By, Deborah Chaves Color your spring with plants! Plants can provide colorful blooms to brighten your outside or to cut and bring inside. Even leaf colors and textures create a canvas awash with beauty. The varying scents of plants can color our olfactory perception…such as walking by a bed of lavender, rosemary or thyme that […]
Have you tried growing herbs from seed? If you are an herb lover, you may want to get started on growing several varieties so they will be ready to grace your summer vegetables and recipes. Many can be started from seed (which are now available in stores as well as from online sources) and others […]
Color your gray, brighten someone’s day with a splash of color this Christmas season. Poinsettias, a Christmas cactus, amaryllis or orchid will add a living touch to an indoor space. The fragrance of a fresh wreath, roping or an evergreen floral arrangement helps bring a little of the outdoors in. If you are in the […]
Fall is almost here. September 22 signals this season change. As the season changes, so must the plants in our gardens. Summer’s hot pinks and refreshing limes wave goodbye as we welcome pumpkin orange, deep yellows, rusts and burgundy reds. Friendly pansies faces appear on garden shelves again, intermixed with mounds of mums while plumes […]
Have you ever found a baby bird lost from their nest? A lovely beautiful Dove Baby Bird. I did this morning. Mother Dove waiting in nest about 14 ft straight up wondering how she is going to retrieve her baby. Two Shelties barking and running around with wonderment trying to retrieve the baby.
My Sheltie, Lily, banging my door, barked in a stressful way until I followed her out to see what the happening was. I found the Baby Dove. My heart broke wondering if the baby had fallen more than 14 ft to a concrete patio and damaged for life. My Shelties, Lily and Shadow and myself went into panic mode. I called my son, Chris, only to find out he was an hour away. i called my other son, Jon, with same result. I called my busy husband and he didn’t have much choice but to come home to help since he didn’t think I was thinking well in my emotional fervor. A Baby Dove escaped from the nest and he must pick it up and help.
I made a call to Debi, another Lily, trying to prepare as a teacher for her first week of school. I tell her I am sending fallen baby bird to her to feed and help. She said, “Me? Why me?” Ok, ok, ok, she said I will find the Vet Tech (VT) teacher and see what she says. Whee, finally, some help. Almost time for school to start. Our time is short. We must act. VT said, Baby Dove is in good shape. Must go back in nest. Here comes Debi. Out comes the folding ladder. Two unskilled ladder techs, Debi and myself. Help someone. OK, we got help. Ladder up. Mother Dove in nest. Now what? Call VT how can we put baby in nest with Mother there. “Go forward,” she says. “Mother will fly away and come back. Just an ‘Old wise fable that Mother Bird won’t come back to nest if we touch it.’ O, by the way, it took us ten minutes to locate the VT on phone after the bird just left her precious hands. And, that was with the help of other school staff. School went into Vet ER for Baby Dove.
Forward, we went. Into nest went Baby Dove with no Mom. Debi got back to school in the nick of time for students. I waited by window to see if Mother would return. SHE DID! She flew in and out of nest all day with food.
I have been thinking and meditating today how God told us if we are worried about our everyday life-whether we have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear to just pause and take a look at His birds and how He takes care of them.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26
Yes, you are!
What is HOPE to you? Is it possible to have hope, if we do not have faith, in God?
Quoted from my Bible in Habakkuk (under the megathemes), this is what it says hope means: “Hope means going beyond our unpleasant daily experiences to the joy of knowing God. We live by trusting in him, not by the benefits, happiness, or success we may experience in this life. Our hope comes from God.”
Recently, Sara took me to visit a historic church site, St. David’s Episcopal Church in Creswell, NC. I love to visit meaningful historical places and view the landscape and architecture as well as try to find out something about the history. There’s just something special about taking a walk into the past and then connect […]
Thumbs up to this House Beautiful garden that I recently visited. The resident owner/gardener must surely have a green thumb to keep the summer magic flowing and growing. For non-stop color, self-cleaning hybrid petunias had been planted in full sun containers, several of which had stunning Alberta Spruces in the center as a tall focal […]
Debi, did you go to the Grand Ole Oprey last night? How was it? Some of us would love to GO! Remember this news: ‘In May 2010, the Opry House was flooded, along with much of Nashville, due to the Cumberland River overflowing its banks.”
Spring is always a welcoming reminder of renewal and newness. The months of a black and white canvas is replaced by a new pallet of color. Last year’s perennials, sent into dormancy at winter’s harsh command; slowly emerge bigger and better than ever. Where last spring there were three daffodils blooming, now there are five! […]