Thankful Thursday

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There’s always lots to be thankful for when one is a Child of God. These are only a speckling of recent thankful’s, in no particular order:

I’m thankful to have circled around the globe another year to love others, make lots of mistakes, get to do cool things and worship the LORD. Yesterday was my 64th. I’m so thankful that God allows me to stay, even with all my grumbling, lack of faith and screw ups, and still try to work for Him. He is very loving. And so is my sweet husband of almost 41 years! He made the day really special. He went out to the workshop and cut out another Bluebird house, just for me, cooked all the food, then baked the Keto Kentucky Butter Cake. Everything was so wonderful! This was yesterday’s doin’s. (click on picture for description)

I’m thankful for New England Coffee with foamy heavy cream and lots of Splenda. I have several of different flavors to sample from during the day. They’re a real Pick Me Up. Plus, drinking coffee instead of eating, is helping me stay in ketosis without getting cravings. I’ve lost even more weight recently. I praise Jesus for that. 🙂

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I’m thankful for the rain so that I could finally finish cleaning up and burning yard debris. It had been so dangerously dry in Southeast Georgia but it rained like crazy yesterday. Thank you LORD! Before that I didn’t DARE light a fire. The one mile of dirt road is probably ride-able now also. Might be a good day to go for a spin.

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Oh, and before I forget, I’m also thankful for my 1/2 sister Kimberly*. She shared this photo below on FaceBook recently. Many years ago I had asked if there were any family photos that had my Great Grand’s or Grand’s in. They said no. Well, turns out, they do have some photos. She shared this one recently but failed to explain Who Is Who or Where or When. Dragging coherent answers out of her is like looking for hen’s teeth. Truly! (Too many drugs and alcohol have taken their toll, to be honest.) “I think” the gentleman standing in the back on the left is my biological Great-granddad General Gates McMahan. My Granddad, George Baxter McMahan, I think, is the one in the middle kneeling. The rest are Granddad’s brothers, my Uncles, that I’ve never met, but still cool, huh?!

  • I’m adopted and these are my birth-family. I wasn’t raised with these folks. Didn’t meet most of them and we are tentatively getting familiar with each other. For more info on what the names are and so forth, please go to this page: http://www.redbirdacres.net/irisheyes.html

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And, I’m always thankful for you, gentle reader. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope your day is blessed!

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Sunday Musings

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So true, isn’t it? Jesus and germs are everywhere, and no matter how hard we try or hide away or fret or pass laws or restrict liberties, nothing will ever change any of that. Best thing to do is pray, be as careful as possible, and keep moving forward. If we ever get to move forward as a Nation again, that is. There are times when I feel that twinge of doubt. I know most things are temporary, but once these Tin Horn Despot Demoncrat Governors, Mayors, Sheriffis, and so forth, got that bit between their teeth, they act like they can do any lawless thing they’ve got a mind too without any detrimental consequences. 😦 Even as a Bible believing Christian, I know … I know … God is still in control, but sometimes … well, I’m simply weary of the whole hysteria “wear a mask, wash your hands” business. I’ll leave it at that. 😉  The sign and the metal sconce hang in our Guest Bath. My Dad made that sconce many, many years ago.  He was not a nice person but he did do fairly good woodworking.

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We did our usual walk around the property yesterday, As I approached the fence up against the cemetery, I spotted Maggie trying to harass one of our neighbors: a juvenile Gopher Tortoise. Isn’t he or she adorable? “He” is too young to sex at the moment at only about one year old. After the photo session, for which he so kindly posed for us, Steve took him across the road onto our neighbors 40 acres and him go in a clearing with lots of nice sand to dig in. Much safer there. No dogs. We have three, dogs that is. Our Jack Russell Terriers would make a turtle pie out of the little guy. 😮 Mustn’t allow that!

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Speaking of dogs, Maggie (the roadside rescue from October of last year), has grown a bit more. She was about 12 pounds, now she seems to be at least 17. The Vet estimated she’ll be one year old this coming June. She had stopped growing, I thought she was full size, but then suddenly she had a spurt, and seems to be fully grown now. This dog … she is so adorable, but golly she’s a handful! I had a time making all 6 1/2 acres of field fence openings covered down low so she wouldn’t take off exploring! She was workin’ me to death. And since we know nothing of her history before we found her, and going by her personality and looks, we think that she is a Feist, or mostly so, anyways. Whatever she is, the little stinker has stolen our hearts. ❤

I finished reading “Pillars Of The Earth” and am now half way through “World Without End“, both novels by Ken Follett. I could do without the graphic details about lovemaking and the filthy language, but I’m managing to see these events approaching in the story, and skip over that part. Other than that it’s not too shabby. I’ve enjoyed the first story immensely. The second novel is leaving me cold. I’m having a hard time liking any of the characters, especially one of the main ones, Caris Wooler. I won’t spoil it here why but I don’t admire her at all. I like the other main character, Merthin FitzGerald. Anyway, that’s my two cents after taxes. lol

Oh, and before I forget, for those of y’all that are my friends on FaceBook as well as here, I’ve kinda / sorta stopped going there. I’ve turned off all notifications and private messages. Maybe temporarily, maybe permanently, can’t say. Not angry nor banned (this time) but am weary of all the constant “like” and “share” graphics. Some of them have to be over 10 years old too. It’s sooooo boring. I won’t delete the account but if any of y’all “need” me, send an e-mail or call. If you don’t have that info and are a friend, just ask, I’ll send the info your way.

I miss my Church family but it’s starting to feel normal again not to attend, like in the Old Days before finding this congregation. That’s worrisome … sigh Please pray for me. Thanks. Have a blessed Sunday folks.

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Saturday

Today’s Devotional
1 Peter 2:16 NIV

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Ok, so, the arm where the pre-cancer basal cell was removed almost two weeks ago is badly infected. The nice young lady at the Dermatology office removed the stitches. And now I’m on three different antibiotics. Two are oral, one is topical. I hope they work because yesterday I was sick as a dog. First I was freezing and shaking, then I was sweating. I can’t eat. The only thing I could keep down was Coca-Cola and bread. It was miserable.

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Today is a Take It Easy Day around Red Bird Acres. I think even exercising may have to wait for a day or two. I’ve got to get over this infection. I’m sitting here in my office over looking the front lawn watching The Boys run around like a couple of kids. Sammy (on the right) is doing his “zoomies” (just like Forrest Gump, he just felt like running). 🙂 He’s barking, chasing squirrels, butterflies and any hapless critter that’s within his line of vision.

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Jack is more laid back and waits for brother to kill something before moving. He reminds me of the Bill Cosby joke how Fat Albert don’t like to run.

I pray y’all have a wonderful Saturday. Tomorrow is Sunday School and Church. The best day of the week.

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Saturday

My husband received a pre-birthday gift this week. It’s a Canon EF 100-400mm zoom lens for his camera.

Today this post is by him:

I’ve spent part of the day walking around the yard familiarizing myself with the new lens. Here are a few images from today. First pic is a Cloudless Sulfur butterfly on red Dianthus. A Green Anole on the back deck. Our JRT, Jack relaxing in the grass. Last is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a tiny species on spring migrating.

Wasn’t that fun!? It’s raining cats and dogs right now. I love the rain. It’s almost always welcome.  But I am glad I rode my bicycle earlier.

Hope y’all have a blessed Saturday.

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