What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Thursday Thankfulness and Friday Foto Friends

Hello! Happy Thursday Thankfulness and Friday Foto Friends! 

I don't think Sgt. Joyce Kilmer had this tree in mind when he wrote the poem "Trees"


"I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree."

Joyce Kilmer, “Trees” from Poetry 2, no. 5 (August 1915): 153.

Thought I'd put something a little different than the usual to get your attention! LOL.  Even decaying trees can be beautiful in their own way...well, it might take a bit of imagination to see the beauty, but if you look hard enough, you will see it.
This is what happens when you stand up out in the woods too long.  The woodpeckers come and peck away at you and the insects eat up your insides and the squirrels and raccoons and birds make their nests in your hollow center. You begin to look like "The Walking Dead".  LOL. But even decaying trees serve a purpose!

Okay, here, this is a little bit better! This beautiful little Spiderwort wildflower was growing not too far away from that very sad looking decaying tree. Did you know that this little wildflower is not only "attractive, it is also edible. Try the flowers fresh on a salad or candied for a sweet treat. Stems and leaves can be eaten raw and leaves can also be cooked. The leaves are mucilaginous; the “juice” can be used to soothe insect bites in the same way one would use aloe."  So the next time you see one of these lovely little purple flowers in the woods or in your yard, don't destroy it! Just enjoy it!

It's been a busy week. Today (Thursday), is the first day I've been able to stay home and relax and try to get caught up on stuff here. I'm not complaining...it's all good...just been busy going here and there and everywhere it seems. I might as well start at the beginning and work my way through so you will understand...

Why don't I start with the Kentucky Derby on Saturday?  No, I didn't go. As a matter of fact, I didn't even get to watch it on TV as we couldn't find it in time to see the race.  I had not been paying attention to the fact that it was time for it until I saw someone post something on Facebook that they were having a Derby party at their community clubhouse. Well, if you've known me for very long, you will know that I love to use that occasion as an excuse to put on a pretty hat and pretend I am among the many hat wearers at the Kentucky Derby.  While hubby tried in vain to find the race on TV before it was over, I was busily donning my lovely tea party hat and sprucing myself up for the "party".

By the time he found it, the race was over, and we had to watch it on YouTube. No matter, I was having fun anyway. I have no clue who won the race or even who was running. To me, it was all about the hat. LOL.  I only get to wear a fancy hat on Derby Day or for some other fun or make believe occasion. This particular hat I had worn a year or so ago for a "High Tea with Mrs. Henry Flagler" tea party, put on by our local Historical Society. HERE is a link to that event.

Just wondering, do you ever wear fancy hats? If so, where and when?  We do have some ladies who wear hats to church, but since I sing in the choir it would not be appropriate for me to wear a hat. Besides, I am rather self-conscious about doing anything that might attract too much attention to myself in church.  Obviously, I don't seem to care about that at other times. LOL.  Just kidding. Well, those who really know me from childhood know the truth of that matter.  So let's move on to other things, shall we, rather than focusing too much attention on myself. LOL.

Speaking of Kentucky, I mentioned in a post about a month or so ago about a friend at our church who had undergone a 12 hour surgery (cancer) and had come through it very well, thank the Lord.  Well, this dear friend moved here with her hubby to our town a few years ago from Kentucky.  They fell in love with this sweet little Victorian Cottage in the historical section of our little town, and so they bought it and have been enjoying fixing it up.  On Monday I had the privilege to take my friend over to Gainesville for a medical procedure. She is doing very well following her surgery, but still has some hoops to jump through before she will be completely well. However, Praise God, they have declared that there is no more cancer, which is a huge miracle as she was originally diagnosed at stage 4. She is a walking miracle for certain!

I asked her if she would mind if I took some pictures of her beautiful home and share them here with you. She said she would be delighted.  

This is the front gate, which is covered with beautiful Confederate (or Star) Jasmine. 

The gate leads to the front porch...

which wraps around the house like this...

They have lovely gardens and yard all around their sweet cottage home...
And even a beautiful spoon wind spinner and a Pink Flamingo to add to the southern charm of this home!

Their home is within walking distance of our little church, and so it was only natural that God would lead them to come and join us for worship. They are a blessing to our church and community. Please continue to keep "Kim" in your thoughts and prayers as she continues in her recovery process. I know she would appreciate it.

On Tuesday hubby and I had our own doctor appointments to attend in St. Augustine, about an hour away from home. This was for a consultation to determine if and when we have our next colonoscopies.  Hubby will have one in a couple of weeks, but they said it was too soon for me to have another one, but they ordered a CT Scan instead because of some issues I've been having for a while. Well, that led to Wednesday, when I had to drink that yucky barium "berry smoothie milkshake" (LOL). I did manage to choke down two bottles of that stuff, but it was not without some difficulty. I quoted my verse  (and One Word) of the year all the while:  

Philippians 4:13
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

The CT scan was not too scary, but I found myself still holding on to that verse as I held myself perfectly still and held my breath when asked.  Not sure when I will get the results, but I am trusting God for good results.

Of course, our trip to St. Augustine on Tuesday was a good excuse for us to stop off at one of our favorite eating establishments on the way back home for lunch.  "Corky Bells", beside the St. John's River. in Palatka. Thankfully it was early enough that it wasn't too crowded or too hot yet, so we were able to get a table beside the river.  Here's our view:

This was my favorite view...

And his "favorite view". LOL.

It was breezy, sunny, and lovely all around us...

Oh, look out for alligators, but we didn't see any this time...

Easter lilies blooming in May!  I think mine here in my garden will be blooming in a few days as well...

Beautiful day to sit beside the river in the shade of this huge Cypress Tree.
There were many boaters out on the river enjoying a lovely day...

Back home again on our own Still Waters Pond, I shared this picture and verse on Facebook yesterday:

John 14:27
27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

I think this is a good place to stop for today.  We know that God is in control in all things, the world situation, things that happen in our own homes and communities, and even in our own personal lives. We can trust in Him no matter what...and He has promised us His peace. Therefore, we should not let our hearts be troubled or be afraid. Just hold on to His peace. Amen.


  1. Pam: I so enjoyed your pictures today. We had mists and sprinkles all afternoon. I have a WIP, work in progress that is going on, slowly. I went to Bible Study and stayed after to help write some cards to people who have not been at church for a while. I will pray for Kim. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

    1. Thank you, Cecelia. Oh, I wish we had some sprinkles here. I hope you are able to get your WIP put together in God's great time! How wonderful to send cards to people who are "missing in action". Thank you for the prayers for Kim. I know she appreciates it. Blessings to you and yours as well.

  2. Decaying trees are an important part of the eco-system. I try to always leave them unless close to the house or driveway.
    Such wonderful photos. Praying that the CT scan gives y'all the right answers. They can be very revealing. Share when you know? Thanks.💙

    1. Thank you, Sparky. I am amazed that you are able to type comments. I hope your finger isn't hurting too badly today. Thank you for the prayers. I will let you know when I know something. God is in control. amen.

  3. Depending upon God's grace and strength more than ever, Pam. There are days that Danny and I both feel like the decaying tree - lol! Please keep us both in your prayers as he has to make so many follow-up appointments, and since he can't drive, I'm his personal Uber driver for the most part. I am so very grateful to the Lord for healing him and I pray He will continue to do so.
    I'm waiting until the Comcast folks come tomorrow to straighten out our internet "virus" issue so I can actually use our email on our "big" computers. Using only my phone to read non-Blogger posts in nigh impossible for the "old" folks!
    Blessings, my friend, and I will be praying for Kim!

    1. So good to hear from you, Martha. Been ;praying for Danny. I hope he is feeling better. I will continue to pray. I hope you get your computer/internet situation fixed soon. I know how frustrating that can be. We've become very dependent upon our outlet to the outer world. Take care my friend, and we will keep praying.

  4. Beautiful hat, Pamela!

    I just looked back at old blog posts and saw you commented in 2016. That was eight years ago!

    1. Wow! I did? Good for me! LOL. I hope I said something sensible! Thank you for being an "old friend"! I always love to see what you have to say! Hope you are having a blessed week!

  5. Amen, amen, amen!! You look so good in hats and I remember the Tea Party last year, when you wore that lovely hat. I wish I could wear hats. I'm so happy Kim is doing well and have added her to my prayer list. That cottage is so pretty!! Happy weekend! It's almost here!

  6. I've always liked that poem. I also love trees, and the older they get, the more character they have - like people!
    The derby hat is pretty and I love that you put it on, but bummer about missing the race!
    Your friends home is charming!
    Praying for answers from the CT scan.

  7. what a beautiful poem! that hat looks good on you! I understand about singing in choir and wearing hats. I love hats! That cottage is beautiful! I remember visiting St. Augustine as a 10 yr old child! even today I remember the OLD beautiful town. I am glad to see you and hubby still doing well. Prayers for your test being clear/negative. I have a new post up! Hope you have a blessed weekend.

  8. my favorite photos today are the two favorite views of you and your husband. love that! the tree to me is gorgeous. we had a wonderful ruby red grape fruit tree that fed the whole neighborhood for many years, about 25 years I think. it just up and died and became a piece of art in our front yard. for years tree people would offer to take it down for us at a certain price. I told them I loved it. along came the side swipe of a hurricane and it fell over. we were so sad..
    I would not want to drive an hour to the doctor, but wow what a wonderful day out with all the beauty you saw and that restaurant is one I would love.
    The house your friend bought is exactly like my grandmothers here. except no dormer on the front and the front porch was screened. we call these cracker homes and they are my favorite style of home. if you were to search cracker home on my blog, there are many.

  9. I may have said it before, but it bears repeating. You look absolutely fetching on your
    'Derby' hat! How I wish hats -- both men and ladies -- would come back into vogue. I used to say I wore them to hide a 'bad hair day', lol.
    That decaying tree is really something. Mesmerizing. Reminds me of something I captured on our adjoining empty lot I titled, "The Scream." I'll have to see if I can't find it and share sometime.
    I love Kim's new-to-them cottage. Mostly, her incredible recovery from Stage 4. Yes, Mr. God's still in the Miracles business. Lifting my prayers right now for your and John's medical journey. (Or, should I say, maze? Sometimes it feels that way, doesn't it?)

  10. Thank you very much, Pam, I enjoyed your photos and your text. I never wear hats. In the church of my youth, all girls and women used to wear a hat. Even the very young girls of 4. All of them. In that church, they still do. I'm no longer a member there, but I remember it well. And they really didn't wear such beautiful hats as yours, haha. No flwers on it.

    Are those medical checks mandatory in your country or because something was once seen that wasn't right? Here in the Netherlands, we don't have that just like that. Warm regards and thank you very much for the beautiful Bible verse at the end. 🎩📸


  11. That is some tree! That is a pretty flower and it is interesting that you can eat it. That's a pretty hat. No I do not wear hats at all. Their home is charming. Sorry you had to drink that stuff for a CT scan. Hope all is well with both of you. I have to go again in 3 years. Glad you got to go and have lunch at a favorite place. Enjoyed your photos. Have a nice weekend.

  12. Hi Pamela! You look lovely in that hat. I wear a cowboy hat when I go on hikes, but other than that, I am not much of a hat girl. I hope that you and your husband both have good news from your medical procedures. Your friends home is lovely. So glad she came through the surgery OK and is now cancer free! Have a good weekend. See you again soon!

  13. Pamela, that was a lovely hat even if you were just modeling at home. We didn't watch the derby or even read about the results. In answer to your question, I do wear baseball caps in rainy weather as i dislike coat hoods. So nice to read the good medical report on your neighbors, who have a very sweet cottage and really liked that porch! Good thoughts and hopes that your medical procedure went well with only good news for both. Happy Mother's Day 💐 to you and hope your day is as special as you are, my blog friend

  14. Hey, I know where that house is!!! I had no idea your friends own it, smiles. Wishing you a lovely Mother's Day my friend.

    1. They bought it not long after you were looking at it online. I know, because I remember you looking at it, and I looked at it to see if it would be "suitable" for you. They love it, but they also enjoy some very old fashioned ways of living. There is no central AC, but they don't mind. There are very high ceilings and lots of ceiling fans and big windows. There are some other things about the house that they love, but I don't think you would've enjoyed as much as they do. God knew what was best for you and also for them. They have made it into a very lovely home, and you have a lovely home where you are! Of course, we would've loved for you and Dave to live up here and be our "neighbors", so to speak, but God had other plans for you, and God wanted our friends here to have that home! It all works out for the best when God is in control! I hope you had a lovely day yesterday too. (((hugs)))

  15. Hi my friend. Hope all is well.

  16. Such a charming cottage, I would love living there!! You looked very snazzy in your pretty blue hat, you would have put those derby goers to shame. ☺


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