Arkansas Adventures – Pinnacle Mountain Photos

I know you’re probably wondering where I’ve been. I had some things to prepare for. Exciting things.

I don’t normally post this late in the day (nearly 8:00PM here), but I promised Tammy a post today, and a post today she is going to get. 😁

Friends from Indiana and Virginia came to Arkansas to visit! It was the first time meeting five of them in person. 🙂 (You may know Refreshing Spirit from WordPress! She just created a new blog especially for her adventures in Bolivia. Click to take a look!) We had SO MUCH FUN – even though it was the hottest days of the year and the mosquitoes were horrid. (If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll probably recognize some of these photos.) The next two photos are Willow Beach and then after that are Pinnacle Mountain.

(My new avatar! The boulder climb. I was not prepared for so much climbing but it was a great experience and worth the pain. 🤩)

The view was spectacular!

We had a great time! 😀 And I’m sure you’ll be seeing more photos of the adventure over the next few weeks. It was also interesting to get photos of people for once. Usually, I stick to nature. But I couldn’t help but get photos of my friends. 🙂 And uh. A lot of them without them knowing… 😂

Hope you all have been well! 💖

My August 2018 In Photos

Welcome to another edition of My Month In Photos Life Update! 🙂 Here is my month of August in photos:

How on earth are you supposed to obey this sign?! Are we supposed to yield to people walking out of the sky – and do it upside down? o_O

I really liked these flowers outside my grandma’s doctor’s building. 🙂

My feet. XD This was supposed to be a bit of an artistic shot.

When taking my grandma grocery shopping after the doctor appointment, we saw this sign. If you look closely, you can also see me in this photo… XD

Mushroom! 😀

Boy did I have a surprise the next day. This is the same mushroom as above.

Almost missed this moth – he looks like a leaf!

I found this snake in the mud hole one day. I hope he wasn’t eating the tadpoles for breakfast…

Looked out the window of my grandma’s doctor’s building, and saw this picnic table on the roof of the next building. Scary place to have a picnic…

This was also inside the doctor’s building. Kind of random and fun. XD

When we got back to my grandma’s, I visited the lake. And while taking a walk, it started to rain. XD

Stopped on my way back inside to photograph a flower. XD

And then stopped on my way back inside to get a photo of the storm clouds. XD

Some birds made a nest in one of my mom’s hanging baskets. I meant to get more photos as they grew, but I didn’t and then they flew away. 🙂

More mushrooms! We got quite a bit of rain at one point in August, and mushrooms were everywhere.

My uncle and mom took my grandma out to eat for her birthday. These signs were hanging in there. Kind of random to have these hanging together like that, but I approve. XD

Another mushroom! It rains, we get mushrooms! XD

Pink sky! 😀

You know it’s going to be an interesting day when you go out to check the mail and almost step on Blake. This is a far off shot of the ground where Blake was. Don’t see him? Neither did I. XD Here is a close up:

Yes. Blake is a Black Rat Snake. Fairly large one in fact, haha.

Pink flowers at my great aunt’s house! Wish I knew what they were; I’d like to have some of these…

Mushrooms at sunset. 🙂

When I went to check my squash plants, I got this treat – watching a bee pollinate the flowers. 😀

Eggplant bloom. 😀 I really like them.

I put some food my cats didn’t eat out in the woods in case someone else wanted it. I expected feral cats and opossums. But when I checked back that night, I found raccoons instead. o_O

Blue wildflowers at my grandmas! 😀 I love this shade of blue.

Lots of mushrooms. I know, I’m showing a lot of mushrooms. These weren’t even the half of them. My dad can attest to this fact – he sat through all the photos when backing them up on his computer and saw every mushroom shot I took. XD

My mom gets a special mention – she made pickles! They are SOOOO GOOD. ❤

A Walk Down Memory Lane & A Short Story Excerpt

 

On April 1st, this blog turned two years old. (And that is no April Fool’s Day joke!) WAHOO! 😀 It’s hard for me to believe. 😄 It’s equally hard for me to believe that yesterday, I had my 700th follower.  🙂 I don’t know what to say, except, thank you guys for your support – it means the world to me. ❤

This post will be a small collection of my favorite posts from the past two years – a walk down memory lane – and something new at the end that I’m excited about. 😉


What is Our Purpose” was my first blog post. It was published on April 9th, 2016. I remember being so nervous and then convincing myself that only my friends would be reading it anyway, so I had no reason to be nervous about strangers. And then ten people total liked it and I was like, “WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE.” It was a shock, but a good shock. But no one commented (which was probably a good thing at the time because I was still so shy then 😅), so I soon went on to post a book review and other posts.

For that post, I had a purple wildflower as my header image.  I was also just starting to experiment with close-up photography at the time. I didn’t post the images in the post itself then, and with my dial-up connection, I had to compress the images a lot to get them to upload, so sometimes they would appear grainy. With that said, here is the original uncompressed photo:

And a bonus photo – the same flower at a slightly different angle:

Soon after that post, I started getting comments and followers. And I started getting minor panic attacks from posting – though I didn’t know that’s what it was at the time – so I stopped. It wasn’t until June that I started posting again.


When I returned, I went back to posting short articles and book reviews, alternating between the two. That is, until July of 2016, when a friend asked me if I ever planned to share any of the poems that I had been writing. Many of them were personal, and I was unsure if that was something I wanted to do, or if anyone would be interested in them. After a bit of prayer, the Daily Prompt aligned with one of my poems, so I decided that was a sign to post one and see what happened.

Show Me Your Light! received so many encouraging comments. My heart felt like it might burst with happiness. I posted two more shortly after; Stained Glass, and He Saves. Then I went back to my articles and book reviews but felt a nudge to post more of my poems. Soon, poems seemed to be overtaking everything else.

And then I was surprised to find that it felt like I found my niche. It wasn’t only articles and book reviews – poetry is where my heart belonged. So then I started posting more… a lot more.


Also during this time, I was experimenting even more with photography (and photo editing software), and realize that this was also where my heart was. Here are a few examples from September 2016, when I started posting more photography:


I believe that Fall Magic was the first time I used my own photos within the same post as a poem, which was the start of posting two of my favorite things together. 🙂


Jericho Heart is one of my favorite poems that I’ve written and I have fond memories of writing it. After posting it, I started writing a short story, which reflected the poem a bit, so I named it Jericho Falls. It’s a western – and my first attempt in this genre. And with that… here is a sneak-peek at a chapter I call “Humility Hurts.” I hope that you enjoy. 🙂

(Context – Don had been shot in the arm, and Lissa had run barefoot for a mile or two to find him help and had sliced the soles of her feet something awful. Now she is supposed to be recovering, but in her pride, she doesn’t want to and thinks she can still do everything for herself.)

She stood and immediately wished she had not done so. The pain was almost too much for her to bear. With a cry, she fell into Don, who was standing beside her and caught her with his good arm.

“You’re fallin’ for me already, I see,” he quipped.

“Do you always make terrible jokes and use those awful one liners?” she snapped.

“I do,” he admitted, “and you are one of the few who didn’t laugh.”

“I guess I’m one of the few with sense,” she told him as he dropped her into the chair.

The doctor came back in with a second pail of water and took out a rag, which to the doc’s surprise, Don took ownership of.

“You’re recovering,” the doc said, pointing to Don’s arm.

“I don’t mind. Just get the salve.”

“You a doctor?”

“No, but…” his voice trailed off for a moment before continuing, “I knew of someone with a similar condition.”

“What are you–” Lissa’s question ended with an exclamation of pain as Don began to gently wash her right foot. “Don’t do that, it’s—ooohhh.” She bit her tongue to keep from crying out.

“Painful?”

“And humiliating.”

“Jesus washed His disciple’s feet, so surely I can wash yours.”

She did not expect that answer and it hushed her. She had no comeback. All she could do was watch quietly as he scrubbed the dirt from the soles of her damaged feet. As he dipped the dirty rag into the bucket, the water turned cloudy and brown.

Tears ran down her face, not from the pain, but from her icy heart as the cold that had taken residence there began to melt from the warmth of love. The waterworks was mistaken for pain and Don stopped.

“You’re fine,” she told him. “It’s okay, the pain isn’t that bad.”

And with that, Lissa had her first lesson in humility, and Jericho’s hardened cold walls began to crumble.


And speaking of stories and writing – you may notice that I haven’t been posting as frequently lately. April is Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and I’ve been preparing my project! I will probably be doing more novel writing than blogging in April, but I won’t disappear completely. 😉 I can’t wait to see what this next year of blogging has in store! 🙂

Moth Mania

Over at Dutch Goes The Photo!, the photo prompt is “bug”. I couldn’t have asked for a better prompt. XD If it’s okay, I’m going to do multiple entries, because I have a a lot of bugs.

This whole post is dedicated to moths. 😀 I love moths. Sometimes I leave lights on at night just to attract them. This is a collection of some I captured last year and this year. The one with the cross design was identified by Jamie (thank you again!) as a clymene moth. 🙂 The others I have no idea what they are, but I really like them. 😊

My favorite is probably the clymene moth, with the white and black speckled one (reminds me of a dalmatian!) being second favorite, and the yellow and pink one in third. 🙂 However, I really love those big Luna moths (the green and yellow ones).

It amazes me that God didn’t stop at a few varieties of moth; He painted the wings of many different kinds and colors. So many!!! I love the variety! 😍 In many, I see that they are supposed to blend into tree trunks, but some have such color to them that I’d expect from a butterfly. I look forward to discovering more this year.  You should be able to click for a closer view. 🙂

If you liked these, also check out Emerging From The Cocoon, where I was present when a large moth came out of its cocoon and dried out. 😉