Alien Plants


Something about our yard does not grow a garden very well.  We don’t have lush grass, either, just crab grass and goat’s weed.  It does very well with weeds and various plants that seem to seed themselves.  We used to have several lady slippers growing in the woods around our yard.  They have died off over the years.  When we first moved here there was no poison ivy or feverfew.  We now have plenty of both as well as passion fruit and some type of wild grapevines.  We don’t know where they came from.

 These alien plants are very interesting.  We can’t tell if they are some type of herb growing, or if they’re just weeds when they start to sprout.  Se we occasionally let them grow just to see what they are.  This year a new one popped up, just one single plant in the corner of Badona’s flower bed.  It’s really quite pretty.  It has a shiny, purple stem and big leaves.  The flower blossoms are very pretty, light lavender trumpets.  Badona spent one entire evening going through the flower identification book trying to find out what it is.  We were both surprised to find out that we are nurturing jimsomweed, a poisonous plant from the nightshade family.  Isn’t that just like Satan and sin.  Something that looks so attractive can be deadly!

Hanover Tomato Festival


I went to the Hanover Tomato Festival for the first time.  Our church had a booth there, and it was a blast!  We gave away free stuff:  books, tomato plants, tomato seeds, tomato recipes that Badona made up in a tomato shaped design and cut out, and pencils with the church info on them.

It was a fun activity, a safe environment, and full of energy even on a hot day.  People who had booths loved the mass of people who came.  There were people who came from Charlottesville, other places in Virginia, and even New Jersey.  I can now recommend that you will enjoy the experience, whether manning a booth or just walking through.  It was 100% better than the Fishing Expo, and I do enjoy fishing, you know!

People were patient with all the mass of people that were there.  There were many different cultures.  Everyone looked happy.  My mind went to heaven.  The only difference I could envision is that heaven won’t need a police force to direct traffic and keep vigilance over the entire proceedings.

We do have the great hope of heaven and peace of mind now.  I’m glad I got to experience the Tomato Festival.

Bird Watching


We have a wooden bird feeder pole with a flat top.  Birds visit us quite often, and occasionally we get to see something different.  One recent morning, we saw a baby downy woodpecker along with an adult.  The adult grabbed a sunflower seed, took it to the top of the bird pole, and cracked it open while the baby watched.  Then the adult hopped over to the baby and fed it the seed.  It did this several times.  By the next week, the baby downy was feeding itself.

Our children are learning by watching us.  It’s the parents’ responsibility to raise their children, not the schools or the government.  Education is good, but a life in Christ with great love is what is needed.  We can see how God works in His creation!

Swimming at the YMCA


I go swimming with Badona maybe once a week.  The last time I went there was a different lifeguard. She was a young lady who likes to talk to you while you are swimming.  She had all kinds of suggestions about how to improve my swimming.  Being polite and hard of hearing, I had to stop swimming to listen to her.  Badona said that she was flirting with me.  I said she’s not interested in someone as old as me.  Badona said, “Your hair doesn’t look gray when it’s wet.”

When our exercise time was up, the young lady held the door for Badona to go to the ladies’ locker room, and then she came running to the men’s locker room door to hold the door for me.  That’s the first time a young lady held the door for me!  Either she was flirting or I was so worn out I looked like I needed for someone to open and hold the door.  Old age has some advantages!

Mount Sugarloaf


After our visit to Springfield, Massachusetts, we drove over to Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield.  The road was open so we didn’t have to hike up.  It was a clear day, and we were able to see the great view.  But it was cold and extremely windy at the top.  In fact, as we were driving up the narrow road, we could see the wind blowing leaves in a circle.  Lorraine called it a Tasmanian devil. After enjoying the view, we returned to the parking area and saw that two small trees had been twisted off and were lying across the road.  We were glad that they hadn’t fallen on Lorraine’s Jeep, but I think that the caretaker could have pulled the trees off the road all by himself.  Instead, he raced down the road in his golf cart to block the entrance.  No one else would be driving up the road after that.  They would have to walk up!

Springfield Armory



There are a lot of things to see in Springfield, Massachusetts.  In the past I have been to the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Natural Museum.  I enjoyed them both.  This time, Badona’s brother took us to the Springfield Armory where the Springfield rifle was made.  This place was free, but there is a donation box.  On display are long rifles, war rifles, and all kinds of other rifles, not just Springfield rifles.  The museum is in the original part of the building that was built in 1777.  The building itself is interesting, and the machinery that made the guns is also cool.  The best section, to me, was the mishaps display.  You have to see it to understand.  If you are ever in Springfield, Massachusetts, look up the Springfield Armory.  It’s well worth your time, even if you don’t like guns.

Visiting the Yankee Candle Village


While we were in Massachusetts, Badona’s brother took us to the Yankee Candle Village in Deerfield.  By the way, Badona’s family lives in Massachusetts, and we don’t go there too often.  The Yankee Candle is a large souvenir store that is very expensive but interesting.  They have all kinds of merchandise from candles to Christmas decorations.  They even have miniature trains that run on tracks near the ceilings in many of the various rooms.  Badona almost bought something that she liked until she saw the price.  The ambiance there is to buy, and it’s hard to resist unless your mind is grounded in the Lord.  It was a nice place to visit, and you can take hours to go through the many rooms.  But leave your wallet and purse in the trunk of your vehicle!