12/19/2012 I love you all.

“True friendship is like a rose. We can’t realize it’s beauty until it fades.” I could not find the author of this quote…. this is so true!  I have many friends… some old… some new… some near… some far…  I had friends before facebook… I love you all.


12/17/2012 Hang on there are only 14 more post!

A little desperate to finish  the “366 Favorite Photos” project… I went searching deep into my archives…found this photo  taken in my backyard about 10 years ago. Hang on there are only 14 more post and there are NO plans for a repeat next year.


12/11/2012 “there is nothing new under the sun”

The colors of these flowers makes me think about the story of the creation of the candy canes.  If you do not know the  story  look it up.  God made this beautiful peony long before the red and white candy cane was made. Ecclesiastes 1:9 tell us…” What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” NIV


12/8/2012 Just Kidding!

Next year I am going to have the biggest zinnia bed I possibly can.   We have already talked about the compost that we will be adding… the new water lines and ways to keep Kenai from digging up the beds.  (That is probably the hardest part)  I want lots of flowers… I need them to attract the butterflies.  I remember in my science class in high school we made cyanide jars to kill bugs and butterflies for an assignment.  Today I would NEVER kill a butterfly.. .now I might hurt that woodpecker that is making a hole in the soffit of the porch.  (Just kidding!)Butterfly & Zinnia

11/29/2012 …summer is over.

In a run down old building in the heart of  Soldotna, AK, someone decided to open a coffee shop and offer expensive coffee and really delicious pastries.  I wasn’t drawn in by the smell of the coffee… I was struck by the simplicity and beauty of the fence and fireweed.  The Alaskan’s say that when the fireweed is gone… summer is over.

11/12/2012 Thankfully God is more generous with us.

 Daylily… the name given to this species of flower which typically last no more than 24 hours. Most flowers open in early morning and wither during the following night. Thankfully God is more generous with us.

11/11/2012 … “gentle rain”

“About 5:30 AM this morning about half way through my first cup of coffee we heard the rain hitting the tin roof.  It was one of those gentle straight down type showers that soak into the ground, the most beneficial of rain fall.  The beneficial soaking factor reminded me of the benefits of several things in life………..  Long time, faithful, dedicated friends that don’t come and go in a flash type flood of events.

 The good things in life-like the Fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control just don’t happen over a short span of time.  These items are planted, cultivated and grow into wonderful fruit for the individual soul and for others.  Good, faithful friends help us develop the Fruit of the Spirit.

 The gentle soaking rain speaks of the wonderful cycle of nature that was put in place by the Creator, God.  Who else could have put nitrogen into the rain drops.  Who besides the Creator, God could have put lightning in place to release the nitrogen into the atmosphere and nourish the vegetation. The gentle soaking rain is a refresher as is all nature even when it is not to our pleasure, it works and works well.  If man had devised it all it would be a mess.   Enjoy some of the “gentle rain” things of life.”  …    Art Jackson