Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Skunk Visitor and Festive Easter Table

This skunk enjoyed a meal of cat food yesterday at about 7 p.m. while it was still light outside. Not a great photo since I did NOT open the patio sliding door. Heh heh. This skunk looks young and is very pretty. I like how they fluff up their tails so they look a lot bigger than they are, to deter being attacked.
This is our Easter table before it was fully set up and before our sons arrived.
We had a glorious Easter feast, my husband and our adult sons.
We had wonderful food brought by our sons including the first course involving prosciuto, tomato, polenta, pesto and eggs baked in the oven, wild rice and mushrooms made by me, lamb chops cooked on the grill outdoors, and cioppino made by my hubby. I am the hunter gatherer, i.e. I do all the food shopping and he often does the cooking.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Joy

Sing, soul of mine, this day of days.
The Lord is risen.
Toward the sunrising set thy face.
The Lord is risen.
Behold he giveth strength and grace;
For darkness, light; for mourning, praise;
For sin, his holiness; for conflict, peace.
Arise, O soul, this Easter day!
Forget the tomb of yesterday,
For thou from bondage art set free;
Thou sharest in His victory
And life eternal is for thee,
Because the Lord is risen.
                       Author unknown, from book "1,000 Quotable Poems".

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter egg photo, experimenting with photo size

Easter will be here soon.
I am experimenting with photo size so here is a pretty egg photo.
This photo size may be too tiny; please bear with me.

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Peek in Our Garden

Taken on March 23, this photo shows a promise of nasturtium flowers, jasmine in bloom, and our cute gnome peeking out from his underground home.
To the left, out of sight, are two Canterbury Bells plants I have nurtured for two years, so this is their year to bloom. I wonder what color their flowers will be?
On the right, barely visible are two mystery bulb plants (planted in green wire gopher cages). My husband brought them home when a neighbor gave them away. I think they may be what we call Naked Ladies. Time will tell, there are just small green leaves emerging.

Do you like the watering can plant stake? I bought quite a few as I think they are cute. Above is a closer photo of our happy jasmine blooming near the gnome.
I planted our first tomato plant of the year this week, an elongated cherry tomato called "Juliet", which is new to us. Someone told me "you only need one Juliet", so they must be heavy bearers.
Are you planting vegetables now?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Handsome bird from Bali

Here is a handsome bird from our collection of art objects, bought here in town in shops that import them. Lots of the art we buy is from areas like Bali. We also have five puppets and a flying mermaid and more that I will show you in future.

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Originally uploaded by abers

I enjoy learning about our family history.

My husband is related to the Methodist minister, Lord Soper, and I was happy and surprised when I saw an anecdote about Lord Soper in a book I purchased, "Church Chuckles."

Lord Soper (1903-1998) was noted for preaching to one and to all on Tower Hill and then in Hyde Park in London, even in his 90s, right up until 3 weeks before his death. He was made a Lord for working hard to help the poor, pushing for equal rights for women and all races, for his dedication to pacifism, and for animal rights. I read that he was so devoted to being a pacifist that when asked what he would do if Russia invaded England, he replied "I would offer them tea."

That is not at all my view!

Here is the story from the book I bought:

While addressing the crowd at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park the distinguished Methodist minister, Lord Soper, was interrupted by a heckler who kept shouting "What about flying saucers?"

Finally Lord Soper turned to him and, much to the delight of his audience, silenced him with "I cannot deal with your domestic difficulties now."

And no, there is no aristocratic estate that accompanies the title of Lord, so no castle or manor house for us!

Donald Soper was given the non-hereditary title of Lord for his life long dedication to good works.

There is a touching obituary in a London newspaper and it ends with "His was a gallant, debonair faith, yet under all the layers of sophistication he was at heart a simple believer. Jesus was his master and friend right up to the end."

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Miracle of Us: Confessions of an Online Dater book review

The Miracle of Us: Confessions of an Online Dater by Laura Bennet
This writer took me into her world of seeking a Christian soul mate, and I read it quickly while at the same time not wanting her book to end.
The Miracle of Us
Who could imagine that two lonely people who have suffered heart break and who live in different countries would ever meet and connect?
A widower with young children living in Australia and a twice divorced American woman with young adult children who lives in California met on a Christian online dating site. The obstacles in their paths were overwhelming, and sadness, tears and doubts occurred amid sparks of joy.
The best part is that they each trusted God to guide them with each step they took as they grew to love each other. When would they meet in person? Would they marry? Live in Australia? Live in California? What about jobs? Selling a home? Schools for his children? It sounds daunting but trusting Jesus, they believed it just might work.
Read this book to hear about this “miracle of us” adventure toward love.