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

Friday, October 23, 2015


A couple of weeks ago was Taste of Newton and Bethel College Fall Fest.  Seems like the whole town shows up on Thursday night to eat walking tacos, verinika, pork chops, funnel cakes.....  Such a fun time meeting old neighbors and people you don't run in to on a regular basis.

(picture not mine)

I woke up on  Saturday morning at 4:20.  An earthquake rattled my dresser.  
The epicentre was in Oklahoma at a 4.4.

I couldn't go back to sleep and that was ok.  Saturday morning was the monthly bird walk on the Bethel College Sand Creek trail.  Every month it is at a different time and this time it was 7:30.  The time depends when they know the birds begin to wake up.

This walk is for anyone.  Beginners and those who really know their birds. 
 Most of us are in between.  We just love birds.

We learn about bird behaviours and begin to recognize bird calls.  We saw lots of birds this month.  They were very active.  There were so many robins getting ready to migrate!  Ours go south and we get some come to Kansas from the north.  Lots of blue jays and crows this morning along with many red flickers.  (see picture)  There were also bluebirds, cardinals, a yellow bellied woodpecker, tit mouse, nut hatch (heard it, didn't see it), hairy woodpecker and yellow-shafted flicker.

Of course there are many starlings.  Evidently Shakespeare mentioned them in some play and someone thought they should introduce them to the western world.  It ended up that they didn't bring the one Shakepeare was talking about.  And these starlings are a mess.  A pesky bird.  They chase away the pretty birds.  They can tolerate more ammonia than any bird, meaning that they don't clean up their poop in their nests.  Their only redeeming quality is their song.  They can imitate many songs, like the mockingbird.

A bird watcher joke:  A Eurasian dove, starling and sparrow went into a bar.  The bar tender said, "Have you been introduced?"   
If you didn't get it, all 3 of these birds were introduced to the United States.

After the walk, I headed out to Kerry's Barn Sale (Keriel Dairy).  I love this barn sale!  I try to go every October!  I get Christmas gifts and this year I won a raffle!!

(picture from Kerry's blog)

I brought home Dan's famous pulled pork sandwiches and Kerry's delicious mocha cupcakes!!

Our daughter was in Green Bay visiting a friend.  Adam texted to say he was bringing the girls to Bethel Fall Fest so we went to meet them there in the afternoon.

Ever since several kids from our church got E-coli, I'm not a fan of little children (especially ones who still suck their fingers) and petting zoos.  But Claire is hesitant about animals and so she just looks at the animals.  
 We love Mojos on campus!  We got some treats there.

And played at the park next to it.

 Dad lives close to the college so we stopped to see him and sing some songs to him.
Since then (this was 2 weeks ago) my Dad has had another stroke.  Prayers appreciated as we consider hospice.

It was close to supper so we took the family out.
Sophia saw this news about the presidential race.

"Race?  They have to run in races?"
Sophia LOVES anything about the presidents.  
She reads books about them.  
She can name most of them.  
She considers it lucky that I was born when Eisenhower was president.

We took a walk on the river path enjoying the beautiful fall day.

And had fun at a park!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Singing & dancing in the rain

I'm singin' in the rain
Just singin' in the rain
What a glorious feeling
And I'm happy again

The other day, Claire wanted to go for a walk even thought it was rainy.

I'm laughing at clouds
So dark, up above
The sun's in my heart
And I'm ready for love


Let the stormy clouds chase

Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain

I have a smile on my face    
           I'll walk down the lane
                      With a happy refrain

Just singin', singin' in the rain

Such a funny, silly girl!

Dancing in the rain
I'm happy again
I'm singin' and dancin' in the rain
Dancin' and singin' in the rain


And finding bugs

Love this sweet, funny girl!