care to share a cup
Care to Share a Cup?

I just finished the most wonderful week, followed by an amazing weekend, and how exhausted I am! Does that ever happen to you?

A new friend visited me for a whole week. She stayed in our guest house and helped me with cooking and canning. One night I spent the night with her. What fun to talk like college girls until 2 in the morning! I say “like college girls” but really, we shared from the Word and from our lives like NO college girls I ever knew. I may be a bit too old for such a schedule, but it probably was for only one time, and was over too soon.

After lunch with an old friend that Friday, I caught up on shopping, found a new purse on back-to-school sale. No more BTS for me, but the sales are still a great idea.

Then it was off to our son’s house visiting with him and his lovely family, lunching on burgers and outstanding carrot cake, teasing and loving grandchildren, playing games; lengthening and strengthening the bonds we built in our son’s childhood.

Came home to view a large column of smoke rising from the woods about 4 miles from our house. Fire’s out, now, thank the Lord.

Then came Sunday, the day when we rest only from our own stuff, but highly concentrate on the Lord’s work . . . How I love the little church that has tripled in attendance since having a pastor, for a change! And how I love the one-hour drive to it, when I share my husband and he shares me with: NO ONE. Our talks have been so good.

That was yesterday, and we had a lovely visitor to grace our home for the afternoon. Made nachos and just relaxed together. So good.

Now it is just me, just this home. Such peace. Bed made. Laundry started. Cats fed. Chickens out. Headed for 105 degrees IN THE SHADE (that’s right at 40 C), today, down from the recent 110-ish week, with humidity from a brief rain last night. Air conditioner, set on 80, has run several times, already, this morning. Garden dead and tilled in. Jars of food all rinsed and stored in the basement.

Pear harvest waiting to be pear butter.

Second cup of coffee sitting at ready.

Join me! Bring your best knife and I’ll share some pear butter with you–it’ll be fun!

Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

10 thoughts on “MONDAY! Whew!

  1. It sounds like a lot of fun. I’ve done that same thing with a dear friend as well. It is amazing how our Heavenly Father blesses us with friends like that to encourage each other in the Word and to just laugh and have fun. I am sure your friend was blessed too. 🙂

    1. Were you as tired as I was when you stayed up with a friend? I think I am growing old! Yes, it is fun, and a very valuable way for me to keep fresh by sharing with others outside my own little world. I always profit from that. Thanks for visiting my site, Karen! 🙂

      1. Yes, I was tired but it was worth it. I would do it all over again. I was very thankful for that time with her.

        1. Well, if it was worth it, then I am glad for you! I know that feeling, too. Those precious times can never be replaced and they seem more rare as time goes by, don’t they!

  2. You spinned that tale with such craft that I could see every detail in my mind’s eye. So glad to hear of God’s blessing at church and home!

    P.S.: I just found this site, Mom. I must say, it’s a wonderful read! I will look forward to every installment.

    1. Oh, YES! We have tea, many types of tea. I forget about tea and I do love to drink it, but for some reason, my husband cannot stomach tea. It literally hurts his tummy to drink it. So we mostly have coffee. But I do love tea and love meeting tea drinkers and treating them to well-made tea. You know, warming the pot, first and not using bags, etc. Oh, I think I shall have some right now! 🙂

    1. Just found another of your comments I never saw before. Kate, why does this happen!? Pear butter is easy and if you want, you can just use any apple butter recipe. Everything is the same except use pears. So sorry I did not see this until now!

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