For where my wife and I live we planted tomato plants earlier than we probably should have. We however had the opportunity to purchase some plants that were big and healthy for a very good price; and I purchased ten of them; so they needed in the ground.
On Thursday April 09 I purchased 10 Hybrid-Big Ds from a former Cassville School Teacher, and Bus driver who had purchased several from someone he knew. I was told these plants are selling in Walmart and other places for 6 – 8 dollars per plant. He charged considerably less.
On Saturday April 11 in the early evening hours we (Madge and I) put them in our garden. I have been concerned with frost dangers for the earliness of the time; but I thought of a very good cover for them.
We have a trampoline in our backyard, that goes unused for weeks on end. I got to thinking; “You know the grass grows beautifully under that thing. Why not pull it down over the plants.” I did that this morning. Now no frost worry. Now if there is a hard freeze or something, that will be a different story.
Looking forward to having some good tomatoes this Summer.
From the banks of Flat Creek.
It seems that it has rained all night. As a matter of fact I think it is still raining.
That will be wonderful for the ground and the Creek. Thank you Lord for the refreshing rain.
Well we were blessed in the Spring with a good amount of rainfall. The Creek came up a bit, got washed out, cleaned up, but never rose out of its banks.
Now, however, is a very different story. We have not had any significant rainfall for several days now. It was June 15 when it last rained. We had a great rain amounting to 2+ inches. It was a blessing.
This morning before the sun was over the hill I went out and watered everything with a garden hose. It is not as good as rain, but it does provide moisture for the plants. I hope I did not wait too long to water the trees I planted a year ago last Spring.
Praying for rain. Thank you Lord for sending it.
The place where our dinner table is set is where we can have our patio curtain drawn back and see a very large portion of our backyard. For the past two morning’s Madge and I have been eating our breakfast, looking through the door to the frost on the ground, watching the dogs at times; and then, too I have witnessed ducks swimming and playing down on the rapids in the creek.
They would get in the rapid part of the creek, float down for a way, the fly back up to the still water, float, and get into the rapid, float down some more, then again fly back up to the still water. It is like they were just entertaining themselves, having fun. Madge and I were entertained watching them.
Flat Creek holds a wealth of entertainment for those who know what real entertainment is. For others you can be bored if you want. Though I do sorrow much for the parents and loved ones of the children and teachers who were murdered by the Connecticut Coward; and I also sorrow for his parents and family. I will not be logged down with the burden of the immoral, indecent, murderous acts of anyone. Ducks on the Creek is great relief from the continued cacophonous sounds of the News media going on and on about any tragedy.
I will pray for the the families; and still watch the Ducks on the Creek; as well as Eagles soaring through the air.
Our first notice of the eagle’s return last year was October 25. This morning; November 01, 2012 at 9 a.m. was my first sight of the returning eagles this Fall.
The first one came and made a short circle before setting in a tree behind our house along the Creek bank. Then, shortly thereafter the second one came and perched beside the other. As I watched for a while one of them dropped from the tree toward the water; I lost sight of it at that time, and she came up and set herself down in another tree. In just a short time she swooped down again and went back to the former tree.
It is so amazing to watch these amazing birds of prey; and they are so beautiful in flight. One of God’s beings in His created order.
I hope I did not cause them to leave permanently when I went out to burn a brush pile near where they had perched. I like seeing them around.
Just to get right to the point. Today marks the second anniversary of my wife Madge and I moving into our new home. We are still enjoying the home with which the Lord of all has blessed us. The Creek is still rolling by, though this past Summer with the extreme high temps, and the drought caused it to drop considerably; and with recent rainfall it has now risen much above drought conditions.
The other day I went and cut some cedar logs for the “legs” for a back porch on the house. I am planning on building a porch which measures 8 feet by 8 feet. That will give us a fairly large porch in the back in order to have more room for the door the swing open, and to sit out back on the porch; if we choose to do so.
Thank you LORD for Your many blessings; and today for our home.
It has been some time since I looked out across the yard and saw green in it with the exception of the new trees growing. The grass is brown.
Last night we were blessed to receive about one half inch of rain. As I was walking around the yard this morning I could not help but notice green sprigs of grass coming up. I had not even seen that in the previous one half inch rain we received a couple of weeks ago. Today green sprigs of grass are shooting up all over the yard.
We still need more rain, but I am so thankful for the rain we received. Thank YOU Lord Jesus.
This past Thursday, July 19, I took a short walk to the Creek out our back door. Our dogs went along as usual. I was sitting there in my chair, and in the shade of the trees over the gravel bar; throwing rocks in the water for the dogs to chase after. I think that was the day the high temp reached 112 degrees here in our valley.
As I was throwing those stones in the water, and Archer in particular would chase after them; clouds came in, and it began to rain. Do you know how refreshing a rain is falling from the sky above, giving you a soaking, when it is near 112 degrees? Of course with the clouds and rain moving in the temp dropped dramatically.
With the rain falling I continued sitting there throwing the rocks, Archer chasing them, and I was getting wet without getting in the Creek. It is refreshing, especially when we are in a full blown drought, to sit in the rain and get soaked.
When the rain stopped I went back to the house, and the temp was below 100 for a few minutes. An hour later there was no sign that it had rained. The ground was dry. The buckets were dry. Now it was back over that century mark.
The refreshment of rain for the ground and for a wretched ole soul like mine. A reminder of God’s grace. The wonders of God’s grace.
A few drops of rain along the banks of Flat Creek.
Living in Southwest Missouri is a mystery when it comes to the weather. In nearby Cassville the temp is showing at 19 degrees; hear at my house at 4 a.m. my thermometer showed 8 degrees…and it is still at 8 degrees.
Winter began officially on December 22, and we have had really nice temps for Christmas, and it began to change a bit on New Years day, getting cooler with wind. The wind sure does not help any. We had much colder days before the official start of Winter.
However, this morning is the coldest since the cool weather of Autumn and Winter began. Our coldest; up until this morning was 12 degrees; but I do not remember what day. I just remember it being that cold as I stepped out the door to go to work.
We live in a low spot next to the creek, and that probably has something to do with our temps being cooler than other places. I still like living where I do very much.
I am thankful for my home and the land on which we live and are God’s stewards of. He has blessed us immensely.
Come heat or cold I will praise the LORD.
I got up much later than my usual time this morning; around 7 a.m. That was probably due to being up later than my usual time, and going to bed at nearly 12:30 a.m.
It has not been a real busy day by no means. I did go to Shell Knob to go to Meeks and see about getting a new latch for our storm door, and to fill the red car up with gas. It was a pleasant and quiet drive; yet I did not get the door latch, because they did not have what I needed or wanted for the door.
The sun is shining, it is in the mid sixties. I even have the windows open in the house to keep it a bit cooler in here. It feels pretty good. I can hear the creek rolling within its banks. It too is a quite pleasant quietness, relaxation and sound
Tomorrow we have planned to replace my parents septic line. That will be a really dirty task, but a necessary one to do. My brother in law and myself, at least, will be doing it.
I am grateful and thankful – is there a difference in the two? – for the many blessings which God has given me. That He has made it where I get to do some things that are not pleasant to do.
Listening as Flat Creek is rolling along.
I stepped out the back door this morning into the crispy morning air with about 24 degrees. As I was walking to the car I looked to the North, and up the creek, Flat Creek, and saw one of the most beautiful sights one could behold.
It was about 5:25 a.m., the moon was still high in the Western sky, full and bright. You could see the moisture rising from the water, the “steam” if you will coming from the warmer water mixing with the cold morning air. The moon also hitting the frost on the grass, and there was a glow in the air.
If it could have been photographed it would have been a wonder to behold. Maybe it would not be so much to some people. It certainly caught my attention. The full moon shining brightly in the sky, the misty steam rising from the creek many yards away, the glisten of the frost on the grass, the stars shining miles, and miles and millions of miles into space;
No one could paint a picture so lovely, except our Creator.
Thank YOU Father for the beauty of today, and every day.
Flat Creek is rolling right on along.