Thursday, July 28, 2016

Farm Fresh Corn

John and Beth are really into fresh fruits and vegetables right from the farm, farm co-ops.
At least I think they still are.

Oliver sat on the back steps and shucked an ear of corn for the very first time. They took a video of him and during it, I heard him say HARD. Yes it wasn't easy for him, but it was worth the hard work.

Life is like that. It isn't always easy, but it is worth the hard work. With a good work ethic, one reaps monetary rewards and also a good self esteem. Go Oliver.

Studying the Bible this morning, one passage I'd read several times came alive for me. It was in II Chronicles 32. You see King Hezekiah, who had been faithful to God was facing an enemy who was marching to war against his people.

In verse 5, "he worked hard repairing all the broken sections of the wall and building towers on it. He built another wall outside that one and reinforced the terraces of the City of David. He also made large numbers of weapons and shields."

Then in verse 6, "He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

Verse 22:, "So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them on every side."

Does anything in verse 5 remind you of anyone who is running for president now? 
What does Trump want to build? What does he want to strengthen? Our armed forces? And what does he want us to do?  Be courageous? See what I mean? Very interesting.

And what did God do? He saved them from their enemy. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Born to Wear Boots

After years of going to farm  school, Beth has discovered another place near them to ride. I can't find the name of the 'farm' right now, but I know the horse's name is Marble.

This is Oliver's first time to ride. He just might have been born to wear boots. His instructor commented on his very good balance. His posture is great as well.

I am so happy that Beth is a stay at home mother and can spend time with the little ones. She doesn't have to miss anything.  I know some would say they couldn't do that for one reason or another; but it is the most important job in the world.

We love you, Beth!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Happy Girl

I bet  you grandparents out there understand when I say I love  my grandchildren with all I've got. It makes me so happy to see them smile. 

Julia was just two months old when these pics were taken. She is a serious little girl, seems to be a very studious type. And she is a real sweetheart.  

Today was my first day out after having an arthroscopic operation on my knee  Friday. It didn't go as well as I had hoped; but it was good to get out anyway. I was hoping to be able to drive by today; but I did well to just ride in the car to the movie and to dinner. 

The movie was fantastic, one everyone should see. It was worth the pain it caused me for sitting still so long. Dinesh is a courageous fellow. I certainly to appreciate his dedication to this, his adopted country.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Maggie and the 'Owl'

Poor Maggie, she is having to learn about fakes  She was attracted to this owl near the lake. She really tried to make friends, but finally realized he was a fake.

Reminds  me of some of the politicians I heard speak tonight. Fakes! They know how to say the right things, but don't deliver.

In some cases they know what to do, but don't  do it.

They know what the law is, but they don't care.

They say what we want to hear, then do the opposite.

Fakes, just like this owl.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

R is for Rhubarb

Beth planted a successful patch of rhubarb...great stuff. Here is Oliver to show you how well it grew. And of course in the second picture he has his signature smile.  

While planning this page, I was delighted with Oliver's alphabet shirt and decided to go with it for the general design...and this is the result.

Sorry, there won't be a lot of comment, and sorry if you are not one who appreciates my opinion. ;)
I'm just coming off the knee operation that explains why I haven't posted for a few days...I'm just not up to commenting on the condition of things right now. 

 Oh my, there is a lot going on and none of it looks good for our friend (or foe) Hillary.  And of course everyone all over the world is laughing; but our press is trying hard to make it all look perfectly fine to those who are plugged in only their liberal news reporting. 

It is a shame people can't open their eyes to what is going on in the rest of the world and they have been deprived of a good background in the study of history. That is a thing of the past in more ways than one.

Oliver, Praying that we all wake up and strive for a renewed world order of morality and love of God and our fellow man.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Hard Work at the Lake

Many visitors say to me, I would sit out on the swing watching the boats go by for hours. The truth is, if you live here, there is work to do. It turns out there is lots of work. Not only does housework have to be done, but also the land has to have care. It is not a small lot and there is watering, mowing, raking, fertilizing. I could  go on and on. Weeds! I don't even  want to mentions them!  You get the idea. Unless one can afford to hire everything  done, one must either do it himself, or herself or it goes undone...that is not a pretty picture. 

Over the years we have been here, parts of the sea wall deteriorate and must be replaced. Ron has replaced those parts one by one. It is hard  work. This year, however, he had his Steiner tractor with all the attachments he needed. He rode it around...that made it more like fun.

The problem was, there were many things that had to be done by hand. Even though he does not want to admit  that he is getting old, his daughters know better. Later I will have another layout or two showing how they came to stay a few days and worked on this project with him. You would never imagine how these lovely girls would ever be able to do this hard work, but they did it. The wall was completed beautifully. 

Of course work around the property is not all that must be done. We will not let ourselves vote without being completely informed about every candidate. That is time consuming. Tonight we were watching the Republican Convention.  We watched  on TV the speeches, etc that are taking place not far from here in Cleveland. 

I hope that each of you is not just voting for  a certain party or what you've been told by friends or the TV.  I hope you are listening to both sides so that you can make up your mind independently. That is one reason you have a brain. Use it. Investigate to find the truth for yourself and then vote in November.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

I really don't know where this wall is in Charlottesville, but I love the creativity. And I think Leah does love Charlottesville.  

Time is a blur for me. I can't remember how long she has lived there, but her mom and dad moved there some time after she finished college at Flagler College in St Augustine, Florida.  

They moved to Florida from here in Ohio when she was a little girl. They found that Florida was a good place to grow up after they found the International School in Pensacola.  The rest of the schools were so very inferior to the school she had attended here in Ohio.  Her neighborhood school, it was a very good area, had no books she had not already read. The IB school fit her well.

She really loved Flagler College and graduated in three years.  Acting and teaching those arts were her main interests. Leah lived in New York for a while.  She has been in several movies, but so far none have made it big...of course that is not because she lacks anything. This grandmother will tell you she is great.

Leah is very photogenic and I love making layouts with her photos.

After church this morning, we had lunch with a group of our friends with whom we had not gotten together for a while. It was great fun. Those relationships are a good thing. We bring out the best in each other. We were having a very pleasant day.

After lunch at home, I heard about the shootings that had taken place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana while we were at church this AM.

I walked into the TV room just as they were announcing that the authorities were about to speak on the subject.  I sat down and listened to the whole thing.  (A truly bad thing.) My heart was broken over the senseless killings of these innocent men and the devastation the families and friends felt. I began to tear up. It wasn't long until I was sobbing audibly. That's when our little dog came running into the room to soothe me. 

Dogs, pets, what a wonderful thing. They are so the opposite of these evil men. Their love is so selfless. She was able to bring a smile to my face, knowing there is still good in the world. 

Thank you God, for being the God of love and giving us pets to encourage us when all else is very discouraging.  We ask you, Father, to comfort all those closely involved in these grievous happenings today. I pray you help us bring law and order back to this nation. Protect us and keep us safe from our enemies.