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This and That - Things I'd Overlooked

So, while I'm laid up with my knee, I was trying to figure out what I was going to post about….

I know I don't have to do anything; y'all would totally understand but I'm bored, to be honest, so I started looking through my pictures to see if I'd overlooked anything from the past 2 visits to the farm. Of course, I did! :-)

When we were there a couple or three weeks ago, Bruce found a coral snake in the front yard -shiver-
I don't mind snakes far, far away but I don't want poisonous ones close to the house. He killed it and I made him bury it so the dogs wouldn't accidentally end up eating it.

Later, I was cleaning up the front flowerbed and decided to dump some of my clippings over the snake grave…you know, to bury it more.

While walking back, I saw a peculiar hickory nut…

It moved…Oh my goodness, cute! A very tiny, baby box turtle. I had to pick it up. Look how small it is. I put him down and sent him on his way…

I hope he finds a warm, safe place for the winter. I've always loved box turtles from the time I was a little girl and hope we'll cross paths again.

Then just this past weekend, my twin sis and I were there for the Canton Market Days. The farm had gotten a lot of rain during the week. The gauge was overflowing so 5+ inches. Bruce asked me to go check the pond to see how much water was in it. We found this:

It's full, y'all!! It hasn't been this way for the entire almost 2 years we've owned it. It's just been a small puddle. We even scared 2 ducks that were swimming in it.  :D Yeah, I get excited about my pond being full.

I left the Halloween stuff up intending to switch it out this weekend. Now alas, it will stay until probably after Thanksgiving. When I do get back up there, this will go back over the mantle though. It'll be a good reminder for me as I heal:

It still remains as one of my more favorite projects. You can read the original post here.

I want to make some more signs with different sayings on them. It is on my project list for next year.

I'm also going to make more of these for the tree this year:

I will post a tutorial on making them. They are so easy to make. Plus I promise to take better pictures this year. :o)

This whole knee thing has thrown me for a loop. But as I was looking through my pictures, I came across this one. It was made as the sun shown through my blinds into the kitchen:
sunlight on kitchen floor

I had never seen it before and haven't since either but I like to think God is reminding me He's in control and everything will be ok.

My surgery is Monday. It might be awhile before I'm back. I'm hoping I'll be up crafting and painting ( I can do that sitting!) in a very short while. Until next time, be blessed.



  1. AMEN! Wishing you the best Cecilia! God bless!

    1. Thank you, Vel! I am grateful for His gentle reminders.

  2. That little turtle is so sweet! Good luck with the surgery Cecilia. I wish you a speedy recovery. All the best!

    1. Thank you Tuula.
      And yes, the turtle was very sweet. Shy. I really hope he survives - just so tiny. :o)

  3. Oh my…good luck on your surgery Cecilia….hope your recover quickly and stay away from those snakes…I so remember Coral Snakes in Florida….so, so poisonous…and such a cute turtle…thoughts and prayers to you and let us know how you are!!!

    1. Thanks Shirley. Not thrilled with that coral snake..oh well, life in the country. The turtle was such a fun find. Thank you for the prayers, I appreciate it.

  4. My gosh- That little turtle is the cutest little critter I have seen in a long time-other than the ones I had dressed up for Halloween that looked a lot my grandkids!;>) I am praying for your surgery and a quick recovery for you.

    That cross on your kitchen floor is AMAZING- A sure sign God is watching over you- Blessings- xo Diana

    1. Here, I bet your grand kids best that turtle in cuteness! Someday, Diana, someday - I will know that joy too! Thank you for the prayers. The cross was amazing- just had to take a picture.

  5. What an adorable little turtle - I hope he finds a warm spot to winter. Best of luck with your surgery - I love the way the photo of the cross gave you a sign. I pray all goes smoothly for you.

  6. Cecilia, when I wrote to you the other day I don't think I realized you were in Texas. By the looks of the sand and pines, and the fact that you got some rain, makes me think you're in the eastern counties. I'm in Castroville, west of San Antonio. Have always wanted to go to Canton. I think you're a little closer than us. I love it when I find crosses in my path. This one is surely a way to calm you before your surgery. Good luck!

    1. Hi Patty,
      Yes, the farm is close to Palestine. For now, it's our getaway place. We're going to move there in the next 3 years. For now we're actually up around Austin so not that far from you. You should go to Canton. It's amazing…my favorite part is out in the flea market area. You can find all sorts of stuff out there.
      I love finding crosses too. Did you know a pine tree's bloom/baby pine cones (not sure which it is) looks like cross? I'll have to take a picture of them next Spring. I am at peace with the surgery and all. Thank you for your encouragement. I appreciate it.

  7. I am not a snake fan either. One of my earliest memories is my sister and I playing in the yard and finding a snake. We freaked out and my mother killed it, and ever since then I've been afraid of them.

    I still can't believe you have to go through this with your knee. Surgery is never pleasant, but I have a feeling everything is going to be ok. (((Hugs)))

    1. Coral snakes are beautiful. Deadly, but their colors are so striking ( no pun intended, lol ). Just don't want them up at the house. Ugh.
      Me, either! What a birthday present, ha! Oh yeah, did it forget to mention this happened the day after my birthday? Such a freak accident. I am so thankful it wasn't worse. And thank you, Doreen, for the encouragement. Maybe I'll get some of those craft protects done. :)

      Thank you, my friend!

  8. Cecilia, I am so sorry about your knee. I had to go back and read what happened to you....ugh, unforeseen accidents can really take the wind out of your sails. Your farm looks so peaceful, I would love a retreat like that. I live in a community where the houses are all jammed up upon each other. I love my neighbors, but....anyway, I definitely think that your photo was a sign. It's just too perfect a picture! I hope it brings you some peace during your recovery. Following along, so I don't miss anything! :) Be well. Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable

    1. Hi Kim! Thank you, it is peaceful. It gets so hard to head back to the city each I get what you mean!
      My surgery was successful and should be well on my way to recovery. Thanks for the follow!

  9. Cecilia, just wanted to check on you.... how are you doing ? What did the surgeon end up doing with your leg ?

  10. Cecilia, I just added you to my circles....I LOVE the sign & owl in this post...will look forward to your tutorial on the owl. I scoured some pickets from a neighbor's throwaways this past summer, and want to make one or more signs like these.
    Here's to a speedy recovery and your getting back to the blog! You have a new follower who will be waiting for you. ;)
    Best, Rita

    1. Thank you Rita. I added you to my circles too. I will be working on those owls next week. I can only lay around so much! Lol. Actually, I am doing well...just need to mend.

  11. Update: the doctor removed the bone fragment and that made my knee feel so much better. I've rested a lot this week but it's healing and I get to start PT next week. Yesterday, I actually sat at my craft table and worked on a couple of projects. Thank you all for your prayers and kind wishes.


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