I Like Trees

It is Morning Walk Time again (finally) after days of rain. Walking in the sunshine makes me so very happy. Sunshine almost always makes me high. Is it ok to say that? Winter and spring are having their annual tug-of-war, but I know who will win!

The tree above is one I have photographed quite a few times. The winter ones I took yesterday and I have put the summer one in so you can see how it looks fully clothed. It is so lovely. I do not know how to express my attraction to trees. I just like them.

Click on the link below to see a video of another tree I saw yesterday that I didn’t notice before. It is SO TALL, and unique with its twin trunks.

Video of a Tall Tree with Twin Trunks

The Shoe Doesn’t Always Fit

This week’s Envelope Art…


I drew a shoe on this envelope with something rather different in mind. (I got the design for this shoe from a coloring page.) After I drew the shoe, I changed my original idea. 

I went to Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations and looked up the word “shoe” in the index. There were about a dozen quotes having to do with shoes. But I liked the very first one, by Publius Syrus. (Often spelled Publilius.)

By the way, do you own or have you ever browsed through Bartlett’s? This book “is an American reference work that is the longest-lived and most widely distributed collection of quotations. The book was first issued in 1855 and is currently in its eighteenth edition, published in 2012.” (Wikipedia, Bartlett’s). 

My husband gave me a copy of Bartlett’s for Valentine’s Day when we were dating. I think I may have hinted for it, having become rather fascinated with it at the time. It is fun to look through.

As for Publilius, he lived in last century B.C. Wikipedia reports that he was a Syrian who was brought as a slave to Italy, but by his wit and talent he won the favor of his master, who freed and educated him. Can’t say if that is fact or not, but it is interesting, for sure!


What do you love to eat most from your garden? For me, no question, it’s tomatoes!  I am thinking about that big slice of juicy red or yellow tomato on a slice of crispy toast with just a bit of mayo and a sprinkle of VegeSal!

Last week, I went to a gardening seminar that was presented by Bountiful Blessings Farm. There was an informative lecture, and we enjoyed some hands-on activities. From this seminar, one of the most important points I took away is the benefit of having our soil tested. This enables us to know exactly what nutrients to add to the soil so our plants will be happy and healthy.

I have also learned a lot from Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening book. I do not follow his exact layout, but learned how close to place the plants together, and other great gardening instructions.

This week’s Envelope Art…


Hard Trials


(Inside, the card reads: Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between.)


Nothing Between

Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
naught of this world’s delusive dream;
I have renounced all sinful pleasure;
Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between.

Nothing between, like worldly pleasure;
habits of life, though harmless they seem,
must not my heart from him ever sever;
he is my all, there’s nothing between.

Nothing between, like pride or station;
self or friends shall not intervene;
though it may cost me much tribulation,
I am resolved, there’s nothing between.

Nothing between, e’en many hard trials,
though the whole world against me convene;
watching with prayer and much self denial,
I’ll triumph at last, there’s nothing between.


Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
so that his blessed face may be seen;
nothing preventing the least of his favor;
keep the way clear! let nothing between.