Monday, August 12, 2013

Savoring Sunday ~ Nature Break

A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the week.” 

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Is it just me, or does food taste better on Sundays?  Our Lord on High certainly knew what he was doing when he prescribed one day a week to take a break... to have definable negative space between the busyness of everyday.  

This morning all the calories landed on the brunch plate. Cozying up to fingers of sausage were fresh cinnamon waffles slathered with cream cheese whipped light with cream  flavored up with sugar and real vanilla- topped with macerated strawberries and blueberries glazed with a drizzle of real maple syrup.  

On  the side, a creamy quiche filled with layers of cheese and Anaheim peppers  planned over from last night's light supper left us dreamy and full.

Overall, it's been a cool summer. Well into August already,  today the thermometer barely tripped into the mid- 80's.  It's kind of fun watching BBC  and hearing our temperature translated into Celsius- just a bit over 30 degrees):-  

The monarch butterflies are just now regularly sailing silently through the backyard. It doesn't matter what is on TV when this is the view from the patio.

It has been a superlative week communicating with colleagues, friends and family at home in the different latitudes of this great nation.  

North Dakota frog image by Trevor Plunk
 Trevor, our oldest son  works in oil and gas in flyover country.  He lives in one state, works in others. We joke that he is our Bedouin son- he owns what he can carry with him from field to field- including the camera he recently put a macro lens on. 

Image by Trevor Plunk
Trevor has always felt a kinship with all of God's creatures.  

It is not the prevailing thought of the popular culture, but it is my experience that many of the great conservationists are those who extract the earth's bounty for our daily use. 

Image by Trevor Plunk

Frogs and grasshoppers-  our son captured the miracle within ordinary inhabitants of the countryside.  

Tonight I'll say a prayer, asking God to watch over our family. I will thank Him for the crickets who serenade us all to sleep- those near - and those very far. 

 Until we meet again, Thank you for all YOU do to make the world more beautiful!


  1. Oh be still my tummy! That breakfast looked so yummy! Glad my hubby doesn't hear about the menus you cook for Ger. He does however read Sue's blog and sees all the wonderful creations she makes!

    Lovely pics by Trevor! So he's a camera buff like his mom!

    Every single night I pray to the Lord to keep my family "safe, healthy and happy". The Lord is probably saying yea yea enough already! You keep on asking that! :)Well thanks for listening, Lord!

    Hugs, Trisha

  2. That meal sounded so scrumptious!!!

  3. So the beautiful photography is a talent shared by all of your family!
    Enjoyed the nature pix as well as that scrumptious brunch.

  4. Oh, that Trevor is making wish for a macro lens! I miss it with my new 24-105mm that doesn't do macro.

    Loving that butterfly on your asclepias. How big does your shrub get? I planted a little one and am wondering if I've got it properly sited.

  5. Dear Trisha- I'm good with composition- but the technical stuff- both Gerry and Trevor outshine me.

    Naomi- Some day I hope to cook for you.

    Joan- Thank you.

    Nikki- The asclepias will get to be about waist high unless the monarchs devour it. I often let mine go to seed- not very lovely- but then upside is it then spreads to wherever it is happy.


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