Winter Clean-up

We worked hard, my back can attest to that, this past Wednesday and Thursday. We still haven’t picked up all the branches that fell from trees during our winter snow and wind storms. Once we burn the pile in the trailer we’ll collect the rest. The back acre photos are for me. I can see the haircuts I gave many of our bushes but you might not be able to tell. We got an estimate from a tree company to take the back yard tree that lost the most branches out for us with added estimates to grind down three of our tree stumps. They can’t do the work until the ground dries out. Everything is a spongy soggy mess wherever you step. Soon enough we’ll be dryer.

I’m very thankful for my hedge trimmer!

February 1st Walk About…

…our snowy backyard.

On Saturday the temperatures were in the upper 40’s and the sun was shining so we decided to walk about the yard and see some of the winter damage. The winds were coming in gusts so we did not walk too close to the trees. The wind was strong enough to down a lot of branches and trees around our area and to cause power outages. Our power stayed on.

Although we have not seen the deer we know by these tracks that they have definitely been in the yard. Their deposits and hoof prints are a lot more visible against the snow.

This tree suffered a lot of damage from the weight of the snow and winds. We have decided that it needs to come down soon. We will miss it. We will have quite a pile of branches from the front and rear trees for our burn pile.

Dear spotted more deer tracks down in the emptied pond.

One or more of the trees on the mountain behind us have fallen. We have a lot of work cut out for us come late Spring and Summer. If you look on the upper photo of the collage above you can see the fallen tree. I zoomed in on the other photos to get a close up.

The photo above shows how the tree split close to the base of the tree.

That blue sky was a welcomed treat!

Our Weeping Pussy Willow is leaning over from the weight of the snow. We hope we can save it. The only color in our yard right now besides the evergreens are these red berries.

It took several tries for me to be able to upload my photos today. The joy of country satellite connections. Oh and speaking of country we have Dish provider for TV. They cut the Fox channel that was televising the Superbowl game so we weren’t able to watch. There were a lot of angry Dish customers. Thank goodness the Seahawks weren’t playing. I was happy to hear that Kansas City ended up winning. Sorry San Francisco fans.

Happy Groundhog Day! I hear we are suppose to have an early Spring. Time will tell.

We had a good morning at church with Communion and a sermon from the book of Hebrews. We enjoyed the grandkids sitting with us and thankfully they were not disruptive. Quiet cuteness! Jaymison was entertained by the singing and watching all those people. Addy hopped from lap to lap. She had her parents, Gramps, Baba and Granny to keep her occupied. She did wonder why she couldn’t have the “crackers” when the gluten free matzah came around for the Communion service. During our benevolent offering which we always have after Communion one of our elementary kids played the offertory on the piano. So sweet that our young people can share their talents in our services.

Has your church gone to gluten free for your Communion services?

The Buck Stops Here…

…this buck did stop by this morning for a nibble here and there in our brush.

I thought his coloring was interesting.

We borrowed our son’s tractor and Dear got a great start on getting rid of some piles of rock and dirt depositing the piles into the drained pond.

We still have lots of room for more dirt in the pond. The piles below are all leveled out now.

While watching the tractor work I zoomed in on some late blooms in the yard that are waning with the end of summer.

It was a hot day on Wednesday and I’ll wait to finish some summer weeding on Thursday morning. Mornings have been very cool here these last days of August. After the last of the weeding we are spreading some bark in an attempt to diminish the huge pile of bark left by the former owners. We are swiftly approaching our 1 year anniversary of owning our Country Bungalow. Now that we are more settled I’ll pay attention to the next four seasons of life here to determine which is my favorite at our Country Bungalow.

My Brain is Full…

Lots of good things weighing on my brain and buzzing in my ears.

I’ll be back next week to fill you in on all the excitement around our Country Bungalow!

Here’s a quote I’ve been contemplating from Spurgeon:

If we believe God’s Word, we are orthodox; if we practice, we are holy.”

The Bible is the great umpire as to conduct, and not the changing moral sentiment of passing generations.

Pray God to order your life according to His Word. To this Word we must be conformed. This is our copy to write by; this is the image to which we must be modeled. 

Sprugeon has a way of speaking the truth that gets under my skin in a good way.

See you all next week…I’m seeing real well by the way! Not one floater interfering with my vision. I’m thankful!

It started with a Crash!

We marked our driveway for our First Baptist Colville Senior Summer Social. When it was time for everyone to arrive there was no problem slowing down and finding our address since a Sheriff was right in front of our property with his lights flashing because of an accident right at our driveway. The person who caused the accident was in a hurry and tried to pass someone who was turning into our driveway. He ignored or didn’t see our guest’s left blinker flashing and came around them and tried to pass while they tried to turn into our drive. No one was hurt but our guest’s vehicle suffered lots of damage and had to be towed away. That was a bang of a start to our social.

Most of the 31 folks had never been to our home before and we only knew a handful by name.

By the end of the evening we became familiar with many more and enjoyed conversations with a few.

Our back acres proved to be an ideal picnic spot in the evening since the sun goes down behind our mountain at 5:30. Since we were in the upper 80’s or low 90’s being shaded from the sun was necessary.

One of the gals from our church walked about our property with me and identified several plants by name. I was very appreciative of her knowledge. Come to find out she’s a master gardener. She told me how to cut back and what I could pull and what are weeds. I wish I had a pad and pencil on me when she pointed out the plants and named them. Our huge bush is a variegated willow. That one I remember.

The morning after when I pulled up the blinds in our bedroom these fawns were just outside our window frolicking in the yard.

And then daddy showed up, too.

He sensed us through the window but couldn’t see us.

I did not turn my computer on yesterday and just turned it on at 3pm today.  We are recovering from last evening. Hope all is well in your corner.

Doe, A Deer, A Black Tailed Deer…

We’ve seen lots of white tailed deer before but these are the first black tailed deer we’ve noticed.

They were quite comfortable in our back acreage even with my Dear close by. One was more skittish. They found some bushes in our brush that they enjoyed nibbling on. We are happy for them to enjoy the plants in the brush and not our flowers.

We had an amazing sound and light show from God last night. Thunder and lightning, oh my. I pulled up the shades in the livingroom and sat in the darkness watching the lightning light up the sky and light up our house and then listening to the sound of thunder. We had some good downpours, too, so I’m all caught up on watering for at least a day.

I couldn’t catch any of the lightning flashes. Thunderstorms are fun if they don’t spark any fires.

Update: I just read this report from Stevens County Management:

If you’re wondering about the lightening numbers- the maps show a total of 28,630 Cloud Flashes and 3,499 Cloud to Ground strikes for the 24 hour count ending 5 am this morning! Data source: ENTLN

Some good words for Wednesday…

“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful!” Joshua 1:8

Spurgeon: To get the nourishment out of a text, turn it over and over in your mind, meditate upon it, pull it to pieces word by word! Scripture meditation is the strong meat on which holy men are nourished. Oh, to be bathed in a text of Scripture, and to let it be sucked up into your very soul, until it saturates your heart! The more you read the Bible, and the more you meditate on it–the more you will be astonished with it!

 

Alvin!

This little critter appeared and entertained me for a while.

Chipmunks are rodents that are a type of squirrel. These small, furry animals are identified by their stubby legs, bushy tails and the white, black and brown stripes that run down their backs.

Chipmunks are the smallest members of the squirrel family, according to National Geographic. The biggest species of chipmunk is the Eastern chipmunk. It grows to 11 inches (28 centimeters) and weighs up to 4.4 ounces (125 grams).

Chipmunks are small, ground-dwelling members of the squirrel (Sciuridae) family known for their burrowing habits and love of nuts. Despite their size, chipmunks can cause significant damage to homes, yards, and farms.

We have already seen Voles in our yard and now we see this burrowing animal, too.

Things are warming up here in Northeastern Washington. We are inching closer and closer to the upper 90’s. We are working in the early hours and enjoying our inside cool air in the afternoon and evening. We are happy we made the decision to have a heat pump installed.

In my daily readings I read a verse in Matthew that caught my attention. I’ve read that portion of scripture before but this time reading that portion in the ESV (English Standard Version) made me underline it. One of the words that made me look twice was relaxes.

Jesus speaking to the multitudes:

Matthew 5:17-20

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.