Friday, May 31, 2019

May ~ Memories and Musings

Let's go back to the beginning of May...and the making of 'hay'.

I can share the photos...
but not the smell.

There's nothing quite like the pleasant scent of freshly cut grass!

I watched from the kitchen window...

...and later drove lunch out to the field a mile away.
Dad was quite happy to join the crew for lunch...
and add a few words of wisdom.

Ranen and  Broni celebrate their birthday together every year. 
The sun was warm and a family pool party was just the thing!

Ranen is now a teenager...
and several inches taller than Auntie Broni.
 How did that happen?

The annual ladies-getaway sponsored by our feed company was a one-night cruise from Vancouver to Seattle on the Ruby Princess. 

Perfect cruise weather...
great company...
lots of laughs.

Thank-you, Ritchie Smith Feeds!

Mother's Day 2019.

A picnic with the whole gang at Harrison Lake 

The guys decided they wanted a photo with mom.
I will treasure it, since I don't think there are many pictures in the files of the three of us.

We checked out the new Chilliwack park that opened up this month on the eastern hillsides. 
It is called Lexw Qwò:m or 'Lots of Moss'.
Appropriately named!
A lovely spot for a picnic or a hike.

The Compassion Experience came to Chilliwack...
an interactive traveling exhibit that takes visitors through the true stories of children living in developing countries.
 It was good to hear that many new sponsors signed on.

The Compassion trailer is soon moving on to Alberta...
but is parked at the farm in the meantime.

I hope it doesn't take on the barnyard smells while it rests.

It had been a year since we were in Kelowna to visit family there...
so we made the trek across the mountain pass (where there was still snow). 
We passed our next door neighbour on the highway...
driving the semi-truck with cattle.
What are the chances?

I enjoyed my kitchen window view of the birds at the feeder all winter...
usually tiny songbirds.

Then the red-winged blackbirds arrived...
and brought all their friends.
The wee songbirds kept their distance...
while the blackbirds emptied the feeder in a few days.
Unfortunately the feeder had to be removed.

The hummingbirds are grateful for the feeder that took its place.

The coyotes  keep their distance from the house...
but get caught in my lens on occasion.      

Lucy played beautifully and confidently in her year-end violin recital.

We took our annual drive out to Silver Lake last Sunday and had a picnic there.
A lovely peaceful spot!

And on the same day that we were relaxing at Silver Lake, two of my granddaughters were 'giving it their all' in the Abbotsford Run for Water.  
They ran their hearts out for a good cause.
Of the 1100 female runners of all ages...
they finished third and fourth overall.

And so ends the month of May...
which also includes memories of good times with friends around their table or ours

I shared things that were 'lovely and of good report'...
but the skies were not always blue and some of the happenings we would like to erase.

How reassuring to know that God is still in control.



  1. Oh, Judy! What beautiful highlights of your month of May! Every month has at least a wee bit of sorrow and I pray yours was small.
    Love seeing your farm and all the beautiful pictures! I would have dearly loved the fragrance of your hay!
    Your hummingbird feeders are different from mine. We have a few hummers ar the ranch.
    It’s a blessing and privilege to see your pictures of life at the end of each month! Love and prayers from Texas!

  2. I didn't even know there are red winged blackbirds! And your girls sure are fast runners! Beautiful post in every way, giving favor to all that's lovely. May God continue to bless and use all things for good.

  3. Oh, yes, you did. Those speedy grandgirlies are something, aren’t they! You live in a beautiful world and I hope that June is marvelous and whatever things that have troubled are resolved.

  4. Love the photo of you flanked by your sons! Fabulous. Joy and sorrow seem to always come to us during our journey on this earth. Looking forward with hope to that day...

  5. Thank you for sharing your beautiful month of May. We all have those not-so-lovely things in our lives that we remain quiet about, but how wonderful to know that we can take them to our loving Father in heaven.

  6. What a beautiful month of May. I always enjoy your photos and the slices of life you share. Thank you for mentioning the down side of the month.Having friends of faith that will pray without having to know details is vital. Thank you for the opportunity/privilege of joining you in prayer.


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