I was approaching our house up on top, before reaching the cemetery. Coming home from driving the School Bus, and I saw several turkeys; a big Tom with a very long beard, and a few of the hens with him.
The Tom had his tail feathers spread, strutting his stuff. This was the first I have ever seen a wild tom strutting with his tail feathers spread. It was quite exciting for me. Here are some pictures I took. Not sure if you can see them. I did not want to run them off too quickly…
Top left is, as you can see taken from inside the car. The other two are through the open drivers window looking over the bluff. I realize the picture is not real clear, but he is really there.
From the banks of Flat Creek, which you can see in the background over the bluff.
It is not real rare, but we are hardly one month into Spring and we get a snow. I remember a day in April of 1971 we received about six inches during the day, and it was gone by sundown.
Here are a couple of pictures from this morning, and from our front porch…
It is wonderful to live in the southwest Missouri Ozarks. You just never know what the weather is going to do.
From the banks of Flat Creek
We have been getting bunches of rain around here. It is good to get, and I am sure ruins the plans of human ideas. Let us be real though. Without rain we perish.
Inches and inches of rain has fallen. Flat Creek, out our back door is rising from last nights rainfall, and there is more on the way. The creek is barely out of the banks.
I went down to look at an hour or so ago, and it is barely in the lowest spot which use to be part of our yard. After the flooding of December 2015, I do not treat as part of the yard any longer.
April is almost over. The many showers of April have fallen giving rise to hope which will bring prosperity for the ground, cattle, gardens, crops and life. May flowers is the promise of beauty, peace, and prosperity.
Is it not wonderful how our Lord and God has blessed us with beauty and hope. Have a great day ending April. Be blessed in the month of May.
From the banks of a roaring Flat Creek. The picture above is when the Creek is flowing peacefully.
We just celebrated Easter yesterday by remembering the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. With the coming of Spring, and the greening of everything since March 20 it is quite fitting to mention “Resurrection”
Spring signifies the renewing of all things living. Going through Autumn and then Winter the plants seem to die, but then in Spring they come back to life. Resurrection is testified to by even the Creation around us.
The siblings, myself and our mother experienced the passing away of our Dad (on February 9,2017), and our mother’s husband of 63 years. Though that was and continues to be a sad departure for us we know Dad is more alive today, in the presence of Jesus, than he has ever been. One day, and maybe soon, he will rise from the grave in which he is buried, along with all those who died in Jesus Christ; and those who are still living in Christ will join them all in the sky, with Him.
So shall we ever, forever live with Jesus.
Why do I believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus, and all who believe in Him? The green of April declares it. Most of all God in His word proclaims and declares it. Jesus is risen. “He is not here. He is risen.”
From the banks of Flat Creek,
I know. It has been several months since I wrote anything here. This has not been a priority with me, but I will endeavor to make it so.
A few weeks ago I bought some seed potatoes (35 pounds), and my wife and I cut them up as you must, and then I planted them. I ended up with nearing six full rows of approximately 100 feet in length.
As of today they are looking good. We do need rain. We received some rain this past week, and that helps.
Right now all we have is potatoes growing in the garden, but we have plans for tomatoes, bell peppers, and some spicy peppers too.
It is fantastic watching things grow. It will we wonderful to have a good potato harvest, hopefully around July.
From the banks of Flat Creek.
Lynn Messer is an individual who has been missing since last July 8, 2014. Her husband Kerry awoke early that morning to find her absent from their bed. He looked through the house; then went outside looking around the farm buildings, and later over their land, and found no sign of her.
Early on they had law enforcement officials out investigating the situation, and they have no answers; to my knowledge anyway.
This is a farming family in Eastern Missouri, South of St. Louis. Kerry and Lynn have been long time family advocates within the State of Missouri.
I have been following this tragedy since it began. This is a great tragedy in this family, for their friends and for others too.
My prayer is that Lynn will be found. No one knows whether she is still alive or tragically killed; yet I am sure it would be a great relief, and closure for her to be found.
You may find out more about this by going to the Facebook page FIND LYNN MESSER
Lynn’s birthday will be Thursday June 4th. She will “turn 53 years 0f adventures”. Please pray for this family.
I was planning on doing some mowing today. The very back of our yard that is beside the Creek needs mowing.
I will not curse the rain though. It is a much needed blessing. There are places in the U. S. of A. that needs good rains. Even in those places where they live by irrigation they still need much rainfall, and snowfall that only comes from the Creator to sustain their sources of irrigation water.
The rain we are getting at this moment is intermittent showers; but much appreciated. If the sun would shine in a few moments for the rest of the day, then I would do some mowing. If not: Thank you LORD for the rain.
That is my story on the banks of Flat Creek.