{oh hey, friday | Muffins & etc.}

So today I'm doing something a little different. We have to shake things up a bit every once in while to keep life exciting, am I right?

Today I'm linking up with the lovely ladies from The Farmer's Wife and September Farm to do a little "oh hey, Friday" post. The rules? Write a post about five random things. No worries guys, I got this. Random is practically my middle name.

Ok, lets get started.

1. Muffins. Yep. I'm starting my first link up by talking about muffins. I don't know about you, but I really love them. Probably a little too much... My husband loves them too. So much that I make a batch every week or so for him to have with breakfast in the morning. His current favorite is a pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe from his sweet mama. I know you're probably thinking "What? Pumpkin and chocolate? Weird..." Let me tell you right now to just remove any thoughts of that sort from your mind. They are ridiculously delicious. They lean more towards being a fall treat, but because I made them last week and because they are still delicious even in the spring time, I just knew I had to share the recipe with you I would've added a picture of a muffin too, but, uh, we ate them all. Funny how that happens.

2. Sugar Detox. Despite my aforementioned relationship with muffins, I am in fact currently attempting to kick my sugar cravings in the booty. Easier said than done, my friend. Especially with muffins and cookies in the house. They are my weakness. Anyway, I've been trying a few different things. Namely, lemon water with honey first thing in the morning, lots of water during the day, and filling up on fruits, veggies, and clean foods. Have you ever tried to do this? If you have any tips for me I will love you forever.

3. Prayer. Ok, enough about food, lets talk about something more important. As a Christian, prayer is something that plays a significant role in my life. However, for the past few weeks I've been feeling like the focus in my prayers is not where it should be. Earlier in the week I decided to start two books: 31 Days of Praise by Ruth Myers and Prayers of an Excellent Wife by Andrew Case. Even though I have only been reading them for a few days, the Lord has been working on me something fierce. I would definitely recommend these books if your prayer life has been feeling a little under the weather or needs a little refocusing like my own.

4. Rain. It rained most of the night here and we are expecting rain all the way until next Friday. As you may know, there is a severe drought going on right now where I'm from in California (more on that another time). Let me tell you friend, there is nothing like a drought to make you thankful for rain. What a glorious thing it is. Refreshing to the earth, refreshing to the soul. I could sit with a cup of tea in hand and watch it, listen to it, smell it, for hours on end. So if you'll excuse me I'm going to go don my fuzzy socks, fill my favorite mug, and cozy up by the window.

5. Rockchucks. You're probably wondering what a rockchuck is. I did too when I first heard about them. We sure don't have them in California. A rockchuck is like a giant ground squirrel. And when I say giant I mean about the size of a large cat. I'll be honest with you, they totally creep me out. I hadn't actually seen a real-live rockchuck until a few weeks ago. The farmer had left for work and I was in my jammies standing by a window that overlooks our backyard when I saw one for the first time. Or rather, I saw five. FIVE. And they were running around, happy as clams, out back by our barn. My first thought was "OH MY LAND THEY'RE GOING TO EAT MY BABY GARDEN!!!" (Which hasn't actually been planted yet. Long story.) So I ran out there (yes, still in my jammies), grabbed a shovel, and attempted to play a vicious game of whack-a-rockchuck in my backyard. If anyone had been watching I'm sure they would've thought I had gone insane (sorry neighbors...). (For all you devout animal lovers out there, I'll put your mind at ease and let you know that I have terrible aim and I didn't actually hit any rockchucks.) We have since put up a chicken wire fence around the garden and I'm hoping that will keep the awful creatures out. Do you have any animals in your area that bother your garden? If so, how do you protect it?

Well, there you are. My first link up and "oh hey, Friday!".

Hope you have a lovely weekend, wherever it takes you. :-)