Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Snapshot for July 11

Weather in SW Michigan ...
Typical July hot with daytime temps in the 80s. Supposed to hit 90 today, but even that sounds cool after the three digit temps last week.

We need rain. The cornfields are looking brown. The grass is dead.

Really? ...
When we moved from the city of Battle Creek to rural VanBuren County twenty-one years ago it was like moving to a different world. One of the things that puzzled me was meeting cars being driven down the middle of the country roads.

A few weeks ago I mentioned this to my neighbor. He told me people drive down the middle of the road so that when they encountered a deer they can swerve in either direction.

Do I believe this? Could be. It makes as much sense as any other explanation.

Something from the kitchen ...
It's time for the annual ant invasion.

I am procrastinating ...
Starting a new osteoporosis treatment. Each one I've tried has resulted in unacceptable side effects.

I am reading...
Nothing at the moment. I've been wasting too much time reading. Instead I'm wasting time updating my blog.

I am hearing...
The fan whirling and the news on the radio.

Outdoors ...
The deer fly swarms are thinning out enough so there's a 50-50 chance of brushing one off before it bites. The dogs and I walked out to the bluebird nest boxes and I was surprised to see a female birdblue fly out of one.

This is late in the season to start a new bluebird family so I was even more surprised to find five pretty blue eggs when I peeked in.

Something new for me ...
When I leave home, I've been wearing one of my paternal grandmother's rings. My aunt told me none of the stones are real except maybe the little opal.

'Little Gram' was a small lady who lived on a farm in rural Minnesota. She had eight children born at home. The first was born in 1900. Thinking about what her life was like bloggles my mind.

The rings are a reminder that even on what I might consider a bad day, I am extremely blessed.

A few plans for the next few days
Driving and nursing Mom when she has dental surgery tomorrow. Trip to the grocery store and Goodwill. Where did all this stuff come from?

Giving thanks for ...
All the beautiful birds that use my property for nesting or just stop by to visit.

8 comments:

Jan said...

What pretty little rings, real stone or not. I love the older style settings.

We have grass which looks dead down here in summer of a drought. One shower of rain and in two days, sometimes less, it is all green again. Not a particular type of grass but any.

Judy S. said...

Love those rings of yours! I'm getting caught up on your blog; the sun finally came out here, and we've spent lots of time out in the yard chasing weeds. Amazing how they grow even in chilly weather. As always I love your great bird photos. What're you knitting these days?

NWMiCheryl said...

Glad you are back to blogging more often....you were missed.

Pam said...

I love it that you are posting more now that dial up is a thing of the past. Keep it up. And, as usual, I am being treated to more pics of those wonderful birds. My yard in Texas is filled with finches (house and purple) and other suburban birds, but no bluebirds. Your pictures are a real treasure for me.

kathy b said...

M, DO you want me to ask my nurse pal Sharon. who does osteo infusions which works best???

ID be happy to.
LOve your rings and the sentiment you wrote . How precious to have her jewelry!

Sue said...

Please don't think that updating your blog is a waste of time. So many of us look forward to what you write, it brings us joy. Your writings are a gift that you have to offer others!

Sandy W said...

I love your pretty rings. I agree that the settings are so nice.

Julia Thom said...

I enjoy your birds and other wildlife, too! Thanks for sharing. And what a nice gift!