Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

What’s that gift?  Who brings itDSC03642?  No, it’s not Santa.  It’s not decked with lightsDSC03643.  It’s not under our decorated hearthDSC03644.  It can’t be cracked or broken by the toughest teeth or hardest heartDSC03645.  It’s the spice of life…beyond what any shaker could holdDSC03646.  I can’t be concealed under a bushel nor held in a man made container…no matter how artsy it may beDSC03647.  It’s brighter than any light and burns brighter than any candleDSC03649.  It can’t be wrapped nor decoratedDSC03650.  It’s bigger than the borders of any one countryDSC03651.  What is this you may ask…well, it’s the love of God for each and every one of us.  Beyond the trimmings and foods of the season…I’m thankful for God and HIs enormous love for us.  I’m thankful for you dear reader for without God’s purpose you would not be here on this earth.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It Ain’t Pretty

It really isn’t.  The cold front swept down on us like most everyone else but brought only trace amounts of snow and  a whole lot of cold.  Now the temperatures are up enough to melt the snow and it’s…well, uglyDSC03633.  The skies are partly cloudy and the trees nakedDSC03634.  Wind came with the passing fronts…so the melting snow captured some dead leavesDSC03635.  I didn’t put out the welcome mat for this weather but it came anywayDSC03636.  I wonder if it will all melt before our next go aroundDSC03637.  Wind blowing and soft dripping is all there is to hear outsideDSC03638.  Hopefully none of this will remain as ice under the next stormDSC03639.  This leaf is like a cry for help, trapped under snowDSC03640.  No matter your weather, I welcome you today and pray all is well with youDSC03641.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sunsets ‘n Snowflakes

That’s just what we hadDSC03614.  The last hurrah of fall was awesomeDSC03615.  This is the glorious moment before winter’s hammer comes downDSC03616…in this game of chessDSC03619…winter is winning by the bucket-fullDSC03620.  Old Man Winter has set the table nowDSC03621and the scenery is blanketed in whiteDSC03625.  I see a pattern developing hereDSC03622.  The leaves can run but they cannot hideDSC03623.  The deck now has a 5 o’clock shadowDSC03624.  Winter’s waves crash against our rocksDSC03625 and our prairie sports its new Christmas sweaterDSC03626.  This is a scene from “A Christmas Story”DSC03627.  It’s winter now like it or we’ve a long road to shovel nowDSC03628.  Us versus winter in a cage matchDSC03629.  Take a lesson from the Evergreens:  face the winter with no whiningDSC03630.  Come what may we’re never alone without GodDSC03631.  So drink from winter’s cup and enjoy what you canDSC03632.

Thursday, November 6, 2014


The weather has been stunning…best I’ve seen in November in years.  It’s always surprising to me that no matter the warmth our trees know fall is winding downDSC03602.  There is snow possible ahead and I’d say the trees are readyDSC03603.  The leaves are all brown and crispy nowDSC03604.  The trees are mostly barren so snow won’t bog them downDSC03605.  There’s some hangers on still but not manyDSC03606.  Our evergreen has new cones on it surprisinglyDSC03607…then again what’s winter to an evergreen?  The irrigation ditch is drained…the field is winter preppedDSC03608.  Now just sit and watch what’s to comeDSC03611.  Now the sun is peeking through some clouds and it’s warmDSC03612.  No matter which way it goes the climate at my desk is stableDSC03613.