A Walk in the Garden
- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
"The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be
I took a walk in the yard tonight, after the rain of
yesterday had dried off sufficiently. One of my cosmos plants that
came up from seed, hasn't even had a chance to bloom yet, and here
it could frost any day. I hope not.
The Hollyhock blooms have traveled up the stalks, now in
their very tip top flowers. The fall asters are at the height of
their blossom. Pink, purple, and lavender and white, they
brilliantly compete to outshine the red maples. The clematis, that
has put on a spectacular show all summer, which was planted on a
hunch, still pours forth its blooms, daring Mr. Frost to come
nipping. The garden looks sad, spent. A few pumpkins and tomatoes
are still on the vine, slowly turning color, the remainder of a
plentiful summer. A few summer squash have grown too large sit
Foxglove (still blooming) and shade-loving Impatients have
found a corner that they are really flourishing in. It's hard to
say which I love the most. I love it when a combination really
comes together, and the plant shows you how happy it is to be there,
by growing huge and vibrant.
My little friends, who have given me company, in such a
friendly way, never cross but only with smiles, nod gently as I
pass. I will miss you, I think. Soon. Jack Frost will come along
and turn to brown all but the hardiest of plants. Snow will soon
cover them; protecting them like a cool blanket. But though the
tops die back, there is quiet power underneath. The same power we
possess during hard times. The strength that brings us through the
And then comes spring bursting through the cold mud. And
the cycle begins again, bringing back our friends for another
season. Just as the sun once again comes back into our lives after
a rainy season.
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I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen: not
only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. ~~
C. S. Lewis
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but
they have never failed to imitate them. ~~James Baldwin
Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them
master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight. When we
do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our
life, or in the life of another. ~~Helen Keller
Simple Pizza Soup!
Add in a crock pot in the morning,
½ lb cooked hot and spicy sausage
carrots green pepper and onion chopped
½ or whole can (28 oz) spaghetti sauce
½ t oregano
½ head cabbage, chopped finely
Add any of your favorite pizza topping combinations. I am going to
try ham and pineapple next!
Add one can mushrooms last 15 minutes.
Simmer all day. Drop shredded cheese on top to melt into serving
bowl. YUMM! Enjoy with some warm home-made whole wheat bread.
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SECRET TO REALLY DIRTY CLOTHES (from Dollar Stretcher Tips
My husband works heavy construction and often comes home with dirt
and oil all over his clothes. After trying a number of laundry aids,
I found one that works great and his clothes come out clean! The
secret is Dawn dish detergent that I buy at a discount price at
Sam's Club. I add about a tablespoon along with regular bargain
detergent. It works like a charm!
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Respect ... is appreciation of the separateness of the other person,
of the ways in which he or she is unique. ~~Annie Gottlieb
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Lemons Help Prevent Kidney Stones
If you've had or know anyone whose had kidney stones, well,
it is awful! Lemons are loaded with citrate - an acid that prevents
kidney stones by binding to crystals in urine and hindering them
from growing. Try squeezing half a lemon into each glass of water
you drink through the day.
Keeping it Simple,
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