Monday, May 19, 2014

A productive day

Today was so beautiful in NC I decided to make a trellis for my climbing hydrangea.  I gathered dead limbs and built this.  It was finished in 2 hours.  If you can ignore the empty pots, ladder and the black garden trailer behind the trellis, please?  (sheepish grin)  I chose a climbing hydrangea because it's a flowering vine that can take some shade.  It will have lace cap flowers eventually.  I used 12' steel rebar for the bones of the trellis and then attached dead limbs.

What are you adding to your landscape this Spring?  I tend to add or change something around every year.  I had a rose garden in the back for 5 years, but this year I moved all the roses to the front yard, and placed a crepe myrtle in their place.

This is what it will look like in about 10 years.  Climbing hydrangea is a slow growing vine. (click the photo to see a larger view)  By the time it gets this big, I'll have built a larger, stronger trellis.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The news reports have been discouraging lately, at least here in the U.S.  The gay kiss in the NFL is all over the news, meanwhile another NFL player who earned a Bronze Star for incredible bravery isn't mentioned. Alejandro Villanueva, a former U.S. Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan, was selected in an NFL draft this week.

P31 Daily Devotions

I thought I'd share my favorite online spot for devotional reading.  This site is run by several ladies who live in NC, and I'm amazed how some days it seems they post a devotional written especially for me.  Yesterdays was a good one! Click the button on the left to read it.  When the news is discouraging I remind myself that God is still on the throne and His eye is watching over me.

Friday, May 16, 2014


The following post was written 2 weeks ago:
A tornado passed by my house yesterday morning, I'm thankful it didn't touch down.  It went right through downtown!

2 days later   

Tornados make me nervous.  I grew up in Iowa and have seen my share.  The last one was an F5 that removed my town from the map.  You can see that one in the photo on the right. (click to see a larger view) You see a white satellite tornado to the left, circling the main funnel.  There were 32 small tornadoes that dropped down as the monster moved across my county.

Now today's post:

May 16, 2014
Oh. My. Gosh.  Another tornado passed by, and the path was nearly identical to the one that was here 2 weeks ago.  What are the odds???  Yesterday's tornado touched down this time.

Fortunately the damage was light.  A few houses had trees fall on them, cars were totalled but there were no injuries.

Both times the path went through a major ivy league university (I.e.: ultra liberal).  Is God trying to get someone's attention?

Friday, May 2, 2014

For cat lovers everywhere

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Just sayin'...