Roadside lily

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.  ~Henry Beecher My drive to work is filled with beauty, including flowers both wild and cultivated. Anyone know what this is? Here’s some other versions, including the original (first one below).

Finally, a crop in the empty field

“Start where you are. Distant fields always look greener, but opportunity lies right where you are. Take advantage of every opportunity of service.” ~ Robert Collier quotes You may remember the empty field I took a pic of previously during the winter. Well, now it seems it's got beans planted in it.

Tree eats house

The trees are God’s great alphabet:With them He writes in shining greenAcross the world His thoughts serene.~Leonora Speyer This little one-room barn is on my way to work – abandoned, and being eaten by this tree.

Church kids

“The perfect church service,would be one we were almost unaware of.Our attention would have been on God.” Bideingmytime C.S. Lewis My kids acting up in church. I have strong opinions about what Sunday services should and should not be, and how I wish we could make them better – more engaging, more life changing, less BORING. My…

Tired black hole

Took this at the almond orchard, just an old flat on the back of a flatbed.

Taking the long way can be relaxing

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” ~Nelson Mandela The other day, the highway I usually take to work was backed up due to an accident, so I took the road through the hills (Corral Hollow Road) to go around the traffic. I found this and…

Almond harvest is coming

“Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” Mark Twain The almonds are shedding their casing, revealing the shell and nut inside.  Two more weeks and harvest begins here in the valley.


“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always…

Eatin’ with the cowboys

One of the best places to get breakfast out in the country where I live is the Farmer’s Den. Breakfast special is $4 for a couple eggs, two really good pieces of bacon or sausage, and two pancakes (or biscuits and gravy or hash browns). My mother in law likes it because it’s usually filled…