I know I haven’t been blogging very much lately. We haven’t been sitting around like vegetables, though–there is plenty to say, but words are failing me. I’m well into my second trimester (nearly 16 weeks now), and I have been feeling better. I still get nauseous sometimes, but I have more energy and my appetite is slowly returning. I had enough energy last weekend to help Nate with the yard and garden work. I pruned all of our bushes/small trees (wisteria, crepe myrtle, etc.) while he mowed the back yard. Then I tilled the garden while he mowed the front. After tilling, we seeded the garden with clover as a winter cover-crop. We hope the clover will increase the nitrogen in the soil and will keep weeds (and grass!) down over the winter.
tilled and seeded
Mojo has gotten so much bigger–here’s a complimentary photo (with a tail-wag-blur!):
Around the hosta (what’s left of it, in some places, anyway), some red spider lilies are popping up:
I have been knitting and crocheting, but both are secret projects. One is a Christmas gift, so you won’t see it for a long time. The other will be revealed Monday, but here’s a sneak peek!
Perhaps my favorite thing about this new house are the beautiful flowers left by the previous owners. Almost every day, I take a stroll around the yards with my camera, searching out new growth and joyful flower-faces glowing in the late morning sun. Though we are in the middle of town, it is peaceful. And though Mojo is quite rowdy most of the time, he takes these meandering walks with me calmly, resting in the shade while I stop to take pictures.
A few days ago, I found this near the driveway. The leaves had been here a while, but there were new buds appearing.
leaves looking plain as usual…
… but then these caught my eye!
Wandering along, I found new roses on the bushes. As I moved in to get a closer look, a dragonfly alighted nearby and remained long enough for me to get quite a few very close shots.
As I moved in to photograph these…
… this little guy landed beside me.
This morning, I discovered the darling gladiolus had bloomed! And my! what gorgeous colors!
same leaves, different day
a wave of happy summer colors
a witness of God’s handiwork
The hosta is still flowering very prettily, too.
tall flower stems
gardenia, soft and sweet
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
~ Psalm 103: 13-18 ~
I basked in the warm morning sun at our new patio table on the back porch while sipping coffee, munching peanut butter toast, and catching up on some much-needed Bible reading. Mojo was curious, but obedient to the command “back up.” Afterward, I went out to photograph the daylilies that showed their beautiful faces today by the shop.
daylilies by the shop
A certain golden pup wanted to be the center of my attention instead, so I obliged for a short photo-shoot.
posing by the daylilies
But I really wanted a picture of one of these new blooms, so I commanded him to “back up,” then “sit,” then “stay.” This is the result of his constraint:
Thank you, Mojo. He was rewarded with about 15 minutes of Frisbee tossing which he seemed to enjoy. 🙂 He is currently resting on the porch. Obedience is wearying… hm, that applies to my obedience to my Heavenly Father as well. Wearying at times, but unbelievably