Sunday, June 16, 2019

Two Special Days!

The family came over for father's Day today! Here is our son Mike with Phil.

He got several nice presents.

They had just come from church, and the girls were wearing these cute matching dresses.

Anne Marie was here too, of course.

Today was Dara's birthday, and we gave her a new bike!


Me with Jazz & Dara. Windblown!! The wind blew my hair into one big mess! WHY did I want to take pics outside?

OH, I remember why...Jazz learned to do a cartwheel!

A father carries pictures where his money used to be. ~Author Unknown

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Double Sun Spots

The other day, I saw double sun spots for the first time. One on each side of the sun. Usually I see only one. These are called Sun Dogs, but I think Sun Spots is a more descriptive and pretty name, so that is what I call them. Their technical name is Parhelion. Look up near the sun in the late evening, and you can see them quite a bit!

“For here’s what God told me: “I’m not going to say anything, but simply look on from where I live, Quiet as warmth that comes from the sun, silent as dew during harvest.”
Isaiah 18 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Pink Lemons

Look what I found in the grocery store! I bought an entire bag! Pink lemonade, anyone? So called Pink Lemons were discovered on an ordinary lemon tree in Burbank California in 1931. They are small, with a thin rind that’s striped green and cream. As it ripens, the faint pink blush pulp turns deeper pink. It has a tart, acidic lemony flavor with subtle floral and berry undertones. While the pulp is indeed pink, the juices are not pink. Occasionally, you may get a bit of a pink blush but it is not prominent.
                                                                                                   




“When life gives you lemons don't make lemonade, make pink lemonade. Be unique.”
Wanda Sykes


Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Hammock

We came across this yard in an area of town that we don't usually pass. I think it looks like Memorial Day and The 4th Of July. I love the tassels! It is a fine statement on napping. Do you, or have you even had a hammock?


This cute little birdhouse was in a tree above it.



Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Straight Lines

Just a few hours ago, we sat in the car and watched this sunset. Maybe not one of the best I've seen, but it has the most straight lines.

See the plane above the light pole?







“God’s business is putting things right; he loves getting the lines straight, Setting us straight. Once we’re standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye.
Psalm 11

Monday, June 10, 2019

Norwegian Trolls

I ran into these Norwegian Trolls in a gift shop. They are creatures of Norse legend, and tend to be big, hairy, stupid, and slow to act. Early stories describe them as giants who lived in castles and roamed at night. When exposed to sunlight, they would turn into stone. I love how each one is holding something interesting.

These are holding a candle and a tote bag.

One of these has a broom, and the blue one has a badge that says "Troll Police".

This one must be a Leaf Troll.

Since this one is holding a crystal ball, he must be a Wizard.

This one must be The Bird Whisperer.

A Homemaker for sure, with apron and feather duster.

Looks like twins here.

And they have pets, just like we do.

“And then there was the war at Gath that featured a hulking giant who had twenty-four fingers and toes, six on each hand and foot—yet another from the clan of giants. When he mocked Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him.”
1 Chronicles 20

Saturday, June 8, 2019

The Faces

We saw these in a museum, art for sale.. Faces made from common tools. This one uses two different rakes.

This one uses wheels, corrugated tin, and chains.

“Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone…Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.
2 Corinthians 3

Friday, June 7, 2019

Awesome Animals

Tonight, our two youngest granddaughters performed in a city-wide music camp program, "Awesome Animals."

Each letter of the title was the pattern of an animal.






Me & the girls with their friend.

Phil & Anne Marie

Bless the beasts and the children
For in this world they have no voice
They have no choice

Bless the beasts and the children
For the world can never be
The world they see

Barry D.Vorzon & Perry L. Botkin

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

A Funny Encounter

In the parking lot of Aldi's, we happened to park next to this car.

As I looked closer, it appeared that the entire car had been "wallpapered"!




This is the car handle. See how nicely it is done.

I had never seen anything like it. On the way out with our groceries, the owner of the car was putting his purchases inside! What luck! Turns out he is a travelling stand-up comedian. His name is Elvis Mujic. He has traveled to 47 states, performing for homeless shelters, detention centers, and mental health facilities. A strange and memorable encounter. He gave me these stickers.


loyal friend laughs at your jokes
when they're not so good,
and sympathizes with your problems
when they're not so bad.