Behold, He cometh with clouds. ~Rev 1:7
~My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers
The excerpt above was part of my morning coffee & reading time. We had clouds and a light shower of rain early this morning which was refreshing before the sun burned through the clouds and the heat of the day came on. I watered the veggie patch and the flowers and noticed how much the young, speckled birds and their parents appreciated the sprinkler too.
Purple prairie coneflower, AKA: echinacea
It was a full week of helping out with the Littles and painting the interior of M&G's new home. Oh what a coat of fresh paint can do for a home! Who needs to remodel when you can get such dramatic results from a can of paint? I love to paint because the results stay. Painting doesn't become undone like the laundry and dishes do.
In the middle of the night Friday I heard a big thump outside and the dog started growling and barking, and I just knew there was a skunk nearby. The evidence wafted up to our bedroom window and I jumped up to close windows and block the stench from penetrating inside any more. Oh, I get so frustrated with skunks! Perhaps if I hadn't forgotten to bring the dog in before bedtime, the skunk would have walked by unalarmed, and we might have avoided a stinky house and front porch, but that wasn't the case.
In the morning I commenced to begin de-stinking the dog and the house. I have a terrific pet deodorizer that works like a charm: 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 c. baking soda, 1 tsp. Dawn dishwashing soap, and a gallon of water. Pour this over the dog and scrub in. Let it sit for five minutes or so and then rinse. That was easy. I figured if it worked on the dog, it might work on my house and porch. I mixed up everything, minus the water, and added a few drops of lavender oil and put it into a hose-end sprayer. I dialed it to 8 oz. per gallon and began to spray the house and decking. It smelled much better and it was actually a good idea to spray down the front of the house since the flies had been getting bad and there were a lot of fly specks to wash off. I washed down the porch chairs too. I left it to soak for a few minutes and then hosed everything down. A half hour later when the sun dried everything, I could still smell stink. I searched the web and found that liquid bleach is a good deodorizer for skunk odor left on solid surfaces so I added some bleach to my hose-end sprayer and hit the house with it again. That really helped. A. Lot. I am quite sure that the skunk must have sprayed close to our front door because that is where the odor is the strongest, but it's a lot better. I'll probably spray that area down again today.
On the inside of the house, there was just a little bit of odor floating so I lit candles and set out bowls of vinegar to absorb some odors and then scrubbed my floor, adding in some lavender essential oil to the mop bucket. I always do it, but I added in a few extra drops for good measure. I washed all the rugs too which really freshened the house.
Are you watching the London 2012 Olympics? I am. I am normally a Winter Olympics watcher, but since the Summer Games are in London, I felt a certain connection. My daughter and I traveled to London in 2005 and I remember seeing lots of posters around urging Londoners to "Back the Bid" for the 2012 Olympics and now here we are! It's fun to see the green, English countryside where we traveled by train and to experience again the sights and places where we walked the streets of London together. So far my favorite events have been the Bicycle Road Races, Rowing, Swimming and Beach Volleyball. What are your favorites?
We started haying again. We have a piece of land that we lease which has quite a bit of wild hay that could become a fire danger so the guys decided we should go harvest it even though it is past its prime. Hay is hay during a harsh winter on the prairie, and we're sure our cows would gladly eat it on one of those cold, windy mid-winter days. Feed is going to be expensive (and already is) this year so it's best to harvest all we can despite the quality.
Monday our youngest son competes in a state amateur qualifier, golfing 36 holes in one day. It'll be a tough day since the temps will be in the high 90s with humidity of approximately 70 percent. He loves golf though and I know that he has that inner strength and confidence to do whatever it takes to do his best. His caddy-friend is determined that they shall WIN! I hope so. Hubby went along to keep the team supplied with fresh, cold water, snacks, and towels.
Today is Resting Day. I have a chicken slow-roasting in a low oven, the Olympics on the TV, and a good book to read. I think I'll take a nap this afternoon, and maybe I'll embroider a rose on something. Happy Sunday.
Work is not always required...
there is such a thing as sacred idleness,
the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.