Friday, September 12, 2014

Life at the Lodge

While the earth remains, seed time and harvest, 
and cold and heat, and summer and winter, 
and day and night shall not cease.
~ Genesis 8:22

Life in our little corner of the world couldn't be richer or more diverse.  The sweltering days of summer have suddenly morphed into the organically scented & cool air of Fall.  Temperatures have plummeted from 85/65 to 75/35.  My choices of attire have made an equally decided change as well.  Flannel shirts, sweaters & clogs occupy the space where once capris, sleeveless shirts & Flip Flops resided. 

The newest aspect of our lives is Maizie, the Labrador, Border Collie puppy that took up residence with us four weeks ago.  Nine weeks old when I picked her from the litter, she is definitely a treasure; & a smart treasure at that!  I probably needn't outline the work associated with having and raising a puppy (think toddler), but suffice it to say she is rarely out of sight.  I thought long & hard about having a dog since I'm allergic to them; cats are worse. However, I've yet to have an allergic reaction thanks to Zyrtec.    

What's more, we've found a Church home and have begun to sink roots.  Little-by-little we're meeting people, checking out Home Groups (aka cell, life or small group) & making our way around to determine where best to serve.  It's bound to be a bit of culture shock for us, going from a large body (2,000+) to one that's 250 people.  But that's what we signed on for given our choice to live rural.

It's also been a summer of company & more company.  We've thoroughly enjoyed the many opportunities to share our home & hearth almost every weekend since we moved here.  

Right now the valley is abuzz with all things harvest.  Huge trucks
filled with apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, apricots and assorted vegetables are making their way to the local processing plants.  Just yesterday the last of the pears in the orchard below us were picked.  Did you know that Bartlett pears are picked early, in late July (rock hard & green); while D'anjou pears are picked late?  Me neither.

Indeed, the Lord will give what is good, 
and our land will yield its produce. 
~ Psalm 85:12

We've even got our very own mystery to solve.  Deer aren't welcome on the property due to the orchard environs we call home. Thus a 12' high fence borders not only our 1.5 acres, but the 10 around us. Even so, deer tracks have been spotted (thanks to Maizie), and a newly planted Cedar is absent a few boughs. Hmmmmm

And then there's the county fair ~ a truly Norman Rockwellish event free of all things commercial. Sheep, goats, chickens, bunnies, cows, pigs & ponies were either decked out or displayed in festive finery.  

The same is true of locally grown vegetables & fruit.  The only commercial venue was allotted to tractors & harvesters (with hubby secretly wishing he could have one).  We took a thorough sweep and were done within two hours.  From our home on the ridge above the city & fairgrounds we could hear the Gospel & Country Western singers late into the evening.  What an oddly beautiful juxtaposition.

And the seed whose fruit is righteousness 
is sown in peace by those who make peace.
~ James 3:18

I'm not fond of long blog posts, & I'm way past my own, personally established boundary lines.  Time to offer a farewell. But I'll be back; and for sure I'll be dropping in on you.

May each aspect of Fall serve to bless you as they have me; and may those blessings inspire both of us to bless others.


Terri Tiffany said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your transition to Cowboy country. It sounds lovely! I can't believe you got a dog and are allergic! Wow. That dog is sure lucky. Love all your updates and happy life is full and rich!

Renee Regnier said...

Thanks for the update! It sounds heavenly! Enjoy!

Sharon said...

Sounds like you guys are just *naturals* for this country lifestyle! Good for you! I really liked the pictures you shared - especially Maizie! She is sooo cute - and evidently, quite a deer-tracker! (As a sidenote, we've actually caught a deer nibbling on some of our trees from time to time!)

Glad to hear about your new church home. When we moved 2 years ago, we also went from a mega-church to a very small community of believers. We have found such wonderful friends and such biblical teaching, that we are grateful for this new *home* on the mountain!!


Maryann said...

So glad you have found a church home, that alone can make your "new digs" feel like home

Cheryl Barker said...

Your new puppy is adorable :) Hope you continue in your adjustment to a smaller church. I've never been a part of a mega church so that would be an adjustment for me! Many blessings to you, Kathleen!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I think you'll enjoy the smaller church life - you'll really get to know everyone, and I KNOW they are blessed to have you. I love hearing about your new adventure, whether a long post or pictures only. Have a wonderful week in your little neck of the woods.

Just a little something from Judy said...

While reading this post, I almost felt like I was reading about my part of the country. I too go to a small church, and I am sure it must be a huge change for you. As for long posts, well, I could have read a much longer one from your corner of the world. This new place that you call home, sure does fascinate me. Love when you share, and how you share:)14485