Monthly Archives: June 2021

Word of the Week – Week # 24

Hello and Welcome!

Our word this week is humility.

Merriam Webster defines humility as:

 freedom from pride or arrogance the quality or state of being humble

Like, integrity, humility is a characteristic that I have great respect and admiration for: the person who, when praised, gives credit to those who have supported their efforts: the one who has the strength to say “I was wrong. I am sorry.”: and the individual who truly finds it an honor to serve those in need.

What Other’s Have To Say

A great man is always willing to be little. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

There’s no need to show off when you know who you are. ~ Maxime Lagacé

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. ~Thomas Merton 

To lead the people, walk behind them. ~ Lao Tzu

Humility will open more doors than arrogance ever will. ~ Zig Ziglar

Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues. ~ Confucius

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. ~ Augustine of Hippo

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. ~ C. S. Lewis

If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. ~ Mother Teresa

Don’t seek praise. Let your effort speak for itself. ~ Unknown

What The Bible Says

Psalm 25:9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

Proverbs 27:2 Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.

Romans 12:16  Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Philippians 2:3-4 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Matthew 23:10-12 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Luke 14:11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Thanks for visiting!

It’s Time to Stop and Smell the Roses

If there is any time of year to literally stop and smell the roses it’s now while the wild roses are blossoming.

Wild roses, unlike their domestic counterparts, give off a lovely fragrance that will even at times drift in he breeze.

Technology, at least to my knowledge, does not allow me to share the that fragrance with you through my blog.

So the best I can do is share some photos.

Our domestic roses, which really don’t have a fragrance, are doing well this year also. This small bush (above) is one of 4 bushes my husband rescued from the nursery/landscape company he worked for two years ago. Had he not brought them home they would have faced certain death.

This larger rose bush (above) has struggled over the years. It was a Mother’s Day gift from my daughters several years ago. It first produced yellow blossoms. After being severely damaged by weather and critters I pruned it way down. It then began producing red flowers. Apparently the yellow rose had been grafted on a red rose bush and it was only the original red rose that survived. This year it is producing more flowers than ever before.

Next to that is a low growing rose bush that I have had to keep pruned because it wants to spread everywhere. I don’t know the name of this type of rose but it is very hardy. It too is loaded with red buds and blossoms.

Low growing mini rose bush (above).

My peony began to blossom last week. I think it was the most beautiful peony I have ever seen.

It may have been the stark contrast of the bold pink flowers set against all of the purples and greens that made it look so beautiful, or it may have been that I planted this peony in 2019 in memory of my Aunt Shirley who passed away that year and this was the first time it has blossomed since it was planted.

It has brought back many fond memories of her.

I had read that deer normally won’t eat peonies so I felt that it was safe to leave it uncaged. I guess the deer in our neighborhood are not normal.

Those bright pink globe-like flowers were apparently irresistible to them. There are still two small buds that have yet to open so the peony will remain caged until it is done blossoming.

While the irises are finished blossoming the thyme and salvia are both in full bloom and attracting the bees and other pollinators. The lavender is getting ready to open. I expect by this time next week it will be in full bloom.

We added some creeping phlox along the new rock boarder. We chose three different shades of pink . They have already begun to spread so hopefully by next spring they will have filled in much of that area.

Not everything gets planted in the prayer garden though. I planted four chamomile plants amongst some wild flowers and they seem quite happy.

While their flowers look similar to chamomile these are wild daisies that have made their home amongst my marshmallow plants this year.

Last but least I’d like to introduce you to Mari the pig. I’m not exactly sure how Mari came to live on our farm. My husband picked her up somewhere in his travels and she fits in quite well at the farm.

I can, however, tell you how Mari got her name. Several weeks ago when I went to plant our porch pots I discovered a plant had started growing in one of the pots. It looked like a petunia so I figured a petunia from last year had dropped a seed there and it sprouted. Since I needed to work that soil in order to put in the plants that I had bought I decided to plant the petunia in the pig planter. I then named the pig Petunia.

Over the weeks we have been watering the petunia and watching it grow while waiting for it to begin to blossom. Last week while looking at it I told my husband that it was looking more like calendula, also know as pot marigold, than a petunia. A few days ago when I took the above photo I noticed that a calendula bud was beginning to form on the plant. I told my husband that I was renaming the pig Mari(gold).

Thanks for visiting and remember to make it a great day! 🙂

Word of the Week – Week #23

Hello and welcome!

Our word of the week is Wonder. As a noun Merriam Webster defines wonder as:

1a: a cause of astonishment or admiration MARVEL b: MIRACLE

2: the quality of exciting amazed admiration

3a: rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one’s experience b: a feeling of doubt or uncertainty

I was going to share my thoughts on the word wonder but it occurred to me that others may have said it better than I. First is Louis Armstrong as he describes a Wonder-filled or Wonderful World.

and then I join Lee Ann Womack in “‘Hoping you never lose your sense of wonder’.

Wising you all a wonder-filled week. 🙂

Michigan Strawberries

We Michiganders love our locally grown strawberries and it’s that time of year to get them. Since the season is short and may even be a bit early I thought I would give a head’s up to any local readers.

My husband picked our first 1/2 quart yesterday. The berries this year are smaller than in past years. This can be attributed to the drought that we are experiencing. I also won’t be surprised if there are less berries this year because of the drought. Even so we will be thankful for all that we do get.

Now to decide what to make with them. Hmmm. Do you have any strawberry recipes you would like to share?

The Best Things In Life

Last Sunday morning there was a knock on our door. My husband went to see who was there and returned saying it was my sister. As I walked out on the deck I realized that she had stopped by to bring me the geranium that she had talked about giving me.

She had two large geraniums that she had brought inside and nurtured over the winter. They were both thriving and she had asked if I would like one. I have decided this one will adorn our deck for the summer and perhaps I too will be able to keep it alive through next winter.

This link offers three ways to preserve geraniums over the winter so you don’t have to buy new plants each year.

Thanks J.B. (and thanks K.C. for sending me the first photo in this post). ❤❤