Monday, June 8, 2009

Focusing...

Where have we been???

Got the garden in, transplanted plants and shrubs that haven't quite found their 'home' yet, took care of some that were no longer welcome (besides weeds), helped clean out a basement, helped move some friends, re-planted plants that froze! Is this really June?

Regarding the move...what could be more fun than a being with a bunch of ladies donning buckets & Norwex cloths? Ok, don't answer that! Actually, it was fun ...but how cute it was to glance out the window just as the men drove by... standing on the back of the flatbed trailer filled with furniture (they only moved one street over). By the time I got my camera in hand they were too far for a good shot... but they certainly looked like they were enjoying themselves.

What's that they're standing on? Smart thinking..
anyone need a trampoline?

I don't think my friend realized how much stuff she had in her little house. We were all surprised to see that much bigger house get filled up! Got me to thinking... maybe I should plan a "mock move" myself. Couldn't hurt!

Do I dare talk about gardening? Anyone else patiently waiting for *shhh* global warming? We certainly felt a little silly going out in the dark, after hearing it may freeze and double-checking the forecast... scampering around with blankets, sheets, boxes... whatever we could find to cover the small-fortune-worth of bedding plants we put out the week prior. We even made a fire and let it burn, hoping to ward off the frost-bites. Actually I thought it was kinda romantic trying to save the little plants, and if it hadn't been so late, and COLD, we would have sat and enjoyed the fire for a bit. Was a little disheartening to find some of the tomatoes still succumbed even after all our efforts.

So, off to the greenhouse once again the next morning, along with many others. Got smarter this time... bought a healthy, already blooming, tomato plant in a pot that can be quickly whisked inside should old Jack come calling again! This will be the last time!!

We're certainly missing two little red-heads who are off visiting their other Nana & Papa (wonder if that's what they call them?) while mommy & daddy are taking a road trip. Oh the adventures they'll have to treasure and talk about! :)

Oh yes, and our summer plans may change... got a phone call yesterday... more about that later!

I know the spring and summer seasons can be a busy time for people, especially those of us waiting to step out of the freezer. Let's not forget to pause and reflect on how truly blessed we are... to thank the One who is so gracious to us! I don't do that enough. There are people all around us who are going through hard times right now... maybe someone out there needs your touch or a listening ear.

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love
and good deeds,
not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some,
but encouraging one another, and all the more
as you see the Day drawing near."
Heb 10:24, 25

Have a great week!

7 comments:

Bruce and Heather said...

Ha! I enjoyed watching the men go by too. I'm curious to hear what those summer plans are...

sheila said...

Change of summer plans?
Whatever do you mean?
Oh we know all too well what that means on this end. I have a very dissappointed 13 year old.
The people that were moving...were those the Kroekers?

Anneliese said...

(I was just sitting here thinking, now how did I get here? Oh, I got a little sidetracked from Lovella's blog again)
Thank you for the verse.

ONTARIO THIESSENS said...

Yes, very curious indeed! Are we still going to get to see you this summer? I HOPE SO!!

Very nice post, Sara! You should write a column in some magazine or something...you really have a gift for writing.

Gardening...that's Harv's job in our family. I have no interest in keeping a vegetable garden, but since Harv plants it we do make use of it & enjoy the produce (mostly tomatoes later on...but right now lettuce, onion greens & radishes). I personally haven't canned anything in a few years...that got to be too much pressure for me. Last fall I actually planted tulips and I have made feeble gardening attempts here and there. I do love flowers and like things to look nice but I just don't enjoy gardening at all (next to ironing it's one of my least favorite things to do)and I am also hopeless with house plants. I don't mind mowing grass and doing some of the yard work...but just not the garden. Everyone I know seems to be so talented in the garden...not me :(

Anyway...as for your post, thanks for the words of wisdom and reminder to be grateful for our many blessings...you are so right.

Brenda

The Thiessens said...

Sorry to keep you in suspense...but for a bit there it looked like we wouldn't be able to make our trip to BC...I believe that's on again. Not to worry, it wouldn't affect August plans.
Sheila...yes, it was the Kroekers and we had a great time helping them. Why is your 13-year-old disappointed?

sheila said...

Zach is dissappointed because we decided not to do Minneapolis, we had tix to the twins/yankees game. Still have them if anybody is interested in going?
Oh well we're taking the boys fishing the first couple of days in July, and then ken is taking his holidays the first week of august.
Sometimes plans need to be changed, and Zach doesn't do well with that. That's life.

Stacey said...

I think our bodies are going to go into shock when we get home. You wouldn't believe the sunburn.... and that was with a nice thick layer of sunscreen!