A towhee chirps in the black cherry tree behind me as I sit on the porch sipping hot coffee. It’s a sunny Sunday morning. Mass will be later this afternoon which my fiancé and I go to. Today, since it’s nice weather out I’ll wear a skirt.
Mass is such a beautiful event. I love being Catholic.
Anyway, today has been mostly good. I woke earlier than expected and popped downstairs to make coffee. Which, nonetheless, is an interesting experience/experiment each time I make it in our percolator.
Stove-top Percolators are finicky things.
Now, I’m upstairs honestly really tired—extremely tired.
I’m waiting for my stick buns, new recipe (so EXCITED!!). I think they’ll drive my fiancé crazy, haha. He loves sticky buns.
I found the recipe on my Allrecipes app and added a few substitutes. I made my own yellow cake mix and used some leftover streusel topping from a muffin mix box.
My fiancé loved it! He had two slices today!
Though it is a beautiful sunny day after a big rain last night my garden is looking very sad. My petunias look Ike they’ve been battered with a broom and my lilac never bloomed and is a green skinny bud jutting out with yellow tips. Quite dead which is quite disheartening.
Ta-ta for now friends.
Today, I hiked a very large mountain—well since I’m a flat lander, I’d call it a mountain, at least. It could’ve been a very large treacherous hill though. 😳
It was a beautiful day and the plants just shined in the dew as we hiked our way up the section of land situated on the mountain.
I love identifying flowers and trees; bugs and arachnids; peat moss and lichens!
I even found a couple plants and trees I knew from my home state KS, including a Linden tree, Rough horsetail, and a flowering Dogwood I once saw in beautiful Atchison, KS.
We even followed a creek that was so beautiful! Not very deep as you could see the water cascading over the rocks clear across. I was so taken with it all and a good hike is something I just so enjoy!
Anyway, it got me to thinkin’, climbing this mountain brought me a lot of challenges especially with my injured foot. I slipped in the boggy mud twice and almost lost my balance hiking through a ravine with a stream with a solid rock bed below.
I developed a lot of courage and bravery on that mountain today.
And courage comes out of people in a lot of different ways. Unexpectedly, sometimes.
When you do something courageous you feel a sense of self-esteem and your mood lightens, feeling the happiness of accomplishment.
That’s how I felt like on that mountain coming down when I almost slid into the little stream running down to meet the creek. Then I remembered how strong I was. And that saved me from falling. My self-esteem and courage from climbing all the way up and persevering to the top was such a wonderful boost of morale for me.
So, reader, my friend, I challenge you, step out of your normal day-to-day routine and get your feet wet. Try something new that will challenge you and even make you cry, sweat, grit your teeth with perseverance.
God made you for greatness; climb your mountain!