Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Scenes from Rockport, Massachusetts



Rockport, Massachusetts, is a delightful town on the sea that is a summer destination for hundreds of people.


We recently came back from a few days in this charming place.


Yes, it's a bit touristy in the summer but I still love it.






It's quaint, picturesque and quintessentially New England in style.



We stayed, once again, at Captain Bounty by the Sea, which is right on a lovely beach.

Yes, the water was very chilly but quite refreshing on a hot, summer's day.

The shops along a main street are filled with all kinds of doodads and the view of the ocean at the end of the street is breathtaking.


Ahhhhhh, Rockport. It stole a part of my heart.


We will have other posts on Rockport so, if interested, stay tuned.

WHERE DO YOU LOVE TO ESCAPE DURING SUMMER VACATION?

A Sweet-Smelling Story




Once upon a time, when I lived in Ohio, a friend made the most delightfully smelling wreath.

The fragrance was so incredible.

I asked her what kind of plant the wreath was made from.

It was an herb, she said, called Sweet Annie.

Another name for it is Artemesia wormwood.



Many decades have  gone by since those adventurous single days but I've never forgotten the Sweet Annie wreath.

So this summer, I was determined to find the herb and grow it with making future wreaths in mind.

It wasn't easy, though. I called probably four to five plant places before finally locating Sweet Annie.


It's growing well and I couldn't be happier.

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF SWEET ANNIE?


Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Lesson from the Birds: Carefree and Cared For


One of the strangest things seen regularly around here are birds that resemble seagulls in a busy shopping district parking lot.

We live far from the ocean where seagulls are usually seen.

Yet the birds are here and love being in big puddles after a rainstorm.

Whenever I see them, they make me think of how the Lord provides for the "least of these" so they don't have a care in the world.

They apparently get plenty to eat, appear content with what they have,  and  enjoy their freedom.

I think humans can learn from them.

Today, may your day be super blessed. 

WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL EXTRA BLESSED?
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