Friday, November 19, 2021

Friday Book Club - A Season Of Love by Amy Clipston

                                                     Copyright ; 2012   Publisher: Zondervan

A Season of Love by Amy Clipston is the fifth and final book in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series. This book finalizes the story with three young women beginning a new season of their lives. At 285 pages, it is a fairly easy read and I enjoyed the fact that the book had discussion questions at the end of it so that it could easily be used for a book club. A glossary of Pennsylvania Dutch words at the beginning of the book is a tremendous help as well when reading the book. 


Amy has done an amazing job of bringing characters together in each of these books and this one centers around Katie Kauffman and her desire to be with a young man that is not of the Amish faith. Knowing that she can't be with him and yet, a love that will not leave her mind. After being caught in seemingly compromising situations with him, her father has decided that she needs to leave the home and go live with family she has never met; all while, her friends are getting engaged and married. All she wants is the same happiness.


The entire series has been a pleasure to read and if you are a fan of Amish books, I highly suggest that you add this series to your to be read pile. I am thankful that I did. These types of books seem to take me back to simpler times in life and thoughts of a lifestyle that might be just a bit better than our own in ways. 


Book One: A Gift of Grace

Book Two: A Promise of Hope

Book Three: A Place of Peace

Book Four: A Life of Joy

Book Five: A Season of Love
 

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Girls Trip to South Haven









If you have ever been to South Haven, Michigan you will know that it is absolutely one of the prettiest places on Earth. A recent girl's trip took my friend and I there and I am anxious to return and see some of these same sights again. The views of Lake Michigan, the shops, the food, and fun made it a wonderful weekend!  



They were actually preparing for a wedding on the beach and it was such a pretty sight! On the other side of the beach, we actually seen another bride and groom that had just exchanged wedding vows. What memories!!



How much fun it would be to live in this house? Look at the rounded part of the home and just the sheer beauty you would be surrounded by each day! We discussed that we would have a sun room or breakfast nook overlooking the water and how we would like to spend our days there.



We really enjoyed South Beach. We went to a few others along the water, but I felt that this was our favorite! We actually went on a nice day in September so we were able to take our shoes off and put our feet in the water ( which was cold) and we walked through the sand as well. 



The seagulls were everywhere! They weren't a nuisance though and they were not leaving a mess everywhere. I greatly enjoyed watching them walk along the beach and seeing the many flocks of them along the beach. Such pretty birds!



This is part of South Beach as well. It is along the walkway and I thought that it made a great photo opportunity. It looks as though a ship might just have been stranded here at some time. ( I know better, but..)



Lighthouses are such a unique piece of history and I always enjoy seeing them anytime we can. This one is not open to go into, but it was a great chance to do photos and spend a little time near the water and enjoying the time we were there. 

Oh, the sail boats that we seen. We sat and watched them for quite awhile. We wonder how they know when to let the sail in and out. I would love to ride on one so I am adding that to some bucket list that I will make one day. 

The Cabela's fishing boat was a real treat as well. I shared this with my husband and he enjoys fishing and he likes stores such as Cabela's and Bass Pro Shop. I was unaware that Cabela's had a professional fishing team. Amazing how you learn something new everyday, isn't it?

The walking path made it super easy to go to the end of the town and to the beach and water. 

Plenty to see in the marina as well. 



One of the best restaurants in South Haven is Clementine's. Located along the shopping area, it is a very unique restaurant. It is located in an old bank building so the beauty inside is just as wonderful as the outside. Our food was amazing and the service was impeccable. I would suggest it to anyone that I knew was going there. 
You can't talk about the food without sharing a photo of it. This sandwich was amazing and the salad my friend got was just as appetizing. The croissant was flaky, buttery, and made the sandwich. Oh my, my mouth is watering now just thinking of this food. I hope you are enjoying it as well. 


We ended each day of our trip at our hotel, which was in Indiana and only a short drive from South Haven. We were able to have a lakeside room with a small balcony that we could sit on to drink our coffee in the morning and our wine in the evening. What a perfect way to end the day with a good friend, a good drink , and a beautiful sunset. 









 

 

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Saturday Morning Plans

 What are your plans for this Saturday morning? Life had to start early for me today as I am going to a holiday craft show to sell Pink Zebra products today. Anyone that enjoys home fragrance, needs to give Pink Zebra a try. We have wonderful home decor as well and we have added game changing hand sanitizers and soaps to our product line. 



Hand sanitizers that are Ph balanced are much nicer for your hands and I have found that when I use others I can truly feel the difference in ours. My hands are much softer and do not dry out as bad. They also smell wonderful and do not live your hands sticky as so many others do. For those that use it daily, it is a hand saver.


Other than the show today, I plan to rest a bit. I need to have surgery on my other foot and it is really causing some pain. I had to see the doctor yesterday and she basically told me that the foot deformity should have been fixed months ago. Many of you know that I am just now fully recovering from the surgery that I had last year and truly, I do not feel ready for another one, but I have to do it now.


Better get ready to get out of here, I hope your Saturday plans include relaxation and fun. Have a great day!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Fall and Its Beauty

 October is in full force here, but the weather sure is odd this year. We are usually at peak color around this time and we have just barely started to see color on our trees. As I look out the window, I see a little orange and yellow, but not much. Our county is known for it's leaves, which drives all the locals crazy as many tourists flock here to see leaves. The same leaves that are in their own yards and change the same as ours do, but they just feel they see them better here. The photo below is a Google Image, but it looks like our road when color is at its' prime. 


Red, yellow, and orange can usually be seen in abundance here, but I must say that I don't usually notice until it looks like this on my drive out. My friends love to visit in the fall because of the colors. 


This photo is a Google Image too, but I love it. Each morning, I find chickens on our porch banister and I have thought many times that if I placed pumpkins in my window sill, they would attempt to peck through the glass. 

It's hard to believe that it is almost holiday season. You know the November and December rush of Thanksgiving, and Christmas that seems to flood the country each year. I love to decorate, but it seems as though I have been cutting back each year and I am sure that I will this year too. I love my Christmas tree and I have enjoyed our fall décor and Halloween décor, but I will be glad to get my tree up. I do love Christmas!!!!

Fall is winding several activities down here on the farm. The chickens are not laying as much and the work seems to have dwindled down some as well. I am just not up to having so much to do these days. Between my foot surgery last fall, my battle with Co-Vid, and the fact that I am aging, I just feel much more drained than before. My husband had cataract surgery last week and will do his other eye next week and I have battled dry eye syndrome the past week and still feel as though my eyes are not in great shape. I have some tests for macular degenerative done in November and I will say that I am stressed about that. I don't want to lose my sight!!

Well enough of this, I hope you all have a great day and if the weather is nice where you are, please get out and enjoy it!!



Sunday, October 3, 2021

Image Provided by Google                 
 

Hello! It's a rainy Sunday here on the farm and I must say that I am not feeling the best either. I have a migraine and I truly struggle with them these days. I feel that I can't get my Excedrin to help with them anymore either. Do any of you struggle with migraines and what seems to help? I have used peppermint oil to help as well, but it doesn't seem to be doing much good these days either. 


Life has been crazy these days. I have made several short trips with my daughter and grands. We went to Michigan and enjoyed a few days there. We have gone to the Creation Museum and the Newport Aquarium for fall break and enjoyed the time there as well. It was a celebration of the granddoll enjoying school and doing very well there and then a birthday celebration for the little one. Hard to believe she is a year old and many of you know that I have struggled with her and feelings that I have. I am still struggling and she is a very different baby from the first and she still doesn't do well around anyone but mom and her aunt. I don't know how I will ever be able to give her equal attention, but I know that I love her. 


I have also taken a short trip to South Haven, Michigan and Indiana Dunes National Park with a friend for a few days. It was such a nice time and we found several wines that we truly enjoyed and some that we did not. We are thankful that we were able to go, but we missed our other two friends that we usually vacation with. Work and life interfered with them going. We all are thinking that work is overrated and that it should be time to retire. 


I have also been able to visit with another friend on a trip that allowed us to reconnect with a couple of men that we were priviledged to meet many years ago at church and I have remained friends with one of them, but had not been able to see him for several years. I am thankful that he has since joined the gospel group, The Booth Brothers and I must say that I feel it is a wonderful fit for him. Buddy Mullins, a Godly man has joined his former bandmate, Paul Lancaster and Michael Booth to form a wonderful group of talented men to spread the joy and love of God and His message through song. If you have ever heard of any of these men, you are blessed. Here is a link to their page and I am sure you can find their music in several places online. 


                                          Buddy Mullins, Michael Booth, and Paul Lancaster

                                                             The Booth Brothers

                                                                  Image provided by Google


Well, I must close for now. The dryer is buzzing and the washer has stopped and the broom is calling my name. 


Happy Halloween from the farm and Pink Zebra!!!!
 




Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Everyone I Know Is Sick

 It seems as though everyone I know is sick and most are Co-Vid related. I myself have not been feeling well and I am waiting on a call from the doctor's office to see if I need to be tested myself. I woke up yesterday feeling nauseous and had a horrible headache. Today, I still have a headache but I am not nauseous and feel a bit better. 

 I don't have a cough and I don't have a fever, so I really do not think it is this horrible virus, but I want to make sure. I lost a cousin last week to Co-Vid 19 and he was very healthy and younger than myself. I can't imagine the pain his family is feeling as I know it has really had me in a horrible funk and mad at the world.  I just want to be sure that I am doing all that I can to help my family stay well. I will not allow the virus to take another family member. 

I have several people near me that are sick with it right now. A good friend has both parents home sick and now her dad's oxygen is dropping. I also have family members on my husband's side that are sick with it. For some reason, this Delta variant seems to be hitting so close to home and many people around us are sick with it. I have not had close contact with them, but I want to be sure that I am not taking a chance of exposing my own family to even more of a chance of getting it. 

Today, my worst complaint is my headache! I just can't seem to get rid of it and it seems to be getting worse at times. I believe it is way worse than a migraine and my normal meds are not getting rid of it. I think I would feel better if I did not have it. Temp is running normal, but I do feel as though I get warmer if I am up moving around. I am just thankful that I am not feeling nauseous today.


I pray that you all stay healthy and that Co-Vid leaves us soon. I was vaccinated and I am not regretting it, but I am wondering why so many that I know are sick now that were not sick before vaccinations. 

Friday, August 13, 2021

Going Back on The Road Soon

 I had a fabulous trip to Branson and enjoyed our Pink Zebra reunion so much. Thanks to Tom, Kelly, the customer service team, the product development team, and John as well as the many others it takes to make the reunion fabulous each year. I will see you all in Reno. 

I made a few new friends at this reunion as I am comfortable enough with myself to speak to someone I don't know. This company has given me confidence that I never had before. This company has given me a passion for home fragrances that I never expected to have. If I walk in my home and there is not something nice scenting it, I begin to question everyone why the warmers are not filled and on. If you have never tried Pink Zebra, please let me share the best home fragrance with you. With 70 scents that are blendable, the possibilities are endless. The products are non toxic and if you use hand sanitizer daily, you need to try ours. It is ph balanced , so it does not dry your hands like so many others do. Here is my website and I would love to send you a sample if you email me here

Grey Speckled Simmer Pot

Hand sanitizer on the go

My daughter and I are heading out again Monday and will be at a Power of the Past Festival for a week. I am hoping our sales are fantastic because I am working on paying off all of my credit cards. I want to be debt free other than my car payment and I am working at stocking up on each of the new scents that are available. Events like that are fun, but sometimes seem like a lot of work. However, sales can't just come from friends and family. We have to get the word out about our products and I am building a team under me so I have to find recruits, but I want those that fall in love with the product first, I am not just signing everyone up to have a team. We earn money without anyone under us, so I am very cautious as to what recruits I have. 

After this show, I have another one but it's a one day event and then I will be home for a few weeks before I have to go again. I have a show that is almost two weeks long in September and October. I am excited for those! Fall shows and scents are sometimes the most fun!

My goal is to earn Pink Sapphire and make the trip to reunion in Reno next year. I ask each of you if you like home fragrances, please help me out by purchasing from me or passing my information along to a friend or relative that uses home fragrances. I know the group of bloggers here are fabulous and can help me. If you refer someone to me and they purchase, send me a message and I will send you a gift. EZPZ to win something free!!!!!!!


Saturday, July 24, 2021

Heading to Branson

Greetings from a hot and humid area of the country! Farm life is a little more difficult when the temperatures are in the 90's and heat indexes are even higher. If you live in an area that does not have a lot of humidity, you sure are lucky.

I figured I better get on here today and write a bit as I will be leaving to go to my daughter's this week and then we are headed to Branson, Missouri for our annual Pink Zebra reunion. Last year, we were supposed to be in Branson, but due to Co-Vid, we were only able to be virtual. This year, the show is back on and we are super excited to be heading that way on Thursday! It is not my first trip to the area, but I am excited to go back and I love getting to meet Zebras from all over the country and will meet two of our team mates for the first time in person! Super exciting!!!!


* All photos will be courtesy of Google Images on this post*

We will arrive on Thursday and Friday evening we will be taking a cruise on the Branson Belle with many consultants from around the US. 
This will be a first as I was not able to do this the first time I was in Branson. A cruise on beautiful Table Rock Lake is a perfect ending to an exciting day! I am sure that Tom and Kelly, the Co Founders of the company will make the trip absolutely amazing and memorable as they treat us as family!

Our convention is near Branson Landing and it is absolutely beautiful. Lots of shopping and dining options near by and some beautiful views. The fountains are stunning during the day!

*Fountains*

And Magical at night


I will be sure to share many of my own photos as soon as I can. 

The farm will not be home to me for several days now as I will leave for Branson and then when we return from there, my daughter and I will be home one day and then we will travel to Kentucky to set up at a sale for several days as well. 

As I was preparing my calendar this morning, I realized that I am only home for about 12 days the entire month of August. It's going to wear me out, but I intend to have fun and enjoy the time that I am with her. I will get back on as I can and write for here. Just remember if you don't hear from me, I am simply working my business and enjoying life!



Thursday, July 1, 2021

Blogging Days

 


This image is from Google Images, but I thought that it was too cute to not share. I use Google Images often with my Pink Zebra business and so I thought that I would use one here today as well. I have not taken many photos recently as I have been busy with my Pink Zebra business. 


I want to thank each of my readers for the many years that you all have supported me and my family in the blog world. I have never made money from my blog, but I would like too. I just am not sure that I want to open it to the crazy money world. I like that it is still personal and a family blog, so I will just keep things the way that they are now. 


Life seems to get in the way of writing so many times these days, but I don't want to give up as I love my blogger friends, so although I may not be here often, I have decided that I am going to keep this up for now and I am going to do my best to continue to keep you all in the know with what is going on. I may move away from the farm stuff and write more about life in general and keep these more as a way to connect with my friends. Our lives have changed over the past few years and we are just not doing as much farm stuff as we have in the past. I love our life here and I can't imagine living anywhere else, but I also just don't feel that we do enough to continue to attempt to do only farm related items here. 


I will continue to read as many of your posts as I can and I will continue to be a huge fan of many of you as well. Some have actually become more than just bloggers, but ladies that I consider friends. 



Thursday, June 17, 2021

Summer Farm Days

Farm days in the summer can be quite long, hot ,and exhausting. I am thankful that we don't live on a large farm and that we don't have a huge garden, but the animals are enough work. This year seems to already be off to a hot start and I am sure that it will only get hotter and more humid as we roll into July and August. 

Here's the newest farm project. 10 baby chicks. A variety of kinds, but they were on sale at Rural King so hubby decided that we certainly needed them. For now, they are separated from the other older chickens and I am sure they will be for a month or so. The camera was a scary sight for them. 
 Our garden plot! Very small but several rows of planted seeds. We shall see what they do. 

After a day of working in the garden, taking care of animals, helping the grandkids and hubby with whatever the days agenda is. it's nice to be able to relax and enjoy a nice cold glass of blueberry water outside on the porch. 
My favorite way to fuse water is to add blueberry and a little orange or lemon to it. Delicious and refreshing when it is hot and humid outside. 






 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Life on the Farm - May 2021

 Life on the farm has been more about being off the farm lately. It seems that the month of May has literally been a blur! I have found that life has been in the fast lane lately and I am ready for a few slower days in my life. 


I have started working on my health a bit more and I am being more cautious about my food choices and my snack choices. I like to snack and I will admit it! I love cookies, a good cake, ice cream, etc. I also love my lattes! I need to make better choices in what I eat. I have been trying as well as attempting to exercise a bit more now that my foot is a bit better. Starting out easy because I don't like to work out so to speak. I like to walk, so I am attempting to do a bit more of that. 


My daughter and I took the grand kids to a couple of new parks the other day and enjoyed the sunshine and warmer temps. I walked over 6 miles that day and although, I know it was good for me, I was certainly sore the next day. I did enjoy a few trails that day and I will be doing more, but I have to learn to take things a little slower the next time. I can do 6 miles, but I must work my way to it instead of suddenly pushing myself so hard. 

Do you see her getting a bucket of water dumped on her head? She loved the splash pad and had so much fun! She is a water lover, which she doesn't get from me. 
Swinging with her little sister. I so wish these swings would have been available when the girls were little. 
She loves climbing as well. She gets a little scared as she says, but she does fine. I love that the playground had some shade over it as to keep the kids from being straight in the sun. 

Letting the little one play too. She looked too cute in those jean shorts!

Playground number 2
Family photo on the rock! Mom sure is enjoying the time she can with these girls. 
Little Sister getting a quick car ride in. She loved it after being in it a few minutes. 

Little Sister loves to swing! H thought she could swing in these baby swings too. No way! 70 pounds and over 5 years old- I don't think so!

Hiding under the dinosaur rock. She still loves dinosaurs!
Playground number 3 for the day! Our final one as I was exhausted as well as the kids. It was a fun day though.



Gotta make memories now because H is going to school in the fall as it stands now. I am a bit upset as I have truly enjoyed having her as my third home school student, but I also am going to enjoy a break from all of the work. I sure will miss her though!!







 



Friday Book Club - A Season Of Love by Amy Clipston

                                                     Copyright ; 2012   Publisher: Zondervan A Season of Love by Amy Clipston is the fifth a...