Bathing Beauties

After a limited amount of research, I have come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter where you are, if there is water available, there will be birds in it.

The first location was in my own backyard:

I never cease to be amazed at pigeon behavior.

The second location was 50 miles due south (as the crow flies–or in this case, the seagulls):

Diet update:
A good part of Monday was spent paging through the South Beach Diet cookbooks borrowed from the library, making a grocery list, and then–shopping. I survived the day, and am confident there is something to eat tomorrow! My calorie total for the day was just shy of 800, which I know is too low; but I wasn’t really hungry. On the drive home, I entertained the idea of pouring the sugar-free hot fudge syrup over the Planters 100% natural harvest Pistachio Grove Blend of mixed nuts roasted in sea salt with no added oils. That was good for a laugh, and then I came to my senses.

The February Weekend that Wasn’t

A friend and I have an annual appointment the last Saturday of February, when the Mancuso Quilt Show comes to our area. This year, neither of us was in top physical form to attend the festivities. Bummer! 

Do you know what this means? I was unable to buy fabric and craft supplies to look at for the next year. I guess I’ll have to pull out the fabric from last year and look at it a bit longer. Or, I could actually DO something with it. Now there’s a novel idea! 

Here’s a post from 2011 that included a picture of my favorite quilt, in case you didn’t see it last year. This is one of the fabrics I bought, but haven’t had the heart to cut into. Here is another. 

Since I decided to “FOCUS” in 2012, maybe I’ll focus on these, and surprise you with something one of these days. And just maybe, we’ll BOTH be surprised! 🙂

I could post a picture of my bedroom ceiling that’s been getting a lot (too much) of my focus lately. But instead, I’ll share a couple of photos I got of the sun boring a hole in a pesky cloud that was trying to block the light. Have a great day, and may the sun shine on your pathway. 




Writers Group Devotion/July 2010

Psalm 111:2 How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in Him should ponder them.

I’ve discovered much about our God through the study of nature, and all that He has created; birds in particular. In Matt. 6:26, Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap, nor gather into barns; and yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” And Matt.10:29-31: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? and not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.”

I considered the many references to birds, fowl, and winged-creatures that are found throughout the Bible; and wondered, “What is so special about them?” So, I started observing their behavior, to see what I could learn.

1.    They wake up every morning with a song in their hearts, and sing it to anyone within earshot,  sometimes proclaiming it from the housetop

2.    Jesus said if we come to Him, we will thirst no more; and we are to be baptized in water as evidence of our faith. The second thing I noticed with birds is the commotion around the smallest puddle after a rain.  Starlings, especially, can be seen bobbing their heads and fluttering their wings with abandon! How much more should we be drawn to Jesus, the Living Water?

3.    I learned that most birds have a crop, which is a small pouch in their digestive system that will fill with seed, once their stomach is full. They gather as much food as possible, and then retreat to a safe haven for it to digest. Isn’t that a good example for us to follow when we fill ourselves with God’s Word, to then go to a quiet spot to ponder what we’ve taken in?

Birds have been important in the history of writing <displaying a large feather> as they provided the quill feather. <insert laughter here >

  • it would be the feather of a large bird; a strong, primary feather usually from the wing or tail of a goose
  • Wikipedia states that left wing feathers curve suitably for right-handed use, and right wing feathers curve to fit the left hand.

In closing, I have a quote from Mother Teresa: “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”

May we ponder the seeds planted in us, and share His love through our writing.

By Patti S. Jarrett