Thursday, January 31, 2013

How Do You Catch an Elephant?

 Ha, I bet you never guessed this one! One banana at a time!
Then add a few fruits up high. 
Then sit back and wait.
Yep, that worked all right!

 And if you're lucky, you might just get two.
Especially if you are at Busch Gardens in Tampa.
Now, kids don't try this at home. It won't work. Although you might attract a rat, raccoon or some other type of animal which you don't want. It's all location, location, location and food.

 Did I mention food? What about spiritual food? How do you feed your soul? 

"God always does what he says, and is gracious in everything he does. God gives a hand to those down on their luck, gives a fresh start to those ready to quit. All eyes are on you, expectant; you give them their meals on time. Generous to a fault, you lavish your favor on all creatures." Psalms 145:13-16. (MS)

This refers to physical and spiritual food. Thank you Father for your favor and for making bananas.


Update: As of Wednesday, only 37 pythons have been killed, with more than 1,000 people signed up. Sneaky little snakes, they are. (See post below.)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Python Hunt!

Guess what? Florida is holding a python competition! Reckless snake owners tend to let these reptiles go in our Everglades when they get too big. Now our small wildlife seems to be disappearing. Even other regional snakes and small gators. Estimates are that they have wiped out more than 90 percent of our mammals in the Everglades.

According to the experts and hunters, pythons are expert at camouflage.

The hunt began January 12 and ends February 10th. There is a $1,000 reward to the hunter who bags the most reptiles. (There are rules, of course and you have to sign up.)

Okay, who's with me? Bwuaaahaaa. NOT!!!

"A common sense person lives good sense; fools litter the country with silliness." Proverbs 13:16 (MS)

Lord, help me pick up my physical, spiritual and emotional litter. May I not be a reckless owner of the gifts that You've given me for living.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Little Teasers

I'm gonna call this one little squirrel, "Come-on-big-boy." He is always teasing my dog, Major.

"COBB" seems to know when it's time for Major to go out to do his, well, ummm, business. So Cobb and his buddies decide to scamper up and down our trees which go completely around our back yard and into the neighbors. Then Major forgets what he was let out for...sigh.... That squirrel also knows just how low he can go before Major reaches him. Then Cobb sits and stares, or eats another acorn, dropping the shells which makes Major even more excited. I can tell it's the same squirrel because of his face markings.

Now I love squirrels and all, but it's not always convenient for me to chase my dog around right before work, or when I need to leave.

I seem to have Cobbs in my life too, beckoning me to do things other than what I know I need to do. Sometimes throwing just an idea in my head distracts me. It might be as easy as a load of wash that beckons, irritating me. Am I alone?

"O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways." Psalm 139:1-3

The Lord knows just what will distract me, yet He waits with watch-care over me, until I realize what I should be doing instead. Then He leads me back onto the way. Thank you, Father.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


I stopped to get gas today after work. First off, it's gone up in price again. Snarly face. I got out and swiped my gas card, entered the info and the machine read, "see cashier." What? I thought maybe I hit a wrong number on my zip code. So I tried again. Hurumph. Same message.

So, did I go to the cashier? Nooooo, I thought I'd try another pump. So pulled around to a different pump, got my Shell card off the dash and realized...yes, you guessed it, I was at the Mobile station! Sigh....

I was all stirred up about something that was my fault. Know what I mean? Stomping about, blood pressure rising, getting a sweat going. A tad humbling, isn't it?

I wonder how my life would be if I always dashed about in all things? Whoooeeeee.

"And here's why: God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding. He's a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well, a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere. He keeps his eye on all who live honestly, and pays special attention to his loyally committed ones." Proverbs 2:6-8 (MS)

Thank you Father, for being my guard and common sense. Keep giving me that free Wisdom!

photos:of daughter

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Whoo Hoo, Happy New Year!!! (A bit late)

Look what Christmas brought this Grammy!

 Caleb Allen Evans was born 12-21-12!

Isn't that that the best gift ever??

I now have two Christmas "babies," Caleb and hubby! :)

Hoping to get to see him soon. Face time and photos sure did help bridge the distance a bit, but can't wait to get my big mitts on this little one.

I'm expecting lots of new things this year. How 'bout y'all?

 "Your love, God, is my song, and I'll sing it! I'm forever telling everyone how faithful You are." Psalm 89:1 (MS)

My heart and soul are singing...don't know if you want to hear the real thing, so I'm writing away...does that count?

Happy New Year and New Birth!