September Blessings

 

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We all go through trials and tribulations.  The last few months have been hectic.  I have done a lot of praying for several members of my family.  God has answered those prayers in a positive way.  I thank God for the blessings that September has brought.

My daughter tore the long tendon on the underside of her foot – Flexor Hallucis Longus.. It takes months with support stockings and special protective support shoes to heal.  She used crutches and got some pretty good muscles in her arms crawling around her house.  It meant her mother-in-law and her mother (me) did a lot of work to take care of her and her house for over 6 weeks. It is hard to be housebound for months and have to depend on others – I have been in that spot many times in my life.  My daughter is much better now and able to resume her normal life.  I thank God for that

It did not help that garden season was in full swing and the work never seemed to end.  But I managed to get through the whole ordeal – groan.  Old age gets harder every day.

My brother lives in Nevada.  His wife died 6 months ago.  I have been trying to help my brother through phone calls.  He is a Viet Nam vet and is disabled and in a wheel chair.  He ended up in the hospital and I truly thought he was not going to make it.  He talked about suicide and I talked to him often about not doing that.  I got the state involved and my brother got the V.A. involved.  Through my brother’s doctor at the V.A. things have worked out.  My brother’s health has improved. He acquired  Medicaid  and is living in a nice group home and seems to be happier.  I prayed hard and long for my brother and God answered those prayers.  I thank God for that.

My husband suffers with COPD and Macular Degeneration.  His health has been bad for years.  He never gives up and tries to take care of this large 3 acre yard. I try to help with the outside work and do fair until my fibromyalgia clobbers me and sends me into my long periods of vertigo.  I try never to give up and that keeps me going.  I thank God everyday for answering prayers 7 years ago when my husband almost died of menigitis. God has given me more time with my husband since those dark days in January 2013.  I still thank God everyday for answering prayers.

Sometimes when a person is down they turn from God, they get mad at God. they blame God.  I get discouraged, but I do none of those things.  Life deals a bad hand to everyone at times.  My answer to the problems in my life is always prayer.

So – I take the time to watch beautiful butterflies and find peace in the blessings God has given me in my life.  Thank you Lord for your blessings and your love.

“Butterflies are tiny, graceful and enchanting creatures that lead us to the bright and happy side of life. http://www.LUVZE.com

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Nature = God

Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.   Albert Einstein

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Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you.   Frank Lloyd Wright

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There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure of nature.   Henry David Thoreau

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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin,  William Shakespeare

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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.   Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There is pleasure in pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea and music in its roar, I love not man the less, but Nature more.   Lord Byron

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Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.   Gerald De Nerval

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How strange that nature does not knock and yet does not intrude!  Emily Dickinson

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Shall I but say that nature is the work of God in glorious display!  Peggy Joan (just had to get a personal quote of mine in here).

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In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.   Aristotle

A Carpenter Bee on my Stevia plant.

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Summer Begins To Fade

The Summer is nearing its end and I truly hate to see it go.  I thought I would share some photos from this very unusual summer of 2019.  We had 15 inches of extra rainfall so far this year – with lots of flooding and green lawns all through the summer – which is unusual.

These crows are looking up as they view summer drifting away.

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A visit to my yard by a male Bobwhite Quail.

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Mexican Sunflower

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This Wren decided to raise its young in my pot of lettuce.  Never got to eat this lettuce – it went to seed.

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Here is the last baby wren who decided to stay in the nest a week longer than his siblings.

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Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly

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Spider webs on the blackberry vines.

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Everyone should have a colorful pair of garden boots like mine.  Ha

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This squirrel loved my flower pots.  He paid many visits and sat in my flower pots.

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Lincoln Rose

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Hope you enjoyed nature this summer as much as I did.

Houston & Galveston

I thought I would post a few more photos of the trip to Galveston in June.

These pictures of a freeway in Houston were unbelievable.  The construction of a huge section of freeway that would go over the top of the freeway we were on – really surprised me. Wow – how was this possible and why was it necessary.

 

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I thought we were going straight up into the sky – so we could just fly away.  My 17 year old granddaughter was driving us through Houston and she was doing a fantastic job.  She is already a very good driver.

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The number of oil refineries around Houston are unbelievable.

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Houses on stilts with many stairs to climb are all over the island that Galveston sits on.

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House were built in inlets – where the owners could boat directly from their homes – into the Gulf of Mexico.  Parking for cars was under the houses and stairs led to the second floor where the living area was.

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Shops in Galveston were on stilts near the ocean.  Underneath these buildings were great shady areas to sit on the beach.

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When we were leaving Galveston on the way toward home we drove over a bridge I chose to call the McDonald Bridge.  Ha  I actually expected to find a McDonald’s restaurant on a platform in the center of this bridge where we could stop for lunch.

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We All Must Grow Up

In our lifetime we must all grow up.  It is hard to watch our children and grandchildren become adults.  They spread their wings and they fly away.  My daughter home schooled my granddaughter for 7 years and did a fantastic job.  My granddaughter entered the honors program at college yesterday.  The first day of a long journey to become a physical therapist.  I am so proud to have such a wonderful daughter and granddaughter – God has truly blessed me.

The photo below was composed by my daughter when my granddaughter graduated from high school in May.  The little girl in the mirror has grown to be a wonderful, and beautiful  young lady.  And yes, I think back with tears in my eyes and wonder  where that little girl went.  But . . . We all must grow up..

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Finding Peace

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What this world needs is more PEACE!  Early in the morning, after a rain, when a lot of mankind is still asleep – I find peace in my yard, with my camera – soaking up nature’s quiet beauty.  I love spider webs covered in rain drops.  Intricate webs created by spiders that many people fear and detest.  Yet, if you venture out on an early, wet morning – these webs come alive with a look of gleaming pearls.

“Don’t let people pull you into their storms.  Pull them into your peace.”  Spiritual-quotes-to-live-by.com

My brother was a person who was either on top of the world or down in a deep pit of despair.  He is gone now, but not forgotten.  I loved him very much and I miss him. Yet, I often told him when he tried to drag me down to an unhappy place – “Stay in that hole of misery you have created, but don’t expect me to join you.”

Our esteemed past president Ronald Reagan said – “Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

My husband is constantly watching the news – which is something I try not to do.  So, I venture out into God’s beautiful world and soak up nature’s quiet peace. Try sitting silently in your garden and let peace enfold you in its arms.  Ah – sheer bliss.

“Peace is its own reward.”  Mahatma Gandhi