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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Turks Weather: I'd rather be rummaging

Turk said it was too hot to walk more than around the block today.
He also saw that it was the All-City Rummage Sale today.
Opie seems to like rummage sales a lot too.
Lots of stuffed animals and like kids are drawn to the toy table.

So of course they each got a free stuffed animal.
When we return home, we are greeted with each dog showing us their toy.
Turk is carrying Bugs Bunny around
and supervising my husband building me new raised beds.

It was really too hot for the dogs, but they like to be close by
when working outside.
After the house got to 86 degrees, I finally turned the 'air' on.

Some other 'buys' that I came across.... and yes I do use Pampered Chef baking stones.  The trick is to not store them so far away that they are a pain to use!  I also had on my internal list that I needed some stacking cookie cooling racks.  What a deal!


 And some other most awesome 'finds'... a portable baby bed for grand-babies when they visit!


 ...and a cute little old-fashioned chair for the little ones.  It will be a plant stand when they are not here...


 ...and last of all, I don't know where I'll put this for a time but I couldn't resist!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Turks Weather: Hotter than you think

Turk laying on the cool garage floor after our walk


Turk chose the shortest walk today... backwards.  We were headed on the regularly scheduled 'short walk' and when we got to the street where the 'short-short walk' met, he became a moose and would not continue until we took the shorter way.  So we walked the 'short-short walk' backwards, and he still knew the route. 

The dogs are all panting now after a 20 min walk (that is short).  Hopefully they will acclimate, since this is only the beginning of the humidity! So Turk's internal thermometer was again highly accurate-- it's hotter than you think today!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sunrise




I love the sunrise.  I love the dawning of a new day.  A start over with fresh new hope with everything new again.  I am thinking that I should get up at sunrise more often to appreciate the miracle of each new day.

As we are going through hard times it can seem like all we see is darkness, that we will never see the sunrise, that things are never going to change.  Of course when we are at our darkest moment and can't see, it is then that we don't realize that the sun will come up like it does each day and that it is darkest just before the dawn. 

When too much has happened, it can feel like things will be this way forever, but what we don't remember in our dark hour is that life is always changing and that it may just take a 'little more time' before we can see the light.

I feel like I have gone through an especially hard time since the beginning of the year and lately I have started to wonder how much more I can take.  In the darkness I have started thinking it will just be like this forever and I am not happy with that thought.  And so we can have pain in our lives, or just mere circumstances and we start to feel pounded down.

In the past week, I have had a couple breather days.  Days where I could see that maybe life might not be this way all the time.  I got a little hint of a ray of light.  Maybe there are better days ahead.  I can see that maybe I can do it with this little break from the constant pounding.

I have been trying to think of some music to listen to, but am stuck.  Because it has been months since I have updated my ipod, I still have Christmas music stuck on it and then to have room for Christmas, I had to leave out some other good songs.  I ended up listening to Brandon Heath the last couple weeks.  Not that he is my last choice, but because I have pretty much played the CD to death.  What I love about music is that depending on your circumstances, a song that never hit you before will hit you square between the eyes.




And so my 'song of the week' has been Sunrise by Brandon Heath. I especially like the second verse of the song. I have felt like I have been trying to gather my life together and pick up the pieces and try to hold everything together.  As I gather one part of my life, another one slips away and I still can't gather it all and feel I am losing the fight and everything is blowing all over. Why is it that we have to have our lives in complete control all the time? And so I hear the words of this verse and it is all clear.

Maybe we don't have to keep it all together.  Maybe we just need to 'get out fast' and leave some things alone. Or hire a housekeeper! Yes, I am in the process. But seriously, sometimes in life we just hang on too long to our 'life'. We want to keep doing the things we used to and not ask for help when we have weaknesses.  We want to keep some order so it seems like we have control over our life.  We don't want anything to take what we have. We don't live in the reality that in a second everything can change or for that matter that life is constantly changing.  We don't really own our lives, we just have the privilege of living it.

How long do we hold on to 'life as we know it'?  When you are younger and you have carefree days and then become parents, there is letting go of old ways.  When your kids grow up, there is a letting go of how life used to be.  And all the way through life, there is letting go.  Sometimes too, I think we add things to our lives that aren't a necessity and then when it gets hard to juggle everything we don't want to let our 'life' go.  And sometimes we are doing everything right, and life still is hard.  And so we chase after life to hold on to what we know instead of just letting some things go.

So maybe some of you are at your darkest right now and I am here to say that it is not going to stay that way! Life can hurt and seem like it isn't going to stop, but then all of a sudden we get a glimpse of sun through the clouds.... a kind word, a simple selfless gesture, a friend who listens sincerely, a break in your pain, or maybe it's just something as simple and beautiful and miraculous as a new baby being born! Yes, as I am writing this we found out we have a new grandson!






David Anthony
(named after both his grandpa's)

So hang in there.  I say this to me and I say this to you.  I know how it is to feel like no one out there is cheering for you, but you can do it!  The sun will come up like it always does!
Because of the Lord's great love
we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail,
they are
new every morning;
great
is your faithfulness.
-Lamentations 3:22-23

Friday, May 11, 2012

Turk's Weather: Ahhh Spring & 1-2-3

Turk is enjoying the spring weather. Can you tell? He is smiling. He also chose his favorite 'rolling in the grass' spot on our walk the other day by the ball diamond.



Today, he chose a swim right away. 
The water has gone down enough to be safe after all the rain we had last week. 
He seemed to enjoy how deep it was. 
Saw a crayfish scram as he jumped in.




Opie wasn't sure.







Turk enjoyed a roll in the grass afterwards



... and all week has been hitting every puddle he could- on purpose

It was a great walk, with a lot of counting to 3.  The dogs know. 
When I get to 3, they will be yanked out of their sniffing coma. 
I don't have to do that now because they know how to count
and they know that 3 will come. 

Spring is in the air (and on the ground)!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

As the Deer



I am reminded of Psalm 42 when I see deer in the woods and especially when I see deer trails in the snow.  You can walk the same trail and see the deer paths and then it snows and you can walk before anyone is out and you will see a trail beaten in the snow to the water.  It always makes me think of the song from this Psalm, As the Deer.  It gives me a visual for the first verses of the Psalm, things I don't normally think about.  Just words on a page until you see that even without our seeing the deer actually by the water, you can see how they are drawn to it- in good weather I'm sure, but even in bad weather.  I have been looking to get a picture of a deer in the water and maybe someday I will get one in the winter.  Sometimes when we get quiet enough, quiet enough to see the signs of nature, we can see things much more clearly!  And maybe this picture was just what I needed to make me read the rest of the Psalm which I had forgotten about!

Psalm 42

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
while men say to me all day long,
"Where is your God?"
These things I remember as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go with the multitude,
leading the procession to the house of God,
with shouts of joy and thanksgiving
among the festive throng.

Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so distrubed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him
my Savior and my God.

My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you  for the land of the Jordan,
the hights of Hermon- from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me--
a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God my Rock,
"Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?"
My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,"Where is your God?"

Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so distrubed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.




Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Lovely Walk

Today's walk was lovely.  I was in the mood for a quiet walk with nothing to do but regulate how many sniffs my dogs could stop at.  We haven't seen anything for a while and so after last nights rain, the water in the creek was running at a peaceful gurgle and we got to observe nature.  We saw lots of wildlife, mostly ducks and a couple deer.  Well, I saw them anyway.  I don't think the dogs knew the deer were standing there posing for me.  The deer know that if they move the dogs will see them, and so they stood there posing for me for as long as I wanted.  I suppose the dogs can smell them, but usually they go crazy when they are really close and maybe today the woods smelled of a lot of things.

The air is filled with the smell of apple blossoms and all sorts of fruit trees and the sound of the birds singing their after the rain song.


A lone duck was resting on a log until he saw us walk by.  I seemed to see a lot of lone ducks and like my sister says are probably sticking close to a nest.  I saw quite a few flying overhead taking off from some area nearby.











And this doe caught before she could run safely.  She didn't move at all while I sat and snapped pictures with the dogs unaware that she was there.




Another lone duck next to the deer.

















I saw a white tail swoosh way in the woods and zoomed in...


I don't think this one was too concerned about us because it was far enough away.

It was a lovely walk.