Friday Blessings

IMG_3711 Red Headed Woodpecker

Red Headed Woodpecker

 

Today was a marvel, weather wise. The last while, we have been sweltering and today, the day just kept getting cooler and cooler. One weatherman thought we should tell people we are in the month of Junuary. I think he might be right!

As I sat on my porch enjoying my cup of tea and breakfast this morning; I even had to wear a coat….that is really unusual for this time of year. I will say it does smell nice and fresh when it is cooler out in the morning.

My husband and I really do enjoy the quiet start to the day. We get to share the outdoors with lots of wildlife. It is so interesting that these animals don’t even seem to pay attention to us as they go about their morning rituals.

We had a wonderful time watching the Red headed woodpecker clinging to the tree in the front yard. I hope he is eating a lot of bugs and ants…..it makes for less bugs and ants that get into my house!

This morning we had a very enterprising little squirrel join us. He was so busy digging up previously buried corn kernels that he did not even care that we were sitting so close and taking pictures of him. I think he felt very sure that we would not meddle in his affairs.

It didn’t take long and a rabbit decided to make his appearance. This was really no surprise as we seem to be overrun with rabbits of every size. The rabbit population is a running argument conversation between me and my husband.

IMG_3707 Cottontail

Cottontail/Bean Eater

 

He thinks we can’t have too many rabbits around…….I think we have waaaay to many to be compatible with my flowers and vegetables.  So far, the rabbits and my husband are winning. (Can you hear the big sigh from where you are?)

I must confess the baby bunnies are cute….but eventually they turn into bean eaters and that is not cute whatsoever! I am hoping my husband commits to doing something this fall about the rabbit population. (He does like rabbit soup, so there is hope.)

Watching these animals this morning was a great reminder of trust and faith. None of these animals worried where their next meal was coming from. They just figured that it would be provided when they went looking.

They do have predators to think about, but it doesn’t seem like they live their lives in fear of what is coming. I sometimes wonder if we spend so much time and energy in fear of what the future will bring, that we find it hard to live in the present.  I think if we could live the way these small critters do……..full of trust and faith; life would be so much easier.

I am sure they have hard times……times where food is scarce, times when they are cold and uncomfortable, and times when they have to run or fly for their lives. And yet, they live and enjoy the moment for what it is. They bask in the sun when it is shining to warm them. They eat their fill when food is present. They live fully in the time they are given.

May your weekend be full of life lived fully. May your life be lived in the present and may you enjoy the small things that can be hard to see. Have a blessed weekend!

Look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Matthew 6:26-27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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39 thoughts on “Friday Blessings

  1. Anne Mehrling says:

    I never thought about the fact that animals don’t worry. the next time I see a rabbit in our garden, I’m going to remember that he isn’t worrying about anything, and I shouldn’t either. Thanks for a great thought!

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  2. kindergartenknowledge says:

    RABBIT SOUP??? Please! I just can’t try it! Really! And I heard your big sigh way down in Texas where it was certainly not cool today! I think that it was the hottest day of the year! However, it is supposed to rain and thunderstorm in the middle of the night. I love rainy weather! Crazy, I know. Anyway…another good post…you are outdoing yourself this week. Maybe I will outdo myself next month…no…maybe in September!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I make the soup but I let my husband eat it LOL. He also likes squirrel…….which I don’t eat either. Only he won’t hunt those things on our yard….just along the river. He likes watching them by us.
      I am glad you like this weeks’ posts. I was at a loss so just started snapping pictures and posting them! Then I start typing and wait to see what comes out through my fingertips. It does surprise me sometimes!

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  3. kindergartenknowledge says:

    RABBIT SOUP??? Please! I just can’t try it! Really! And I heard your big sigh way down in Texas where it was certainly not cool today! I think that it was the hottest day of the year! However, it is supposed to rain and thunderstorm in the middle of the night. I love rainy
    weather! Crazy, I know. Anyway…another good post…you are outdoing yourself this week. Maybe I will outdo myself next month…no…maybe in September!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      This made me laugh out loud!! I have this same issue once in awhile. And then there are the times I write a comment and it won’t let me correct my spelling or delete it….so I post the way it is. We will just have to be like rabbits, squirrels and birds and not worry!!!!

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  4. peggyjoan42 says:

    Ha – That could have been me sitting on my porch having the same conversation about rabbits with my husband. Rabbits everywhere – I have so many pictures of them. Loved your photos Faye – you have the same type of squirrels we do. Love the woodpecker. That scripture in Matthew is perfect for this post. So glad your weather gave me a cooler day.

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  5. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    A beautiful post (apart from the Rabbit Soup and all that it implies). :/
    Love the quote from the Bible.
    The photographs are incredible.
    Thank you chicken, for a view from your home, of how it is, or was, one morning in June. Love it.
    God Bless ~ Cobs. x

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  6. Al says:

    Rabbits and squirrels, how can things that are so fuzzy and cute be such pests? One thing I do appreciate though, is how they keep our pups entertained sitting at the patio door waiting for the next one to scurry across the backyard.

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  7. Deb says:

    Oh Faye I love this, especially the quote at the end. I keep allowing my job to bring me down, I try hard not to but when I’m there I let myself get overwhelmed and so worked up. Every day I wake up and say I’m going to be happy today but I don’t try hard enough because not long after I arrive I’m back in the slumps. So tonight I concentrated on really making an effort to control it rather than it control me and I’ve had several messages thru blogs and videos encouraging me and reinforcing me and here you are with your message giving me faith also!! Thank you for that. xo

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