Lovely Lilies and Beautiful Butterflies

Hello, everyone! πŸ™‚ Funny story, I intended to take a week break, didn’t think there was a need to announce it, and… it turned into a month. O.O I’ve had a lot on my mind to work through.Β  It was hard to write during that time, so… I didn’t. Now I’m back, so I hope to see you around! (I’m catching up on comments – I was very behind!) And I’m returning with some of my favorite recent photos to share with you. πŸ™‚

Believe it or not, this was taken on my iPod. (If you follow my Instagram, you may have seen this already.) I love raindrops on flowers.

These are probably my favorites. I adore all the lilies, but the deep red of these are magnificent.

I couldn’t get enough of them.

This one was taken with my camera.Β  The next one was too. In this one, it focused on the little rod things coming out of the flower. The next one focused on the petals.

I couldn’t decide which I liked better so I’m sharing both.

TR said the petals look like strawberries. This shot does even more so!

And now, onto the other colors…

Yellow lilies! And meet my new friend! πŸ˜€ And if you missed it, I put a video version to this photo on Instagram here.

I had two of them arguing over who would land on the flowers first. It was fun to watch them flying all over. Wish I could have gotten that on video but they were too fast.

One gave up and landed on the orange lilies. Sorry for the blur, but he wouldn’t stay still!

 

These are a different variety. The petals are more crinkly. The others with smoother petals are Asian lilies, according to the tag. I don’t know which variety these are – they were growing wild. I dug them up and relocated them to our house.

Every year, I get a new color. So far I have red, orange, yellow, and pink. (The pink ones decided not to bloom this year.) But I didn’t see any when we were at Lowes, so I came to the conclusion that lily season must be over. But then… I saw a bag on closeout. Lily bulbs! Various colors. I love surprises, and it said it was $10 for 10 bulbs. These two decided they were ready and managed to find their way out of the package, which is why they are growing this way. I wish I had thought to get a photo before I rescued them but I didn’t. The closeout price? $2!!! So I got ten for next year (and years to come) for $2. I’m happy. XD

The other bulbs look healthy, but I have a feeling they may not bloom this year, this late. I hope to find out what colors they are over the next few years. I love surprises and I’m not picky about colors. Any color will thrill me!

When I dug into the bag, some had multiplied already! So I had ten fully mature bulbs and a bunch of tiny babies that had already split off the big ones in the bag. (This is only about half of them.) I planted them too. I don’t know how long it will take for these to grow up but whenever they are old enough to bloom, I look forward to that too. πŸ™‚

Hope you are having a lovely day! ❀

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A Lovely March Morning

Hello! Would you like to come with me while reminiscing on a walk I took in March? πŸ™‚ If so, keep reading!

It all started when I opened the door to see this gorgeous animal grazing in the woods.

And then another showed up!

Then I walked to the clearing so I could watch the sunrise.

The clouds were really odd that morning.

I couldn’t help but get a lot of photos of them!

The horizon looked as if it was on fire.


After the sun rose, I went in search of wildlife and flowers.

I found some! Obviously.

I don’t know what these are, but they were growing on what appeared to be a small tree.

I really like them, whatever they are. πŸ™‚

I don’t know what these are either, but they were growing on trees. πŸ˜€

More daffodils! (I posted a bunch in February, hence the “more.”)

Different color ones too. πŸ™‚

Three different colors!

Sun filtering through the petals. ❀

A baby cardinal! The parents were around protecting the little guy.

These were on a tree in the woods. I wonder if it is an apple. It came out before the dogwood did so it wasn’t that.

Mom’s peach tree in full bloom. πŸ˜€

Mom’s pear tree in full bloom. πŸ˜€

And this concludes my walk on this lovely March morning. πŸ˜€ Thanks for joining me. πŸ™‚

A March Day At Grandma’s

I do have more finds to post from a different day at my other grandma’s house and my great aunt’s house, but first, this day in March. πŸ™‚

It was a beautiful day! I planned to do some metal detecting at the lake, but my batteries died. So I decided to go in search of other treasure instead…

The sky was so beautiful!! I captured a lot of treasures through my lens on this day.

I looked behind me and saw the sky beginning to turn pink…

This was a true treasure to behold!

It left me in awe!

So much pink!!

Like a pink ribbon in the sky.

I couldn’t get enough of it. ❀


I probably took too many photos of it but I couldn’t help it. πŸ™‚

This was treasure enough for me. πŸ™‚

Also, if any of you have Instagram, I’d love to connect with you there! I have an account under my pen name/nickname of Penelope. Just click the little instagram icon I just added at the top of the sidebar (or click here if you are using the reader: https://www.instagram.com/peneloperoyalpayne/). (Dad, if you are reading this, you wondered about Instagram – there you go. 😊) I may start giving sneak peeks of my photography on there, and maybe some short videos. πŸ˜‰

My March 2019 In Photos

Just a quick note, I’ve had a lot going on this past week. I’m behind in reading posts and responding to your lovely comments here. I’m slowly working on it. πŸ™‚ In the meantime, here are some photos! I took a lot of photos in March. Also, coming soon will be A Lovely March Morning, and A March Day At Grandma’s. πŸ™‚ ❀

My allergies started in March. I was sniffing and sneezing a lot. Jackie curled up on my bed and went to sleep. And then I sneezed. I looked around to see if I disturbed her, and… I think it’s safe to say I did. πŸ˜† She looked disgusted with me. She wanted to be in the room with me to snooze, but my allergies weren’t having it. Sorry girl.

The dandelions were back!

So pretty. πŸ™‚

Daffodil! With a little spider hiding underneath. πŸ™‚

A robin! I don’t see many of these around here. I used to see them at my grandma’s though.

My tulips came up! Sadly, they seemed to go dormant before the bloom opened? I don’t know what happened. It was strange. The flower shriveled up and then the leaves stuck around for a while before doing the same. I dug into the pot to make sure the bulbs were okay, and it seemed healthy. I wonder when I bought them, they were on sale and meant for being displayed. I’m wondering if last year they were forced to bloom, and needed this year to gain energy for next year. I’m new to tulips so I don’t know.

Lovely little flower. ❀

Wildflowers! I like the blue color of these.

Vibrant. πŸ™‚

And the veins in the petals of these. ❀

Oh dear! πŸ˜€ Haha. I surprised this one when outside. Oops!

I like silhouetting things against a sunrise or sunset.

This was experimental. I tried to get the nebula in the constellation Orion. This was the result. πŸ™‚

The moon and branches! The branches are easy to see though sadly, haha.

And this is another installment of a Month In Photos! Hope to see you later for the other parts to this. πŸ™‚

Warning Signs

A year ago, I got glasses for the first time.

I started experiencing headaches. They were mild at first and I thought they were sinus headaches because I get allergies, but this just didn’t go away. I began to get paranoid about what was causing it. Something serious or not?

I knew I couldn’t see long distances well. I hadn’t for as long as I can remember. But I was fine with closer up stuff. Or so I thought…

The change was so gradual that I didn’t realize how bad my eyes were. When I got glasses, I was amazed at how clear EVERYTHING was. Close up and far off. Now, without my glasses, I still get a headache in short order, and I can see why because of how blurry everything is.

I still ponder this at times when I take off my glasses and look around. Were my eyes THAT blurry before glasses and I just didn’t notice or have my eyes adjusted to the glasses and therefore, aren’t working as hard to focus which makes everything seem blurrier than I remember?

I don’t know for sure.

But I do know that sin can work the same way. Everything seemed great before, but then, little warning signs start to appear. A small headache, nah, it’ll go away if I ignore it. A little eye twitching, nah, it’ll be fine in time. But then the red flags get bigger and bigger until it can’t be ignored anymore.

And when the spiritual glasses are put on, suddenly everything is crystal clear. Those warning signs shouldn’t have been ignored. And the sin is seen for what it is. SIN.

And those painful little warning signs that were uncomfortable and stung a little was actually damage being done to the soul. It won’t go away. Sin has to be dealt with the same way.

And stopping sin is like putting on glasses for the first time and wearing them everywhere when not used to it. **It can make a person sick for a while. But sin is sin, it’s not something to slowly back away from (depending on what it is. For me and my gaming, I would be like, I’ll play it less today than yesterday and that will be fine. But I had no self-control and would end up playing for hours. Playing for 2 hours instead of 3 was still not good). I like how Brandon worded it – stop struggling with your sin and KILL IT.

We need to stop ignoring the warning signs and put on those spiritual glasses!


(**On an unrelated note, for me when I first put on my glasses, I ended up with an upset stomach like motion sickness. It shocked my whole system on the first day. The lady told me if it was my first time getting glasses, it might be a good idea to wait until the next morning and put them on first thing so the eyes will be rested and can get used to it. But I was so excited to see everything that I didn’t heed her warning. So I paid the consequences. πŸ₯΄πŸ€£πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ)

An Update On Jackie

Six months ago, this photo happened! Amazing to think my Jackie started off so tiny. o_O Now, getting so big!

And now to the update about Jackie…

I made a mistake. And it’s not the first time I’ve made this mistake, haha.

When responding to comments to last week’s post (when I made the post I still didn’t know, but by the time I got around to responding to comments, I did), I responded calling Jack, Jackie. I also called her Jackie above. I don’t know if anyone noticed the hints in the comments or above on this post, but maybe you see where I’m heading with this. πŸ˜…

Last Tuesday, Jackie started… calling for a mate. And males don’t do that. So… I think Jackie is a girl, not a boy, haha. Therefore, her name will be Jacqueline, and Jackie for short. (We’ll probably bring her to a vet sometime in the near future to find out for sure and get her fixed.)

This also explains why Jackie and Angel don’t like each other at all. Jackie is aggressive toward Angel. Jackie sees Angel as another female who is a threat. And Angel is likewise.

 

Yeah that’s what I saw through the screen when Jackie saw Angel. πŸ˜… We put up a screen door in hopes they will get used to each other. So far it hasn’t worked sadly.

We weren’t sure at first but we thought it was settled and we had a boy. We were going to bring her to a vet and have them tell us, but we never did. We spent six months calling her a him. It’s going to take some time to get used to calling her a she instead of a he. πŸ˜‚

But whatever the case, of course, I love her. ❀

Life Updates – Computers And Gaming

Back in March, I went through a crisis of gaming. (You can read about that here: Accomplishments and Achievements) And then when I thought it was over… I realized I had only scratched the surface.

 

(I didn’t want to seem like I’m directly attacking the game so I blocked it out.) I had one game left that I was obsessed with. I thought I had it under control until I saw this. I knew I had a problem. And instead of recognizing I needed to deal with it NOW, I asked God for a sign that I needed to stop. And even in my weakness, He did provide that. The next part of the game, in the plot of the storyline, was something the Bible specifically stated was wrong. There were other questionable things before that which I should have known were red flags, but I really didn’t want to stop so I ignored them. I knew then that I HAD to stop. So I did. And this week:

It’s still higher than I’d like, but it’s much better than it was. πŸ™‚

Right before this, a few weeks ago, I tried to turn on my old gaming laptop and discovered that it was dead. I cried over that one. It hurt. My dad and I will probably look at it at some point, but as of now, I think I’m okay with not being able to access it. If I hadn’t backed up my photos and files (meaning all the novels I’ve ever written) THEN I would be still panicked and super sad. But as it is, this basically means I can’t play Oregon Trail or Heroes Might and Magic IV., and I can’t use PhotoImpression 1999, which is what I used to edit some photos. (Now playing with Picasa and Canva to do what I used to do for photo editing.)

I realized how connected to these things I was and I didn’t want them to become idols. So I distanced myself from them. Giving up the game hurt, especially for the first few days. But the laptop, after the initial shock, didn’t hurt as much. So I think I’ll be fine with restoring it soon without too much worry. (Long as I don’t play Oregon trail for five or six hours afterward. I adore that game and as long as I’m responsible with time, I’m fine with a round or two of it. Nothing bad in it. And it’s actually quite educational. “Oh no you got bit by a snake!” “Oh no you ate a poisonous plant!” “You caught 1000 pounds of fish!” “Oh no you nearly drowned in the river!” “The wagon dumped in the river and you lost supplies!” “An ox stepped in a hole!” “Oh no you just got mauled by a bear!” I need to stop now, I could gush about this game for too long. XD)

I have another part to this coming out soon, titled Warning Signs. πŸ™‚ See you later! ❀