Authentic Compassion

Thursday, August 20, 2009

This week on Buhlaland (sounds dramatic - it isn't)

Found a very nice oleander at the Depot this week - we've been looking for oleanders to plant around a little memorial stone we're going to put up for DH's sweet little mom. Over a year since she passed - embarrassed to admit I haven't sent off all her things to be shared around with her granddaughters and nieces. Just been too much free floating stress around here this year!

White flower is a Maid of Orleans Jasmine - wish I had smellovision for you - intoxicating fragrance!

Dear Hubs on the trusty tractor scraping the -- how to say it delicately? - the goat poo out of their big shelter. We've learned it works best to scrape out into the open area of the pen - when we get rain ( a faith statement 'cause I believe we WILL get rain again) the natural effects of water on dry poo makes for a good pen - lots of lush grass for the goatzees to lounge upon and eat.

Our vegetable/container garden didn't work out very well this summer - but the Brown Turkey fig planted near the Coop Mahal (chicken run) actually is making figs! I'm so excited - the plant smells wonderful and we might get a harvest of 4 or 5 real figs!

The chickens have kicked it into gear at long last - this morning the east nest box (preferred spot for depositing one's cackleberries) had five when I was out with camera.

The chicks still have serious "attitude" - chickatude is not an attractive quality in an animal who tastes good fried or stewed! we'll see how things go. Steadily getting seven eggs a day - who the one slacker is I haven't figured out yet.

DH has his next doctor's appointment next week - he is slightly better. We are leaning heavily on the Lord - not knowing is one of those valleys nobody enjoys -ignorance is NOT bliss it is the lack of information. His timing is perfect so we are remembering to stay in prayer and read the Word.
"Ephesians 3:14-21 (The Message paraphrase)
My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you'll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ's love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! "

Only rational response is --Amen!
- we find the Word trustworthy and life is good here on Buhlaland. We pray you are finding the same in your part of God's world.


Vickie said...

Linda, thinking of you and your hubby... Good encouraging Bible verses.

Maybe you ought to get one of those night time wildlife cameras and put it in the hen house? My dad has one and he takes pics of deer and coyotes eating his watermelons and tomatoes in his garden. You might could catch your next chicken dinner not being a team player!

Lanny said...

Well it certainly sounded dramatic when I read it all in my Walter Cronkite voice! "And that's the way it is."

Great reading of the Word today by the way. Thanks.

LindaSue said...

Vickie and Lanny - it works every time - mention frying or stewing and the chicks get busy. Found the eighth egg for today in nesting box when we went out to get the girls up in the Coop Mahal! woo hoo - BTW Vickie - one of those wildlife cameras is on my list if (When?) we win a lotto - would love to see the rest of the story!

KathyB. said...

I just love reading your writings LindaSue!Terms you came up with here "free floating stress","cackleberries",and that whole appropriate line about chicken attitude . You're right, a bad attitude in an animal that is tasty when fried or roasted is not good for it's health. And then after your heart felt concerns about your DH you give this all to God and put it into perspective! Bless you , I enjoyed you post! Oh, also "coop-mahal", Ha Ha!

Anonymous said...

good verses....rough here financially too and I've been sick with a nasty throat cold....easy to get discouraged.....the verse encouraged me, thanks!

the brown turkey fig tree is the one we have too.......we planted ours about 3 years was about 5 ft. when we planted it and its about 14 ft. now...they grow fast..ours is loaded with figs, be sure to give it plenty of water..deep watering several times a week....if its really hot, maybe daily...they reward you with vigorous growth and lots of fruit...

Anonymous said...

Linda, my friend's husband makes a mound out of the goat poo. She thought the vet was going to have a fit. He said it was really good for the goat's to have a mound to climb on. :)

The scripture was good for me to read today.

As Dani said, it is so easy to get discouraged. I fight it all of the time. Knock that old Satan down on his butt...have to stay enouraged!

You and your husband will be in my prayers.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

I hope your husband improves. I hope some rain gets your way. We have had a good rain and then in no time the ground is dry and hard. What do you make with your figs? Blessings,Kathleen