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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Father Nature

I looked up the "definition" of Mother Nature because there has always been something about that phrase that has bothered me.  Here's how Miriam Webster has defined the phrase:   "nature personified as a woman considered as the source and guiding force of creation."  And THAT is why it has always rubbed me the wrong way!  The source of creation was God!  Genesis 1:1, the very first verse in the Bible tells us so, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."  John 1:3 says, "All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made."  And He continues to take care of nature today.  Matthew 6:6 says, "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 6:30 says, "Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?"

Anyway, today's photos are of Father God's nature here in my own back yard.  Enjoy!

Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch (compared size to the dandilion).
 
My own wire suet cage!  Crude, but the birds didn't seem to mind.

Carolina Chickadee, which looks like their cousin the Black-capped Chickadee.  Read about the differences here:  http://www.audubon.org/news/identifying-black-capped-and-carolina-chickadees

Tufted Titmouse couple.  I think they were getting insects from the tree.  By the way, you can say Tufted Titmice for more than one.  Read about this and other things about Tufted Titmice:  http://www.birdwatchersgeneralstore.com/Titmouses.htm
 
Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird

Mr. Bluebird's colors are a bit brighter.

Mrs. Bluebird's colors are a bit washed out.

The bumble bees are out!

Mocking bird

Watching from the car port (loving flip flop and capris weather!)

Once again, I came into the house to fix supper and the cardinal showed up at the feeder.  So, once again, I took this photo through both windows and screens. 

The morning dove

Sun is setting.
Watching from the back door porch.

Besides waking up with my stomach messed up, I got a few groceries and washed bed sheets and blankets today.  And this afternoon Tim took a break from the office and invited me to visit our regular thrifts with him.  He found a suit.  And I found a platter that I am going to use as a bird bath.

There you have it!  Have a great evening!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Preacher's and Their Preaching

Today was the preacher's meeting in Statesville, NC.  I thank the Lord for the opportunity to attend these meetings! I absolutely LOVE the fellowship around God's Word and the fellowship with our Brothers and Sisters in Christ! What a wonderful privilege to know these dedicated men and women! The preaching is so good! It seemed especially so today! Thank You, Lord, for these men and women! Bless their individual ministries in a special way! Bless the preaching of the Gospel in a special way! May the fruits of their labor be many!

I started the day with cleaning up the kitchen. When I got the dishwasher loaded and started, then I swept the floors. Then I mopped the floors.

After I ate my brunch at 10:30, I went to Walmart to make the deposit. When I got back, I had just a little bit of time to work on the scrapbook, then get ready to go to the meeting.

The weather was iffy. The church parking lot was a little wet this morning. While at the meeting, we heard thunder and could see the rain falling from clouds in the distance.


As soon as I made my blog post yesterday, I saw the Red-headed woodpecker out my craft room window. I knew it would do no good to go out with the camera because it would fly away as soon as I opened the door. So I opted to photograph it through my craft room window. Not bad pictures considering I have blinds on one window, plus I have to take the pictures through not just one window, but two. And both windows have screens on them!  I was amazed how long he stayed on the tree!  Here's ALL of the pictures I took!  He is so beautiful!
He hung onto the side of the tree first.

Then he moved to one of the branches.


He looked around.....

turned his head.....

turned his head ALL the way around!





He just sat there, like he was enjoying himself!  Tim was napping at the time, but half an hour later (at least) he was still there for Tim to see!
Tim's mom shared some bird stories with me that I will share with you:

"Jenn's living room windows are long and go to the floor.  One night a couple years ago she heard a commotion at the window, went over and opened the blind to find a red-tailed hawk had grabbed a rabbit but it was too heavy to fly away with, so he was struggling, saw her and flew away."  (Jenn is Tim's sister, Jennifer.)

"Jenn works with a girl who has a lovely fish pond and a pet koi they loved named, Gill, whom they fed by hand.  One day, they saw a big shadow and a blue heron swooped down and grabbed Gill and flew away with him.  They were so upset as they really loved that fish."  AWWW!  Poor Gill!

"Speaking as we were of Canadian Geese, did you know when a flock is feeding and all busy looking at the ground, there is the Alpha goose who does not feed, but is the lookout for the enemy.  I always notice this.  All are eating and one is on guard.  I have wondered when the male wants to eat, who takes over the guard job?"  Good question!

"I do love that bluebird, too, especially since I have never seen one around here."  I'm surprised she has never seen a bluebird in her area as she lives right next to some woods.

She also told me what really attracts woodpeckers is suet cakes.  I have a suet cake that I got when I got the feeders, but I have not put it out yet because I thought I had some mesh around somewhere in my craft stuff, but I haven't found it yet.  I may end up having to get one of the wire cages after all.

I didn't have time to take to sit and watch the feeder today, however, while I was working on the scrapbook for a bit, I saw the cardinal back at the feeder.  I will "catch" him on the camera one of these days!  :D

And, that was my day!  A wonderfully blessed Monday!  Hope yours was!


Sunday, March 26, 2017

His Days are as Grass

Pretty quiet today after the flurry of activity with the Grands Friday night and Saturday.  After we dropped them off yesterday, I still had the regular Saturday work to do.  So, putting things back in order, cleaning and doing laundry before bedtime does make it seem pretty quiet and s-l-o-w today, in a good way.  :D

We had a wonderful crowd for church today!  Those who have been sick and on vacation were back.  Plus, we had more kids than usual, too!  So, I actually got to teach the Sunday school lesson that I've had on the back burner for a month!  It is sooooooo much nicer to have more than one child in your class!  Today, I thought I had died and gone to heaven since I had FOUR!!!

This afternoon, we had our leftover lasagna from our Thursday supper at Giannos in High Point.  I fixed some Cole's garlic bread to go with it.

After lunch, I did the church sign since rain is in the forecast and we will be going to a preacher's fellowship in Statesville tomorrow.

This afternoon, after I did the church sign, I took a chair out to the car port and waited around for some birds to show up at the feeder.  I also moved the finch feeder closer to the other feeder because nothing was happening where it was.  Of course, while I was waiting, no birds showed up at the feeder, even though I'm looking out my craft room window right now and see the cardinal is back.  You can look at the pictures of it from yesterday's post, which was taken from my craft roeom.

Anyway, the bluebird is the only thing that showed up while I was out watching.  And, he perched on the clothes line poles, dropped to the ground for a snack, and then flew back to the clothes line pole.

I moved my chair to the porch at the back door, but still nothing came to the feeders.  So, I decided to photograph some of the tiny flowers in the grass.  That is when I thought of the following verses.

Psalm 105;15-18
"As for man, his days are as grass:  as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.  For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.  But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; to such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them."

Yes, our days are not long on this earth, just like the grass and the flower of the field.  Here today, gone tomorrow.  What we do with  and for the Lord, we must do today because we are not guaranteed tomorrow.

One of the men, who was a deacon when we were at the Addyston Baptist Church, went home to be with the Lord yesterday.  The question he and we will answer when we stand before the Lord's throne is, "What have you done with my Son, Jesus?"  I'm pretty confident in what his answer will be.  I know what my answer will be.  What will yours be?

I pray you have realized you are not good enough to save yourself by your good works. If you were, it wouldn't be fair that Jesus was crucified.  I pray you have realized you are in trouble and need a Savior.  I pray you have trusted the substitutionary work  of Jesus dying on the cross in your place.  I pray you have repented of the sin in your life and turned away from them.  Jesus paid it all.  All to Him I owe.  Sin had left a crimson stain.  He washed it white as snow!  Won't you trust Him today, if you haven't yet done so?

Here's the photos from today:


It was a little misty while I was outside.



Cocked his head, looking for things on the ground.

I snapped this picture just as he jumped to the ground.

You can see the wind ruffling his feathers on his head.

Just beautiful!

I beginning to think this might be my favorite bird.
 
Now the two feeders are in the same tree.

Dandilion

Clover

Teeny tiny yellow flower.

You can barely see the bluish purple flower on this plant.


More clover
 
Maple helicopters.

Little Johnny Jumpers
 

Guess I'll work on a baby book some more before heading back to church this evening.  I'll have pictures to show you soon, hopefully!

Have a blessed week!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hug a Tree

I took the kids to the park today.  Our usual trip while they are here.  They didn't seem to be as interested in staying as long as usual.  I think Hannah was thinking of her friend going to the Winter Jam in Greensboro with her today.  Ryan was just bored, I think.

So we fed the ducks and geese, ate lunch, took some photo ops and headed for home.  We stopped for ice cream on the way back to the house.  And they climbed the trees, gathered their things and we headed back to meet Brad and Liz.  They headed to the concert and we came back home.

Here are the photos for today:

Papaw and Abby playing "Jenga" with the Uno Stack game.

I'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to use both hands, but Papaw was giving Abby some slack!

Another origami flower Ryan made (sorry about it being on its side)

Before going to the park, we were outside.  Here's a mocking bird Ryan spotted.  It was beginning to run when I snapped this photo.  For some reason, it reminds me of a road runner in this picture.

Crime scene #1

Crime scene #2

Crime scene #3 (This corpse has her eyes open!)

Such a good-looking young man!

strength


Look, mom!  No feet!


more strength

Hug a tree.  Abby found a branch and stuck it in the ground, then hugged it.


Looks like 2 trees grew into one

And it's just the right size for Abby to climb

Beautiful child!



Ryan said this tree looks like it will fall over since it is lopsided.  I told him the electric company is who chopped the tree up like this because of the electric lines it was growing into.

Time to jump!

Canada geese coming in for a landing at the park

Feeding the ducks cheerios

Ryan liked feeding them out of his hand.


Look out!

Follow the leader.

Skidding to land

An American Coot duck


Time for a picnic.

This is a Chipping Sparrow


Just too much enthusiasm.

I just don't think of seagulls being on a lake.  Ocean, yes.  Lake, no.


Even the ducks had amazing markings

Back home, more tree-climbing.

Geronimo!

I spied a cardinal at the feeder through my craft room window.

I decided to just photograph it from inside because it would fly away as soon as I opened the door to go out and take a picture.



So, that was our day!  Have a blessed Lord's day tomorrow!