Following Tractors… and other stuff I learned in July

1 – The days of some months are like trying to catch a greased pig at the county fair… they slip thru your fingers and refuse to be contained in a single word… as in it’s been a long time since I’ve written here.

2 – On the face of the earth there are only three people left who have known me since the day I was born.  Two of them are slipping away…

… One in mind… One in body.

This knowledge makes each hug, each phone call, each letter and every “I love you” more valuable than all material things this world offers.  And it reminds me again to never ignore God when he urges me to hold out my hand, or pick up the phone, or say what I need to say.

This one moment is all there is.

3 – I learned to knit dish cloths.  It is something sane to do on those days which defy description.  Of course, if you make a gazillion of them people might not think that is very sane.


4 – I spend a lot of time on the road following tractors… or Grandma Maude Sue who is driving 30 mph in a 55 zone.  This means I have to pass them.  And I hate to pass on country roads.  But if I don’t then I hold up that line of traffic behind me.  So I can either pull over and let everyone go by, which would be quite silly – or – I can trust my driving ability, put my foot down and go.

Interestingly, this has other life applications as well.



5 – Although I’ve always known this, July construction projects have reminded me that the men-folk in my family have great legs… strong, hard-working legs.  Thanks for modeling yours, Andrew.


6 – And lastly, I know I can endure a lot.  Enduring with peace and joy is the ongoing lesson.  This helps :

“I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us (me) from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our (my) fears for today, our (my) worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep Gods love away”.  Romans 8:38.


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15 thoughts on “Following Tractors… and other stuff I learned in July

  1. “And I hate to pass on country roads. But if I don’t then I hold up that line of traffic behind me.”

    Thank you for being mindful of and mentioning all the folks behind, out of sight. I am ever grateful when people are that thoughtful, both on the road and in those other life applications as well.


  2. Hey Brooke, good to see you here. I am a dishcloth knitter too. That’s about as far as my knitting skills go, but it is a quick, easy, doable project that is useful (yes, all of my family have received gift dishcloths), and meets the need to keep hands busy and leave thinking time.
    “One moment, that is all there is.” Deep sigh, an ongoing lesson. A hard one for you, I know, with your parents a distance away. Praying for you and them, friend.
    Love the hard-working legs point! 🙂


    1. Thanks for the welcome back, Maureen. Those dishcloths are rather addicting! Since I’ve mastered scarves and now dishcloths, I’m hoping to one day make something that will actually fit on a human body 🙂 Thank you for praying:)


  3. Brooke,
    I’m visiting from Emily’s link up. I thought your post was beautiful, equal parts touching and humorous. I’m sorry you are in the midst of a long goodbye. Thank you for sharing what’s on your heart.


  4. Hi! Thanks for stopping by to read my post…. I really enjoyed your list. #2 was very touching. Such a great reminder to us all to hold the ones we love close. Thanks for sharing!!


  5. Those were all worthwhile things to learn. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your insights. I often think back to when my parents were alive and wish I’d lived closer and could have spent more time with them, but during those years I learned a lot about meaningful letter writing instead… making notes personal and enclosing little things the children had drawn, etc. They would have loved today’s digital age with its immediacy of sharing thoughts and photos.

    A friend made me a few of those knitted dishclothes. They’re very nice! I’ve never been much of a knitter, but I recently admired a scarf my DIL’s mother was knitting. It looked too complicated for me, but I found a simple scarf that looks great in a multi-coloured yarn of my favourite muted shades. My arthritis doesn’t like knitting anymore, but I may try it as a fall project and just do a few rows at a time:


    1. Carol, Thank you so much for your comment! As you can probably see, I’ve fallen “off the wagon” with regular posts or even checking on my blog. It’s been a strange few months for sure.

      I love what you shared about keeping in touch with your parents when you lived far away. I’ve been doing that with my parents and my aunt in California…sending at least a card a week with funny updates, pictures of my grandkids, funny things they say. In fact it comprises most of the writing I’ve done lately…. and my journal.

      Also, enjoyed the link to Canadian Living link. I actually found an easy afghan pattern I believe will be my next knitting project! So, thank you again 🙂


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