I absolutely love cloud formations!
Well, hello! As I sit and write this morning, the first glimpse of sunshine is coming through the trees. It's so pretty as it falls on the green of the leaves - morning sunshine is my favorite for its softness. All the windows are open wide and crisp, cool air is wafting through. This is the first time all week as it has been on the hot and humid side of things again. So this is extra special. I can hear the birds again. As I say this, unfortunately a Blue Jay is at the feeder and screaming away (not a pleasant sound). LOL The squirrels are busy as well (they're always busy).
With all the beauty this morning, in going out yesterday I soon realized (and remembered) that this is not my favorite time of year. It's that in-between time (like the in-between time of spring and summer). Even though there is still a lot of green, quite a bit is dying down and browning. The grass doesn't look as nice, the ferns are turning brown, the flowers are dying off. Everything starts their process of preparing for the fall and winter months ahead. Usually this doesn't bother me but this year it does. If we could go back and push a re-start button on year 2020, I definitely would. It's been a year that wasn't. And for it to be coming to an end, well, it's just sad (especially when we're not out of this virus stuff yet).
Well, I guess if there is a positive note to all of it, it's that we're in it together! When we all begin to talk about our feelings about it all, we can all relate. That doesn't happen too often. So, in this new day, we need to pick ourselves up and carry on with the business of living and doing. Because their is much to do. : )
I must admit that the first part of this week started off with my being sick - thankfully it was a short-lived thing but, nowadays, any sign of being sick makes a person wonder. We are being led to believe that any and all illness is the corona virus. It may be. It may not be. But I do know that my symptoms WERE rather odd, so........who knows?
So, between not feeling well and the weather being hot and humid, I have been indoors this week (that's why this gorgeous weather now is so welcome) and I really didn't get much done other than the basics. One thing that I DID do was to get into my sewing/craft room so that was fun. I found several works-in-progress projects that I pulled out, wrote them on my to-do list, and began working on them again. This is so very typical of me - I love having several things to work on at the same time because I get bored easily with doing the same thing over and over again. So that felt good to do. I just take my i-Pad in, pour a cup of coffee or tea, and find videos to watch (right now I'm REALLY into watching quilting videos) and craft away! : )
I know I have said this over and over again, but I encourage you to find that one thing that you enjoy working on for when you have extra time on your hands. I know that some of you are saying "when do I ever have extra time on my hands?" Then.....if not extra time.....how about those times when you just need to get off by yourself and do something creative just for the fun of it? We're all going to be different in what the definition of fun is. I really do get it when sometimes all we need is to veg out in front of a movie or a TV program, but since that is such a passive thing to do, we shouldn't do that all the time. So having a hobby around is really important. Give it a try!!!
In talking to a friend a while back, she motivated me into getting back to exercising. If there is one thing that I can talk myself out of, it's exercise!!!! After not feeling well at the beginning of the week I was thinking that it was a good time to start again. Taking care of ourselves is good arsenal in keeping us healthy. And, then, after reading a post from another blogger, she presented the idea of breaking up our exercises and that fits right in with how I tend to work. First, I don't like to devote a big chunk of time to exercise. There are SO many other things that I would much rather do. So, what I'm doing is taking 15 minutes in the morning for warm-ups, stretches, and weight-lifting. 15 minutes in the afternoon (pretty much right before I start supper) for a walk (whether that be outdoors when the weather is nice, or I have walking videos that I plug in. And, then, 15 minutes after supper for what I all "the twister." It's this plastic board that I stand on and "twist." It's good for the waist and abs and legs! (Now, I will admit that this last segment of exercise sometimes does not get done depending on how tired I am in the evening - but I'm trying to stick with it). So, in doing these segments of exercise I'm getting the time in even if they ARE spread out! Maybe I can encourage you in this as well. : )
Well......now on to the September to-do's and tea party theme. Seriously, once again, I cannot believe we're talking September. Here we go! (Again, some of these apply to us, some don't)
*Clean out the gutters - if you can afford, or save up for, gutter guards, I highly recommend them!
*Remove any dead limbs of trees.
*Lubricate any doors/windows.
*Plant the fall mums - now is the time to pretty up the outdoor areas of your house - as things are dying down, clean up those areas and buy the fall mums to step in. Step back and look at the front of your house and the entrance. What can you do to pretty it up? I REALLY need to do this!!!! Our front "porch" is looking pretty sad right now. : (
*Aerate the grass.
*Flip your mattress/wash ALL bedding.
*Clean the windows! Let in that gorgeous sunshine.
*Again, begin to think Christmas. I know.......none of us really know what Christmas will even be/look like this year. But it's going to come and it might be different but we can certainly plan and begin making/buying things. We have decided that (God willing) we want to go all out for Christmas this year. We want to really decorate the outside of the house to bring some warmth, love, and beauty to the neighbors and all who pass by. I want to really decorate the inside this year as well. For the past few years, I have been very sparse in decorating but I truly do want to be different this year. I feel like we all need it. I'm even trying to put my thinking cap on and think of ideas for our neighbors (maybe a drive-through Christmas where we can serve hot chocolate and cookies at the curb? Piping Christmas music outdoors so all can hear?) I'm kind of getting excited about it! I hope I can encourage you in this as well!!!! As Christians, let's celebrate this year! Let's NOT look/act like everyone else! Let's NOT get discouraged! : )
If you are doing your tea parties (whether that means social distancing with others or doing this by yourself) here is September for you:
*Whether indoors or out, decorate with pots of mums and bring out all your old books to put around and about.
*Serve an apple cake and little tea cakes along with your favorite tea in a favorite tea cup.
*Play classical music in the background.
VERY simple and elegant. A time to pause, do something different, and enjoy.
Before I go I, once again, want to share more from the book I'm reading about Nehemiah:
*"When the Christian dares to say that the only hope of the world is in the gospel of God's redeeming grace, the whole force of modern civilization and education lines up against him."
*"The world judges everything by size, by headlines, by imposing schemes, by vast advertisements, and it pours contempt upon the feeble little flock of the people of God."
*"God's work depends on everyone with a mind to work who will be on the job seven days a week, night and day."
*"Whenever a work of God is begun, in heart or home, Satan uses the method of scorn. He never bothers about half-hearted Christian people, but once you are desperate for God and become burdened for the salvation of men, then all hell will oppose you."
*"In the Christian life, if we have no heart to pray, we have no mind to work. Have you noticed if you forget to pray, or feel you have no time to pray, how irritable and critical you get? If you have no heart to pray, do not go on working."
*"It is one of Satan's greatest victories when he just laughs you out of a work for God."
Again, this book is good. I'm learning so very much and becoming motivated by it. I hope these little tidbits are encouraging and helpful to you as well. It certainly gives us pause to think!!!! And that's a good thing. : )
Thank you SO much for dropping by. I appreciate you and I hope that you can enjoy this day and upcoming weekend. God bless. : )