LIFE AT THE COTTAGE

Monday, August 22, 2011

Weathered and Worn



Like a busy little bee...
I've been buzzing around the farm, diligently tending the garden, and, ever so
gradually, clearing out the barns and outbuildings.


I start each day—in the wee hours of the morn—
with a good bit of energy and high hopes that I will finally eliminate the
clutter I've lived with...
 way too long.


But..
before the day is done, something begins to happen.


By midday, my energy begins to wane, and the hope that had prodded me toward
the task at hand, now seems but a distant friend.

I feel quite sure the intense heat—that is almost suffocating the South—
is, to a great degree, the master of my misery.


By the end of each day, the energy supply that I'd begun the day with is all but
drained completely.

And like this old vintage tool caddy...
I'm left feeling rather weathered and worn!


Thankfully...
I realize that tomorrow is a new day and with a good night's sleep and
the Lord's blessing...

I will awaken to beautiful blue skies, cheerful chirping songbirds...


and a totally renewed perspective!   ; )

"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to
an end; they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness."
Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV


Joining SJ's Creative Bloggers' Party, Carrie's Amaze Me Monday,
 LaurieAnna's Farmhouse Friday, Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday,
and Bev's Pink Saturday.

32 comments:

  1. You said it perfectly. Thank you for your words and thoughts.
    TOMORROW a new day. Blessings
    Judi

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  2. Oh but you do manage to take the loveliest pictures. What wonderful goodies are coming out of your barn.

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  3. Lovely concept, lovely photos ~~ Have a good week.

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  4. Excellent post and it gives me renewed hope too.

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  5. Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing!!! By the way, I'm a new follower of your lovely blog. ;) Have a great week!

    Best,
    Jessie

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  6. Hi! I’m on a blog hop and saw your blog and fell in love! I’m your newest follower. I would love you to check out my blog at http://thenummylittleblog.blogspot.com/ and follow me!
    Thanks! -Jilly-

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  7. What a wonderful caddy, Liz! I love the way you've set it up in these pictures. I could see lots of uses for that.

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  8. Wonderful photos and post ! Have a great day !

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  9. You gave words to how I feel, Liz!
    Wonderful images... I love that worn caddy. We are sorta like that, better with a little age and wear on us!
    Yvonne

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  10. Beautiful photos, so glad to read this today!

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  11. This is so beautiful! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  12. Love love love your pictures, so pretty!!!!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    XO

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  13. LOVE this post...it is my everyday! Your photos are just beautiful...focus on the beauty and the progress...even if it is one baby step:)
    Rene
    Thanks for coming over for a visit...I'll be back~

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  14. Greetings from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa. Richard from Amish Stories.

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  15. OOO, I so can relate...and at MY olden age, it hits me before it does you, I am sure. I started out this morning bright and early, mowed the back lawn before it got too hot, came in for a cup of ice and to rest a bit, went back out and barely finished the mowing of the front lawn before having to come in. Even 98 degrees is too hot for an old lady, mowing. It just sapped me and I got not another thing finished.
    As you say, there's always tomorrow....
    xo bj

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  16. Take good care of yourself. Hope plenty of rest will restore you.

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  17. I love the photos. Thanks for the inspiration.
    New follower from the Creative bloggers hop.
    Hope you stop by for a visit.
    http://grandmabonniescloset.blogspot.com/

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  18. Too gorgeous for words, really. Love the pink hydrangeas, white plate on the weathered old box - stunning. Thank you for sharing that beauty with us at the linky party at Common Ground!

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  19. Oh just stopped by again to say I added you to my blog list so I can visit often :)

    Mary @ Redo 101

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  20. Beautiful ! and if not for His faithfulness where would we be?
    thanks for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday.

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  21. Gorgeous photos!!! I love that old tool caddy,it looks beautiful with your ironstone plate and flowers in it!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  22. I am the other way around. I am definitely not a morning person, but around noon and all night I get energized. I love the way you take the old rough things and brighten with a touch of very pretty bloom.

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  23. Lovely and the vignette is so thoughtfully arranged.

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  24. How delightfully your photos tell the story. Very creative.

    Blessings,
    Marianne

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  25. Yeah, but the pics are beautiful and the vignette is great, lovely. Have a safe weekend and happy Pink Sat. FABBY

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  26. Great post...beautiful pictures too!

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  27. I needed to read this blog today. Thank you.
    Joyce M

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  28. I love blue Ball jars - filled with flowers - the best!!

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  29. Hi Liz... Such beautiful photos. I am in de-cluttering mode too... big time. It is exhausting and seems never ending. 21 years of living in the same house makes for a lot of "stuff!" Thanks for linking up to STL Wednesday.. I'll have a Halloween-themed post to link up with you Thursday!
    Mary

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