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!  🙂

 

INTERNATIONAL CLOTHESLINE WEEK

TL 6-4 thru 11 INTERNATIONAL CLOTHESLINE WEEK

http://www.hangtodry.com/

Get on board!  It’s time to save energy and hang your clothes on a clothesline!  Some housing developments with a “no clothesline” clause in the covenant are making allowances for this week only.  Check with your local HOA to see if yours is one of them.  If you can’t string up an outdoor line, you can still use a fold-up rack  http://www.wayfair.com/Drying-Racks-C434826.html or put a short line up inside your laundry room.

My mom always hung clothing and bedding out on the clothesline to dry.  It just made sense because let’s face it, in Kansas there is wind – and plenty of it!  The worst thing that can happen is you end up with bird poop on something – but it doesn’t happen that often.  It’s really bad if the bird has snacked on mulberries.  They grew wild in the empty lot across the street…  yeah.HANGING SHEETS ON THE LINE

Of course, the winds of June will not be as strong as the winds of March, but they will certainly dry those clothes and sheets.  I have the most fond memories of my mother hanging the wash out to dry.  I’ve read other women’s writings about those precious days with their mothers, but my memory includes something that nobody else’s does…  I remember my mom getting her basket of damp clothing about halfway out to the clothesline – and then she would always SNEEZE!   I teased her to no end about it!

I used to make my mom’s clothes pin holder – the bag that hung on the line.  I made them out of my old denim jeans – that were cut into shorts – well, what do you do with the leg part that’s left over?

There are several benefits to line drying your clothes – obviously one is cost.  The electric dryer costs money to run, and the sun and wind is free.  The sun also whitens whites and will disinfect bedding naturally.  It’s great exercise – you have to load your basket with the damp clothes, carry it to the line and bend and stretch as you pin the clothes to the line.  Then you reverse the process when you take things down.  Add in the folding and putting away, and that’s a day’s work!

Your duds will last longer.  When was the last time you cleaned out a dryer vent?  I notice especially with towels and fleece clothing – it’s pretty full after the dry cycle is finished.  Clothing and especially bedding will smell so much fresher after drying on the line.  Line drying also reduces wrinkles – mama used to “snap” things before hanging them – that was to snap the wrinkles out!  Was mom smart, or what?

There are no dryer sheets needed, but line drying actually eliminates static cling because there’s no electricity to cause static cling to begin with.  The times I helped my mom hang laundry are some of the most peaceful and simple times I remember in my childhood.  We had a good time talking and laughing together in the sunshine – I especially liked to tease her about that sneezing…  yeah.

A serious benefit of using a clothesline instead of a dryer is the risk of fire!  Did you know that clothes dryer fires make up over 15,000 structure fires, 15 deaths and 400 injuries each year?  The annual cost in the U.S. for fire loss due to clothes dryer fires is estimated at a whopping $99 million!

It’s really worth considering a more natural way of drying clothes and bedding, isn’t it?  I hope one day soon, the HOA’s across the country will reconsider the “no clothesline” clause in housing developments.  Sometimes ecology and safety need to come before esthetics.  Jus’ sayin…  🙂

 

WE’VE PACKED OUR DUDS… LET’S GO!!!

WE'VE PACKED OUR DUDS... LET'S GO!

There’s a major snow storm coming our way!  We’ve known about it for a few days and as temperatures reached the mid 60’s last Friday and Saturday, we decided to get out and enjoy it!  We headed south on 1-35 and on to the Kansas Turnpike.  In winter the Kansas prairie is not terribly interesting and there are leafless dead trees lining the highway, but as we got closer to the Oklahoma border, we saw the wind turbines waving at us!

In case you’re wondering, yes – I waved back.  Yeah – I didHello, happy little wind turbines!  Yes, I am FUN on a trip – pray for my poor husband, will ya???  IMG_0003Once we got past the waving turbines, we knew the Oklahoma border was not far away.  We stayed on the turnpike for another hour and a half once in Oklahoma – we got off at exit 194 and drove about 30 miles west on highway 412 to Enid, Oklahoma.  I love brand new adventures, don’t you? 

We found a few really nice antique stores, but sadly, a couple of the stores had gone out of business.  😦

Broadway Mall gets a 5-basket rating from this Longaberger collector!  The baskets were all over the store, so some hunting was required (but that’s part of the fun, right?)  https://www.facebook.com/broadwayantiquesenid/  LIKE them on facebook!

IMG_0004IMG_0005I took this photo from inside the truck – that’s why it looks like there’s a car driving on the roof – it’s just a reflection.  I assure you there was NOT a car driving on the roof!  https://www.facebook.com/Broadway-Exchange-528702237171093/  LIKE Broadway Exchange on facebook.

Not everything was antique, but I like to look at new stuff too, so that’s okay.  I found a couple of small baskets there because most of the antiques are large pieces like beds and dressers.  I liked this place because it’s so well-organized and there was plenty of room to walk around.IMG_0006Just a block from Broadway is Maine St. and look at that sweet ride setting there!  I just had to get a picture of it!  Then we went to the thrift store to look around.  Larry was looking for antiques (because sometimes you find the unexpected in thrift stores) and I was looking at vintage clothing.  Neither of us found a treasure – but that happens sometimes too.IMG_0007Here’s another blast from the past!  We were on our way to eat dinner at Chick-fil-A and were stopped at a traffic light.  I think that’s probably the original paint too – isn’t that neat?  Someone has taken very good care of it!

IMG_0008There are so many reasons to LIKE Chick-fil-A, but they impress me because:

  1. The employees serve their customers as if they are serving their MASTER, Christ Jesus (it’s Biblical – and it makes such a difference!)
  2. I heard children in the booth behind me saying EXCUSE ME (in a nice tone), PLEASE, THANK YOU, and they asked their parents… MAY I GO PLAY?
  3. There are literally DOZENS of condiments as well as straws, napkins, etc.  They are in a clean and tidy area.  I’m not sure how they can have mayonnaise in packets unrefrigerated…  regular and light – but they DO!  It’s a good thing, because I like lite mayo on my chicken sandwich.
  4. This goes in the GO THE EXTRA MILE FILE…  They put fresh carnations in a little vase on every single table – every single day!  I was looking around and thought about how SPECIAL they make their customers feel.  I feel special when I’m at Chick-fil-A.  https://www.facebook.com/chickfilaenid/  LIKE them on facebook!

Friday night we stayed over at a local motel…  I won’t say much about it because we were less than tickled with the experience.  But then Saturday morning rolled around…

IMG_0009There’s a Wally World in Enid – YAY!!!  If you know me, you know that Walmart is how I roll.  We ate breakfast at McDonald’s located on the market side.  I tried their new maple and fruit oatmeal, and it’s pretty good – and surprisingly did not raise my blood sugar too much.  Since it’s maple and fruit, I expected a significant rise, but was pleasantly surprised.  It’s also under 300 calories.  Good to know.IMG_0010You know how some folks go on vacation and they take beautiful photos of the sunrise – it rises over the beach or over a large body of water???  This is my sunrise photo for this trip – the sun is rising over the Walmart.  Isn’t it beautiful?  Who needs palm trees anyway???

As we were traveling down 412 west, we saw the funniest thing – and I didn’t get a photo (sorry, I was too slow) – but there was a little piglet grazing in the median!  I’m not joking – we laughed – and I said, “ONLY IN OKLAHOMA!!!”  I wish I had taken a photo – but it just came up on us so fast!IMG_0016We got back on the turnpike heading for Tonkawa, Oklahoma…  I like this sign – it’s a business that fixes big rigs – but that sign – well – it’s a TRUCK!  It’s been there for years – I think it’s really cool.  I don’t know if you can read it, but it says, WE FIX TRUCKSIMG_0017Welcome to Tonkawa, Oklahoma!  This is a Santa Fé caboose.  I think trains just look naked without the caboose – but I’ve had time to get used to the idea.  LOL – 😉IMG_0021This restaurant caught my attention for two reasons:  (1) The spiral staircase and (2) I was HUNGRY!  We didn’t eat there, but I still think it’s a really neat looking place – I’m keeping it in mind for a future trip.IMG_0022About two years ago we were in Tonkawa antique shopping and had good luck finding things in this store.  Apparently the place changed hands, because it is now more of a thrift store.  I didn’t mind, because I found some vintage clothing and a coffee mug that says SMILE, GOD LOVES YOU that Hallmark made years ago.  I didn’t get one back then, but I have one now.  Works for me!  I can afford $1.00.  I remember looking at those mugs at the Hallmark store years ago – but they were so expensive, no way could I get one.  I love how God works things out if we just let Him have it – big or small.

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We got off the turnpike to go to Blackwell, Oklahoma.  There was a VERY long truck with a wide load driving ahead of us at about 20 MPH.  Once we got to Blackwell, we decided to try to get ahead of the truck by taking some back roads to get downtown.  Sounded like a good plan to me, but the trouble was – we got about halfway to our destination – and an Oklahoma State Trooper came around the corner – lights flashing.  LOL…  it was the big rig!  Instead of getting ahead of it – we MET it.  But – I got this really cool photo of the monster in the intersection.  Isn’t that massive???  With two Trooper cars and a Pilot vehicle, hopefully that thing will get where it’s going.  What is that thing they’re hauling, anyhow???  Does anyone know???

Eventually we got to Ashby’s in Blackwell.  We didn’t find much there – went to the Braum’s for lunch and got back on the turnpike to go home.  LIKE Ashby’s on facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/ashbysantiquemall/

We’re thankful to God for another safe journey!  We’re so glad you got to come along!  🙂

For more information about the places to visit in Enid, OK, go to http://Info@VisitEnid.org  The Enid Welcome Center is at 201 W. Owen K. Garriott Rd., Enid, OK  73701 / 580-233-3643 / Open Mon-Fri 8am-Noon, 1pm-5pm

Antique / Thrift / Consignment Shops in Enid:

BECKY’S CONSIGNMENT SHOP 123 E. Broadway  580-297-5118

BROADWAY ANTIQUES & UNIQUES 129 E. Broadway 580-297-5113

BROADWAY EXCHANGE 211 E. Broadway 580-540-9171

PARK AVENUE THRIFT 507 S. Grand 580-233-7275

JWL RETURN ENGAGEMENT 123 N. Grand 580-234-0624

LOLA’S BOUTIQUE 224 W. Randolph 580-542-0133

COMMUNITY THRIFT & GIFT 130 E. Randolph 580-297-5133

BRAND NAME EXCHANGE 114 N. Independence 580-237-8336

CHER-DEN’S 827 W. Maine 580-237-6881

KARMA’S RETRO SHOPPE & FLEA MARKET 1713 S. Van Buren 580-748-0353

HOPE OUTREACH THRIFT STORE 215 S. Van Buren 580-237-4673

Most of these shops have websites and are on facebook.  🙂

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (29)A

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’… 

YELLOW WARBLER

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!  😀

 

 

 

CURMUDGEONS DAY

TL 1-29 CURMUDGEONS DAY

1-29 MAKE A CURMUDGEON LAUGH

In this day of high prices, high taxes, high debt worldwide and in our own country, it is such a temptation to have a bad attitude.  If one was given to such moods, cynical and sour, today would be the day to show it.  But that would be taking the easy way out.  We don’t do that here on the blog, do we?

Is it possible to celebrate CURMUDGEONS DAY without being grumpy yourself?  Well, of course you can.  I want to challenge you to make a curmudgeon laugh!  It may be the largest challenge you’ve received all month, but I have faith that you can do it.  I see you scratching your head and saying, “Linda, you must be crazy!  You want me to go out and FIND a grouchy curmudgeon and make him / her laugh?”  YES – that’s what I’m asking you to do!

This day is not like Hermit Day when we stay inside all day and do nothing.  There’s a great big world out there and it is, unfortunately, filled with curmudgeons who need to snap out of it!

A self-proclaimed curmudgeon, Charles Murray, wrote a book called “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead” for young people just getting started in the workplace.  I would recommend it to every young person who wants to get ahead in the business world.  Mr. Murray said the book started out as a way to “vent” about the mannerisms of millennials (I understand completely). 

I enjoyed LIKE watching this LIKE presentation he gave and LIKE hope you like it too… LIKE.  I quite literally rolled out of my chair when I heard him describe vocabulary with the overuse of the word LIKE as a LIKE TIC.  LOL!!!

It is not a day to excuse bad behavior and become grumpy yourself – no, but nice try.  If you are a grouch, it is not something to be proud of, but a mood that needs to be overcome.  We won’t be celebrating grumpiness on the blog today, but we will be the ones who go about spreading sunshine and the love of Christ to those who are downcast for whatever reason.

Have you ever crossed paths with a curmudgeon who seemed determined to frown back at you no matter what?  Don’t be discouraged – just keep smiling.  Whether they want to admit it or not, your smile is probably the best thing they could possibly receive.  Don’t give up!

A smile confuses an approaching frown.  – Author Unknown

If you are not typically a negative person, you could play a little trick on your family.  You could purposefully act grouchy around your loved ones – but make sure when you’re finished they know you were just joking!

 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.  – Proverbs 17:22

Wouldn’t today be a great day to sit around the table with your family and make a list of blessings?  Appreciate your life and talk about why you really should not be grouchy and grumpy and difficult to live with.

If you belong to God, you are blessed and have no reason to be anything but happy and appreciative and smiling.  🙂

WELSH RAREBIT DAY

TL 9-3 WELSH RAREBIT DAY

9-3 SUMMER SONSHINE FROM THE STEEPLE

It’s so tempting to miss church and enjoy a Sunday at the lake, isn’t it? After all, we rationalize, God made this wonderful creation and it would be a shame not to be outside enjoying it! Believe me, I do understand the rationale all too well.

How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! – Emily Dickinson, letter to Mrs. J.S. Cooper, 1880

Nature is kind and considerate. It does not say or do anything that may upset us and does not care what we do. There are moments when being in a beautiful place on God’s earth is the perfect balm for what ails us.  Being outdoors should certainly be part of our everyday activities. When I taught the Kindergarten Sunday School class a few years ago, I made it a regular part of our lesson plan to go on “nature walks” where the children would find the most unusual things! When a child brings you a gift, you have to act like it is the greatest thing ever. That was easier at some times than others.

If we can remember to invite nature’s sun into our lives to provide relaxation and rest, and God’s Son into our lives to provide instruction, discipline, as well as peace and rest, we have a good formula for life!

Don’t deny yourself of fellowship with other believers.  Some of the most interesting moments of my life happened in the church.  I got to try Welsh Rarebit at a women’s church breakfast one time.  Today just happens to be WELSH RAREBIT DAY!!!  It’s akin to cheese on toast, but is made with cheese and sauce with Worcestershire and different spices.   It was served as a sort of fondue with a poached egg on top.  The name is believed to be a jest at the expense of the 18th Century poor of Wales.

As we enjoy the last few weeks of Summer, let’s take a good look at our SUN / SON ratio. ❤

MERRY CHRISTMAS

TL MERRY CHRISTMAS

MR. SUN
Every day is full of sunshine in one way or another! – Dave Mock

Parts of our great country are getting slammed with ice, snow and below freezing temperatures. May I remind everyone that Winter does not officially begin until December 21st? I spent the day on facebook reading posts and looking at photos from my friends back East. Then I took a break from facebook for a while. I thought about all the things I read and heard. I wondered what our weather here in Wichita, Kansas was like. Imagine my surprise and delight when I looked out my back window and saw this beautiful sunset!

I had to grab the camera and get a photo of it. Then I looked up and said, “Thank You, God. How great You are and how much I so enjoy Your sun.” Then I wrote a poem – well of course I did! If you are a creative writer, you write! I did what comes as second nature to me. I cried with joy, prayed, and wrote a poem.

Thank You Father, for the sunshine we enjoyed today! Winter here in Kansas has not kicked into high gear yet, and I’m sure we will not be left out. The praises to God will flow from my lips no matter what the weather is like. God already knows me and knows the desires of my heart, but I reminded Him one more time… I really do like it when the sun is shining! On days like this, I look up into the sky and smile and say, “Thanks, God. I KNOW that was YOU!”