Our attitudes toward all our of trials in this life is what helps us get through them, as long as they don’t own us. So I challenge you this day to keep your spirits bright and to not let the “Negative Nancy” get the opportunity to fill your thoughts.
Trails of Life
We start out eager and young on this wide trail of life,
In hopes of receiving great fortune and very little strife.
Curvy paths seem smooth, with beauty brightening the day
No concerns considered of what may happen on the way.
But not all paths are rosy along this narrow way
And trials of life can happen causing you deep dismay
Don’t let that sadness take hold of you, creating a deep frown
But rise above that sad trial and turn it upside down.
And as always when you can smile, you can be kind so try always to be kind.
I am a big fan of my bird feeders. It has been fun watching them feed, fuss, fight and rest. The majority of the birds I currently see are Goldfinch. But the House finch and Purple finch are also constants at the feeders. Its interesting as the Goldfinch like the Niger(thistle seeds) better where the House and Purple like the mix with the safflower seed and black oil sun flowers. The cardinals and woodpeckers prefer the cakes of sunflower seed with the peanuts…as do the squirrels.
The Goldfinch and the Woodpecker watch each other but will guardedly share.
When the squirrel arrives, he has split second time to grab and run before Mimi goes into action. She does not approve of the squirrel in the feeder, nor does the female House finch. Then in the feeder goes empty, we have the neighborhood watch bird pecking at the window to make sure I am aware.
I know that some of these pictures I have posted in the past but it all fit for Fan of… presented by Jez Braithwaite.
And for BOTD by Granny Shot It, , we have the Mourning Dove. All my life, I thought these were Morning Doves until I got a bird book and saw they are Mourning Doves, maybe for the sad sound they make. We have two pairs around and supposedly that is supposed to be good luck for the home. All I know is I am enjoying my birds.
Hopefully we will not be mourning this day but joyous and happy sharing kindness when we can.
The fun of playing with fellow bloggers and their challenges or prompts really gives you a chance to be creative. Linda G. Hill has a Saturday prompt with a weekly theme to get you creative. This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt is Weigh/Way/Whey used in any manner as you desire – one word or all words, your choice.
I chose to go way out on a limb and include a photo I really liked from Irene of Heaven’s Sunshine and include silly poetry with it. Hope it brings a smile, as those who read me regularly know how I feel about smiles = happiness = kindness.
Which Way Now?
I stand here and ponder where this bridge and path leads,
Is it the correct way or will it lead me to more weeds.
I know I must go soon as my hunger begins to grow,
My thoughts now ridiculous, ‘curds and whey the way to go’.
But which way is right will weigh heavy on my mind
For if I choose the wrong way my peace I will not find.
In finding your peace, I hope it comes with joy and with the joy you feel I hope you are able to share kindness. Remember Kindness is a choice so I hope you chose to be kind.
Cee has challenged us with a fun topic this time of ROOFS. Its a part of our homes we sometimes don’t think about until weather is bad, then we are oh so grateful. I have a small leak around my vent so I have someone coming to look at it Thursday. But when I think of interesting roof lines, I think of the old beautifully architecture you usually find on castles or cathedrals. Since we don’t have either of those in the midwest, here are some wonderful old church roofs, with a few others mixed in.
And then next one is not mine but proof of the hail damage we can get here.
The last one is a fun one down at the river…where the musician play during festival times.
And as I always close with a reminder of wherever you are you can always find an opportunity to be kind.
I find the leaves of plants almost as interesting as the flowers themselves. They are varying shades of green sometimes with other colors mixed in, some are thick, some are thin, pointed or rounded, fuzzy and slick. It shows the artistry of God in creation.
But my violets, which are always consistent, have a leaf of inconsistency and I though it interesting as its had the same amount of sunlight it always gets.
Even the leaf with its back facing us is correctly colored.
Its like it didn’t receive an even amount of chlorophyll.
Come join on on Cee’sFlower of the Day and share the beauty or curiosity that you find. And as you share here with beauty, remember the smiles they bring and share that in kindness as all things should be treated kindly. It makes life sweeter.
Cee has wonderful fun challenges for us to play with and today I am going a little off path with the Flower of the Day.
Between working part time, playing with the children at Party in the Park events, blogging and trying to write a book, several days in a row of heavy rain…who has time to cut the grass.
FOTD is supposed to be flower of the Day, well flowers are growing beauties, so I reached in and pulled out my clowning silliness and I give you….’shrooms.
Boy, the difference a day makes….
They are kind of cool and I was going to wait and share the one below for Sunshine’s Monday Micro but its going to be tomorrow before I have a chance to mow so we will see what they look like tomorrow.
Each creation has a beauty all its own and as poisonous as some ‘shrooms are, they can really be beautiful.
Remember the beauty of your creation as God made you special to do what you do. Allow your beauty to shine and reflect God’s love on others.
Dutch Goes the Photo has given us a fun challenge of a word of “key” that could go in MANY directions. I have chosen four angles on the word key and looking forward to seeing others ideas. Come join in on the fun of Tuesday Photo Challenge.
First we have my grandmother’s china cabinet with a key my children loved to play with when young.
The next variation I chose is key ingredients in making yummy oatmeal cookies.
The third variations deals more with a Christian truth we hang onto as a key of hope.
The fourth is a lot more illusive with more variations than the word “key”. The KEY to Happiness. To me happiness is not a fleeting feeling but an inner joy of hope we have in Jesus Christ and staying in tune with his words. Will things blow up, yes. Does life get hard, yes. Do I fail at it daily, yes. Do others not believe as I do, yes. But for me, I have that Key hope that He will always be by my side, guiding, comforting, loving and I always try to pass on the key of hope He gives us by being kind as a key way of life.