Blessing #7: Jesus, Blue Skies, Dry Heat & Trips down Memory Lane

Today, has been a roller coaster of emotions for me.

The day began hot and cloudless the sun bathing down on the front garden like a magnifying glass refracting light, in a most piercing manner.

I started my day with coffee, which was good. I’ve been browsing around for coffee deals as this wedding planning is not nearly done. And ya know for planning and college classes, everyday, sometimes you just need a little perk up! I love African coffee and notes of chocolate, yes please!

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I sure didn’t start the day in a very healthy way, skipping breakfast.

I guess, nowadays, with my IBS it seems harder for me to eat because if I eat something that’s now low-fodmap I sometimes, literally double over in pain.

So, I became overwhelmed about my college financial aid, which, imagine my luck, I was chosen for financial verification. Which is a random selection… Arrgh. Skipping breakfast and having that to deal with that, I was such an emotional mess by 9:30 am. Thankfully, my

dear fiancé held me while I cried. He’s so good and loving!

Then we prayed our morning Novena’s together, which is always such a beautiful and unifying thing for us.

That I think was the change I needed for my day to become brighter.

After we prayed, he went off to work and I was able to sit down and really get down to the nitty-gritty of my college class.

Which, I worked on for much of the afternoon and got a couple of assignments outta’ the way. Which was actually surprisingly successful! To my great relief. I scored a B on my 8 page APA essay, which I was happily surprised with.

I’ve been having some pain in my feet recently which I think is due to the heat, perhaps. I painted my toes for the first time in a coon’s age. I like the color it’s an ESSIE quick dry nail color.

I am absolutely thrilled about my fiance getting a teaching position at a high school. I think he’ll really enjoy that!

The wonderful thing is I have no idea where he’ll get a job and therefore where we’ll be living. I do hope we find out before August though. Being surprised about where you’ll be living is good. But being surprised about where you’ll be moving within a couple of days I think is a bit jarring.

Admittedly, I’m a little anxious about that.

In the early evening, I was able to go through some old boxes of mine in the attic and closets. What a treasure trove of different memories, I found, goodness! I used to be such an artist and I found so much of my art.

I also have this somewhat odd affinity for saving letters and cards that people have sent me. Kind of a bad habit, I guess. I even found my confirmation papers and several Catholic books about finding happiness while being single and prayers for your future husband. Golly gee, those books are all dog-eared and coffee stained. Haha, they sure served a purpose though! So, all in all, the trip down memory lane was one filled with great joy and many tears.

Well, until tomorrow my dear friends, I hope all is well 🙂

Smiling Coffee Cup- Positivity with your Morning Joe

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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.

Blessing #4: Cinnamon-Rolls-so-good-you’ll-lose-count

I sit looking out my window at the grey sky, misty-moisty hills covered in fog, and the bright, almost neon leaves outside. I’m so blessed to have this place. Wow, I’m in awe of being alone in PA as my first solo move.

Yesterday, the weather was much the same. I felt dreary like the whole state needed a little sunshine. So I found one of my favorite hobbies—baking!! I baked some INCREDIBLE INCREDIBLE cinnamon rolls. That coincidentally we had for our friend who came for brunch!

Cinnamon rolls so good you’ll lose count of how many you’ve had.

DELICIOUS CINNAMON ROLLS!

#1 My Strong Coffee

I woke this morning to the rain pitter-pattering outside and the sun coming through my window. God is sooo good!

I began learning the Slovenian language last night with this cool new app I found: MEMRISE. It uses speech and repetition to help you learn a new language.

Unfortunately, MEMRISE charges after the first lesson. So, maybe I’ll just skip back on my merry way to DUOLINGO again.

There is so much to learn and so little time!

I’m making coffee now in my pour over kettle.

I added dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg to the top basket and filled the pot with 4 mugs of water. Estimating six T to four mugs. Approximately 36 oz water to 6 T coffee.

Old fashioned coffee pot

I used a combination of 4 T GEVALIA pre-ground French roast and 2 T WESTROCK COFFEE COMPANY KIVU BOLD.

Two of my favorite grocery store coffee’s

I am a huge fan of KIVU blend which roasts as a bold and smoky cup of coffee.

Oh! It’s starting to come up the straw and boil over!!

The water coming up is still clear looks like it’s gonna take a bit more time….

The coffee is bubbling up much more rapidly and the color has changed to a caramel and now dark hazelnut.

I’ll let it boil for another minute then take it off the fire.

It’s best to pour as soon as you can because coffee’s flavor changes as it changes temperature.

Poured into my noble coffee mug! Bought discount at TJMAXX 😁
This is a homemade coffee mug made by my friend in Michoacán.

Well, friends I hope you have a wonderful day and keep your coffee cup warm and full.

Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.

-Anne Morrow Lindbergh