Honor the physical temple…

Honor the physical body (poster)


From your blogger lady friend that abuses her body weekly!! Yesterday, I dragged a fifty pound bag of bird seed* out of my KIA, dropped it on the hand-truck, wheeled the load to the storage building, maneuvered it over the threshold and rolled into location. Minutes later, I dragged a fifty pound bag of planter soil out of my KIA, yada, yada, yada. Later, I stirred a mix of coconut fiber and planter soil, and filled two large planters. Today, aches and pains!! One might say this old lady has too much garden?! In my defense: I’m growing a garden for “eating healthfully,” I’m “exercising,” and I’m “listening to [my] body’s needs.” Today I’ve a less strenuous schedule–because it’s raining!! 😉

*It has been ten days since I purchased the seed and soil. Birds wanted feed…. Too bad handyman David can’t be in a dozen places at once!!

Postscript: Rainy day–so I went shopping!! I browsed Lowe’s for a couple of hours. Then I grocery shopped (for a couple of hours)–and spent $105.00!! 😦

Postscript, Thursday, March 31st: Another rainy day so I went to the laundry room in the adjacent RV Park and did two loads. Now everything fresh and clean!! No in climate weather predicted for the next ten days so I’ll spend a lot of time in my yard–“exercising.” 🙂

Cicadas and Tent Caterpillars

Couldn’t sleep last night; I was trying to remember the name of an insect I experienced when I lived in Ohio. I got up and checked the Internet; Ask.com seems to have the answer when I have a question. Cicadas: That was the name that my memory could not recall. Here’s a couple of articles: Billions of cicadas to invade US east coast after seventeen years underground, and Cicada Mania.

What brought this to mind? Currently, we have an invasion of tent caterpillars. I found several articles on the Internet–dated 2015. “They” were not supposed to swarm again for years but here they are. According to a 2012 article: Mild winter results in … population boom. Well, we’ve had another mild winter and here they are!! Honestly, as I’ve done this Internet search, I think we have the Forest caterpillars. I haven’t seen any “tents” but the silk threads are fascinating. Last night (as I walked to square dance class) the silk threads were a unique sight at sunset.

OK, my questions were answered so I’ll go back to bed (at 4:40 AM). “Good night!!”

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Lawn chair cover

on my doorstep

on the planter

On the cement blocks

On the broom handle

Cucumber seeds planter

Postscript, Thursday, March 31, 2016, 4:40 PM: I just returned from the laundry room  in the adjacent RV Park. OMG!! The exterior of the building is covered with caterpillars!! Just walking from my car to laundry room, the disagreeable little worms were all over me!! The floor was covered with smashed worms because we were tracking them in from outside!! ~~ Thankfully, I have far fewer caterpillars at my RV site.

Home Clean Home !!

In my humble opinionIn my humble opinion, my home needs to be as attractive as the garden. Today my trailer home got a thorough scrubbing. Yesterday afternoon, and this morning, I moved the caster planters, and Garden Tower, a safe distance so they wouldn’t get too much water. I covered the planters with dandelion, lavender, and primrose seeds. The rain barrel was covered with plastic so soapy water wouldn’t drain off the awning into barrels. Hanging baskets were relocated. Of course–after the gentleman departed–I reversed the process and put planters back in their designated location.

Planters moved away from trailer

Planters covered

Sign on his truck

Clean versus dirty (1)

Clean versus dirty (2)

Clean versus dirty (3)

Clean and beautiful

Smiley face two thumbs upHopefully, I have enough energy for square dancing tonight.Square dancing

He is Risen !!

One Million Moms is an organization I’m proud to support. The following arrived as an email message. If you have followed my blogs, you know I am verbose. However, Monica Cole expressed the Easter message beautifully and I’m eager to share it with you.


He is Risen!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Dear Lorraine,

Resurrection Sunday is a time to Rejoice! Jesus paid a debt for us that no one else could ever pay so that we could be in heaven with Him for eternity. God gave the perfect sacrifice, His only Son, and if we believe in Him, then we will be forgiven and saved from our sins.

To be saved, you must believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for EVERYONE’S sins, including your own, and receive Him as your personal Savior so that one day you can be with our Heavenly Father. If you believe Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins, you will also need to admit you are a sinner – as we all are. Romans3:23 KJV says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” If you have never confessed your sin and belief in Christ, take time to do it right now. Jesus is the only way to be saved from your sins and receive eternal life.

On the third day, he rose again from the dead. This is the Good News that Christians celebrate: His Resurrection! He is ALIVE! And one day our Savior will return. He, and only He, sets us free from our sins! “Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’” John 14:6 KJV

The birth of Jesus is wonderful, but the resurrection is even more exciting. It is the finale to the Christmas story. Jesus accomplished what he came for. Jesus’ last words before dying on the cross were documented in John 19:30 as, “It is finished.” He knew that all was now completed and that Scripture would be fulfilled. To suggest that more needs to be done to earn your way to heaven is the same as saying Jesus died for nothing. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV

Nails were not what held Jesus to the cross. Jesus had the power to come down from that cross, but He knew this is what had to be done for His believers to be saved. He died on the cross for you and me because of His love for us. He loved us that much! “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV

If you know of someone who is not saved, please pass this on to them. Share the greatest gift of all with them: a relationship with Jesus Christ and eternal life. Also, share this with your brothers and sisters in Christ so they may use this to share with others. God commands that we share the gospel with others. We need to help one another become passionate followers of Jesus Christ.

For a powerful resource to use while witnessing and for more answers as you seek to know Him, go to http://knowhim.afr.net.

Have a meaningful Holy Week and blessed Resurrection celebration!

Monica Cole, Director


He is Risen (poster)

I Believe

More precious than gold !!

Seeing projects completed is such a joy!! David’s expertise is more precious than gold!! Some projects are “too heavy” or “too technical” for this old lady. True story: I tried to repair the awning support but didn’t have enough hands. 😉  I couldn’t lay those 12”x12”x4” blocks because too heavy. 😦 Wimpy, wimpy, wimpy!!

Removed the form

Preparing to set five blocks

Chipping away old cement

Setting blocks straight and level

Setting five large blocks

Bags of dirt for David's land fill

Future home of veggie planters

Temperature at three

Bags of dirt for David's land fill

Repair of awning support

Repairing awning support

One of three deflappers

Deflappers on awning

Tension for awning

Lorraine loves it

Water leak repaired

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Postscript, Thursday, March 24th, 2016: Tower Garden is finally in its designated place.

Oops, the rain is missing the rain barrel

Temperature at five-fifteen

Temperature at eleven

The object of my affection

Believe It Or Not #2

My extra busy, extremely talented, handyman arrived about three-ten. I’m so grateful for his help!! I want the concrete pad at the southeast corner of my RV site for my Garden Tower. ~~ “We” worked until dark!! ~~ Then I covered my tender plants again.

Temperature at three-fourteen

Sixteen bags of concrete

Starting rebar


Wire connecting rebar

Framing (1)

Framing (2)

Starting to mix concrete

Mixing concrete

David is so strong

One wheelbarrow to haul bags; one wheelbarrow to mix concrete

David mixing concrete in the wheelbarrow

David smoothing the concrete

Five bags too many

Smoothing the concrete

Flash picture of concrete pad

Temperature almost eight

The next morning; looking good


Smiley face it's a secretThe cost of that little patch of concrete will remain a secret. I’m eager to roll my Garden Tower into the sunshine of that corner of my site. A blessing (or a curse?); my yard is very shady.