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Monday, February 27, 2017

Red

Today's photo prompt of choice is RED!

My favorite color!

Today Tim took the missionary out to breakfast and was just getting back as I was headed out to make the deposit, pick up a few groceries while I was at Walmart (that is where our bank is), and then headed to Hardee's for breakfast, which I brought back to the house.  I had a coupon for biscuit and gravy for $1.00!  So, I bought another one for tomorrow!  :D


After I ate breakfast, I started working on our supper.....15 bean soup.
I let them soak over night and drained the water off and added them to a bigger pot.

Step 1:  Add one cup diced onion and the meat, in my case, a ham hock.  Add 8 cups of water.

Step 2:  Bring pot to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.

Step 3:  Add one 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, 1 tsp. chili powder, juice of 1 lemon, 1-2 cloves garlic, minced.  Simmer covered for another 30 minutes.

First bowl I had for lunch.  The juice had not thickened up yet.  But it was still good!

Final product after adding reheating and adding the flavor packet.  YUM!  It was really good!  Tim doesn't care for soup beans, but he said he liked this!  WIN!!

This is the bag the beans come in.  The recipe is for fixing the whole 20 oz. bag.

Since supper was fixed, I went outside and sat in a lawn chair to try to get some more bird pictures.  It became overcast this afternoon and downright chilly!  So, I donned a hoodie and had a seat!
Cloud cover blocked out the sun today.

While sitting under the trees near the back door, I saw this bird fly into this tree in the neighbor's yard.  I couldn't make out what it was until I enlarged it on the computer.
 
Lo! and Behold!  It was a bluejay!

Here you can see the blue feathers.
 
Looking up between the 2 trees by the back door.

The tree in the center of the picture (above the car port) is the tree the bluejay was in.  Have I mentioned that I LOVE the zoom on my camera?!  :D
 
The buds on the maple tree in the back yard near the back door.

I moved the chair to behind the fellowship hall.  Thought I might catch some bird action in the trees back there.  Not so much.  I finally gave up and went in the house.

I didn't realize until seeing this new growth on this weeper above the chicken pen that the neighbors have a weeping willow tree on their property, too.
 
This was the only "action" I caught behind the church building and I can't really tell what these are...


...but, whatever the round things are, they are in those trees at the edge of the woods back there.

Very pale yellow daffodils in front of the church.

This one looks white.  I still like my yellow and orange ones in the front of the house better.

And, that's the rest of today's story!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Routine

There are lots of pictures I could post for routine things done around here, but here is the one I chose for today:

Loading the dishwasher
So, one of the ladies at church told the women about a 15 Bean Soup that she made that was delicious.  The 15 beans are sold together in one bag with the recipe on the back.  She said she put a ham hock in hers, so after buying the beans, we got a ham.  We had the ham today for lunch.  Then I cut the rest off the bone and froze it in several packs and kept the ham hock out to put in the bean soup tomorrow.  Tonight I am soaking the beans.  I also froze a hunk to fix in some green beans and potatoes!  YUM!

Here's our sign for the week.  I would much rather be safe hereafter than safe here on earth.  I pray it does not come to that, but it might.  Are you saved?  Have you realized you are a sinner in need of a Savior?  If you die in your sins, you are NOT safe for the hereafter!  However, Jesus will remove your sins if you put your faith and trust in Him and repent (turn your back on) of your sins!  THEN you will be safe for the hereafter!

There is a story behind this picture, and it is not about the buds on it.  I had brought my camera out to take pictures this afternoon.  There was commotion of birds in the tree in our front yard that you can see behind the church sign above.  There were a couple of birds flitting and chirping around in the tree.  I stood behind the church sign watching and waiting.  They were jumping from branch to branch and back again.  Finally, they settled down a bit.  So, picture time.  Well, don't you know, by the time I got ready to snap the picture, they took off!  Oh well!  Better luck next time!  I think they were chickadees, too!

We have a missionary spending the night with us tonight.  He came to the services tonight to present his work in Kitale, Africa.  We support his partner, so we will probably support him and his family, too.  We have known him for years, ever since we were in Buffalo, WV.  He was there with his mom and step dad, but they left the mission field several years ago, but he and his family stayed.  They are on furlow until June when they will return to Africa.

That was my Sunday!  Pretty quiet, the way Sunday's are meant to be!  :D  Have a great week!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nature

Today's photo prompt is NATURE and that reminds me of this song:

This is My Father's World
Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901
English melody
arranged by Franklin L. Sheppard
published 1915

This is my Father's world,
And to my list'ning ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas -
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father's world:
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker's praise.
This is my Father's world:
He shines in all that's fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father's world:
Oh, let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father's world,
The battle is not done:
Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and heav'n be one.

Subjects:  Praise, Creation, Assurance
Scripture:  Psalm 24:1; 50:12; 1 Corinthians 15:25



Nature around us is blooming!  We went to Walmart to pick up some groceries and I took these on the way back to the house.

I believe these are Japanese Cherry trees (?)

More white blooms

This phone picture is not very good, but there were red, white, pink, yellow blooms along this stretch of road going towards the house!


So, today has been super busy.  We have a missionary coming to church tomorrow night and he will be staying here in the parsonage for the night and then leave Monday morning.  So, that always entails a bit more work on my part.  More cleaning than I usually do on the weekend.  Plus still doing the laundry, cleaning the bathrooms, and cleaning the church this month.

And, Tim did a devotion for the neighbor from Psalm 23 while Lori and I sang.  Then Tim came home and I helped Lori get Mrs. Morton's leg bandaged and back in bed.  She was very receptive of Tim, and bowed her head when he prayed and listened quietly while he talked.  Even laughed with him a few times, which was good.  You never know when she will have a bad attitude day and refuses to cooperate.  Thank You, Lord!

Cleaned the church, more laundry, sweeping, mopping, general pick-up of my stuff, changing bed linens, yada, yada, yada.  Saving the dusting til tomorrow afternoon, after the dust from sweeping has settled!

For supper tonight, I fixed the Salsa Lime Chicken that I fixed on Feb. 10th for the first time.  Click on the link if you want a refresher on the recipe.  It is super simple to make!  I used Great Value Medium Salsa this time and it definitely gave the recipe more of a kick heat-wise!  We liked Aldi's salsa better.

Praying you have a blessed Lord's Day tomorrow!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Cloud

Today's photo prompt is cloud.  I love taking pictures of clouds.




We went to the doctor for Tim's regular blood work and doctor visit.  Everything was fine.
In the waiting room.

After we got home, it was time for me to take some pictures.
I gained another daffodil in this group; the one lowest and furthest on the left in the picture.

Another angle of the tall ones.

This angle makes it look like there is only 1 big one and one smaller one, but the other 3 are lined up behind the first one.

I think this is my favorite color of daffodil because I love the color of the middle that contrasts with the yellow.

Supper was pork chops, sweet potato and frozen peas.  I cannot eat canned peas!  And I wouldn't even eat frozen peas until I was pregnant with Jessica!

After getting the kitchen cleaned up and the dishwasher going, I headed outside to take some more pictures.
Already???

Crows in the neighbor's tree



I didn't get all of the hollyhock bulbs dug up, obviously, or they settled back down in the dirt and came up again.

more

mocking bird




He kept moving around the tree.
 

Not sure what this one is.  Seems too bright red to be a bluebird.  And, I don't really see a lot of blue.









I'm pretty sure this is the mockingbird keeping his eye on me.




This is the tree in the front yard where I took the bird pictures from.

So, I discovered how to make sure my selfies are flipped properly.  This is the correct photo as I was on Tim's right.  The one shown earlier was backwards as it showed me on the left of Tim.  We I looked at these two photos that I took at the hospital, I remembered that after I snapped this picture, I changed the setting on my phone from "photo" to "pro."  The "pro" setting is the one that flips the picture.  I tested my theory 2 more times below.

It is wonderful to be able to wear capris and flip flops in February!

Correct picture

Wrong.  When I am sitting in my reading chair, the book case is behind me on my left.

Correct.

Wrong.  I was sitting on Tim's right.
OK, that's it for today!