Frost

When I got up this morning it was 32 degrees.  There was frost on the ground and I was sure glad I had that trampoline over our tomato plants.

There seemed to be frost only in low lying places.  When I left the house to go drive my bus route the temp had dropped to 31 degrees.

It warmed up to 79 degrees this afternoon.  Love the Springtime.

The ten tomato plants are doing great too.

From the banks of Flat Creek.

~tim

Almost Unbelievable

I never wrote about it previously.  We had frost on October 04, 2014 here in our valley.   Have not had any since, but warmer weather. Last year the first frost in our valley was October 18.  It seems very unseasonal for late October to have mid 80 temps. Maybe not.

Must say that I do enjoy it though.  Yet I would prefer to have a Fall season, with cooler temps, preparing us for the cold weather that may be coming in Winter.

~tim

Blessed with Rainfall

I have been told that all of last year here in Southwest Missouri we received all of 10 inches of rain, and no more.  Also that since January of this year we have been blessed with over 14 inches of that sweet dew from heaven.  All praise to the One who gives it on the just and the unjust.

Just this past Thursday, April 18, we received over 3 inches.

Awoke this morning, a little later than usual, to a ground covered with frost, and 29 degrees.

Thank YOU Lord for YOUR bountiful blessings.

The Bite of Frost

When I came into the Living Room this morning the temp was 31 degrees outside.  I just went out a little while ago and looked and there is frost on the ground and on our cars.  We are not yet passed the time of frost, though I think some around had felt there would be no more.

Some have planted tomato plants and other plants in jeopardy to frost.  I do not believe it is a hard frost though, and maybe this frost is only in low lying areas such as where we are.

I did notice that the Cassville temp is at 40 degrees.  No danger there of frost.

-Tim

Putting in a Garden

In the past few years we have attempted to do some gardening, but without much success.  This year our son Timothy and wife Sarah have done much work on getting the garden spot ready for planting.  They spent all day this past Saturday [March 10] harrowing, plowing, tilling, and other things too.  I spent part of that time burning a brush pile; and part of the afternoon doing a little bit to help.

I was worn out.  I am fairly certain that Timothy and Sarah were worn out physically too.

It is amazing the temperatures we are having now.  Trees are budding.  The Bradford Pears are in blossom and leaves have come out too.  It seems so early.  There is an old weather proverb that says, “Thunder in February; there will be frost in May.”   Well, there was thunder in February.  We will see if there is frost in May.  Frost will be a death knell for many plants unless they are protected.

It will be interesting watching how the Lord will bless our crops this year.

On the banks of Flat Creek.

-Tim

Graveled Driveway

I found out my son had bought an old Ford pickup truck.  That is what we used to put gravel on our driveway.  We hauled several loads, but we now have better traction on our drive than we had before.

It was 18 degrees when I got up yesterday morning thus freezing the ground, and when we got to the gravel the surface of the gravel was frozen too.  After breaking through the frost layer it was not so difficult to shovel the rock.

Remember to attend worship services in your local congregation this morning and evening.  Remember that “God is Spirit: and they [we] that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”   Being born again through the death burial and resurrection of Jesus is the only way of worshipping the God of glory and all creation.

I have heard it said, “All roads lead to heaven”.  Well!  If all roads lead to heaven, then they all must meet at the cross of Jesus Christ.  There is no other way to God and Heaven but by Christ Jesus.

Enough of my preaching from the banks of Flat Creek.

-Tim

Beautiful Morning

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.

-Tim

Frost on the Grass…

Wednesday morning when I arose from bed there was frost on the grass, on the cars, the trees, and the temp was 30 degrees outside.  It was not a heavy frost, but frost none the less.  We have had frost every morning since then.  And there is this morning as well.

I mowed the backyard yesterday afternoon.  It was needing it, the grass was still very green, however the tomato plants were wilted, so I pulled them, and dug the soil of our small raised garden we had on the East side of our house.  It never had much in it except tomatoes and onions.  Neither one did very well; though the tomato plants nearly diminished during the heat of the Summer, and grasshoppers demolished the green of the plants, they did come back when we got some rain.  The tomato plants were doing real well, just small tomatoes, and they should have been larger.

Just to let anyone interested to know; I am still writing in my journal; and almost every day.  I think I have missed one day since I first began on August 30.

I rejoice in knowing that the Creator of all that is is also my Lord and Savior.  Praise Him.

-Tim