American tradition

Normally, I don’t bake.

Normally, I don’t eat sweets.  

But tomorrow is a special day.  The return of Blue Bell Icecream to our stores!  

The Original Blue Bell Creamery is 40 miles from my house in Brenham, Tx.

  
It’s a summer time tradition to have either Home Made Vanilla, or their Peach Icecream on the 4th of July.

Blue Bell voluntarily recalled their entire outstanding inventory earlier this year, and shut down production due to a Listeria outbreak that killed 3 people.  They worked diligently to remedy the situation, and have worked with the Food and Drug administration to test, retest, and certify the quality of their product.  They almost went out of business.  But, there was a huge support movement launched across the country, and a few big investors lent their finances to keep the 100 year old creamery solvent.

Tomorrow is the big day.  They are starting with their top seller, Home Made Vanilla.  So a few of us are having a little Welcome Back Party.  In honor of such a great occasion, I baked little Apple Pies.

  
Aren’t they cute?

Apple Pie and Icecream. I might have to drive the Chevy pick up to the party, and be an American Cliche.

After all, what’s more American than Apple Pie, Icecream, and Chevrolet?

What the Dirth?

I haven’t mentioned Bee keeping for a while. We are new to bee keeping and are learning quite a bit. 

June was rainy and limited forage, so we gave them feed. July looked great until we got 3 weeks of 100+ degrees, and things went backwards. 

Our master bee keeper call these long dry spells a “Dirth”. 

So we took off our top boxes, started feed once again, and this weekend we were really pleased to see our population increasing. 

  
We even found our new queen, and made sure she had her tiara. 

  
She is the most elusive gal. It took quite an effort to get an audience. 

See the white dot we painted on her?  We will be better able to find her next time. 

I’m thinking we should call her HRH Elinore, the Elusive. 

A curtsy would be appropriate, but not compulsory. 

Zumba achievement

Zumba has been a really fun activity for me the last 90 days.  I’ve got a lot to learn.  There are some moves I need to master.

One little achievement yesterday…I actually figured out how to “shake it” with out falling over during the Cha Cha sequence.  I felt invincible, until I stumbled during the Rumba.  Oh well.  Rumba, you are next!

  
Photo credit: a better me

Tuesday Yoga

  

My focus today was “letting go”.  Our Sequence today was the Moon sequence.

The full moon will come out this weekend.  I hope to get some good photos.

Enjoy your week!

Today I’m grateful for exercise, friends, bees, and letting go.

Love lists

 

One of my favorite preachers was focusing on Mark 12:31, loving your neighbor as you love yourself…he stopped and posed something interesting.  He said, “so if you don’t love yourself, your neighbor is in big trouble.”

Have you ever been challenged, questioned, queried on what you love?

Did you list yourself?

Do you think your neighbor would be better off if you loved yourself a little better?

Something that I’ve really struggled with.  Love was always an outward projection, something for others, I would have never thought of listing my name on any list.  A paradigm shift for sure.

A study afternoon

  
After taking my first two John Maxwell classes, I decided to pick up a couple of the books he recommended reading.

I started the Dale Carnegie book today.  At first I was skeptical, this is a really old book.  It was published in 1944, 20 years before I came along.  The second thing was, I’m not much of a worrier, but I can get a bit negative, if I can’t see a way to make things work.

It’s a surprising read.  It’s practical, full of examples from people from all walks of life.

What also struck me, was these folks picked themselves up from extraordinary circumstances during a time when there was no Welfare system, no Unemployment insurance, no Government handouts.  Many of these folks brought themselves into success during the Great Depression, during WW II, without any type of hand out all, just their determination to stay positive, and keep going.

The book has great quotes from philosophers from Lin Yutang to Horace.

Some of the earliest success stories of the 20th century seemed to have the same thing in common.  They looked at the worst thing that could happen, faced their fears, and kept moving forward one step at a time.

With the rains today, it was really nice to turn off the TV, the Internet, and read a few chapters of inspiration and practical application to maintaining a positive attitude in the midst of trials, change, and difficulty.

The giddy charm of Spam

I really don’t know why I go to my admin site and read these things, I should just just delete them.  Some of them are just done, but some of them are funny.

But since my Latrine story, the spam has been hilarious:

submitted on 2015/08/11 at 9:22 pm
you never see on TVBehind every glittering NFL game on television is a world of happy players who reside inCalifornia. The allegations herein, except as to the Plaintiffs, are based on information argue that “this” is football (insert Tim Allen grunt here) and nothing is going to change game, so we know with him you’ve got size and speed, toughness, quickness, and you better

That’s me, I’ve got the size and the speed for the NFL. 5’4″ and a certain number that will remain undisclosed.  I’m still a modestly vain southern belle.

Submitted on 2015/08/19 at 9:02 pm
The root of your writing whilst sounding reasonable initially, did not really settle very well with me after some time. Somewhere throughout the sentences you actually were able to make me a believer but only for a very short while. I however have got a problem with your leaps in logic and one would do well to help fill in all those breaks. When you actually can accomplish that, I will undoubtedly be amazed.

Flattery, it’s truly the way to my heart.  My desire has never been to impress anyone, or make anyone believe anything.  Me and my ‘leaping logic’ we will keep on keeping on.

The FUTURE challenge

future

My dearest buddy Rob from the VPub has nominated me for something fun!

He’s a great blogger, has wonderful music posted both original, and other artists.  His blog is witty, entertaining, interactive, social, and I’m so happy I was introduced to him in this blogosphere.

For the Future Challenge the rules are as follows:

Rules:
• Thank the bloggers who nominated you. Thank you, Rob!
• Link back to the challenge creator, Dreams and Movie Screens so she can track your progress.
• Share 5 things about your future (jobs, kids, marriage, travel etc). Then one day you can look back and find out how psychic you really are.
• Tag 5 bloggers and put them up to the challenge.

5 things about my future.

  1.  My future is very bright, but uncertain right now for my profession.  I’ve always worked, I like to work, and I will work again.  I’m not sure if that will be as a bee keeper, honey producer, or as a check out clerk at the local grocery store.  Who knows, I might start a serious blog for income?
  2. My husband and I are focused on where we will go after retirement, and we bought some land a couple hours from any City.  We will raise bees, and see how that will impact us either as a hobby or a business.
  3. My children are grown, and I’m looking forward to grandkids someday.  When we build our house in the country, it’s going to have a cool bunk room for the grand babies, a play area with rope swings, 4 wheelers to ride, pond to fish, and a place where the whole family can congregate together.
  4. Someday in the near future my husband and I want to travel to the Home Countries; The Czech Republic for him, Scotland/England for me.  I really want to do the river boat cruises through Europe.
  5. In this transitional phase for me, I’m in between so much.  I wrote a fellow blogger recently, that it’s like a very long slow curve I’m traveling around and I can’t see what’s around the bend.  I’m not afraid that I don’t know.  But distractions keep me from staying positive.  My future is bright, and tomorrow I will wake up again in anticipation of ‘something good’ happening, because;  Something Good is Going to Happen!

I’d love to open this challenge up to anyone who would like to participate.

Specifically:  Marla, AKA Crazy Mom at Just Make the Coffee, Lorrie Bowden, Lucy at All Right Choices,  and Christy Life As Christy.

As I take these seminars on Big Thinking, I’m really challenged with these things to push myself a little farther.  My nose has been to the grind stone for so long.  I’ve looked up and I’m over 50.  Time to get dreaming about my future, don’t you think?

Thanks Rob for the nomination.

Where am I?

  

The quiet in between decision, and resolution.

The distance between the vision and reality.

Hope that lifts.

Time that preys on the mind….

Dragging 

     doubt 

           pulls 

               at

                   Stony 

                       confidence.

Don’t look back.

Don’t look back.

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