Wednesday, June 24, 2015

First Bloom ... and a Turkey

I had just about given up on my hibiscus that I overwintered from last summer, but it finally gifted me with its first bloom. There are several more buds as well. (I took the photos with my phone, and the color washes out a little bit in the transfer to my computer.)

Then this afternoon while running an errand, I spotted a wild turkey crossing a side street. I went around the block, and by the time I returned, it was sitting in the shade. I know there's a development on the edge of town that has had flocks(?) of wild turkeys show up, but this is the first I've seen in the center of town, and all by itself. I hope it stays safe in all this heat ... I wouldn't want it to roast!  ;-] (Edited to add: I'm told by a neighbor that this bird could have been a female peacock. Since we have both [the peacocks stray from a local park], I really don't know which it is!)

Female? At any rate, this gobbling visitor makes me think of being thankful for all my many blessings. And I'm so very thankful for my family and for all of you wonderful visitors to my blog.

Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare...  
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge.
Psalm 91:3-4  NIV

God's creation is so awesome, and that includes you! 
PS: I know I've plugged it before, but I love I can't help but praise and worship God when I see all those strange, wonderful, and sweet babies He's designed and put on this earth.

Friday, June 19, 2015

A Quick Hello

All is well, except that I'm suffering from a lack of inspiration and motivation ... and a staging area. I haven't even come across a good quote lately. In fact, this short post is due to my guilt over having not posted for two weeks!

We will be hovering around 100 all week. Summer is definitely here! Hope you can stay cool where you are. Praying for many wonderful blessings for you and yours.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

I Got Nothing

I like my android: It's very windy today, but still the photos were pretty sharp and clear!

... so I'll just tell you what I've been up to lately. First, though, I didn't even have many photos to share, but fortunately I spotted this lovely planter of petunias downtown today. I love capturing flowers in their prime.

I've been watching The Vicar of Dibley on Netflix and just finished Season 2 this morning. Its final episode made me laugh more than I have in a long time. I think there are eight more episodes to watch on Netflix. It's an odd show, in that the vicar is a woman who loves God, but she's a bit risque. The other regular characters are priceless, especially the verger, Alice. Have you seen it? 

Some calla lilies from early in the week. Beautiful wine color.

I still haven't found a good spot to stage simple, quick photo shoots of a teacup or book or such. I can't do anything more than that (a tablescape, etc.) because all my furniture is pushed into a corner to make room for my brother's hospital bed and equipment. But the good news is that he is doing well and holding steady. Hospice even told us that when they admitted him he was so ill he wasn't expected to be on hospice long before passing away, but so far he's beating the odds! Kallie is his almost constant companion:

I have colored a couple pages, finished reading a few books, and today I checked out Marcel Proust's work: Remembrance of Things Past (at least that's the title in the translation I have). I'm only reading the first of the seven novels in the two-volume work. Then I'll see if I want to continue with the others as time goes along. (I don't know if I live to be 80 if I could get it all read, though. It's quite the tome, and I have so many other books I want to read as well.) (Edited to add: Nope, this one's not for me, so I'm abandoning it after only about 15 pages. Life's too short!)

And from time to time I knit a row on a hat that I've halfway completed. I haven't watercolored in ages, but it is on my mind. (I pin inspiration on Pinterest every now and then. It's amazing the talent that's out there!) Right now I seem to want to finish up projects I've left undone. 

That's what's doing here. Hope you are experiencing all that is good, wherever you are!