Thursday, March 15, 2012

Happy 2nd week of March

Last couple of days I haven't felt too well... some sort of flu is roaming around at work and two coworkers have been out for the count... hope it doesn't get any worse for me 'cause there's so much to do this week.

fall 2009
We've lost a couple birds this month.  I think they are just getting weary of winter and the weakest are getting hulled out.  The two chickens we lost were of the original stock from way back in  2009.  Here they are as curious young hens peeking out of the back door of the coop.  It was quite an ordeal to get them trained to go in and out through the plastic flaps.

All of these little girls had chicks of their own and now they are senior citizens.

We have a whole new flock and this year will be the year they end up in the freezer.  Even though this is a farm and I try not to make "emotional" attachments to my hens... this is still not a pleasant job for me.  I don't name the livestock and most of the year I rarely even go into the coop unless compelled to help with some project.  This year I did a little helping with the banding and pinioning, but that's about it.  Otherwise it is Mr. D's project.  I leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark during the winter months.  I spread the straw since Mr. D is allergic and if he is not well, I will water, feed, collect eggs etc.  Thankfully this winter hasn't been too bad for either of us healthwise.

I'm not sure where I got this picture from, but it just reminds me of my sweetie so much.  I remember when we had a wild turkey chick and it looked as though it was going to die and he cradled it in his hand just like this little bunny.  He really is a gentle folk  (but you gotta add a little grease under the fingernails).

Starting to think of the garden.  I'll probably start my indoor planting this weekend.  We're looking ahead to a really great next few days.  Our driveway is like a quaking bog right now and we can't drive up.  Not too bad for Mr. D and I, but poor Joanna who is 9 months pregnant.  She's a little winded by the time she makes it to the top.  Thank the Lord it looks like an early spring, so when the baby comes we hope it will be dried out a little.  She's a hiker though still hiking parts of the AT on her days off... so she's in pretty good shape for "climbing"  (our driveway goes straight up).

Here she is at her shower last month...
OK, Joanna... don't get mad at me... you can put it into the baby book.
Gotta love that girl.  She's so easy goin'.  I'm glad she's going to be a Mom.

I guess I'd better get home now and get some sleep.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend if I don't get back here.  

Congrats to Connie and her son who have been in Germany enjoying family and friends and seeing all the old haunts.   And to Linda and her new little lambs they are incredibly cute!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Hello from a snowy day in New England.  We had about 6" at our house this morning and it was snowing hard all the way into work this morning.  It's our first significant snowstorm all winter.  They are predicting 10" accumulation.  The wind was blowing briskly all night, so the roadways were a little treacherous with drifting this morning, but God kept me safe.

I wanted to take some pictures on my way to work, but had left the camera in my bag in the car overnight and it was too cold to take pictures this morning.  Soooo I added a picture from one of my favorite children's books.

Did you ever notice in your walk with the Lord that He will reinforce His message through many means?

Our pastor has been doing a series in Prayer meeting and the last couple Wednesdays he has opened to
I Kings 16 and 17... then this morning in one of the devotionals I get via email this is what showed up...

Title: On Ravens' Wings

Devotion: Lessons On Living
Scripture References:
1 Kings 17:2-5
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Title: On Ravens' Wings
Author: Woodrow Kroll
1 Kings 17:2-5
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, "Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there." So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.

On Ravens' Wings
A man wanted to buy a Rolls Royce. After thinking about it for several months, he contacted the automobile dealership to gather the pertinent facts about the model he was considering buying. He found out the price and then proceeded with some thorough questions about the automobile. Finally, only one question remained unanswered:

"What is the horsepower of this engine?" The salesman couldn't find that information in the brochures. Not knowing where else to look, he appealed to his sales manager, and the manager cabled the home office in England.  The answer came back with just one word: "Adequate."

After Elijah confronted King Ahab, God ordered him to go into hiding. The place chosen, the Brook Cherith, was a great place to hide. Ahab would never think of looking in such a forsaken area, but it was a challenge to survive there. Yet God proved Himself adequate. There was a brook for water, and at His command even the ravens helped provide for Elijah's needs.

No situation or circumstance is too difficult for God. When the world withholds its provision, He is adequate.  What God uses to provide for you may seem strange, but with all of creation willing to do His bidding, He will find a way.

Take heart. Those dark shadows on the horizon may well be God's ravens. Be assured that God will never forsake you nor fail you. Whatever your circumstances, you will always find Him adequate.

Others may fail you, but God never will.
I guess God is trying to tell me something... or all of us something.  We have lots of new experiences heading our way very soon.  Joanna is expecting near the end of March.  We have a building project happening this summer, Lord Willing.  Yes, they don't seem like "dark shadows on the horizon", but they are major changes.  After digging up the front yard this past fall and all the dirt and dust from that... I'm not looking forward to keeping the place clean this summer, having a visiting grandson, and new baby grandson all at the same time.  I just need to remember God's promises to me and trust He will bring me through.  I know if I face it all with God's grace it can be a wonderful and fun summer.  It's all how I look at it.  I'll just need to ignore the dirt a little and be happy that change is taking place.
Have a happy "snowy" day... if it's snowing where you are.  If it's not, have a happy day anyway.