Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mexico


I went with a group of 50 to Baja California (Mexico) for a week. We practiced our Spanish with the locals and orphanage children, painted a mural (the one behind us painters), pruned peach trees, and worked on construction. It was a whole lot of fun!



Here is our entire group pictured above. We all had a great time. We went to the beach dunes with the orphans, evangelized at a local Mexican parade, and then worked the rest of the time!
There was a miracle at the ranch. We were hosting the orphan boys to dinner and we didn't have enough chicken for everyone to go around. The boys didn't come on time so the kitchen crew put the chicken back in the oven to warm up. Then someone decided we should pray that the chicken will multiply. It did! And we had more left over.

Construction Site
 
I'm in the red shirt. There were 3 plywood boards to paint. The boards will go in the new high school that we were building.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Few Pictures

 
To the left, Stormy lies down on his back...as usual.
On the right, icicles form a ring around the rim of the birdfeeder.
 
A peaceful morning with the sun shining


Exploring our marsh, Comet and Pearl gnaw on newly sprouted grass.
The picture on the right was taken at the beach. A seagull flies across the bay while the tide is out.
 
The frogs have started croaking and the crickets chirping. Spring is almost here!




Monday, January 30, 2017

PETS



 These pets provide so much entertainment yet they cannot speak with words. They are companions yet they are quiet.
They are comical yet they don't do it in the way of humans.
Pets wag their tails, shake their heads, and roll their eyes.








Do you notice Stormy in the sink above to the left?

Archie and Stormy (above) are two kittens who were born into our house by Chloe. Chloe became an outdoor cat when she turned on her two boys and hated them with all her little viciousness. Chloe had been outside since the summer when she suddenly disappeared. The snow and cold had forced the coyotes to hunt and kill outside their normal limits. I came across half a body (the back half) of Chloe the Calico Cat. So ends the tale of Chloe, not very noble, not very nice, very jealous, but a cat. Coyotes shall now be on my bucket list of enemies. Here is the last picture of Chloe that I took:
(It fits her personality to a T)
 
Here's Pearl yawning below ~
 
 
 
Paw prints in the snow. Cat prints next to Dog prints.
 



 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sugarless


our mom told us
we were going off sugar
she knows best
 i suppose
after so much holiday junk
we were just stuffed
with the most mind blowing things imaginable

all of january, we'll waste away
however so far
it has been okay
popcorn and cheetos
 no sugar in corn
ice cream and snickers
 we view with scorn
xylitol gum and ice chips are in
grandma keeps us supplied
we no longer look thin

february will appear
with it comes
new sugar year
let us hope we don't indulge
in things that fill and make a bulge

Poem by Avonlea on the spur of the sugarless moment

P.s. This poem was written without the help of gum and ice chips....or grandma for that matter



Thursday, December 8, 2016

These Happy Golden Days

 
Picture taken 12/6/16
No changes or filters necessary. God's creation is beautiful!
At the Mountain over Thanksgiving

Golden years are passing by,
Happy, happy golden years,
Passing on the wings of time,
These happy golden years.
Call them back as they go by,
Sweet their memories are,
Oh, improve them as they fly,
These happy golden years.

Quoted from These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder









We met a group of 6 huskies coming down the Mt. They were named different gems.




12/8/16
Today it started to snow at our new house for the first time. It's still coming down as I write. On Monday, I had to drive in very thick snow from my Civics class. It had just been 5 minutes and the roads and cars were covered in snow.
     Thursday is a lazy day. Everything is canceled. I'm reading through the Anne of Green Gables series and it's funny how often I read my name, Avonlea. In Civics class, our teacher was writing down names of county senators. A boy was reading off the list to her and when the name "Anne" came up, our teacher wrote "Ann". The boy corrected her, "it should be Anne with an e." That's what got me started on reading the series again. The only problem is that I've watched the movie so much that I don't have any imagination for the book! A big problem.....however the movie goes astray pretty soon after the second book so I'm not having problems anymore.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Comet, Pearl, and Chloe




The sky during a stormy day.


At dusk, the mist rolls in.


The mist is covering the grasses outside our gate.


 Grant, my brother, does not need to keep frogs in an aquarium anymore. Frogs are numerous in the country side and in our pond.

I entered Pearl in a cutest canine contest. Here is the link if you'd like to vote. Voting starts October 31st. Just look for a Bernese Mountain Dog. You'll find her.

http://contests.columbian.com/Cutest-Canine-In-Clark-County-Photo-Contest---2016/gallery

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October first: The wind, the leaves, and the applesauce

Today I flung myself out of bed and snapped pictures left and right. The day was gorgeous. Patterns of wind, clouds, and sun worked their way through the morning. Ten hawks decided to enjoy the outdoor air as well. High above, they circled and finally disappeared. As soon as the soaring hawks left, the rain came in great gusts and the rest of the day was filled with the whims of wetness. But before that happened, I was able to take pictures of our land on October 1st, 2016. Always to remember, never to forget.

 


 


 If you'll peer at the top right picture, you will find a snake. Ivanhoe appears to be staring at it with marked interest. It is on the right hand side.


 
Ivanhoe and Chloe like to show their might. They both have very bad tempers and like to compete with each other. Ivanhoe was crying after I took this picture of Chloe so I obliged him. Here are pictures of both Chloe AND Ivanhoe.
 
 
And then the rain. While it rained...............

We made applesauce! Again!

Making applesauce, dried pears and dried prunes...all at the same time!
 
Have a glorious autumn day!