Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Summer-time Showers vs Sunshine In My Soul

This summer in this neck of the woods (Brushy, Blue Ridge foothills) we've had repeated warnings for flash-floods or just general flood warnings for weeks now. So.much.rain. 
Yesterday was my birthday - it was a very good day. Our original talked about plan for the afternoon was to go out in the boat: fish, float, relax, swim, read, enjoy the quiet in the sunshine (this would have been after an outdoor breakfast with my three guys, and then the arrival of oldest and her girls and the packing up of youngest for college!) Change of plans. It rained at least 5 times yesterday ... hard as all get out at times and then just a steady sprinkle others. Hmm, trying to remember if the sun shined at all. Not sure. Oh yes, I even took pictures... that's why the lake adventure was even discussed! 
The early morning sun on the pastures! Yes!

Our youngest loaded up and headed out for university. His own new beginning.

Uncle J and 2 of his girls. Sweet! See ya later!
There was a small portion of cloudless sky for less than a 1/2 hour last night - hubby saw one meteor. I got up before dawn this morning to see if I could catch a few - no, heavy fog everywhere. This morning we sat under the big umbrella so the foggy drops wouldn't hit us ... after a while I just wanted to come in. I am really hoping tonight will prove to be a little cloud-free. I would love for us to see a few flashes in the sky! I love these few days in August with the Showers of Gold!
Well, in spite of the few days of sunshine we've had throughout the summer I am still of the mind that we really do make our own sunshine. We decide if our days will be golden or dull, radiant or glum, happy or sad. It's all about choices we make. 
I choose JOY and then, I always have sunshine in my soul. 
Here is a couple of lines from a favorite hymn. I can still hear my Dad and Mom singing it. 
There is sunshine in my soul today,
  More glorious and bright
Than glows in any earthly sky,
  For Jesus is my light.
Eliza E. Hewitt, 1851-1920

Monday, August 5, 2013

August and Summer-time Sunshine

I started this note on August 2nd ... got waylaid by lots of good things but wanted to go ahead and post it anyways ... ;)
It's seems like I'm always and forever going on about how time flies - and not just when you're having fun. It's hard for me to believe we're already into the month of August - one of my very favorite months ever! I just love God's world and how created the world in such a way that he allowed us to enjoy seasons. There is so much God-art in summer time - our butterfly bushes are crazy filled with the most gorgeous critters! Pure joy to watch!! And the songs of the birds in the early morning has been lovely to listen to - better than the finest symphony. I love this time of year and am a little sad this is this is the final 'official' month of summer.  Maybe we'll get to enjoy an 'indian summer' this year and we can stretch it for all its worth! Now, that would be sweet! I celebrate the days of heat and sunshine. Today, ¡por fin! I get to enjoy one of those days. I shared the cutest little badge on my facebook page the other day. Here it is: 




I truly can deal with rain occasionally but seriously, this summer, in this area of the country we've had way way too much rain. I mean, there's been flooding, loss of crops, lake access closings, and closer to home the garden - the first I've attempted in years - suffered losses - seeds washing away and roots rotting. I mean, I wasn't out to feed the neighborhood or anything but I had put a lot of time and effort into my little plots of land! Our plants of squash, loofah, birdhouse gourds and okra are now very happy. My radishes, carrots, tomatoes, peas and beans, along with some others, will hopefully do better next year.
With all my complaining and negativity towards the rain, I still appreciate the prayers I've heard in thanks for it. I realize other areas of the country are in a terrible drought - and I wish I could send a portion of these showers to them! Several have mentioned too that the color of the autumn leaves will probably be spectacular. And one of the ladies from church shared her thoughts with me - if this weather pattern continues on through our fall and winter, think of all the snowfall we may get!" Hmmm ...
Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again, I am 'solar-powered' and I was beginning to digress into the winter doldrums for a little while there. However, we've experienced several afternoons of sunshine now - and with the exception of early this morning, it's been rain-free today.
I am loving my minutes in the sun. In fact, I am heading outside right now, not to work but to sit with a glass of sweet tea and a good book. What a rare afternoon treat.
Hope your first full week of August is truly blessed!