You Can’t Hide . . .

We have a lot of rabbits that live in and near our yard.  We have no dog – this is why.  After our last dog disappeared we chose not to get another dog.  Many of our rabbits are quite friendly.  This one that I have named “Gertrude” is my favorite.  She loves to hang out around the doorway to my husband’s shop.

You might as well sit up – I can see you!

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Now that is better.

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Now give me your good side and I will take a picture of you.

IMG_9634 (2)Perfect – Thank you Gertrude.

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The Light Of The World

Psalm 27:1  The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.

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As I sat in the Retina clinic yesterday with my husband – I prayed to the Lord to let my husband keep the sight in his right eye.  The last three months have been filled with eye appointments and anxiety.  Yet, I knew the Lord was there to help and comfort us.  My husband has Macular Degeneration in both eyes, but his right eye is leaking fluid at the back of the eye.  David has lost some vision in his right eye, but with treatment each month he will retain what sight he now has in that eye.  We all go through trials and tribulations in this life, but with God’s help we can endure.  Never under-estimate the power of prayer – I saw prayer save my husband’s life 6 years ago when he was in the hospital with meningitis.  I thank the Lord each day for the last six years that David has been with me.  Live each day with gusto – for we do not know if we will have tomorrow with our earthly family. Yet, we all know eternal life will  be  wonderful and beyond our expectations.

Our Feathered Friends

I love to watch and then photograph our feathered friends that fill our days with enjoyment.  The rain has not stopped, nor hampered the activities of these little creatures that grace our lives each day.

I think this Bluebird and this Mocking Bird thought sitting on my lawn swing under the apple trees would keep the rain from soaking their feathers. Alas, this did not help.

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This Blackbird was actually taking a bath in the mud puddle in my garden.  This is not the best picture in the world, because he would just not stand still and pose for me.

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This baby Wren was a little smarter than the birds above – he waited for a sunny day to venture out into the world.  He sat on this small metal tube for quite some time as he waited for his parents to feed him.

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For a long time I have watched this lone duck search around the pond for his lost mate.  I know either a coyote or some other animal must have killed her while she was on her nest.  I felt sorry for this male duck as he frantically ran through the grass calling for his mate.

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When a few Canadian Geese venture to the area around the pond this duck starts making shrill noises and runs out to greet them.  He is seeking any kind of companionship.  The geese simply chose to ignore him, but he is unaware that they are shunning his friendship.

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There is a lesson in this encounter of the duck and goose.  We often shun those who we do not wish to associate with.  When we see a lonely person – a person who needs a friend – why not try to be that friend.  We moved very often when I was a child and I know how hard it is to fit in – in a new town and new environment. In each new school  I made friends with those that I could tell needed a friend.  I guess you might have called me and my new friends – Nerds.  But my new friends were some of the best people I have encountered in my life.  I am sure you will agree – God wants us to show kindness and compassion for all the people we encounter in our daily lives.

Beautiful Reasons

Thousands of Reasons by Doe Zantamata

If every morning you can find a reason to say, “Yes, it’s going to be a beautiful day.” And every day, you find a reason to say, “Yes, it is a beautiful day.” And every night, you find a reason to say, “Yes, it is a beautiful day.” Then one day you’ll look back and easily say, “Yes . . . it was a beautiful day.”

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Psalm 104:33-34 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have being. My meditation of Him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.

Spring’s Definition

I looked up the definition of Spring in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.  It said: A time of season of growth and development.  The season between Winter and Summer comprising the northern hemisphere.  The months of March, April, and May or as reckoned astronomically extending from March equinox to the June solstice.

My definition of Spring: The time when the earth re-awakens and comes alive after it’s Winter slumber.  The time God chose to  fill our view with color and beauty.  The period of the year when God let’s us know this is His world.

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Small Simple Moments

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I don’t need extravagant adventures in my life to make me happy.  What makes me content are the small, simple, moments in life.  Extreme moments fade, but small daily pleasures that cross my path bring me joy.

When I relax at the end of each day – tranquil, comforting moments are what make me smile or laugh.  A friend told me a joke that I truly thought was funny.  “Why was the cat so small?  Because it only drank condensed milk.”

I sent my friend a card telling her I was thinking of her.  The next time I saw her I received a smile and a big hug.  She said, “You always make me smile and laugh.  You always lift my mood and make me happy.” I knew she always did the same for me.

Taking my camera out to view nature and capturing some fantastic photos thrills my soul.  How could anyone possibly be unhappy when God blesses us with such a beautiful world to enjoy.

I love visiting friends and talking face to face.  A visit from my daughter or granddaughter brightens my entire day.  In this age of technology – physical human interaction is something we all should seek to do more.

Sitting in the lawn swing in the evening discussing the events of the day with my husband is very enjoyable. We sit and look at the garden trying to grow; despite the tremendous amount of rain we have had lately.  Half of the garden has washed away.

The bluebirds entertain me switching their nest between two bird houses we have placed very far apart.  They have switched their nest material from one to the other three times now.  I laugh – perhaps this is a pair of young bluebirds who need a few years of practice on how to raise a family.  Nope – an infestation of ants.  Tangle Foot around the pole and the ants go elsewhere.

Our blueberries create  a lot of work for us at this time of the year.  But until you have eaten blueberries right off the bush – you don’t know what you are missing.

So give me the small, simplistic, enjoyable pleasures that daily life throws at me.  After all life should be filled with laughs and an occasional joke: “What animal has more lives than a cat? . . .  A frog – it croaks every night.”  And I do hear the tree frogs croaking right now – as the lightening bugs light up the night.

Smile at the end of your day and thank God for the quiet, peaceful, happy moments that fill the days of your life.  These small moments help us get through the rough patches.

Psalm 113:3  From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.

Greers Ferry Lake

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The beach – what beach?  I don’t see a beach!

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It is always great going to the lake.  Such beauty.  Flooding has raised the lake’s water level and several of the campgrounds are partly under water.

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I’m not swimming out there to borrow one of their life jackets!

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Get that mast down boys – we need to get home.  Can’t get under the overpasses and electrical wires.

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Early Morning

I am usually still up when my husband retires for the night.  I am up in the early morning for 2 or 3 hours before my husband arises.  Insomnia is a big problem for me. but seeing the sunrise when it appears is the best part of the day.  The sunrise this morning after 5 inches of rain yesterday – was not as colorful as usual, but I can still see the beauty of God’s morning display in the sky.

Anything in nature is a thrill for me.  We all have to agree that God created a beautiful world for us to enjoy.  The joy in a sunrise is missed by a lot of people in the world, because they fail to pause and take in the beauty that surrounds them.  I give a big sigh as I photograph each morning’s sunrise and realize what others have missed.  I always show the sunrise to my husband who would miss it – if I did not show him what I have captured in my camera lens each early morning.

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James 3: 17-18  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy, and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.