190/365 – 193/365 Beauty all around me

July 12, 2015

From the top, clockwise…


Is it any wonder I love where I work when I see this view daily as I pull into our school. Thursday, we took the kids on a little “pond safari” and since we have a little resident gator right now, we could only stay outside, along the fence instead of going in like we did last year. We got lucky though and the gator popped his head out of the water to say hello. 🙂


Little One and I have been taking our Gracie for walks at night, something I’ve been sorely slack about but really enjoy. L.O. decided she wanted a photo of herself with Gracie. I was happy to oblige.


Saturday, we were invited to Ramadan dinner/break the fast at our friends’ house and the last time we were there, the husband had mentioned how much he liked Apfelstrudel (apple strudel). So I decided to surprise him. Everyone loved it. It also made me realize that I have yet to share a strudel recipe on this blog. So keep your eyes out, it’s in the works. 


I got a lot of chores done today… cleaning out L. O. closet was one, and oh my, does this girl have a lot of clothes. I have bags of it to give away. Some will go to a friend and whatever she doesn’t want another friend is taking with her to Mexico when she goes on her missions trip with her church. The clothes will go to kids in an orphanage. It makes me happy knowing that it’s going there and hopefully, making a child smile. I also have a huge bag of stuffed animals – any suggestions on where to donate would be greatly appreciated. I also did some more laundry, cleaned the inside of my car (The seats needed a good leather cleaning. Who decided a tan interior would be fabulous in a car?!?! I hate it.), and supervised middle daughter spray-painting out mailbox (Our HOA told us to!). To finish of the evening, M. D. and I took Gracie for a walk under the soft evening sky… surrounded by no-seeums, annoying little buggers, especially when you are sweaty from dealing with manual labor. 🙂 All in all a good day. 

Now, on to another week. Tomorrow, I will take L.O. to the doctor to see what this cough she has is all about. It’s been lingering for a few weeks – no fever, not complaining of a sore throat or other aches and pains, eating and sleeping normal – just an annoying, inceasingly wet sounding cough. 

I hope, you all had a wonderful weekend with lots of fun and relaxation. 

Alles Liebe, Susi

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  • Beth Ann Chiles July 13, 2015 at 7:40 am

    You have been busy! Cleaning out always makes me feel so much better and it sounds like your items are finding good homes. Sometimes hospitals will take stuff animals if they are in good condition and also humane societies depending on what they are. They can make fun puppy toys if they are safe for them. Love all of your pictures as always. 🙂

    • Susi July 13, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      I’ll have to ask around locally and see. Most of the stuffies are in great shape. Never really played with. But I like either of those options.I’m hoping my friend can take a few to Mexico as well.

  • Kimberly July 15, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Yes! Apple Strudel recipe please!!
    I hope they can figure out what that cough is all about.
    It’s weird (although good) that there is no other symptoms along with it. Lingering allergies?

    • Susi July 15, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Working on the strudel. Not happy with the pics I took so I may need to make another one so I can take better pictures! We’ll see. Maybe some editing magic will make them what I want them to be… 🙂 The cough has been figured out – it’s bronchiolitis, an inflammation of the bronchial tubes. She’s on orapred (prednisone) and albuterol for now. So far so good.

  • Rorybore July 15, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I love how you use “lucky” and “popped up” and “alligator” all in the same sentence. LOL
    but a gorgeous view for sure. And yes please to some apple strudel!!

    our Little One has this cough too… and I am not sure if it is the real deal, or partly habit now, but the doctor gave us an inhaler for in case of emergency. she thought it could be some stuff in her chest leftover from a late Spring cold she had … and it just hasn’t cleared out completely yet. it’s more annoying that something that makes her feel bad, because she never had a fever, or any real sickness either.

    • Susi July 15, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Leslie, yes, I consider it lucky when we see a gator in the wild. It’s just so cool. 🙂 Her cough is from an inflammation in her bronchial tubes (see my reply to Kimberly) and the doctor was going to give her an inhaler but when he realized we’d never used one before and didn’t have the nebulizer part for it he just prescribed her the liquid – since the nebulizers are so expensive here.

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