daily life, faith life, nature study, simple living, thankfulness

ESG: My favourite picture of the month September

I’m doing my Swap this month as a blog post.  My favorite picture of the month is actually a series of pictures.  One evening when I was leaving a nearby craft store (where else??), I stepped out into the parking lot and was greeted with this magnificent sunset.  I stood in the parking lot and took this series.  There was another person taking pictures also but there were also many who were not even looking up!

These were taken with my phone and I have not edited them in any way.  I think this is one of those “once in a lifetime” moments and I’m glad I was able to witness it.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork–Psalm 19:1 

afternoon of life, daily life, nature study, simple living

An Evening on the Reservoir

Last night we went out with friends on their little boat to enjoy the sunset.  We went out around 7:00 so the heat of the day was mostly gone.  We had dinner on the water and then spent some time watching the sun set.  The Lord certainly knows how to show off His creation!

crafts, daily life, health, nature study

This and That

I am happy to report that I have now lost 10.5 pounds…and yes, that .5 is very important!!  I am learning to eat healthy and to eat good portions.  I am learning to exercise each day.   Right now I am doing that by walking but I’m thinking about joining a local gym.  I would love to swim and do water aerobics and I would also like to do some strength training.
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The past three weeks have been so pleasant as far as the weather goes.  Temperatures in the 70’s during the day, 50’s at night, and low humidity.  We haven’t had to run the a/c much this September!
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On September 9, we had my mom’s memorial service in NJ.  It was a bittersweet time but it turned out really lovely.    Here’s a picture of me and my siblings after the service:

My brother read a psalm and Michael sang “Amazing Grace” and was able to share the gospel with those that attended.  Afterward, just our family went out to eat together.  Then Michael and I had to drive back to VA.
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I know everyone says this all the time but it is hard to believe that September is almost over.  Seriously, this month went by so fast.  The leaves on some trees are just starting to change and I’m looking forward to October when they will be in all their glory!  Our hummingbirds are still coming to the feeders but less and less frequently.  I think they will be moving on soon.
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I am enjoying swapping post cards and other items over on swap-bot.com.  I will post about it soon!!

daily life, holidays, nature study, simple living, vacation

July in Pictures

Fourth of July Fireworks!

Jessica and Anthony

Morgan and Julianne, Jessica

Michael and Me

Flowers by my mailbox

Beach Trip

Our new grill
Jared back from his 3-week trip to Colorado Springs.  He was training servers at the new Bonefish restaurant.

Mollie and Alex, friends of Juianne.  It was Mollie’s singing debut!

I love this picture of Morgan and Julianne

I didn’t take this but this is a picture of a huge storm cloud coming our way!  This was taken just up the road from us.

Brooke and Richard, who came to the 4th of July baseball game with us
daily life, nature study

Derecho

Until Friday night I had never heard of a “derecho”.  According to Wikepedia:  derecho (Spanishderecho “straight”, pronounced [de̞ˈɾe̞tʃo̞][1]), is a widespread and long-lived, violent convectively induced straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms in the form of a squall line usually taking the form of abow echo. Derechos blow in the direction of movement of their associated storms, similar to a gust front, except that the wind is sustained and generally increases in strength behind the “gust” front. A warm weather phenomenon, derechos occur mostly in summer, especially June and July in the Northern Hemisphere. They can occur at any time of the year and occur as frequently at night as in the daylight hours.


One of these blew through our area Friday night causing lots of damage and power outages.  Thankfully, we only had some large branches down and no damage to our home.  We did lose electricity around midnight and were restored in the early evening.  With 100 degree heat, I wasn’t looking forward to days without electricity as when we had Irene and Isabel.  


Saturday night we had another big storm blow through that had a tornado associated with it!  Thankfully we didn’t lose power or have any damage other than more branches down.  We have been quiet since them but temps are still in the high 90’s.  What was different about this storm is that it was full of lightning that lasted for about 2 or 3 hours.  On TV they kept showing all the lightning bolts over our county and it was just lit up.  Nothing quite like this storm, but it was a good one!


Hopefully this week will be much more quiet!

daily life, nature study

Invasion of the Inch Worms

In the past week our area has been under attack from inchworms.  They are everywhere…on the door, windows and deck of the house.  Floating through the air on their wispy threads.  The one in the picture above looks cute.  That is until there are hundreds of them wherever you go.  A friend just posted on FB that she found one in her freezer.  
I heard on the news today that the infestation should be over in a week or so.  I hope it’s sooner!