"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Sunday, April 29, 2018

A worn out, metal tub has been hanging against

the outside wall of my vintage shop for years. No longer useful,
or so I thought..........but full of rustic patina. 

This week, I have noticed a large billed bird........who 
always sings a lovely song........
flying in and out of this worn out container. 
After she flew off for a few moments.......I took a closer
look .....to find that she has stuffed it  very full of twigs and sticks
and  has made herself a comfy nest.
She reminds me so much of how I felt about
our little house in town when we were first married.
It was on a corner lot..........on a busy street that 
growled and grumbled all day.........and all night
with traffic and scary neighborhood noises.
It was in an "extreme fixer up" state with 
much needed attention......which we never seemed to 
have enough money, enough time and never enough know how 
to be able to fix.
Still.........it was our first home.........and 
all of our children spent a large part of their childhood
The floors were crawled on,  ran on, stomped on, and spilt on.
The worn out screen door was slammed in times of hurriedness,
in times of stormy weather and in times of upset.
The walls heard our laughter.......our worries, our prayers.

As worn out as it was...........with a little stick here,
and a little fluff there..........
it was home.
We had a happy, sweet life in it. 
When we moved out here to our country home
I felt as if we were abandoning an old friend when
we left the little house on the corner lot in town.
How about you?
What was your first home like?
I would love to hear!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

In the early morning, I noticed a shadowy form

in the backyard pine tree.

I quietly walk up and realize it is a large screech owl......
very tired from a busy night. 

as I get closer, I talk to it...........as you can see, 
it wanted me to quit my chatter and to let it go back to sleep. (just look at that face)
As soon as I finished taking it's photo, I heard a baby 
rabbit squealing nearby and I see "mother rabbit" running.

I hurry over and .........I find a baby bunny with a coachwhip snake
curled around it. I run up to the snake, yelling at it.........
it drops the baby and, terrified of me,  scurries up a small mesquite tree......

and also not very happy for me to show up this early morning, 
for I ruined it's chance for bunny breakfast. (just look at that face)

The baby bunny ran so fast, I did not get it's photo,
but "mother rabbit" is very happy that I showed up so 
early in the morning. 

Some of you have asked about the little trees from Arbor Day Foundation and 
about the rose cuttings I was trying to sprout with potatoes.
As you can see the trees are growing well 

and putting on leaves.  The rose cuttings did not sprout.
I think it was too cold and I may have watered them too much.
I am going to try one more time with them. 

Also in the greenhouse my Devil's Claw cactus are all doing well 

and blooming.  I love these beautiful round cactus.  Ranchers do 
not like them because they are bad for cattle and horses to step on.
I have a small garden of ones that I have found in the woods, dug up 
and re planted.  These in the photo are in large containers,  which they do well in.  .I dig them up, especially when they are in the yard
because my husband mows over them causing great damage to them.
I want to keep them safe. 

At this time, the prairie and the fields are full of wildflowers

giving me much inspiration for my embroidery work

It is also a time  for long walks and hand picked bouquets with the 
one I love.
So tell me..........
what is hanging around your backyard?.....
Any wildflowers making their appearance? 
What is your favorite?
I would love to hear!