. But enough said. 
I do hope that those who practice this day had a wonderful time filling up and watching

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