Friday, July 31

just try

It's not only Friday, but it's also the last day of July!  How did the happen?  Time to take on the challenge of writing for five minutes on one word, posting it without editing, linking it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday, and leaving a word of encouragement behind on the link before yours.  This week's word is TRY. Ready? Set? WRITE!


There is just something about that leap of faith that it takes to try something new.   Something that is outside your comfort zone.  Something that will s-t-r-e-t-c-h every single part of you.  Don't fear it!  TRY it!

My leap of faith of trying something new this summer involved that long skinny  streak that popped up on our horizon as we were driving toward it.

The Manitou Incline Trail.

It is only one mile long, but it is the longest mile I've ever experienced in my entire life!  This trail goes 2,000 feet vertically in that mile with about 2,000 unevenly spaced steps made by railroad ties.  

It was a upward journey with four other family members, three who went up the trail quickly as they knew the "time" they had to beat from when previous family members had done this feat.  My devoted committed trail companion was my sweet daughter-in-law and her dog as she too was taking on the challenge for the very first time despite living close to the trail throughout her life. We determined we were not doing it to compete in "time" like those other crazy family members; we just simply wanted to make it to the top.  


I wanted to die.  

The determination to try something new was physically going to kill me.

And then I began a recording in my mind - one step, step, step, step, Lord. And all those one steps took me to the top!

Not only had I made it to the top, but I had the additional blessing of a bonding experience with my daughter-in-law as she fought right alongside me from the first step to the last step.  We had conquered the trail - or was it trial? - together!

This challenge was such a good reminder to me about the times in life that are also so so sooooo hard emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. You think you absolutely cannot take another step in any direction.  Just keep taking one step at a time and you can completely trust that the Lord will help you do it!


Tammy  ~@~

Thursday, July 30

Daybooking in July

For today, July 30th

Ahhhh, Pikes Peak!

Outside my window....I'm missing this view from our time in Colorado earlier this month.

I am thinking....about how I missed daybooking in June and am about to miss daybooking in July.  But hey, it's never toooo late, right?  The calendar still says July!

family enjoying lake time

I am thankful....for an incredible stretch of perfectly warm summer days to enjoy right now.  Wish we could save them and bring them back in the middle of January!

one of my new flip flops being used for hail size comparison this month

I am wearing....a green tank top and an old grubby pair of shorts as I'm headed out to the garden as soon as I'm done posting my daybook.

I am creating....a list of tasks for the month of August as that is always my "crunch" month of too many things to do with too little time and I really don't want to forget anything.

the acorn squash being invaded by an army of weeds behind it

I am attempt to finally get all the garden weeding done this week. Our vacation time and then family home really threw off that task and it's taking forever to get caught up.   

I am wondering....where exactly the ground wasp's nest is after receiving a nasty sting last week.

one of my recent reads from the library

I finished reading two books this past month...."Dear Mr. Knightley" by Katherine Reay and "The Atonement Child" by Francine Rivers.

I am get back into my daily walking routine. Fortunately there's been more swimming and biking to do lately which helps keep me moving.

I am learning....that if I pick one little spot in the house to work on cleaning each day, gradually it will all get done. After living in this house for over 35 years, there's just a lot of stuff that needs to be gone through and tossed out, especially as kids grow up and move out.

new yellow bean plants

In my garden....the veggies that I replanted came up quickly and are catching up to the rest just as quickly.

In my kitchen....the fan is going a lot more these days and the oven is being used a lot less.

In the homeschool room....our curriculum for the fall is getting ordered.  I'm going to try a new math program for my high schooler.

A quote I'm pondering today....and I don't know who it belongs to but I love it - "The Bible is meant to be BREAD for daily life and not CAKE for special occasions."

yummy goodness

A peek into one of my days....will find me starting the day with a smoothie each morning.

One of my favorite a breeze blowing through the windows at bedtime on a summer night.

From the board room.... 

another great way to use scrap fabric  ~ pot holders


Post script (this is where you will find a link that I found and simply wanted to pass along)....I am passing along a link from my daughter-in-law who made her own laundry detergent.  Everything has been purchased, so we'll be trying it, too!

Thank you for stopping and visiting my daybook on this day. If you'd like to visit others who are participating in the July daybook or write a journal yourself, stop over at Peggy's at The Simple Woman's Daybook


Saturday, July 25

top ten

(This was written yesterday, then life interrupted before posting.....)

It's been a long time since I've done this, so it's time for a quick write on one word for five minutes, no editing, post it, link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday, and leave an encouraging word behind on the fellow writer before you. This week's word is TEN.  Ready?  Set?  WRITE!


I have one primary thing on my mind right now and that is catching up on a garden that has gotten out of control.  Oh, the vegetables are all doing much better now that the weather has warmed up and the rain has fallen, but the weeds?  Ohhhh, good golly, they are going crazy.  At least they are big like the vegetable plants making them easier to pull out right now.  So, here's the top ten things that grow the best in my garden (in no particular order) with the climate and shorter growing season that we have here:











YUM!  I cannot wait to be eating lots of fresh veggies from the garden.  In the meantime, we are enjoying fresh produce that comes in to our local farm market.  

This past week I picked up 20 pounds of fresh blueberries! They were plump, flavorful, and beyond amazing!  I hope you, too, are able to enjoy the fresh foods of the season!


Tammy ~@~

Thursday, July 23

the days of July

A new month!  Wait a minute.  It used to be a SOOOO BUSY over the past few weeks with vacation time, family time, garden time, work time.  These longer daylight summer days keep me GOING!  

Let's look at the verse for July: "A friend loves at all times...." ~ Proverbs 17:17a  

Friends.  There sure are a lot of categories of friends, aren't there?  They range between those who you know at a surface level to those who are deeply part of your heart with lots of them in-between.

This verse instructs us to be the kind of loyal friend who will be there not just during the sunny times, but will stand with you through the storms of life, too. They don't go running when your flaws are revealed, but their devotion remains strong during those critical times of learning and growing.  It requires living the hardest kind of love out there - unconditional love.  

How thankful I am for JESUS who is the perfect example of a friend!  His love is beyond our comprehension abundant as He walks by our side through every step of life.  May His love for us overflow into the lives of our friends!

Tammy ~@~

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