Saturday, August 15, 2015

Summer Chat

Hello, friends! I hope you all are doing well. It's hard to believe summer is winding down!

We've had a good summer - it's just went by too quickly! The weather here hasn't been bad at all! The last two nights have been cool enough for us to open the windows...I love it! I'm sure I've said it before, but I don't do well with heat and humidity.

Our neighbors who have the chickens brought over six eggs for us a few days ago. They're all gone now, but they were yummy. :-) When our neighbors first got their chickens they asked if we minded if the chickens went in our yard. Our houses are very close together...we have less than a half acre of land and our neighbors have just a little more than that. We told them it was fine and they said they would share the eggs with us. The chickens have been enjoying our front yard now too. It's so funny watching them run. :-)

Our blackberry bush put out a lot of berries this year! I gave a quart bag full to our neighbors (who have the chickens) and I also froze some. They'll be good this winter! :-)

Katie went to Guatemala again this summer on a missions trip. They ministered in some schools and visited a girls' home for young pregnant girls who had been rescued from s*x trafficking. Oh my, there is so much that goes on in this world that grieves my heart. I can only imagine how God must feel.

A couple days before they left, Katie was playing a game with the group. While she was running she tripped over a tree root and smashed her knee against a concrete wall. This is a picture of her poor leg. :-(  I'm so thankful she didn't break anything!  You know how bruises are, they get worse before they get better. Now it's starting to turn green and yellow. This was Katie's third foreign missions trip. I'm thankful for her heart that wants to serve the Lord and I'm thankful she has these opportunities, but I'm so glad when she's back home.♥

On their flight home, one of the girls started to complain of pain in her back and side. Come to find out, she had a kidney stone and UTI, so one of the ladies stayed with her in Houston while the rest of the group flew on home. The two of them flew back the next day. I'm glad it didn't happen while they were out of the country!

Katie brought back this clock for us. She said there are little shops there where people make things to sell.

Well, you know the lilac bush I showed you in my last is dying! Yes, I am very sad about it. The leaves all turned brown on one part of the bush and the branch just broke the rest of the bush is starting to wilt. After doing some research on the internet, I found that lilacs don't like low-lying areas. They don't like their roots to stay wet, so I doubt I will be getting another one as long as we live here. We're only a few feet above sea level.  My husband put in a clothesline when we moved here, and he hit water while digging the holes for the posts. He didn't have to put any water in the holes to mix up the cement. *sigh* I really love lilacs, but I'll just have to enjoy the other plants I have. My rose of sharon bushes do very well in this area.

We were able to visit with our families for a week this summer, and had a nice relaxing time. We went shopping a little one day, but most of the time we just sat and talked. We got out the picture albums and looked through those and just enjoyed being together.

One evening while we were there, I went out to the back yard to pick some blackberries. After about 15 minutes I heard the neighbor's dogs barking like crazy! I looked up and saw something black and furry running through the woods! I went right into the house and looked out the windows in the direction it had run, but I didn't see anything. I'm pretty sure it was a bear. I talked to Mom a few days ago and she said the neighbors down the road had counted seven different bears. It's a bit unnerving to say the least. Then she said while Dad was sitting on their back deck, he saw a big bear going through the woods. I've been praying they'll all be safe. I sure don't want them to meet up with any unexpectedly.

 At a park about a half hour from where my parents live, there was a lady attacked by a black bear the weekend before our visit. She had to have 14 stitches in her back and 14 in her leg. The bear slipped on some wet leaves and she managed to escape, but then it started chasing her again. Her son told her to 'act big' and make a lot of noise, so by hollering and raising her hands, she intimidated the bear enough so that it left her alone. Wow! She said she didn't think she was going to survive it.

Mom and Dad sent us home with all these lovely jars of beans, pears, lime pickles, tomatoes, and strawberry rhubarb jam.♥ We also took a walk in the garden on the morning we left and picked some tomatoes, squash, and a cucumber to take home with us.

Well, I'd better close for now. I hope you all have had a great summer!  Fall will be here soon.♥  Thanks for stopping by! :-)

Take care,


  1. Dear Sweet Melanie ... I so enjoyed hearing about your summer. I so hope that Katie will be healing very soon. It sounds like you have enjoyed many sweet pleasures this summer. Simple blessings for your weekend. Hugs ♥ Teri

    1. So nice to hear from you, Teri!
      We've had a good summer, just kind of laid back and peaceful. :-)
      Katie is doing better. She said it's feeling thankful it wasn't worse!
      I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! I'll be by to visit soon. *hugs*♥

  2. Six eggs? Jack eats that in one meal! We need about 25 hens to sustain him. Poor Katie! Glad she is okay though. Enjoy what's left of summer!

    1. Hahahaha, Cheri....this is the first year our neighbors have had chickens. I think they only have seven. The neighbors' dog behind us killed one of them! Hopefully they'll give us some more as time goes by. :-)
      Yes, I'm glad Katie is OK too! She has always been the adventurous type. I told Lee the other day that I'm surprised she hasn't broken a bone yet!
      Take care! :-)

  3. glad you enjoyed your summer.

  4. We Love love love our fresh eggs, we get 8 a day :-)

    1. That's great! :-) Hope you have a great week. BTW, I've started watching Christina's videos on youtube. I really like her. :-)

  5. Oh, it is always so good to see one of your blog posts in our inbox!! My, I am SO sorry poor Katie went through such a fall. That looks so painful! And those bears! My, I trust all will be safe from harm. I am so thankful to know that all is well in your world. You are on my regular prayer list, and I often lift you and your family to the Lord in prayer. God bless you, my sweet friend. :)

    1. Oh, it's so nice to hear from you, Cheryl! I hope you're doing OK. I'll be by to visit you soon. We're gearing up for the new school year, lots of little things to do.
      I'm so thankful Katie's injury wasn't worse. Her bruise looks worse now, but she's doing OK.
      Yes, I've been praying all the people in Mom and Dad's neighborhood will be safe! I've been hearing more and more stories of black bears attacking people!
      Oh, I so appreciate your prayers and your friendship!♥ We are dealing with some things right now that we need Godly wisdom and direction for. You're in my thoughts and prayers as well. Love you, sweet friend. Thanks for stopping by. :-)

  6. I wish that was my tree, that came off google LOL.
    Can you believe how our two have grown, I still do not think I am ready LOL..

    1. haha...well, it's a pretty tree anyway.♥ Yes, our two have really grown. No, I don't think I'm ready for all of it either. LOL. :-)

  7. I loved reading about your visit to your Mom and Dad's house. You had a good summer! I am glad Katie had another safe missions trip. Her poor leg looks horrible! So glad she didn't break any bones. I hope you are enjoying fall and not getting too much rain.

    Have a great Thursday!

    1. Hi, Vicki,
      So nice to have you stop by. :-)
      We had a really nice visit with family. It's hard to believe how quickly summer seemed to go by!
      Katie is doing a lot better, though she still has some numbness around her kneecap and it's a little swollen. We may end up taking her to the doctor for that to see if there's something wrong.
      I hope you and your family are all doing well. I am so glad Fall is here.♥ Take care.

  8. Strawberry Rhubarb Jam is something I have never heard of. Fresh veggie were a treat I'm sure. You know the bears are scary to me. I Would not want to go out side at all....I don't know that I would want to live there lol I'm a scared cat. Hope you daughters knee has healed without any father trouble. Take Care

    1. Oh, Trish, the jam is favorite for sure!
      Katie's leg is doing better...her knee is a little swollen and tender, but it could have been much worse! We're giving it some time, but we may have to end up taking her to the dr. Hope you're doing OK! :-)

  9. I'm sorry to hear that your lilac bush died. I didn't know they disliked low areas where it didn't drain. I saw them growing in at least one area like that in Michigan. Maybe it was more well-drained than I thought. Blueberries ought to be very happy there, though. :-) They like it damp as far as I know.

    It sounds like you had a good summer. It is really a blessing Katie didn't break her leg! That would have made her trip home so difficult.

    Where do your parents live that there are so many bears?? We had them in the mountains in Arizona, and there were a few in Tennessee. Here we've heard reports of cougars in the area.

    1. Hi, Mary. :-)
      Yes, I was so sad when my lilac bush died. It's one of my favorite flowers. Maybe someday I'll move to a place where I can get another one. Our blueberry bush does very well here. :-)
      Katie's leg is doing better. She still has some tenderness around her knee...we may have to take her to the doctor if that doesn't go away. I know sometimes those injuries can take a while to heal.
      My parents live in the mountains of Virginia. They still live in the same house I grew up in, and my friends and I used to run all over those woods and never once met up with a bear! I'm not sure why the bears have come in to the neighborhood like that, but it is somewhat unsettling! Yikes, I wouldn't want cougars either!
      Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a great week! :-)


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