Monday Pictures…Our East Texas Farm. Just a Trace of Sunshine!

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When we were at our farm this past weekend, I thought that it would be fun to take some “beginning of the summer” pictures to place on my blog. Not really a good idea at all!




As soon as I got out the door ready with my camera…




This happened time after time. 

When I heard thunder in the distance, I went in the house and had a snack or three or four. So frustrated! As it turned out, a tornado hit about 35 miles away. The clouds certainly don’t look serious in any of the pictures. Texas weather can be very deceiving!


My not so great pictures…with just a trace of sunshine!












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Looking For A Cricket…I Guess. I Hope.



I know for sure that summer has made it’s arrival…and it is not even June 1st. Yikes! Does that mean that the 102 degree weather is just around the corner? If so, I need to leave Texas until September.  I am thinking that Alaska would be nice.


The real reason that I may leave for Alaska…I have seen my first lizard of the summer! Staring at me from it’s hiding place on a tree. Waiting to chase me across the yard. Does the lizard in the tree want to catch a cricket…or me? 


My encounter with the lizard in the tree occurred as I was getting into my car. In one of the trees close to the driveway, I saw what looked like a stick moving down the tree trunk. Slowly moving. This behavior is quite abnormal for me…I walked over and took pictures of the lizard. The lizard immediately was frozen in place. Turns out the lizard was scared of me…imagine that! That lizard is bound to jump on my arm next week.




 Not close. Closer. Too close.

Way too close!


One-Pot Cooking…Dinner by 7:00? No Problem At All!


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Honey and Spice Pork


1/2 to 3/4 pound pork tenderloin

sea salt and ground black pepper (amount to your liking)

1/4 cup honey

3 tablespoons Dijon or Cajun/Creole-style mustard

1/3 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

6 to 8 small new potatoes

2 carrots, sliced in coins

15 to 20 green beans, trimmed or 2 cups frozen


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Spray the inside of a cast iron Dutch Oven and lid with canola oil. Put the pork in the pot and lightly season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, mix together the honey, mustard, ginger, cinnamon and cloves and pour over the pork. Slice the potatoes in half and add to the pot, then scatter the carrots and green beans over the potatoes. Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Serve immediately!


Share the Link Of Your Favorite Blogger!

Share the Link Of Your Favorite Blogger!

Reblogged from Dream Big, Dream Often

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share_logoTom Slatin sent me a great idea via Twitter and I am going to do something a little different while on vacation. Here is the basic idea for this link share post:

  • I want you to leave a link to the blog which you love the most (not your own page!)
  • Reblog this post to help spread the love.
  • Leave a brief description of the page you love and why you love it!

This should be a ton of fun and is a great way to selflessly help another blogger.

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The Option To Survive Despite Trepidation.

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Fear and struggles in life can leave a person empty. No doubt about it. Sometimes, the smallest struggle can seem monumental. Sometimes, the smallest fear can seem monumental. We have all felt this way. Worry about small happenings can border on behavior that considers only ourselves. In light of recent occurrences in our world, I think that we need to broaden our scope. 


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Take the time to look at the big picture. Think of a way to help someone in need. Most likely…there are families in your own town that are struggling to survive.


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Find them. Help them. Talk to them. Survival can be a gift. A gift from you. 

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Share a message of hope…just one step towards a sense of peace. What else can we personally do at this moment in time? Take the first step.


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Your Actions Reflect Who You Really Are. So…Why Not Make A Good Impression?

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Charm School was an important class for twelve and thirteen year old girls in my hometown. We grew up knowing that Charm School was most likely going to be a part of our middle school years. The class was not associated with our regular school classes at all. Charm School was taught so that we would know how to make a good impression on others…to know what is right and what is wrong…to grow up to be “proper”.


Now I know that many people needed and still need to learn how to be “proper”!


Charm School was just like taking tap dance or piano lessons. Only in Charm School, we were expected to be total young ladies at all times…not so easy when you are still playing baseball with all of the boys in the neighborhood! Plus…playing in the creek…the ultimate un-ladylike place in town.


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Poor, poor teacher…she had her work cut out for her with our group! The same lady had been teaching the class for years and she was the epitome of decorum. The teacher gave us a quote on the first night of our class and we repeated it every week. It happened to be a favorite quote that my mother told me many times from before I even started elementary school. She must have thought that I might need some assistance in the charm area someday! I had a big brother so I was going to stand up for myself…no matter what!


So…THE QUOTE helped!




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Our Charm School Quote…


The world is like a mirror

Reflecting who you are 

And what you do.

So give to the world 

The best that you have…

And the best will come back to you!



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Words for anyone to live by…especially in  the world we live in today!

A Catalyst and A Catapult. My Teacher.

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Funny how you can remember certain moments in your childhood just like they were yesterday. I remember my entire Fourth Grade year at Pinewood Park Elementary in Longview, Texas. In my mind, I can see the classroom on the first day of school and my name in cursive on my desk.

I know who sat beside me (Jimmy) and who was in my reading group. I still know my friends and what has happened in their lives…Kathy, Barbara, Grace Anne, Georgia and so many more…some in my class and some in another class. I can still see my mother helping at the Halloween party and the ghost cookies that she made. I remember that I got to help put up the flag every day. I still know how to fold the flag and the rules to follow. I remember so very much.

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All because…

My teacher was fun. My teacher…

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