The best cereal

Last week I shared that I helped Jane turn her dining room into a sitting room. And in case inquiring minds want to know,

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this is how it turned out. She can sit there, drink her coffee, and enjoy her beautiful cottage gardens without even going out in this heat.
Last night I asked her if I could come this morning and take pictures around her place. I told her that I would be there if it wasn’t raining.
When I headed that direction, I wasn’t too sure what the weather had in mind.

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As I drove along the road that followed the bayou,

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it began to sprinkle a little. But I decided that there is no such thing as a day that is not beautiful, so I continued on my way.
After I arrived at Jane’s little piece of heaven, it only sprinkled briefly, so I was able to have myself a fabulous photographic face off with the flora (and what it surrounded).
So, here’s what I saw.

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Then she hollered out the back door and asked if I wanted breakfast. Well, what do you think I said?

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Cereal was the day’s special, and you know what?

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I believe that was just about the best cereal I have ever had.

They have curb appeal

I can’t allow the chickens to roam free. Well, I can…and I have, but they have gotten me in so much trouble. The vegetable gardens, Josh’s lilies and Joel’s flower beds are temptations that they can’t seem to get a grip on. So today, I decided to make them a little lawn.

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I built a frame out of treated 2×4’s and positioned it in their pen. Then, before I left for water ballet, I filled the frame with top soil. I knew better. As soon as I closed the gate,

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those birds began having themselves a fabulous time.
When I got home, I just added an little more dirt,

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then went to the back of the property to dig up some grass.

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When I thought that I had dug up enough, I came back and installed it in the frame.

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and covered the frame with wire. That way, they can eat the grass, but not scratch it up.

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I watered it in good, and as soon as the hose was turned off,

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they knew just what to do.

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Now they have curb appeal.

On the farm too long

This afternoon I decided that I would pay a visit to the Tamp and Grind. I don’t know why, seein’ that I don’t even like coffee. Maybe I was feeling a little culturally deprived…or something. I’ve been there before, and people are in there reading and doing studious stuff. So, I packed up my journal and several pens and headed to the ‘cultural district’ of downtown Alexandria.
As I crossed the tracks on my way out of Woodworth, I said out loud, “What in the world are you doing!” But I kept driving and before long

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I turned right on Fourth Street,

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home to the Tamp and Grind.
I went inside and ordered an Italian cream soda

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and a brownie, neither of which I needed, and sat at a table for two, alone, to write in my journal.

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They were pretty busy.

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People came,

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and people went, and I watched, and listened, and wrote.
Most of the people were not there alone, but were enjoying the company of friends, which seems like the way to go in one of those places.
And then I left……..just like that.
I walked back to my car, which was parked in front of a car

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with a very interesting hood ornament.
As I crossed the tracks in Woodworth, I breathed a sigh of relief. When I got home, I walked straight to the lily garden

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and sat down at a table…

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with some friends.
It wasn’t busy at all. There was this one guy

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who came, and went, and talked on the phone. But other than that, there was only the sound of ducks and birds.
Oh, the Tamp and Grind was nice, and so were the people. But…I guess I’ve just been on the farm too long.

Early to rise

About as soon as God

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turns the light on every morning, and the lilies

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open their eyes, things start getting busy around here. How busy? Ohhh,

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about as busy as a bee in a squash blossom.

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Josh is always eager to check out the day’s blooms, and some of the animals come out

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for their morning meditation…

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or to wait around for something to crawl out of the lilies.
This morning, I had to go into town for

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for goat groceries. I also began collecting supplies

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for a floating ‘duck deck’ that I want to build.
By the time I got all that done, it was time to think about lunch.

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Naaa, maybe tomorrow.

Consider the lilies

After an unusually cool spring, it’s beginning to get a little warm and humid here in Woodworth, Louisiana.

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The ducks are in and out of the water all day, so its entirely possible that they are the only ones around here that know what to do in this heat. That is, unless you’re one of those who sits in the air conditioning all day long. That can be tempting, but you just miss too much.
A friend of ours was watching some wild horses graze in the forest one day, and he said, “God gives us so many beautiful things to look at”. He was right, but you can’t look at it if you stay in the house.
The daylilies are in full bloom, so I would like to share some of the beautiful things on our property that God has given us to look at…just for today.

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“Consider the lilies…even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” (Matthew 6:28,29)

The circus is back in town

This morning I went to Forest Hill to one of the nurseries and bought some lantana

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to put in a tire planter that I made yesterday and hung on the corner of the hen house.
After that, Donna and I

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got our cowgirl hats and headed to the market.

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Debbie and Mrs. Phyllis were there and so were

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Lisa and John Delaney. I found out that Lisa has recently purchased a loom and gone to weaving. I’m going to have to pay her a visit and check out her creations.

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They were handing out free cucumber samples, which the girl said tasted like summer. She was right, and I bought a couple of them. I also got a bag

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of broccolini among other things.
After we got home, I worked in the garden for a bit.

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I hoed around some of the vegetables, and noticed that it won’t be long

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until we are picking some squash.
About that time Jane called for me to come over. She loves gardening,

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and has a beautiful place. Recently I learned that she is also an avid furniture rearranger, thus the reason for her call.

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I had agreed to help her take her dining table apart so she could turn her dining area into a sitting area.

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And that’s just what I did. We had us a fabulous time moving furniture and visiting. Then, not long after that,

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the circus came back to town.

Tomorrow is another day

Things went well last night. Around six this morning the boys came into my room and said, Mammy it’s light outside, so that means we can get up.” I think one of their house rules is that they can’t get up until God turns on the light. Before long they were hungry and wanted pancakes with lots of syrup. As they walked out of the kitchen, I heard one of them say, “And I hope you put colors in them.”

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I did. Somehow the purity of the color gets lost in the cooking process,

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but they seemed to be happy.
Then they wanted to make cardboard figures. They decided that they would make knights. I suggested that they be done like paper dolls and that way they could design different armor and swap them out. It seemed like a good idea, but since these knights were treated as action figures, their outfits kept slipping off.

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We finally just taped the armor on Hudson’s knight. The process kept them busy for most of the morning.

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They designed,

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and colored,

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and taped,

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and colored some more. They had a great fun. There was one time when Hudson was so excited that he took off running through the house making strange noises at the top of his lungs. Denton looked at me and smiled and said that Hudson had issues.
After they had lunch and things were picked up a bit, I drove them to Meme and Pawpaw’s house for the second leg of their adventure. But they’ll be back…after all, tomorrow is another day.