Another Day in Paradise

I was sitting here with my knitting, house open, listening to Brad and his friend James down on the gun range shooting at metal targets late this afternoon when it dawned on me…this really is paradise. Our little corner of Texas, all 85 acres of it, where we can wander where we want on our own land and shoot targets when we choose, watch deer wander through the yard and listen to the barred owls in the evening…and sometimes during the day!

When the owl starting hooting this evening the neighbor’s chickens all got in a flap, bless their hearts. I think that may be why their dog barks at night sometimes, protecting his chickens from whatever upsets them. And there is plenty out here to frighten a poor chicken, goodness knows! Bobcats, cougars, foxes, coyotes, owls, hawks and the list goes on. Let’s face it folks, a lot of wildlife has a taste for fresh chicken and eggs.

Speaking of chickens, it looks like our daughter’s chickens are going to keep all of us in eggs for some time to come. There are only six hens, but one likes to lay double yoke eggs and a couple of them are laying two or three eggs per day! Audrey, David and four children have all the eggs they want. I don’t know if nearly ten month old Gabriel is eating eggs yet but it wouldn’t surprise me.

Brad brought home some fresh rosemary and basil from Audrey’s garden along with two jars of jam and a jar of applesauce. All four of the kids went to church with him and he stopped to get Whataburger for them and their parents, then picked up lunch for us at Cotton Patch after he dropped them back at the farm.

While he was there he talked to David about our wonky front door knob. David thinks he knows what the problem is and will let us know when he has time to come out. It’s stiff and binds when you try to turn the knob but when you take the assembly out of the door it works fine so something is binding in there. I need to mention to Brad that we need to flush the water heater and David could do that for us in no time. We have had a lot of sediment get flushed through our water pipes this year due to water line breaks in town. We are on coop water but some of it comes from the city and they have been busy replacing water and sewer lines that are much older than I am!

Brad is enjoying a hot shower and I will do the same when he is through and maybe I’ll put the kettle on for a cup of hot tea before bedtime. He was already off and gone when I woke up this morning and realized that it was 66° in the house. We’d had the house open and the A/C off yesterday and hadn’t needed to turn it back on before bedtime. I turned the heat on to get the chill off the house and before long it was nice enough turn it off and open the windows to enjoy some fresh air. It’s been so quiet and peaceful all day.

Time to get ready for my shower and then work on my knitting and do a bit of reading before it’s time for bed. Thank you, Lord, for a blessed day.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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