Bittersweet Summer

June and July brought hot temperatures and humidity with little to no rain. I woke to rain this morning, what a blessing that was. I pray all others that need rain badly will soon get some. On one of the hottest days a katydid stayed on the door under an awning all day long. It didn’t move at all even when I opened and closed the door several times. I was happy to have provided a shady place for him or her.


If you read my last blog post, you know that on the 13th of July, I had to have a much-loved oak tree that was diseased removed from my yard.

July 17th my next to the youngest daughter left this life for the next. She was the third of my children that have gone before me.

I am sorry I have not visited your blogs for a while. I did stop by some blogs this morning and I hope to get caught up soon. I may not comment for a while yet but will read your posts.

August has started off well and I am looking forward to fall. I am thankful for the blessings from family, friends, and the people I do not know or never will during the days and weeks that were not easy to get through.

31 thoughts on “Bittersweet Summer

  1. viewfromoverthehill September 24, 2022 / 1:04 pm

    Interesting. Don’t know why my comment said anonymous. I am definitely me. Muriel

    • Mags September 25, 2022 / 9:31 am

      That happened to another of my followers.

  2. Anonymous September 23, 2022 / 5:48 pm

    Oh my. I’m a mother and my heart breaks for you. My heartfelt sympathy for your losses. I wish you well, Muriel

    • Mags September 24, 2022 / 11:30 am

      Thank you so much.

  3. Mother Hen August 31, 2022 / 2:10 pm

    Dearest Mags, I did not know, I have not kept up with posts of late. I am so very sorry for your loss. long distance friend. I will pray, and please know, that my heart reaches out to you in love.

    • Mags September 1, 2022 / 9:41 am

      Thank you, your prayers and love are received and much appreciated. Hugs and blessings

      • Mother Hen September 1, 2022 / 8:51 pm

        Thank you Mags!

        • Mags September 2, 2022 / 9:56 am

  4. indianeskitchen August 30, 2022 / 3:30 pm

    Oh Mags I am so sorry for your losses. Life seems so cruel as we get older. Praying that your hurt will ease. (((HUGS)))

    • Mags August 31, 2022 / 10:26 am

      Thank you Diane for your kind words. I accept those hugs and the prayers.

  5. annemariedemyen August 29, 2022 / 4:13 pm

    I am so sorry, Mags. I cannot imagine the loss of one child, much less three. My heart goes out to you and all of your family. 💞

    • Mags August 29, 2022 / 10:43 pm

      Thank you so much dear Anne. ❤

  6. Grandma's Ramblings August 23, 2022 / 12:55 pm

    Praying your fall is blessed and you have God’s peace.

    • Mags August 23, 2022 / 3:13 pm

      Thank you so much. Blessings and hugs

  7. chardixon47 August 20, 2022 / 6:12 pm

    We are so sorry for your losses, Sweet Sis. You are always in our daily thoughts and hearts. Holding you close in prayer. ❤ ❤

    • Mags August 21, 2022 / 12:22 am

      Thank you so much for your prayers and for stopping by and commenting, sweet Sis. You all are always in my thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs all around. ❤

  8. theclampettsblog August 18, 2022 / 12:06 pm

    So very sorry to hear of your daughter’s passing. May our prayers help you through this battle.

    • Mags August 18, 2022 / 3:22 pm

      Thank you so very much for the prayers and stopping by. Hugs

  9. ianscyberspace August 17, 2022 / 6:25 pm

    I’m so sorry for the losses you’ve suffered. This world has so much challenge and suffering but its comforting to know there is a better world where there will be peace.

    • Mags August 17, 2022 / 8:29 pm

      Thank you sweet Ian. You are right about that better place, and we will all be together again one day.

      • ianscyberspace August 17, 2022 / 10:38 pm

        Looking forward to meeting you there 🙂

        • Mags August 18, 2022 / 9:23 am

          Me too!

  10. peggy August 17, 2022 / 5:43 pm

    Oh mags – so sad to hear you lost your daughter. I am praying for you and your family. So sad to lose children before their time. I am sure this was a bittersweet time for you. The bug is a katydid.

    • Mags August 17, 2022 / 8:24 pm

      Thank you so much for the prayers they are much appreciated sweet Peggy. Thank you for letting me know I was right about the katydid.

  11. dkzody August 17, 2022 / 1:42 pm

    I am so sorry for your losses. They seem unbearable. I hope you have good friends and others who care to come around you and hold you up during this time.

    • Mags August 17, 2022 / 2:06 pm

      Thank you for you kind words. My family, friends and neighbors have been wonderful.

  12. Anita Bowden August 17, 2022 / 1:41 pm

    I am so sorry for your recent loss, dear Mags….I can’t imagine the depth of pain a parent must feel when loosing a child, and it’s unfathomable to imagine loosing 3 children. My heart goes out to you and your family….Please take good care of yourself, and stay focused on the things that make you happy. May you find peace, and may happy memories sustain you through your grief. Sending you much love…. ❤

    • Mags August 17, 2022 / 2:12 pm

      Thank you Anita for your beautiful and uplifting comment. Family, friends and neighbors have been very thoughtful and helpful. I am focusing on all the wonderful memories I have of the three of them. My brother and his wife gave me a great start on my new hobby. Not even knowing I wanted to have beautiful houseplants to enjoy, they sent me a beautiful peace lily. Thank you for the love it is well accepted. Hugs

  13. Suzassippi August 17, 2022 / 1:03 pm

    I have begun to understand that the longer I live, the more bittersweet life becomes. I appreciate that you would share your difficult times with us, and pray that you will continue to manage the hard times.

    • Mags August 17, 2022 / 1:05 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. I agree with you about life becoming more bittersweet the longer we live.

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