I finally got a chance to get a picture of a butterfly outside today. I have been waiting since spring to get the opportunity to get some pictures of some but this is the first one I have gotten a chance to film. I think butterflies are beautiful and one of God's greatest creations. There are so many lessons in this one creature. How can you look at a butterfly and doubt there is a God?
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Brayden stayed with us Tuesday night this week. We had a ball with him. He is such a good baby and we had lots of fun. He is old enough now to get around some in the walker we have and I took a few pictures.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Thanks for my Father's Day gift (Tabitha, Sean, and Debbie), I really love it and am looking forward to this Fall when all the birds return to these feeders and next Spring when I can grow some vines up each side.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Every year Northern Rough-winged Swallows (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) build nests in our chimney (I hate to think about how many nest are in there). Fortunately, we stopped using the fireplace years ago. Well, every year there will be one or two that will come down the chimney like Santa Claus, squeeze between the brick and the fireplace insert, and fly into our house.
Debbie is deathly afraid of these birds; I don't know why (maybe they look too much like bats). So, I have to catch them ASAP and take them back outside. Here is our latest visitor and I must say he was very cooperative. It only took me a couple of tries to catch him. Once on the curtains, he just let me reach up and grab him. Note the rough (uneven) edge on his wings in the curtain pic; the Latin word serripennis means "saw feather."
Here is where I find serenity and peace. Nearly every morning and evening I will walk around and just look at the flowers. I take great comfort in their beauty. I am currently designing a type of prayer/meditation garden for the backyard complete with a bench and lots of bird feeders and flowers. Since my yard (front and back) is so shade-challenged, I will need to design things around my lone Sugar Maple.