Sunday, March 21, 2010
We usually do this a lot early than we did this year, but the weather wasn't right for it until the last couple of weeks. Warm days and cold nights make the sap run. This year we also hung fewer buckets, only 23, and ended up with almost 3 gallons. Plenty for us and our family and friends.
Here are pictures, starting with Richard tapping trees and ending with the finished product. He boils it over a fire until it gets to a certain point, then I take it in the house, strain it and jar it. We had some on pancakes this morning and it was GOOD!!!
Friday, March 19, 2010
From the tiniest creature or bit of dirt to stately trees to mountains, every inch is covered with the fingerprint of God. His majesty, love, and creativity shows in every minute detail.
Nature isn't always pretty, or kind, but it knits together in an amazing pattern. Proof of God's greatness and plan.
I spend a lot of time outdoors, looking and absorbing, and it's my belief that God's fingerprint is everywhere.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
And this is King Porky.
I've been on this road countless times over the last 14 years. During all seasons. Every year something different shows up that I haven't seen before. Depending on the weather, dry or wet, cold or hot, and all combination. Truly amazing.
Forest road and green ferns photo in my Etsy shop.Quite a difference!
I got some nice shots of some fungi that are already coming up, and some different kinds of tree bark I have an idea of turning into backgound papers.
Spring is coming, it's almost here!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I go out every morning to take care of my chickens. I 've gotten into the habit of looking west at the sky every morning when I walk around the end of the house, then east as I go around our tractor shed. Every morning, no matter what the weather, both views are beautiful.
Some mornings the sky is blue and inspiring. Other days it is dark and foreboding. God's greatness comes through to me in both instances. This morning it was both.
Clouds were coming in but there was a ray of sunshine coming through on the barn and field in the background. The water is from a wet weather spring that is usually about a foot wide, but with the snow melt running off it's become more of a creek. There were robins and sparrows in the trees, singing their hearts out, and more birds all around competing for attention.
On my way to work I saw a gang of wild turkeys, a huge gaggle of wild geese, and more birds everywhere. A mix of clouds and sun, a few sprinkles of rain. Blue sky and gray.
All of this shows me God's handiwork. And makes me grateful that I have a home where I'm surrounded by it all.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Seems kind of off to say beginnings now that I’m more into the project.I was able to get outside for a while today, it was really nice. Still a lot of snow left, however, so I couldn’t really find pieces of small branch I was looking for. I did,however, find a piece hanging out of a tree that had broken off, and had another idea. This is it so far… (bad pictures, sorry)
Still not a done deal, but this is the way most of my pices progress. Trial and a LOT of error, seeing if this works, or that works. So far I’m liking this idea, need to figure out how to stand it up, and how sell it will stay on the branch. I could attach it permanently, I would rather leave it loose.
Putting on the thinking cap again…
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
These are my granddaughters, and I can't imagine my life without them. But if their mothers or fathers had decided they didn't need to be here, they wouldn't be. After trying to re-write the post I realized there is no way for me to write about this without being emotional.These are babies, after all, human beings, future toddlers and tweens and teenagers and adults, maybe future parents, maybe future world leaders or teachers, nurses, or factory workers. Maybe they will lead countries or lead states or cities ,towns, neighborhoods, or households. Maybe they will be mothers or fathers of other children. Any of the above could be the person who cures cancer or who raises an autistic child to a productive life or lives their life as a "nobody " in our eyes.. No matter what their future holds they are children of God, souls who are created by him for a purpose.
As I stated in my previous post I used to be pro choice, I didn't think I had the right to tell another woman what she should do with her body. But I have changed my mind. I still think a woman has to make her peace with God, but there are too many places in this world for a child to have a home for a life to be snuffed out.
9 months seems like a lot of time to some people to give up to nourish and give birth to the child they have created, but as you get older 9 months in perspective is nothing. I realize that this is huge sacrifice, giving up your life and image to give birth to a baby , but it's a choice that is the right thing to do .
I wish everyone would watch this:
Mike Huckabee interviews ex-planned parenthood employee.
I've finally realized that my aversion to the thought of killing a baby before it can be born is my God speaking through me, telling me that there is no reason for us as humans to decide when a child is worthless. I wish I could come up with more eloquent words and phrases that would convince women that the life inside them is precious, and worth saving.
I guess I need to keep praying..
They dry out and get dull. The challenge for me is to use finishes to bring the depth of color back out so it will look the way I want it. Sometimes it works better than others.