Replenishing Birdfeeders

Today, for the first time in a long time I didn’t have any back photos – nothing for tonight’s blog.

DSC_0967So, on the way home from taking TFC’s¬†December prayer calendar to the post office, I decided to photograph full bird feeders. ūüôā

How exciting is that.

DSC_0970I am hoping that it will be good news for the birds, as they have been dealing with empty feeders for the past two weeks.

DSC_0975I decided to not fill the feeders before our trip because it seemed like a waste of birdseed – because I wouldn’t be here to watch them.

DSC_0973It also seemed like a good day to prepare for the “weather” that is coming in the next two days.

DSC_0971Hopefully the birds will relearn who is feeding them.

DSC_0977Until then you will have to be satisfied with this pretty artificial cardinal.

DSC_0978It feels good to have the feeders full again.

A Delightful Weekend

It’s¬†rather rare that I have a quiet weekend. However, that was bestowed on me the past two¬†days while Cerwin, our sons, two grandsons, our brother-in-law, and a neighbor went to West Virginia to hunt deer.

I was so settled into my La-Z-Boy – watching a good Hallmark Christmas movie and engrossed in beating the computer in a match game – that it took me a few minutes to¬†accept Kristen’s invitation to come to their house for Chinese food (from a local restaurant) and participate in their movie night.

Part of me didn’t want to move out of my chair,¬†change my frumpy house clothing into something presentable, and¬†go outside into the cold wind. But I was so pleased to be invited and soon called her back to say that I would accept their invitation.

DSC_0952While Kristen and Jana finished setting the table, I asked Jared if he would play a song for me. He recently began taking piano lessons, and seemed pleased that I asked. He played Deck the Halls – by memory because he couldn’t find his book on a quick search.

DSC_0954I love Chinese that includes shrimp, so chose from this dish.

DSC_0956The other choice included chicken.

Jana and the three youngest boys do not like Chinese, so they had macaroni and cheese. ūüôā

DSC_0957There were also a few crab Rangoon’s and egg rolls. I am not aware that I ever had a crab Rangoon, but found it to be delicious.

DSC_0958Then we settled into comfortable positions to watch the Walt Disney movie “Planes.”

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DSC_0961It is a cute story about Dusty a crop duster who dreamed of being a race plane.

DSC_0964He listened to advice from an old military plane and learned a few other tips while participating in a local race.

Then, even though some of the other planes made fun of him, he signed up for a race around the world. We were sure that he would come in last after he took time to help a plane that was having engine trouble. Then some of the bully planes damaged Dusty Рand later he got into some bad weather.

Whoever did the artwork for this movie did a fabulous job of creating talking planes and landscape as the planes went from place to place around the world. We could usually determine where they were by the landscape Рand the language accent of the people where the planes landed at then end of each leg of the trip.

You will have to watch it to see who wins! ūüôā

Today at church we were blessed by a challenging message from Romans 14, then this afternoon I again settled in to my La-Z-Boy and began writing our personal end-of-year newsletter. Cerwin called after lunch and said they were also blessed by a challenging message at New Hope Church of the Brethren, Dunmore, West Virginia.

It was a delightful weekend.

Traveling – Richmond, Indiana, to Home

Wednesday, November 20

After a quick motel breakfast we began the final leg of this trip.

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4 (6)Like Tuesday, I spent most of the day reading.

5Though we had a fabulous trip to Branson and Osage Beach, it was good to be home again after being on the road for 12 days. It was kind of a surprise to see that all the trees were bare…

6…as this is what our place looked like when we left home.

I spent Thursday and Friday doing laundry and catching up on the mail and emails in my office.

7 (2)This morning, after Cerwin, Jeff, Jere, Jordan, and Nathan left on a hunting trip to West Virginia,¬†I prepared TFC’s monthly Prayer Calendar for Monday’s mail.

This afternoon I relaxed by watching a few good Hallmark movies on TV Рwhile playing a computer game and enjoyed a visit from my nephew Derek.

7 (1)In the late afternoon when I went outside to get the mail a flock of Canada Geese flew overhead, and before long I heard shooting. I expect that means someone is calling the geese in for a Thanksgiving meal.

6aA short time later another flock flew by – and again I heard shooting. I couldn’t see the hunters, but I could hear them calling the geese with honking sounds that sounded like another flock of geese.

They reminded me of a message we heard last spring at a hunting show – when the speaker likened the way a hunter deceives¬†wild game by calling them into bow or gun range¬†the way¬†Satan deceives people. Many times we are lured by Satan’s call and are in a place of danger before we realize what¬†happened.

7 (3)It is good to see the sunset from our own windows again.

7 (4)I love road trips Рbut even better, I love being home.

Traveling – Osage Beach, Missouri, To Richmond, Indiana

Tuesday, November 19

We left the hotel in Missouri about 7:45 a.m. – after saying goodbye to some of our new friends.

DSC_0765Our first stop was at the slaughter-house where the deer were taken after they were brought in from the field.

Cerwin asked them to just remove the meat from the bones. We have a local butcher who will process the venison for us.

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I did not take many pictures while we traveled as I was captivated by Howard G Buffett’s book, Forty Chances. Howard’s¬†experiences of finding his purpose in life and traveling around the world to feed the hungry are¬†so interesting.

DSC_0774I did get my camera out when Cerwin told me that the large cross in Effington, Illinois, was just ahead.

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DSC_0780There were a few other times when I gave my eyes a rest from reading and enjoyed the road scenery.

DSC_0786Of course, for me, enjoying road scenery includes praying for the truck drivers.

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DSC_0810By evening we found a motel room in Richmond, Indiana, then walked across the parking lot where we enjoyed supper at a Bob Evans Restaurant.

DSC_0815I love road trips that take us from sunrise to sunset.

Outside Photos At The Hotel in Missouri

Monday, November 18

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1 (6)It was about this time that I made coffee (in the pot in our room) and began to blog about the previous day – while Cerwin was out in the field anticipating a day of hunting.

1 (7)Because Monday was the nicest day that we were there, I chose that afternoon to walk around the hotel grounds and boat dock.

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1 (10)It’s always fun to see vegetation that is a bit different from what I am used to in Pennsylvania.

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1 (13)A view of the hotel from the driveway that led to the boat dock.

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1 (15)Our room was on the second floor – somewhere in the middle of this picture. To give you an idea of how steep the hill is on the way to the lake – the main entrance on the other side of the hotel is on the 4th floor.

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2 (3)After enjoying and photographing the dock area, I got my workout for the day when I walked up the other side of the hotel – through the condominium area. I can’t imagine how they get cars in and out of there on snowy, icy days.

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I can hardly wait to go back to Osage Beach some day.

I told Cerwin a story that one of the women told me about their first trip to Whitetail Trophy Hunt.

When her husband asked her to go along on this hunt several years ago¬†– with another couple she did not know. She declared that she was not going because she didn’t know his friend’s wife or any of the other women.

No matter how many times he pleaded with her to go along, she said no. Finally he said, “I will give you one hundred dollars a day if you will go along.” She finally agreed to go.

He did not have a good hunt on any of the three days, and said that he was not going back the next year. She said, “I’ll give you one hundred dollars a day if you will go back.” ūüôā