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To step away from the political news for just a bit, this following story is one of a great artist, just for fun and your pleasure.
When you first look at this tree trunk it looks like nothing more than a rotten trunk. But, at closer inspection there is much more than you may think.
Just look at all those carvings inside the trunk! Whoever did this is one heck of an artist.
This trunk has been recognized as the longest wood carving by the Guinness Book of World Records.
This carving has over 550 people not to mention the foliage and buildings.
It’s a replica of the famous Chinese paining, “Along the River During the Quinming Festival”, created by the artist Zhang Zeduan during the Song Dynasty.
This artwork was created by Zeng Chunhui and took 4 years to complete.
H/T to Lorraine and Bill
We often hear people ask “why am I hare” or “what purpose is my life”.
I want to talk about what makes us a good friend today.
My list is like this:
Readers of this list may have more input on what makes a good friend. Please feel free to add to the list if you want.
We don’t have many good friends in this life. In fact you are very blessed if you one good friend, and blessed even more if you have more than one.
It is important in our lives to remove the people in our lives who are toxic to us. These people just drag us down and drain us. None of us needs that.
God bless to all my friends. I appreciate you.
Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.
Silent night, Holy night
Shepherds quake, at the sight
Glories stream from heaven above
Heavenly, hosts sing Hallelujah.
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born.
Yesterday I received a call from my Daughter in law, Peggy. I am going there soon to spend a week with them and my Grand children, Anna and John. I am so excited to see them all and this is like a little vacation for me and Merlin.
He gets to go too because he and their two dogs, Sarah and Bailey, love to play together and have a blast.
Anyway, I thought Peggy was calling about this upcoming visit and she told me she had a question she needed to ask me.
What came next put me into shock and I could barely speak.
Peggy asked me if I wanted a different vehicle. Her husband, Chris’s Mother was going to trade in her car and get a new one. But, Peggy and Chris wanted to know if I wanted the car before the trade in. They would pay for the car for me.
My jaw dropped.
Here is the car and the description.
1999 Buick Century
Light blue interior
Oil changed today
Front tires good. Back tires fair
Air conditioning works we think
Power windows and locks
All I could do is keep thanking Peggy and Chris for this unexpected gift. I was overwhelmed continuing to be almost speechless and what was coming out of mouth was gibberish.
The thought of using less gas, not burning up in my black jeep with no air conditioning and freezing in the winter with no heat in it was unbelievable to me.
While I am there they will help me get the car titled in my name and license plates since it is not much of a drive to get to Northern KY, right across the Ohio river so I can drive it home.
And with this car I can come up to my daughter in law’s house without her having to come down to get me and take me back home. I can go visit my brother and spend holidays with them. I can also visit much missed good friends in Ohio.
After we got off the phone, I was shaking all over. Why I don’t know but shake I did. It was time to feed Merlin and I was all butter fingers. I dropped his kibble all over the floor out of the bowl. Then when I added food out of a can for him, I dropped that too and that splattered everywhere. Needless to say I had a lot to clean up off my kitchen floor.
Dave tells me it’s a blessing from God. I can even go visit him now since he is only about 70 miles from me in Lexington.
I don’t know yet what I’ll do with the jeep. I think I’ll keep it for the time being since it has 4-W drive. I have become attached to that bucking bronco.
As Scarlett said to Rhett in Gone With the Wind: “I can’t think about that now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”
I hope these gave you a bit of a smile. Smiles and laughter needed. At least for me.
Hat tip to Dan G. for the pics.
OK, I’ve had enough of this week’s news and it’s now time for a respite. I hope you enjoy.
Are we the only animals who kill their babies? Just look at the caring and love these Mother animals take to their babies?
We can learn so much from animals. These are God’s creatures and how beautiful they are.
The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts, the safest place to be is in someone’s prayers, and the very best place to be is….. in the hands of God.
According to the Webster dictionary these are synonyms to describe tranquility:
White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that President Barack Obama has improved global tranquility.
“There have been a number of situations in which you’ve seen this administration intervene in a meaningful way that has substantially furthered American interests and substantially improved the, you know, the tranquility of the global community,” Earnest said Monday.
Uh, my jaw dropped. Really? Now we have Syria, Iraq, Iran, Russia, Libya, Israel fighting for their lives against Hamas, ISIS beheading other Muslims with brutality that goes beyond belief. and utter mayhem on our border. And there are too many other places in turmoil to mention. Now that is what Mr. Earnest calls “tranquility”??? Or rather I need to say what Earnest was ordered to say.
We all know I’ve had a lot of bumps in the road lately but when I can I take my moments of tranquility and savor them.
Now here are some examples of what tranquility is to me:
!. I wake up in the morning by Merlin licking me all over my face and bumping me with his head. He tells me “Woman it’s time to get up and feed me!” I feel calm and peaceful because I know God let me have one more day on this earth to enjoy. I say “thank you God”. No matter what time Merlin gets me up anywhere between 5am and 7am, I get up readily awaiting the day ahead of me. I woke up on the right side of the dirt.
2. I take a hike with Merlin and watch him run so fast and then turn around barreling back to me with joy on his face, his eyes lit up like fire, then bowing his head to me. He says, “Master, I love you so much”. I feel tranquil.
3. While I am on this hike with Merlin I can see so many places on the farm, all colored by the sun in different ways. I see the Appalachians to the east in a blue mist. I feel dazzled by the beauty. There is a hush as I hear nothing because I am so surrounded by so much magnificence that God gave us all to enjoy, but we seldom take that moment. In my quietude, I say a prayer thanking God for giving me so much to enjoy.
4. A pair of swallows built a nest under the eaves of my front porch bringing up their 5 peeps. One day I look out and see all 5 babies on the ground ready to take flight. It’s a moment of quiet and awe for me to be able to watch a flock of swallows all trying to get those peeps up in the air while at the same time ready to dive bomb anything that may come near them. Suddenly they take to the skies and every swallow around is flying with the peeps in joy. I know I saw a miracle of life recycling itself. I feel a calmness that all five of these peeps got off the ground and safe.
5. I enjoy a lunch at the Senior Center about once or twice a week. Friends surround me of all ages, me being one of the youngest there. We laugh a lot making jokes. One of the women at my table is 98 years old, but you would never know it. She laughs and jokes with the rest of us. She is a gem as is everyone at the table I sit. I feel restful sharing with these friends. I feel calm and relaxed. I love Stella, (the 98-year-old woman) and just have to hug her and tell her I love her before I leave. She gives me serenity. And she loves me back.
6. It is quiet on my front porch during the afternoon and I sit out there with Merlin if I am home that day. It may be hot in the house, but the porch always has a nice breeze. The only sounds I hear are the horses clip clopping up or down the road carrying the Amish who smile and wave at me. Merlin lies at my feet loving his brushing time. I enjoy the beauty of the Amish horses because they have the best ones. It is utterly peaceful and restful.
7. Last but not the least by any stretch, I recall the hush and peace I felt when my granddaughter, Anastasia, was a baby and I would rock her to quiet her. I sang to her in a quiet voice, “Little Town of Bethlehem” mainly because I could only remember the words of that song. It seemed right. Anna would look into my eyes with her big blue eyes and they told me she loved what I was doing. We locked eyes, she knew I loved her more than anything in this world, and then she would peacefully fall asleep. Another moment of hush, quiet, and serenity for both of us. I savored every moment I had rocking and singing to her.
Now obviously it doesn’t take much to make me happy. I don’t have a bundle of money, I live alone now, but I have my Merlin and out of every window in this house there is a beautiful scene. I think to myself how blessed I am to live here in this little rural area. I grew up in the city and I prefer this place in the country. It’s not for everyone, but it’s perfect for me “because it is tranquil”.
When I compare what is tranquil to what the Emperor says is tranquil there is no likeness.
I invite everyone who comes to my blog to share what makes you feel tranquil. Perhaps your ways of feeling tranquil will give us all new ways to experience it. God only knows we need as much peace of mind we can get when the world is blowing up all around us, including our own country.
Hap tip to Dan G for sending the pics. Thanks Dan!