Random ponderings, bits and spurs...
By Home is where the heart is..All Rights Reserved
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July 27, 2016
Quite often this summer the heat has not been conducive to be able to enjoy one of my favorite activities.....porch sittin'. Even without the heat, just walking across the lawn, the bugs are quite unbearable. So much for peace, comfort, and serenity on the porch. So, the alternative is to revel in nightfall via the window, from the couch, with an icy lemonade, and the cool air from the a/c.
Good news is seeing we may have a cool front come through this week. Not going to hold my breath, as after all it is Kansas and we can have four seasons in one day. However, for me 80's isn't exactly a cool front, but will be grateful for lower temperatures if indeed we are graced with relief from the sweltering heat of this past several days.
Drove by the local swimming pool earlier this summer and it has been spruced up with colorful sea critters painted on the sides of the building. Someone is quite talented. We enjoy seeing the kids walking, riding their bikes each day as they head to an afternoon of fun at the pool. The city pool is just one more bonus in this small town.
On one side of our humble abode we have a country landscape and pictorial views at our doorstep, on the other side, small town life. Sad to see one of our neighbors move away and their empty house that was so full of life for many years. It was great to see a young couple move here into a home a couple of doors down that has been vacant for a spell. It makes our heart smile seeing all the young couples that have chosen to live in town and in the surrounding rural areas and raise their children here, as well as those that have deep ties and families here that have decided this is where they wish to live their adult years.They are the future of this valley's survival and for the generations to come to be able live and be blessed with this rural community life. Of course, we love the older folks also as they are the roots of any town, but in our opinion more so in rural areas. All ages are all a blessing to a small community..
We are grateful that this community still has a weekly newspaper, albeit a small one, but newsy nonetheless. It is filled with local happenings, notices of town and area events, city, school board, county commissioner meetings, sometimes yesteryear items, accomplishments and milestones of those who live here now as well as those who have moved away that still consider this their home and roots, school and sport happenings and much more. We are thankful that the paper still has area churches column. We can't imagine not having a newspaper filled with local news and more as many towns this size no longer have the perk of their own newspaper.
Listening to the cicadas tonight transported me back to my childhood when we would stay with any of our grandparents. Since air conditioning wasn't something that is as prevalent as today, we slept with the windows open from spring until late fall. In the summertime cicadas steady lullabies would lull one to sleep. They seemed to be the loudest though at my great-grandmother's home on the main street in town. Why, that was I'm not sure. It could be the bed I slept in was right next to a large window. Loved those windows with the row of colorful stained glass at the top.
Not sure what we were thinking when we didn't have a dog for several years before our dog came into our life. She is part Australian shepherd, blue heeler and a whole lot of border collie and she is getting up there in dog years. She has been a joyful companion to us and as with anything can be a pain at times. Well, maybe better description is she is set in her ways and can be slightly stubborn when she does not want to do something, but think that could apply to humans as well. We love her all the same. At night she and I often have a battle of wills. She always heads to bed either at same time as my other half does, or shortly thereafter. I sometimes stay up later watching a movie or working on a project. When we are staying in our 'up home' place, the bedroom is small and if she decides to bunk down at the corner of the foot of bed, one has to have her move in order to maneuver into the bed. She apparently feels that one only needs about 6 inches in order to climb into bed. If I'm lucky, she will decide to get up and get her middle of the night drink of water when she sees me headed to the bedroom. Otherwise, I'm whispering, 'please move'. She will raise her head and move it over slightly and look at me as if saying that is enough room and to go for it. After a few whispered pleas, I usually give in. Now it is acrobat time as one stretches, leaps, tumbles into bed, trying to maintain my balance in that small allotted space and hopefully not wake up anyone in the process. Just one of the joys of having a dog..
Guess it is time to end this rambling circuitous discourse and get some sleep. If I hurry, our beloved dog is on the other side of the bed. So, until we meet up again on this dusty trail of life...Have a great day! Keep cool! Remember to.....Live life slow, enjoy the simple pleasures, moments suspended in time, and take the back roads now and then.. "~ 'Home is where the heart is' 7/24/16 ©SBDS2016 All Rights Reserved
Quotes to ponder...
"Never kick a cow chip on a hot day"
"Some days come at you like a low branch on a fast horse
And some days there ain't time fer duckin' "