Saturday, August 13, 2016

Lovely Days!

Tiny apples.

That is Lemon balm tea and lemon Balm plant under. The flavor is delicious. I love the herbs I have going in a corner of the garden. My tomatoes still green however a few ladies from church have given me some of their tomatoes that are already nice and ripe. The small park by our back yard is now so green and lively! I do not see a great amount of frogs out of there this year as we got it last year. Hibiscus tea is supposed to be good for your blood pressure so I make sure to have a cup a day and there is no need to add sweetener for the flavor is pleasant. The color of the tea is so pretty. The opening of the Olympics in Rio - Brazil was fantastic! Brazil had a fantastic show despite the issues that country has. It was beautiful! Good luck to all the athletes! That is crab apple, they had a lovely tree at the camp we visited as a group yesterday. The children surely had fun! The group is from our church and we passed the whole day at camp. What a beautiful place with lots of things for the children to play and have fun.  In the coffee table a few things I am currently reading. That is the first time I am reading anything by Maeve Binchy. I was looking for something light. 
Wishing for lovely Summer days for each one of you!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Rest and retreat

Retreat in Griswold, Iowa. It was a nice vacation and time to refresh our spiritual lives. Beautiful place surrounded by trees. This a Catholic retreat place. Oh so many lovely birds visited the bird feeders here. I love the hummingbirds at this place.

It was so humid that the camera lenses got foggy and it was hard to get photos that were not blurry.
 My sister in law entering our cabin. It had 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, laundry machine and drier, living room, dining room and a nice deck on the back.

 We met here in the bottom part of the building. The chapel is on the level above.
 My husband here in right corner. The lady in lavender was our evangelist. The youth bought us balloons with glow sticks inside.
 This was our music leader and she was very energetic.
 We had our meals here. Wonderful food.
 Campfire! I went indoors soon since I did not had bug spray with me. It was a bit humid too.

 Me back at home watching the sunset in the evening. No bugs, good temperature and beautiful horizon. My son the other day said: "Mom do you know you live in one of the most peaceful part of the world? " I said, yes and the silence here is precious.  Oh , and yes I am letting my hair go grey. I afraid of all the chemicals in hair products.

Summer has been good! Glorify the name of the Lord!
Wishing you a great week!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Wonderful weather these last few days and we even had some rain as well. We have a neighbor with a lovely bush full of Elderflowers and since I heard it has medicinal properties I decided to use some of the flowers to make a syrup. I got almost two quart jars full. I have one in the freezer. You can use the syrup mixed with seltzer water or add to your tea. I love the aroma of these flowers.  I searched the internet and found this site here.

 Summer is the best time for nice and cold smoothies. I used half frozen banana with peach and blueberries. I also added just a couple tablespoons of powder protein.
 I got three basil plants nice and full of leaves so it was time to make pesto. We love it with our homemade bread. Basil is good for it helps to control blood sugar.
 Summer is also a great time for caprice salads...nice and easy! No cooking in these warmer days.
We just done watching "Doc Martin." I do hope they will have more episodes. We loved it.  We are now watching "Inspector Morse." Are you watching any new series? What do you recommend? Hope Summer days are treating you right. Hugs from ND.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July

North Dakota, 4th of July!
The white buffalo in this place got a whole day of celebration. The native Americans  love the white buffalo. This ancient village was interesting to visit. We had friends from Nebraska that came for a visit so we took them to the village. Happy 4th of July!

 The jail in those days were small!!!
Happy 4th of July!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Beauty Of June!

Love June!!

I like the temperature in June, it's not hot and humid like the end of July and August. It stays cooler here in ND than in Iowa which is fine with me.
Update on the lymph nodes: The doctor gave me an antibiotic to try and one of the nodes is gone and the other is much smaller but not completely gone. I will see him back tomorrow the 30th. It has been 4 weeks since the last appt. Will let you know what he will say. I am glad that it's reduced in size.
I have been so scared! I pray and let God take control of things.
One of the wonderful things about June is the rhubarb it brings. I really like rhubarb crisp! True that one can not have much of it because of the sugar but a bit of it should be just fine! :)

 Our friend Joan painted an old bike and placed some flowers in the basket in front of it. If you have an old bike there is an idea for you!
 I got white roses however they look yellow in a close up photo.
 Some of our flowers in the front yard.
 I have been drinking lots of mint tea since I read it is good to the immune system. I add some fresh turmeric to it and also a leave of fresh basil.
This is Mr. Fito! He is one funny character. I still have areas that needs to be weeded.

This is a future project. Will let you see what it looks like afterwards. I fear since this will be my first work with quitting. I got the quilt kit from here  It's a baby quilt or lap quilt!
Hope Summer has been great for each one of you. May you now make memories for the future.
"One thing about this world is that the acts that take the most out of you are usually the ones that other people will never know about." --- Anne Tyler
Do not worry about anything, just be peaceful, thankful to God for all you have and do what you must do!

May your Summer days linger slowly and gently.