Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Screened Porch

Aaaahhhhh ...When I saw this screened porch on the second floor of the auditorium building at Weeks Bay Reserve, I might as well confess I was envious of whomever got to use this. I began having dreams of sleeping on an air mattress with the trees all around me and all the night sounds. Wouldn't that be neat?

Wendell and I spent a pleasant morning walking along the boardwalks through two Weeks Bay bogs. It was our first visit to the area since geocaching there last February.
Read all about yesterday's visit to:

Weeks Bay Reserve
The Perpetual Vacationers

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Top o' the mornin' to ya

Celtic knotAlthough the details of my family tree are more vague than I'd like, my English surname, freckled face and naturally red hair suggest that I'm of Celtic descent. Perhaps my ancestry is why this Irish prayer appeals to me.

An Irish Blessing

May the blessing of light be upon you,
light on the outside, light on the inside.

With God's sunlight shining on you,
may your heart glow with warmth like a turf fire
that welcomes friends and strangers alike.

May the light of the Lord shine from your eyes
like a candle in the window
welcoming the weary traveler.

May the blessing of God's soft rain be on you
falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul
with the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming.

May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you
carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean,
sparkling after in the sunlight.

May the blessing of God's earth be on you.
And as you walk the roads,
may you always have a kind word for those you meet.

May you understand the strength and power of God
in a thunderstorm in winter,
and the quiet beauty of creation
in the calm of a summer sunset.

And may you come to realize that,
insignificant as you may seem in this great universe,
you are an important part of God's plan.

May He watch over you
and keep you safe from harm.

Speaking of redheads ...
Like many of my best-tressed sisters, I've used my natural haircolor to make all sorts of excuses. We've all heard of Blonde Jokes, but did you know that Redhead Jokes are just as common – only better?

Redhead and Freckles Humor

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Weather Channel Cartoons

The Weather Channel cartoon · The Weather Channel desktopMost people who have used computers for any length of time know about The Weather Channel. But have you noticed their cartoons? Most of the ones they are showing right now have something to do with the beach. I wanted to refer you to them from their website, but apparently you have to download Weather Channel Desktop to even see them. The Weather Channel also has a photo of the day, which you can view through its website.

It does seem we have chosen a vacation type of base.

Now I must make the choice to turn off my computer and get a life :-)

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Dog Days Are Upon Us

A quote from an April 14, 2008 email to put things in perspective:

It is cooler here than it has been in a month... 45 deg. We have a good fire going so it is warm here in the house. I think it will be an excellent day to work out at the edge of the creek. If any of those creepy crawley things* are out, they will be moving as slow as I am.

My big project for the day... I came up with this idea two days ago and it has been working in my mind ever since.. I have cleared most of the area right down to the water. I'm going to take hoe, machetti, and my big pruning shears and finish clearing the edge.

Tonight I'm going to cover my little seedling bed so it will not hurt the plants. It is supposed to be 33 deg here tonight. Tomorrow I'm going to go up and down the creek planting little 4 o'clocks and other little seedling flowers that I have. I may also put some of the Louisiana Iris out at the edge of the water. I have purple and yellow Louisiana Iris. I have one area that I sprayed down with weed and grass killer and I will wait about a week before I plant that area.

~ Chris/SP

*creepy crawley things means snakes

Well, I still haven’t seen any of those creepy crawley things down here in Lower Alabama, but my neighbors have already told me tales about them, so I know they are here. I just haven’t seen ‘em yet.

We are now into what I would call the “dog days of summer” even though summer does not officially begin until June 20. There were some beautiful clouds in the morning sky that I just had to get out and photograph, and there are no predictions for precipitation to cool us down for at least the next three days. It’s already 80º outside at 7:30 am, and the predicted high for today is 89º. This means I simply cannot enjoy our screened-in porch except in the early morning or late evening about the time the sun goes down and the temps drop some.

It’s still great to be here, and we will probably pack up our beach gear and head that way.

I had no sooner posted this than a very light shower came down that didn't even wet the ground under the trees. You never know in the summertime...