Another Day At Mamaw’s Photoshoot – (answer to Mystery Photo Friday)

The answer to the Mystery Photo Friday from 01/01/21 was… a spider! πŸ˜€ This was only one of several photos I took that day.

Because of covid, only one person could accompany Mamaw into the heart doctor’s office. So I stayed outside in the truck and finished a book and looked at the scenery. I saw this:

And saw the erosion. Once they were back out at the truck, I got out, stretched my legs:

And you can really see the erosion in this photo. The way the roots grow was really neat to see.

Once back at Mamaw’s house, I saw the spider and also, these flowers! πŸ™‚

Before we left, I spotted this little guy just hanging out on the screen door.

He was so cute, I had to get a bunch of shots of him! 🀩

He was so tiny! A little baby! ❀

This is to give an idea of how tiny he was. He jumped onto my hand. ❀

Hope you enjoyed the photos, and I’ll see you around. πŸ™‚

My Chicks Are All Grown Up And Laid their First Egg! – (Mystery Photo Friday)

The answer to Mystery Photo Friday is – egg! And it’s not just any egg…

It’s the first egg my new chicks laid! They are five months old now (wow I have a lot of catching up to do over on this blog).

(There WAS straw in the nest, but they had fun knocking it all out. XD) I heard the “I’m about to lay an egg” song and the “I just laid the egg and I’m happy about it” song, and it came from this beautiful girl:

Her name is Siren. πŸ™‚ If you are able to see Facebook, I made this post with a video of Siren’s pre-laying song and just-laid-an-egg song: https://www.facebook.com/penelope.payne.7587/posts/757061501902099

I should be back to posting once a week starting next Monday. πŸ˜€ I have a post ready to go, I just have to add photos. Hope to see you around! πŸ˜€

Mystery Photo Friday – 12 / 28 / 2020

Hello and welcome to the first Mystery Photo Friday on my blog! I like getting up close in a lot of my photos, and sometimes it’s hard to tell what they are. So this series of posts is so you guys can guess what the photos are of!Β  I’ve been doing this on my Facebook, but I want to do it here too. Here is your first one:

I’ll post the answer Wednesday! πŸ˜€ I plan to get back into blogging at the beginning of the year, so hope to see you around! πŸ™‚

El Camino – The Way (storm damage photos)

We had some bad storms come through Easter Sunday. We were out of electricity from Sunday night through Thursday night.

One of the neighbor’s tree – or what’s left of it.

We’re all safe. Our house, the henhouse, my cat’s run, everything is okay.Β  And everyone is okay.

Another of our neighbor’s trees – or what’s left of it.

I was outside bringing my plants inside right before the storm. I was on my way inside when I heard a noise that sounded like a freight train. I thought it was a tornado coming, so we headed inside. And then we lost power.

It went over and we could hear the snapping and a few loud crashes. These trees no longer have tops – and I haven’t found them yet. They are just gone. I guess they were blown away.

We heard one crash in which there was a definite sound of metal. Dad thought a tree fell on his workshop, but the shop was fine. Then I knew what happened.

I’ve been praying for the past year or so that the dead tree near my grandpa’s El Camino wouldn’t fall and crush it before we could try to have the dead tree taken care of. We hoped to restore it.

And then this storm happened. God answered my prayer – I prayed specifically, and He answered! He is good.

How did He answer, you wonder? The car indeed looks crushed. Well… the car IS crushed. Do you see the tree in the center of this photo? The one standing? The one with the bark damaged? THAT is the dead tree. It’s still standing.

The tree that crushed the car was over 100 years old – and very much alive. It’s an oak too. I thought those trees were strong, but it was uprooted.

My heart is still as crushed as the car is, but I’m grateful that it was the only damage. It could have been so much worse! We lost several other trees – snapped or uprooted – but they didn’t smash anything.

β€œBecause narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:14)

The car was named “The Way” (el camino in Spanish means “the way” or “the path”) but there is only one true Way – and that is Jesus. The onlyΒ Way. He leads to life. And He protected us from the storm. It was just a car, even though I was attached to it. It won’t make it through the fire – I can’t take it with me. And it isn’t The Way.

Jesus said to him, β€œI am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

I’m determined to keep my eyes on the True Way. The One who protected us during the storms. He is good! ❀

April 3rd 2020 Sunset

Well… I meant to post this Saturday but I got wrapped up in a book. Then I meant to share Sunday and… I got wrapped up in the same book. πŸ˜… So here it is today before I start reading again and forget! πŸ˜‚

Friday night’s sunset was amazing.

And it kept getting better and better.

I waited a few minutes and it changed to this:

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Psalm 19:1

No filters here – this is actually what it looked like.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse… Romans 1:20

Angel – Life Updates

This is the post I promised back in my It’s been a while post.

Back in 2004 – yes, 2004, I had her for over half of my life! – my dog brought me a present.

My dog brought me a kitten. We still don’t know where she came from for sure. This is when we first met! We had her in the back of our truck.

Here is the dog who brought me Angel. Her name was Grunt. (Don’t let five-year-old me name animals, okay? πŸ˜‚) Not long after she brought me Angel, she got hit by a car. I was crushed. But Angel helped me get through that. I thank God for bringing me Angel. ❀

Getting back on track, my parents said no animals in the house – that lasted a whole three days. πŸ˜† It started raining so we brought her inside, only until the rain was gone. And she never went back outside again. πŸ™‚ Here, you can see her on dad’s back. One of her favorite places to hang out. πŸ˜‚

She was officially an indoor kitty! And she made herself right at home. πŸ™‚

After we found her, we no longer needed to put a star at the top of the Christmas tree – we had an Angel up there. πŸ™‚

She had her crazy moments. Here we destroyed a paper sack and a newspaper. πŸ˜†

She had such patience – she put up with younger me. In this photo, she let me bury her with my plush animals. Can you find her?

She had favorite places to sleep. On top of this TV was one of those. πŸ™‚

Mom cleaned out the cabinets and started reorganizing and afterward, we couldn’t find Angel. Here is where we found her. πŸ˜‚ After this, Angel wasn’t allowed in the kitchen much unless we were present.

Mom washed the towels and put them back in the drawer and here is where we found Angel. πŸ˜‚ She started opened drawers and cabinets and emptying everything – or sleeping on stuff we didn’t want her on. πŸ˜‚ My parents bought baby locks for the drawers and cabinets after this.

If we couldn’t find her – she liked hanging out on top of doors. Just had to be careful when closing doors. Didn’t want to accidentally smash a paw or knock her off the door. πŸ˜‚

One of my favorite photos of her. Makes me laugh every time. πŸ˜‚ I caught her mid-yawn.

These two are two of my other favorite photos of her. πŸ™‚ Those eyes!

 

I thought making this a collage of the two of us over the years might cut down on post length. πŸ™‚

The avatar I’ve used for the past few months, this photo, is the last photo we took together before she died. It was New Years Day.Β  Yes, that is the same shirt I was wearing in the first photo of this post. I found it and thought it would be fun to have our photo taken together with it for nostalgic purposes. I didn’t realize it would be our last.

She will be missed. I treasure the memories we made together. ❀