Adventures of Maggie: Day Stress, God’s Strength Helps, New Shoes are Good too…

This morning is the second day of my Novena. I have subscribed to the Corpus Christi Novena by John-Paul & Annie I suggest you give it a look. Corpus Christi has passed as it was June 3rd this year. It is such a joyful way to begin your day!

Ok, so today hit me with a little too much stress.

My feet have been aching and swelling in the heat especially when confined to shoes. The soles of my HOKA shoes have been going flat. Comfortable shoes to fit my feet cost so it’s always somethin’ I just gotta bite the bullet on buying. Because sometimes the shoes even if they are good semi-orthopedic shoes don’t fit me correctly.

But finally after much deliberation I made a shoe purchase. Also, a shoe company that in the past has given me soo much comfort when walking. New Balance, great shoes, great comfort. I ordered the NB Nergize Sport. Yes, it does say sport–I will not be competing in any sports save walking.

Hurrah!!

I bought them directly from the New Balance site.

So, I’m standing on tip-toe to receive my package in the mail!!

Hurrah for comfortable shoes and New Balance!

Blessing #5: Sunday Southern Spread

This evening my fiancé and I are cooking a proper Southern spread for my parents. My dad will I think be very impressed.

My fiancé and I traveling so much have had quite the experience of Southern dinners done right. We went with my fiancé’s family to a lovely restaurant in New Orleans called Galatoire’s once. It was incredible!

Hopefully, I’m making on of his favorites— banana cream pie.

We’ve had a lovely lazy Sunday here at the farm.

Just kinda middlin’ through the day, now.

Mass was wonderful! It’s good to be back in my home parish again. The mass was introduced by a beautiful song in Spanish. The singer had such a beautiful voice!

Afterwards, we went with friends out to lunch at Dairy Queen. It was so good to see old time friends and local community people again.

My pottery also came back from the shop and it looks great! Oh, my goodness, I never thought something I would paint and have fired in a kiln would look this good. 🤗

Check it out!

Cow teacup; COFFEE for me please

Obviously, coffee stains from this morning. Smilingcoffeecup comes with coffee. 😋

After much deliberation my fiancé and I decided on wedding guest gifts! Homemade jam! I’ll begin making jam for my wedding guest gifts. During this summer I need to can at least 175 jars of jam. Ayiyi!

So, excited to continue on this week with my studies and see what happens on the farm. My class, is admittedly, less stressful than the last time I took it.

I am progressing through my class well and I think I’m well enough ahead of schedule to not be stressed. Hurrrah!

Kansas is so beautiful with the golden fields of wheat right now. Oh my goodness!

We’ll friends, I’m off to make dinner, tootles for now!

😊☕️

Adventures of Maggie #1: Hotspot Specialty Coffee Shop & More

It’s 8:05 we’re speeding down the highway in a white van full of asparagus and I haven’t had coffee. Kyril and I, with the help of my dad, packed 50 15 lb boxes of asparagus into the van at 5 am this morning.

Last night, Kyril and I went to go fishing at a farm pond. But… there was a fence and a plot of land we didn’t think we had permission to go on.

Fishing is such a relaxing sport. I enjoy it!

Speaking of relaxing we’re just 15 minutes away from visiting a new coffee shop!!

Hotspot Specialty Coffee House

Ok, folks now this was great coffee and espresso. I ordered the lavender latte and my fiancé ordered the Cuban coffee. They were both scrumptious!

I love visiting coffee shops! Each so unique and interesting. I try to only support local coffee shops in whatever town/city I’m in. Shopping Local is cool. Shopping Local helps small businesses, which I try and help all year not only during small business week— but all the time.

It was delicious coffee so I would strongly recommend stopping by Hotspot Coffee!

Well that’s all for now folks, I hope you have a lovely day 😁

Friends of KS Reunion

The rain shimmers down the gutter as I leisurely lift my cup to my lips slowly sipping my coffee as I wonder what this summer will bring.

What a wonderful time of year on the Kansas prairie.

I was elated to meet with one of my closest friends this morning for coffee and see all three of her children. What a joy! I was able to hold her second youngest who, in fact, I was the first to hold at the hospital after mom and dad, of course. So it made that doubly joyful!

This friend, in fact, moved several states over to KS after working one summer and falling in love with the farm. Meanwhile, getting married and having several children! Wow, I held her teeny-tiny baby too. She is such a wonderful friend!

We had a good long conversation about ourselves and how our personal lives were as well as dappling in politics and world events. We talked especially about how life was changing so break-neckingly fast under the Biden administration.

On a lighter side we also talked about working out and staying fit which is a goal for the both of us. I have been, recently getting back into the swing of ab workouts, which makes my body feel better and stronger. My friend having just had a baby still is limited to only walking for a couple weeks more. Since, I left my bike in PA I guess I’m somewhat limited to walking as well. :/

And to my surprise and joy, she told me that my bridesmaids had planned a bachelorette party for me! Wow, I am so excited!

I am ahead of schedule for my Child Psychology class and working on submitting and ardently studying all my materials. And looking forward to a trip to the city soon. What a lark! I’ll be helping transport asparagus to one of my dad’s buyers.

Meanwhile, while we’re in the city we’ll be picking up a bagpipe reed that my fiancé needs for a talent show in my little town!

I also just properly identified that this part of the bagpipe is called a GOOSE! The bag is leather and the rest is wood.

The town will be so surprised I think!

University Updates–Save-the-Date–&More

The wind flutters the trees outside as the hot Kansas heat blazes down. I need to water the green house flowers again. My dad is trying to grow a fig tree too! Exciting! We always call new plants we’re growing E.N.C.’s.

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Anyway, today has been a highly productive day. Which has me in a great mood. I applied to three more colleges. And am working on sending in my transcripts.

2 down–1 to go!

You may be asking yourself why I am applying to more colleges when I’m already enrolled at Fort Hays State University. In the Fall, after my fiancé and I are married we’ll be moving. Which doesn’t upset the program I’m in now at all. However, the bachelor’s degree I’m pursuing now is only a general education degree. So, I spent most of my free time, in between classwork and watering the greenhouse, applying to online bachelor’s degrees in psychology. I figure it would look a lot better when I go onto to get my Master’s if I have a solid degree in psychology.

The house farm cat seems to agree to as she swishes her tail back and forth in an agreeable manner. I have also made a decision to only have send out wedding invitations and no save-the-dates. It will give the wedding budget I’ve planned a little more wiggle room for other things… Like the wedding transportation for us after the wedding! Heehee.

This is what I’m thinking:

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This is what my fiancé is thinking:

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But he’s open to the carriage idea, too.

We’ll just see if I can find someone that’s has a horse drawn carriage. Think how cool that would be! I think the only thing cooler would be if we could ride off happily betrothed in a giant pumpkin. Lol. Hahaheehee. I think only Cinderella got away with that one.

I absolutely love the wedding invitations! My step-mother watercolor painted them herself! The have sunflowers framing the cream background and a beautiful cursive print. She’s incredibly artistic and I’m so grateful to her for having taken the time to do that. I’m so blessed.

Farm Return-Labor-&University

Howdy all, coming to you live from the farm where the birds are chirping and the sun is glistening down over our apple orchards and hoop houses.

The sun is glistening through my window and an owl is sounding from down the hill.

My foot is a bit swollen and achy this morning but nevertheless it is a joyous day.

My fiancé is working for my family this summer as I’ll hammer away at my university courses and study for my drivers test. Urggh… Hopefully, I can get that under wraps before we head back to PA. That would help my fiancé be a little less stressed with all the driving.

The course I’m taking is Child Developmental Psychology. I’m a bit nervous about the outcome, honestly. Two semesters ago I failed this class, which dropped my GPA significantly. The outcome of my first attempt at this class plummeted my GPA to roundabouts 1.0. It was such a stressful time!

I was caught in between just moving to my new apartment, juggling a PT job at a daycare, and completing my classes. And I was diagnosed with anxiety (I thought this was a pretty normal thing but apparently my anxiety was high enough for a prescription medication) severe anemia–which sucks the energy outta ya like a fish on land. I was soo busy.

Now things have somewhat leveled out. I’m back to the farm. I’m only attending to my studies and my blog. It’s refreshing to hear the birds outside and see those beautiful Kansas sunsets in the evenings!