Friday, August 30, 2013

Funtry Friday - dining with a view!

You know those fancy restaurants that sit next to a lake? You can get a table and while you are dining in elegant splendor inside you can have a lovely picturesque view of a pretty lake outside? Well, let me tell you - we are not to be out done! Out here, we have gone one step better - you can just sit (or stand) right next to the lake and enjoy both the water and your chow!

This was the lovely lakeside view yesterday...

 
 Who would have thought that we could have improved on this delightful scene? But we did! Special order one extra storm last night, and voila! This is what greeted me this morning...
 
 
Lovely lake. Don't you think that the muddy brown is a nice contrast to the field of green sticker filled weeds?
 
 
Yes. This would be the one and only gate to get that wheel barrow full of food to the now very excited and hungry horses.
 
 
No, I don't own any mud wading rubber boots. However, after this rainy season, I am throwing away this pair of chore shoes. Just saying...
 
Since Hershey's pen went past a puddle several days ago, I have to stand between the two horses and make sure that he eats his and she eats hers. 1000 pound squabblers can get a little hairy. Yeah... it takes them a long time to eat, but I have my camera and my cell phone - and lots of pretty scenery.
 
Today I saw a huge flock of birds!
 
 
They hung around for quite a while just flying in circles. It's really fun to see flocks this large - makes me wonder how they manage to stay so close and not run into each other because they are constantly in motion.
 
Of course, there were also lots of clouds this morning.
 
 
With all this rain, we sure are looking pretty and green. Even if it is all bullheads and tumbleweeds - it is still lovely! It was fun to see the clouds drifting down the hillside, too.
 
Hope you had some pretty views this Funtry Friday - and maybe even a lakeside brunch!
 
Blessings,
Kathy

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Slogging through the mud...

With the gentle rain that makes everything so fresh, comes the mud which makes everything... well, muddy.


It happens that way. Rain has a way of dissolving dirt and settling dust and creating puddles. It's a good thing - the melting away and resettling of the earth... this watering of plants by God who created both the plants and the rain. Nourishing, healing, sweet smelling rain.



Sometimes the mud can be like pruning, though. Inconvenient. Unwanted. Undesirable. Could I choose another option? Could the road not be quite so muddy? Do I have to clean all this off my shoes again?

But there it is. The mud after the rain.



The mud that will be fertile. The dust-become-mud that has been washed off all of the plants so that the hills are green again. The layer upon layer of stirred up wind whipped soil that is settled back into place now. Mud that will soon be dry when the sun shines on it - dry and ready to nurture the seeds entrusted to it.


Another Son shines brighter - the Son of God, Jesus Christ. He reigns, too, and showers me with His love that washes away the dust and dirt of this world and settles everything into place. He is not always convenient and He doesn't do things my way.


He has a better way.

And since He is The Master Gardener, I will take one step after another through the melting dust and dirt, until the Son shines on all the mud and I can see the new life emerging.

Blessings,
Kathy


Friday, August 23, 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Kaboom!

Oh. Was that your day exploding? or your week? or your year?

Or your life?

Ever feel like things are totally spinning out of control and you want to know what happened to the brake pedal?

I do.

However, sometimes the brake pedal isn't what I need. Sometimes I just need to hold on and enjoy the ride.

Yikes. Can I choose option number two? Plan B? Something besides chaos?

No. I just need to hold on. And remember to enjoy the ride.

 
Either I believe that the Lord has everything under control or I don't. Option number two is not my choice. I know He does. And I know He loves me - and He loves you - and He isn't going to send us anywhere. He is right there in the midst of what I call chaos - but He calls it a hundred other things.

Like blessings, opportunities, growth... pruning, watering, weeding out the unnecessary...

Wait. Pruning? Do I have to? That hurts...

I don't like pruning. It ranks right up there with chaos and no brake pedal.

Either I believe that the Lord has everything under control or I don't.
I know He does, so I will lean hard on Him. And when I see what I think is chaos, I will ask Him what He calls it.

Then He and I can sit back and enjoy this incredible ride together.

Watching the chaos fade away,
Kathy

Peter said to Him, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and he beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord save me!"
Matthew 14:28-30


Friday, August 16, 2013

Funtry Friday - a busy week!


My week started with no water, a rescue by my neighbor, and a return to indoor plumbing with water. Billie Jane was the culprit who sent us all to indoor camping without water. But it is all fixed now - and she is wandering where there are no hydrants to remodel...



The guineas always make me smile. My day often starts with their early appearance and call for breakfast.


It's a good possibility that there is nest in there somewhere. I guess they are glad that the bees don't let me get close enough to cut those weeds - and apparently they and the bees get along fine.

The bees decided to swarm this week. First they went to a bush next to the shed. That dark spot in the middle is the bee hive.


Then they moved to a tree near my back door.



The big arrows show you where the bottom of the bee hive and the top of the bee hive are. The little blurry brown things in the photo are flying bees. I pointed out a few to you. It's pretty cool to see them swarm, but not quite so close. Fortunately, this usually means that the hive is on the move.

And they were on the move. I went out a few hours later to check and see where they were, and I couldn't find them.

But I did find a tree that I thought was dead had come back to life from the deep root. Yay! I love these hardy Cottonwood trees.


And then I found where a snake had shed it's skin and nicely pointed out where it's hole is.


No worries - this one is about a three foot Bull Snake. Happy about that. Still no sight of the bees, so I kept searching.

This little critter is definitely not a bee! I found two half grown little Jackrabbits. They move so fast that it is hard to get a photo of them. This rabbit is in "freeze mode" and my camera is on "zoom mode" - the other little jackrabbit dove for cover.


I see a little rabbit painting in my future!

Still no sign of the wandering bees, so I headed back and caught sight of these lovely wildflowers.


I like the silvery color their leaves have.

And, though there was still no sign of the bees, this critter greeted me on my back porch. Gadfry!


That is the largest rat I have ever seen - and if they get bigger than that, I don't want to know. I have seen mice occasionally, but never a rat (well, except for Chocolate and Chip). It scurried off in a hurry thankfully!
 
It would be nice to end this by saying that the bees are all gone, but they are not. I think that the resident hive just split as they will do that if there is more than one queen bee. But the good news is now there are no swarming bees!
 
And there you go - another week with never a dull moment! Happy Funtry Friday!
 
Blessings,
Kathy
 



Sunday, August 11, 2013

Water...

Water. I am a big water drinker. Skip the cola, no daily coffee or tea - even my hot chocolate is not nearly as common as my water. I just happen to like to drink water.

But I don't take it for granted. Several times, I have been without water because when you have a well sometimes that just happens.

Like yesterday. This is what I found early in the morning.


Nifty. Just in case you wondered, the faucet usually works better when the handle is attached. Apparently Billie Jane didn't think it was necessary. Yup - she rubbed on it and snapped it right off. Left side neck, if you are curious - no damage to her except a little hair removal.

Of course, once the faucet doesn't have a handle to turn it off - it is constantly running. Nicely watered weeds...

The fix is to shut the water off. I just turn off the power to the well pump and it sits quietly in the bottom of the well and rests.

I go into the house, and drag out the bottles of water for cooking and washing - grateful for a bit of planning ahead.

For me this is a fairly easy fix. I went to town and bought a new faucet. As soon as that is installed, I will throw the switch and voila - water out of the faucets in the house once again.

For others, clean water is not such an easy matter. I sponsor a child through World Vision. She lives in Africa and one of the things she regularly does is carry water. Sounds sweet, doesn't it. She helps her mother by carrying water for her.

Want the real picture? It is the woman's job to provide water. The water could be two hours away and it could be really nasty because the animals were pooping in the river before she arrived. A gallon of water weighs about 9 pounds. You can't do much with a gallon of water, so women often carry multiple containers that can weigh as much as 100 pounds. Sometimes the women travel through dangerous terrain with both two and four legged predators. Girls often travel with their mothers.  A well with clean water can make all the difference in the lives of African women.

When I have trouble with my well is not the only time I think about the scarcity of clean water. Every time I turn on my faucet and clean water comes out, I remember that many people don't have that luxury. I am grateful to the Lord for his provision - and I pray that one day everyone will have access to clean water as well as the Living Water.

Blessings,
Kathy

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.' "
John 7:37-38

Friday, August 9, 2013

Shhhh! While all the dogs are sleeping... Funtry Friday

*tiptoes quietly into the room*
It's been a crazy couple of weeks here - let me try to catch you up on all my country craziness!

First of all, thanks for all the prayers and well wishes - so far the wash has been pretty much dry (yay for the sunshine!) and we have had a bit of road repair.


It's a little narrow over the cement crossing, but the road and the low water crossing are still there. Yay!

And, for those who have heard about Glory's little misadventure. She is healing well.

For those who didn't hear, she and Cookie had a little disagreement over who really had possession of the fly trap. Grrrr. Believe it or not, the 30 pound dog walked away without a scratch. The Greyhound went to the vet for stitches to sew up her four inch cut. Doh. And the fly bag was mine, anyway.


Glory is healing very well and she got a very nice blue smiley bandage today.
(I should have realized that she was humming "Just you wait, Henry Higgins... just you wait..." when I saw this look. My Fair Lady will never be quite the same again.)


You can't see the pretty repair of the nicely done blue smiley bandage, because this time I taped the shirt over the bandage and onto her foot. I guess there was a reason the vet gave me so much of that particular tape. Ahem. The shirt and bandage are still there. Good girl, Glory.

On another note, the weeds have grown so tall around here that Bailey can hide in them.


A little green cammo and we won't be able to find her.

We did find a really cool moth at church, though.


Thanks to Katie, who looked it up online and discovered that this is a Rustic Sphinx moth. Just to give you an idea of how big this critter is, here is Katie holding this pretty moth.


We were amazed and all of us were taking pictures like crazy. Love the white antennae.


Look at the size of the eye, too. I couldn't resist a little touch myself and as soon as I had my finger on the wing, the moth took flight. We had fun admiring this beauty up close.

And, of course, there are always sunsets to admire. Luscious as always!


Hope you had a good week with some fun adventures. I was glad that most of my crazy adventures were last week which made this week seem quiet. And we had no rain to speak of, so the wash was dry - an added plus.

Have a great weekend, and Happy Funtry Friday!

Blessings,
Kathy
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