Monday, November 2, 2015

Fringe Hours

I'm breaking the routine I've set here of posting once a month to chat a bit about the book I've just read for  Ellen's book club .

As I dove into Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner I found myself making a mental list of those that I would like to share this book with.  I'm in the Autumn season of life and have the advantage of an empty nest for time to pursue passions that satisfy my soul but so many young women in my life are busy serving others from the moment in the morning that they open their eyes until they drop into bed at night.

My husband and I are full time farmers and one of the areas in my life that I tend to feel guilt is in leaving my husband to fend for himself while I go to meet friends in town for lunch.  Truth be told, he probably appreciates some time on his own and when I do let him know I'll be gone over the lunch hour he is always so glad for me to have an outing with the girls.  The chapter on Eliminating Guilt and Comparison resonated with the feelings I've had and I aim to let the guilt go and start regularly scheduling time for lunch dates.

I really identified with the chapter on Cultivating Community.  I couldn't agree more with Jessica's encouragement to blend community, passions and responsibilities. I found a group  much like she describes when I began Mennonite Girls Can Cook. We have blogged together, worked in our community together and shared in the responsibilities of publishing cookbooks together.  We have grown in our love for one another and grown as individuals as we have encouraged each other in the areas that each are particularly gifted.

 I appreciate Jessica Turner's encouragement to balance things that are truly necessary to accomplish with time to rest, regroup and feed not only our bodies but our souls so that we are equipped when we spend time with those that matter most to us.  This book is a great tool with all the practical suggestions to help overcome the hurdles that prevents many women from taking a healthy balanced amount of time doing things that will enrich their lives and ultimately their families.

I'm honored to be part of Ellen Graf-Martin's  Ellen's Picks community and looking forward to visiting the book club participants to see what they gleaned from Fringe Hours. Ellen sends us the book in her efforts to resource women leaders, we get to read it and at the end of the month we link up with her.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

October 2015

I've put my shorts and flip flops away and put on my muck boots for walking around the yard.
Fall arrived with  a beauty that never fails to amaze me.

My walks around the property in the mornings now leave trails of where I've come from.

The hummingbirds that chose to not migrate are eager to visit and enjoy the nectar provided. 

Our Thanksgiving table was full of those we love.

We have much to be thankful for and know that God has blessed us and all of it undeserved.

I just had to include a photo of this precious child who smiles a lot except when his van is pulling into the preschool parking lot.  Perhaps by next month I'll have something different to report as to his love of school.

On the night before the election we went to the Conservative rally to see the Harpers and wish our own Ed Fast all the best for the next day.  

Imagine our surprise when we got to the booth and discovered our riding had changed and there was someone else to vote for!

The political posts on Facebook have slowly ebbed away.

In the days following the election I wrote to Prime Minister Harper and wished him and his family the very best and thanked him for his diligent job as our Prime Minister.

I also wrote to Mr Trudeau to congratulate him and assured him that we would be support him in prayer as he begins this overwhelming task of being our new Prime Minister. 

Time will tell. 

One early Sunday morning I thought our barns were collapsing.

It was a terrifically loud crash. 

It was only a vehicle crashing through our fence.

He didn't stick around to share in our shock. 

As you can see from his tracks he nearly stayed at the scene and he's very lucky his tracks were not just to the left into that pole. 

The police didn't come but one called and left a message on my cell phone and said to call them if we had any firm evidence. 

Since I had his phone number I texted him photos and included this piece of car that was left behind.

We haven't heard anything.

We've had the fence fixed.

 Last Sunday we took a drive through the Canyon to see if there was still some fall foliage to enjoy.

When we go to Manning Park we take the #3.
When we go to Summerland we take the #5
When we take the Canyon route we take the #1.

Taking the canyon reminds me of the many times I drove this route as a child with my parents and the series of tunnels that take us through the canyon.
My Mom would always announce which tunnel was next. I read the signs as I haven't them memorized but think of her each time.

The Fraser River flows below with railway tracks on either side of the river.

The leaves had mostly fallen but every now and then in a sheltered area there were gorgeous splashes of colour and my capable driver would pull over so I could hop out and take a few shots.

The scenery was truly lovely.

On the road between Spences Bridge and Merit, horses roam the range free and we had to stop to allow them to cross the road.

We stopped along the river for a while and walked in the leaves. 

Someone else gets credit for leaving these Inukshuks to greet us.

We stopped at the Othello Tunnels where the railway once ran through the canyon. 

We've passed these tunnels so many times and this was the first time we stopped to walk through them. 

There were some truly beautiful fall days and we took full advantage of them by cleaning up the yard and getting ready for rainy days ahead. 

I picked the last of the tomatoes and basil and made a delicious sauce.

We rototilled the garden and I harvested a bunch of parsley and made chicken broth for the freezer.

We planted our garlic. (at the right time we think)

We watched for the flocks of geese and ducks migrating south. 

This last weekend we celebrated our oldest grandson's birthday.

The weather forecast didn't look promising at all.

Invitations had been sent out and the boys would be coming rain or shine.

There is not much a Grandpa won't do for a grandson is there?

This grandpa made a derby car track and had cars ready to be painted and raced.

So he's technically not eight years old yet but his party has come and he had a lot of fun... even with a broken wrist!

And the rain?

It didn't.

What a blessing to be able to have the wiener roast outside. 

Later the cousins arrived and the family party continued. 

The kids couldn't get enough of this apple bobbing and by the time they were done...
they were drenched. 

We celebrated the son and the dad.

At the end of the day we lit the candles which lit the forest on fire which was eventually put out.

And that was October 2015.

So much to be thankful for!

The clocks have been set back and we're ready for the month ahead. 

Have a wonderful November my friends.

all for now...