Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bird Scouts!

I heard that the birds are already out scouting
for places to raise their babies when spring comes.
If you want residents in your birdhouses,
probably you need to get them in place!

Last year a little wren, a chickadee, and a tufted titmouse
checked out my little birdhouse that is hung
 in the cherry tree that is quite near our house.
The wren started to build a nest, but then changed locations.

Today I was surprised to have a pileated woodpecker
checking it out!

My granddaughter and I laughed as he tried to stick his head inside,

...even turned his head upside down while trying to look inside.

He didn't give up easily...

and finally started pecking the house apart!

For some reason it reminded me of the verse from Proverbs 14:1 that says,
"A wise woman builds her home,
but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands."

I guess the woodpecker thought if he couldn't fit in the little house,
then he'd just tear it up so no one else could use it!

Not a very nice philosophy!

Or maybe he was just looking for bugs to eat...

I've been doing a lot of Bible Study for an "Affinity Class" 
that I'll be teaching in March and April,
called "A Taste of Grace".
Consequently, I haven't painted a ROCK lately for
Don't give up on me!
I hope to get a post done later this week!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Old-Fashioned Barn Restoration!

It was fairly early when neighbors started gathering
to help with preparations to pour a concrete floor
in the old barn that my husband has been having restored.

And they were ready when the truck delivering concrete arrived.

The gravel subfloor, plastic, and grids had been laid.

The truck backed in till the chute would reach
to the back of the barn.

It amazed me how long the chute could be made.

Then the back-breaking job of spreading the concrete began.

First raking it as smooth as possible...

Then smoothing it with a trowel.

Finally the last bit was poured...


And smoothed...

Then it was time for clean-up of the truck...

...and the boots!

Lots of hard work,
and aching backs!
But a new concrete floor in place!

One of the biggest challenges had been keeping the dogs
from making their foot prints in the fresh concrete!

And in case you're wondering...
Sarah Bella is no longer doing hair!
She's gone back to college in pursuit of another occupation!
Just couldn't throw away the sign!!!

I haven't got another rock painted yet this week,
so check back later on Rock4Today
to see my Names of God on Rocks, okay?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Icy weather brings on color!

With the onset of colder weather,
the bird population at my feeders begins to swell...
(House FinchHairy Woodpecker, and Chickadee)

Although this guy only lingered for awhile...

I was happy to catch a few shots of him.
(Northern Flicker)

This little Downy Woodpecker is smaller
 than the Hairy Woodpecker pictured above,

Although this doesn't show his red belly,
this guy is named the Red Bellied Woodpecker.

The Tufted Titmouse worked hard to remove
the sunflowers from the shell...

...and then stared at me as if he knew I was taking his picture!

The Cardinal always adds a splash of color
when he shows up at the feeder.

And speaking of a splash of color...
My daughter and I tried out a few new colors.
Don't worry, though...
They are just wigs!!!

I love all the splashes of color that God puts in this world!
And I love all the different names that describe Him!
For a look at some of those names,
check out my Names of God on Rocks blog for today!

Thanks for dropping by!
(To see many web photos of the above birds,
just click on the highlighted name below each photo.)

Friday, January 2, 2015

For New Year's Day Meal... Gary's Cornbread... and Granny's Iron Skillet

New Year's Day Meal
Southern Style

Gary preparing to add some hot sauce
 to his black-eyed peas and turnip greens.

In the South we have a tradition of eating black-eyed peas,
a ham product, greens, and cornbread on New Year's Day.

But do you know why we do it?

According to Wikipedia,
"the tradition dates back to the Civil War, 
when Union troops, especially in areas targeted by General William Tecumseh Sherman,
 typically stripped the countryside of all stored food, crops, and livestock,
 and destroyed whatever they could not carry away.
 At that time, Northerners considered "field peas" 
and field corn suitable only for animal fodder,
 and did not steal or destroy these humble foods.

In the Southern United States, the peas are typically cooked 
with a pork product for flavoring 
(such as bacon, ham bones, fatback, or hog jowl), 
diced onion, and served with a hot chili sauce or a pepper-flavored vinegar.

The traditional meal also includes collardturnip, or mustard greens, and ham.
 The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity;
 the greens symbolize money;
 the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represents positive motion.
 Cornbread also often accompanies this meal."

Here's our cornbread...
made in Granny's iron skillet,
... and almost ready to take out of the oven...

Granny's skillet makes the best crispy crust!

Then for dessert,
the cornbread can be topped with a little butter
and some wonderfully delicious home-grown and home-made sorghum!
(In case you're unfamiliar with southern style sorghum,
my experience of watching it be made can be found HERE!)

If you think it looks like there is something unusual in the cornbread,
you are right!
That was Gary's idea!
We often add unusual foods to our cornbread...
this time being diced black olives, whole kernel corn, and chopped jalopenos.

Wishing you and yours a 

My verse for this year is from the words of Saint Peter, who said,
"But grow in grace,
and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
To Him be glory both now and forever.

My most recent Names of God on Rocks 
from Saint Peter can be found HERE!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Former Things... Curiosity ... And Finding God

Often as my husband and I would drive past this house
on our way to the farm, I would wonder what it was like inside...

...Who were the former residents?...

...Did they spend much time on this porch swing?

On closer inspection, it looked like it had lost a lot of its former glory...

...Especially when I walked around back to snap a few shots.
But at least some of my curiosity was satisfied
just by getting a closer look at it.

This old barn has
also caught my attention many times,
and when I look at it, I wonder what happened to the roof...
Did a thunderstorm or tornado blow it away?
Or did the owner plan to re-roof it?

...And what did this old building used to be?
For some reason it captures my attention every time we drive by.

Another eye-catcher is this long wooden fence
with many birdhouses built all along it.
How many of those birdhouses are inhabited?
Do the same birds come back every year?

I think I used to drive my Mom a little crazy with my unending curiosity.
When she was my Sunday School teacher,
I'm sure that she sometimes got frustrated with all of my questions.

What does God think about curiosity?
I think He likes it!
He made us with an emptiness that only He can fill,
and then He tells us that we can find Him
if we search for Him with all our heart.

"Those who seek Me diligently will find Me"

If you don't know Him yet,
keep looking!
A good place to start is in His Word, the Holy Bible!

Simon Peter found God,
and expressed many new names for His Savior.
To see some of these, click on Names of God on Rocks
to take you to my other blog.

Thanks for your visit!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

First Place 4 Health

First Place - A Grace Place!

FIRST PLACE is a Christ centered healthy living program
that encourages balance in the four core areas of our lives ...
emotional, spiritual, mental and physical.

This week our local chapter of First Place 4 Health
completed a 12 week Bible Study course...
...and enjoyed a "Victory Celebration Meal" together.

Registered dietitian Tricia Turner,
was our "fearless leader" through these 12 weeks,
giving us healthy eating tips,
encouraging us to exercise,
keeping confidential weight records,
and discussing our Bible Study with us each week.

 Although weight loss was often the initial reason for attending,
the other benefits were Bible study, prayer for one another, encouragement,
friendships formed,
 ....and lets not forget joy and laughter! 

That smile is because Lee Anna was our "Biggest Loser"!
Not only was Lee Anna a winner...
The Mountain Home Food Bank benefited from her weight loss!

Miles walked had also been logged...
...with two happy winners of prizes for their efforts.

This Christmas we decided to collect clothing items
for needy kids in the school system
instead of buying each other presents.
Many thanks to Kathy for the idea,
and for delivering them!

After a Christmas Break,
this is the new Bible Study we will be doing.
and can be purchased directly from First Place.
(Click HERE to order.)

Tricia invites all who would like to participate
to order their books and show up on January 14th at 6:00 pm.
The class is held in Room 1208,
upstairs in the Life Center at First Baptist Church in Mountain Home.

If you don't live in the area,
check to see if there's a group in your town.
Although often held in Baptist churches,
First Place 4 Health is not confined to any particular denomination.
(Click on the highlighted link above for more information.)

Tricia has her own very interesting blog,
and it can be found at
Expeditions by Tricia.

Thanks for your visit!
My Name for God this week can be found on Rock4Today!