Monthly Archives: October 2015

Make your home smell amazing!

Home made fall scent

I have a simple way to make your home smell amazing! My husband read a Facebook post to me recently… something about orange peels and spices. I didn’t have time right then to try it, but a few weeks later I thought of it, and wanted to see if it worked. Only by then – I had forgotten the recipe! So I had to come up with my own.

It is super easy if you do any Indian cooking – you will probably already have the spices. If you don’t have the whole spices, just use the ground version, I’m sure it will work just as well. :) I just place all the spices and orange peel in a small kettle, and fill with water, and simmer on the stove-top. You want to keep an eye on it, though, as the water will all evaporate after several hours.

Home made fall scent

Peel of an orange
3 whole cloves
1 cardamom pod
1 cinnamon stick
3 cups of water
Place in a small kettle, fill with water, and simmer.


Devotions From The Garden ~ Finding Peace And Rest In Your Busy Life. By Miriam Drennan

Devotions from the garden; book reviewDevotions from the Garden is a book of ninety short meditations from God’s Word, illustrated with beautiful photos of flowers, dewdrops and gardening. Miriam Drennan draws parallels between gardening and our journey of faith.

I enjoyed this devotional. It is short, quick daily readings, that anyone can find time for. And the pictures are so pretty! It isn’t a deep, theological book, rather, it is gentle reminders of God’s goodness and our dependence on Him.

Personally, even when I have only a few minutes, (actually, especially when I only have a few minutes!) I tend to pick up the Bible, rather than a devotional. I get more meat that way! 😉 But this is a nice coffee-table book to peruse when I am sitting here in the evening and want to just read a quick bit of something.

If you enjoy gardening, you might enjoy this one. :)

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Weekly Goals and Motivation

Wyoming sunrise

Such a pretty sky this morning!


Hello and Happy Monday! The weather continue – against all logic – to extend us beautiful, sunny days! While I am not a big fan of fall, (don’t hit me!) I have to say, this is one of the prettiest I have seen. I have enjoyed scheduling several portrait sessions, and we have been outside quite a bit.

I am looking forward to Time Change, tho. Yes, I love those long, dark evenings! 😉 I am not an evening person at all, so if I can stop trying to be productive earlier in the day – I am all kinds of excited!

Meanwhile, here are my weekly goals for this week:

Memorize 1 verse this week.

Find a way to spend time together… probably riding with my man as he checks water, or maybe if I’m lucky – riding with him to check cattle health.

 ~Practice ASL with my kids at least 3 times. We are learning it together, and they LOVE when we practice!
~Make a special snack to eat while we are reading aloud from our schoolbooks.

~Organize and clean our office/schoolroom.
~Finish organizing our business paperwork.

This week is our church’s monthly ladies’ night Bible Study, yay! I plan to leave a little early and do a bit of shopping for myself on the way.

Write daily.
Work on a cinch order I have waiting.
Read 2 chapters in a business book I recently bought:

I hope your week is productive and peaceful! :)


Shipping Season on the Ranch, 2015

When it’s shipping season on the ranch, I am up before the sun – preparing the meal for the cowboys, and feeding an early breakfast to my man.
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We don’t ranch because it is a sure way to get rich, but because we enjoy the way of life. The quietness, working with the livestock, the pleasure of working outdoors, the comfort of a neighborly community who has your back – all things that are disappearing from our culture in America at a rapid rate.

We ask for help when we need it, we return the favor gladly, and we have a jolly good time doing so. We find comradeship and sympathy during the rough years, mutual cheer during the good.

Next time you eat beef, think about the hard-working ranch families who raised it. :)