I was watching a gray mother cat and thought about how all mothers multi-task. This gray cat was nursing her kitten and had her front leg over the kitten. She was also giving the baby a bath and singing to it. Another kitten was playing with the mother’s tail. It sure was doing a lot while just lying there. Watching nature makes you think about spiritual things and how we are being blessed by our Creator.
We have a male cardinal that has been beating on our front storm door every day for the last month or longer. It also goes to several of the windows. Badona says that it hangs onto the screen and watches her as she is sewing. The bird’s chest and upper wings look a mess where it has crashed into the glass. We tried putting up pictures of hawks. We’ve strung strands of yarn over the glass, and even left the broom against the door. We taped paper over the entire glass so that there is no reflection. Nothing works. I have now put up a fruit tree net over the door, but that doesn’t work either. The bird catches its feet in the webbing and swings on it before crashing into the glass. Maybe it will get caught in the net and become cat food! Badona is not happy about the mess it is making on the windows that she recently washed, but the worst part is that it starts at 5:15 in the morning and includes a lot of chirping!
We didn’t have too many butterflies this year. There are a few flying around, but we had a visit from a large moth yesterday. I thought it was a Luna Moth that didn’t have the extended bottom wings. Badona said that it was the wrong color for a Luna Moth. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even see it until Badona pointed it out. She looked it up in the guide book and found it was a Polyphemus Moth. They are common everywhere but we had never seen one. I went back outside to look at it again, and a cat was eating it. Maybe that’s what happened to the butterflies.
We took a short vacation last week to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Sorry to say it was very disappointing. The Norfolk traffic is always a mess. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel is highly overpriced, and the return trip cost us more because it was on the weekend. Out on the Eastern Shore there was no access to the ocean and the only place you could get to the bay (without paying) was at Cape Charles. It looked like a nice beach and pier, but it was raining so we didn’t stay there long. We stayed in Exmore, did a little shopping, and ate out. I prefer the Outer Banks in North Carolina, but I keep thinking that we have everything we want right at home. All we need to do is unplug the telephone. God has blessed us with a wonderful place to live!
Well, we had a memorial service for another person who had known me my whole life. I really thought about my mother since it was Mother’s Day weekend. She died last year. My mom and friend are in Christ. Romans 14:7-9 says that it doesn’t matter if you are dead or alive when you are in Christ. My confidence is in Christ Jesus in all things!
It looks like we will have plenty of money later this summer. Badona’s money tree plants are loaded with blossoms! It takes months for the “coins” to develop. Enjoy the spring. Striper season will be coming in soon! Life in Christ is great!
We were fishing the other day when a lady came up to Johnny and me and asked, “Are you happy?” I told her, “My retirement years are the best—no one rushing me or pushing me to get work out. And being in Christ is the best life. This type of life is the best even if you don’t catch a fish.” Just then I had a fish on. Life just got better! I had to walk the shad off the boat dock to the bank to get it in and not hurt it. Then I released it.
I left her and Johnny talking. I saw her give Johnny something that he went and put in his truck. Another man said to him sarcastically, “Did you get saved?” Johnny answered that I saved him. But we all know that Jesus saves and the invite is always there!