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February’s Moon

and you are

just like the moon

…….alone……

but you shine bright

at the darkest

of times

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The full moon of February arrives tonight.

This months full moon is known as the snow moon due to the snow that falls in February.  It has also been known as the hunger moon, so named by eastern American Indians as food was scarce this time of year.

This full moon will also be a ‘super’ moon, meaning that the moon is closet to earth in it’s annual orbit and will appear bigger on the horizon as it rises.

With the snow covered ground, it should make for a ‘bright’ night.

Here is hoping that the night is clear!

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Acts 24:16

“And herein do I exercise myself, 

to have always a conscience void of offence toward God,

and toward men.”

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In Concern of Spring

 

In Concern of Spring

I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,

If wintery birds are dreaming of a mate,

If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun

And crocus fires are kindling one by one:

Sing Robin, Sing!

I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring!

Christina Rossetti

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Winter still has a grip on us-cold, snowy, windy, icy, all the things that accompany these winter months.

Spring seems so far away, though, in reality, I know that spring will ‘spring’ upon us before we know it….

and I will be behind, as usual.

The ground outside is dead and lifeless, or so it seems,

though I know the growing things are stirring underneath this snow and ice.

(See my winter surprise HERE)

And just because I am missing the wonderful color

and the growing of the spring and summer months….

I am so enjoying the growing of Amaryllis indoors.

Do you grow anything indoors during the winter?

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Romans 8:14

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

 

 

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Philosophy of Abraham Lincoln

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You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence

You cannot help men permanently by doing for then what they could and should do for themselves.

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Christmas Bibles

 

My husband and I are not much into giving each other gifts at Christmas time.  During the Christmas season we concentrate more on our children and grandchildren, and that is a big enough chore in and of itself to find appropriate gifts for each of them.

We never feel left out-our children gift us with way too many lovely gifts.  I do not need gifts from him to feel much loved, and the same with him. We try to be loving and giving all through the year to each other.   I do get bothered when useless, frivolous, unneeded gifts are given. I would rather that the gift giver saved the money.  I do not need a gift to feel a persons love, and I hope that others feel my love for them without the giving of gifts.

But this year we each got a gift…It really wasn’t a gift from me, as he purchased them both, and surprised me with the gift.  But we used them as our Christmas gifts to each other!

Our Christmas gifts to each other this year were new Bibles.  These are New Living Translations, from Tyndale House Publishers.

I am loving my new Bible!

Happy is the man who possess a Bible!

Happier still is he who reads it!

Happiest of all is he who reads it and obeys it!

J.C. Ryle

 

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A Christmas Prayer

Loving Father,

Help us remember

The birth of Jesus,

That we may share

In the song of angels,

The gladness of the shepherds,

And the worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate

And open the door of love

All over the world.

Let kindness come

With every gift

And good desires

With every greeting.

Deliver us from evil

By the blessing which Christ brings,

And teach us to be merry

With clean hearts.

May the Christmas morning

Make us happy to be Thy children,

And the Christmas evening

Bring us to our beds

With grateful thoughts

Forgiving and forgiven,

For Jesus sake,

Amen

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Welcome Winter

WINTER….a lingering season.

It’s a time to gather golden moments,

Embark on a sentimental journey,

And enjoy every idle hour.

John Boswell

We have arrived at the winter of the year.

The winter solstice-and the beginning of winter- is here.

It is the longest night of the year. and the shortest day of the year.

The sun is at it’s lowest point, and our shadows are at their longest.

I wonder, what is our long shadow casting in our world?

May we cast the joy and happiness of our Lord on others in this season of the year.

And God is with us in this season time.

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Psalm 121:3

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved;

He that keepeth thee will not slumber.

PS; Enjoy all your idle time!

 

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Learning New Things

 

Notice-there may be a lack of blog posts in the near future….I am doing something new for awhile.

I need to be studying to pass a test to sell health insurance….And I am not sure how much of my time this will gobble up.

So, I will be back at the end of this,,,maybe sooner.

Am wondering if I can even do this!  It is all a little overwhelming at the moment!

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1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your care upon him;

for he careth for you.

 

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The Time Change

It’s that time of year….

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This winding down,

this descent into

shorter days and longer nights,

this preparation for an autumn austerity,

reminds me of my ongoing emptying,

once so full of fruit and seed,

now clinging to what is left me-

the joys, the tears,

the eyes of my brimming heart.

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It is time to turn the clocks back 1 hour.

And that means a change, a change in the light, not only dark so soon in the evening, but brighter in the morning.  Maybe this is a looked forward to change, or maybe not.

I find the light of the setting sun the most beautiful light of the year.

More changes of this season-the beautiful colors of fall will too soon be fading to the dull grey, chill of winter, the too soon ending of gardening chores as the day shortens, the too soon lengthening of the night that bring stillness…

The coming of the holidays-Thanksgiving and Christmas, with all of their special activities-will soon fill these short days and long nights.

Are you looking forward to the busyness of the holiday season, or to the quietness of the stillness of winter coming?

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Psalm 27:14

Wait on the Lord:

be of good courage,

and He shall strengthen thine heart.

 

 

 

 

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October Full Moon

The Hunter’s Moon

 

Tonight’s full moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon.

When the settlers arrived in this country, they found that the New England Indians had names for all of the full moons-this months moon is also known as the Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon or the Blood Moon.  The blood either signifying the blood from the slain animals or the red color of the turning leaves.

The Hunter’s Moon is first recorded in 1710 in the Oxford Dictionary, and is an apt name for the moon. The leaves are falling and giving a more clear view through the woods. The fields have been harvested.  The deer are feasting on the fallen grain and are fattened.  They can be easily seen by the hunters. It was time to hunt and harvest meat in preparation for the long winter ahead.

The name Hunter’s Moon is an apt name in our household.  The hunters begin their hunting.  The men (and some of the women!) in our family have been long time hunters.

I know that I have readers who may be offended by the killing of deer, so if this is you, you may want to stop reading right here.  I well remember the blog post I did years ago about the trapping and killing of the raccoons that were raiding my hen house and killing my laying hens, and the hate comments that I received. (This post is now long lost in internet eternity!)  If you have a different aesthetic than we do, that is fine.  But, we hunt here, and will continue to hunt.

In the latter part of October, 3 days are designated as a special hunting season for youth and seniors.  And my husband is now a senior-65!  So, out hunting he went, on a balmy sunny fall day.  So different from the late November hunting season-think thermal underwear, heavy jackets, wool socks and caps. There have been some brutally cold hunting seasons in the past.  And when ever hunters go out, they always come back with hunting stories.  Here is his.

In deciding where to hunt, Dan was directed to go a dairy farm that is overrun with deer.  He was told what field to sit in and wait for the deer to come out to feed on the farmers fields.  So he laid down between the hay rolls, and fell sound asleep.  He reported that he had a very happy dream while sleeping!  When he awoke, he lifted his head, and there were 3 deer standing looking at him. They were probably wondering what this strange thing was laying in the field!  He kind of rolled over to get in position, got his gun ready and decided that these deer were too small to shoot. So he waited a short while till bigger deer came out of the woods.  Now, he only had 3 shells with him-he had taken some wrong ammunition with him and only 3 bullets were the right caliber. He better not miss!  Bang!  The shot dropped the first deer immediately.  He reloaded…and bang!  the second deer dropped.  Two deer in just minutes.  I would say it was the easiest hunt he has ever done.  And he got a nap in the bargain!

 

Getting the deer out of the field was not so easy. He had forgotten tie down straps, so he took off his belt to tie one of the deer down but the other deer was not tied down and it fell off the 4 wheeler and he had to go back for it.   He lost his phone in the process, but was able to track it later with the 360 app-in the dark.  This new technology is amazing stuff.  The deer were taken intermediately to the deer processor, and we will be picking up our packaged deer meat in just a little while.  (I am so glad the days are over of us cutting up our own meat-I found it a miserable job!)

So now we have meat for the long winter ahead!  If you are wondering how we use this deer meat-a lot of it is ground and is used just like ground beef.  Venison is extremely lean meat and it is well to mix it with some suet-so it doesn’t so easily burn.  I like to mix the ground venison with ground beef in most of my cooking, but sometimes I just use it straight-it kind of depends on the deer, whether it is an old deer or not. Some of the older bucks are pretty ‘gamey’ tasting.  Young does are the best and most tender. It also depends of what the deer have been eating-many deer are ‘corn fed’!  We also get deer roasts cut, and the most favorite cut is the deer tenderloin-the back strap of meat from the top of the deer that is cut into little steaks-so delicious. The meat that is not made into cuts, I can.  Canned venison is just the best.  It makes such a quick, delicious meal.  Canning makes even the toughest meat very tender.

My blog post on canning deer meat, now also lost to the internet infinity, was one of my most looked at posts-I’ve even had people call me and ask how to can deer meat as they could not find the post.  So, I promise that I will re-post ‘Canning Deer Meat’ in the near future!

Now, I have told you all about the senior deer hunt…here are the photos from the junior deer hunt-

A sweet grand daughter with her deer….

a sweet grandson with his deer…

and the sweet granddaughter with her second deer of the day!

This early hunting season was quite a success for the family.  And there are still more deer tags to fill.

Happy hunting all you hunters!

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Genesis 27:3 and 4

(Isaac speaking to his son Esau)

Now therefore take, I pray thee,

thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow,

and go out into the field,

and take me some venison;

(4) And make me savoury meat,

such as I love, and bring it to me,

that I may eat;

that my soul may bless thee before I die.

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If you have not read this story in the Bible book of Genesis,

you should…it is a very interesting story!

 

 

 

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A Rascally Robin

A Rascally Robin

One of my most favorite and anticipated signs of spring is the return of the red-breasted robins.

Robins are one of the first signs of spring, and a symbol of renewal and new beginnings after the winter.  How welcome is their cheery song as they sing from the housetop.

Some facts about robins-

Robins are named after the European robin because of the similarities of their red breasts, but are not closely related.

Robins are members of the thrush family.  They are very abundant in North America.

Robins are migratory song birds, spending their winters in the south (Florida and Mexico), and summers in the north.  They arrive in the north in February and March, while there is still snow on the ground, and leave for their winter home by the end of August.  Occasionally, a singular robin will over winter in the north.

Robins are very active during the day, and are one of the first birds to sing at dawn.  They also sing before and after storms.

Robins are one of the earliest song birds to mate and lay eggs.  They like open farmland, woodlands and urban areas, and are very comfortable living around people.

Robins eat earthworms, grubs, beetles, grasshoppers and caterpillars, with worms being their favorite.  They hop through the grass searching for worms by sight and by sound.  As soon as they spot a worm, they pounce and pull it up.  A very familiar sight in the spring, and so fun to watch.  They do not eat seeds, at least while they are in the north, so setting out a bird feeder will not draw them to your yard.

Robins can raise 2 or 3 clutches of eggs a summer, building their nests in the forks of tree branches, or open ledges.  The eggs are the familiar ‘robins egg blue’.  The newly hatched baby birds are voracious eaters and keep both the mother and father robins very busy all day long searching for and bringing back worms for hungry family.

 

Robins, being members of the thrush family, are very territorial and strong defenders of their breeding areas.  And this brings us to the ‘rascally robin’ part.

Husband has a truck he is selling and had it parked in the yard so he could work on detailing it.  This is what we would find every morning….

one side mirror, and….

the other side mirror.

The back window class is tinted and reflective, so this is what the bed of the truck looked like.

What a mess!  This male robin could see himself in the mirrors and the glass, and spent hours attacking the ‘robin’ that he saw in the glass-himself.  Any car that was parked in the yard suffered the same fate.  Quite the mess to clean up and no more parking in the yard during the robin mating season!

By the way, this very nice truck cleaned up very nicely and is still for sale!

2001 Ford F150,

Laredo 4 wheel drive

53,000 miles

Looks and runs great if you are interested!

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Have you ever had a problem with a rascally robin?

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Psalm 19:1

The heaven declare the glory of God;

the firmament shewth his handy-work.