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Saturday, July 30, 2005

HIDDEN BEAUTY

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A white petunia has a serene beauty. It doesn't jump out screaming 'LOOK AT ME' like the fuschia or red one does, and does not attract as much interest from pollinators or we humans as it's more colorful cousins. Nevertheless, when placed among the brighter flowers, it enhances their beauty, and it's own.

The photo below is the same petunia, after Photoshop experimentation. We can get a small idea of what some hybrid petunias may look like in the future.
I love Photoshop.

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Thursday, July 28, 2005

SHAWN'S ICE CASTLE

Here in the far northwest corner of Washington State, it has been a pretty warm summer. Temp's have been in the 80's and the soil in my garden's is so dry that when I water it just runs off.
During some of our warmer days, I have had daydreams of rainstorms, wind and even snow.
I realize many parts of the state are cooking so decided to share a few pictures I took way back in 1989. Maybe they will cool us off!

Before I had a proper faucet, it was necessary to leave the water slowly running outside when the temp's got too low so our water pipes wouldn't freeze, especially when the Northeast wind was howling around the house.
This particular year I had the garden hose connected to the faucet and the water trickled over the hill out back.
The next morning we saw that the wind had blown the water onto some brush and formed an ice glaze over them.

Later that day my son decided to connect the sprinkler to the hose and turn up the water a little, just to see what woulld happen.
The wind cooperated and we were not disappointed.
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The freezing temps and wind continued, so we turned up the water pressure every few days and before long we had a small Ice Castle. All the kidlets in the neighborhood thought it was a great place to play. Here are some of my grandkids
and nephews. Do you see the American Warmonger?
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After about a week the castle became quite large. Neighbors came and took pictures.
The one below I took of my Brother In Law, Fred.
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One bright sunny day, my son and I were investigating our sparkling Crystal Castle which looked different at every angle, but by climbing up one side, my son found a place where the drops of water had landed and frozen one upon the other, making a well shaped formation, nearly large enough for a man to stand inside. He gave me a boost up the icy wall so I could see it too. The sun directly overhead was shining down inside creating the illusion of trillions of rainbow sparkling diamonds. It was one of the most awesome sights I have ever seen. I wish I had had my digital then!
In other places there were formations like desert roses, clusters of grapes, stalagmites and stalactites, and many more. The tallest part must have been 14 to 16 feet high and it covered an area about 20 to 25 feet long.
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One day I mixed up some food colorings with water and used an old enema syringe to squirt colored water on some of the formations. Blue, red, green, purple and aqua were pretty but the yellow wasn't.

Sometimes when we let our children try new things it can be an awesome adventure for everyone.










Wednesday, July 20, 2005

When Does Life Begin

As I walked in my garden I picked up a dried maple seed. It was deteriorating and falling apart in my hand. I set it on the picnic table and thought, "this has no life."
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A couple weeks later, after a hard rain, I went again to the picnic table, and noticed the maple seed had a small green bud poking out one end. I laid it on the ground wondering if it would grow. After contemplating this I asked my Father, "Is this when life begins?" He did not answer.
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A few days later, curious about the seed, I went to the garden and found a seedling about an inch and a half high. I remembered the dried up, deteriorated seed and was amazed.
Again I asked my Father, "Is this when life begins?" He did not answer.
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within a few years the seedling grew into a small tree, looking more like a long twig with leaves. It strived to live and thrived in depleted soil, watered only by the rains. Over the years it grew into a tall, glorious maple, spreading it's branches to shade the picnic table and the grateful ones who sat beneath.
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It provided a place for birds to nest, and for squirrels and chipmunks to play and forage. I often wondered, "just when did life enter this tree?"
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One day as I sat in my yard watching the wind toss the branches of the tall maple, I remembered my question and realized, life was in the seed from the beginning.
I smiled, and said, "Thank you Father, now I understand."

More Than

45,951,133

Abortions since 1973



Saturday, July 16, 2005

2025A.D.
AMERICA~AMERICA
WHERE ARE YOUR ARMIES?
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1973 A.D.
Roe vs Wade

Friday, July 15, 2005

MUST READ

I have just read a post over at The Squamata Report that is a real eye opener!
Ken has brought to light a situation that will very possibly arise. We must do whatever we can right now to stop it.
I urge you to take the time to read his post and be sure to click on the tan colored URL below the story to learn some serious facts about this despicable practice.
When I read the story, I first thought, "That can't happen here!" Then I remembered when I believed abortion couldn't happen here.
Please send this information to everyone you know.
We cannot stop these hideous atrocities from happening if we aren't informed.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

BE INFORMED OF THE TRUTH


The American Warmonger has a new post up, (July 12) that everyone should read.
This young man has incredible insight and has been given a very special gift for relating news as it actually is, not as the media wishes us to see it. There is so much we are kept in the dark about and a great deal of what we hear on the news is distorted. We are never given the whole truth.
Jeremy says it like it is, in plain english, and like Paul Harvey, he tells "THE REST OF THE STORY."

Don't be misled, know what's really happening. Visit his blog now, and send his URL to all of your friends.
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Lupine/Bluebonnet

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In answer to Ken's question, I have not noticed Bluebonnets growing wild in Western Washington, however we do have Lupine, which is a wild flower resembling Bluebonnet. Both are of the Lupinus family.
Lupine grow in masses along highways, embankment's and fields, in many shades of purple, blue, rose white and yellow.

I believe they are wide spread over the United States. There are many varieties, some of which are poison. When cattle ingest certain varieties their young are born with birth defects, sometimes severe.

The Lupine growing in my yard {photo} are biennial and re-seed generously. The seed pod is shaped like a pea and when it dries it pops open tossing the seeds, sometimes for several feet.
They have strong stems, and pretty foliage, making them desirable in any garden.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

FROM GLACIER SEED?

I have lived in Whatcom County all my life and have always had a keen interest in the wildflowers here. Last week I went walking at the Nooksack River with my sisters.
The river is very low and there are many exposed sand and gravel bars to explore.
I was amazed to find several wildflowers I have never seen before growing, in the same sand bar. I took lots of pictures and am posting some.
Now I am wondering if it is possible that seed can be trapped in glacier ice for many years, and eventually find it's way down river and under the right conditions, sprout and grow in the sand bars.
If you have ever heard of this please let me know.

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Mimulus Guttatus 'Monkey Flower'
Identified by Jill Cotton, WSU Master Gardner

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Father's Bouquet

Last year a couple snapdragons spread seed in a gravel area about 15X8 feet where my lawnswing sits.
There were hundreds of little plants growing and I couldn't bring myself to pull them out. For some miraculous reason they thrived in the gravel which had weed blocker under it, and with just what rain we have had. No soil, no fertilizer.
Now they are beginning to bloom and as I sit in my lawnswing I can enjoy their beauty of every shade of pink, magenta, yellow and varigated.

If I had pulled them up I would never have known of this precious gift our Heavenly Father wanted me to have.
Now I wonder, "How many gifts has He given me that I didn't see as such, and destroyed without ever knowing."
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"EVEN THE TEENSIEST MIRACLE STILL IS ONE"

Saturday, July 09, 2005

TIGER SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY

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My flower gardens are filled with color and three butterfly bushes are in full bloom. Obviously this is drawing butterflies because I am seeing more this summer than I have in years.
This swallowtail was resting in my raspberry patch. It is the largest I have ever seen around here, it's wing span must have measured four to five inches. I sure am glad I had my camera close by!

Saturday, July 02, 2005

4th Of July Girls!

Today I had a delightful visit with my grandson David and his three little girls. David is doing an incredible job of raising his children without their mother present. His love and devotion are admirable. I cannot express how very proud I am of this special young man. God bless him and his sweet family!

After visiting for a while I got David's permission to take some pictures of his two oldest girls. The baby, Madalyn, was a bit grumpy from teething.
I grabbed the kids, my camera and the flag off my front porch and had some fun.

Julia 7 years old, held old Glory high and without prompting began reciting the Pledge of Allegiance "WITH GOD," while Hailee, 4, sang "London Bridge Is Falling Down!
I certainly got a kick out of this.
Little Hailee had no way of knowing and couldn't have cared that her little song was so politically correct.
The "bridge of control" that the British tried to span from England to America, did fall down. That is precisely why we have an Independence day.
And Julia, just on this earth for seven years already knows about the love of God and County and the privilege of being an American.
Children aren't born knowing these things. They must be taught. Great job David!
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Friday, July 01, 2005

Happy Independence Day!

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I borrowed the following info about our flag here:
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Fields/8616/fourthofjuly/4thpoetry.html
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution authorizing a committeee to decise a seal for the United States of America. This mission, designed to reflect the Founding Father's beliefs, values and sovereignty of the new Nation, did not become a reality until June 20, 1782.

In heraldic devices, such as seals, each element has a specific meaning.
Even colors have specific meanings. The colors red, white and blue did not have meanings for the Stars and Stripes when it was adopted in 1777. However the colors in the Great Seal did have specific meanings.

Charles Thompson, Secretary if the Continental Congress, reporting to Congress the Seal, stated;
The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United Stated of America. White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor and blue, the color of the chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perserverance & justice."

The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial. The stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun.