Oh No, Don’t Let The Rain Come Down

Each time we get inches of rain in Arkansas, I think of that old song – “Don’t Let The Rain Come Down” – My roofs got a hole in it and I might drown.    Here are some pictures of our rain this week.

Spider webs glisten like diamonds from the recent rains.

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The leaves on the blackberry vines were covered with rain drops.

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I took this picture out the kitchen window as the rain ran off the roof of the house.

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Stinging Insects & Red Tip Blooms

I stood among hundreds of flying, stinging insects by the red tip hedge trying to catch close up pictures as the wind blew madly.  Against all odds I managed to capture a few of the different insects without getting stung.

The Mighty – Yellow Jacket, the meanest of the stinging insects.

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The Honey Bee, from my husband’s hive.

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One of the smaller Wasps we have here in Arkansas.

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Then I found caterpillars on the red tip hedge. They  hatch out every Spring and devour trees and shrubs.  Time to haul out the bug spray for these critters.

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Early Morning Clouds

I was up before daylight about a week ago.  As I opened the shades, I saw this unusual and beautiful cloud formation.  I snapped many pictures, but thought this one was the most gorgeous array of clouds I had seen in awhile.IMG_9447

As the sky lightened, I snapped the photo below.

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The following photo is the view on the North side of my house.  The white object in the center of the picture, by the cedar tree, is the roof of my house.  Arkansas is such a beautiful place to live.

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White Kangaroos?

The neighbor down the road has the brown kangaroos, but he also has white kangaroos.  It has taken me sometime to capture these shy white (albino) kangaroos in my camera lens. They are always at the back edge of the big fenced enclosure.  The quality of these phots could be better, but my zoom lens barely reached these white creatures.  I am enclosing a photo of the brown kangaroos, just to let you compare the difference in the size of their ears.

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Nature’s Poem

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Let me look upward into the branches of the towering oak. And know that it grew slowly and well.

Give me, amidst the confusion of the day.  The calmness of the everlasting hills.

Let me pause to look at a flower, to smell a rose – God’s autograph, to chat with a friend, to read a few lines from a good book.

Break the tensions of my nerves with the soothing music of singing streams and gentle rains.  That live in my memory.    Author Unknown

 

April Again

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“Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.”  Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb lived from 1775 to 1834.  He was an English essayist and critic.  I wonder if Charles Lamb’s attitude would change if he lived in the year 2016.

Proverbs 12:15 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”

 

Doves

I was sitting in the lawn swing, when these Doves paid a visit to the plowed ground in our garden spot.  Love, to hear the cooing of the Doves in the morning.  The garden spot was quite dry from lack of rain.  The third picture shows what the garden looked like a few days later after 5 inches of rain.Aviary Photo_131039954234854919

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Modesty and Decency

Modesty and Decency is observing the proprieties of: dress, speech, and behavior.  I like this quote by Susan Gale – “Common sense, common courtesy and common decency really do have a lot in common.  They all disappeared around the same time.”

I have come in contact with a lot of people lately who are rude, crude, and immodest. Makes me think of this scripture in the Bible.  I Corinthians 14:40 – “Let all things be done decently (properly) and in order.”

I ran across this old picture of two little girls on the beach, back in the early 1900s. This shows how modestly people dressed their children a century ago.  This might not be such a bad way to dress today, it would at least keep children from getting so badly sunburned.

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I totally agree with the following quotes:  “Just because our culture normalizes what’s wrong, doesn’t make it right.”  – – –  “Loquacity (being very talkative) storms the ear, but modesty takes the heart.” Robert South

I had a lady send me a text the other day.  It was a vulgar joke.  This lady professes to be raised with morals.  I text these words back to her. “That is nasty.”  She text back: “My friend and I liked this joke, we are just two old biddies.”  I did not text back, this offended me very much, I detest vulgar jokes.  I guess, I would classify this as disrespect for others, because she knows I attend church regularly.