Monday, January 30, 2017

Camera Shy

Where's the camera when you need it?  
Upon spying a large flock of Red-Winged Blackbirds 
beneath the bird feeders just outside my kitchen window, 
I ran for the camera. But as soon as I raised it to my eyes, there 
was a flurry of wings. This pictures part of the flock. It's rare to see them 
this close to the house, and they didn't return while I was watching. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

He Doesn't Need A Field Guide

And God said, 
Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, 
and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, 
which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and 
every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:20-21

I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
Psalm 50:11

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; 
yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Matthew 6:26 

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground 
without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 
Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:29-31

God made the birds...each one, each kind. 
And He knows them...knows their habits, their habitats, 
their migration patterns, their names... and He cares for them.

But so much more, He cares for each one of us!


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Chandelier Plant

I imagine there was a fellow plant lover 
who enjoyed putting things in the ground
and watching them grow and multiply...

This is why the yard was full of all kinds
of flowers, trees, shrubs, succulents...

The new owner of this yard allowed
a friend and I to come and roam, and 
dig up whatever we wanted. It was 
like a treasure hunt for us! 

This is one of the "new" plants I found.
Also a tiny loquat tree, some dwarf iris, 
and some kind of bulb I didn't recognize.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


That is, the kitten has "outgrown" the dog. Taken over! 
But they are still best friends :-) 


Monday, January 23, 2017


This bird is one of my favorites...
it reminds me of earlier years at my Grandma's house.
She taught me to enjoy the different bird songs, and to identify them. 



Saturday, January 21, 2017

Platter Of Plants

I don't have much occasion to use this large platter since we're empty nesters now. 
But it's just perfect for a bit of green at my window! And such a variety this...
Hyacinths, Cactus, and Orchid! Waiting for blooms :-)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Lemon Cream

Another use for lemons! 
This luscious cream dessert is so worth trying. 
I found the recipe link on Pinterest. It's available here.

I used the zest only as a garnish rather than incorporating it in the recipe.



Saturday, January 14, 2017

From Fab to Drab

By no effort of my own, our Camelia bush was loaded in fabulous blooms like this
till last week we got a freeze. So many things are drooping and drab now, but 
I know in a few weeks we will see new growth, and Spring will come again! 


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Finding A Sunny Spot

 Because Moses would rather be at a window anytime, and especially if there's sunshine! 



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Gaming With the Grandson :-)

It sure was fun playing games and puzzles with my grandson at Christmas. 
Thanks to my daughter who was diligent in taking pictures of the happenings, 
I now have this moment captured in a photo. The past couple days I have
edited, cropped, and organized photos to make albums of our Christmas for the grandchildren, and one for our home. Thankful for the nice
technology which makes it possible to make these memories more tangible.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Puzzle Masters :-)

They decided to work a puzzle 
yesterday afternoon. All 600 pieces. 
Some were so itty-bitty! And the 
print was so small I couldn't even read
some of it. My husband brought pizza
for everyone. Hero of the day! And
we finished the puzzle, yes we did! 
And then I sent it home with them.
I don't want to work it again :-)

Friday, January 6, 2017

For One Purpose

My daughter took this picture; I edited it in PicMonkey, and am using it with her permission :-) 



Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sticky Lil' Hands

I wouldn't have asked for it, 
but when I found this lil' handprint
left on the fish tank, it did bring a smile. 
And another smile the next day. 
And another smile the next day. And so on. 
I'm not ready to clean the glass yet. 
Miss those grandbabies and their sticky lil' hands!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Trusting When I Can't See

A man of wealth and status, ready to retire, and self-satisfied...

I met such a man once who pitied my simple faith. I had told him that I was 
trusting a certain outcome to God who was ultimately in control. With sympathy
he studied me before cautiously issuing a warning. "How do I say this?" he stammered.
"I mean, I believe there's a God, but I do not think he's involved in the daily affairs of men."

It was a difficult situation that had brought me to meet this man. And rather than shake my 
faith, he made me so thankful that I could trust my God in this matter. I hope he will come 
to trust Him too. For all his position and earthly goods, I'd rather have this hope in God. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Re-Blooming Poinsettia

This is 
my neighbor's 
that she
Christmas 2015.

It lived outside
all year, and 
now has new
blooms. It
is just great!

It stands about 
4 foot tall
above the pot
it is in. 

Today it was 
with raindrops.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Smiling Eyes

He was "smiling" for the camera.  I have at least 12 pics where he 
purposely closed his eyes to pose. He's so adorable and so huggable too! 

These boys sure brought alot of fun this Christmas! So thankful they were here :-) 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Christmas All Year

Honoring Christmas in my heart... 
To me, that would mean celebrating the reason for the season,
 keeping it ever before me that God, the Creator, loves me (and the whole world)
so much that he gave his only begotten Son, Jesus, to be born in a manger, 
to live pure and sinless in this wicked, dirty world, 
to die on the cross shedding innocent blood to pay for my sin,
and to rise again on the third day defeating death, hell, and the grave.

 Honoring Christmas in my heart... 
I think that would also mean having a spirit of giving to others.
What can I do to cheer, encourage, lighten the burden of another? 
And I must practice being more generous and less self-centered or stingy.
I must remember that living for others is so much better than living for things.