Friday, April 18, 2014

Up, down, all around - Funtry Friday!

Yes. Out here it is important to look up (like in the trees) as well as look down (where the feet go) and look all around (where the feet might go). No, I am not planning on climbing trees - at least not the little ones I have - but, apparently, some others do consider them to be "climbing material".

It may be that this little bull snake really didn't want to be up in the tree, though. Sometimes life events just happen to create a cascade of exciting outcomes.

First, you start with watering the tree, then you add the neighbor's cat who appears to be chasing a bird in the tree...

Funny looking bird.

Then you add the wind...

Stir well, and you probably have a little bull snake who wishes there was a "do-over" in snake-dom.

It was pretty amazing to watch how well the snake managed the wind while winding around the branches.

And, no - I haven't seen this little three foot wonder since last watering day, but I am keeping a close watch out for any slithering!

Happy Funtry Friday!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday

And most of the multitude spread their garments in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees, and spreading them in the road. And the multitudes going before Him, and those who followed after were crying out, saying,
"Hosanna to the Son of David;
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest!"
And when He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying,
"Who is this?"
Matthew 21:8-10
And the sun set on the first Palm Sunday.
Today, as the sun set on another Palm Sunday, did you also wonder "Who is this?"
Just exactly who is this Jesus?
Matthew knew.
Reading a bit more of what Matthew had to say...

Friday, April 11, 2014


Yes, I am still here! Just letting the crickets have their turn on the blog. ;-)

The weather has warmed up a bit - time to start watering since we have been so dry.

Love the way the water drops landed on the spider web! This is in my sister's garden - which she does water.

And the tulips are blooming at the post office!

The local garden club has quite a large space planted in front of the post office. It's always fun to see what new plants are there.

I don't have a garden planted, but I have been watering...

Hershey and Billie Jane appreciate the fresh water!

Both the horses have been frisky with the spring weather. Hershey still enjoys his visits over the back fence with Dakota.

They were so funny today that I grabbed my camera and went out to take a little video of the two of them.

Yeah... just like kids...

Hershey deserted poor Dakota and ran back to the front. I think he was making sure that Billie Jane didn't have anything special that he might have missed. LOL - nope it wasn't feeding time then.

Hmmm - but it is feeding time now! Hope you have a great Funtry Friday!


Sunday, March 16, 2014



Seriously, must I? Long before I ever knew about algebra, I had crossed math off my list of "fun things to do". Anybody with me here?

I remember when I dug my stubborn little grade school heels in the dirt and told my dad (who worked for a bank) that I could see no use in the world for math. My dad, wise person that he was, went straight for my Achilles heel and said, "How are you going to count your horses if you don't know how to do math?"

Ouch. I dove into my math studies, and I even learned to like it a little bit - a few years down the road.

Some things just take some time and a little work to find the fun in them. It often takes a healthy dose of "want to" to get through the "don't like". Once the "want to" takes over, the "don't like" doesn't have a chance.

My grandmother (my father's mother) shared my dislike for math. She wrote a little poem in the front of her algebra book.

"If there should be another flood
To this book I would quickly fly
For should there be another flood
This book would still be dry."
This, by the way, would be the same grandmother who later became a librarian and worked with the Dewey Decimal System all day long. Sounds close enough to math for me!
One step at a time is the way we get many things done. Give it a try and get your "want to" going! How about starting with reading the Bible for five minutes a day. That's like two or three commercials you could save yourself from watching. It's about the amount of time it takes oatmeal to cook. It's... well, you get the idea. Already reading your Bible? Add five minutes a day. *grins* It's about the same amount of time to play a game of solitaire.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1

PS Yes, and I learned to count my horses very well. "One, two." In all fairness to Dad, though, calculating feed ratios, figuring hay weight vs. pellet weight, and budgeting for livestock feed has required considerable math on my part. He wins - again!
Now I am off to read that five minute Bible passage!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Funtry Friday - for the birds!

Remember Peter Pigeon?

Well, here is his pretty girlfriend!

I think she needs a name. Pricilla? Patty? Pretty? What name do you think she should have?

Good morning to me! This little Meadowlark likes to perch in the Cottonwood tree and sing almost every morning!

It's a great start to my day!

Yes, the birds say it's spring!
The flowers also say it's spring - at least the daffodils at my sister's house do!

And the final definite sign of spring? Hershey is shedding his winter coat!

Hershey is much more accurate than any groundhog!

So here we go - blue skies and warmer weather. Come on springtime!

Happy Funtry Friday! Hope you are having some springtime fun in your neck of the woods!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Do you like to journal?

These videos are very fun! Jennibellie shows you how to make a Journal Travel Kit with everything you need to create some great journal pages on the go. She has lots of extra hints, too, to get your creative juices flowing!

Here is the All-in-One Journal and Travel Kit.

And here is the video that shows you how to make the little Watersoluable Travel Palette!

Ingenious! Many thanks to Pam Hardy of Always Artistic for sharing Jennibellie's fun with us!

Happy creating!

Sunday, March 9, 2014


I like to make plans. Do you? 

Well, I like to make plans that work... Some days, however, I specialize in making impossible plans. 

Other days I specialize in making partial plans - you know, the ones where you start with half an idea and then "wing it". And then there are those days when I have a perfectly good plan in mind and it looks ridiculous to everyone else - so I give up and quit.

The best plans I have made, though, are the ones where I have let the Lord lead the way.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, 
plans for welfare and not for calamity
to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 

After all, He does know a lot more than I do! ;-) I would have never thought up a bird as interesting as a Woodpecker!

Wandering off to see what plans the Lord has in mind for me today!

Sunday, March 2, 2014


Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

Sunday, February 23, 2014

No longer weary!

I'm tired.

No, wait - I am a resting introvert.

No... hmmm. I am a first born.

Type A.


Second in Command.




No... I'm tired. Tired of labels. Tired of personality tests guaranteed to solve all your problems. Tired of pigeon holes, boxes, shelves, and whatever. I'm tired of brand new revelations, ten new ways, five top solutions, three best evers, and one absolutely new-you-have-never-heard-this-before statements.

I'm tired of having my corners knocked off so that I can fit someone's nothing-new-under-the-sun mold of what they think of me.

I am sticking with the Tried and True.
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
Isaiah 40:31

I'm sticking with the Lord Jesus.

Off to read my Bible and learn more about who I really am and who He really is.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Funtry Friday visiting!

My neighbor's Red Heeler thinks I am hers, so if she is out and about in the morning she will join me while I do my chores. Of course visiting me also involves throwing a stick since that is Bailey's favorite game.

Sometimes her definition of a stick is not quite the same as mine...

Okay, while Bailey gnaws her tree in half, let's go visit the chickens. Or at least one chicken.

Remember the amazing Mrs. Chicken? Christmas is still pretty amazing. She hasn't laid an egg since last fall and she is slowing down a bit, but at 17 years old (as near as I can figure) I don't care if she lays any eggs! And yes - that is really old for a chicken. Aren't you glad we stopped to visit her today?

Hershey likes to visit, too. Sometimes with me, sometimes Billie Jane, and sometimes he ambles all the way to the back fence and visits with Dakota.

Horses are very social creatures - it's that whole herd thing, you know. They like to gather and groom each other and just hang out together.

Billie Jane isn't usually interested in the afternoon visiting, because she would rather finish up whatever Hershey has left in his feeder.

And then later, while visiting with me, she will pose with Hershey. Oh. Wait a minute - what happened here?

Go figure. Hershey is all fuzzy because he moved and Billie Jane is sticking out her tongue. Usually it's the other way around!

Well, let's move right along and go visit one of the sunsets we had recently. Nothing fuzzy about this!

Ooohhh lala! Love it when the sky glows top to bottom! Sure makes the end of the day pretty.

Hope you had a lovely Funtry Friday and got to visit with a few of your friends, too!

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