What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
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Friday, May 3, 2024

Friday Foto Friends From Still Waters Pond and Beyond...

I thought, how appropriate that there is an "iris" planted beside an eye doctor's office. 
This was at the eye doctor in St. Augustine where I went with my hubby yesterday to see about whether or not he is going to have to have cataract surgery. Well, according to this doctor, not yet. His real issue is not cataracts, but something to do with the cornea...so there will be some further tests and possibly a referral to a cornea specialist. Right now he will be using some special eye drops to hopefully help the situation.  So we pray for a reasonable solution and healing.

These big beautiful trees are growing next to Still Waters Pond, near the little canal around "Goose Island".
I thought these verses went well with this picture...

Psalm 1:1-3

"1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper."

Speaking of Goose Island, if you recall I told you HERE the other day that I was not sure what exactly was going on with the geese. 

Well, later that same day I saw Father and Mother Goose out on the little marsh island that was the Sand Hill Crane's nesting place, and they were both just sitting there.
Mother Goose kept tucking her head into her feathers, and I thought perhaps there were babies tucked inside there, although I wasn't sure how they got from the nesting site over to this site  so quickly.  I assume they spent the night out there, but they weren't there in the morning, so I went back around to check their nest on Goose Island.

The nest appeared to be abandoned...
And then I saw this down in the water just below the nest...it appears to be a cracked egg shell...
And this, which appears to be a lot of downy feathers scattered from the nest...
And this, which appears to be a whole egg, floating in the water...
Another close up of that cracked egg shell...

And very sadly there was no sign of Mother or Father Goose around, and no sign of any baby geese.  I have had to assume that either something destroyed their nest, or the eggs were not viable and they abandoned the nest...we haven't seen either of them since that last evening.  So, I am feeling kind of sad about all of that. Apparently this just wasn't their time to bring some new baby goslings into the world. King Solomon, with all of this wisdom, seems to address this subject very well for all of humanity, and perhaps, in a way,  it applies to the realm of nature as well...all God's Creation...

Ecclesiastes 3

1 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
4 A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
7 A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
8 A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.
The God-Given Task

9 What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? 10 I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end."

And so we move on to the next event...I can't linger here for long as I have to just trust that the God of all creation knows best in every situation, and we have to trust Him, even for the lives of the geese, the bluebirds, the Sand Hill Cranes, and everything else that wanders into our pathway.

Today was actually a happy day.  Our church ladies' group, "Women in Faith", held their annual May Fellowship Day, where we invite ladies from all the neighborhood churches and beyond to come for a luncheon and a little program and just a time of fellowship and sharing God's love with one another.  It was very well attended, with almost 70 ladies!  Here are the pictures I took...later I realized that I didn't manage to get into any of these pictures, but you know what I look like anyway! LOL. 

I will not attempt to identify everyone in these photos, because I don't know many of these ladies myself, since many were from different churches.  But for those that I think you will find significant, I will identify them.

I am sure you will appreciate this picture below, because many of you will recognize Lily Grace.  The lady who is holding her is the sweet lady who made her Easter dress for her...and this was the first time she had actually gotten to "meet" Lily Grace in person! This is Ellen, and she is one of our snow-birds, and will be heading back home to NY state tomorrow, so this was a special time for them to meet:

This was my table, and you will recognize my sweet DIL Rose on the left. I was so happy she could make it for the luncheon, because she had to get up at 3:00 am to get ready to be at work by 5 a.m.  She works at Home Depot, and she worked from 5-9 a.m. this morning, and then came straight here to the church.  Such a sweetheart!

These sweet ladies below are each over 90 years old, but they remain very active in church and would not miss this fellowship for anything. Actually the lady on the left recently moved away from here with her son and daughter in law, but they came back to be with us today.
This is her daughter in law.  We sure miss both of them and wish they hadn't moved away, but that's just how life is sometimes...It was really great to see them both today.

We call this happy lady "Mary Sunshine". She's just a very special lady...and "Sunshine" fits her fun personality...
This was our speaker for the day, who is also a member of our church, and our Pastor's wife in the middle, and Norma, our group President. They were testing the sound system to get ready for her presentation, which was a monologue in the person of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, from His birth to His death and resurrection. Very powerful message.

Norma, our President, and a lady who just knows how to get things done. I've talked about Norma before...she's just really, really special...

Our speaker Barbara again:

The food table...it was all so good!

Everything was so nicely decorated...
This is my plate, and there's Lily Grace again. She enjoyed the "party" so much! And everyone just loved having her there. They may have thought I was a little bit crazy, but what else is new???

The dessert table:

I guess that's a good place to stop for the night!  

Here are a few verses to ponder from Proverbs 31, talking about a "virtuous wife", a role model for women everywhere...

"25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness."

"30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates."

 Good night my friends. I hope you have had a wonderful day and that your weekend will be filled with joy and blessings.


  1. I'm sorry about the geese. It is sad to see life end. We had a squirrel that was hanging out near our office that was looking sick. He hasn't been around for a few days so we think his life may have ended too and we were all sad about that.
    Your event looks wonderful! So many ladies and lots of smiles!

    1. Hi Anonymous. Thinking maybe this is Terri? someone that still works...so I don't know who for sure! LOL. Sorry about the squirrel. Hope all is well with you, whoever this is! :)

  2. Very sad about the geese, hopefully they'll come back next season and try again :) It looks like you had a wonderful gathering, and was that a little name tag I spied on Lily Grace's dress?

    1. Thank you! Yes, I hope the geese will try again next year. Re: Lily Grace's dress, I think what you are seeing that is white on her dress is actually the tip of the tail of her little dog Bailey, who is sitting kind of crookedly on her lap! LOL. I never thought of a name tag for her, but that would have been a good idea! I had to keep introducing her because she was too shy to speak for herself. LOL. Have a lovely day.

  3. Will the geese nest again this season? Looks like your May gathering turned out nice. Our church is holding a women's tea this month. I used to be on the board and helped with many teas. Have a nice weekend!

    1. Probably not nest again until next spring, I am guessing. I think they only nest once a year. I hope your ladies' tea is really nice. I would've loved for this to be a "tea", but it was close enough. The paper cups/plates looked like real china. They were so pretty! These southern ladies are more iced tea drinkers than hot tea, I've discovered. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  4. So sorry about the vision problems. I hope something can be done about it very soon.
    There's a lot of critters that eat bird eggs. Perhaps that's what happened. Geese only nest once a year but they do mate for "life". They'll try again next year if something doesn't interfere with that.
    That's a lot of women in one place! That's encouraging that so many want to get together and fellowship. The First Baptist in Blackshear, where we attended before the scamdemic, used to have that many attendees. It was a lot of fun.
    Hope y'all have a great weekend. It's fixin' to rain here and that makes me and my plants very happy!
    Love 💙

    1. The ladies' gathering consisted of ladies from several different churches in the community. We do this every year, and the ladies all love to come. Of course, our group sponsors it and we don't charge anything for it. It is a way to reach out and bless our community with the love of Jesus. Oh, please send us some of your rain. My phone said earlier today that we might get rain tomorrow, but now I see it no longer says that. We need it very badly. Thank you for your kind words. Hope you have a lovely weekend and SONday tomorrow!

  5. Good Morning Pamela! Thank you for such a wonderful post. I'm sorry to read about teh goose eggs. I hope the couple come back next year and try again.
    I'll be praying for your dear Hubby and the cornea issues with his eye. May God heal him quickly and completely.
    What a wonderful event at your church. The room you were in looks perfect for such things. The smiles and fellowship are so very needed. The food looks wonderful too and the topic of the speaker sounds like it would be very interesting. How wonderful that Lilly Grace could also attend. With that big smile, it looks as though she's having a wonderful time too.
    Blessings and love,

    1. Thank you, Betsy. I hope the geese try again next year. Time will tell. Thank you for your kind words for my hubby. We are praying the same. And yes, Lily Grace had a great time at the ladies' luncheon. She was very well received by all. She's quite the little charmer! LOL.

  6. Sorry about the cornea, prayers for it to be something they can control or repair. My first cousins, son in law is pastor of a church in St Augustine, the name is Christ Reformed Community Church. that is really a great turnout for the tea time and everyone looks so happy to be there. Even Lily Grace looks happy. so sorry about the eggs, and my first thought was some creature created by God destroyed those eggs. It is sad they never made it out of the eggs. Hope whatever it was they are not going to bother your Sand Crane babies..

    1. The Sand Hill Crane babies are getting big enough to take care of themselves, but they still stay close to Mama and Daddy, and they are fierce protectors. Not sure what happened with the goose eggs, but I am sure they will try again next year. Something wasn't right, because the geese usually have more than just two eggs, and that's all I saw with these. So maybe it just wasn't meant to be this time around. How nice that your cousin's son in law pastors that church in St. Augustine. I bet it is a big church, as St. Augustine is growing by leaps and bounds. We are about an hour's drive away, and only go there when we have to, like for certain specialist dr. appointments. We don't like driving there because the traffic is getting very congested. But we don't have a lot to choose from here. It is what it is. Insurance dictates where we can go... Have a lovely weekend.

  7. Pam: I enjoyed reading about your May Fellowship meeting. I will remember John in my prayers. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

    1. Thank you, Cecelia. We appreciate your prayers muchly!! I hope you are having a lovely weekend. Take care my friend.

  8. It's nice to see photos of your friends. And I love seeing the pond. I could dedicate my post to you today....I always think of you when I get to hike to a beautiful pond! Enjoy your weekend!

    1. So nice to see YOU here too! yes, there's just something special about a pond in the woods or in nature where the critters can enjoy it. Thank you for visiting and also for thinking of me when you go to a pond! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

  9. What a lovely group, Pamela! It's obvious just in their smiling faces that they are truly sisters-in-Christ as His joy is reflected in them.
    I will continue praying for John and hope you will keep praying for Danny. He was experiencing blurry shadows in the bottom of his right eye, and the eye doctor sent him back to the hospital to be tested and monitored. Son, Nicco, is with him, and even though we don't know how long Danny will be there, he's in good spirits. There are so many praying for him, and I thank you so much for yours!

    1. I am so sorry to hear about Danny being back in the hospital. So glad his son is able to be with him, and we pray that he won't have to stay long before they figure out what is going on and know how to treat him. Praying for you as well. (((hugs)))

  10. How my heart hurts for Father and Mother Goose. Do geese mourn, I wonder? Ecclesiastes 3 is one of my all-time favorites -- and yes, when they put that to music (forget the group) "Turn, Turn, Turn" became a favorite as well.

    Your ladies fellowship luncheon looks like a great time. I never experienced such fellowship before coming here, but I love being surrounded by like-minded, fun-loving women.
    I'm putting John's eyes on my prayer list tonight!

    1. I don't know if geese mourn or not, but I do know that they take really good care of their babies and will stand up to any predator who comes near to fight for them. Whether they "feel" grief or not I can't say, but I've seen how birds react when their "child" is in danger or even when it has been "taken away'. To me it looks a lot like grief. Yes, it is wonderful to have good Christian friends and fellowship. It is good for the soul! Thank you for the prayers for John's eyes. We are trusting it is something that can be treated and hopefully cured. Prayers are always welcome!

  11. I am late getting here but sure enjoyed your photos. I'm sorry about the goose eggs. So sad. Your ladies' luncheon was a big success!! Well done! Prayers for John's eye problem. Glad the doctor is treating it quickly. Love & hugs!

  12. So sad, there will be no baby geese this time. You ladies' luncheon looks like so much fun! That's a big group and the food and desserts look wonderful!

  13. You have had a busy week. I smiled when I read St. Augustine because we were visiting there last year. And then yesterday at church some teenage friends mentioned that they had attended a wedding there last weekend! We had a great conversation about the area (can you imagine teenagers talking so much and seeming to enjoy it?)
    Poor papa and mama goose. I hope they return soon.

  14. Looks like a nice gathering or ladies, all enjoying one another's company and surely delicious food and fellowship. It is unfortunate about the goose eggs being destroyed but hopefully the parents will move to someplace perhaps less vulnerable. This week, I spotted our first set of 6 goslings with the adults goind for a swim in the river.


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