Saturday, February 28, 2015

Snow in the Deep South!

On Wednesday, February 25th, it was  32 degrees with a light rain falling before changing to sleet.  Then about noon, it started to snow, fast and furiously. Many birds gathered to gobble up the sunflower seed and thistle seed.  Most of the birds are Pine Siskins and Goldfinch.


Wow!  Just look at the birds!  Can you count them?


Here it is beginning to cover the driveway.





By late afternoon the snow is getting pretty deep.


The Pine Siskin, Purple Finch and Goldfinch are waiting for a chance to dive down for a few seeds.


This is the tip top of a Pine tree.  That center blob looked like a hole until I made a picture from this angle.


The little Goldfinch is perched on the power line.  Just look how much ice and snow cling to the line!


The Goldfinch will be in their pretty yellow feathers in the Spring, but I think they still pretty in their winter plumage.  


The Cardinal brightens up the winter scene!



Look how the snow built up on the bare branches!  This was made through our bedroom window.


By Thursday morning, it had stopped snowing and fog had moved in, obscuring the view of everything across the road.



When the sun broke through the clouds on Thursday afternoon, the snow on the trees was so pretty!


The above picture is a peek into the woods behind our house.


I love the lacy, feathery look of these trees!  This is around our back yard.


The picture below was made from our driveway looking toward our neighbor's pasture.


If you have had snow in your area, I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed our rare snow here in the sunny south!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lent

As I pondered and prayed about what I would give up for Lent, it seemed clear that what would be the hardest to give up and free-up the most time for Bible study etc., would be to give up Face Book for 40 days.  I enjoy Face Book so much because it keeps me in touch with my family and friends.  While I look forward to setting aside more time for meditation and prayer, I am a little sad to know that I will be 'disconnecting' with my cyber-friends.  Pray for me as I begin this journey and I plan to be back on Easter.


Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 daysprior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count).
Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fastingrepentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ - his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.
Not all Christian churches observe Lent. Lent is mostly observed by the Lutheran,MethodistPresbyterian and Anglican denominations, and also by Roman Catholics.Eastern Orthodox churches observe Lent or Great Lent, during the 6 weeks or 40 days preceding Palm Sunday with fasting continuing during the Holy Week of Orthodox Easter. Lent for Eastern Orthodox churches begins on Monday (called Clean Monday) and Ash Wednesday is not observed.
The Bible does not mention the custom of Lent, however, the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes is found in 2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew 11:21.
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Green Smoothie for Breakfast!


So here I go again, trying to take off those extra pounds I put on over the LONG holiday period that begins with buying up treats for possible Trick-or-Treaters and ends just after New Years Day.


If you can get over this being GREEN, it's actually good and so good for you.  
Someone asked what I put in this smoothie, so here it is in case you want to know:
1 fresh egg
  6 oz. fat free Lime Yogurt
1/2 cup orange juice
2 packets of Sweet & Low
1 tsp. vanilla
a big handful of fresh baby spinach
a few ice cubes
Blend on 'Liquefy'
Enjoy!

Dear Lord, help me to be patient and persistent in my efforts to lose these extra pounds!  Help me to remember that I didn't gain these pounds in one day, and not to expect that I will lose them in one day!  With Your help, I can DO this!  Amen