I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries; as long as they are chiefly agricultural. ~ Thomas Jefferson
It’s winter here, which means that the rains will change these hills from blond to green soon. But they’re pretty just the way they are.
In the pleasant orchard closes,
`God bless all our gains’, say we;
But `May God bless all our losses’
Better suits with our degree.”
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
A closeup of one tree in the fall orchard featured yesterday.
“A man is old when he can pass an apple orchard and not remember the stomach ache.” ~ James Russell Lowell
The orchard trees are now dormant, and the few freezes we’ve had have knocked off all their leaves. However, it is warm and wet enough for the grass to grow.
“I promise to love God,
Cherish my family,
Honor my country,
and Serve in my community.”
~ American Heritage Girls Oath
My daughter participates in AHG instead of Girl Scouts, a growing trend among Christians and conservatives who think that the Girl Scouts have gotten too liberal. It’s your basic God, country, and excellence program focused on civic service, citizenship, and character. Sofia loves it. Here she is receiving her badge for participating in Operation Christmas Child.
“He who thinks he is raising a mound may only in reality be digging a pit.” ~ Ernest Bramah
A closeup of the holes being dug in yesterday’s post. Even closer pic below.
“It is a good thing to follow the First Law of Holes: if you are in one, stop digging” ~ Denis Healey
If you look closely, you can see the guy with the post hole digger.
Autumn arrives in the early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day. ~ Elizabeth Bowen
These red leaves were so striking against the pavement.
Give me the man who will surrender the whole world for a moss or a caterpillar, and impracticable visions for a simple human delight. ~ Bruce Frederick Cummings
I thought this was a nice contrast of colors, and animate v. inanimate.
Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay. ~ Robert Browning
Nice contrast, pretty red colors. Here’s a bigger version
“Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.” ~ Anonymous
Colors down near by boy’s school. Pano below.
A man’s worth has its season, like fruit. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld
These are the cherry trees that had such beautiful fruit on them previously. Winter dormancy. Pano below.
My lover is like a sachet of myrrh
lying between my breasts.
He is like a bouquet of sweet henna blossoms
from the vineyards of En-gedi.
~ Song of Solomon 1:13-15 (New Living Translation)
Kinda depressing! Dormant for winter.
You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? ~ Jesus in Matthew 7:16
It’s a strange sight, but living out in farmland, I am getting used to the amazing amount of food LEFT BEHIND after harvest.
I went past the field of the sluggard,
past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;
thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a bandit
and scarcity like an armed man.
~ Proverbs 24:30-34
This is what vineyards look like here in the winter.
If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton
Taken through a car window, still looks cool.
“A good sermon should be like a woman’s skirt: short enough to arouse interest but long enough to cover the essentials.” ~ Ronald Knox
The first step in sermon prep, after choosing a subject, is to create it in your mind and heart, and then splurge out the outline. I use a white board for that. Here’s an example. Next, prepare the PowerPoint, go over it a few times, refine PowerPoint, then create secondary materials.
“Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The puppet show at our friend’s birthday party was funny – cf. this photo.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. ~ Albert Einstein
In case you can’t recognize these three creatures, they are a shark, a dolphin, and a whale, according to my 4 year old boy. Gotta love the imagination when the electronics are turned off!
Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos. ~Don Kardong
Tuesday nights is dollar scoop night at Baskin Robbins. We go even during the winter because it gets us all out of the house instead of being cooped up, and it’s festive to get ice cream. Here’s my youngest mugging for the camera.