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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Life at Thistle Cove Farm

~ Zinnia, one of God's happy flowers ~
I've been absent for a few days so this entry will be long, a catch-up post, if you will. I'm in need of a seated rest period and updating my blog is one guaranteed way to grab some chair rest.

It seems like the more I get done, the more there is to do. Anyone out there experiencing the same? I'm sure most of you. There have been some fabulous blessings, orchestrated as only God can do; specifically I'm thinking of Kathy's family. It's been a frustrating, anxious few months for her i-friends and many angst filled years for her family. So many others are in need of prayer - Suzy as she leaves her home and moves to another state to tends to her aged Uncle's needs. Her uncle's bank in Nevada failed last week...the first of many, if the signs are to be correctly read...and he, rightfully so, is panicked. Uncle is a new, very new, Christian in his mid 80's. Sharon's aunt has advanced cancer as well as Ahzheimer's and their family is caught up in care and concern. Betty, my cousin, is caring for her step-father in his last days. Betty's mother, my mother's sister, passed away last November, and her step-father has Alzheimer's. These but a few and so many people needing prayer, needing the whisper of God's voice in their ear.

I have a journal where I keep names of folks who have requested prayer and it seems the list grows at a much faster rate than it used to grow. One of my favorite hymns is "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and one of my favorite lines of that hymn is "take it to the Lord in prayer". Irish born author, Joseph Scriven, was to be married but on the eve of his marriage, his betrothed drowned. Grief stricken, he re-located to Canada where he devoted himself to serving the poor but if one could afford his services, he would not work for them. Some years after moving to Canada and serving the poor, he also died in an accidental drowning.

In three short verses he testify's to the promises, peace, grace and mercy of Christ. Perhaps most of all, the peace.

"What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sings and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; Take it to the Lord in prayer!
Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness. Take it to the Lord in prayer!

Are we weak and heavy laden, Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, still our Refuge; Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In His arms He'll take and shield thee; Thou wilt find a solace there."

I don't listen much to popular music save Celtic, jazz, blues and female artists who are gifted song writers. Other than the aforementioned music, I listen to hymns, Gospel...but not Southern Gospel as I find it too too...if you know what I'm saying not very well -smile- and I listen to preaching. Also, I listen to audio books and enjoy them a lot as well. When I say I listen, in the main, to preaching and religious music what I'm really saying is I'm a pretty poor representative of Christ. If I don't fill my head with the Good Stuff then the bad stuff tends to surface...more than it already does, I'm sorry to say. I'm not one of those "good people" people talk about. I need to fill my head with hymns, preaching, the whisper of God on the wind or in the lowing of the cattle, bird song, puppies and dogs, cats and kittens, horses and, in general, nature as served up by God. Yes, I do listen to popular music when I take Zumba but the words just aren't as important as me as being busy trying not to stumble and die -smile-. After I take a Zumba class, yoga class is next and the instructor plays Celtic Women, Enya and the like so my head is filled with goodness when I leave the YMCA.

I've never understood folks who say, "I'm bored"; I think it shows a lack of imagination on their part. Thanks to Mama and Daddy, we were taught to entertain ourselves and if we couldn't entertain ourselves, there were always chores to be done. Time was not to be wasted on "nothingness" as "idle hands were the devil's plaything" as Mama always said. I still believe it although now I realize that restful periods aren't the same as idle hands. I've also learned to "keep the Sabbath" apart from the rest of the week. Keeping the Sabbath holy is a mini-vacation, a gift from God at the end/beginning of the week that restores, renews, refreshes and lets me end one week and enter the next with a calmness that gives reflection on what has passed and focus on what is to come.
~ Sadie, looking out of the dining room window. ~

We've been working on the house, getting that portion readied that was destroyed by the flood damage December past. I'm hopeful...always hopeful...we'll be finished Soon. The dining room walls have been replaced, the floor has been refinished and we still have to hang a ceiling fan and clean before moving furniture into this room. The parlor is crammed almost to the ceiling with dining room furniture and "stuff" so neither room can be used for the time being.~ The dining room had to be re-painted and floors re-finished. ~

The front porch is filled with tools that are going to be moved off the table today so we can go back to eating on the porch. What is it with construction folks? They just lay their stuff down any ole place, never considering if it's in my way and this has been going on for a couple of months now. We only get to use the front porch in nice weather and frost is little more than two weeks hence; time is a-wasting for front porch sittin' and eatin'!

~ Mama Cat ~

Mama Cat, four weeks ago today, had four kittens in the bottom of a fifty gallon barrel and it's going to be hard getting them out of that barrel! I want to catch some of the feral barn cats and relocate them to the "animal shelter" so the tame kittens and Mama Cat can live in the barn. On a farm, it's necessary to have cats to help keep down the rats and mice and it's best if those cats are tame. Much easier to catch and vaccinate, etc. Mama Cat isn't the prettiest cat but she does have one of the best personalities I've ever seen in a cat. No matter what life has thrown at her, she responds by being placid, quiet, accepting and looking for the good. I can learn from her. A lot.
~ Mama Cat's four kittens at the bottom of a fifty gallon barrel! ~

~ A wagon load, 363 bales of lovely, dry hay! ~

~ Beautiful, dry hay, stored in our ancient barn ~

We cut, raked, baled and stored hay this week...363 square bales of alfalfa clover timothy mix and six round bales of same. Thank You, God...it's dry from start to finish and animals now have plenty of hay for this winter. I've even some to sell!

I've nattered on with nary a word about puppies and dogs; will remedy that, hopefully, by Saturday.

Until then...

Blessings ~ dry hay, winter fodder for the animals ~ Mama Cat and her four week old kittens ~ house restoration ~ beloved hymns ~ prayer, people needing prayer and people praying ~ a Sabbath, day of rest, coming up ~

8 comments:

  1. Blessings to you!
    I understand having to carry on when the house is being redone. Completely understand this with my diningroom housing metal racks because the kitchen is torn up and put on hold due to having to roof the garage and house. 4 hail storms in one night finished off our roofs and this has had to come before the kitchen.

    With me babysitting a very active 2year old, I am exhausted at the end of the day, so my wall papering will have to get done when it gets done.

    It looks like you're making headway on your home. We will have to pray for strength and endurance as we wait for this all to be completed.

    You are blessed to be able to walk outside and view the beautiful scenery around you and it is beautiful!!!

    The kittens are adorable.
    Keep singing.
    God bless,
    d

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  2. There are so many that have heavy loads to bear ... lift in prayer.

    Love the house wall color. TTFN ~Marydon

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  3. Encouraging post, and that song is always timely. I did not know those things about the author.

    I am jealous of your hay. It is beautiful hay, and to have a barn big enough to store YOUR own hay is really , to me, the true definition of RICH. I know you really do appreciate your many blessings.

    Your home repairs are wonderful and I can already see how beautiful that room is. I totally agree with that comment about carpenters leaving stuff everywhere. What's with this building and repairing beautiful structures but leaving the flotsam and jetsam of the job laying all over to be stumbled upon and an eyesore? Then, if one dares tidy up and put the tools neatly out of the way...why, they cannot find the tools to work! AHHHH!

    I seem to be a lot like you as far as the "bored" syndrome. I cannot understand this, there is so much to take in and do, and so much to read and pray about. Sometimes a nap is called for just to maintain the energy for all the possibilities,But not boredom, no no!

    Onward into Autumn, and hope for the daily tasks, from Him.

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  4. i love your dining room, the color you've done it in and the floor!
    and of the course the kitties.

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  5. All I can say is WOW...you have been busy. You are right about the prayer lists getting longer as well as the hymn. Of late that song has been re-played not only in my head but in my heart. It has helped me so in dealing with the last few months...but...reading your post this morning, my troubles cannot begin to compare with those you mention that are of need our prayers.
    Like the other comments...love the color and the floors of your room as well as the kittys. Blessings from me to yours!

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  6. I just love the color of your dinning room walls. Orange cats are my favorite next to calico ones. We used to have a wild bunch under our deck every spring and one before winter. It is great to have all these people here to support one another in prayer. I will try and remember the ones you mention as we all go through these times of hardship and God can make the biggest difference of all. Life is a journey thanks for letting me be part of yours. (Alice)

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  7. Gosh, I hate it when I respond to your lovely comments and blogger drops me...grrrr...wonder if it was something I did or didn't do?

    Welcome Deanna - gosh, gal, you need a m-a-i-d but then, don't we all?
    -grin- The hail storm really took it out of your poor house and, probably, the humans as well. All that noise and stuff dropping from the skies...whew!

    Welcome Marydon - so glad you like the color, it's soothing, I think.

    Welcome Kathy - yes, I am grateful. I live with an attitude of gratitude -smile- for God's Gift, and gifts, to us.
    My name is probably MUD because all the carpenter's tools were moved off my table and onto the porch floor. Now, we can eat at the table and enjoy the beautiful view while the weather is still pretty. It is OUR house, after all.

    Welcome Life is Good - ah, the kitties...always a blessing. Glad you like the color, so do I.

    Welcome Diana - troubles all around us but God is bigger than our troubles...so the Bible and experience teach. God's blessings on you and yours.

    Welcome Alice - now. How can I get you a couple of these yellow kittens? How far apart do we live from one another? They are SOOOO cute! -smile- You're welcome and I love having you visit me, thank you.

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  8. I'm a follower.I really enjoyed your post; identified with a lot of what you said. That song is a favorite of many; it gets requested alot and is a great song.
    Please visit me if you get a chance.
    Debbie

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