Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tastier Than Lettuce!

Now, before you try it, I'd suggest you research it,
and definitely make sure you know how to recognize them.
But they are tender-crisp, and sweeter than lettuce. 
I plan to add them to salads when they're in season, or maybe to wraps, 
or just munch on them when I'm outside and they're available.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Just So Curious!

It is quite too high for me to see, which further piques my curiosity.
What caused the gaping cavity? Is it a home? This hole in the tree?
If I had a ladder I wouldn’t dare to climb or venture way up there.
But someday (this I think I’ll mention) I might just sit, and maybe stare
Watching that spot a little while to figure it out…if I pay attention!  

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Borage, Zinnias & Marigolds

Loving the lush colors so early in the season :-) 
And they all came from seeds that fell last year! 


Monday, April 9, 2018


Maybe for the last 10 years I have planted a seed packet of Alyssum with little success. 
Last year I had a few little plants that bloomed briefly or insignificantly. I barely remember them. 
This year, this came up from dropped seed from those plants last year! It's lovely...purely lovely!


Saturday, April 7, 2018

It's A Comfort Food

1 lb. dried Northern Beans
2 c. grated or chopped carrots
1 c. chopped ham (I chop my carrots & ham in the food processor.)
1 chopped onion
2 tsp. salt & pepper to taste
2 Tbs. butter
water to cover all

Cook in tightly covered pot over medium heat till beans are tender. 
Be sure to check occasionally to see if you need to add more water 
as the beans will absorb the liquid.  

Friday, April 6, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Exquisite Existence

After all, they exist just to be beautiful...just to quietly draw attention to their loveliness. 


Sunday, April 1, 2018

The Gift

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God 
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."  Romans 6:23

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, 
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, 
thou shalt be saved."  Romans 10:9


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Oh Who Can Make A Flower?

"Oh who can make a flower? 
 I'm sure I can't...can you?
Oh who can make a flower? 
No one but God, 'tis true."

This is just what came to mind when I saw this bit of velvety richness...
What an awesome Creator! And this Creator gave His Son to pay for my sin, 
so that I might have eternal life if I repent, and receive it as a free gift!

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, 
but according to his mercy he saved us..." Titus 3:5

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; 
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" Ephesians 2:8

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that 
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16 


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Similar But Not The Same

When I saw this bird today, I thought it was a Baltimore Oriole...
It's not a bird I see frequently. But on further study, I find it is an Orchard Oriole.
And though it has much the same coloring as a Robin, you can see the size is much 
smaller. And no, it is not a juvenile Robin; I'm quite familiar with those since childhood. 

If you'd like to hear the sound and learn more about it, click here.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

From Waste To Wonderful

Waste places, wilderness, & desert...
to be made like Eden, the garden of the Lord! 
With joy, gladness, thanksgiving, and melody besides?! 

I'm so thankful Jehovah God, my Creator, wants good for me 
and is eager to restore and comfort and bless. What a loving Father!!!


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

They're Back!

Last year I first saw and heard these birds...the Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks! 
I thought it was a rare sighting for our area, but they're back this year, and I'm so glad :-) 
Especially in the morning I hear them flying overhead in small groups of 6-8 or so. 
They have a happy if they don't have a care in the world I think.

You can learn more about them and hear their sound here.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

One Multiplied

What a nice thing ...that bulbs multiply! 
And how lush and lovely they all are!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

When Spring Comes...

Time for our Amaryllis to bloom again. 
Just for these few weeks they are stunning!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Counting Our Blackberries Before They "Hatch"

Well, the blackberry vines are loaded with blooms this year! 
Just in this small section, I can spot at least 12 potential bundles of yum
(as indicated by the spots in the photo below).

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Stealthy She Goes!

In a moment, she's up the tree! Was it a lizard or a bird or what attracted her attention there? 
When she realized I was taking her picture, she jumped down and ran under the house.
One of the many wild cats that roam our neighborhood...