What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Thursday Thankfulness and Friday Foto Friends

 It's a beautiful day today...sun is shining and it's only about 85 degrees, which is better than the 90's of the previous week. Thankfully we've had some nice rain this week, which helps everything look greener and prettier.  Still Waters Pond is in its dry phase, which usually happens this time every year, but as soon as the summer rains start back up regularly, the pond will rejoice and be glad.  I caught this picture of our Sand Hill Crane Family "just passing through" the other evening...

I shared this picture with these verses on Facebook:

Hebrews 13:14-16
New Living Translation
"14 For this world is not our permanent home; 
we are looking forward to a home yet to come.
15 Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. 16 And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God."

Yesterday I went over to the lot next door and took some pictures of the big pine trees that they have marked to be cut down in preparation for the new house.  Many of these trees have been there for probably fifty years or more...they are so huge! It made me kind of sad, so I wanted to "preserve their memory" at least in photos, as once they are gone, the beauty and shade and homes for the birds and wildlife that they provided will be lost forever.   So I hope you won't mind if I share a few pictures of trees.  The trees with the green ribbons on them are the ones that will be removed.

I Chronicles 16:31-33
"31 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
32 Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
Let the field rejoice, and all that is in it.
33 Then the trees of the woods shall rejoice before the Lord,
For He is coming to judge the earth."

This shows the top of that tree above. Its branches go out a long distance, even over to our property next door. I will miss this tree...

These three tall pines will be removed, but there will be a better view of Still Waters Pond and Goose Island once they are removed.

Looking out toward the street:

This area goes around the side of Still Waters Pond, and there is such a lovely breeze under these trees:

Look at those branches on this huge tree...

Right now the sun shines through the treetops, but when they are gone the sun will flood this spot with light. It might be a good thing in the long run, but I personally prefer the shade they provide.

This is another very large tree. I would like to count the "rings" on these tree trunks once they are cut open, to see just how old they are. I wonder if that will be possible...

Looking over across the little canal portion of Still Waters Pond that goes around Goose Island:

Another view of Goose Island. I call it that because that is where the Canada Geese built their nest.

Thank you for bearing with me while I probably am boring you with so many pictures of trees. I am mainly doing this for my own memory, as I want to remember how beautiful this is before it is changed forever.  I still pray for the people who will live here on this lot, and hope that they will truly appreciate the beauty that will hopefully still be preserved as much as possible.

Speaking of neighbors and houses and trees:

I have named this little house "Magnolia Cottage", because that is a huge magnolia tree in front of it. I should have taken a picture when it had more blossoms, but I didn't think of it then.  This is the little house across the street that was brought in and placed there a couple of years ago. I thought I wrote about it then, but I can't find any reference to it.  I remember writing that I was a bit disappointed because I thought they would put a new house on this empty lot, and instead this older manufactured home was brought in that needed a LOT of work to refurbish it. It has taken this man who brought it here a couple of years to get it ready to sell. He worked on it in his spare time, plus had lots of delays for inspections and had to put in a new septic system, etc., so it has been a long process.  Originally he told me that his daughter was going to live there, but since it has taken so long she has found another place, and so now I am of the assumption that he is going to sell it. It has been completely restored inside and out, and is a cute little cottage house.  So I am praying for these potential new neighbors as well.  

Now onto other things...Some of you have asked about my "new glasses" that I mentioned were giving me some difficulty.  Well, I went back to the eye doctor the other day, and he checked the prescription and said it was correct. He suggested (as I figured he would), that I wear them for another week and see how they do. Maybe my 'brain' just needs to get used to them he said... Well, time will tell.  The jury is still out. When I try to read my right eye continues to get very strained.  So we shall see what develops.

My other issue that I mentioned is still a "work in progress", LOL.  I am working on diet and also taking some "supplemental" help as suggested by the doctor. I am also looking at more natural ways of correcting the problem. I am thankful for friends who have given some excellent advice, and hopefully things will "work out" for the best very soon. 

I will close with these thoughts for today...and pray that you and yours have a lovely rest of your week. 



  1. Big fan of trees too. They do eventually get so old that they become a hazard to dwellings and people. We have lots of mature Pine, Oaks, Red Cedars, and many others that we're going to try and sell. Breaks my heart but they're becoming problematic.
    The Sand Hill's are looking good. It must be fun to live on a pond.
    Good luck adjusting to the glasses. 💙

  2. How Danny and I both love the trees that surround us and are prevalent in our neighborhood! We are so sad when our neighbors do not feel the same. Why would you buy a house in a wooded neighborhood and then proceed to take all the trees down? We have had to take some of ours down because of disease or dead limbs, and that is a proactive thing. We still don't like to have to do that.
    Thanks again for all your prayers during this time, Pamela, and know I'm praying for John and you!

  3. I'm sorry about the trees. It always makes me sad to see trees cut down for another house or building. I hope they are leaving as many as they can.
    Getting used to new glasses is hard. I have an appt with the eye doctor soon and may be going through that same issue.
    I am also praying that your other problem improves with what you are doing. It can be very uncomfortable!
    Great verse to end with. That one tends to put things in perspective for me.

  4. I remember your posts about the house being put on the lot across the street from you. It's been awhile. I'm glad the restoration is nearly complete and pray that you get good people to share your street with!! It is sad to see old trees come down. Let us know if you get a chance to count the rings! xo

  5. Sorry that they are cutting down trees. Trees are precious and they take so many years to get that big. Not only are you losing trees but the wildlife that lives in them. These days houses are going up everywhere.
    I love the verse that you shared. We need to quiet down and be still and not let the busyness of the world steal away our time with the Lord.

  6. I was wondering if you could send me a postcard or trinket to describe your home state? I’m working on a secret project. Thank you. Regine

    1. Good Morning Regine. I would love to send you something. I will need to have your mailing address. If you wish, you can send it to me via email, steinerjp7123@gmail.com

  7. I agree - it makes me feel sad that huge trees have to be cut down. Silly in a way (to feel sad) but it just seems you would want and appreciate those trees on your lot. Oh my. I do hope your new glasses will work (and stop being aggravating) soon. I am ordering new glasses this week - and hope they are a quick adjustment!

    1. Oh, I hope your new glasses will be just perfect. I guess they do always need a little period of adjustment, but I am still struggling a bit with these when I read. I mean, why else do we have glasses if not to be able to read??? It's good to hear from you. I hope you are doing well!! God bless you always.

  8. I wonder if they are putting in solar? That’s why we didn’t convert to solar - they wanted to cut all our trees.
    Sad about the trees. 🌳

    1. I don't think they will put in solar, and there still will be a lot of trees left, just not all the big tall pine trees. There are still a lot of oak trees and maybe some holly trees left, but still it will look a LOT different without all those pine trees. I know they have to remove them because they can be so dangerous with lightning strikes and storms blowing them down on a house. Their roots are too shallow...but they have withstood so many storms already I just wish they could stay. I am not a big fan of "progress".

  9. My, my, you are getting a lot of new neighbors. I think Magnolia Cottage is really cute from this perspective. The loss of the trees saddens me too. I've watched so many trees cut down for new subdivisions, both in Spokane over the years and now here in Omaha too. I always think of the animals that are now homeless. I think of your bluebirds, geese and cranes. They all return to Stillwaters Pond to nest. It's home. I think I get too sentimental.
    Take care my friend. I hope your eyes adjust to the new prescription. Dennis went to the eye doctor this week and was told his cataracts haven't changed at all and neither has his prescription. That was nice to hear. :-)

    1. We are "kindred spirits" when it comes to being sentimental. I am working through it and trying to maintain a positive attitude. I am praying for my new neighbors to be, whoever they may be. I just wish we could "have our cake and eat it too", and not have to destroy natural habitats! LOL. I'm glad Dennis got a good report at the eye dr. That's always good news. I hope you have a lovely weekend! Are you going camping again?

    2. Yes, we're going camping tomorrow. We finally got the new topper for the truck that we ordered 4 months ago. Things seem to take a long time nowdays. It will be so nice to be able to put things in the back of the truck and not worry about them blowing out or rain. Secretly, I would like to put a mattress in the truck and sleep back there sometimes and head into the wilderness and "rough it". Dennis says I'm remembering our youth and that my back would rebel. Maybe so, but I'd like to try it.
      We're going out by ourselves this time from Sunday after church until Thursday. Dennis has some projects, like child locks to put on the drawers of the camper that come open when we travel. He wants to wash the trailer and other small projects that we didn't do while camping with friends. We were having too much fun visiting.
      I want to work on some storage solutions, especially a closet that has become a catch-all and then we can't find anything.
      We're looking forward to the time alone and it's only about 20 minutes from home in case Mom needs us.
      Much love,

  10. when the doctor checked the RX for glasses, did he check the glasses or did he check your eyes to see if the RX is correct? years ago mine was due to someone wrote the wrong prescription down and one eye was off.
    it is so sad all the tree will come down and I am trying to figure out why just those trees. I thought they were clearing to put the home. this they are just picking a few here and there. are they building on the lot on your island?
    I love wooded lots and love trees...

  11. Our neighbors had some big trees taken down in their front yard and I'm happy, because now I can see a little further into the sky, plus their house is really pretty and it's nice to be able to see it. I hope ultimately that you will find the same thing with better views. Have a blessed day, Pam.

  12. I'm so glad you made time to take photos of the trees. I don't consider myself a 'tree hugger' necessarily, but it's always sad when nature's disturbed for the sake of our creature comforts.
    Tom's had 'issues' with his eyesight for 4+ years now, but finally found a physician last year who helped w/o resorting to another prism or surgery. If things are significantly better in a week's time please, keep looking!

  13. Thank you for sharing your photos and the Bible verses. Hope your glasses work out for you. Take care and have a nice weekend.

  14. I am thinking the glasses are wrong and not the eyes, hmm...I hope it all works out. Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

  15. Love that scripture, youngest daughter Peggy gave me a cross with the words, Be Still on it, it sits on a shelf in the living room where I can easily see it and remind myself, Be Still. It's good that you took pictures of the trees that will be cut down, I just hate to see that happen. It happened here 2 years ago, the lot across the street now has a beautiful people home but so many birds and squirrels lost their home. {{sigh}} And life goes on. I always leave your blog feeling blessed. ((hugs)) ♥

  16. Beautiful photos! understand about new glasses, I got mine in Feb and trifocals wow were they hard to get to adjust! I hope you can get used to them! I hope you have a blessed beautiful weekend. (New post up)

  17. Did you try the sauerkraut yet? Luckily I love it and can eat it every day if I would just remember, ha ha LOL! I do feel sad seeing trees cut down and I sure do hope you get GOOD NEW neighbors there. We had a nice slow weekend here, lots of thundershowers through and then gone and then back again. The gardens got a good watering, that is for sure! I hope your weekend was nice. Hugs!


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