Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ice Storm

Dear Friends,

This past weekend we had a winter storm warning in our area, with ice predicted up to 1/2 inch. We were warned that the power could go out if trees hit power lines, etc. I always get a little nervous with news like that, since we rely on electricity to heat our home!

We scrounged up what we could use as firewood in the backyard, and covered the old burn barrel, preparing to cook on it, if we had to (We've actually cooked on it before, so that would be no big deal.).

Thank heavens, we did not need to worry, as our prayers were answered and only a small amount of ice fell that weekend. Growing up in the West, neither my husband nor I are used to freezing rain; it just doesn't happen! So we are still learning the ropes of how to prepare for it, and we are still enthralled with the way it changes the world.

Here are some photos of various icy articles in our front yard~









We heard that other parts of Missouri were hit with more ice, and had treacherous conditions. Have you ever lost power in a storm? How did you cope?

Love,

Marqueta

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy New Year (a bit tardy)

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year to you!

Our year started out peacefully enough, but then the next day we were hit with the stomach bug that has been going around our area. At least we all got it over with at the same time, but boy, the laundry was something else!

Studying from Dr. Christopher's book, reminding myself of all the things I should have done to keep us from getting sick (Here is a link to Dr. Christopher's writings online)~


Thank the Lord that we are over the worst of it, just feeling like we've come back from a vacation from our bodies. :)

At least we had lots of birds visiting us, giving us something to take our minds off of our tummies~

White-throated sparrows have the sweetest songs of all~



The moon had a beautiful "dog" around it last night, but our camera just couldn't grab it. This was the best it could do (with a silver maple limb in front)~


May your year be getting off to a wonderful start, and may your days be full of many little happinesses.

Love,

Marqueta

p.s. I leave you with a little Bob Ross to brighten your day~
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"And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been." ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Friday, December 30, 2016

December Days


Dear Friends,

December has flown by as fast as a live trap catches a possum! 

AnnaMarie and I took a class on identifying trees by their twigs and bark (some are pretty hard!), and we've been practicing keying out the trees in our woods (like this shingle oak twig).


The birds have been flocking to the feeders with the colder weather. We try to wonder who will feed them when we're not here next year. . . .






Christmas was special this year, being on Sunday. We went to a short church service, then spent the day quietly enjoying each others' company (and some presents!). Now it's time to started sorting, cleaning, and ridding ourselves of all the extra things we have accumulated these past six years, getting ready to move (this time for real). My, how they add up!


I hope that your December has been a profitable one, full of many sweet blessings. Here's to a happy, peaceful new year!

Love,

Marqueta