Morning Meanderings…


I woke up to a thunderstorm.  I heard the low rumble that shook me out of a pleasant sleep and listened as the first drops tapped the roof, slip down the windows, and covered my world.

It actually seems to be appropriate today as I am planning to be in the office tying up loose ends and finishing projects for the Annual Meeting on Monday.  It is the beautiful warm and sunny days of late that make me wish I was outside.

So now I sit typing up this post, sitting my Coffee and glancing at the darkness outside that has covered Brainerd Minnesota.  It is really a perfect day for a good mystery style read.

The back yard this morning

Tonight is date night…. my pick.  And I have no idea.  If Al gets home early enough maybe we can do a movie.  As far as where to eat…. I will have to think about that.

One last thing, my son Justin wrote a post for The Heart Is Not A Size blog about his experience with poverty in Honduras.  I would be forever grateful if you could pop over and read sometime today and leave him a comment.  (It would make his day!)

Any big weekend plans for anyone?

New Books In My Home

34 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings…

  1. Good Morning Sheila! I bring lots of coffee and we can sit and have a girlie chat:) Hope your day goes well. It has been very busy around my house. Stop by and see me when you get a chance! I am going over to read your sons post now:)

  2. We were supposed to have storms yesterday and they passed us by. My flowers would love a good downpour – and I would love to sneak some reading in. My reading time diminishes drastically in the summer.

    I love your deck/backyard. Just beautiful! I love that the tree is a part of your deck! Very cozy.

    Have a great weekend, and I’ll pop over to your son’s post – thanks for the link!

    1. Thanks Alison – I do squeeze in reading year round, but summer brings it outdoors with me and I really rely on audio to fill the times I cant take a book with me. 🙂

  3. Sheila, I just went over and read Justin’s post and commented. What a wonderful thing. I told him that my parents made many medical mission trips after they retired and it was a highlight of their lives. My Dad drove people kind of crazy wanting them to go on “spiritual vacations” with them. LOL

    You must be so proud of Justin and with good reason. Thanks so much for letting us know about his post and thank you for sharing him with us!

  4. Sheila, do you have any spare rooms in your house? I think I want to move in with you! That lovely huge back yard, daily book deliveries and endless coffee – what’s not to love? (Oh, and I wouldn’t be put off by the rain – I’m from England so I’m more than used to it!) 😉

  5. Good morning-what a beautiful backyard you have-I should show you my two feet of concrete that they call a backyard-so I finally ditched A. L. Vampire Slayer.

    I love summer showers-as long as they are not on the weekend and I have lots of sunny days-thankfully they did not hit last week with the tornado.

    1. Esme….. you ditched it huh? I did too. Couldn’t get through it.

      Actually now as the day has gone on the sun has come out and it is fairly nice again.

  6. Oh, you have a fabulous view from your deck, and even the raindrops can’t mar this scenery! In fact, rain in the summer is kind of great!

    Enjoy your day. I’m going over to check out your son’s blog post.

  7. It seems like we’ve had lots of grey days recently, but you’re right — they’re certainly good for staying in and tackling a project or reading!

  8. My son drove for the first time in drivers ed!! He actually did pretty good. Now, I’m outside enjoying this beautiful weather because I know the weekend will be stormy and steamy!! I’m going to check out your son’s post.

    1. Hi Staci – ooh do you have pictures of the first time driving experience? I know teenagers just love it when you take pictures of them – LOL 😀

  9. Sorry you have to contend with rainy weather!

    I just read Justin’s post and it touched me deeply. He is an amazing young man and it’s wonderful that he has inherited your deep compassion for the less fortunate.

    1. At least the rain cooled things down a bit Vicki. I do like the hot weather but you tend to feel like you are walking through pea soup. 🙂

      Thanks for the comments on Justin.

  10. Vivienne, yeah the driveway far off the picture goes back to our business which is behind the house. This is actually where I grew up, I inherited the home after my mom passed and I knew I couldn’t sell the property so here we are.

    I really love the area and all the neighbors are the same as the ones I grew up with. 🙂

  11. A summer thunderstorm and staying in bed sounds really pleasant actually! We never get rain in the summer (and, hence, the wild fires). Hope your day was a good one!

  12. Thanks for directing us to Justin’s article Sheila. He did a fabulous job. You should be very proud. Hey, send some rain our way, Charlotte is baking. By the way, did anyone snatch the Snickers today? 🙂

  13. Hi Sheila !
    I loved your sons article and all my blessings go to you and your family. I am so happy with the way you have brought up your boys and I know they will do well in life working in Gods vineyard.
    The article brought back several painful memories that I have seen….and which I still see, but I will survive……your son may have noticed that children from such countries are much stronger than other ‘Western kids’……..it is because there is only one take in life for them…..if you have to survive….you have fight the battle of hunger.

    On a lighter note, no weekend plans in particular but have a lot of studying to do.Some biographies are on my reading list right now.

    Enjoy the rains….I’m really enjoying mine !!!

    1. Fiza, I read what you wrote on Justins article and some of that we have seen with our own eyes. The street fights, the prostitution of young children, the drug use….

      my first time on the streets every time I closed my eyes that night it kept playing in my head like a bad movie. I couldn’t believe I had stood among that,

  14. Popped over to you son’s post. Nice. I am glad he finally went with you. Most Americans have no idea what conditions are like in third world countries or even in some areas of this country. When I was in the Peace Corps, 3 of every 5 children failed to make it to their 5th birthday where I was stationed. We complain about the droughts we have here. Our lawns turn brown, our flowers don’t bloom nicely, and you don’t get to wash your car as often. My second year in country, there was a drought which hit especially hard in a neighboring province. It got so bad, they closed the schools. When they reopened in the fall, only 50% of the children returned. The others had died from disease or starvation. Think of that next time you are in a classroom. half of those children would be dead in just three to four months. We don’t appreciate how lucky we are.

    Sorry, I got on my soap box again. A lazy day to sit around and read would be great. No such luck. Need to work on the house to get ready for company.

    1. Thats ok Pat, you hit on a topic I am pretty passionate about as well. The malnutrition is huge in Honduras and the lack of clean water astounds me. We were goven one large bottle of fresh water when we got there and told to guard it, as that was all we would get until we found fresh filtered water somewhere to refill it. I think I gave mine up about two hours later to a little girl who looked at that water like I was carrying gold.

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