farmers market

Home Grown

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Despite the downpour, we didn’t let it rain on our parade..lol! As we headed for Corvallis on Saturday the sky blackened all around us, but by the time we got there it subsided. It was our first visit for this year and local farmer’s had the work of their labor, displayed beautifully.

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I really enjoy the healthy atmosphere and observing lots of families out and about together and many furry four-footed friends too. I know what digging in the dirt does for me and I highly recommend it.

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In the garden I tend to drop my thoughts here and there. To the flowers I whisper secrets I keep and hopes I breathe. I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels~ Dodinsky

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encouragement

Transformation

On April 16th I posted about our weedy backyard. Rototiller/Bee man was out of commission at the time and unable to do any strenuous work. Some how, I would say with some gumption, we were able to put our hands to the plow and a little sweat to our brow. Our little plot of land has been transformed into an eye pleasing small garden. I say this with some exaggeration..Lol!

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DSCN7180I am thrilled to be able to grow Hollyhocks, although the bugs that were bugging them were bugging me too..

IMG_6360Of late I have been pondering about battles, there are battles of pests and insects, and there are battles with people. A lot of the battles take place in our brain. We mull over, we question, we fixate, we doubt, we get confused and the troubles we face look, feel, and seem ominous. I know because I was fixated on something yesterday that was totally robbing me of peace. I had to call on someone who I trust, to confide in and she listened and then made some suggestions. I knew in my heart what I had to do. I wanted to confront the issue and be done with it. I wanted peace in that area. Sometimes, I have to put on the armor of courage, because I am not always brave. How often we do try to deal with stuff and stuff it, thinking, oh yes, I can handle it. So, I moved forward with determination in my heart to settle a certain matter. Wow, it was so amazing and so freeing once I put on my brave heart and what it did, was break the ice that was solid and unmoving, and set my heart free and brought me peace.

IMG_6402My bike and I get along quite well

I am thankful for the wise woman of God that spoke into my heart, and got me thinking on how to approach what was bugging me. No matter how strong we think we are, we need to voice our concerns. We want to be healthy citizens of this world.. I want to be strong and courageous and not cower when pressure comes my way. We want to win the everyday battles. I had some major stinking thinking going on. If we don’t let the light in, it will stay dark in that place, in our head, in our hearts.

DSCN7011Look for the beauty around you, look to who is in your life that supports you. Look to those that are placed on your path to help teach you a lesson. We want to grow and flourish, not to stagnate or let depression consume us.

DSC_0033Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things.

                                                                                                                                                          Philippians 4:8

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portland

What Works for Me

In December of this year, we will have lived in Oregon for two years. We have done some exploring, but have spent most of our time still settling in. Planting plants is recreational for us and checking out different kinds of plants that are unfamiliar to us, is a treat. We have some new Bee residents now, and they appear to be doing well. I just have one bit of advice for you about bees, don’t let one get stuck in your hair. It has happened to me twice and the lesson was, always pull your hair back or wear a hat. Now, I don’t normally get that close to the bee’s and they do leave us alone, but I was assisting the Bee keeper and he just jumps right in there without any of that silly protective covering..Lol!  I really appreciate the look of a small quaint towns, but I find driving through Portland kind of fascinating. I like observing the old brick buildings, admiring the charm of older homes, with yards of lush greenery, and all of the great colors coming from Rhododendron’s, Clematis’s, Azalea’s and more. On a recent visit to Portland I had an opportunity to walk through a neighborhood while my husband went to shop at a Bee supply store.

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While on our way to locate a bakery we had passed, we ventured into a local farmer’s market. As I looked around I discovered some greeting cards for sale. I was very much attracted to the artist, Mason Parkers style of watercolor. They have that charm I like and I see that he will have some 2016 calendars for sale in the near future. I’ll be first in line..

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