IT’S FINALLY SUMMER

TL 6-20 FINALLY SUMMER

What does summer mean to you?  There are obvious changes – like we can turn the thermostat from heat to cool, all of our comfy comforters come off the recliners and go back into the cedar chest, the sun shines so much later than it did before, and hopefully here in Kansas we are finished with rain every day!

It’s beautiful weather for traveling, so everyone is saving their pennies for vacation.  I enjoy cruising around town in my little cobalt because it has a sunroof – and when that’s open and the windows are down, it’s an amazing feeling to just let the warm wind blow as I drive!

Some people live at the swimming pool or the lake, or maybe the beach.  I’ve still not been to a beach – but it’s definitely on the bucket list – I haven’t scratched it off – and won’t.

Yesterday we went to a fun craft show held in Wilson Park in Ark City, KS.  We didn’t buy anything, but it was such a pretty day, and after the rain it wasn’t too hot, although it was a bit humid.  There are some interesting craft ideas these days.  I really stopped buying craft stuff in the 1980’s when country crafts were popular.GOD ON A HARLEY

Will you ride your Harley this summer?  If you do, wear a helmet – stay safe.

Whatever you have planned for the summer months, above all else, stay cool and hydrated.  It’s important to not get overheated or dehydrated.  There are two common types of heat-related illnesses – heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Heat exhaustion happens after sun exposure or not being properly hydrated while outdoors.  Symptoms include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.  If not treated, it could result in heat stroke which is more serious because body temperatures can reach above 104 degrees resulting in red, hot, dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and unconsciousness.

Please take care of yourself – and be aware of others.  If you see someone experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately and attempt to cool the person off in a shady place while waiting for help to arrive.  Without medical attention, permanent disability or possibly death can occur.

Have a fun (and safe) summer!  🙂

 

LAST DAY OF WINTER

TL 3-19 LAST DAY OF WINTER

I’m so ready, aren’t you???  Lately, I’ve been awakened by birds and sunlight streaming into my room.  Once we get past the initial shock of Daylight Savings Time, that’s when the real magic begins.  We look forward to tee-shirt weather and longer evenings.  Some of us also muddle through allergies, but it’s still worth it.HE'S STILL CREATING

In Kansas we’ve learned to approach the first day of spring with a cautious optimism.  I have memories of April snow storms!  One year I was hosting a birthday tea on April 2nd – and had to call around at the last-minute because there was a winter storm raging outside!  But I don’t feel that doubt this year like I have in years past – maybe because Easter is so early.  I think we’re safe from winter’s sneaky game this year.

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.  – Henry van Dyke

I took my first walk outdoors yesterday.  For starters, I survived – yay!  I wore sweats and thought that would be warm enough, but the breeze was still fairly chilly.  My ears felt a little sore when I got home, but I’m no worse for wear.  There’s something special about knowing the walks will be outside.  I don’t enjoy walking on a treadmill and find it very dull.IT'S A PERFECT DAY TO FEEL GREATOur local Lowe’s is getting all set up for spring and summer in their garden center.  Whether you plant vegetables or flowers, there’s an excitement about playing in the dirt!  Even after we’re adults, we make mud pies – oh, come on – admit it!  You still like to make mud pies!

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  – Mark Twain

Will you fly a kite this month?  It’s been years since I’ve done that!  I used to live across the street from a popular park where people would go to fly kites.  Those are good memories.  I used to take my Sunday School class to the park to fly kites and have a picnic in March.  I made them promise to show up for Sunday School – and most of them kept that promise.GOD HAS POURED OUT HIS LOVEWe plant the seed and God provides everything that little seed needs to grow into something wonderful.  It’s true for plants, flowers and people.  When we plant the seed of God’s Word, He makes it grow!  Just keep on plantin’…  that’s what we’re here for, right?  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Of all the places in the United States, God touches Maine first with sunlight every day.  Some people think it’s so we’ll get up early.  I think it’s because He likes us best.  – Stephen King

It is finally the first day of spring!!!  The bug to get out and garden, mow and even pull weeds has been irresistible for the past few weeks because we went to our local lawn and garden show on March 6th at Century II here in Wichita.

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.   – Hal Borland

We came away from the show with so many ideas and plans to improve our landscaping.  I can hardly wait to dig in and start.  Yes, pun intended – LOL!

Do you have a spring in your step today???

There were exhibits of all kinds this year, but the old favorites always catch our attention.  This year a local nursery was there and we got to go through some books looking for trees to plant.  We’ve had trees planted in our yard two times already.  The first trees died and the second ones were not the kind we wanted.  The last trees we got were supposed to be redbuds, but they are mulberry trees.  Yes – we know because we have mulberries in the spring, and subsequently, purple bird poop.  Lovely.

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.  – Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

Obviously, we are not dealing with that company again.  No, it’s not a life or death thing, but when you pay good money to get trees, you at least want them to be the right kind.  Jus’ sayin’… 

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Hopefully the third time will be the charm and next spring we will get to enjoy pretty pink or white flowers instead of purple mulberries and purple bird poop.  One can only hope.

Another spring.  May we enjoy it with wild abandon!  Breathe deep and capture as much warmth as the sun will give us.

May your spring be light and airy with less cares and more laughter.  May God bless your days with sunshine and the happy songs of the birds in your moments of solitude.  Happy spring!  😀

 

 

 

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK

March 8-13 is NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK!  A few people can say they are self-sufficient when it comes to providing food for their family, but most of us don’t have our own garden, milk cow and wheat field.  Most of us rely on the great American farmers who make their living seeing that we are well fed.

As a kid I listened to the agriculture reports every day with my grandpa.  Of course, they meant something to him.  To me, it was more of a lullaby of sorts.

I don’t know how accurate this statistic is, but for years I’ve heard that one Kansas farmer feeds 128 people and me.  There are signs along the highways of Kansas that say it too.  Judging from the condition of those signs, they have been there a while.  Like I say, I think that stat is probably outdated.

There’s a facebook page if you’d care to check it out!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Kansas-farmer-feeds-128-people-you/121495644603738

Some people don’t think farmers are ever really happy with their crop, and sometimes they can seem a little disappointed if there’s been too much rain or not enough rain.  It’s only that they have sunk so much time and expense into the planting and tending of the crop.  They want the very best harvest they can get – of course!  A good harvest equals more money.  If anyone prays for just the right weather conditions, it is the farmer!

I enjoy the You Tube videos the Peterson Farm makes – they crack me up!  There are a lot of them, but this is my favorite.

Christian farmers are great because they know where their bounty comes from and they know if there’s not a bumper crop, God is going to make a way through the lean times.  He always has and He always will.  It may involve some creative planning on the farm family’s part (and every member of the family has to help) – but farmers know that God gave man a brain to think and intelligence, so it’s a matter of praying and seeking God – then following.

I know when we walk into a grocery store, it’s not automatic to pick up a gallon of milk and say a prayer for the one who provided it – but maybe we should start doing that.  Farmers are just people making a living like everyone else, and they need prayer too.  When you pick up that next loaf of bread, make sure you say a prayer for a Kansas wheat farmer.  Thank you!  🙂

UMBRELLA DAY

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Regardless of the weather in your neck of the woods, today you will need an umbrella because it is UMBRELLA DAY!!!  This handy little invention protects us from the elements year around.  It can keep us dry and help keep the UV rays of the sun from doing damage to delicate skin in the summertime.  I doubt we will be needing an umbrella for that purpose today.  Most of us are still firmly in winter’s grip.

This is for my friends in the eastern United States.

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I love all things retro, maybe because I’m old.  How about a 1950’s umbrella fashion show?

An umbrella is the one accessory that can be a little off the wall.  At one time I had one with music notes all over it and a keyboard around the edges.  Why have a boring old black umbrella?  I think letting your personality shine through is a great idea!

Now, among the heresies that are spoken in this matter is the habit of calling a grey day a “colourless” day. Grey is a colour, and can be a very powerful and pleasing colour…. A grey clouded sky is indeed a canopy between us and the sun; so is a green tree, if it comes to that. But the grey umbrellas differ as much as the green in their style and shape, in their tint and tilt. One day may be grey like steel, and another grey like dove’s plumage. One may seem grey like the deathly frost, and another grey like the smoke of substantial kitchens.  – G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions, “The Glory of Grey”

Then I suppose some people would be happy with a grey umbrella – huh.

There is a facebook page to visit, though it doesn’t look like much has been posted lately.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Umbrella-Day/216304411725112

I think the most memorable character with an umbrella in my mind is Mary Poppins, the all-together Nanny to two adorable children.

Who could forget Gene Kelly singing in the rain?

How about a great country song?

And finally, the little paper umbrellas we dress up our beverages with.

Somebody is getting ready for…  MARDI GRAS!!!  LOL…  too cute!

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Whether you prance around with your umbrella at work, watch an old movie with a signature umbrella, listen to a country song about little umbrellas or make cocktail umbrellas…  remember to share the memory with someone.  It’s all about making memories.  Wink!  😉

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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1-27 PRAYERS FOR MY FRIENDS IN THE EAST

When it seems as though we are brought to a halt, by an act of God or by circumstances in life, may we always remember that God is the architect, the Master of our lives.  He is the one who performs miracles, great and small, every day.  If we lean fully on Him, we will be brought through all situations and shine brightly on the other side.

The East Coast already looks like a snow globe thanks to winter storm Juno, but the worst is yet to come.  Thousands of flight cancellations and everyone is required to stay off the streets except emergency personnel.  It sounds so scary!  I just want you to know that little ol’ Linda in Kansas is praying for you.

 Lord and Master of all seasons,  I pray for everyone affected by winter storm Juno.  Protect them every one from the elements, for Father it sounds so very dangerous.  Protect the animals as well I pray.  May they instinctively find shelter from the brutal cold and strong winds.  May the sick have enough medicine and may the elderly have enough blankets and food.  Bless families everywhere with real moments during this time to have conversations where normally they wouldn’t.  Help them to make the best of this situation and reconnect as a family unit.  May everyone show genuine concern for everyone else during this time, and may we all be better people after the storm passes than we were before it came.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Major impacts from the storm are expected in the Big Apple.  I pray that everyone has shelter and all the animals have shelter.  They are calling this storm historical because it will leave some areas with up to 2 feet of snow in a very short time.  There will be blizzard conditions and winds are expected to gust up to 65 MPH so it is definitely deadly out there.  Please stay indoors. 

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you…. In spring, summer and fall people have sort of an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.  – Ruth Stout

I pray you have enough to sustain you and that you do not experience power outages or any other devastating conditions.  I read stories and saw photographs of empty shelves in grocery stores and very long lines at checkout counters.

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So…  If nobody’s supposed to go out unless they are emergency personnel, how do all these TV people in N.Y. get to work to do their anchor jobs???  Huh…  huh???  Yeah – good question, right???  They had better not shut Fox News down – I mean – it would be like – well – like I have DISH or something!  LOL – I had to say it!

May you have everything you need to ride out the storm, and may God Himself see you through it.  ❤

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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THEY NEED YOUR STRENGTH
I live in Kansas and have never seen the great lakes. To be honest, when I hear “Lake Erie”, an old song by Gordon Lightfoot pops into my head. Remember the song, “The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald”??? Yeah, there’s a line in it that talks about “…Takes in what Lake Erie can give her…” and that’s my experience with the great lakes. I hope that will change one day soon. It’s still on my bucket list.

But Lake Erie is not being very nice today. I’ve read about how Toledo, Ohio is having what they are calling a “water crisis”! Apparently, there was not enough rainfall and the algae has grown and now the water supply is not fit for consumption by man or beast.

We take water for granted, don’t we? I can’t even imagine having to go out and buy my water from the store like I do milk and coffee creamer. Since I don’t own the trucks or equipment necessary to help them in any tangible manner, I did what I knew to do – I prayed. I hope you will join me in praying for these folks. We can’t give them water to drink, but we can pray that the living water stay close by their side through this crisis.

One case of bottled water per family. I have a family of two and I know we go through at least two of those every day! The one sermon we hear preached to us by our diabetic doctors is that we need to hydrate! My prayers go with these people. I’ve never walked in their shoes and I can’t imagine being without water, especially in the summertime.

Dear God,
Please touch these families and bless them I pray. You alone know how to fix this problem and we humbly ask that You would do that for them.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen. ❤

http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/26178506/breaking-urgent-notice

RAIN DAY

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What do you do on a rainy day???  Well, unless you like to go out and walk in the rain, you could stay indoors and play with your dog!

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OK… it’s bad when a dog dances better than me… !!! 😦

In the event that it is actually raining on RAIN DAY, it would be a great time to play inside with your dog!

There are a few things to consider when purchasing a ball or toy for your dog. I’ll bet you thought price was the only thing to think about, didn’t you? I know – me too. Now I know better.

1. The age of your dog matters because a puppy will likely be gnawing and chewing more than an adult dog. Check the package to make sure the ball or toy is right for your puppy or dog.

2. The size of your dog should go with the type of toy or ball you buy. Melissa’s sweet little dog (the one the poem was written about) is so tiny and had a ball that was too big for a while. Melissa said he got frustrated with the ball and left it alone. She said he loves his new, smaller ball.

3. Some dogs have special needs. A hyper dog may need a toy that can handle rougher use than a dog that is more inactive. The nature and personality of your dog should be considered when purchasing a ball or toy. Some breeds like to chew on things more than others, so getting the right toy might save a few pairs of shoes.

4. A puppy should be given a chew toy as early as possible, but keep in mind that they don’t even have teeth until three to six weeks of age. Think of your puppy as a little baby. Your baby needs a softer toy to protect delicate gums and new baby teeth. At this stage a plush toy may be perfect. Make sure, however, that your puppy isn’t pulling the “plush” out of the toy and swallowing it!

5. As dogs lose baby teeth, around four months, have plenty of chew toys on hand for this teething period. This is the time when your dog will really come to rely on the toys for teething relief. Again, much like an infant child.

Depending on the breed, your dog may still be interested in chewing on table legs and shoes even as they enter into adulthood. Most dogs leave the serious chewing behind. We had one dog that chewed because he got bored. He did a number on our TV remote! Getting the right toys – ones that squeak when chewed – could hold the interest of your dog and keep your remote control safe.

Our beagle puppy liked a rubber ducky we got him. He bit down on it and the duck quacked three times in a row. That toy kept him entertained longer than any other toy. As you dog’s teeth get stronger, a more sturdy toy is fine.

I’m so glad Melissa’s dog got the right size ball. He looks very happy, doesn’t he? ❤

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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JULY IN THE KANSAS SKY
Back on the first day of Summer, I saw a post on facebook that said, “The first one to criticize the hot temperatures is going to get smacked after the awful winter we just survived!” I had to laugh because let’s face it… it’s just plain HOT outside! So, yeah – go ahead – SMACK me!

Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while. – Kin Hubbard

That’s not a bad little song to get stuck in your head, is it? For once the phrase GREAT GAIN means something positive! I usually use that phrase to mean I’ve over-indulged on food again. In that case, the GREAT means a large amount, which is not something good – **sigh**.

The apostle Paul had a few words of instruction on the subject of contentment:

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. – Philippians 4:11-12

While I suppose we could certainly apply that instruction to something as basic as weather conditions, it’s probably meant to be applied to more personal matters. He speaks of situations rather than conditions. This is one lesson that I must admit I’m still learning and I may be learning for the rest of my life. I don’t like to want for anything. As I get older, however; it becomes clear to me that much of what I think I want is not what I need. Usually in time I realize that the things that I think are necessities are not things I need.

So today I would challenge all of us to re-examine our list of necessities. How many of those things can be moved to the want list? You may be surprised how many things you really can live without and still be quite content. Oh, and as for the weather… yes, I will be content – and run in to enjoy the wonderful air-conditioned house just as often as I can!   😉

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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THE SEASONS OF THE YEAR
Today is the first day of summer. I have enjoyed seeing vacation photos as well as kids at the pool posted on facebook. I am enjoying the day indoors under the fan in my living room. After I finish the round of antibiotics I’m taking I may venture outdoors a little more. For now, this is my spot to stay cool.

My motto was to keep swinging.  Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was to keep swinging.  – Hank Aaron

A few people have told me they enjoy the hottest days of summer, but most of us dislike the extreme temperatures I think. Just as the coldest days of winter are uncomfortable, so are the hottest days of summer. Whatever you prefer, nature has seen fit to offer a variety. I guess God does not want us to get bored!

If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.
– Bern Williams

Romance is the fault of June, as is baseball and people on diets eating ice cream. I’m just extremely glad we can get outside and do things! I still remember last March when cabin fever nearly drove me over the edge! There are only so many jigsaw puzzles you can put together, ya know!

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. – Gertrude Jekyll

The best weddings happen in June. Ball games and fireflies entertain us on a June evening. It’s the beginning of summer. We all give in to our wanderlust this time of year. We almost feel like celebrating by the time we make it to summer. After all, we survived the harsh winter months and we deserve a prize for that!

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Wow – learning makes me hungry! How about some ice cream??? 😉