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Friday, February 28, 2014

Cardinal Kindness



 Male Cardinal

After that big rain a couple days ago, the fallen sunflower seeds evidently sprouted. The male was really loving the tender green bits.  Before I grabbed the camera, I actually witnessed him feeding some to the female.



Female Cardinal




White-Winged Dove
(below)


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sorta Sweet & Sorta Sour


Fresh-Squeezed Grapefruit Juice

Yummy enough
(and especially if you consider that it must be full of vitamins :-)


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Strengthening Storm

Oh how it rained last night! As the sun set, the drizzle set in, and by 9:00 there was quite a down-pour! Around 10:30 there was a long, loud rumble of thunder that shook the window panes, and then more rain.  Every time I stirred during the night, I realized it was still coming down outside. And this morning there is water standing in the yard... soil is saturated! 

Although it's a mess outside today, this is just what we need to have a beautiful Spring-time! It will encourage all those dormant seeds to do their thing, and it will coax those bulbs to make beautiful long shoots of green and eventually yield beautiful bouquets of color! 

And thus is life...not always pretty or pleasant. But the messy parts can encourage growth and beauty. God, who gives us the promise of Spring, also gives hope that He can take our broken lives and make them trophies of grace. He brings beauty out of ashes. Joy out of heaviness. With Him all things are possible! 


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Show Us



 Show Us Thy Grace

 
Show us our need, O Lord; 
How lost, how hopeless, how poor, 
How sunk in sin our carnal hearts;
Show us how vain to change our sad condition,
Our best endeavor and our utmost arts;
Show us how weak we are, and how dependent,
How multiplied defeats our pride abase;
And then, O Lord -- lest we despair too wholly --
Show us Thy grace!

 
Show us Thy grace, 
The great, the all-sufficient,
Infinite riches for our poverty,
Mercy of God for uttermost salvation,
Weapon that turns defeat to victory;
Gladness unspeakable and full of glory,
Beyond our needs, a vast unmeasured space.
Lord, as we never yet have seen or known it,
  Show us Thy grace!



by Annie Johnson Flint

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Snowdrops


These dainty little 
Snowdrops
are blooming now, 
and brightening 
a few spots in 
my flower beds.

They come back 
year after year 
with their tiny 
pure white bits
of Spring. 



In researching, 
I discovered they 
are sometimes called
Snowbells
which better describes
the variety I have.

"Whatsoever things 
are lovely..."


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Prancer


I knew we had a neighborhood rooster 
who wants everyone out of bed promptly at 6:15 every morning! 
But I was quite surprised when he paid a visit to my yard yesterday. 
Watching his strut across the lawn, I've decided to refer to him as "Prancer". 



Friday, February 21, 2014

Everyday Encouragement

Sometimes we are 
called to attention by 
a difficulty or trial, 
or by just really 
getting an eyeful 
of our foolishness, 
our weakness, 
our need for God.

Along with my Bible,
the short chapters of 
this book have been a 
sweet encouragement
the past few days.



Thursday, February 20, 2014

Squirrel Fact


Did you know? 

"Female squirrels typically give birth to 
two to eight offspring. Babies are blind 
and totally dependent on their mothers 
for two or three months. Mothers may
have several litters in a year, so most squirrel populations are robust."


And they love our pecan trees, 
so we have no shortage of them! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Next Turn!


Today the Purple Finches took a turn at the feeder. 
The Goldfinches came again, but they shared the fare. 
Now it's time to re-fill the feeder! No problem :-) 

Note: 
Male "Purple" finches are a reddish color, with females a dull brownish gray. 

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Braving the Bully


All winter long we've had an over-protective Mockingbird 
who will not share the territory or the 4 bird-feeders in our yard.
This morning I spied a couple Goldfinches savoring the sunflower seeds.
The Mockingbird chased them away, but they dared to return. Yeah for them!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Cape Honeysuckle


It was a beautiful day today...in the 70's! 
My husband was off work and we had some errands to run. 
I had mentioned the other day that I'd like to stop by Lowe's and look at the plants;
he remembered :-) And we brought home these lovely orange blooms. 
I will wait a couple weeks before planting them...
just in case it freezes one more time
 before Spring is truly here. 


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

No Longer Dormant

Dormant -
not actively growing: in an inactive state,
when growth and development slow or cease


 Lively -
full or suggestive of  life or vital energy;  
active, vigorous, or brisk:


"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,  which according to his abundant mercy  
hath begotten us again unto a lively hope..."
I Peter 1:3
 

 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Just Perfect!


I do love flowers...especially the whole plant. 
And especially after all the cold weather we've had. 
My Sweetheart - Valentine - Hubby made a good choice...
it really "hit the spot" today! Thanks, Honey :-)


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Curry Rice


12 oz. bacon, snipped into small pieces (1 inch or so)
1 large onion, chopped
1.5 - 2 tsp. curry powder
3 c. rice, measured dry, then cooked according to package directions
1/3 c. soy sauce

Cook bacon & onion in large non-stick skillet. (I use an electric skillet.) 
Meanwhile, cook rice. (I use 1.5 c. water + 1/4 tsp. salt to every cup of rice.)

When onion is translucent, and bacon is crisped, add curry powder, and let this 
cook a couple minutes. Then add the cooked rice and soy sauce. 
Stir together and let it all heat through.

I learned this recipe from my daughter who learned from her father-in-law :-) 


Monday, February 10, 2014

A Century Ago...



I just listed this booklet for sale in my Etsy shop
 According to Wikipedia, the 2013 estimated population is 
317,506,000! 


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Heart-Warming


Oh brrrr! It's cold this morning! But homemade pancakes shared 
with my son before he went to work did much to warm my heart :-)