Sunday, April 13, 2014

Nuthin' But Blue Skies

What weather we've had this weekend! Ahhhhhhhh. That's the sound of a great winter sigh being released on a warm afternoon. We all went for a walk/roll down the street with the doggies, to the Wildlife Ramp/public water access.
Oriental hosted an annual boat show this weekend, and nautical vendors near and far came to display their wares to prospective buyers. And quite a few boats appeared in our harbors. This one, the "Toddy," was a special treat to the eyes. Lots of gorgeous woodwork.
I felt she could be drifting down the Nile with Hercule Poirot or Humphrey Bogart aboard.
Our flowers continue to greet spring and favor us all with their beauty.

Another boat on display is this slim beauty on a trailer -- again, fine woodwork.
And speaking of spring beauties, here's a photo from many years ago -- Julia and Anna -- in front of my tulips when we lived in Iowa. Julia was two years old, and Anna was about ten.
I mentioned wisteria, that elegant purple vine that attacks trees in such a disarming way. People also have wisteria shrubs in their yard, and it's very pretty.
For those unfamiliar with it, here's a close up. The clusters dangle like thin chandeliers.
Back down at the Wildlife Ramp, several weeks ago someone ran his boat into one of the three floating docks there and broke the dock in two. The authorities removed the pieces, and today I walked down and saw the new improved dock. It's at the end of this long ramp.

Atop two of the four poles are seagulls perched as if standing guard.
Guard One
Guard Two
Only a few yards away are the crumbled remnants of an older dock or pier, only its rock and rubble remaining. It's another reminder that even the brilliant things we make are destined for a timely end, and all of us fade away on this planet.
This morning at church we heard the sad report that a local pastor was killed yesterday morning in a motorcycle accident. He was about 60 years old, I think. He's in glory, and learning all there is to know about eternity, but his church and family are left in shock and grief. It is only God's providence that decided that that pastor's time of testimony here was complete, and he was ready to go, but that Adam still had work to do for the kingdom and could remain -- albeit with a damaged leg. It could so easily have been Adam that was taken, except that God said, "Not yet!" And so, it is impossible for Adam to have gone, because it wasn't time. I'm thankful for a God who rules all such things.
To end on a light note, here's Beau. Those glasses sat on his nose for about 1/2 second, but I got the pic!
Have a blessed week, everyone.


  1. Funny you should mention wisteria, because every spring...and I mean every spring I see lilac and wisteria and have to play a game in my head to tell them apart. Guess I've not learned it yet!

  2. A beautiful day all around! Such a delight to finally have spring! Seeing it in another one of your "tours" was fun. I'm so glad that Adam is doing so well. God's goodness is beyond measure! Have a bountifully blessed day. I'm having one here, too!

  3. Glad you all got out and had a great weekend.

    Have a lovely Easter week ~ FlowerLady

  4. Beau looks so cute! I love the photos you take- they are so full of serenity and joy. I am glad that Adam's time has not yet come yet, sad news about the pastor, despite knowing he is with his Father x

  5. Lovely day and sights! I left a wisteria back at our old house and I wonder how it is surviving the drought and the single mom who bought our house. One of my favorite smells ever.

  6. Lovely photos! Beau is adorable! Yikes, that's quite a lot of "shtuff" connected to Adam.

  7. What a lovely outing you all had. Wisteria is so pretty.
    So was that lovely Iris plant. Darling picture of your girls when they were young.
    So sorry to hear of the loss of a Pastor you knew. Yes God has allowed each of us our own allotted time here on earth so you are right in saying it wasn't your Adam's time to go. Peace and Blessings.


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