Tuesday, July 31, 2012

In one week.......

 Several living species joined me as I worked around the yard this past week.  None of them ran off and neither did I!  Each one allowed me the opportunity to grab a camera or phone, and let me peer for an extended amount of time.   

This little tiny tree frog was crawling around a planted pot on the patio.  The planter offered plenty of protection, food, water and a cool respite from the sun (even though our temps have been in the 70's).  

The dragonfly landed on a rock near the front door, and I ran to get the camera.  The coloring is what caught my eye.  I've seen many blue dragonfly but never this combination of black and blue.  I call her "Blue Glow."

A yellow Swallowtail butterfly flew right over my head and landed in a nearby planter.  It was so stunning that I jumped up to get the camera...once again!  This Swallowtail butterfly was missing much of it's wings end.  It's the part that teardrops and I wonder what happened?  Did a bird attempt to grab it for dinner or what?  Nonetheless, it could still fly and seemed very happy to flutter around my flower garden.  (These photos were taken with my cell phone so a true close-up didn't work).

...........something beautiful right under my nose! 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Papa had a birthday.

Yes, Papa had a birthday!  This is the birthday that helps with health insurance.  None of the other birthdays before helped in this way!  If you are 65 you understand. :)

The sweetest little gift came in an egg carton to Papa.

Found treasures filled each egg space and Papa couldn't have been more happy with his gift!

His other gift was our "sweet one" wanting to hop on the tractor and pretend to go for a ride!

Our family celebrates a life well lived and a lifetime of helping others.
Another gift came yesterday. 
One reason we moved to a smaller place was to simplify life, but before the "simple" can be lived there are a few things that must be tackled. (We say this a lot.)  These are mostly one time jobs. 
We need a fence up the driveway.  Now, our last home had fencing that was really nice but it had to be painted most years.  We don't want to paint fences any longer, so we chose rough pressure treated wood to build the new three rail fence.  Once it is built that will be it!
 Done..no painting, sturdy and appealing.   

Yesterday we were working on the new fence and it was getting hot.  A neighbor stopped his car on his way by our place, and offered his post hole auger for us to use!  You can imagine our delight at not having to dig another hole?

 Here it is on our tractor, ready to dig, dig, dig!  Thank you, neighbor!!  What a gift!

The driveway is not short as you can see below. 

The best gifts come along the way from out of the blue, and we know that we are being cared for in a very generous way.  We thank God, our creator, for watching over us!