27 July 2011

The WORD on Wednesday

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;

He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Psalms 34:18 NLT

God grant us peace.

Note: Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Photo: taken at Ft Vancouver, WA

26 July 2011

A Summer's Day Journey

Earlier this summer we made a journey to a place of many hills

and at least one rooster-

this one!

Our journey started out on paved roads,

but then transitioned (making me very, very happy) to gravel ones.

We traveled past fields and many trees-both evergreen and deciduous.

It was a place of many hillside vineyards--this area is famous for them! We passed by one where I was surprised to see something you would not normally find on a fence! One wonders who put it there and why:)

In addition to the vineyards on hillsides,

we also found beautiful flowers of many colors

beside the (very steep in some places) road--

it was a fun trip!

There were many gorgeous views of the countryside below the hills.

This one I didn't see till I happened to glance in the side mirror and yelled at my DH to STOP--being the kind, patient, loving hubby that he is, he obliged me:)He also pointed out rabbits, the rooster, quail and other wild creatures--unfortunately I couldn't see most of them before they scampered away-I am not gifted with the 'eagle eyes' of my DH--

One vineyard we passed had planted beautiful roses at the start of each row of grapes

(I hope my 'drive by' photos give you at least an idea of how beautiful they really were)!

It was a great way to spend a summer day, even though DDD (darling daughter dog) was a BIT upset when we got home that eve!

Hope you enjoyed the journey!

Blessings, Aimee

Note: I am having a problem with the html formatting again--sigh--the challenges of blogging!Sorry if my grammar is off too--my DH and I are discussing directions right now and watching TV at the same time--sometimes multi-tasking should NOT be done:)

Summer Garden Blessings

Life is hard sometimes.

Some news makes you cry and wonder 'why'.

When life is like that it helps when I walk outside

and see all the blessings God brings me



Here are a few of the blessings brought my way lately-

I hope they will bless you too.

Ahhh! Juicy blueberries--

smallest harvest I remember but enough to enjoy

and still share some with my blueberry loving dogs:)

Beautiful, heavenly lavender.


and edible too

because this is one of many culinary lavenders we planted a few years ago.
And a bee! When I was a child I used to get stung at least once a year.

One would think I'd be afraid of bees after that-

but I have learned to know good bees

from those with an attitude!

This is a good bee:)

When I see this beautiful yucca plant

I am thankful.

Thankful that my DH planted it,

thankful that God created it.

I LOVE yucca plants,

do you?

Another garden blessing.

This is a lingonberry--one of 6 or 7.

I was very, very sad that there seemed to be no hope of a crop this year;

our spring and early summer were that bad.

But look!

It's doing just fine

as are the evergreen huckleberries!

I HAVE plans for their berries,

yummy plans:)

Another beautiful garden blessing--

the beginning of what is one of my favorite summer blossoms!


I LOVE crocosmia-

they always make me smile!

What makes you smile?

Another thing that makes me smile?

All the blooms (you) in my cyber garden

and in the cyber gardens I visit.

May you be blessed as you bless me.


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