Put in a Nutshell – A Year of Sundays #3

We’ve been having some major storms, tree limbs down, streets turned into rivers, power outages, but whatever the circumstances around me, inside, I want to be rejoicing and praising God.

I’m hoping to take part through the coming year in Tourmaline’s Color Your World Challenge, this week the theme color is black.

Each day, before the heat becomes too great and my resolve to have healthy habits melts, I take a morning walk. One of my daily jaunts found me walking the path beside Glen Lake. Beautiful dragonflies shimmer as they rest upon the bushes and reeds surrounding the water.

My coffee reflects the sky and the trees above me and becomes part of this week’s Skywatch Friday Challenge. Drinking coffee black has health benefits. I switched over from adding sugar and milk to drinking it black over a decade ago. I never have stomach upset as I sometimes did when adding milk and sugar. Black coffee is amazing!

The dark water around the lilypads seems colorless, but I see reflections and swirls and I begin to feel a little of Monet’s spirit prompting a bit of creative watercolor daydreaming.

I’ve been harvesting herbs and flowers to use in cooking and crafts. After drying in the dehydrator I give them added air time on a sweater hanger in a closet.

I am still sowing seeds. It’s too hot for tender greens outdoors so I am growing them in a sunny window. Arugula, Mesclun and Black-Seeded Simpson Lettuce are sprouting well. I’ll grow and thin them indoors and eat them as microgreens.

My winter sown pansies are still growing and blooming in the intense heat of July. They are part of Cee’s Flower of the Day. The deep purple of this pansy mimics the color black.

I’m reading two books at this time and listening to a third. Erik Larsons book, In the Garden of Beasts, tells the historical facts surrounding the beginning of Germany’s rise to power and the people involved. The story is told through the experiences of William Edward Dodd, Ambassador to Germany prior to the start of WWII, and his daughter, Martha.

I just started reading a book on techniques for saving seeds, Starting and Saving Seeds, by Julie Thompson-Adolf. My third book is an audio choice, read beautifully by LeVar Burton; the biography of Fred Rogers is creating in me an even greater admiration for the man and the path he forged for educational television.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!




26 thoughts on “Put in a Nutshell – A Year of Sundays #3

  1. Enjoyed your take on this color – you made a beautiful flowing post for this color – from Monet and lily pads to your timeless lady garden touch! And fun to have three books you are exploring – I have a few books I am delving into right now – all non fiction –
    Anyhow – wishing you a nice day 😊🙏

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      1. Yeah – the whole
        Post had a seamless flow! Liked so
        Much and actually thought of you when I had coffee today! I smiled to imagine you with your black coffee and how passionate you were about liking it black (and side note – I like it black too – but sometimes have unsweeted almond milk – and other times make a mocha with touch of stevia – but a good cup
        Of black coffee is truly good ☕️☕️

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        1. Timelesslady

          Thanks…glad you thought of me. I think of you when I see my Rose of Sharon. Still doing well and branching out this year. I love my coffee…spread it out through them morning. It never makes me feel bad as other foods or drinks will do.

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          1. so glad your coffee works for you. I usually have one cup – and then have a cup of tea…. that works for me
            and my rose of Sharon had a baby come up next to it and I let it grow – so it has this cluster of big rose of Sharon, azalea, and half-size rose of Sharon – and I kinda like it.
            cheers to the pretty rose of Sharons in our yard
            and wishing you a good day

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            1. well it is 7:30 pm here – I thought we had the same time zone – and that is late? wow – you must be an early sleeper – haha –
              either way – sweet dreams when you hit the sack amiga


    1. Timelesslady

      I’m so happy they thrived. The photo was inspired when I set my coffee down to photograph the lake area where I found the dragonflies and lily pads.

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    1. Timelesslady

      I enjoy the color challenges. This week the host blogs challenge is blue…with different shades of blue in the following weeks. Like you, once I get the color in my mind, I see it everywhere. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Have a lovely week.

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