Monday, July 30, 2018

A July Daybook

Before July ends, I'm going to squeeze in a Daybook for the month.  Thank you to Peggy for hosting! If you would like to link up, you can find all the information here.

For Today. . . Monday, July 30, 2018

Looking out my window. . . the shrub roses in the front yard are thick and hearty, and pushing through the split rail fence. We're having unusually cool weather today, and there's a lovely breeze.

I am thinking . . . of my friend's father who passed away yesterday. He was my religious education teacher when I was in junior high school, and has taught me much in the years since then. Just last week, I sat with him and he showed me how to be gracious and comforting, even in his final days. It reminds me to be aware that I am always teaching younger people lessons, though I may not know it.

I am thankful . . . for the love of books instilled in me by my parents. I just started another of Sandra Dallas's The Last Midwife. It's an older one, I believe, as I don't read them in any particular order.

One of my favorite things . . . Mondays. I don't work, so it's my day to catch up and get ready for the week ahead.

I am creating . . . nothing special right now. Summer is a time to put my craft stuff away, but I'm looking forward to having some time to do projects in the fall.

I am wearing . . . A scowl because the teenager across the street is trying to get his car started and it's ruining my peaceful moment.

I am watching . . .  very little t.v. these days, but Dan and I have caught on to the new series Yellowstone with Kevin Costner.  It's goo-o-o-d!

I am hoping . . . I can keep the appointment with the dermatologist that I just rescheduled for the second time!

I am learning . . . to go with the flow.

In my kitchen . . . I made Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas this weekend, a family favorite.

In my garden . . . the perennials are going to town, especially the hostas, which pleases me to no end. For some reason my roses are just not putting forth much effort this year, and I'm not sure why. I've been messaging with a nice lady at the Denver Rose Society and she suggested having the soil tested by our local university's soil lab. It's a good idea, but first I'm going to try some changes in food and watering, and see what happens.

Shared Quote . . . "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." (Jimmy Dean)

A moment from my day . . . at the ballpark yesterday. Heaven in a dish.

Closing Notes . . . We have a house guest this week. Our granddog George is staying with us while renovations are being done at his house. He is a delight and the only four-legged person Lilly tolerates!

Happy Monday, everyone!


Mary said...

Lovely flowers---as always. About roses: I pray you are not visited by the Japanese beetle phenomenon plaguing the KC area for the past 2 years. I noticed our knockouts not flourishing last year and the nursery I consulted suspected the dry winter we'd had since apparently they rely on winter moisture.

This year they were deader than door nails as are everyone's, even in the Costco parking lot! The beetles have descended full force and are taking out ornamental trees like dogwoods, redbuds, and roses with a ferocity I have never seen an insect have. Argh. I can't tell you how much I enjoy your photos of flowers...this summer even more than usual!

Dianna said...

Your family favorite Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas has also become one of our favorites here. :) Thank you for sharing that recipe because it is one that we do not grow tired of.

I'm sorry to learn of your friend's father passing. I'm so glad you were able to sit with him last week and continue to learn from him, even in his aged condition.

Your hosta bloom is beautiful...and oh my...those bush roses in front just make me want to take a deep breath to inhale their fragrance.

I want to go to the ballpark with you next time and have some heaven in a dish. :)

Have a wonderful week, Karen!

Melinda said...

Sound s like good things going on.
I cannot believe July is pretty much over!
It went sooo fast.

I am sorry to about the passing of your friend's father.
Learning from the older generation is a gift we don't realize we have.

That ice cream looks divine!

Happy August!

M : )

Weekend-Windup said...

Lovey roses!
Sorry to hear about the lose!
I have got inspired many times when i hear many things from my previous generation. They know many things than us.
Yummy ice cream! My favorite flavor:)

Dewena said...

My husband is also watching Yellowstone, I probably should have gotten in on at the first with him but have gotten hooked on Anne with an E.

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of this man who was such a good teacher, of many things. I'm sure he passed along much of that to you and others.

Have fun with George!

Susanne said...

I love Sandra Dallas stories. That is her most recent one I believe. I'll have to look up if she has any newer. My condolances for the loss of your teacher.