Tuesday morning as I headed to school from our house in the country, I saw the most beautiful fog I think I’ve ever seen. I had my little camera with me, but the photos I got really don’t do it justice. As my husband said, “The hills looked like islands, floating on a sea of fog.” Driving ten miles in to the school where I teach isn’t any fun in fog, but it really wasn’t too bad. How and why did I get to be so lucky to see such beautiful sights every day?!
If you live in the country, your mind should be turning toward gardening and planting because spring will soon be upon us. My cousin has already tilled the soil in preparation for his spring vegetable garden. We will garden in a small way, but we are still eating yellow and zucchini squash out of our freezer that I put up last summer, as well as okra. All vegetables taste so much better fresh from the garden!
Daughter Stephanie gave me an herb garden for Christmas, but I haven’t gotten it planted yet. This will be my very first herb garden, so I’ll keep you informed as to all I learn about herb gardening.
Then, we also have to get some flower and shrub gardens going. This past week we got some flower beds trimmed out with large pieces of stone. Some of the stones weighed about 100 pounds each. Good thing we had some strong men to lift those rocks! Now, to get dirt in the beds and plants in the dirt. So, so ready for spring!
We will also head over to Womack’s nursery, near Comanche, Texas, and purchase some more fruit trees with Grant’s Christmas gift certificate. We are thinking of trying some apple trees. Has anyone ever grown apples here in Central Texas? Last winter we planted pecan, plum, pear, peach, and apricot trees, as well as antique blackberry vines and spineless blackberry vines. I’m getting hungry just thinking about all the fruit we’ll have one day! Maybe the grand-kids will be old enough to pick by the time the trees make fruit!
Rise and shine/ And give God the glory, glory/Rise and shine/ And give God the glory, glory/Rise and Shine/And/Give God the glory, glory/Children of the Lord. Did you ever sing this little song as a child or did you ever hear someone else singing it? I used to sing this to wake my children in the mornings. I doubt they remember it, or if they do, they probably would say how it drove them crazy, but I love this little song. According to the Internet, the writer of the song is unknown, and evidently, it has various titles such as “Children of the Lord” and “The Arky Arky Song”.
Here in Central Texas, we have some mighty impressive sunrises, but they barely last long enough for you to grab your camera!
It rained and poured/For forty daysie, daysies/It rained and poured?For forty daysie, daysies/Nearly drove those animals crazy, crazies/Children of the Lord.
Have a blessed and glorious Sunday!
Currently the object holding water in the photo is serving as a water trough for wild animals such as deer and turkeys and for many birds. A water trough has not always been this metal object’s purpose. When Grant and I were living in the 7.5 feet by 15 feet, one room “cabin” with no running water and electricity, this was my bathtub in the winter. Grant chose to bathe in a children’s plastic swimming pool outside. During the summer, when the sun was strong enough to heat up the water and the air was warm, this was fine with me, but during the winter, I lost my courage and stamina! That is when I had an idea as I waited on Grant one day at a hardware store. I saw this nifty tub and thought to myself, using my creative drama teacher mind-set of course, there must be a million uses for these kinds of tubs. We bought the tub and brought it “home”. Of course it had to stay outside except for when I was bathing because there was no room for it inside the cabin except in the small, very small empty space. When it grew dark, Grant would bring the tub inside, and I would heat two metal coffee pots of water on the Coleman camp stove. We would haul in additional water. One would be amazed at how very little water it actually takes to bathe and get perfectly clean when you have to haul the water and bring it inside from the outside and heat it on a Coleman camp stove!
Wow! What an amazing beginning to a Friday in the Texas Hill Country. As I got in my car and headed east off the “mountain”, this photo is what I saw this morning. I had to stop and take a photo and give thanks to God for such an opportunity. We can see the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets from our home. I can barely drag myself away to go to work at the school. It was a great day with Cheyenne Tharp winning first place in the essay contest and a trip to Washington D.C.!