Tuesday, February 28, 2006
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Monday, February 27, 2006
The above picture shows the Petersborough Lift Locks. They were quite impressive to see in person.
This farm was part of the beautiful scenery to be seen. One night we anchered at an island out in the middle of a lake.
This was one of the groups I accompanied. In this picture we're sitting on the open air top deck of the houseboat.
This was one of the houseboats we used during those years. For eight to ten guys, it was closeknit quarters but lots of fun.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Above are my favorite donuts - glazed sour cream stick donuts. The picture also show the glazing container.
This is a rack of donuts that I was taking out to the donut case this past Saturday morning. It contains a variety of donuts including glazed, powdered, sugar, and iced rings, Bavarian filled donuts, strawberry jelly donuts, white cream donuts, and more.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
That is the commercial aspect of Easter. On the spiritual side, it is a time for reflection. Lent begins next Wednesday. My home church is participating with several other community churches in a series of Lenten services every Wednesday night till the week before Easter. Then there will be a solemn Good Friday service with communion and footwashing. On Easter morning, if the pattern follows as other years, we will have the opportunity to eat breakfast together at church followed by a joyous Easter service celebrating both Jesus' resurrection and the hope for our own resurrection to new life.
Friday, February 24, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
I love the patterns in tree bark and in this particular photo the morning sun shining brightly on the bark just magnifies the beauty.
Fungae on trees present a combination of curved patterns and slightly varying color contrasts.
This is actually the underside view of a fallen down tree stump. But I could actually imagine this as an upside down view of a topographical map for a selected terrain. Or it could also be a view inside a cave.
Sometimes the designs of above ground tree roots resemble flowing rivulets curving whichever way nature leads.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
The above picture shows the North Branch of the Neshaminy Creek feeding into the 365 acre Peace Valley Reservoir also known as Lake Galena. If you click on the photo for a larger picture, in the distance on the right, there are some birds sitting in a tree and just beyond them some flying Canadian Geese. At the taking of this picture, the water in the lake is quite low.
This picture was taken further up the North Branch of the Neshaminy Creek. Neshaminy Creek eventually feeds into the Delaware River as it passes through Bensalem Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
This is just a bit further North along the creek. Notice the series of straight shadows from the trees creating a fascinating, geometric, contrast pattern between bright and dark.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
The younger sister of my above niece gave me this drawing below.
I love spending time with my nieces. They are so precious to me.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
For several years now, my church has sent two teams each year to Honduras under The MAMA Project. The second team just came back this past Monday. This team did both some construction work and medical clinics as well as spending time with the children down there. If you want to learn more, you can see an illustrated letter from one of the team members at the DRE MAMA Project Journal. You can also see a daily blog there from the January MAMA team of which I was a member.
Friday, February 17, 2006
Thursday, February 16, 2006
I love creeks especially when the water is so blue as it is here.
Stumps of fallen down trees also fascinate me. There's something artistic about tree stumps even if it is somewhat abstract.
It's getting towards dusk here. But the reflections of the sun and the trees in the creek is awesome. It puts me in a worshipful mood. It reinvigorates me.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Today, I made a chicken and vegetable crock pot dish. It consisted of a split chicken breast, three stalks of celery, two carrots, two onions, two green peppers, two jalopeno peppers, two tomatoes, several potatoes, two apples, a can of cream of mushroom soup, water, and a teaspoon of salt & a half teaspoon of coarse ground black pepper. I slow-cooked it in the crock pot for ten hours - juicy and tender. In the picture above, I have already removed the chicken which I eat separately. It'll feed me all week plus I have a couple containers in the freezer for later. Delicious.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
The above photo shows the shoofly pie goo in our larger cooker that I made today. Shoofly pie contains a bottom layer of goo made from molasses, eggs, water, and flour, a sweet cake-like middle layer, and a layer of butter crumbs on top.
This photo shows the van I used to make bakery deliveries to restaurants, other businesses, and our two other stores. I'm usually working with deliveries about twenty hours a week.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Below is a picture of my car before I dug it out. One might think it was a snow mobile. :)
Saturday, February 11, 2006
How about an area so remote that the privy along a hiking trail is out in the open? Both pictures are from Baxter State Park in Maine.
Envoys of Another World
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
I grew up on a farm and my Mom always loved growing flowers. These were from some years ago; but they bring back good memories. I think she taught us her children an appreciation for gardening and nature. When I still lived on the farm, I often grew many a flower, too, especially in my childhood. I still love flowers but unfortunately don't have the grounds to grow them myself. So from time to time I go to places where other people provide the opportunity for me to enjoy the fruit of their labor.
Monday, February 06, 2006
One of my favorite vacation spots is the state of Maine. This particular photo is taken from the top of Mt. Katahdin of Baxter State Park in North Central Maine. The views from here are terrific. The hike is long and strenuous but well worth it. But don't take a wrong step; to the right is Knife's Edge, but unfortunately you can't see the top of that narrow sliver in this picture.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Friday, February 03, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Here I'm reading a Spanish language children's book to a fun-loving little boy who also enjoyed having his nose and face decorated with stickers. :)
In the background of this picture, I'm holding one of the most affectionate and charming little girls. She loved being held and was all smiles when I told her that she was "muy bonita." She touched my heart with her smiles and affection. Click on the picture to see her better.