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Friday, October 28, 2016

Then The Rain Came

Rain...Rain!! What a lovely gift it is to wake up early in the dark of the morning and listen to the rain. To snuggle down in the warm covers and listen as the water drips off the roof and listen as the wind roars in the trees sounding like the surf of the ocean. Living as we do, in a desert, rain becomes the focus of all that is good. Problems just seem to disappear after a long, long hot summer and the rains finally begin. My Face Book page is filled with almost joyful laughter of rain talk.  Pictures of clouds and rain drops.  I thought I might go through all of my play lists and find just songs about rain. There are quite a lot.

Another perfect thing about today is that its Friday!!  As we reach the end of beautiful October,
I am happily anticipating November. Mainly because I am hoping for more rain. But now I can make pumpkin pie all month. Without guilt. Its a rainy day, so I think I need a pumpkin pie today, don't you?

I must tell you a story about the Battle of the Pistashe. It has been ongoing and is starting to get violent.

See those above berries? Our yard is filled with mockingbirds, blue Jays and starlings and black birds.
I spend way to much time standing at the kitchen sink watching this battle. As mockingbirds do they think they own every tree, fruit and berry.  The mockingbirds have assumed that all of these berries are theirs.
They guard this tree.

Now that the black birds and the starlings have joined forces it is nothing but gorilla warfare and sorties.
First, they send in the lowly private. He flies in and the mockingbird flies to attack. As the mockingbird is just beating the stuffing out of the black bird as hard as you can hit when you are made of feathers. The others in mass fly in overwhelming the lowly mockingbird. Who just goes crazy trying to hit them all and not hitting anyone. The black birds and starlings grab berries and fly off. The very proud mockingbird sits up on top of the tree, thinking he alone has vanquished his foes, those berry thieves. This goes on all day. I still stand and watch, I can't help it. I will be sad when there are no more berries for them to fight over. The berries that
fall to the ground are being grabbed by the ants and the smaller birds who sneak in unnoticed. Isn't fall a treat?

Today my daughter and her family being moving to a new place. I am so excited for them. I am so happy that they will live in a place that is green. They will live in the shadows of mountains. They have wide open spaces and blue skies. I have learned this month that if you want to go forward in life, you must first take that first step and do those hard things in your mind that says you can't because its too hard.  Taking that first step is always the hardest. Then before you know it you are running and never looking back.

I found this prayer that I can't get out of my mind. When Joshua is walking around his camp, before the battle of Jericho. He sees a man dressed for battle. Joshua asks the man are you friend or foe? The man replies, neither, I am the host of the Lord's army. Joshua falls his face to the ground. Joshua says,
" I am your servant, does my Master have a command for me." Joshua is then told, "remove your sandals for you are on Holy ground."  (Joshua 5:13-15)

 My prayer for this holiday season is going to be, " I am your servant Lord, does my master have a command for me." 
Instead of having such a bad attitude of all the things I think I need to do, but to wait and see what I should do. Just taking the first step today.

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend,

“He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


  1. I'm so glad you got rain!! It's such a wonderful sound, when you need it!
    I'm sitting here chuckling at your description of the bird warfare. :)

  2. Moving is such a huge job. We're loading the truck today and actually moving tomorrow. I've been working like mad and just stopped for lunch. :-)

  3. I'm so happy for Kessie but I see she is feeling the "yikes" of all the work involved!
    I love your desire to ask the Lord for His command.
    I bet you love love love that rain! You need some puddle jumpers so you can go out and stomp in puddles.
    It's almost 80 degrees here today. Weird but kinda nice.
    We have three grands staying over tonight and a lot of grandie fun going on tomorrow, too.
    Love love love!

  4. happy, happy rain to you!! awesome!

  5. I'm sure your rain is most welcome. My son said they got a day of rain in LA with more in the forecast for them. I hope it holds true.
    Love your story about the birds fighting over the berries. I'd be standing watching them, too.
    Hugs :)

  6. After a dry spell, rain is such a gift and a blessing!

  7. Glad the rain has come & you are refreshed!
    I really enjoy your stories about the critters in your yard!
    Happy weekend!

  8. We got some rain too! Not alot but some, and it was wonderful! I think there is more coming tomorrow. Pumpkin pie sounds SOOOO good. Pumpkin anything for that matter. Loved your thoughts here in this post, and enjoyed your description of the bird fight, lol! Have a wonderful week-end!

  9. What you see out your window is way better than most shows on a screen. The birds must know you as a friend!

  10. When it thundered and rain here, I went out to the patio and enjoyed the drops soaking me.

  11. I love being in bed and listening to the rain. So happy for you. We are supposed to get a little shower tonight or tomorrow. I do hope so.

    The bird battle over berries is so funny! Those look like elderberries. Are they similar?

    I like your prayer -- "I am your servant. Does my master have a command for me?" It's perfect. I'm going to pray it too. I hope He asks for pumpkin pie.

    Thanks Kim!

  12. I'm trying to remember to ask and wait for an answer about what HE would have me do. And then, I forget and start my grumbling, which we are not supposed to do. Sometimes, I feel like I was simply born a mean, selfish person and I just need to accept that. But I keep trying anyway. :) I spend a lot of time watching the birds too. Right now it's peaceful with blue jays, a titmouse, a couple of chickadees, cardinals (2 couples), several wrens, a couple of finches, and 2 mourning doves. Every so often I get a woodpecker. I could sit all day and watch. :)

  13. The rain sounds wonderful!! We still have heat!
    Well you nailed me.... "I have learned this month that if you want to go forward in life, you must first take that first step and do those hard things in your mind that says you can't because its too hard"

    That about sums up where I am..except I haven't learned it. As for the holidays...I need to take one step at a time also...and not get rattled already. Thanks!, your wisdom always encourages me.

  14. oooh kim, i just love when it rains and everything gets washed clean!! and it's ok to stay home and do inside things!! we may get some tonight and we need it!!!

  15. bellissime foto, pure io amo immortalare fiori e alberi <3
    ti seguo
    passa a trovarmi :)
    ♡ ♡


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