Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Monday Morning Motivation Psalm 143.8 The Beginning, The Journey, The Joy

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.
Psalm 143:8

The Beginning (the pain)...
"...Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love..."
It doesn't matter who we are in this life.  If we are rich or poor, black, white or even purple, if we are healthy or ill....regardless of who we are, difficulties and pain of some sort will fall upon all of us.  I remember in the beginning of my pain and confusion brought on by an unwanted separation and pending divorce I was completely lost and in deep despair.  The only thing that gave me a glimmer of hope was God's word and his promises.  Each morning I would search desperately for his love.  

The Journey (the path)...
"...For I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go..."
I remember a song I used to enjoy called Bring it on.  It was a Christian rock song.  I loved the music and would sing along and sometimes dance with the music.  I was always concerned about the lyrics though.  Basically it was saying to God bring me difficulties I can handle it with your help.  As I would sing I would pray "no thank you, I don't want you to "bring on" any pain or discomfort into my life". 
Well guess what, you don't have to ask for it usually comes along anyway.  
In those and all times I find if I put my trust in God he will show me the way to go.  Always in his timing though.  We can't rush it.

The Joy...
"For to you I entrust my life"
There is joy and a certain kind of peace in putting my life in God's hands.
Through his word, his love and his guidance we will find joy. 

Happy Monday Everyone.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Piedmont Farm Tour...Farm #2 Avillion Farm

We left the buffalo farm and headed to the next one on our list, Avillion Farm.  Here is the short description they give on Facebook..
"A small farm in rural northern Orange County, NC, Avillion raises Shetland and Jacob sheep, angora goats (colored, white) and angora rabbits (Germans, German crossbreds, French)."
Our visit in photos with a few sheep facts I found on PBS...

Texas, Wyoming and California are the U.S. states with the highest number of sheep. 

Bits of sheep can also be found in tennis rackets (strings made of sheep guts), candles and soap (tallow rendered from sheep fat) and most cosmetics and skincare products 
(lanolin, an emollient found in sheep’s wool).

 Biggest dog ever and one of the friendliest:-)
 He was taller then me but that is not saying a lot:-)

Sheep and goats may look similar, but they’re different species. Sheep have 54 chromosomes, while goats have 60 chromosomes.

 When I saw this Mom and baby I thought of being protected under the shadow of God's wing
Get out and explore.  I suggest you visit a farm!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Piedmont Farm Tour....Farm 1 Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm....

Time for the 21st annual Piedmont Farm Tour.  I have been on the tour one other time and I was excited to check out a few farms this year.  It was held on Saturday and Sunday so we went out both days.  There were 38 farms on the tour.  We were able to visit 4.....
Caleb, Erica, and Kathiey's farm adventure.  The first farm on our list was a buffalo farm in Roxboro.
 As we arrived we saw the buffalo in the field.  It was at some distance but they were amazing.
The storm clouds were moving in as we drove up the road to check in for our adventure.
 We made it to the gazebo just in time.  It poured.  No worries though.  We enjoyed a buffalo burger while sitting beside a beautiful lake.  Life is good.  (Caleb wanted nothing to do with the burger.  He had chips:-)

Caleb and Erica ventured down the trail to get a bit closer to the buffalo.  After this visit Caleb was able to add the term cow pie to his vocabulary. Although, I guess it was actually buffalo pie.

We had a great day at the buffalo farm.  What a unique and lovely place.
Get out and explore.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Recipe Review Ham and Gruyere Quiche Food Network Mag....

Erica was coming over for dinner.  I had just received a new Food Network Magazine.  What a great combination.  I scanned the recipes and chose to make the Ham and Gruyere Quiche.  It was easy and yummy.  I found the dressing to be a bit lacking in flavor so I added some sugar and then it was just the right combination of tart and sweet:-)

Ham and Gruyere Quiche
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Ham and Gruyere Quiche
Total Time:
40 min
10 min
30 min
Yield:4 servings

6 ounces smoked ham, cut into 1/4-inch cubes (about 1 cup)
1 cup shredded gruyere cheese (about 4 ounces)
1 9 -inch pie crust, thawed if frozen
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups half-and-half
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 5 -ounce package mesclun greens (about 8 cups)
4 white mushrooms, very thinly sliced


Set a baking sheet on the middle oven rack; preheat to 425 degrees F. Scatter the ham and cheese in the pie crust. Whisk the eggs, half-and-half, chives, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a large bowl; pour into the crust. Transfer to the hot baking sheet and bake until the eggs are set and the top is lightly browned, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk the vinegar and mustard in a large bowl. Gradually whisk in the olive oil until smooth. Add the greens and mushrooms; toss well to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Cut the quiche into wedges and serve with the salad.
Happy Eating Everyone!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The View from Here.....The Beauty that Surrounds

There is beauty that surrounds us even in our pain.
A tiny bit of sun and light cascading through the rain.
From where I sit I find it if I take the time to see.
Yes, there is beauty all around and its surrounding me.

Pick a spot, sit down, look around, you will be surprised at what you can find.....
.....From A Bench a Duke Gardens....

Have a great day & God Bless

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Monday Morning Motivation through the Music. Jonny Diaz - Breathe

I break life down into 4 categories. The Pain. The Journey.  The Joy.  The Beauty. 
This was never my thought process until I was devastated by a man that promised to love me and 
then after 37 years of marriage and promises I was blindsided by the truth.  
That truth was a complete and utter betrayal of trust.  I know I am not alone.  
There are countless areas of pain in life.  Disease, violence, divorce, betrayal, loss and the list goes on.   
In the pain, and the journey to get through the pain we can find joy and beauty.

Motivation Through the Music.  Lyrics by Jonny Diaz
The Pain
"I’m feeling like I’m falling behind, it’s a crazy life
Ninety miles an hour going fast as I can
Trying to push a little harder trying to get the upper hand
So much to do in so little time, it’s a crazy life"
Jonny Diaz
(I can relate to this.  It seems, at times, I can't keep up)

The Journey

"Breathe, just breathe
Come and rest at My feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls but all you really need
Is to just breathe"
Jonny Diaz
(I remember in the beginning of my trauma when I felt as thought I would panic 
I would tell myself to just breathe.  
The act of closing your eyes and taking a deep breath and giving the pain to 
God is the help to get you through the moment.)

The Joy
"Is to take it in fill your lungs
The Peace of God that overcomes
Just breathe
Let your weary spirit rest
Lay down what’s good and find what’s best
Just breathe"
Jonny Diaz
(Yes, you can find peace in your faith and you can let your weary spirit rest:-)

The beauty that surrounds us even in the pain....

God Bless!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A Walk Around the Lake in Late Winter

A beautiful cool day.  I decided to take a walk around the lake and see what I could find.

"Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake." 
Wallace Stevens
(I do pray on my walks so maybe Wallace is right:-)

"If you look closely at a tree you'll notice it's knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully." 
Matthew Fox

 "The park bench, a place to stop, embrace God's beauty,  pray in silence, and just breathe. "

I found some interesting birds...

Half way through my walk these beautiful huskies came jogging up the trail.  They made me smile!

A wonderful walk around the lake.  I can't wait to go back
Happy Day Everyone!
Get out and explore,