Monday, October 20, 2014

Looking Up

Facing west in the evening sun.

I don't have any beautiful fall color to share with you, but today was a gorgeous day. There's nothing like the blue of an October sky.

Facing west northwest in the evening sun.

My maples have been suffering the past three years. They have a lot of dead in them now. At first I thought it was the drought, but with plenty of rain this year, they are still struggling. If I were wealthy, I'd do all in my power to save them. But as it is, I will just have to see what develops.

I think this was shooting pretty much overhead.

Look at that sky. There was no sun in the house anymore, so I took my camera outside to capture sunny leaves and sunny skies. The tree below is a neighbor's. I don't know what kind it is, but it turns a lovely yellow, which the photo didn't bring out very well.

Facing east in the evening sun.

We do have some pretty color around town, just not in my yard! After a hard day, it did me good to go look at the pretty sky and sun on the trees, even if just for a few moments.

When we have a trial or a burden, we must remember: This too will pass. I'm counting on it!

Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up.
(from my kitty perpetual calendar)

A few years ago my neighbor had an easily-spotted Baltimore Oriole nest in her tree. But she hadn't seen it because quite frankly, she spent most of her time looking back, down, and around, fretting about what should have been done, what still needed doing, and what others were doing.

Let's not forget to look up. It's beautiful up there.

Look up at the heavens and see;
gaze at the clouds so high above you.
Job 35:5

Thanks to all of you who write such wonderful blog posts and/or comments that make life that much sweeter.
Blessings to All,
Bess


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Sentiments Exactly


The pins were my grandmother's; wish the one was really star sapphires, but it's not!

Just a very short post to share this Victoria cover. That's an art easel on the left. But I just love the sentiment: The Pure Joy of Being Home. All I can say to that is a resounding Amen! And I haven't even read it again yet.


I have two copies of this issue (probably because one or the other of them is missing pages), and on the one that was originally mailed, those were the only words on that month's cover, which I found interesting and quite sufficient!

Our homes: gifts from God and a little taste of Heaven to come.


The hibiscus is still blooming, but judging by the lack of new buds, I think it may be going dormant - for awhile at least. Do they bloom inside during the winter months?

Wishing you sweet dreams tonight,
Bess

Monday, October 13, 2014

Friday's Child

A gift from my mother in 1972: Zenith Delft Blue, Made in Holland

No, it's not my birthday, but I'm desperate for post material because I'm too worn out to be creative at the moment.

Monday's child is fair of face;
Tuesday's child is full of grace.
Wednesday's child is full of woe;
Thursday's child has far to go.
Friday's child is loving and giving;
Saturday's child works hard for a living.
But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

If taken as true, being a Friday's Child comes with a big responsibility to others. For many years now, much of my time has been given over to serving others, which can be beautifully rewarding but tiring. It's also very humbling. At times my selfish side (my "flesh") screams for more "Me Time," and I must admit I try to protect it when possible.

How about it? Does the poem fit you? Of course, I think all of us are really a mixed bag of each day- and more. I guess the poem was based on fortune-telling, which would be a no-no for Christians. But now it's just a nursery rhyme, albeit a rather strange thing to tell children. Children need hope and deserve to be hopeful. I think we're all like children that way.

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them ... Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example
that you should do as I have done for you.
John 13:12-15

Welcome to my new followers. And many thanks to all of you who stop by. I appreciate your support!

May every day feed your hope (Jeremiah 29:11),
Bess