Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your life! Deut. 30:20


Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Day; flowers, bunnies and birds.

This May Day is quite a cool day!  This afternoon it is 52 degrees.  Not the 70 you would think May Day would bring.



We like to deliver May baskets on May Day.  Here is an old photo from 2011 when the grandkids delivered some May baskets to their great-grandparents.























In Sunday School, we made May baskets and I brought flowers from home to put in their baskets. I'm sad I didn't take pictures.   Here are some of the flowers I picked from around my house for those baskets along with some others that are growing too.














Soon!!


 I love the paddle plant (or flapjack plant - kalanchoe thyrsiflora)

 
The pods from our birch tree are falling all around.
looks like a worm!



This rose bush will be full of blooms soon!

The chive plant has cute pom-pom flowers - but it smells like onion, of course! 

 

 A few weeks ago, I took a picture outside my kitchen window of a bunny making a nest in the front yard.  She was so very busy!



And yesterday, there was a cute little bunny hopping around in my backyard!

The orioles arrived this week!





I know God loves the little sparrows, but they are a mess.
I'm glad God loves messes - messy people included!

"While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  Romans 5:8

If you let them build nests in the purple martin house, I've read that they will attack the purple martins' eggs and even the mother or babies and can kill them.

So my husband faithfully has gotten rid of their nests.  Sparrow nests are made from dried vegetation.  It fills the whole box - amazing how fast that happens since Al tries to clean out their nest every 2-3 days!



Purple martins' nests are made of twigs, plants and mud so you can tell the difference.  Sorry, sparrow, find other places to build your nests!!


We have had beautiful sunrises this past month.



Happy May!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fire!

This past week, we could see smoke rising in the distance.

"Let's go check it out!" Al said.
I'm always ready for an adventure! 
 We headed west out of town on Southwest 36th.


An old bridge for a train
(no longer in use)
We were getting closer to the fire 
The Kansas sunset seemed to set the sky on fire
We turned onto a really sandy road.
Similar to the sand dunes in Hutchinson.
We did not realize that there was this type of sandy soil so close to us.
 We came across a controlled pasture burn.
(This is important to keep wild fires from occuring)


Al grew up doing control burns as a kid on the farm.
I know he misses being a farmer at times.
(we joke that he went to pharmacy school thinking it was spelled "farmacy")



We enjoyed visiting with the farmer who owned this acerage.



 We could hear peacocks from
 a couple of farms calling out.
Maybe calling "Help!  Fire!" in peacockese.
 They were coming behind the fires to water them to keep the fire from spreading.
It was all so fascinating to watch! 

Moses' bush?

We drove back home on SW 48th.
Drove past the farmhouse we lived in for 6 months while our home was being built.
Such good memories of that time with our very nice landlords, the Josts! 

We went on this unmaintained road.
Looked like some kids had fun mudding 
in their pickups after the last rain!

 I'm so glad to have a husband who enjoys taking me on little adventures!