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  • Writer's pictureHazel Lee


Updated: Feb 14, 2022

I guess the most discouraging thing this year gardening was the extreme heat. It seems to

be the hottest year every year. Funny how we forget. The joy of gardening far outweighs nature’s harsh summers.

How spoiled we become. Farmers’ markets have popped up all over the South. I find myself thinking maybe it would be a good thing to support our local farmers. On occasion, I go for fresh honey and mingle with the crowd.

Seems to have become a great time to see people and visit. How does your garden grow? What are you planting this year? How is your family? Simple talks. I love simple.

Not long ago, attending church, enjoying potlucks, or as a child, we called them, “supper on the ground” afforded us much time to have family visits. No cell phones, no email, no anything that could begin to compare to today.

Technology is a good thing. The problem begins when we allow it to interfere or dominate our lives.

Now, we are struggling with this pandemic. I wrote about it earlier in the year. Please don’t allow it to steal your joy. Not being able to attend church, has been replaced with live streaming on our devices, bringing us together. Technology has been a good thing.

These past few months have been a time of reflection to realize how a simple visit from one’s family can take away pain of any kind.

This pandemic will pass. A vaccine will be discovered and hopefully we can regain a part of our lives we have discovered we can’t live with out. It’s each other. In the meantime, God is calling us to reach out beyond our comfort level.

I remember on my birthday, alone at home, unable to see my family, my next door neighbor brought over a cupcake with a candle. That cupcake meant the world to me that day.

A simple cupcake. We all can find that someone who just needs a cupcake🧁, letting them know you care.

Earlier this year, I wrote about getting back to the basics of life and how it can be a revelation. Soon after, we were deluged in a pandemic.

I challenge you to examine your life and how you spend your time.

Next time, it could be you receiving the cupcake.

Let’s make some cupcakes, then share them with your friends or neighbors.

Include a little hand-written note with your cupcake. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. Remember, it is the thought that counts.

My granddaughter informed me next year we need to grow “a whole bunch of watermelons and give them to the neighbors!” Great idea, sweet Caroline, great idea! We may just do


”In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1Thessalonians 5:18

I hope you will check out my books. Would love for you to share your thoughts, Just remember, Jesus is the answer, He is our everything! My childhood was so enriched by my sweet family! I hold on to those memories everyday, I pray you have a blessed day!

Remember, Jesus loves us, this we know, for the Bible tells us so!

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