I'm a city girl turned country dweller, with more miles on me than I care to admit. I share my life with my writer husband, three dogs -- plus the neighbor's two dogs who usually show up for breakfast and dinner -- a cat and currently 17 Nubian milk goats, one of them pregnant. Chickens think they're free-range, and keep us in eggs all summer and well into the cold weather.
2014r was supposed to be spent finishing up projects and cleaning the property, but was derailed by some heart irregularities. We did expand the goat yard and build an extension on the barn to accommodate the additional goats.
2015 will be a time of rest and renewal, with no major projects planned. In 2016 we'll have someone do a bathroom renovation, swapping our tub out for a walk-in shower with grab rails, part of our plans to age-in-place.
Hubby bought me a treadmill from the local thrift store, so I'm gradually working up my speed and endurance.
Goals for 2015 include:
getting back to a regular walking program.
cleaning out the storage shed.
decluttering the house.
reading 2 nonfiction books a month.
Anything else you would like to tell people. Could include things like your favorite books or movies, a quote, anything.
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The Unknown Friends
by Edgar A. Guest
We cannot count our friends, nor say
How many praise us day by day.
Each one of us has friends that he
Has yet to meet and really know,
Who guard him, wheresoe'er they be,
From harm and slander's cruel blow.
They help to light our path with cheer,
Although they pass as strangers here.
These friends, unseen, unheard, unknown,
Our lasting gratitude should own.
They serve us in a thousand ways
Where we perhaps should friendless be;
They tell our worth and speak our praise
And for their service ask no fee;
They choose to be our friends, although
We have not learned to call them so.
We cannot guess how large the debt
We owe to friends we have not met.
We only know, from day to day,
That we discover here and there
How one has tried to smooth our way,
And ease our heavy load of care,
Then passed along and left behind
His friendly gift for us to find.
21 hours ago
You can give without loving, but you can't love without giving. –Amy Carmichael, author and missionary
Today, be kind in all that you do and say.
1 day ago
Six Best Doctors in the World:
5. Self Confidence
2 days ago
Six Undeniable Facts of Life:
1. Don't educate your children to be rich.
Educate them to be happy, so when they grow up they will know the value of things, not the price.
2. Best wise words: Eat your food as your medicines.
Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food.
3. The one who loves you will never leave you.
Even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find one reason to hold on.
4. There is a big difference between a human being and being human.
Only a few folks really understand that.
5. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die.
In between, you have to manage!
6. If you just want to walk fast, walk alone.
If you want to walk far, walk together!
4 days ago
As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize that:
Whether we wear a $300 or $30 watch
- they both tell the same time.
Whether we carry a $300 or $30 wallet/handbag
- the amount of money inside is the same.
Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $30 or $3 wine
- the hangover is the same.
Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3,000 or 30,000 sq. ft.
- the loneliness is the same.
And we realize our true inner happiness does not come from the material things of
Whether we fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down
- we all go down with it.
Whether we fly first or economy class, if the plane reaches its destination
- everyone arrives at the same time.
Therefore we should realize that when we have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, with whom we can chat, laugh, talk, sing, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth - that is true happiness!
5 days ago