Looks like Rain!

The skies are gloomy this morning and Accuweather says rain is coming!  I’m not used to having so much precipitation during the summer anymore, but it sure does keep things green around here (and I like that!).  It’s a good thing that my wonderful neighbor Bob chose yesterday to come down with his big tractor-drawn mower and cut the grass in the front part of the yard (outside the fenced area).

I just noticed that the house was quiet (Juniper had been hovering, trying to get me to ‘come cover me up’ again), and had to do a quick walk-around to find my girl.  She’s sitting outside by the gate; the two girl kittens are trying to get her to pet them.  They are sweet little things.  I didn’t see Bubbles, the boy kitten, but he’s probably out there, too.  And, when I looked out the back door, there were three chickens standing on top of the BBQ grill, and two more sitting comfortably on the small patio-table next to the grill.  LOL!

So, today’s checklist so far:

Made two of the three beds (Juniper slept in two beds again last night; when I was making beds, she was still in the downstairs double bed, so I’ll go make it in a few minutes).  Making beds got so much easier when I moved the two twin beds so I could walk around them and get to both sides.

Wiped down the bathroom.

Bible study.

We have each had a cup of Sweet and Spicy tea — my favorite!  And it doesn’t require any added sweetener.  I’m back on Intermittent Fasting, trying to lose weight.  Juniper doesn’t need to lose weight, after losing probably around fifty pounds in the last year or so due to being ill (lupus flare).  She was wearing size 16 jeans a year ago last May; she’s now wearing size four and six, with a couple pairs of eights and tens still in her drawer but they are very loose.  She’s only 5’2″, so her 115 lbs. is about right for her small-boned frame, but I don’t want to see her lose any more weight.  Me, on the other hand, sigh.  Since last fall I’ve actually lost almost twenty pounds, but weight loss stopped when we moved, and I regained about five pounds.  Now that the house is getting back in order, and we are back on the AIP diet, I feel enough in control of things to start working on my own weight again.

As part of that, I need to start planning meals ahead, instead of waiting until the last minute and scrounging.  (Of course, getting the kitchen sink functional will help a lot, too!)

Waiting is much more difficult than walking. Waiting requires patience, and patience is a rare virtue. It is fine to know that God builds hedges around His people–when the hedge is looked at from the viewpoint of protection. But when the hedge is kept around one until it grows so high that he cannot see over the top, and wonders whether he is ever to get out of the little sphere of influence and service in which he is pent up, it is hard for him sometimes to understand why he may not have a larger environment–hard for him to “brighten the corner” where he is. But God has a purpose in all HIS holdups.” “The steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord,” reads Psalm 37:23.

I don’t know who wrote the paragraph above, but it is a very encouraging reminder — maybe I can’t go out and teach Good News Clubs anymore, but I can take care of Juniper and our home, and try to be an encouragement to other people I know.

Just cleaned out a couple of tote bags, and tossed one in the Goodwill boxes AND found the missing boxes of checks!  Praise the Lord!

Later:  We’ve been to town and back — stopped at the bank; mailed a couple of bills at the P.O.; dropped off four or five boxes full of stuff, plus the two empty file cabinets at Goodwill; went to Tractor Supply and got some enzyme stuff for the drains, and animal feed; Walmart for a new set of fingernail clippers and tweezers (to replace the missing ones, which I *suspect* Juniper flushed down the toilet), and a few groceries.

I’m going to leave the enzyme stuff in the drain overnight before I try plunging it one more time.  I hope and pray that this time it works — I really want to get the kitchen in order!

Couldn’t find Juniper a few minutes ago, so I went to see if she was outside.  Didn’t see her outside, so, with a sigh, was about to hop in the truck and go looking for her (assuming she must have climbed over the gate), when I realized that she was lying down in the back of the truck!  She has NEVER done that before!  I had left the doors to the cap closed, because there are still bags of feed and dog food in there; she opened those up in order to get in.  She was in the shade and it’s not terribly hot today so I left her there.

This, by the way, is the blog I’ve been reading for encouragement:  https://www.aslobcomesclean.com/2011/05/and-then-doorbell-rang/  She’s funny, and she is (like me) one of these people who does not naturally ‘see’ clutter.  We have to deliberately look and that is made much easier by de-cluttering.  I am tired of having all my mental energy be drained by my house.  Some things I have a pretty good handle on; other things I don’t.  So I’m working on them.



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