The Night Sky

It’s past midnight. Most of the people in my world are sleeping. Why aren’t I?

The night sky beckons me.


I wrap myself in a warm robe and step out into the 56 degree night. Since I live in the country, the yard is dark. The trees are unrecognizable, crickets create a soft symphony of sound, almost lullaby-like. The sliver of a moon that was visible earlier is now nowhere to be found.

I can’t resist the urge to pull up a lawn chair and I begin to contemplate.

Genesis 1:14-18

14-15 “God spoke: “Lights! Come out!
Shine in Heaven’s sky!
Separate Day from Night.
Mark seasons and days and years,
Lights in Heaven’s sky to give light to Earth.”
And there it was.

16-18 God made two big lights, the larger
to take charge of Day,
The smaller to be in charge of Night;
and he made the stars.
God placed them in the heavenly sky
to light up Earth…”

stars in night sky

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I look at the night sky and I’m amazed. I wonder how the stars and planets found their place in the universe. Did God put each in place one by one? Did He stand back looking at His newly created canvas and place each star and planet in just the right carefully chosen spot “I’ll put a small star here, a larger star there, a planet here,” thinks He, and so on until the night sky is sprinkled with light?

Or did He have a handful of stars and planets of various sizes resting in His mighty yet tender hand and gently toss them out into the universe, each landing where they may?

No matter the method, God put them in the sky for our enjoyment. Tonight, stop and admire the night sky. What thoughts come to your mind? Sit with those thoughts for awhile and feel free to share them with me.
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Today is National Cat Day

To celebrate National Cat Day, October 29, I’m writing a short post about our family cat, Pickles.

Pickles 1

Pickles is actually my son Sasha’s cat. When he was 9 years old, our mama cat had kittens. Since he wanted a pet of his own we let him pick out a kitten. Now, I know Pickles is an odd name for a cat but at the age of 9, Sasha loved the really big dill pickles that come in a huge jar, I mean really loved those pickles so much so he named his beloved pet after them.

Pickles is 10 years old and going strong. Here’s to 10 more years with Pickles!

Spread the word about National Cat Day by sharing your cat pictures on your blog.

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Sept. 29, National Coffee Day

Today is National Coffee Day!

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For today’s favfotofriday, I’m sharing a photo I took Saturday, Sept. 5 on Gray Lake in Michigan where my family was spending the Labor Day weekend.

Foggy Sept. morning at the cottage

The photo was taken from the top of the stairs that lead to the beach. This 45 acre lake was shrouded in fog. Visibility was less than a quarter mile. It was a beautiful morning.

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Fav Foto Friday

Today I’m participating in Fav Foto Friday prompted by Scribbles & Musings of an Introvert.

This is a picture of my sunflower during a recent Michigan sunset.

Sunflower 2

I love sunflowers. My sunflower is finally blooming after a late planting season.


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Fav Foto Friday


Today, I’m participating in Fav Foto Friday  Sandy at Scribblings and Musings from an Introvert .

I took this photo while driving home from work about 5:20 pm Wednesday, Aug. 19. A rain shower had just gone through the area when I saw a rainbow in my side view mirror.  I’m usually a careful driver but I couldn’t resist getting this picture.

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Books vs Movies

Books 1I am an avid reader. I also like movies. I love to read a book and watch the movie version then compare the movie and book versions.

In 2014, I started working my way through a buzzfeed list of books that are or will be made into movies. Since then I’ve added the 2015 buzfeed list. Some of the books I want to read before they become movies, some books I won’t read but wait till they become movies and watch the movie instead and some I’ll determine if I want to see the movie based on how much I enjoyed the book version.

Although I love my Nook tablet, I still enjoy the feel of a book in my hands. There’s nothing like curling up on the couch with a good book and warm blanket while the wood stove warms the living room and the Michigan winter is swirling angrily outside, or reading for hours inside during a summer rain or out on my deck on a bright spring morning.

So far, here’s my progress:

To read:
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais (currently reading)
“Labor Day” by Joyce Maynard
“Winter’s Tale” by Mark Helprin
“The Giver” by Lois Lowry
“Still Alice” by Lisa Genova
“In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick
“Paper Towns” by John Green
“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (2014)
“If I Stay” by Gayle Forman (2014)
“Where She Went” by Gayle Forman (2014)
“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed (2015)
“The Martian” by Andy Weir (2015)
Movies to see:
“Mockingjay (Part 2)”
“The Scorch Trials”
“The Martian”
Paper Towns” 
“Where She Went”
“The Hundred-Foot Journey”
Movies already seen
“Divergent”  and “Insurgent”
“The Monuments Men” 
“The Maze Runner”
“The Fault in Our Stars”
“If I Stay” 

My goal is to read all seven books in my “To Read” category by the end of 2015 then watch the movies as they are released or when the movie comes out on DVD. Seven books by the end of the year is a lofty goal, but I’m going to try it.

Avid readers and movie watchers, please share your favorites here.

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