Thursday, June 26, 2014

Via Con Dios

R.I.P. sweet Hershey
 
 
Goodbye, buddy.
 
No one could ask for a better horse than you.
Ever.
 
1987 - 2014
 


Sunday, June 22, 2014

politics smolitics

Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ - this one's for you... and a few bazillion other people.*

Is there anyone besides me who has had their fill of snarky instagrams and multitudinous negative comments? Especially when they are aimed at specific individuals?

But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed.
And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled,
 
And, especially when there is no substance except snarky comments meant to irritate people who like the individual?

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you,
 
Is there a line drawn in the sand that says meaningless and empty critical comments are okay if I dislike the person and not okay if I like the person?
 

yet with gentleness and reverence;
 
It's fine to disagree with certain politics, oppose a certain cause, dislike a certain spiritual point of view - but ridicule another for ridicule's sake?**
 
and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered,
those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.***
 
Imagine what would happen if we showed some respect for people with differing viewpoints? I'm not saying that we have to put aside our passion and embrace every opposing viewpoint we come across.
 
Let's give reasons for what we believe, instead of ridicule.
Let's open up dialog instead of spewing disparaging remarks.
Let's be Christ like in the ways that we disagree.
 
Stepping down off my soap box,
Kathy
 
*If you disagree with my faith and/or my political views and you still read my whole blog post, I want to give you a ginormous (((cyber hug)))! Thank you!
 
**I am staunchly opposed to many of the policies of this current president and congress - but I am also disgusted by the continual flow of empty ridicule surrounding them. For goodness sake, say something about why you disagree besides "they are stupid".
 
***1 Peter 3:14-16



Friday, June 20, 2014

Funtry Friday for the birds!

We're cruising around the country fun this week, and look at all the great snippets of Bird TV!

Baby swallows here...


...and baby quail there...


...and one little chickie here (stanchly guarded by her mama!)...


...and a whole bunch of babies here! (nope - I did not bring even ONE of them home!!!)



There was so much Bird TV watchin' this week that Lova and Cookie had to take a munch break!


*nom*nom*nom*

Hollyhocks must taste good... to dogs.

Hope you had fun watching birdies in your neck of the woods! Happy Funtry Friday!

Blessings,
Kathy

Friday, June 6, 2014

Lights, Siren, Action! Funtry??? Friday

Have you ever been sitting quietly at your computer looking a flower photos and planning a fun little blog post, and then... you hear it. A siren. A siren? A SIREN!!!!

Dashing out my front door (yes, I ran over Donner and Bitzen in my mad rush), I was greeted with this sight. Yikes! This is not what any of us want to see any day.


Fortunately, this second truck (with no siren) was soon racing up the hill.


Repeated trips to peek out my front door have shown quiet blue sky with gentle birdsong as accompaniment. *whew*

Years of city living taught me to put the sounds of sirens and helicopters on low cerebral, but recent years of country living have taught me to launch and investigate what's up whenever I hear either of those sounds. And launch rapidly!

Now that my heart rate has slowed down a bit, how about a trip through what's more "normal" out here with our country fun! Not that everything is always quiet around here... Someone keeps turning on Bird TV at about 4:30 in the morning. Lova likes to announce it to everyone, too. Loudly. And often. I think she wants company watching the fun. Upon investigation, I discovered this...


Aha! With the cooler nights, I have been leaving the bathroom window open and guess what's up out there. Literally! Up on top of a vent pipe is a little swallow nest. Well, at least they let me sleep until the early morning sun just begins to wake up the sky. Then *poof* on goes Bird TV!

The sun has risen and set on all of my iris. I love them and they never seem to bloom long enough to suit me. Here are the last two of my Dad's iris blooms.


I have painted these several times over the years - and every time I see them, I think about painting them again.

Well, the sun has almost set on another day of getting ready to move. *whew* Moving a house, family heirlooms, and an art business is a bit more time consuming than the first time I packed up and moved to the college dorm. haha I have come up with some fun ways to use things, though. Ever had to move a bunch of brushes that you didn't want mangled? Try this!


I filled the bottom of an antique canister with Styrofoam and stuck my brush handles in there.


Popped the lid on that baby, and my brushes are all ready to travel safely. I can either tote this can with me as is, or pack it in another box with some other supplies.

Some of you may be wondering how my Hershey boy is doing. He is hanging in there, but his hips are still "out of whack".  It's kind of similar to what happened to him about a year and a half ago, but not quite as bad. Just a lot of waiting to see if he will heal up with some rest. Thanks for all the prayers!


Well, it's getting on to that sunset time of day. Hope you all have a great Funtry Friday!



Blessings,
Kathy
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