Stripped Bark

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Looking out to the garden today, I was surprised to see bark stripped from trees beside the house.  If I did not know differently, I could say a bear was responsible; I can even imagine there are claw marks gouging the bark………………………..

Can anyone hazard a guess as to what the culprit might be?

I certainly hope my guess is incorrect!  🙂

Meantime, I continue to watch for birds returning from their winter sojourn, in warmer climes, as I anticipate spring-like weather and familiar critters in the garden.



Hoorah for spring!


25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband by Jennifer Flanders – Book Review

25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband (A Handbook for Wives) by Jennifer Flanders, is definitely gracious, and spirit-filled advice for all wives seeking to improve their marital relationship, and especially for new wives who can only cherish the nuggets of information, with which this book abounds.

Initially, I found it to be a sugary, too-good-to-be-true exchange: however, considering the writer has been happily married for more than twenty-five years; is the mother of twelve children, who has time, energy and skill to share the ways that she makes marriage work, I consider her ideas, biblical truths and honest personal disclosures worthwhile reading, and then putting into practice.

The short chapters include such topics as Choose Joy;  Don’t Nag; Smile at Him; Kiss Him Goodbye (and hello); Be Content; Respond Physically.  Each gives clear biblical backup and down-to-earth, easy to accomplish steps to take that can pretty much guarantee, you will have a marriage made in heaven.  Of course, you will very likely have to change, but they will bring benefits worth having.

Easy to read and definitely worth the time it takes to do so.

I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.   (Disclosure required by Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255).

Patricia E Day

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Welcome Spring



Looking out of the window, this morning, I was delighted to see red squirrels running around the garden.

I say delighted, because I haven’t seen them since late Fall.

Despite the reports that we are going to receive more snow this week, I will enjoy watching these beautiful creatures, knowing that warmer days are truly arriving – at last!

What sight has uplifted your heart today?     IMG_4044