Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's a Date

Life has been very busy this Summer. After traveling with Bill for five weeks, I had so much to catch up on at home. It isn't easy for one person to do everything inside and outside of the house. I try to keep up with chores so Bill doesn't have to come home after weeks on the road and have nothing but chores to do. 

I am hoping that my work has paid off. Bill will be home tonight. We have made plans to have a fun weekend together. Life is so busy that sometimes there is no time for fun, but we have it all planned out this time!

It is hard to be apart for weeks at a time, but we also miss many holidays together. Bill is often alone in a truck somewhere. I am alone at home, but at least I do have our Girls: Stella, Maggie, Grizelda and Chloe Jo. 

So, this weekend I will be turning off the computer to spend precious time with my husband. I hope you will all understand if I am missing from posts, memes and comments. I will definitely be back next Tuesday, refreshed and happy. 

I wish each of you a wonderful weekend filled with fun, laughter, and love...lots of love.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


...and the whole world smiles with you.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday #13

A classic Midwestern barn, Central Ohio

This is another picture taken from the semi (65 MPH) 
while traveling cross-country with my husband, Bill. 
I love the simple, classic, weathered look of this scene.

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The Seventh Mother

By Sherri Wood Emmons

Emma is a young woman who is overcoming a troubled past. While working at a ranch in Idaho she meets seasonal worker Brannon Bohner. Brannon is the single father of eleven year old Jenny. Emma falls for Brannon and cares about Jenny, too.

Jenny is happy to have Emma as part of their life. She is hoping that this time she will have a real mother. Jenny doesn’t really remember her mother. She does remember the succession of women over the years, though. Each woman took her mother’s place, if just for a while.  

Brannon and Jenny never stay in one place for very long. They travel back and forth across the country, as Brannon finds seasonal work along the way. As the ranch season in Idaho closes, Brannon talks Emma into moving on to Kentucky with him and Jenny.
Finally settling into a permanent home, school, and life with friends, Jenny holds out hope they will finally be a real family. Indeed, everything seems to be going well until Brannon begins to have sudden mood swings. Emma struggles to understand Brannon while protecting herself, and Jenny, too.

However, everything that Jenny thought she knew comes into question when she finds a box of her father’s mementoes up in the attic. She starts to question her own memories as she curiously sorts through the items. At first hiding them, she tries to figure out their importance. But as she comes to frightening conclusions, Jenny finally shares her finds with Emma. They both know that nothing will ever be the same for anyone.

This is an amazing novel of relationships, both those we choose and those we are born into. Ms. Wood has a special understanding of family dynamics, particularly the mother-daughter bond. This suspenseful novel is gripping and heartrending. It will make you feel, as well as think. 

I highly recommend The Seventh Mother. Sherri Wood Emmons books are intimate and engaging. The stories stay with you long after you finish the book. I have been a serious fan since the release of her first book, Prayers and Lies. I eagerly look forward to her future books, as well.

P.S. Watch for a cat named McGuffy.

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Summertime...and the livin' is easy...

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Good Fences #18

A forsaken farm in the middle of Kansas.
God bless the farmers.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sleeping In

Stella likes to cuddle, especially in a nice comfy bed.

She usually does not get up as early as others do.

She really enjoys sleeping in each morning.

Stella would like to have a "Do Not Disturb" sign.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday #12

Antique Store, Jefferson, Texas

I am sure the charm & nostalgia are free.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Charlie Apologizes

Charlie stole the baby's toy!
But, he is very sorry and sets out to show her. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Rains

The dry, dead plants stubbornly clung to each other while threatening those still alive. Agnes carefully pulled each drought ravaged plant away from the healthy ones, preserving the life within them.

Finally clearing away the remains, she exposed the solid foundation which held each plant. Agnes knew that this is where hope lives, deep within the roots. 

As she looked to the heavens, the sustaining rains finally came down in affirmation of life. 

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Fill In Fun #172

The "Follow Friday Four Fill-In" is hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie. Each week, she posts statement with blanks. Our mission, should we choose to accept, is to copy the statement and fill in the blanks on our blogs. Then link up to her blog for sharing. Hilary is always looking for co-hosts and more statements for us to fill in. Please visit her, and let her know your suggestions!

The statements & My Answers:

1. If I eat too many strawberries, I get myself into trouble. I love all berries, but I have a special fondness for strawberries. *sigh*

2. Running a "pet rescue" is a great way to reach out and help critters while educating others about animals.                 

3. Why is it that some people tend to thrive on drama? I prefer to keep things quiet, calm and collected. Life is much less stressful, and so much more enjoyable, when things are calm.

4. Where do you like to go to reflect and collect your thoughts? I like to find a quiet place in nature, when I can. I need to quiet the noise of the busy world to hear myself. It is also easy for me to connect with God through nature.          
       Have a great weekend!   

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Good Fences #17

A proud Texas Ranch

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My Family and Other Hazards

~A Memoir

By June Melby

Now an adult, June Melby has conflicted feelings when her parents inform her that they are retiring and selling the family business: a miniature golf course. Taking us back to the 1970s, June reflects upon her unique childhood with both humour and warmth.

We tag along as her family travels each summer from their home in Iowa to nearby Wisconsin to run this family business. Using the hazards along the course, June illustrates life. Each hazard is representative of a basic element, a lesson in life. She shares the lessons learned along the way, applying them to herself and her family.

In this entertaining memoir, we also learn the colourful history of miniature golf and its place in modern Americana. The memories are sweet like cotton candy, and easy like a summer breeze. 

This is a perfect summer read, especially for other “baby boomers” like June Melby, and myself. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Seeing Things

Sometimes while traveling I see interesting reflections.
Often they are on sources of water, but sometimes they 
are on window or mirrors.  Then there are the interesting 
reflections or distortions ometal surfaces, like semis. 

Usually these are real images, but often they are distortions 
of things you don't  see and perhaps cannot even figure out.

Here is a picture that I took of things, or perhaps creatures,  
that were not really there...well, at least I don't think so. 

Honestly, I did not get out of the truck to check.
That may be Bigfoot on the right, though. Maybe.
Just sayin'.

I have no idea who this guy was, either. No one was there.
I was sure to keep my doors locked at this facility.
Well, I always do, really. You just never know who,
or what, maybe be lurking around you. Right?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Tom had been gone for months, and Esther struggled to remember moments of a life once shared. While packing away Tom’s things in the closet, she searched for tangible pieces of that life.

Suddenly, there in the corner was a box of cards and letters that told the history of their years. Hope stirred deep in her heart as memories came flooding back; Esther knew she had found what she sought. 

Between the pages of these cards and letters, Tom and Esther’s love lived on.

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Word Prompt: Pages

Saturday, July 12, 2014

On Track

Trying to get back on track!

This picture, as are most of the ones I take when traveling, was taken from the big rig, while Bill drives. It really fits things right now, as things are hectic while I try to get back into a routine. Please know that I am again visiting blogs and memes. I want to thank everyone for their patience. We appreciate it, and you. Have a great weekend!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Follow Four Fill-in Fun, #171

The "Follow Friday Four Fill-In" is hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie . Each week, she posts statement with blanks. Our mission, should we choose to accept, is to copy the statement and fill in the blanks on our blogs. Then link up to her blog for sharing. Hilary is always looking for co-hosts and more statements for us to fill in. Please visit her, and let her know your suggestions!

The statements & My Answers:

1. Meanness makes me very sad. I do not understand when people are mean. It really makes everything worse.

2. I love a rainy night. It is always relaxing and good for reading. Rainy nights help me sleep, too. No, I don't like the song. I have been told it is a good driving song, though!

3. When I’m stressed, I withdraw until I can figure things out and resolve the situation.This is my natural way of coping.

4. My favourite smell in the world is the “Great North Woods”, especially up near Lake Superior. The Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary is an amazing haven in the Keweenaw Peninsula on the U.P. of Michigan.

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Good Fences #16

A North-East Texas Fence Scene

We saw many gates and fences while trucking across the country.
I must say that the most interesting or unique ones that we have 
seen are located the Southern U.S. states. Taken at 65 MPH, this 
 is one that I would like to share with Theresa & "Good Fences".

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Follow Fill In Fun #170

The "Follow Friday Four Fill-In" is hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie . Each week, she posts statement with blanks. Our mission, should we choose to accept, is to copy the statement and fill in the blanks on our blogs. Then link up to her blog for sharing. Hilary is always looking for co-hosts and more statements for us to fill in. Please visit her, and let her know your suggestions!

The statements & My Answers:

1. Knowledge is my favorite thing about reading. Reading always leads to learning, whether expanding upon knowledge or learning something entirely new.

2. Peppermint tastes like happiness. It makes me think of Christmas, surprises, wishes, and dreams. It is my favourite flavor.

3. When in doubt, STOP. Don’t say it; don’t do it. Think and think some more. So many things cannot be undone, and words can never be unsaid

4. Is God the secret of life? I think He is the creator and holds all of the answers. We don’t need to understand, we need only to trust. That is what faith is all about.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Seeing America

We are home. We were gone for five weeks, traveling in a semi/rig across the Midwest, New England, the South, and the deep South. We have been through rural America to urban America. It was amazing, both educational and eye-opening. 

Trucking is a very real way to see America. Nothing is glossed over. You see the heart of America, its working people. You are able to see people as they really are. You see into their lives, as you pass their homes and through their towns. Some of it can break your heart, and some of it can put it back together. I will be sharing pictures and stories of what I saw, heard, and thought.

While celebrating with those whom you love, please take a moment to think about those who may not have what you have. I am talking about those right here in America who do not have jobs, money, homes, or healthcare. Every day more people are losing these basic needs, their birth rights, right here in our own country. Every day we fight against a downward spiral economically, but also morally. However, it is our responsibility to continue this fight. The alternative is not in our American spirit.

As we are celebrating the independence of our country, I hope you will remember what our country was founded upon. Please be thankful for the freedoms that you have. Remember those who fought to obtain these freedoms, and those who fought to keep them for you, too. 

May God continue to bless the America that began as "One Nation Under God". And may He continue to keep us that way.