Flat Creek Has Been Rolling Heavy

We have received 9 – 10 inches of rain from Saturday night through Monday evening.  At last look at my bucket it had about 9 inches in it and we received a bit more after that.

I am including some pictures.  The Creek has gotten as high as I ever remember, and it got higher than any of the past five years we have lived here for sure.

These pictures are in our backyard.

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The following pictures are down stream at our swimming area, and called the Whirlhole, and the road down to the hole.

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“The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” Proverbs 21:1

That is how it is on the banks of Flat Creek.

-tim

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Sunny Day

It is a lovely Spring day here on March 25, 2015.  The sun is shining brightly, the temp is at 64 degrees hear only the rolling Flat Creek.

This morning as Madge and me were eating breakfast I was looking out the patio door watching a couple of geese down on the creek swimming, frolicking around, and enjoying the morning coolness.  I told Madge, “It is pretty neat to be able to sit at the table watching wildlife at play”  or something like that.

It is.  It really is neat to watch God’s creation through our door, and it is even better to get out in it when we can.

I do enjoy Spring.  I can practically hear the grass growing :).  It is grand.

From the banks of Flat Creek

-tim

Ducks on the Creek

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.

-tim

The Hot of Summer

Now, with most of the country at or near drought conditions it is amazing that anything grows.  It is, however, good to see that even weeds; at least some of them; even struggle during these hot, dry periods.  It is a wonderful thing to have air conditioning in your home.

Last weekend, our family [Madge’s and mine] had our annual family get together – I guess you could call it a “Family reunion” – but that does not seem quite right for us, since we see one another quite often.  It seems to me a Family reunion is when the family comes together, after having  not seen one another for a year or so.  Our family seems to get together often.

From July 6 -8 we were on our way to our son Philip’s and Sarah Joyce’s  home in Booneville, AR. for the gathering on the 6th; eating, activitying various things, like Frisbee golf, swimming at the city pool, and bunches of other things; going to church on Sunday, and coming home.  We had a good time with Philip and Sarah Joyce, their three daughters; and our other kids, their spouses, and the other nine grand kids.

When I arrived back home my wife packed me up and marched me out the door :), for Children’s Camp at Baptist Hill, near Mount Vernon, MO.  We always try to get there the night before camp starts, so we can have all the kitchen supplies, food stuffs in order.  It is quite an experience preparing food for nearly 200 children and workers at camp.  Try cracking 35 dozen eggs for scrambling; and watch the guy, pour 2.5 dozen eggs into a cast iron skillet and cook them.  Actually it was two cast iron skillets he kept going while Jerry and me were cracking them.  Preparing gravy for that number was my responsibility, and I goofed up one meal; but all worked out fine; and with a few compliments on how good the gravy was.  That first time was for the evening meal of ham, mashed potatoes and gravy.  the second time was for breakfast biscuits and gravy and that evening was fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy.  I also helped with the potatoes.  It was a time saver to use packaged dried potatoes.  They were “real potatoes”, and tasted quite good.

It is good to be home.  It is a blessing to be able to serve the kids of camp, and have fellowship with some fine people around the area who are devoted Christian people.

The Summer is hot.  Thank the good Lord for the cool spots, and the rain we have received.

Now back along the banks of Flat Creek for awhile.

-Tim

A Pathway

For most of what this Spring has brought us I have been working to clear a path through weeds and brush to have Flat Creek in our backyard a bit more accessible.  It will also give a clearer view from our back window and door of the Creek.

We wanted to make it easier to get to the Creek for swimming for the grand kids and for ourselves; and maybe even easier fishing access.  There are fish in Flat Creek.  Some pretty good sized ones.  We have Carp, Suckers, Bass, Perch, even a lot of “Rock Bass” :).

It was warm around this place yesterday.  According to our thermometer it got up to 97 degrees.  It was 99 on Friday (May 04).  That swimming sounds pretty good when temps get that hot.

Anyway the path is getting clearer, a little at a time.  The next thing we will need to do is move the barbed wire fence.  We will not remove it but move to another location not far away.

Since this is Sunday let me remind you to be in your church this morning to worship our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  He is worthy of worship and praise.

-Tim

Little Girl

Last Saturday evening we had a birthday party for two of my grand sons.  The youngest Eli was born of June 30, and the older one was born August 01, so their mom decided to combine the two in July and have one big party at the families Swimming hole and picnic area on Flat Creek.

While we were there a couple floating in a canoe had a small dog swimming with them as they came through the hole of water.  Guess what?  The little dog got out of the water, came up and started playing with the kids.  The couple in the canoe went on.  We still have the little dog.

The Little Girl looks like a Corgi .  Little Girl is what I have been calling her.  I know not too many people will read this, but if you know someone who has lost a little golden colored Corgi looking dog, we would appreciate you coming to get her.

She is friendly, and strong minded; for such a little one.  She is probably an indoor pet, but we don’t allow dogs in our house; or any kind of pet.  We are providing her a place out of the sun, water and food; and petting her occasionally.

Our dog seems to be a bit jealous of her.

I guess if no one wants her or claims her we will take care of her.

That’s from the banks of Flat Creek.

-Tim