Busy Bees

We’ve been busy, busy, busy, getting seeds into the ground and setting up our garden. This will be another picture post, as I don’t have a lot of left-over energy for writing all the words that make the sentences that make the sense. πŸ˜‰

Tomato and Pepper Seedlings sending up their little stems.

I’m trying to be patient and wait for the second set of leaves on these little guys before I transplant them!

And even though I didn’t get a picture of him, we’ve seen a little bumble bee buzzzzzzing around our blueberry plants. Yay for pollinators!!!

Coconut coir, vermiculite, perlite and compost

I’m becoming enamored with mixing my potting soil. It’s so satisfying to move the ingredients around until they thoroughly mixed and ready to go into the planters.

Bare root strawberries

These arrived in the mail on Monday. We soaked them and got them into the soil right away! Isaac’s old wagon makes a great planter. It even has pre-made drainage holes in the bed! The company I ordered from sent FOUR extra strawberry starts. I had to scramble and find another planter. They looked very healthy after their bath and I’m so excited to see how they do!

The company I ordered from was https://handpickednursery.com/ . They are a Veteran Owned Business.

Raised Container Garden

This represents about 1/3 of our garden so far. The drip irrigation was a new project for me, and I enjoyed it immensely. AND it was incredibly satisfying to turn the water on for the first time and get water dripping into EVERY plant and have no leaks or lines popping!

We still need to regulate the nozzles on the stakes, to be sure each plant is getting the right amount of water, but since some of these plants won’t be in this section, we’ll wait to do that when the final buckets are in place.

Urban trellis.

All of our climbing vegetables and fruits will be in front of the gate here, trailing up these sections of fencing. We’ll have a couple different kinds of melons, cucumbers, squash, zucchini and more.

The master list
The master plan

My plan is ambitious, I know! And I’m hoping it’s a success. But ultimately, I know that I will learn so many things, whether I have a successful garden or not. Then I can build on the knowledge I have, and the things I’ve learned, to make a more successful garden the next time.

Ultimately, I’m leaving the results up to the Heavenly Gardener! After all, He’s the Creator of each tiny little seed I planted. We’ll see what He wants to teach me as I garden this year.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

When the Praises Won’t Come

There are days when the burden is so heavy that I have no strength to praise the Lord.

Just holding my head up and making it through the day is exhausting.

I want to thank the Lord for His goodness and praise Him for his mercy and lovingkindness…

…but I am just t-i-r-e-d.

Those are the days that I am so grateful for the Psalms.

David wrote down his praises and I can just read and enjoy them, and let them echo in my heart and mind as I survive the hard days.

God has also given us great Christian music – psalms, hymns and spiritual songs – that will sing through our soul on the days we can’t find our own songs of worship and praise.

Music that honors God keeps our focus on Him. It stops our sinful, selfish and sad thoughts and reminds us of the truths in God’s Word. It lifts our spirits and puts a little tune in our heart.

So…on the days when your praises won’t come, just borrow someone else’s. πŸ™‚

This song of praise always blesses me. I hope you enjoy it too.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

How I Deal with Sinus Congestion

Do you deal with vertigo? Chronic sinus issues? Congestion? Allergies?

Yeah…me too. And we all 3 have summer colds right now. Ugh.

I wanted to share what I do that actually HELPS. Along with oils, I do these 2 massages.

It keeps me from feeling like I’m headed down Alice’s rabbit hole!

2. https://youtu.be/vAs9uFYvcrk

I do them in order, #1 then #2.Β  I also take OTC cough/congestion meds EVERY day. Yep, every day. Sometimes multiple doses, some days only at bedtime.

It’s something I have to constantly monitor.

But these massages help.

Just wanted you to know, in case you need them too.

In Him,
Alesha Kay

How You Can Pray for Me This Week

If you’ve known me for any length of time at all, you know I love my church and I LOVE my church’s radio station.

This week, on Thursday, we’ll be starting our 3 days of cheerful giving on the radio, Restorathon 2018.

I encourage you to visit our website during those 3 days and listen live to the station between 6 am – 10 pm on Thursday and Friday and 6 am – 12 a.m on Saturday.

It will be an exciting time of Revival on the Radio as we try to restore our budget for another year of broadcasting the Gospel of Jesus Christ in music and preaching on our station.

You can also like our page on Facebook and see all the updates and fun graphics throughout the 3 days. We are doing a Mayberry Restorathon, so the Andy and Barney jokes, skits and graphics will be coming at you faster’n Gomer can say “Shazam!”

Be sure to join us for Restorathon 2018 on March 1-3 for a wonderful time of restoring our budget for the next year. But most importantly please pray for us – for health for the workers, safety for all the equipment, and that we will meet our goal for the year.

Alesha Kay

P.S. I believe you will be able to purchase a Mayberry Restorathon t-shirt on Monday and Tuesday on our website.Β  They are really great shirts this year! You won’t want to miss out on them!

A Book Review – Works of Darkness by V. B. Tenery

I enjoyed this book so much!

I actually read the prequel in a suspense collection, (Keep Me In Suspense), and liked it so much, I went looking for more books by the same author. I found Works of Darkness, the first book in theΒ Matt Foley/Sara Bradford series and I was not disappointed!

It’s a classic “whodunit” with plenty of suspects, intrigue and danger. I just KNEW that I had guessed the killer, but changed my mind several times before the reveal! I’m impressed when an author can fool me.

The male and female leads were strong Christians who were flawed, but faithful to the truth they believed in. They were also involved in their local church and its ministries, which I absolutely loved!

The book is free right now, so hop over to Amazon to get your copy. I’ve just bought the second and third books in the series and can’t wait to get started.

Happy reading!

Alesha

 

Here a Link, There a Link

Oh my goodness, y'all!  I really think Autumn is on its way to Florida.  As I put on Facebook last night, I was able to sit outside yesterday evening without sweating AND without getting mosquito bites!  THAT is wonderful, let me tell you!

My buddy Newton hung out with me for a while out there.  It was nice. πŸ™‚

 

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Here are a few links I think you might find interesting.

I have been reading this book during my devotions, and it has been a real blessing to me!

 

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This article – about whether or not Christians should adopt embryos – really surprised me.  I had never even considered the right or wrong of it.  In fact, I didn't even know people were adopting embryos!!!  Is Embryo Adoption Immoral?

 

We receive a magazine called "Israel My Glory".  I find it to be fascinating, relevant, pertinent and sometimes absolutely shocking.  If you would like to read things from a Christian pro-Israel position, this magazine is definitely worth the subscription price.  You can click the above link to check it out.

 

This book has gone on my wish list!  I've always wanted to learn to solder, but the torch and the tanks??? {shudder}  This lady uses the small hand-held torches for her work, which she explains in this book; AND it comes with a DVD!!!  Oh yeah! πŸ™‚

 

 http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=akconklisxang-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=1596685506

 

I like to work my way up to the glorious music of Christmas slowly, limit myself to just one or two cds, until the season gets in full swing, which to my mind begins on November 1!  With that in mind, I have been thoroughly enjoying this cd this week:

 

 http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=akconklisxang-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B005HWUC86

 

For my final link, I'm sharing my Etsy shop with you:  Alesha Kay Jewelry    If you use this coupon code  ITSFALLYALL  you will receive 25% off your entire purchase! πŸ™‚

 

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I pray you have a great day,

Alesha