Slice of a lawn chair

Last summer we painted the front door red and I decided it would be fun to paint my Adirondack chairs red too.  I took them apart and got one primed and painted before I ran out of summer.  I finally finished the second chair this weekend and today it the day that I dig out the bag of parts and put it back together.  It will be a lovely place to sit with a cold beverage to watch my garden grow.

We have finally reached a point in the summer when a small tube of suncreen is an important item to carry in my purse.  After the wet, cold spring and early summer we have had, this is a welcome addition.


After working hard to get the garden going, I will be turning my attention toward Vacation Bible School next week.  The really great thing is that our theme is RENEW! and we are learning about planting seeds, recycling, reusing, and caring for creation and community.  So, instead of planting seeds in the garden, I will be helping plants seeds of hope in the children.  Should be a great week!

Saved – health

It has been at least eight years since I have been able to eat a cinnamon roll.  But this company has really figured out how to make gluten-free bread products.  Of course, it was also a lot easier to avoid such things as bread, cookies, and cinnamon rolls before eating gluten-free became so prevalent but I am happy to be able to indulge occasionally.

saved – paper?

I didn’t think that I would but I did – and now I am off playing with my new gadget.

Saved – grace

Today is a busy one, not much time for writing, just a little quote and a reminder to enjoy the journey.

Saving the deck

There is much going on at our house this summer.  The big project is the deck.  After 23 years of rain, snow, and a little bit of sun, it is time to do some repair.  Fortunately there are extra hands around to help with the job.  It looks like we will have a lovely new spot for sipping champagne by the time our anniversary rolls around.

a slice of happy

I sat on the edge of the new raised bed and read the plant labels.  Yellow pear tomato, lemon cucumber, yellow crookneck squash.  A meager beginning but a beginning none the less.  Digging the holes was like cutting into butter, the fresh garden soil, warm and fragrant.  A fresh shower of water, a small fence to keep the bunnies at bay, the sun just beginning to chase away the clouds.  I pulled the lawn chair into a patch of sunshine.  This was a slice of happy that was worth the wait.

Saved – rocks

The garden project continues and the piles of rock are growing as much as the weeds.  Today I was digging a border between the garden patches and the grass – just wide enough to give the lawnmower some space.  And with each turn of the shovel, more rocks were unearthed.  I do love rocks.  They play a big part in my garden planning – small piles of rocks here and there and then this one – creating a barrier between my space and the wild.

When I started this July writing challenge, I didn’t think too much about the theme – Saved.  But as the days have passed, I find myself writing about those ordinary moments that too often slip away, the day-to-day bits of live that should be saved.   And each day, I find myself enjoying this season of sharing our living space.  When I was a parent of young children, I missed many of those moments worrying about such things as a clean kitchen, getting the sheets changed, and picking up shoes.  Letting go can be such a good thing.