Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Covered Up.

In my work travels recently I passed this solar panel grouping with trees overtaking the one end, covering the solar panels.  We had solar panels on our “older” home – a product of government incentives in the 80’s.  If we didn’t manually turn off the blowers after the sun was off them, they’d just blow the cold air back in.  We didn’t use them much and when we re-roofed that house after a hail we had a hard time finding someone to even take them since we didn’t want to put them back on.
How often do we get covered up in life – not allowing us to “shine” in the way God intended us?  Those trees could be addictions, depression or other vices in our life that cloud over the sunshine in our lives. Sometimes those things creep up and grow slowing that we don’t notice the damage until it is done.  As I thought of the seasons, like when winter comes and those leaves fall off, more sunshine will be able to make it to energize those cells in the panels.  We need God to shed our leaves so that his Son he sent to save us can reach through and energize our cells too! 
So, I’m going to re-evaluate my vices and see what needs pruning.  I’m sure I’ll find a few things.
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.   John 15:2

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Blue died

Blue died.  Royal flush happened Sunday, no one noticed until Tuesday.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I love my ladybugs

Kids clothes are so cute and can make almost any insect look harmless.  Here Sophia is impressed with an outfit that I found that has a cheery flower and ladybugs on it. 
Now – you have to understand I “hate” insects like big time – we can talk about my therapy later, but I really HATE insects.  That being said, I don’t even like butterflies either – like moths, they flit and I can’t handle that.  BUT, I do like ladybugs.  They don’t intimidate me. I know God created everything – and all is good and for a reason, but I just wish he hadn’t made insects needed in the system of life.
In Leviticus 11:21
21 There are, however, some winged creatures that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground. 22 Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. 23 But all other winged creatures that have four legs you are to detest.
OK well, sorry – not interested in them for a vitamin boost to my diet either! I can do the “detest” part and justify my hate for insects if I use this scripture out of context – which I’ll do to support my lack of insect love!  (Tongue in cheek here – hope you are at least smiling on the inside!)
 Ladybug education:
Ladybugs (also called lady birds and lady beetles) are small, oval-shaped winged insects. These shiny insects are usually red with black spots or black with red spots on the wing covers. The number of spots identifies the type of ladybug. Most ladybugs are less than 1/4 inch (4-8 mm) long. As ladybugs age, the color of the spots fade. Birds are the major predator of the ladybug. Ladybugs will play dead when threatened.
These tiny predators are usually very welcome in gardens because ladybug larvae and adults eat aphids, mealybugs, and mites (which are garden pests). Ladybug larvae can eat about 25 aphids a day; adults can eat over 50. There are about 5,000 different species of ladybugs throughout the world. A common species is the two-spotted ladybug; it is orange red with one black spot on each wing cover. We had these mostly in Canada where I grew up.
The ladybug, like all beetles, undergoes a complete metamorphosis during its life. The life stages of the ladybug are: egg --> larva --> pupa --> adult.
Ladybugs live in a variety of habitats, including forests, fields, grasslands, gardens, and even in people's houses.  In 1999 NASA took 4 ladybugs to space to watch them eat aphids in zero gravity – result was they did good in space.
 Ok – that is probably more than you wanted to know about Ladybugs.  It is plenty for me – I think I’ll go hug a soft stuffed animal of Sophia’s that isn’t an INSECT...back to the therapy thing~! 
 "Mommy, what are ya doin?"  
"Sweetie, I'm just lovin' my little ladybug!"

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Aaahhh Schools Out!

Aaahhh Schools Out!

We survived the ‘09-‘10 school year! Now....BBQ’s, baseball games, swimming, church camps, summer reading ‘n’ relaxin’ times are here! Here me SIGH.......**sigh**

We had our first taste of Babe Ruth baseball double-headers this week. Sophie and her “friend” played Polly Pockets/babies, the other two hoodlums ran about with friends, I visited with friends around me while watching and hubby was glued to watching the game.....great times. Simple relaxed times are what I yearn for. The little things that make the difference...I don’t take them for granted and I praise my Lord for these daily blessings all.

Wishing you many moments in your life where you can kick back and count your blessings too!

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