Friday, July 10, 2009

Do You Ever Wonder?

Is it just me or do any of you ever wonder what your day or week would be like if something that took place didn't happen? I'll come back to that. As I sit here thinking about all that has gone on in the last two weeks, nothing just real exciting comes to mind. I wonder how so many of you find such interesting things to blog about. This blog initially started out for a way for my friends and family to keep up with what's happening with life on the orchard. So, here's my past two weeks...
It's been hotter than blue blazes here..everything is pretty much fried...except for anything that I've been eating. Excuse me, my mind is wandering.. my thoughts are on a big chicken fried steak right now and mashed potatoes covered with thick cream gravy....okay, I'm back.

Did I say it's been hot here? We have not had any significant rain in the past several months. Last week we got an inch one day...Thank the Lord for that! The pecan trees are producing pecans but a lot of them have fallen to the ground prematurely because it's so dry. Wednesday we had a wonderful little stormy shower come through that settled the dust on the ground and, yes, more winds that blew more pecans off the trees.

We're also getting a lot of fallen branches. They are so dry and brittle, they are snapping off and hanging there. That is an ongoing chore here of cleaning up limbs and branches. Check out the ground in this picture..there is NO grass!

There is no grass in the chicken pen either so to keep the girls happy, they are still getting their treats of carrots and a few potatoes.

Can you see that they love it?

Okay, now back to back my question... I'm sure everyone has had some of those days that nothing seems to go right or you sit and ask yourself "why me?" or "what else can happen?". I've had several of those days this week. As this 'ol grandma still has two of the grandsons for the summer and dealing with their antics, it's given me times to reflect on the raising of my own kids. Do I have regrets? Would I have done things differently? As I look back I would say that I definitely would but you know what? At that time with all that was put on my plate and not knowing what the future held, I would probably do exactly what I did. And as it is, I'm pretty darn proud of the way my kids turned out. I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ and read in Eccleciastes that there is a season and place for everything. Why things happen when they do, we will never understand but I know that there is a reason for it. I know that I am blessed with this parched orchard and fallen branches. I truly know that I am blessed to have my children and my grandchildren.
Alright, readers, ya'll are just gonna have to deal with me on this blog.. it's all bumbled jumbled and I rambling but, like I said earlier..this blog was initially started as a journal and it's a huge blurb of my thoughts. It's just been one of those weeks for me..well, truthfully, a couple weeks and I know in my heart some things have happened for a reason.

Okay, now I'm still trying to figure out why this had to happen..other than the fact it lets me show you how pretty and orange those carrots make the yolks...

Or why stepping in dog poop as I'm getting to get in the truck to leave for work had to happen...I'll save ya'll from being subjected to that lovely sight.
Well, I'll sign off for now. Thanks for hanging in there with me on this one.
Happy Trails...


  1. Ok Berte, you sound a little down. The heat and the drought are getting to you, maybe? I'm sure you are tired what with having the grands, altho I know you love having them. I don't know what else is going on, but the Good Lord knows what you need and He will provide. We need to pray for more rain for you and us here, too. It's been a hot and dry summer and it ain't even half over. I'm thinkin' of you.

  2. Boy, oh Boy! I have had those days too! I look back and think of all the things I could have/should have done differently in the raising of our 5 kids, and I have to trust the Lord that He will restore those years that the locusts have eaten. I could kick myself round the block and back again for all the foolish mistakes we made. But...God knows my heart, as He knows yours.

    As for why those eggs are lying on the guess is as good as yours!!! Same with the dog poop! Stuff happens! Get it???

  3. Oh Berte, I am right there with you on the grandkids. I have had all three of mine in and out this week too. Today 2 extra boys thrown in the mix. Let me just say "Drama, Drama, Drama"......he said, she said, he did, she did, No I am not, I want, he wants, she wants.......over and over!!! It is so quiet here tonight with just dh and I!!! Ahh Peace.

    Keep your chin up. You have so much to be thankful for. As do I.

    Big ole {{{{hugs}}}} coming your way!!!!


  4. I know I shouldn't laugh...but after what I've been through lately, a floor omelet and stepping on dog poop seems like a comic relief.

    I'm sorry they happened, though, and I sure do hope you all get some rain soon. We're dry and dusty here, too. Waiting for the rains to come. My peaches have been falling off, too.
    I only have one tree, though and can hand water. I miss fresh pecans. Yes, you are blessed....

    Bring on the rain and a little dip in temps.


  5. The only good thing about this heat is that my clothes on the clothesline dry super fast! The pecans have a normal June drop--God's way of thinning them. But it appears the June drop is continuing into July!

  6. I love reading about someone else's experiences. No matter where we live our joys and despairs are so similar. Thank you for writing so well about your life that I can share your feelings.
    Ellan from Delaware

  7. Bless your heart.....I've had days like know the saying...when it rains, it pours? I hope you have better days ahead and more eggs in your basket. blessings,Kathleen

  8. Bless your heart, Berte- I know exactly how you feel! I have one of those kind of days alot.
    And I know you did a fine job raising you kids- you've just forgot how rambunctious kids can be! LOL

  9. Dont fret about the will have a nut drop in growing season every year. The branches will break if it's dry or not. That's Mother Nature's way of growing pecans. Summer time blues...too hot to go out & to board to stay in.LOL


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