This is the water garden the kids gave me several years ago and Seth dug it out and installed it last year... Thank you, Seth!
And as you can see, the replacement shade trees (we KILLED the first one, sob... my dryad heart broke.) are starting to shade things nicely so the hostas look GOOD!!!!! Go, hostas, go!!!!
Coneflowers, hostas, turtleheads and some annuals for color!
And the fun old baskets on the rock wall will fill in and give a splash of color behind the hostas and the little waterfall. And I can sit on the porch and write books.
Okay, let me tell you THAT WON'T HAPPEN, LOL!!!! But I do sit out there occasionally and mull the amazing chances I've been given! And the cute kids and very nice husband.
Mother Nature speaks with a vengeance sometimes. And when she does, like she did Tuesday night here and Monday evening in Nebraska, we have to figure out something that works quick, fast and delicious.
Enter Mr. Egg.
We are all familiar with Mr. Egg. Regardless of color....
Mr. & Ms. Egg are a welcome dose of protein and quick food hereabouts!
Toss in some chopped broccoli (the last 4 pieces from a bag that had been taking up crisper space for awhile, and yes, there were some questionable spots, but I just chopped them away!)
A handful of lightly steamed asparagus, chopped, fresh from the garden....
Half-a-dozen slices of Wright's Applewood Smoked bacon, cooked and broken up, my favorite...
A generous handful of 4-blend Mexican cheese (I love this blend, I use it for so many things.) and 6 freshly-laid eggs from our chicken house....
Whisk up the eggs, heat a pan, toss the veggies into the mix, add the meat and the first handful of cheese, and scramble until almost dry, then press out, and let finish over low heat. Add another hand full of cheese to the top, cover until cheese melts, then eat.
And I had a bag of Brussel's Sprouts in the same crisper so I steamed them, and we feasted on omelets and Brussel sprouts.... And it was a quick meal while Dave worked on the farm and I was busy starting a Christmas novella for our "Seekers" "Hope for the Holidays" Christmas novella collection, due out this November!!!!
How fun is that, to work hand-in-hand with some of your best buds, an amazing group of authors to produce our own collections for readers?
As I started developing that story, I could see the hero's gaze, the deep faith treading the waters of rugged sorrow. He's lost so much, and now the unthinkable looms ahead... and he has no idea how to face this new hurdle.
The ship of faith doesn't come with a depth meter, but even the strongest faith can be tested beyond its mettle. And Rafe Karralis is being stretched to the max, but when it's your child knocking at death's door, big strong dads have to look and act stoic, even if they're crying inside.
It sounds weird, talking about Christmas in June, doesn't it? But after watching brave struggles around me, I'm totally excited to be writing this story, a walk of faith that tests the very words, "I believe..."
Because miracles happen, every day.