Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dog Days Of June??????????

Haven’t posted in a while because we were very close to that 5G mark allotted to us by Verizon. We finished another 1st Monday at Canton. We were hot, hot, and hot the whole week. It’s amazing that we had the crowd that we had on Saturday, June 5th. The actual temperatures ranged from 94 to 99 degrees with a heat index from 103 to 113 degrees. Gosh this is what we normally see in August. Even though our crowds were good our sales were down from last year. I guess they just wanted to get out and bake in the heat. I could not believe the number of people with small babies. You know they had to be hot as they were usually in a baby back pack or in strollers. Even the dogs that were there had to be hot their tongues hanging out as they walked down the aisles.

We have had no rain now for three weeks and with it being so hot things are really drying out and the grass is dying. I usually have to mow the three acres when we gat back put not this time. I can remember this winter when we complained about the rain and how cold it was. Why are we humans never content. Always complaining about something. While this may not be true with some of you it certainly is in our family. When we got back to base Monday morning and in the process of setting up the home we both looked like we had been swimming as we both were drenched in sweat.

Well I've got my rant over with now and can go to some thing a little brighter. To my surprise we still have a lot of bird and critter activity around our feeders. Here are some photos taken today.

image image image imageI know these photos are no comparison to Al’s with the Bayfield Bunch but they are the best I can do with my Sony DSC-H9. I guess I need to look into one of those long fancy zoom lens that Al picked up. His photos are the best I’ve seen.

Here is a email I received from my sister I feel it has a lot of meaning and I need to do a better job of applying it to my life.

Need Washing

A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in WalMart. She must have  been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence.  It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down  the spout.. We all stood there, under the awning, just inside the door of the
WalMart. We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up  their hurried day. I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. 

Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.
Her little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, 'Mom let's run through the rain,' she said.
'What?' Mom asked. 'Let's run through the rain!' She repeated.
'No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit,' Mom replied.
This young child waited a minute and repeated: 'Mom, let's run through the rain..' 'We'll get soaked if we do,' Mom said. 
'No, we won't, Mom. That's not what you said this morning,' the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom's arm.  'This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get
wet?' 'Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ' If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything! ' The entire crowd stopped dead silent.. I swear you couldn't hear anything but the rain.. We all stood silently. No one left. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.

Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young  child's life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith. 'Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If GOD  let's us get wet, well maybe we just need washing,' Mom said.

Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They got soaked. They were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And yes, I did. I ran.  I got wet.  I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories...So, don't forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.

I apologize for this being a little long but maybe we will soon get a little rain and I can get washed.

Until next time….MtnAire Travlers.


  1. Great ending to your post, I am sure they are times when all of us get a little harried in this life and need a little washing. Isn't it great how the innocence of children always comes through. Be safe out there Sam & Donna.

  2. They came to Canton, but kept their money, so sorry. The heat makes people frumpy.

    I love your little animal pictures. Great place there.

    A lovely "Washing" story, I bet everyone was in a better mood after that playing in the rain.
    Happy Trails, Penny, TX

  3. Thanks you...thank you! I think I shall run through the rain.

    Take care!
    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  4. Great blog...and we all need a little washing ever now and then!