Tic Tac Toe Garden Table

I saw a tic tac toe garden table shared on Facebook and decided that was something I would really like to have for my garden (and granddaughters). You can order a pre-cut round board from the home supply stores but my husband used a thick piece of plywood and cut it in a circle. We…

Flittering and Fluttering

Such a great time of the year when the garden is full of bees and butterflies and flowers are in full bloom. I refuse to think of how soon, the leaves will begin to fall, the flowers fade and the insects die or leave. In the meantime enjoy the beauty of summer!

Using Our Gifts

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that…

Awake My Soul

“Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee,and hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.” ~ Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894, and Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903 Hope you soul is singing on this Lord’s Day!

Backyard Bird Count

This weekend is your chance to be a citizen scientist and participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Take as little as fifteen minutes to observe the birds in your backyard and then report on the web site at http://gbbc.birdcount.org. The information from bird watchers across the United States and Canada provides important data for…

Having a Bluebird Day

Although I am not a cold weather person, one of the joys of the winter is the Eastern Bluebirds which arrive to feast on mealworms. Bluebirds have made a big comeback in the area in the past twenty years with many people providing boxes for nesting and an active Pennsylvania Bluebird Society. If you want…

Feasting on the Wreath

Each year after we remove the decorations from the Christmas tree, we put the tree in the yard to serve as cover for the birds during the cold and snowy days of winter. This year I purchased a wreath made with fresh greens including juniper which has lots of little blue berries. When I finished…

Lehigh River Gorge State Park

In early October we spent a week on the Pine Creek and enjoyed the rail trails in northern Pennsylvania. We continued our enjoyment of the fall colors and rail trails in late October with a day trip to the D & L Rail Trail which goes through the Lehigh River Gorge State Park. The trail…

Favorites

My favorite month of the year is rapidly slipping away as I write this. October means cool enough for a sweatshirt but not bitterly cold, the summer haze is gone and replace by clear blue skies, grilling gives way to chili and soup, college football is in full swing (Go Southeast Conference!), and of course…

Tioga County in October

Pennsylvania’s Tioga County is a rural county that borders New York state. The county is full of beautiful scenery including: The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania Abundant wildlife – bear, eagles, elk (largest herd in the northeast) State forest lands Farms dotting the hillsides Roads that include creek crossings Pine Creek Rail Trail Colorful seasons Covered…

Pine Creek Rail Trail

We spent a week in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania enjoying the change of season and taking advantage of the great rail trails. Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County goes through the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, is 57 miles long and runs along the Pine Creek. In the early morning, the mist rises…

Local Sightings

There is always something interesting to see as you drive round Lancaster County and the adjoining counties such as a farmer preparing his fields for planting. Or a Mennonite woman heading down a county road on her bicycle… Or a covered bridge… Or corn starting to grow in a field… Or a peaceful stream at…

Understanding

“Don’t worry about what you do not understand…Worry about what you do understand in the Bible and do not live by.” ~Corrie Ten Boom

Wandering the Country Roads

I spent some time last weekend driving around the countryside and enjoying the farms and the scenery.  After the drabness of winter, it is so wonderful to see all of the “green” and the farmers working the fields once again.

Gardening in the Woods

One of the challenges of living in the woods is that it is difficult to find a spot that has enough sun for growing vegetables. This year we decided to try raised beds in a clearing up the hill from the house. My husband and son built two beds and we have planted tomatoes, peppers,…

Photo Blog

Earlier this year while reading some updates from WordPress about photo blogs, I thought “Why not?” I decided to set up another blog to feature photos as another way to focus on improving photography skills. The nice thing about photo blogs is that they do not require writing – just posting photos. Some of the…

Great in All the Earth

“Great in all the Earth is Your glory oh God The universe declares how amazing You are Over history, and eternity, You alone are Lord and King” ~Great in all the Earth – Starfield

Rural Church Tradition

I grew up in rural southeastern Arkansas and lived way out in the woods. The small church I attended until it disbanded was also way out in the woods but only a couple of miles from our house. Although the church stopped being active many years ago as the families who once lived in the…

Wild Azalea

One of the signs of spring in this area, in addition to the many blooming trees and wildflowers, is the wild azalea, Rhododendron canescens. It comes in varying shades of pink ranging from a very light pink to a rosy pink. The blooms only last for a short time but add a wonderful touch to…

Rejected…. again

This year we were sure the Eastern bluebirds were going to nest in one of our bluebird houses. For the past several years, we have spent a fortune on mealworms, made sure there was always fresh water in the winter and pampered the bluebirds in every way we could in hopes of having a nesting…