Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Throwback Tuesday: Look-Alike

To the innocent eye,
this may be a hat,
a vintage hat,
in fact.

it hides a great secret,
it is indeed an impostor.

How can I allow an impostor,
a vintage look-alike,
into the midst?

such a question must be burning in your heads.

This lovely hat,
was in fact,
found at Dress Barn.

It is a cloche hat,
and looks like it's straight from the roaring 20's.

Can you picture Daisy Buchanan,
or Jordan Baker,
from the Great Gatsby,
wearing this?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Science Saturday: Chipmunks, Daddy Longlegs and Frost!

(My Dad took this picture the other day!)

Marvelous, mildly-mediocre, interesting facts:
  • Chipmunks are different from Squirrels by the mere fact that they live underground while Squirrels live in trees. They usually make burrows near logs, stumps, or boulders.
  • A Chipmunk's burrow is more than a place to hide. They make chambers for food storage, sleeping chamber, and an exit tunnel. If it's a female, she would also make herself a nesting chamber.
  • They do hibernate some, but they also need to eat through out the winter. This is when the food storage chambers come into play. They can easily access them so that they can eat when they need to.
  • Daddy Longlegs are not spiders, but they are part of the Arachnid family. Spiders have 2 distinct sections of their body (the cephalothorax and the abdomen) while Daddy Longlegs have one section (the cephalothorax and abdomen are combined).
  • Daddy Longlegs do not have silk glands for spinning webs. They also don't have poison glands for paralyzing prey. Daddy Longlegs do have a unique gland that emits an offensive smell to their predators.
  • Their legs aren't just for moving, they are also important sensory equipment. They can be used to sense the surroundings. If anything happens to the second pair of legs, the Daddy Longlegs will most likely die within a short time.
  • Frost is a turning point in the fall. It kills the vulnerable plants as the temperature drops below 32* F. 
  • You may think of frost as frozen dew, but in reality frost is more crystal-like, an akin to snow.
  • Frost occurs when it's a clear night and the temperature drops below 32* F. The vapor in the air freezes into what we know as frost.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Praying During Times of Joy (a guest post)

Psalm 66:1-4 (NIV)
Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
    Sing the glory of his name;
    make his praise glorious.
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
    So great is your power
    that your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down to you;
    they sing praise to you,
    they sing the praises of your name.

Many people think that because Christians are supposed to be separate from the world, that means that we can't enjoy it. Some believe that a walk with God is all about trials and overcoming them through His power. However, according to this verse and many others throughout Bible this notion is far from true. Yes, we as believers will be set apart from the world. We will not enjoy the old sinful things that we may have enjoyed before coming to know Christ. We will instead take joy in the new things that are revealed to us through Him.

Isaiah 40:26 (ASV) says,
"Lift up your eyes on high, and see who hath created these, that bringeth out their host by number; he calleth them all by name; by the greatness of his might, and for that he is strong in power, not one is lacking."

We as believers should see the world in new light. This new light should be an encouragement to all believers, because it shows just how powerful and caring God is to all his creation. We know from reading Genesis 1:27 that God created us in His image and this is why He cares so much for mankind. If this isn't enough though let's take a passage from the New Testament. Luke 12:24 (NIV) Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!

Now another issue some tend to run into is that when we aren't having any trials and life seems to be going good for us we tend to stray from God thinking, "Well I guess I don't need God right now". This is a lie! When we are at times of peace and prosperity that's when we should focus more on God for all the blessing he has given us! 

Psalm 66:8-12 (NIV)
Praise our God, all peoples,
    let the sound of his praise be heard;
he has preserved our lives
    and kept our feet from slipping.
For you, God, tested us;
    you refined us like silver.
You brought us into prison
    and laid burdens on our backs.
You let people ride over our heads;
    we went through fire and water,
    but you brought us to a place of abundance.

I pray that you will all take the time to praise God for the joy you have today!

(Thank you to a friend who took the time to write this for us.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Throwback Tuesday: A Quote

“Wide brimmed and narrow, some tall, some not, some fancy, some colorful, some plaid, some plain. She doted on changing hats at every opportunity. When she met the Prince, she was wearing one hat, when he asked her for a stroll, she excused herself, shortly to return wearing another, equally flattering.” 
― William GoldmanThe Princess Bride

Monday, October 13, 2014

Series on Prayer

I will be working on the Series on Prayer more this week. I apologize it's been a rather slow series. I'm still praying about the next post, and I'm praying that God will continue to encourage you with them!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Science Saturday: Field Crickets, Shooting Stars, and Nocturnal Animals!

(It's not the shooting star, but it is the night sky! This is Cassiopeia! :~D )

A few somewhat intriguing facts that may stick to your brain so that you can win in Jeopardy* someday:
  •  Field Crickets mate in the fall before the frost comes. They lay their eggs in the soil to wait out winter. After they do this, when the frost comes, they die.
  • If you can hear crickets, it's the male crickets making all the noise. They have crinkled little wings with 2 unique parts: a ridged vein called a file and a hardened section called a scraper. They can alternate which file and which scraper they use, but commonly they are right-winged. They use the right file and the left scraper.
  • Females can be distinguished by their tidy, song-less wings.
  • Shooting Stars are not stars that are shooting past. 
  • In fact they consist of a piece of debris that collided with the Earth's atmosphere. The friction of the high speed of moving through the atmosphere gives it a glowing appearance until it melts and vaporizes.
  • During the time it is visible, it's called a Meteor. If doesn't vaporize, and reaches the Earth intact, it is a Meteorite. 
  • One of the most well-known nocturnal animal is the Bat. Bats are a small insect-eating mammal with a unique gift of echolocation. High frequency sound waves bounce off the objects around them and they know what to eat or and what to avoid hitting into.
  • Owls are another well-known nocturnal animal. Owls are a bird of prey, and while they don't have echolocation, they have marvelous ears to listen for tasty morsels. They also have large light sensitive eyes that are work very well in very little light. One of the best kept secrets of Owls is their silent flight through the forest, due to unique feathers on their wings.
  • The glowing eyes we often associate with nocturnal animals are usually from cats, racoons, porcupines, skunks, and deer. They have special reflectors in their eyes that bounce the light back from behind the retina so the retina has a chance to absorb it.
*If you win in Jeopardy, please give me credit ;~) lol!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Throwback Tuesday: Ribbons down my back

This reminds me of the song, Ribbons Down My Back from Hello Dolly!

I'll be wearing ribbons down my back this summer
Blue and green and streaming in the yellow sky
So if someone special comes my way this summer
He might notice me passing by

And so I'll try to make it easier to find me
In the silliness of July
Because a breeze might stir a rainbow up behind me
That might happen to catch the gentleman's eye

And he might smile and take me by the hand this summer
Making me recall of how lovely love can be
And so I will proudly wear ribbons down my back
Shining in my hair that he might notice me

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Praying During Times of Trouble

 James 5:13 (ESV)
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

With that being said, I could end it there. Instead I'm going to share with you some things I've learned from a man named Habakkuk.

Habakkuk was struggling. A lot trouble, evil, and suffering was going in the land of Judah. When he saw the trouble going on, he cried out to God with questions. Why was God letting all these bad things happen? How could God allow these things to happen? (Habakkuk 1:2-4) God replied to Habakkuk's cries.

Habakkuk 1:5 (ESV)
Look among the nations, and see;
    wonder and be astounded.
For I am doing a work in your days
    that you would not believe if told.

Then God said to Habakkuk that he would be raising up their enemies to punish them. When he was told this, Habakkuk was confused. Why would God use evil to punish evil? 

Habakkuk 2:4 (ESV, italics mine) 
Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,
    but the righteous shall live by his faith.

God told Habakkuk that they would be punished for their evil deeds. When Habakkuk heard this, he started to praise God through prayer (Habakkuk 3).

Habakkuk 3:17-19 (ESV)
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
    nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
    and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
    and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the deer's;
    he makes me tread on my high places.
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.

 So what was the point of all that? Habakkuk was going through hardships, yet he didn't desert God. Quite the opposite, he went to God and told him exactly what was on his mind. He listened to what God said, and accepted it with faith and praise. (I highly recommend that you read the book of Habakkuk on your own).

What about us? In John 16:33 it says that we will have troubles in life. It's inevitable. We all will go through troubles of some kind or nature. In Psalm 46:1 it says that God is our refuge and strength in times of trouble. So what should we do when we encounter trouble? We should go to God and tell him everything that's on our mind. Then we need to put our complete trust in him.

1 Peter 3:14-17 (ESV)
 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.

When troubles come, trust in God. Pray and tell him what's on your heart. Let him guide you through the difficult times you encounter. 

I pray that this will encourage you not to give up when troubles come.

*This post took a while, as I wasn't sure what God wanted me to share with you. I had been praying about it when a friend mentioned they had been reading Habakkuk. It was an answer to prayer!*

Science Saturday: Earthworms & Toads

(A worm T-Tot found last year :~D )

A few possibly interesting things about these 2 unique animals:

  • An adult Earthworm can be up to 11in long with 100-200 body segments. Each body segment has 4 pairs of bristle like structures called setae.(Setae is from the Latin word Setis, meaning brushes. I just looked it up for the sake of curiosity). The setae are used to cling to the walls of the burrows.
  • Their predators include woodcocks, toads, frogs, snakes, turtles, skunks, some slugs, some beetles, centipedes, shrews and moles. They happen to be very useful for fishing, too.
  • Earthworms eat a LOT of soil. If they can't burrow through, they eat it. In their digestive system the dirt is ground up into finer particles, while the nutrients are absorbed.
  • Toads hibernate in the winter. They bury themselves deep into the earth. The rest of the year is spent in hiding from predators who may think toads would make a tasty snack.
  • They have a mottled skin which gives them the ability to blend in with the ground. If someone thinks they are tasty, Toads can not jump far away, but they can jump away and startle the predator. If that fails and they are in the mouth of their predator, then they are able to emit a poisonous substance which makes them taste REALLY bad. 
  • Mostly their predators include snakes, hawks, owls, crows, and skunks.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Throwback Tuesday: A 50's Dress

This has always been one of my favorite 50's dresses. Unfortunately I outgrew it. (This is a picture from a couple years ago). The silver hat is one of my favorite pillbox hats. It fits just right. And I'm not sure if you can see, but I also have Eiffel Tower earrings on from my Dad's cousin who went to France! 

(I made this picture around the time it was taken :~)