Life

Everything we possess that is not necessary for life or happiness becomes a burden, and scarcely a day passes that we do not add to it.  ROBERT BRAULt

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When your kitchen table becomes a catch-all because every area of storage in your house is full – perhaps it is time to donate some of your belongings.  Once again I am in the process of a big decluttering rampage and so far I am in the right frame of mind to accomplish this feat.

Labor with what zeal we will, Something still remains undone, Something uncompleted still waits the rising of the sun. HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

Dragonflies

IMG_4922I recently read a book “Celtic Inspiration” by Lyn Webster Wilde, 2004.

The Celtics lived in Austria and Switzerland about 1,000 years before Christ.  They were a warlike people who were skilled in metalwork and horsemanship.They believed in the mystic realm, which centered around nature, the sun, moon, and stars

IMG_5123The following inspired Celtic thoughts could be applied to our lives today.

Retreat – Go to a new place for 24 hours or longer. No mechanical devices. Seek silence – consider what you need to let go of and visualize the future you desire. When you go home the world will seem different.  You will feel energized to make necessary life changes.

IMG_4924 (2)Walking by a river or stream, let the power of water, seen and heard, energize your spirit.  Let every ripple add its soothing blessing to your deepening inner calm.  Watch the qualities animals possess and imitate them.

IMG_5134 (2)Imagine that you are being pulled up into the stars; to a place where you can forget yourself in the darkness of space.  When you come back to Earth you will be different and very refreshed.

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Multiple June/July Sunrises

We have had multiple sunrises here in Arkansas in the months of June and July.  But we have had very few sunsets.  The clouds always drift away in the early evening; there is nothing in the evening for the sun to reflect its bright rays upon.  Each morning as I stand in the yard and photograph the great sunrise I think of someone I know who is suffering; or has lost a loved one – and I pray for them.  We have lost 2 wonderful older ladies from church in a week’s time (from very tragic accidents).  Their husbands have taken their deaths very hard.

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Following is the only good sunSET I have captured this month.

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Less Internet Time

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I have not been on the internet for awhile – I have cancelled my satellite service (which is all you can get in the country).  It became too expensive for only 10 GB per month.  My GB limit would be used up, halfway through the month, if I was not careful with what I chose to do.

Thus, I will drive to my daughter’s house twice a week to try to keep up with my blogging friends and Facebook pals.  My daughter is able to get unlimited time for her internet service. I may not be able to view all of the posts of those I follow, but I still hope to interact with all of you wonderful bloggers.

My husband has enjoyed more of my time since I disconnected the internet in our home. More time to sit on the porch for morning and evening chats.  It is funny, when you finally realize, the time you use to give your family is spend on the internet.

Dignity of Nature

“What my eyes seek in these encounters is not just the beauty traditionally revered by wildlife photographers.  The perfection I seek in my photographic composition is a means to show the strength and dignity of animals in nature.”  FRAN LANTING

The Baby Rabbit who was not sure if I was a sunflower or a tree (because I stood so still).

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The deer who stood still as if she thought she was invisible to me.

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This squirrel does not need to climb my apple tree – the wind just throws apples at him while he is on the ground.

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A trip to Beaver Lake where the Geese are very friendly.

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This mother rabbit is quite tame and we often get within a few feet of her as we greet her for the day.  I must admit her two babies are quite scared of us.

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This Robin is slightly blurry – he fell in the bird bathe and now he is trying to shake himself dry – he is a little pitiful to view. Lol

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Butterflies are beautiful creatures of nature and catching two face to face is unusual.

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This Duck was at Beaver Lake and followed me trying to acquire some type of food.

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Can’t forget the bumble bee, which seems to be on just about every flower I view.

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Fountain of Life

Revelation 21:6  And he said unto me, It is done.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

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Psalm 36:7-9  How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God!  therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.  8) They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shall make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.  9) For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

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Proverbs 13:14  The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.  Proverbs 14:27  The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

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There is a song I love from church – “There’s A Fountain Free”  The first verse and the chorus are so inspiring.

“There’s a fountain free, ’tis for you and me, Let us haste, O haste to the brink; “Tis a fount of love from the Source above, And He bids us all freely drink.

Chorus: Will you come to the fountain free?  Will you come? ’tis for you and me; Thirsty soul hear the welcome call; ‘Tis a fountain open for all.”

 

Sunflowers

The first bloom on my Sunflower plants; in my garden.

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Sunflower Facts:

The Sunflower is a large inflores – which means it is a head made up of tiny flowers called florets.

There are 70 species of Sunflowers.  The Sunflower heads can contain as many as 1,000 to 2,000 seeds.

There are 2 types of Sunflower seeds – Black which is used for oil and Striped which is used for snack foods.  Both the black and striped are used in bird feed.

Mature Sunflower heads usually point in a fixed easterly direction.  They generally rotate very little.

The Sunflower is a Native American Indian plant – first used by American Indians.  They used Sunflowers for: food, oil, medicinal ointments, dyes, and body paints.

Kansas is called “The Sunflower State” and the Sunflower is their state flower.

Sunflowers are grown on toxic, contaminate soil – to cleanse the soil of: lead, arsenic, or uranium.

And of course we all know Sunflowers are beautiful and resemble the Sun.

Sunset Reflection

Sometimes the sunset is not in the correct place in the sky.  The sunset in the West was not colorful at all a few nights ago.  But – in the Southeast this beautiful cloud was floating high in the sky.  As the sun from the West reflected on this huge cloud, a glorious color began to appear in the Southeast sky.  I have seen this happen quite often and the results is spectacular; as you can see by the photo below.  This photo is not enhanced, this is exactly what my eyes and my camera lens viewed.

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Love Never Fades

I read a post by peacockpoetryblog.wordpress.com – “Part of The Process”  June 6, 2017. She spoke of how much she missed her Father since he passed away.  She wrote a beautiful poem about the loss of her Father.  In a comment, I mentioned I had written a poem about my brother who passed away.  She asked if she might read my poem, so I am posting it today.

I wrote this poem in late 2015.  My brother was ill for several years and he told me not to grieve when he was gone; he wanted me to think of him – Now and Then.  I worded this poem as if he were writing the poem himself.  I have 3 siblings, but my brother was the only sibling that shared both childhood and adulthood with me.  He was 1 1/2 years younger than me and we truly had a wonderful, loving relationship.  I miss him, I grieve for him, I loved him so dearly.  He passed away just before Thanksgiving in 2015; loss always seems harder to bear when it happens during the holiday season.

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THINK OF ME – NOW AND THEN

Now I’ve traveled down that long and final road of life; my earthly light shines no more.

I want no sorrow to fill you with gloom and despair; for my soul is now gone home.

Think for me for a short and quiet span of time; and smile as you remember.

Picture the life of love and joy we once shared; Think of Me – Now and Then.

We all must venture through this last journey alone; on the path to glorious eternity.

God has prepared a new and splendid place for me; where pain and regrets cannot go.

Do not fill your heart with distress and grief; find comfort in those still near.

Turn sorrow into charity to help others endure life; But Remember – Think of Me – Now and Then.

written for you – Jack, by your sister – Peggy