Dirt! Seeds! Action! (and OW!)

It’s finally Spring! Time to flex our flabby winter muscles out in the yard and garden… everyone who HURTS, tap your keyboard! (tap, tap, TAP!)  But it’s a good sort of hurt with dirt. And I AM thankful that I can be out there digging! (Even if it is at a slower pace than before.)  The greenhouses are busy, and I was one of many picking out some color to fill in some pots and bare spots… because living in the Northwoods means you really need some blossoms BEFORE it snows again.

Oh my…. a bit of this, and YES, that one too!  Slow down there, pilgrim. I have to remind myself to keep it real, keep it simple. Choose wisely.  And only what I can manage.  OK.  But it sure is fun to wander around and soak it all it! So that is what I did.


And then there is the seed part of gardening. First when those beautiful catalogs arrive in February, then when the order arrives, and again when you hold in your hand those tiny miracles. I never lose the wonder of it!

One plants, one waters, but ONLY GOD can make it grow!

  So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God,

who makes things grow.

1 Corinthians 3:7


Isn’t it just amazing?  Poke it into the dirt… water….and wait….for new life.

Some days I struggle so much with my ‘reason’ for being here.  Feeling lost, without direction. I need to remember I’m simply a humble bean seed.  A “Human Bean”! I’m not complete yet. I need to absorb and share HIS love, and give Him my praise … as I wait, and learn:

 Obstacles can create unexpected growth and opportunities.

Uncertainty does not have to rule my life.

I can find strength in weakness.

Adversity is inevitable.

And happiness is a choice.

The Ultimate Gardener 

A handful of seeds

He scattered on earth

And He patted the ground

With love and anticipation.

He sent His Sonshine…to warm them,

Left His Spirit…to feed them.

And He waits

As the seeds absorb and swell

Preparing to blossom in His presence.

Spring planting….a brief time.

The seed dies

And is transformed

To begin


~~©nina graff  (1994)

…what you sow does not come to life unless it dies.

                                       I Cor. 15:36


Join me for a CT scan!

Yesterday, I had my follow up CT scan to compare with the first one from 3 months ago. The room at the hospital is just SO quiet and relaxing, I have to share it with you!  I asked them if I could return with my camera. They are the nicest team of professionals… and if they were thinking “OK, we need to scan this gal’s head!”…they certainly didn’t show it!  🙂

So here is the room…. with a lighted river as you walk in, and a ‘REAL’ sky light to look at when you lay down. So nice. How can you not relax?

CT scan

Wouldn’t this be wonderful in a house?  I think it would help get us through winter! I asked where they were found (even though we can’t afford them).  Here is the link just for fun:  Sky Factory

This song came to mind while I was in the ‘spaceship’ looking at the sky:

Your Love Oh Lord (Psalm 36), by  Third Day (listen here).  Such a great song.

Your love, oh Lord, reaches to the heavens
Your faithfulness stretches to the skies
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, 
Your justice flows like the ocean’s tide

I will lift my voice to worship You, my King
I will find my strength in the shadow of Your wings

God is mightier than we can ever imagine. I can’t wrap my mind around it. But I am so thankful for His greatness, bigger than anything we encounter.

The doctor called that afternoon to say that things looked quite good…. shrinking lymph glands. Yea!

Now we just watch… and continue maintenance treatments every other month. And sing praises.

Found it!!

Highway C that is!

This past week, with a couple of   “camera buddies”, we traveled along County Highway C on our way to a waterfall hike.  They agreed that I needed to stop and snap a photo of the sign. highwayC

 I like how it is the CENTER road…. STRAIGHT ahead!

 Right between U ‘uh-uh’, and N ‘nope’.

“Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight ahead of you.” Proverbs 4:25

We call our camera/writing group FOCUS.  A word so fitting far beyond a lens or a pen! We discussed a recent article by Dewitt Jones, a photographer who celebrates what is right in the world (read it here).  He talks on the surface about photo gear, being content with what we have. Understanding sufficiency, and not feeling like we are missing out on anything. Let those words settle deeper.  Being content. Centered. Focused. Good stuff!

We found our destination much easier than the last excursion. There was a mile walk through the woods, up and down hills that we felt for a few days. It was so nice to witness the forest yawning and stretching and waking up, after this loooong winter! The singing birds agreed.


The Pine River was roaring as we climbed around and over rocks with our tripods for different vantage points. How many times do we need to look at things from a different angle to see it better?  To step back?  See the bigger picture? What is God’s view of a situation?

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Kay, Nina (me-FOCUSED on a snack!), Kathy

So with cancer on the back burner for now (simmering, not boiling), I leave you with a few new ‘C’ words….

Be Centered. Be Content. Celebrate what is right in the world.

(my photo website can be seen here:  Back40fotos)