Friday, December 3, 2021

Sunday Walk

A short drive north of us is the headquarters for our community's recreation program. A playground, two baseball fields and tennis courts share space with an old live oak, pine trees and a few smaller trees.

On a Sunday afternoon it is a great place for walking with little to no traffic

An afternoon early in June 2021 was different. Something was going at the water tower next to the tennis courts. 

I stopped in the shade of a pine tree to take a look. (Navigating with my rollator is tricky if I shift my focus far above what is directly in front of me.) 

Someone was on the water tower, and white haze rose from the top. Vehicles and various trailers clustered at the base of the structure.

I fiddled with my iPhone and brought into focus a worker perched on the upper edge of the water tower. 

Yikes. Just seeing a human being in that position made me queasy. Sandblasting evidently was underway.

A few days later the tank was protected by what looked like a heavy canvas cocoon. We have not been back in that area since. I'm sure that when we do take another Sunday walk there the water tower will sport a new paint job.

Even with strict safety measures those workers involved had to be more at ease with heights than I have ever been.

An ordinary Sunday stroll turned into a wakeup call to be thankful for individuals who go to great lengths to keep our community's infrastructure in good shape,

Photos taken with my iPhone.


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Our Changing Environment

May 2001 we purchased three narrow lots only 71 feet wide. More than a decade later we built our current home on the southern most lot that fronts the street.

With six larger undeveloped lots adjacent to our west property line, we knew the day would come when we would see new homes sprout up next to us. 

That day has come. 

Three large homes are well on the way to completion. The photo above was taken in June. The contractor has faced delays from difficulty with securing materials and reliable workers. Even though the homes under construction are already sold, progress is slow.

The exteriors of the two adjacent to our property appear finished, but work on interiors is still in progress.

Even with the nearby changes, we still love our wooded property. The terrain and vegetation remind us of the Smoky Mountains. Hubby said early on that when we could no longer travel to the Smokies, we could feel like we were there in our own little slice of Smoky Mountain ambiance.

We have had six years in our wooded hideaway.

The photo above is our back porch at night. Now I am praying for good neighbors and that we will be good neighbors to them! 

Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Best Helpline Ever

When I don’t quite know how to pray about a specific challenge in my life or someone else's life, I just once again borrow one of Paul’s prayers. This one is from Paul's letter to the Christ followers in Philippi.

Philippians 1:9-11 NIV And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11 NIV

What a comfort it is to know that I can put family and friends in the hands of One whose nail-scarred hands are infinitely more capable than mine! 

May your day be filled with blessings.