What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Trees and Stuff

 Turns out I was wrong about the trees in this post a week or so ago.  I thought that the pine trees on the lot next door that had the green ribbon around them were the trees they were going to cut down when they cleared the lot for the new house.  

However, this morning when I went outside because I was hearing a lot of noise next door, I discovered that the pine trees are basically the only trees they are leaving on the lot!

With a few minor exceptions, (for which I am thankful), most of the beautiful old oak trees are being removed instead.

They had this excavation machine over there picking up the trees that the other "claw" like machine was pulling up by the roots and putting in a stack for the excavator to pick up and put in the trailer to be hauled away.

They had to make a LOT of trips to wherever they were hauling that trailer load throughout the day.
It was fascinating, but sad, to watch whole trees being uprooted and discarded into the trash dump.

However, at the end of the day, there were still some beautiful trees left on the lot, and the view of Still Waters Pond and Goose Island will be lovely for whoever is blessed to live in the new house that will be put on this lot.

However, one fellow was not too happy about this situation.  Mr. Red Shouldered Hawk was calling out his displeasure at this intrusion to his hunting grounds.

I think he was telling me exactly what he was thinking about this issue in some uncensored shrieks.

I told him I was sorry, but he gave me "the look" and then flew away to happier hunting grounds.

Even though I am not thrilled with the destruction of so many beautiful trees, I am still hopeful and praying that we will soon have some wonderful new neighbors. I try to look at this in as positive a light as possible.

Here's some good thoughts from Proverbs 3:27-30 about our relationships with neighbors:

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
28 Do not say to your neighbor,
“Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,”
When you have it with you.
29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
30 Do not strive with a man without cause,
If he has done you no harm.

And here's what Jesus taught His disciples about this...

Mark 12:30-31 NKJV

30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 
31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 
There is no other commandment greater than these.”

I pray that I will be that kind of good neighbor.

I wanted to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers on behalf of my hubby, who had a medical procedure done yesterday. Everything went very well and his results were quite good, so we are extremely thankful.  He has to have another test tomorrow, which is a follow up to the surgery he had last fall.  And then next week there will be another kind of test.  Then hopefully that will be it for a long time!  The co-pays for these procedures/tests are beginning to add up, but we are thankful that we have insurance (medicare advantage plan) to take care of the bulk of the expense.  And we are thankful that we have the medical technology available to diagnose and also help treat/cure medical problems when they do arise.  We know that God does the actual "curing"/healing, but we are thankful that He has given people knowledge and wisdom to know how to treat our human ills and diseases.  We've certainly come a long way since the days of "bleeding" someone to cure them, which usually just hurried along their death.  Yes, I am very thankful for our medical professionals.

Well, folks, it's time to close for today. It's 94 degrees outside and very bright and sunny. No rain in sight for the next week. We are praying for a break in the weather soon. Still Waters Pond may soon have to be called Still No Waters Pond! LOL.

Take care my friends! 

Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV

24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’



  1. I am so sad to see them take down all those trees, Florida is famous for that, ours has changed so much in the past 40 years it is not recognizable. at first they just build single family homes but we are so big now they started building 3 and then 4 storry apartments and last year have gone to 8 stories soon to be 12. we will look like Miami soon. I will go back and read about the procedure, I missed a day. glad he is doing well and prayers for a quick recovery

  2. “ …. uncensored shrieks.” Yes, Mr. Red Shouldered Hawk surely had an opinion about all this. I hope this all works out well for you.

    Praying John continues to do well.

  3. I don’t understand why you have co-pays. I have basic Medicare and TriCare. With the exception of the monthly bite out of my social security for the Medicare I pay zero for TriCare. I’ve had 2 major surgeries, cateract procedures and have not had a co-pay or a doctor bill. We are truly blessed because it seems everyone I know who had Medicare Advantage plans pay. I don’t get it.

    Trees - so sad but if they’re building a new home it has to be. Before any of us moved into our homes there were once beautiful trees and wildlife. It’s just the ugly part of progress!

    I wasn’t aware your husband had surgery. I hope he is well and his recovery is swift.

    Always a joy to hear of your birds and happenings at Still Waters Pond.

  4. Taking out trees always makes me sad but I do see the need to cull the herd, especially if a home will be placed there. Looks like they will be on y'alls pond too? I hope whomever is moving in will be quiet, kind and become a good friend(s).
    Meant to mention that I prayed for your husband and you. Well, I pray for all our blogging friends but I did think of what was going on. Glad it all went well. Sometimes my fingers get ahead of what's left of my brain and I forget to mention whatever. LOL Do know that y'all are in my thoughts and prayers. 💙

  5. I hate seeing trees cut down, but I guess it needs to happen if you're building. I have no doubt that you will be a wonderful neighbor and they will be blessed to have you.
    So glad everything went well yesterday and you are right about how God has blessed us with good medical care.

  6. Sad, but since coming here 6 years ago, we've had to have several trees felled. As a matter of fact, this morning my FB memories reminded me of my poor Camry that lay victim to a giant tree limb.
    Praying that the lucky folks who wind up being your neighbors are all you hope for. Thanks for the good news about John's procedure! I'm trusting the Great Physician will continue blessing him and you.

  7. Thinning out the trees helps those that are left to grow much stronger so maybe that is comforting for you to think about. Woodlands left to their own devices become piney woods with weak scrawny pines, swamp maples, etc. and way too much underbrush. Remember we are to tame the land and clean it up. (just trying to make you feel better about it. Hard to see things come down or change. :( . I pray God sends you lovely neighbors who will be a real blessing to you.

  8. I can't believe they've taken out oak trees and left pines. Pines to me are the weed of the tree family, :)

  9. So good to hear hubbys procedure went well. Yes, I am certainly thankful for wonderful doctors that God has put in our path. All knowledge is from Him. I sure don't blame Mr. Red Shouldered Hawk I would be hollering too. Hope your day is happy and blessed.

  10. Pam: It will be interesting to see how that land next to you will look when the people start building and will finish the project. Thankful that John got good results from his procedure. God is SO good to His children. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

  11. We have MORE thunderstorms on the way within the hour and then rain through tomorrow night. We've already had more rain this summer than in the past 3 years.
    The trees make me so sad. I think I've watched too many childrens shows with Piper. I can almost hear the trees crying as they're pulling them up. I don't consider myself a "crazy tree person" but it makes me sad to see perfectly good trees cut down. I always think of the poor animals who's homes were there, and the hunters like the hawk.
    Dennis and I ran errands this morning and now he's at his Mom's. He mowed at Brad & Mandy's this morning too. They're on vacation and he was trying to beat the rain.
    I hope your Thursday is going wonderfully and that your hubby has recovered from his medical things. I was definitely praying for him. :-)
    Blessings and hugs,

  12. So sad about the trees! I am praying that you get good neighbors, and no doubt you and your husband will be wonderful neighbors. Thankful that John got good results. I have a new post up! always enjoy you stopping by!

  13. I am glad there are still trees to be at the soon to be new house for your new neighbors. Sad that the bird wasn't happy! :-( I am thankful that your husband has survived his procedure that was yesterday and feeling better daily, which are in my prayers. It's been warm outdoors today and a bit more tomorrow but then a bit cooler. Our daughter had her procedure yesterday morning when her ostomy bag was removed. She stayed in the hospital overnight and came home via her sweet, dear friend drove her home! I went outside and watered plants. Most likely not til Saturday again as I am leaving to drive to eastern OR tomorrow afternoon. I hope you have seen my post I shared on Monday evening. Hugs and blessings, Becky

  14. I know that you and John will be great neighbors and pray that you get good neighbors. Praying for John now and his total healing. So thankful for how far we've come in medical technology. With insurance, it seems that one test has to be done before another test of greater advantage can be done so insurance will approve. We have great insurance but the waiting for the next step and then the next step can sure get exhausting. Going to pray over John today. Hugs and blessings, Cindy


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