Monday, August 19, 2019

Of An Evening

On the way home this evening.

Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway.

 ~Mary C. Crowley

Sunday, August 18, 2019


Look through our window. What is that?

Lets go outside and have a look. It doesn't look like much from a distance, but wait till we get closer.

It's a Pokeberry Bush! Or technically speaking, an American Pokeweed Bush. Other names are Red Ink Plant and American Nightshade. I love it's brilliant colors!

You can see that something has already eaten a few berries.

Brilliant colors often mean poison, and this plant is.The berries and roots are very poisonous, but do not seem to bother birds.

The Fear-of-God is a spring of living water so you won’t go off drinking from poisoned wells.

Proverbs 14

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Sunday Sunset

This evening's sunset was beautiful. Here it is in order, watch it with me.

It looks like a messed with the color, but I did not. The color for all of these is just as it came out of the camera.

“As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear him. And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins.

Psalm 103

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Great Pumpkin

I looked out the kitchen door today, and could hardly believe my eyes. A pumpkin!
 Upon walking over and inspecting closer, our next door neighbor had planted a tiny pumpkin patch! I don't know how we could have missed this, as our door looks out on this and it is only a few yards away.

Wonder what happened to the rest, or if this was the only one? I don't know if I have seen a pumpkin so early. But for all of you suffering from the heat, hope is on the way!

At the close of a long hot summer, the appearance of the pumpkin heralds the welcome arrival of autumn. ~Kari Spencer

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Storm & The Sturgeon

Even though there were bad storms all around, we went out tonight to see if we could find the Full Sturgeon moon. For a long time we sat and watched this big storm cloud with almost constant lightening coming from it. The patch of light you see is actually lightening.

When we finally spotted the moon, it was covered with clouds.

But then for a few minutes, it was almost cloud free!

But then it slowly rose up into more clouds.

“Now and then there comes a crash of thunder in a storm, and we look up with amazement when [God] sets the heavens on a blaze with his lightning.”
 ~C. H. Spurgeon

“Lightning dances —
Thunder applauds her.
~Terri Guillemets

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mad As A Hatter

Here are a couple pretty felt hats we saw in Ten Thousand Villages. Do you know where the saying "Mad as a hatter" came from?

      Hatmakers in the 17th century commonly used mercury to cure the felt. Mercury is toxic, and its health effects showed up in the hat makers in the form of behavioral quirks that made them appear "mad," or crazy. And now you know.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Running Man

“It's unnatural for people to run around the city streets unless they are thieves or victims.  It makes people nervous to see someone running.  I know that when I see someone running on my street, my instincts tell me to let the dog go after him.”  ~Mike Royko

Monday, August 12, 2019

Not Running

This sweet girl did not run from our car, like all the others have done. She stood her ground and calmly posed for me. The only one out of many dozens.

Hurt no living thing:
Ladybird, nor butterfly,
Nor moth with dusty wing.

~Christina Georgina Rossetti

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Peonies

From a small Peony bush in the heart of Harrisonburg, Va.

“The Peony is the fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers, a rare fusion of fluff and majesty…”
Henry Mitchell

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The Crane

Earlier this week, we saw a Sandhill Crane! This was a huge surprise for me. I have always wanted to see one, but never have until now. There are no Sandhill Cranes in this area, so who knows where he came from. Maybe just to see me? He was in a field quite far away from the road, that is why my pictures aren't very sharp.

“Cranes carry this heavy mystical baggage. They’re icons of fidelity and happiness. The Vietnamese believe Cranes cart our souls up to heaven on their wings.
Mitchell Burgess

Friday, August 9, 2019


Tonight was a kind of rare sight. Jupiter was very close to the moon. and close to earth too. And here they are taken from our car.

Jupiter kind of looks like a white pizza. I want a telescope!

But the moon, ahh... that is a different story. Beautiful as ever.

"Weather forecast for Jupiter's South Equatorial Belt: cloudy with a chance of ammonia."

 Heidi Hammel