Friday, June 28, 2013

Beyond The Sunset...

Tonight I had the urge to take pictures of the sunset. I had the time and felt like I should just do it. So, I shouldered on my heavy winter coat (No, I wasn't cold but it is the only coat I have that will keep the mosquitoes away.) and went for a little drive to the top of a hill. I borrowed my brother's tripod for the occasion and took quite a few pictures. After the sun went down from where I was I drove a little further. The neighbors' dog would chase me as I went by and I was reminded again how thankful I am that our dog is such of a laid back one. After taking pictures from point #2, I executed a three point turn and said a silent "Thank You" to my driver's ed teacher that made me learn them. Then past the dog again and I was back home in hardly any time at all.
The sunset is always a source of amazement to me. God plans each day to paint the sky in such gorgeous colors that how can people say that there is no God? We see His works every day and they are magnificent and beautiful and perfect. May He ever be with His people as we seem to stray farther from Him when we should be drawing closer to Him.


"Beyond the sunset, O blissful morning, When with our Saviour heav'n is begun. Earth's toiling ended, O glorious dawning; Beyond the sunset, when day is done."

"Beyond the sunset no clouds will gather, No storms will threaten, no fears annoy; O day of gladness, O day unending, Beyond the sunset, eternal joy!"

"Beyond the sunset a hand will guide me, To God the Father, whom I adore; His glorious presence, His words of welcome, Will be my portion, on that fair shore."

"Beyond the sunset, O glad renunion, With our dear loved ones, who've gone before; In that fair homeland, we'll know no parting, Beyond the sunset, forevermore!"
                                         - Written by: Virgil P. Brock

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Thought For The Day and Flowers

     Today is a beautiful day. The sun is shining and there is a slight breeze. The birds are out singing praises to their Creator and here I am, tired, weary, and ready to go Home. Yet even as things so little as the birds can trust that God is watching over, protecting, and keeping them, then so can I be ever thankful that I have such a Father in Heaven that has promised that "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5
     I came home Monday from bringing my friend to the airport and found that someone had almost finished mulching my flower beds for me. I had started but then didn't have time to finish and I also ran out of mulch. I picked some more bags up and there they sat in the garage for a few days. I was delighted to find, when I went outside yesterday that most of the flower bed was mulched but they ran out of mulch again. As I needed to go to town for other things, I picked up the last bag and finished the bed completely. I also took pictures of our various flower beds.



This lily just bloomed today! I was so happy to see it. I have been watching them for some time now but I was worried that maybe the tornado that went through our area Friday and Saturday might have ruined them.



A peony from a bush in the front yard. They are beautiful!

This is the clematis plant that I brought with me from Washington State. I didn't expect it to bloom this year but I am so happy that it did. The flower is small but I think that is to be expected for this year.


An old tractor tire that was a sand box once upon a time. Our dog got into it a few days after planting. We planted snapdragon seeds in the middle but they have not came up so I don't think I will get them this year.


Mother likes her Morning Glory so I planted quite a few seeds for her. They are coming up nicely and are about ready to be wrapped around the yellow post you see in the picture.

I like Sweet Pea so my aunt started quite a few plants for me. They don't seem to be doing too well though so I may have to either give them fertilizer or move them to a different place.


I found purple/red clover in the yard when I was mowing last week. I got a few mosquitoes taking this picture but I think it was worth it.

I don't know what this flower is. I think it's some type of ivy but I haven't looked.


I wonder if this flower is a weed but it smells so good that I don't want to pull it out. It smells like a lilac.


A flower bed around one of Mother's clothes line poles.

And for one last picture... Snack tonight. Anyone hungry?

Angel Food Cake made from scratch. Seems like I made a reputation down South from it...

There is so much more that I could write but I am trying to learn that I need to organize my priorities. So as today I have other priorities, this is only a shorter post.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Herbs

Today was a beautiful morning. If every morning were like today than I would love to awake early to enjoy them. The sun was shining and it was slightly breezy. I think it was around 70*. I planted herbs in one of our gardens on the East and South sides of the house. Mother and my aunt have been telling me that they need to be picked so this morning I decided to do just that. The herb bed needs weeded also so I harvested herbs and then I pulled weeds too. I still have a lot of weeds to pull and I need to mulch and what not but that is beside the point. Anyway, here are a few pictures of the herbs and other flower plants I have around.

Harvested and put in to an old enamel bowl. I used an old doily I found in the linen drawer and had fun.
I'm not sure if these are really an herb. I don't even remember the name of them. I need to talk to my Aunt again.
An overview of the whole scene.
An old cowboy boot with petunias planted in it. One of Mother's ideas.

A closer up view of the boot.
An old pump and an old metal bowl with pansies planted in it. Another of Mother's ideas.
A closer up picture of the pansies and the pump handle in the background.
Now I have all the herbs hanging up to dry in front of the window. I put the dill in to a glass jar to freeze so that we can use it for pickles later on this summer. I also kept out cilantro and parsley to add into our salads.
From left to right: rosemary, thyme, lavender, cilantro, oregano, and parsley.

 Now it is raining outside. The life we have on the prairies... I am thankful that there was a beautiful morning here anyway. Life goes on and we need the rain here so that we don't have to water all the gardens. All for now but maybe next time I will post pictures of all of our other gardens.