Tammy, a nurse reports arriving to work this am at hospital being greeted with a joy light at the entrance. And, she is sharing photos with us. Thank you Tammy! All I could think of was, “This little light of mine I’m going to let it shine?” This is truly a light. Thanks to light beam-ers. We are hoping this will encourage others to create joy beam-ers, a ray of light, whether we are artists, seamstress, singers, writers, cooks and all in between lets show our beam.
Matthew 5:16 NIV “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
This Hymn is embedded in my soul from a very early age. Seems so appropriate for a time such as this. I find myself begging in tears for healing for the Nations. Yet. I only could think of my prayers being, “Oh you Of Little Faith” Matthew 8:26…But, when words from this and other hymns spring forth so does my faith increase a little. Hope you sing along…🎼🎧🎤
“Crown Him with many crowns, The Lamb upon His throne; Hark! how the heav’nly anthem drowns All music but its own! Awake, my soul, and sing Of Him who died for thee, And hail Him as thy matchless King Through all eternity.”
Heavenly Father, I pray as negotiations are ongoing in the Congress/House of Reps that ALL in need would receive help in every state. I’m asking specifically now for CustomInk and companies of this size not to be left out. They are the glue that binds hearts, heads, families, sports, awareness of hope when suffering appears. Customink is vital to the rebuilding of our Nation and around the World. They have been honest and just to employees and customers alike.
Please hear our prayers and reward them with help and hope to keep the company 🐙working for the good of your hurting people. Give all leaders of Customink and government wisdom to this vital need. In Your Holy Name we pray. Mother of an 🐙 Sara❤️
It is hard to believe that gardening time is here again in Northern VA. I have heard it said that St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional day to plant peas and potatoes.
This year I am expanding and changing my gardens. For the past few years, I have grown tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, herbs and a few other things in small in-ground garden beds adjacent to the sides of my house in the front yard. The back yard has been off-limits due to concerns that my two dogs would dig/pull up whatever I planted.
Sara gave me two books by a well-known sustainable farmer in the Shenandoah Valley, VA, Joel Salatin, that got me thinking about the need to expand and diversify and make some changes. He is a proponent of eating locally grown foods and encourages everyone to grow something they can eat. He says we may not all have farms or large areas, but there are other creative ways to grow. We can turn some of our lawn area into vegetable gardens; plant in pots on a balcony, or deck; plant in a raised bed; try a windowsill garden; use an empty city lot; etc.
I thought a raised bed would work in my back yard. Easier for someone older like me to work in (not so far to bend down); not so accessible for the dogs; might make it portable (that’s something farmer Joel S. advocates…always portability in case you have to move or change). I considered buying a large livestock watering trough and drilling holes in it as I have seen this done in articles/pictures; or maybe big pots, etc. But then I stumbled on a video where one lady built a raised bed out of wood pallets (heat treated/not chemical treated); lined it with landscape fabric; filled it with soil and had a great growing bed. Having access to pallets, I mentioned it to my son Chris (he helps with the garden and canning on his Sunday visits) and he offered to build if I could get the materials. He also mentioned he wanted to build a potato box. Now, Sara asked me just a few days ago if I had heard of growing potatoes in a straw or hay bale and I said I had heard of but never attempted. I read up on it and it sounds like a great idea. So, we are going to add that potato growing method as well to the garden scheme.
Also, a teacher at school where I teach (who has a very successful and productive container garden) offered to give me a few of his ‘Earth Boxes’ (plastic container growing box systems) from his garden as he was down-sizing. I readily accepted his gift of 4 and then ordered 6 more. Tomatoes will go in some of those as they have not produced well the past few years; probably because you should not plant tomatoes in the same place/soil each year. So, the earth box will solve that problem as new soil can replace the old (which then gets moved to the in-ground flower beds).
Progress as of this writing: my son removed old shrubs for the new back-yard site and has almost completed two pallet raised beds and a potato box; I moved some small figs to a new area to make way for the containers and did some raking, clean-up and prep. Adding another pallet bed, a couple of rain-barrels and new plants for pollinators is also in planning.
I look forward to growing things again that did well in the front yard ground beds as well as adding different types of produce to the list (such as various greens, beets, carrots, okra (Sara’s suggestion), snow peas, melon…maybe even a small plot of corn ). I hope to have enough to can and share. Debi Chaves, Leesburg, Va