In The Shadows…

Bird ShadowDo you see our new woodpecker? I was playing with the new settings on my camera and got this photos. I thought it was neat how the bird looks like a part of the branch and blends in to the black of the branches. It reminds me of a sermon I heard on people talents and how some people are good at being in the forefront and doing things for everyone to know. Then there are those of us who like to do things behind the scene and don’t need anyone to know. We all have different gifts and some are more obvious than others. Have you been able to figure out your gifts and if you are a person in the front or in the background as the bird is, kind of hidden to the non observing eye? 🙂

Winter Barn…

One of the roads hubby and I drive on when we just need to get out and drive has this old barn on it. I am not sure what it is about it, but it appeals to my old-time senses. I just can imagine all the crops, animals, people, and season it has seen. What stories it must hold 🙂 It just gives me hope that somewhere there is a farm out there for hubby and I and maybe one day we will be looking at our own barn and thinking of all the memories it holds 🙂

Rainy Day Walk…

We went on a walk in the rain yesterday… it was a cold day, but we all needed to get out to a new location and take a walk. Baxter was quite observant…

And Chase was running all over exploring…

We then came home to homemade turkey noodle soup I had made from leftover from thanksgiving. I included crusty garlic bread for the men 😉  It was yummy 🙂 I used gluten-free noodles so I could eat it too 🙂

Today was slightly warmer, but it is defiantly winter. The ladies are letting us know too as they are molting and only giving us about 2 eggs a day.

I feel bad for them… it can’t be fun to lose all your feathers when it is so cold, and the girl above is just starting some of her sisters are worse off. Poor things… but I miss my eggs too 😦 We have been giving them a little extra protein and treats to help them as well as putting on the light to help them warm up in the morning. They seem to like it as they stand under it and fluff what feather they have left. Lets hope this is over for them soon 🙂

Some of my favorite things (from the past few weeks)…

I was looking over my photos I got downloaded and saw a few that made me happy so I thought I would share. So if you don’t know my birthday was a few weeks back and hubby took me to see War Horse at the Kennedy Center. I loved the ceilings of our theater…

I thought they look like the palace of a king and made me feel special on my birthday.

This past week was the American holiday Thanksgiving and I made a feast for my hubby, Dad, Mother/father in-law.

I know the turkey is missing but hubby was carving it while I took this photo. This year we carved it off the table and served it on a platter to reduce mess and make it easier for hubby. The meal was delicious according to the family and included many American traditional holiday things… green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, gravy, cranberry sauce, and stuffing (made my own with veggies and sausage)… and some of my creations garlic cheddar mashed potatoes and onion cheddar popovers 🙂  All gluten-free except the stuffing (but I know how to make gluten-free kind 😉 ).

Then for dessert gluten-free pumpkin pie and gluten-free chocolate peanut butter pie 🙂

Nothing fancy… just delicious and traditional 🙂

Finally we were out working in the yard and Chase was playing hide and seek with us… can you see him?

We got a tree…

We have a family tradition that has occurred since I was a child and hubby and I continued since we met… We always go and get our Christmas tree from a local tree farm that we can cut down ourselves.

When I was a child these trees sometimes would come off our own land, but usually from a local farmer who would let us come in his Christmas tree farm and cut one of our very own. Now I always feel a little sad cutting down a perfectly good tree, but the smell it brings to the house and the beauty it brings makes my sadness turn around 🙂 I love fresh trees 🙂

Now hubby and I walk up and down the rows and rows of tree all over a local Christmas tree farm to find just the right tree that will fit in our house. I have a habit of picking a tree that is too tall and we can not get our topper on.  So we have learned to carry a tape measure with us and measure before we cut 🙂

Hubby starting to cut down our tree this year

Usually hubby starts cutting and I get to do the fun part… finishing the cutting down job 🙂

Me finishing the tree

The cool parts of the farms are all the cut outs and painted things around the farm…

 

They even had Charlie Brown…

And a plane carrying Santa…  

The day ends with hubby pulling the tree back to the truck.

Since my Dad has been living with us he has been going on his scooter so he can get though the fields and help us pick a tree. The dogs had to wait in the truck as they are not allowed in the field, but they have enjoyed smelling the tree since we got it home 🙂 So all in all it was a fun trip to the Christmas Tree Farm 🙂 Have you gotten your tree yet?

Friday… Black Friday…

Today on black friday I am grateful I don’t have to go out if I don’t want to and that staying home allows me to spend more time with the boys 🙂 Tomorrow it is get ready for Christmas… get the tree, put up decorations, lights on the house, wrap presents, and my favorite part… decorating the tree while listening to the first Christmas songs for the year. Have any of you started to get ready for the holidays yet? If so what have you done?

Thankful Day…

Today is a day to be thankful… to count your blessings… to realize how good we have it despite our struggles… a day to praise God for all he has given us… a day… but why just a day? Why do we wait untill Thanksgiving or Christmas to tell those around us we love them, we forgive them, we need forgiveness, we are grateful… this should happen each day as we never know when it will be our last opportunity to say… I love you… I’m sorry… I forgive you… I am grateful.

God… I am grateful for my salvation and the promise of heaven… I love you.

So for my husband… I am grateful for your love, patience, and support… I love you.

My Mom… I am grateful for your support, help, and letting me try so many things when I was growing up… I love you.

My Dad… I am grateful for you teaching me to work hard and not be limited by being a girl… I love you.

My Grandmother… I am grateful for you teaching me about baking and being patient while I learned… I love you.

My Pups… I am grateful for your unconditional love and for making me smile… I love you.

My friends… I am grateful for your friendship and support… You are important to me.

My blog followers… I am grateful you find the time to read my blog, comment, and like my posts… I feel blessed so many of you stop by daily 🙂

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 🙂

Found… sand art

I spent some time tonight looking over some older photos that my father-in-law downloaded from hubby’s computer as his crashed. So now I didn’t lose the photos 🙂 I was looking over the photos from hubby’s and my engagement weekend and came across some photos of sand art that was on the beach where we got engaged…

There are so many things I remember from that weekend, but without these photos and other’s I would have forgotten some things…. like the sand art, how we looked back then, and things going on at the beach. That is the great thing about photos… they help you preserve memories and happy times to look back on and smile 🙂

Otter Be Friday

Our Zoo tour continues with one of my two favorite animals… The Otter 🙂

They are so cute and friendly and when I was little I imagined swimming with the otters and being like them. They are so graceful and fast in the water and I have always been fascinated by them. At the DC zoo there are two kinds of otters…

The first I think are Asian otters who just had babies…

And American otters…

I love all otters and maybe one day will get to be a zoo keeper for a day and spend time with them 🙂

Any plans for the weekend? Here in our piece of the world we are getting ready for the holidays and family to arrive Sunday. So that means cleaning, shopping for groceries, cooking, and baking. I hope you have a blessed weekend and wonderful start to the holiday season 🙂

Builder Beavers

Moving along in our Zoo tour we come to a water-loving animal the beaver…

There were two big beavers there and they had a huge dam that they were building on. They are such interesting creatures and more fun to watch then you would think.

 I hope you are enjoying your tour of the DC Zoo… More to come 🙂

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